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. Maybe, the prey provide something that helps promulgates their genes. 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. You could fill a book with warfarin stories. 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)... YES. Good call, for sure. 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: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. So, we're heavily exposed to it whether we realize it or not, in a manner that our evolution did not appear us for. 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. I was particularly struck by the array of data from non-military sources. Today, we are beginning to recognize and explore the physiological effects of trauma; it is most certainly not "all in your head," although it might be restated, "it's all in your brain. " Except, it isn't all in your brain, either — the CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences study, for example, has shown how early childhood trauma has serious life long effects on both physical and psychological health.
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! That's kind of dangerous, eh? You can't really tell good food from bad... No baking cookies or bread, oranges, morning dew, nothing. Now if you sprayed lysol at my face, I probably wouldn't smell it, but I'd most likely taste it, so please don't. The Many Ways Science Has (Wrongly) Assessed Your Personality.