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Category Archives: Toxicology/Drugs

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

Straight, No Chaser: Introduction to Club Drugs – Date Rape and Other Adverse Effects

A little knowledge goes a long way, particularly when it comes to the habits of teens and young adults. Those who partake in the club scene, parties, concerts or other social setti
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

Straight, No Chaser: Sedative (Sleeping and Anxiety Pill) Abuse

Recent Straight, No Chaser posts have focused on the scope of the danger of medicines and other drugs/chemicals you keep around your home. These substances are because of the inc
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Prescription Drug Abuse

Many times over the years, I’ve had to explain to patients such as chronic sufferers from migraines, low back pain and other conditions that even if they weren’t “drug-seekin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Inhalants – Effects and Actions to Take

Straight, No Chaser previously reviewed various forms of inhalants used to get intoxicated. Many kids think inhalants are a harmless, cheap, and quick way to “get high.” Becau
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Your Kids Huff and Puff – Learn about Inhalants

Over the course of several posts, we’ve described how difficult it is for you to keep abreast of the activities of teens. In this and a subsequent Straight, No Chaser post, we
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Female Reproductive Health and Workplace Hazards

Considerations of female reproductive health are important in the work environment. Many different work settings pose risks to women’s reproductive systems. Generally effects can
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Health Benefits of Red Wine

It’s the start of a new week, and we’re coming off a lot of Straight, No Chaser posts on alcohol, so let’s just address some questions you’ve asked about the benefit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Alcoholism and Alcohol-Related Deaths Are on the Rise

Does it seem that alcoholism isn’t discussed much anymore, or is it that the public health community has focused more on overdose deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Self Assessment of Alcohol Dependency

The number one response to the post on acute alcohol poisoning was pretty simple: “How can I tell if I’m drinking too much over the long haul?” And so it’
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 6, 2018
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