CONSULTANTS IN TOXICOLOGY
TOXICOLOGY LITIGATION SUPPORT
Welcome to Consultox, Limited, a toxicology consulting firm established in 1985. Dr. Richard A. Parent, Principal and Consulting Toxicologist, is a doubly Board Certified Toxicologist with a firm foundation in chemistry and over 30 years of practice in the field of Toxicology. Consultox is a full service toxicology consulting firm providing support to litigants as an Expert Witness in Toxicology and to industry as an Independent Toxicology Consultant for projects involving product safety, drug impurities, risk assessment, and various agency product registration processes.
DR. RICHARD PARENT
Expert Witness Toxicologist
Richard A. Parent, PhD, DABT, FATS, RAC, ERT, is certified by the American Board of Toxicology and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences as well as the Regulatory Affairs Certification Board. He is a recognized Expert in Toxicology in France and the European Community. Dr. Parent has over 35 years of experience in Toxicology and Chemistry and has directed two toxicology laboratories, the combination of such affords him insights that go far beyond his fields of dual expertise. Read More
THE QUARTER NOTE
FORMALDEHYDE AND YOU
Formaldehyde is ubiquitous. If you are allergic to it, it will cause you to suffer asthma-like pulmonary function deficits that will not only be triggered by formaldehyde itself, but also by other aldehydes commonly found in perfumes and other odorants. It also is capable of causing allergic reactions on skin in sensitized individuals. Formaldehyde is typically present in most homes from numerous sources including particle board which may be used in various cabinets, flooring, urea-formaldehyde insulation, tobacco smoke, fumes from gas stoves, cooking processes, and various consumer products including cosmetics and crease-resistant new clothing. Particle board is made up of wood chips held together with a phenol-formaldehyde resin which can off-gas formaldehyde. If you think that you are allergic to formaldehyde, you can go to your allergist and be patch tested; but this test is only meaningful if the results are positive. A negative test does not mean that you are not allergic to formaldehyde. Patch tests for formaldehyde have been shown to be unreliable in many cases. Formaldehyde is also a known animal carcinogen producing nasal tumors in rats, and a suspect human carcinogen linked to lymphatic and hematopoietic cancers including lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia; but the association is not strong. Formaldehyde also has been shown to result in mutagenicity and to produce chromosomal aberrations.
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