My name is Justin Brower, and I’m a Forensic Toxicologist. It’s not quite like CSI – we’re not all beautiful people wearing sunglasses. But it’s still pretty cool.
I earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Organic chemistry for those that care, so I have a fondness for chemical structures. I started out in Big Pharma . . . OK, it was more like Micro Pharma. I then transitioned to a career in postmortem forensic toxicology. It is fascinating to see how people kill themselves and others. No two cases are the same. I started this blog for several reasons, one of which was to push myself to learn more. So I took my love of chemical structures and things that kill people and morphed them into this.
So why Nature’s Poisons? Methadone and Oxycodone have been done to death. To death, get it? What I’m not likely to see in my job is someone dead from Taipoxin. There’s just not too many Australian Inland Taipan snakes in my neck of the woods. Thank goodness, I hate snakes. So I can at least write about it. I also like plants and gardening, and seeing how there are thousands of plant based poisons, there’s no shortage of material.
Some things I will write about:
- Nature’s Poisons – all types chemical and biological
- Interesting poisonings – recent and historical
- Old uses of Nature’s Poisons
Some things I will not write about:
- Cases I am involved with, either directly or tangentially. I’m sure you understand why.
If you know me, and the agency I work for, then you know that these writings are my own, with my own thoughts and opinions. I don’t represent my employer in any way, shape, or form. Happy? Good.
So enjoy, and don’t try these things at home. If there is anything you’d like to know , or for me to write about, just send me a note: NaturesPoisons@gmail.com