“Bath salts, the synthetic drug made infamous by incidents of psychotic “zombie” attacks, is more potent and potentially addictive than methamphetamine, a study has found…The study, published online Wednesday ahead of the August print edition of Neuropharmocology represents the most extensive examination to date of the effects of 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV. The drug, marketed as “bath salts” and other names, is the latest generation of designer stimulants to hit the U.S. markets.”
If your family is like our’s, full of kids, full of kid’s toys, and full of batteries needed to power them, you know that your kitchen drawers, closets, and children’s rooms are full of batteries! And like us, you probably can’t tell which ones still contain an iota of juice and which ones are ripe for use as ammunition in the event one child decides he/she was offended enough by another to turn that solid chunk into a stone-cold killing projectile.
A few days ago my son and I were researching ways to make a BBQ pit when we came across an article and a few journals about avoiding the use of shelves containing cadmium. So the trek began. Just what is cadmium? Cadmium, in its purest form, is a soft silver, white metal that is found naturally in the earth’s crust. However, the most common forms of cadmium found in the environment exist in combinations with other elements. For example, cadmium oxide (a mixture of cadmium and oxygen), cadmium chloride (a combination of cadmium and chlorine), and cadmium sulfide (a mixture of cadmium and sulfur) are commonly found in the environment. Cadmium doesn’t have a distinct taste or smell. EPA CAS Number: 7440-43-9
As it turns out, for a long time BBQ grills were coated heavily in cadmium. Cadmium was also found on some oven grills and even in refridgerators..oh and kitchenware as well.
Welp, off to the kitchen we go! Looks like somebody will be getting wooden bowls and utensils really soon!