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Monday, October 1, 2007



In the initial Blog reporting on the toxic effects of insecticides, we discussed the experience of an individual, a dentist, who was poisoned by Malathion. In order to help others who might find themselves in a similar predicament, I am publishing with his permission a description from the individual involved.

“My symptoms were (starting about 30 minutes after apparent exposure to Malathion) was dizziness, continuing to worsen for several hours. I had taken care in spraying, using a droplet spray, not aerosol, and was standing 4 feet distant from the potted tree. However, I did later move the tree. I had a short-sleeve shirt on. Apparently the contamination was on the skin, however, I did not associate my symptoms with the spray until many hours later. Had I connected the two events earlier, my course of action would have been to remove the clothes and shower thoroughly. Unfortunately, I did not make the connection for about 12 hours (duh!!!) as I have never had any reaction to Malathion before and thought of it as very innocuous (wrong).

The symptoms were very similar to sea sickness. Motion caused vomiting. However, when lying down and not moving, the vomiting ceased. The vomiting did not begin for 12 hours post-exposure.

My son checked for toxic reactions on the internet and superficial research did not reveal any symptoms similar to mine. However, the CDC/Poison Control phone center confirmed the symptoms. (The local medical personnel were too busy to see me or were out of the office and would not give advice without seeing me nor did they refer me to Poison Control!)

Since I have experienced impossibly long waits and poor treatment in the local hospital and no near-by physician could see me, I decided to treat myself as I would with motion sickness. Bed rest, moving little, only liquids my mouth and 25 mg Benadryl (diphenyl dramamine). Three days later, the dizziness has ceased and I have lived to tell the tale...which I shall not repeat!

Why is it I have to keep relearning that prevention is the best treatment? The Silent Spring that Rachael Carson described so forcefully decades ago also affects humans every bit as much or more as we humans are at the top of the food chain where toxic encounters concentrate.
I am also now using selenium (used for treating some forms of toxicity) and grape-seed extract to sop up free-radicals. R”

Dr. Tauraso’s note: Highlight, copy, and paste this link for a more detailed description of the toxic effects of Malathion in humans: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/MHMI/mmg154.html

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic


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