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Category Archives: Toxicology/Drugs

Overview of the American Drug Overdose Epidemic

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser guide loses at the drug overdose epidemic in the United States. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. Deaths from dr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 19, 2019

Handling the Wide Variety of Bites!

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser guide addresses the different types of bites that we need to address, especially in the summer. How many times have you been bitten so far? Th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 22, 2019

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Introduction It’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Accordingly, this Straight, No Chaser post provides information you need to know! Let’s start with this simple
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 21, 2019

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) & New Year’s Eve

Introduction This post is about driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and other illicit substances. Celebrating New Year’s Eve? As I am known to say, risks represent incid
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 31, 2018

Eliminating Alcohol from the Body

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post is about eliminating alcohol from the body. We get questions from you all the time. In preparation for New Year’s Eve, here’s
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 30, 2018

Prevention and Treatment of Lead Poisoning

Introduction This point is about prevention and treatment of lead poisoning. What you need to know about protecting yourself from lead poisoning and its effects is reducible to awa
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 27, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions About Lead Poisoning

Introduction Medically speaking, it really wasn’t long ago when dozens of cases of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan occurred. Of course, this was a result of elevated levels
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 26, 2018

Taking Vitamins and Mineral Supplements

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser discusses the use of vitamins and mineral supplements. If any of you are familiar with the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory on CBS, you may reca
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 19, 2018

Does drug use cause kidney damage?

Introduction This post addresses your question on drug-induced kidney damage. Drug-Induced Kidney Damage Each kidney filters about 1700 liters of blood per day and concentrates flu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 24, 2018

Treating Halloween Mishaps

Introduction In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we offered you tips for a safe Halloween. However, safety tips are only as good as your inclination to use them. Even when an ou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 31, 2018

Halloween Health Tips

Introduction Have you ever said the phrase “Halloween safety tips?” Well, are you taking the young ones trick-or-treating this year? Straight, No Chaser and the Cent
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 30, 2018

Your Questions About E-Cigarettes (Vaping)

Let’s talk about using E-cigarettes, aka vaping. Here are five questions you commonly ask. What is vaping, and how is it different from smoking cigarettes? E-cigarettes are batte
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 1, 2018

Use and Effectiveness of CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil

Let’s talk about cannabidiol (aka CBD) oil. There’s a huge fervor for this, which is understandable given the wave of states having legalized marijuana. CBD oil has become wide
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Natural Colon Cleansing (Colonics) as a Means of Detox

C’mon. Be honest. You knew we’d end up here (no pun intended). Isn’t colonic cleansing one of those things that makes you wonder who the Greek guy was who first thought of
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 18, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: A Look at Detox Diets

Introduction In this post we take a look at detox diets. Everyone who talks to me about detox is motivated and sincere about making an improvement in his or her health.  Therefore
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Our World is Filled with Toxins

You can’t escape all toxins, but you can certainly minimize your exposure to them.  A handy way to classify them involves reminding you of the organ systems that help us detoxif
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 15, 2018

Introduction to Club Drugs and Date Rape

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post is about Club Drugs and Date Rape. A little knowledge goes a long way, particularly when it comes to the habits of teens and young adults
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 13, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Hookahs and Health

I love the responses I get from you. Even the spam is entertaining. Most recently, when I posted this, the most common response was some variation of this theme: “What’s a hook
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Bath Salts – Seen Any Zombies Lately?

You can have an idea how bad a drug is when it has more street names than is remotely necessary. Today’s Straight, No Chaser is about bath salts, which are another group of tho
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Steroid Abuse

In the conversation about drugs of abuse, anabolic steroids hold a unique position. They work very differently from other drugs of abuse, and they do not have the same acute effect
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 10, 2018
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