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By: Kemic  09-12-2011
Keywords: Toxicology

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Kemic's expertise in all aspects of toxicology has been widely utilized by the legal profession.  Our specific interests and extensive consulting and expert witness experience include: alcohol/drugs and driving (DUI), urine drug testing, forensic pharmacokinetics, and the adverse effects of various xenobiotic substances in the workplace and the environment. 

Recognized for scientific integrity, Kemic offers genuine expertise concerning various toxicological matters including the increasingly widespread and highly controversial phenomenon of "MCS" (Multiple Chemical Sensitvity). To conduct a toxicological assessment the toxicologist requires extensive knowledge and special insight. Worth emphasizing in this regard:  ".. is that all chemicals are potentially toxic at certain (high) doses -- a concept ("the dose makes the poison") which was first elaborated by the 16th century Swiss physician and alchemist, Paracelsus. 

"It is inappropriate .. therefore, to speak of a separate class of "toxic chemicals" .  Toxicity is dependent upon the dose (amount) of any chemical.  It is not a peculiar inherent property of only certain substances. 

"The ever increasing ability .. of the analyst to measure substances at lower and lower concentrations (e.g. ppb or ppt), especially in the environment, leads a misinformed public to assume that "toxic chemicals" are a ubiquitous cause of concern.  The mere detection of a potentially "nasty" chemical, however, does not imply that a toxic threat exists."   Mullen, P.W. (1995) Forensic Interpretative Pharmacology & Toxicology, In:The Expert: A Practitioner's Guide (Eds: K.M. Matthews, et al.) Carswell, Toronto p. 20-5

Keywords: Toxicology