10 of the World's Deadliest Plants — And How They Kill You. The predator must also, for some reason or another, want to continue to pursue this plant for the toxicity to go so high.
Additionally, why this particular poison for that plant? Evolution, fascinating, indeed. I do wonder if any of these are actually the predator. 10 Happy Accidents from the Annals of Drug Discovery. But big pharma is hiding the really good ones!
Seriously, so many good stories. Anegrelide was developed as a blood pressure medicine but caused low platelets...hey, a treatment for essential thrombocytosis, a disease where the body makes too many platelets! Diazepam (Valium) was developed as a food dye. Diazo compounds are frequently colorful. People got sleepy after eating it though. Powdered Mummy, Gladiator Blood, and other Historical Medicines Made from Human Corpses. I was thinking the same.
I would love to watch the creation of such a pattern. I wonder how? Is it not just a square weave, like some call a 'god's eye?' Now that I see it in my mind's eye (and having made them from yarn and bamboo as a kid)... Bite Down on a Stick: The History of Anesthesia. Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science. Are allergies for real? I don't think Celiac disease is an allergy.
There are people who are allergic to wheat or gluten, but their reactions are quite different. A coworker and I both have Celiac. We are both mostly Irish and Scottish, and there seems to be some family history. It's interesting that during WWII in the UK, wheat was mostly limited to the soldiers, so families made do with other grains; the cases of chronic diarrhea among the civilian population dropped hugely during this time. So, there's definitely a genetic factor, but I think there are additional factors that are resulting in greater numbers of Celiac sufferers and in the number of people developing wheat and/or gluten allergies:
From "Irritable Heart" to "Shellshock": How Post-Traumatic Stress Became a Disease. Thanks for a very interesting & enlightening read.
My research on PTSD has mostly centered around the present and the future: what do we know, and what can we do? I had wondered idly about historic precedents but, other than shell shock, hadn't gone too far with it. How do smelling salts work? You seriously have no sense of smell?
Like, you couldn't smell lysol if someone sprayed it under your nose? Dude! The Many Ways Science Has (Wrongly) Assessed Your Personality.