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The Skinny On Dietary Supplements

It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new you, right? Many of us want to improve our health as a new year’s resolution. Nutrition stores stock their shelves with an array of supplements aimed at weight loss, enhancing…

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Safety Never Takes a Holiday

Poisonings never take a break, even during the holidays. Missouri Poison Center is always ready to help, every day of the year. One of the best pieces of advice we give is to program the poison help phone number into your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222. Being prepared and calling right away is your best bet – you’ll be speaking with a poison specialist within seconds to get the help you need!
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Tick Bites on the Uptick

QUICK FACTS Tick bites are on the rise in Missouri. The best way to protect you and your family from tick-borne disease is knowledge and prevention. To remove a tick, use a thin-tipped tweezers – smothering or burning the tick…

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The “Pits” of Food Safety

You may have known certain fruit pits and seeds contain a form of cyanide, but could someone really have a toxicity from eating them? A recent news story about cherry pits has brought concern to the public. A man reportedly ate three cherry pits and was hospitalized for cyanide poisoning. He apparently cracked open the pit and ate the seed inside. While this is extremely rare and unlikely to occur from an exposure like this, cherry pits do contain a small amount of a toxic substance.
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Charcoal: It’s the New Black

Have you seen the new trend in food and cosmetics for 2017? For decades, charcoal was the “go-to” antidote in the emergency department for poisonings. Recently, it has fallen out of favor as research studies show it may not work as well as we thought. But, charcoal is making a comeback as a trendy product for use as a detoxifier. Many people are now buying activated charcoal powder or capsules at their local health food store or online.
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