Methanol Toxicity

Methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol, is the simplest of the class of chemicals chemists call alcohols.  Ethanol, the spirit many enjoy in beer, wine, and cocktails, is closely related.  Both can be made naturally when yeast ferment the natural chemicals in grains and fruits.  And like all chemicals, both can be toxic when you are exposed to too much.  But, when you consume methanol, the way your body metabolizes it makes it much more toxic than ethanol.  Methanol poisonings were common during the Prohibition Era of the 1920’s and 30’s because methanol was ...

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Watch Our Newest Featured Video “Toxicity Today”

In “Toxicity Today” viewers will enjoy a comic taste of the “sometimes not poisonous and sometimes very poisonous” Botox® and the not always as safe as you think overconsumption of water – brought to you by the Toxicology Education Foundation (, a resource for information about chemicals in our world and tips for how we can evaluate health risks while reaping the benefits of medicines and other chemicals. To learn more about Botulinum Toxin and Botox®, Water Intoxication (dilutional hyponatremia), Basics of Dose and Exposure, and Hazard ...

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Venomous or Poisonous – Animals, Plants, Mushrooms, and More

Venomous animals, poisonous plants, mushrooms, and substances produced by microbes, inflict considerable damage to humans and other animals throughout the world.  In scientific lingo, the entire subject is referred to as toxinology and the injurious natural substances as toxins. Thus, toxinology is a subset of the broader discipline of toxicology, and toxins could be considered a sub-category of toxicants, which is the proper word to use more generally for hazardous substances. Venomous organisms use a specialized delivery system such as fangs to deliver their venom.  ...

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