Of Djenkol Beans and Djenkolism: The Southeast Asian Delicacy that Poisons
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Of Djenkol Beans and Djenkolism: The Southeast Asian Delicacy that Poisons

Since the dawn of time indigenous peoples have eaten what the land, and sea, has afforded them. Humankind has evolved and adapted so wonderfully to the foods around them, from whale blubber of the Siberian Eskimos to nopal cacti of ancient mesoamerican peoples. But what happens when your food wants to poison you? You eat it anyways, … Continue reading

Mistletoe: Passionate Plant or Poisonous Parasite?
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Mistletoe: Passionate Plant or Poisonous Parasite?

Ah, Christmas. The season of over-indulgence, crappy eggnog, and shooting your eye out with an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot model air rifle. I shouldn’t be so Grinchy. It’s also the season for giving. Giving a kiss under the mistletoe, that is. We’ve all heard, and perhaps witnessed or experienced, the tradition of snogging … Continue reading

Gelsemium and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Self-Poisoner
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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. On September 20th, 1879 the British Medical Journal published a letter entitled “Gelseminum as … Continue reading