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RE: Tool Box Protection

To: "Albaugh, Neil" <>
Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection
From: Ed Van Scoy <>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 15:54:28 -0700
You are absolutely correct. A search turned up this tidbit: 
"Uses include killing germs; pain relief; healing skin, lips,
nose and burns; prophecy in dreams; purification; phyiscal
energy."  Who'ed a thunk eating mothballs was good for you ;-)
Ed (remember, I'm a product of the Alabama public school system)

---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 17:34:34 -0500 
>From: "Albaugh, Neil" <>  
>Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection  
>To: "'Ed Van Scoy'" <>
>Cc: "'Russel Mack'" <>, "'Phillip
Landry'" <>,
"''" <>
>A quick websearch on "camphor blocks" turned up a number of
>sources, including health stores. 
>Lots of stuff in a shop is toxic if ingested in the right
amounts. If anyone
>is wandering around a shop who may feel compelled to eat a
block of camphor,
>he shouldn't be there in the first place. The probability of
injury by all
>the power tools there is far higher. Drinking kerosene isn't
too healthy,
>either. Neither are those X-Acto knives that are in my tool 
drawer with
>Seriously, though. Your warnings are well taken. We should
all exercise a
>reasonable degree of caution with anything we use.
>Regards, Neil     Tucson, AZ
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ed Van Scoy [] 
>Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 3:05 PM
>To: Albaugh, Neil
>Cc: 'Russel Mack'; 'Phillip Landry'; ''
>Subject: RE: Tool Box Protection
>Camphor is a colorless or a white crystal granule or cake
product obtained
>from the wood of the camphor tree. It may also be
synthetically derived.
>Some products such as lotions, astringents, and moth
repellents still
>contain camphor as an active ingredient. In 1980, the Food
and Drug
>Administration set a limit of 11% allowable camphor in
consumer products and
>totally banned products labeled as camphorated oil, camphor
oil, camphor
>liniment, and camphorated liniment.
>Camphor, readily absorbed through the skin, produces the
sensation of warmth
>and slight local anesthesia. Camphor poisoning produces
seizures and may be
>preceded by mental confusion, irritability, neuromuscular
hyperactivity, and
>jerky movements of the extremities. Camphor poisoning from
>products may occur following oral ingestion. Symptoms occur
five to ninety
>minutes following ingestion. 

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