Paracelsus to parascience: the environmental cancer distraction.

@article{Ames2000ParacelsusTP,
  title={Paracelsus to parascience: the environmental cancer distraction.},
  author={Bruce N. Ames and Lois Swirsky Gold},
  journal={Mutation research},
  year={2000},
  volume={447 1},
  pages={3-13}
}
Entering a new millennium seems a good time to challenge some old ideas, which in our view are implausible, have little supportive evidence, and might best be left behind. In this essay, we summarize a decade of work, raising four issues that involve toxicology, nutrition, public health, and government regulatory policy. (a) Paracelsus or parascience: the dose (trace) makes the poison. Half of all chemicals, whether natural or synthetic, are positive in high-dose rodent cancer tests. These… CONTINUE READING
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