May 2009 Entries

A Problem with Baby Shampoo?

I like to listen to the radio when I cook. And I was just in the midst of chopping my veggies when the lead item on the newscast caused my ears to perk up: “Carcinogenic chemicals found in baby shampoos!” I knew I had better get ready for the onslaught of phone-calls and the emails because the words “carcinogen” and “baby” in the same sentence add up to a formula for panic. But first things first. The chicken was already in the pot and I had to finish chopping my parsnips, carrots, onions an

A Tungsten Problem?

Fallon is a nondescript little town in Nevada. Nondescript except for the Naval Air Station found there. And for one more thing. A cluster of acute lymphocytic leukemia. This is a disease in which too many underdeveloped viral infection-fighting white blood cells, called lymphocytes, are found in a child’s blood and bone marrow. A disease cluster is the occurrence of a greater than expected number of cases of a disease within a group of people, geographic area, or a period of time. True cl