Hormesis is real–small doses of even terrible toxins are not toxic, and sometimes beneficial

Ed Calabrese, our house expert and hero on toxicology and hormesis ( benefitical effects at small doses) provides me with this link. I can’t add to the commentary, and would applaud the idea as sensible–Paracelsus said dose makes the poison–a long time ago.

http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/environmental-toxicologist-hopes-hormesis

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3 responses to “Hormesis is real–small doses of even terrible toxins are not toxic, and sometimes beneficial

  1. harrie verstappen

    The big fear is that homeopathy will shout “We told you so!”

  2. A close look at homeopathy and you see that they aren’t talking about detectable amounts that can be studied. Homeopathy has nothing to do with hormesis–low level radiation therapeutic levels of drugs all demonstrate hormesis. Homeopathy is a hoax because it does not deal in pharmacological concept, but mysticism and voodoo thinking.

  3. harrie verstappen

    Of course you’re right, but will the homeos and fans care about those ‘subtleties’? Was my fear.

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