In graduate school, some of my fellow graduate students developed signs of selenium toxicity from compounds they were working with. It is no joke that toxicity is discovered by graduate students. Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and her daughter, who worked with her, died due to radiation poisoning.
It is my firmly held opinion that the Legislature should not abrogate standards passed by scientists who have the time and educational background to study the biological world. Quite frankly, I doubt if even one of them knows the vocabulary, much less the procedures, used in establishing standards.
The chronic, or day after day, toxic dose for humans is between two and a half to three thousandths of a gram. That is just over one ten-thousandth the weight of a dime! For many animals it is considerably less.
Knuckling under to Big Coal is not a good idea.
S. Thomas Bond
Medical system hints of fraud, incompetence
I am over 70 years old. Like many people my age, I have numerous medical problems. Imagine my dismay at receiving bills from doctors I never heard of for treatments I didn't know I had as much as nine months after a hospital stay.
What kind of accounting system takes nine months to notify a person that he owes money? This reeks of incompetence and hints of fraud.
I understand that medical billing is complex, but this is absurd. If it were uncommon, I'd let it pass, but it seems to be a routine event.
Justin Bertrand Galen Skywatcher