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Old 26 May 2007, 12:50 AM
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Police Officer sues cold remedy maker, saying he can't smell meth labs anymore

A deputy U.S. marshal based in Charleston is suing the makers of the popular cold remedy Zicam over his lost sense of smell, which he says has put him in danger of being unknowingly exposed to methamphetamine labs.

http://www.dailymail.com/story/News/...-labs-anymore/
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Old 27 June 2015, 02:33 PM
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You cannot keep putting heavy metals on and in your body and expect no long-term effects. As an RN, I cannot believe the FDA has allowed the unchecked sales of these meds for years.
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Especially when potential loss of smell is a fairly well known potential side effect of this specific medication. Oh, and Wendy? The FDA warned people about Zicam back in 2009.

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Since the suit was filed back in 2007, the fact that the FDA was warning people in 2009 wouldn't have helped the marshal.

ETA: That was more to point out that this is an old article to wendybtn.

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Old 30 June 2015, 09:22 PM
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You cannot keep putting heavy metals on and in your body and expect no long-term effects. As an RN, I cannot believe the FDA has allowed the unchecked sales of these meds for years.
To be fair, Zinc Oxide has been used for a long time and the health benefits far outweigh the liabilities.

Zinc as a treatment for the common cold is recognized as safe by the FDA (though the efficacy evidence is still shaky).

And, Zinc is the metal with the second highest concentration in the human body (Iron is first). It is considered an essential nutrient. Zinc deficiency is serious though pretty uncommon since Zinc is so common in foods.
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Old 30 June 2015, 09:32 PM
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To be fair, Zinc Oxide has been used ...
Quoted myself.

Few would consider Iron toxic but even dietary levels are toxic to a significant number of people, hence Iron is considered a Heavy Metal.

(BTW there really isn't a chemical definition of "heavy metal", perhaps it has to do with excessive use of umlauts.)
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