Ken Spaeth, MD

Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center
North Shore-LIJ Health System


Recent Posts By: Ken Spaeth, MD

Check Your Receipt:
Thermal Paper Increases BPA Exposure

Thermal paper (commonly used for print receipts) could cause substantially more exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) than was previously recognized, according to a new PLOS One study. The research is the latest of about 600 articles on the harmful effects of BPA published in medical journals since 2010. Manufacturers produce roughly 6 billion pounds of… posted in: Environmental & Occupational Health, Newstags:


MRSA Can Easily Spread in Schools

The recent MRSA infection scare at a local high school proved to be a false alarm. Nevertheless, it flagged an important point:  Places with frequent sharing and close interactions–like schools, dorms and daycare centers–pose a higher risk for spreading community-associated Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contact sports… Read more »

Caramel Coloring Contains a Likely Carcinogen

While you may not have heard of 4MeI (4-Methylimidazole), you have almost certainly been eating and drinking it. A component of caramel coloring, 4MeI is the most common food-coloring chemical in the world. Most notably, it helps gives cola its signature brownish color. Over the years, a number of public health advocates and consumer groups… Read more »

FDA Takes Aim at Antibiotics in Agricultural Industry

The US agricultural industry has routinely fed antibiotics to livestock and poultry for more than 50 years. In fact, while medical use of antibiotics accounts for approximately 20 percent of global sales, the agricultural industry buys the other 80 percent as a way to promote weight gain and prevent disease in livestock and poultry. Such… Read more »

The Paradox of Vitamin Supplements

People who buy vitamin supplements do so with the best intentions–to make themselves and their families healthier. The irony is, they may be safer without them: Neglect or misconduct by manufacturers and distributors often causes contamination of vitamin supplements. Tainted supplements aren’t only a local problem. Yesterday’s Newsday article about the vast number of vitamin… Read more »