At Toxilogic we’ll focus on expanding our awareness of, and coping with, the multitude of toxins we are all exposed to our daily lives — whether in our food supply, consumer products or the environment. How the issue of toxicity relates to children will be of particular interest.
We realize that living in a modern society, not all toxic exposure can be avoided. But much can. And to that end we will do what we can, when we can.
Not everything we discuss here will be scientifically proven, or even provable. It’s not unfair to say that laboratory studies of toxicology and human physiological response are at the very least problematic. There are simply too many variables to control for along with the fact that many experiments are considered too dangerous to conduct on human subjects. There’s also the thorny issue of hundreds of chemical agents interacting within the human body in an unpredictable chain of cause and effect that is virtually impossible to control for in the laboratory.
In the end, only the strongest connections will manifest in a laboratory setting. The subtle connections will often remain hidden requiring years of research before the preponderance of evidence finally tips the scale.
That said, there will undoubtedly be scientific breakthroughs which will add to the body of knowledge and show us that what we had always suspected was indeed true — or not. But more often than not, that definitive scientific, beyond-a shadow-of-a-doubt proof will be elusive if not altogether lacking.
Yet, in no way does a lack of a scientifically proven connection necessarily indicate a lack of causation. How many years did it take before we realized smoking cigarettes was a danger to our heath — yet the connection was always there. Asbestos and mesothelioma, air pollution and asthma, lead and brain development are all examples of previously undiscovered causative effect. Does anyone think we’ve already discovered all the possible connections between potential or undiscovered toxins and human health? Or might there be some we’ve yet to figure out?
So, at Toxilogic we don’t assume something is safe simply because definitive proof is lacking. Current US law might (and does), but we don’t.
We’ll do our best to use common sense and intuition to help guide us — and above all consider the source — when information is ambiguous or contradictory. We recognize that everyone is different and some more susceptible. We realize the interaction of various substances may have detrimental health effects where the substances on their own are benign. We realize we haven’t got it all figured out yet.
And yes, we also listen carefully to what independent and objective science has to say.
That’s what this blog will be about. We hope you’ll join us.