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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Health - Go Easy On That Analgesic Cream

It'll kill ya.
Methyl salicylate poisoning is unusual, and deaths from high levels of the chemical are rare.

"Chronic use is more dangerous than one-time use," Edward Arsura, chairman of medicine at Richmond University Medical Center, told the Staten Island Advance on Friday. "Exercise and heat can accentuate absorption."

Dr. Ronald Grelsamer, of Mount Sinai Medical Center, said Newman had a very abnormal amount of methyl salicylate in her body.

"She either lathered herself with it, or used way too much, or she used a normal amount and an abnormal percentage was absorbed into her body," he said.
Well, they don't really know exactly why she died, only that she had a very high percentage of methyl salicylate in her body at the time. Could've been overexercise, or unusual absorption capability, or the cream itself might be to blame, having a higher percentage of the substance than estimated.

I use this stuff occasionally, for the knee pains. Cheerful sod, ain't I?


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