Physicians can help their patients have a healthy autumn with a few reminders of natural and manufactured hazards.
Colorful mushrooms and berries may be attractive to pick and eat. But holly, Virginia creeper, jimson weed, and nightshade are among those that can be toxic. Similarly, fall fertilizers can contain toxic chemicals. Children should not be allowed to play in recently fertilized areas, and fertilizer products used should be properly stored and disposed of.
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