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Abstract Title:

[Sudden death caused by an oleoresin capsicum spray].

Abstract Source:

Arch Med Sadowej Kryminol. 2009 Jul-Sep;59(3):252-4. PMID: 20441089

Abstract Author(s):

Anna Niemcunowicz-Janica, Iwona Ptaszyńska-Sarosiek, Zofia Wardaszka

Article Affiliation:

Z Zakładu Medycyny Sadowej Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Białymstoku.


The report presents rare case of a sudden death of a young man, caused by an oleoresin capsicum spray. In consequence, the victim developed acute laryngeal edema and death by asphyxiation.

Study Type : Human: Case Report

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inability to phonate 36-48 hours post amalgam out

This is my first foray into your intriguing website.  I am gratefully a very healthy 62 y.o. practicing R.N. in acute care and have supported the organics industry for 2 decades.  I believe in preventive care and feel that the present medical system only knows how to deal w/ the "crash/burn" scenario w/ any success, if that...and we wonder why the system's overburdened?

I've been unhappy w/ my dentists for some time now and recently decided to take it upon myself to find a "green" one.  Found a directory online and decided upon one w/in 5 -10 mi. of my home, although upon meeting him, discovered he was surprised that he was listed in said directory.  First bad sign.  We had an uncomfortable discussion about my desire to minimize radiation exposure due to having had annual mammograms for a mother who had breast cancer and annual chest x-rays for a while post being exposed to a patient w/ an active but undiagnosed case and having converted to a positive PPD from the care I'd delivered, despite the requisite treatment of a year on INH and Pyridoxine and never a documented active case on x-ray/no symptoms...EVER.  I had no current dental complaints and was merely trying to get established w/ a new dentist for an overdue cleaning.

He shared the sad story of his son who has a rare cancer that was being treated at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and as if to compare my exposure to his son's, insisted I get fresh sets because the last set I had was 5 years old.  We agreed that radiation exposure is cumulative over a lifetime.  Second bad sign.

The x-rays showed, as did the 5 yr. old set, that I have a cracked molar, filled w/ amalgam.  I also have many VERY old amalgam-filled teeth from a childhood of poor nutrition and no parental insistence on proper brushing, my mother having been widowed early in life w/ three children to raise, no secondary education having been removed from her college education for a relocation camp during WWII, released to have my father pass away by the time I was 4.  She then took on two jobs, home only to sleep a few hours a night or day...leaving me w/ a lifetime of more than my share of amalgam now at 62.

These past 5 years I've been wondering why my otherwise stellar bloodwork , HDL 125 confirmed by reanalysis by the lab, and everything else in line except for out-of-range low WBCs and platelets.  As an RN who hails from UCLA's program, it didn't take me long to learn that chronic mercury toxicity can cause low WBCs and platelets...which made me want it OUT.  A little more research and I learn that there are dentists who will take extra care in removing old amalgam (since the process of removal is associated w/ actual increases in toxic exposure) by using dams.  This was not the case Monday, when I had the first of two appointments for a gold cap to be made for said tooth.  As the grinding of the tooth proceeded, an assistant did suction.  That was the extent of my "protection" from particulate matter from the procedure, though they both masked.

Approximately 36 hours later, I began to experience the progressive loss of my voice, starting out w/ raspiness...but by the end of Wednesday, I clearly had what I felt was a laryngitis and my medical director advised I inform my clinical manager that I was sick and consider not coming to work - which my clinical scoffed at and advised I come to work but mask.  Thursday AM I had completely lost my voice and called in to whisper that I was unable to phonate at all.  Management decided it would be a PR problem, so that I'd better stay home and give it a rest...which I've done yesterday and today, w/ no appreciable change.  

In the past decade, I've had, perhaps, one other case of laryngitis which cleared pretty much over a weekend.  I enjoy a very good history of not missing but a handful of days over the decade - and I've avoided flu immunizations and been allowed to do so because of my attendance record (this may end due to impending threats to require ALL staff be immunized!).  But this case is, so far, not progressing as I would expect a normal case of viral laryngitis would and I'm left wondering if the possible exposure to particulate matter from the amalgam "removal" is playing a part.

I'm looking for scholarly articles that might shed some light on the effects of particulate matter from amalgam removal on vocal cords to take to this dentist for his consideration.

Thank you.

Sharon Choy, R.N.

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