The study of the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms.

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Do onions become toxic or otherwise dangerous within a day of a being cut open?

I saw a new "health advice" meme on Facebook today: Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night ...
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Is the Japanese emperor forbidden from eating fugu (puffer fish)?

According to Wikipedia Fugu is also the only food the Emperor of Japan is forbidden to eat, for his safety This information comes from a Forbes article "Killer Foods": The fish remains the ...
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Has any person ever died from a tarantula bite?

From Wikipedia:Tarantula: [N]o fatalities have been attributed to tarantula bites... From Nationalgeographic.com: According to researchers, there's never been a single confirmed human death ...
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Did Ralph Nader say that a pound of plutonium could cause 8 billion cancers?

According to "The Myth of Plutonium Toxicity" by Bernard L. Cohen: Plutonium is constantly referred to by the news media as ``the most toxic substance known to man.'' Ralph Nader has said that ...
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Is wheat the cause of numerous, serious health problems?

This morning, I stumbled across a realfarmacy article which poses the question [Note: the linked page breaks in Chrome but worked in Firefox]: Why is there such a strong emphasis on the ...
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How many almonds does it take to get cyanide poisoning?

I was at lunch today and the conversation turned to almonds and their cyanide content. One co-worker said almonds contain a lot of cyancide and the number of almonds that can kill you surprisingly ...
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Does anyone know what cyanide tastes like?

There is a story about a scientist who wanted to know what Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN, Prussic Acid) tasted like, but couldn't because he died before he could write it out. But it requires at least 25-30 ...
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Can we trust that the food sold in stores is safe for human consumption?

My mother says that eating excessive amounts of bananas (3+ a day) can be harmful, because of the poisons that are used in the growing process. I disagree, saying that while pesticides and other ...
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Are laundry detergent and fabric softener fumes dangerous to human health?

One of my neighbors raised the topic of toxins in the dryer effluence from our buildings' laundry rooms. That's not particularly surprising, but she claimed there was evidence that the trace toxins ...
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Is bamboo charcoal safely edible?

Bamboo charcoal is made up of pieces of bamboo, which are taken from plants five years or older and burned inside an oven at temperatures over 1000°C. Bamboo charcoal is well known about its high ...
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Are baby snakes as venomous as adult ones?

I'm in a locality where I can find snakes walking around with ease. Its probable that I will also find the snake's baby (sized 4-5 inches). Whenever we encounter any such child some people at ...
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Is avoiding to rinse dishes after soaping them unhealthy?

Some people do their dishes and leave the suds on, letting it air-dry, or using a towel. Some rinse it off. I cannot understand the British habit of washing and rinsing dishes in the same dirty ...
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Are sucralose (“Splenda”) and all other chlorinated hydrocarbons toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Long term effects of sucralose Is it true that sucralose is the only chlorinated hydrocarbon we eat and that chlorinated hydrocarbons are inherently toxic? (I realize ...
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Do reusable plastic water bottles leach dangerous chemicals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is refilling water bottles bad for you? Several articles claim that the 'chemical leaching' from reusable clear plastic water bottles leads to toxins in the water, not ...
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Can Tifton 85 grass produce cyanide gas?

Today I read something quite unexpected: Preliminary tests revealed the Tifton 85 grass, which has been here for years, had suddenly started producing cyanide gas, poisoning the cattle. [...] ...
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Do vaccines cause “hypertoxicity”?

A friend recently posted this on their facebook: Vaccines don't cause autism. They cause hypertoxicity which leads to neurological impairment, and cell death. DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS! ~Dr. ...
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Could cutting one's self on a broken CFL bulb cause severe injury?

Related: How dangerous is a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)? Actually someone asked this exact thing on that question, but it wasn't addressed, perhaps because they provided no link/further ...
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Is the smoke from one mosquito coil equal to that of 100 cigarettes?

This article makes the following assertion. Smoke emitted from one mosquito repellant coil is equivalent to those of 100 cigarettes, thus causing harm to a large number of people in India... Is ...
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Are synthetically produced chemicals not found in nature more likely to be harmful than naturally occurring ones?

Since everything is made from chemicals the often made claim that we should avoid food that doesn't contain chemicals doesn't make any sense. But the underlying idea that synthetic chemicals are ...
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Are dioxins the most toxic chemicals known to science?

Dioxins are implicated in The Seveso disaster in Italy and the lingering disputes about deformities and birth defects caused by the use of the Agent Orange defoliant in the Vietnam war (Wikipedia ...
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Can you die by absorbing cyanide through the skin?

A friend of mine was talking about The Iceman, a killer that supposedly used cyanide absorbed through the skin as his murder weapon: Kuklinski favored the use of cyanide as it was quick kill ...
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Are fungal toxins prevalent in brewed coffee?

A question on Cooking SE brought up the fact that: One study showed that 91.7% of green coffee beans were contaminated with mold. This is before they were processed, which allows even more ...
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Can someone die of poison given years before?

In answering-islam (an anti-Islam site), it is claimed the prophet of Islam, Muhammad died because of poison given to him 3 years ago by a Jewish woman. Immediately following the conquest of ...
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Is non-stick cookware bad for your health?

Apparently Teflon (PTFE) will release toxic fumes when overheated. See this article for a lot of claims without references. You can also kill birds with it. The claim is that heating Teflon over its ...
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Does drinking extra water “flush out the toxins” after a massage?

Felicia Day asked this on Google+: Is there any scientific basis for drinking extra water to "flush out the toxins" after a massage? and I am curious if someone here can answer this.
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Long term effects of sucralose

I can't find any information about long-term negative effects of Sucralose consumption other than a very high toxicity level claimed by several studies. There is lots of speculation online about how ...
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Are apple seeds poisonous? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do apple seeds contain arsenic? It's related to the question "Do apple seeds contain arsenic?", but I'm not asking about whether they contain arsenic or not, but are ...
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Is the Daddy Long Legs spider the world's most venomous?

The claim is the Daddy Long Legs (Pholcus phalangioides) spider is the most venomous spider in the world, but that its fangs are too small to be able to penetrate human skin. The wikipedia article ...
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Do memory foam mattresses give off toxic fumes?

I recently purchased a memory foam (polyurethane) mattress and was looking online to see how long they take to "air out". They produce a strong odor for awhile after manufacture. However, instead of ...
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Can eating rhubarb kill you?

I've heard that rhubarb leaves are poisonous, and that you can even die from rhubarb poisoning. Is that true?
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Are animal experiments unnecessary for toxicological studies?

I've heard from animal rights activists that experiments on animals are not necessary because we can get the same or better results from cell culture experiments. An example of that claim is this ...