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The Death Cap Mushroom . . . It's as Bad as it Sounds

A lot of things in life don’t make sense, and it seems I spend half my time trying to explain and rationalize these to my three young girls. 1,117 more words

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Gelsemium and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Self-Poisoner

Before there was Sherlock Holmes and his trademark deerstalker cap, there was an English physician, Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle. And before that there was just plain old Arthur Conan Doyle, a student at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and where we will begin. 1,389 more words

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How to Treat a Broken Heart, or Poison Your Lover, with Foxglove

“The use of foxglove is getting abroad, and it is better the world should derive some instruction, however imperfect, from my experience, than that the lives of men should be hazarded by unguarded exhibition, or that a medicine of so much efficacy should be condemned and rejected as dangerous and unmanageable”

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Salicylic Acid: The Journey From Humble Willow to Aspirin

Plant based medicines have been around nearly as long as humans, but one stands out more than all the others combined. The ancient Sumerians, circa 2000 BC, recorded the use of willow leaves to treat inflammation. 1,044 more words

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Brugmansia: Angel's Trumpet or the Devil's?

Often times the common names given to plants are due to their physical characteristics. Take the Brugmansia genus, for example, its common name is “Angel’s Trumpet.” By taking a look at these photos you can certainly see why it could be called such. 1,170 more words

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Kratom: Legal High and Lethal Poison

Kratom is one of my favorite plants and poisons. It ranks right up there with scopolamine and the Solanaceae plants it comes from. I talk about kratom in nearly every death investigation or drug talk I give – about two a year. 1,295 more words

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Agave: And Then There was Tequila . . . and Dermatitis

Everyone has heard of tequila, or at least I hope you have. There’s nothing better than a margarita on the rocks while resting in the shade on a hot summer day . 912 more words

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