Archive for September 2016

TPR Podcast Episode #12: 25 years of weird and wacky toxicology papers

September 26, 2016, 9:54 am

The Poison Review started as a hard-copy newsletter and accompanying tape cassette in the summer of 1992, when George H.W. Bush was President. In this episode of the TPR podcast, Tim Ericsson, Steve Aks and I look back at some the the weirdest and wackiest toxicology articles we've reviewed in the last quarter-century. Topics will include an air stewardess with puzzling diarrhea, the toxicology of ingesting contents of a lava lamp, and a scientific look into whether or no Beano prevents flatulence. Enjoy!

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Must-read post: Why dialyze patients with chronic, asymptomatic hyperlithemia?

September 19, 2016, 9:39 pm


About a month ago I discussed a new state-of-the-art review of lithium poisoning, which I rated “four skulls” and called a near must-read. Now comes a superb post entitled “Why dialyze patients with chronic, asymptomatic hyperlithemia” from Josh Farkas from and It is essential reading for all clinicians who deal with lithium poisoned patients.

Dr. Farkas …

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Must-read: ayahuasca in America

September 9, 2016, 1:02 am

Ecuadorian ayahuasca shaman (Ammit Jack/

Ecuadorian ayahuasca shaman (Ammit Jack/

In the current (Sept 12) issue of The New Yorker. Ariel Levy writes about the drug-fueled South American shamanistic ritual ayahuasca (or yagé,) and how its plants and practices are being imported to “hip” American areas such as Brooklyn and Silicon Valley. As TPR has explained before:

Pharmacologically, ayahuasca is quite interesting. It is

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