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Dr. Lois Swirsky Gold

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Researcher

Phone: (510) ***-****  HQ Phone
Berkeley
2736 Bancroft Way
Berkeley , California 94704
United States

Company Description: The UC Berkeley School of Public Health offers a university course on health impact assessment in which students critically evaluate a local, regional, or state...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Carcinogenic Potency Project
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Board Member
    CHORI
  • Board Member
    Pharmacolgy
  • Board Member
    The Annapolis Center and the Editorial Board for the Society for Regulatory Toxicology

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.
    Stanford University
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Web References
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Walnut Creek
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BERKELEY - A Chinese herbal product known to cause kidney failure and cancer in people and banned for importation two years ago by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is readily available through the Internet, pointing out the need for FDA policies regulating the sale of dangerous herbals through the Web, according to University of California, Berkeley researcher Lois Swirsky Gold.
In a letter in today's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Gold, who directs the Carcinogenic Potency Project at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reports that herbal products containing aristolochic acid can be easily purchased through the Internet, despite 105 documented cases of rapid kidney failure due to use in a Belgian clinic in 1993 of a diet supplement containing the herbal extract. Half of the 39 women who had their kidneys removed after taking the supplement were found to have cancer of the urinary tract, the letter notes. Kidney failure associated with aristolochic acid has been seen in eight other countries and urothelial cancer in two other countries, Gold said.
Many names are used for such products, including fang ji (Aristolochia fangchi) and wild ginger (Asarum canadense). The herbal products, which include those marketed as "Cramp Relief," "Cold Away," "Mother Earth's Cough Syrup," "Old Indian Herbal Syrup" and "PMS-Ease," are recommended on the Web for gastrointestinal symptoms, weight loss, cough, immune stimulation and menstrual cramps, among others. A list of products is at http://potency.berkeley.edu.
"Aristolochia and aristolochic acid are known human and rat carcinogens," Gold said in an interview.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Walnut Creek
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BERKELEY - A Chinese herbal product known to cause kidney failure and cancer in people and banned for importation two years ago by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is readily available through the Internet, pointing out the need for FDA policies regulating the sale of dangerous herbals through the Web, according to University of California, Berkeley researcher Lois Swirsky Gold.
In a letter in today's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Gold, who directs the Carcinogenic Potency Project at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reports that herbal products containing aristolochic acid can be easily purchased through the Internet, despite 105 documented cases of rapid kidney failure due to use in a Belgian clinic in 1993 of a diet supplement containing the herbal extract. Half of the 39 women who had their kidneys removed after taking the supplement were found to have cancer of the urinary tract, the letter notes. Kidney failure associated with aristolochic acid has been seen in eight other countries and urothelial cancer in two other countries, Gold said.
Many names are used for such products, including fang ji (Aristolochia fangchi) and wild ginger (Asarum canadense). The herbal products, which include those marketed as "Cramp Relief," "Cold Away," "Mother Earth's Cough Syrup," "Old Indian Herbal Syrup" and "PMS-Ease," are recommended on the Web for gastrointestinal symptoms, weight loss, cough, immune stimulation and menstrual cramps, among others. A list of products is at http://potency.berkeley.edu.
"Aristolochia and aristolochic acid are known human and rat carcinogens," Gold said in an interview.
BERKELEY - A Chinese herbal ...
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BERKELEY - A Chinese herbal product known to cause kidney failure and cancer in people and banned for importation two years ago by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is readily available through the Internet, pointing out the need for FDA policies regulating the sale of dangerous herbals through the Web, according to University of California, Berkeley researcher Lois Swirsky Gold.
In a letter in today's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Gold, who directs the Carcinogenic Potency Project at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, reports that herbal products containing aristolochic acid can be easily purchased through the Internet, despite 105 documented cases of rapid kidney failure due to use in a Belgian clinic in 1993 of a diet supplement containing the herbal extract. Half of the 39 women who had their kidneys removed after taking the supplement were found to have cancer of the urinary tract, the letter notes. Kidney failure associated with aristolochic acid has been seen in eight other countries and urothelial cancer in two other countries, Gold said.
Many names are used for such products, including fang ji (Aristolochia fangchi) and wild ginger (Asarum canadense). The herbal products, which include those marketed as "Cramp Relief," "Cold Away," "Mother Earth's Cough Syrup," "Old Indian Herbal Syrup" and "PMS-Ease," are recommended on the Web for gastrointestinal symptoms, weight loss, cough, immune stimulation and menstrual cramps, among others. A list of products is at http://potency.berkeley.edu.
"Aristolochia and aristolochic acid are known human and rat carcinogens," Gold said in an interview.
Lois Swirsky Gold, expert on ...
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Lois Swirsky Gold, expert on toxins and carcinogens, dies at 70
ByRobert Sanders, Media Relations |June 13, 2012
BERKELEY
Lois Swirsky Gold, a political scientist who became a self-taught expert on the toxic and carcinogenic effects of chemicals, died May 16 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif., after a brief battle with cancer. Gold, a resident of Oakland, was 70.
Lois Swirsky Gold
Lois Swirsky Gold, who directed the Carcinogenic Potency Project at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, died in May at the age of 70.
Gold teamed up with UC Berkeley biochemist Bruce Ames in 1978 to create a publicly accessible database of all the studies conducted around the world on how animals, primarily rats and mice, respond to chemicals.
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Lois became known as the world's expert on the potency of rodent carcinogens."
Gold directed the Carcinogenic Potency Project for more than 30 years from its base at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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"By targeting pesticide residues as a major problem, we risk making fruits and vegetables more expensive and indirectly increasing cancer risks, especially among the poor," Gold said in 1997.
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"I like to remember Lois as that bundle of energy ready to tackle some new controversy and determined to get the scholarship right," he added. "Science and the public have lost an extraordinary scientist who instilled sanity in the controversy about trace chemical exposures."
Gold was particularly vocal about the dangers of some chemicals found in dietary supplements, and testified on the subject before the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
When Ames retired from UC Berkeley and moved to the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Center (CHORI), Gold moved with him, and retired from CHORI in 2008.
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Lois Swirsky Gold, expert on toxins and carcinogens, dies at 70
In Memoriam: Lois Swirsky Gold, ...
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In Memoriam: Lois Swirsky Gold, 1941-2012
In Memoriam: Lois Swirsky Gold, 1941-2012
For 30 years, she was the director of the Carcinogenic Potency Project at the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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