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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. 1,179 more words

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Toxic Larvae: Arrow Poison from the Bushmen of the Kalahari

Three feet. Three feet of red sand and clay the hunter-gatherer Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert dig through to find the poison which they use to fall their prey. 1,075 more words

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Cerberin: The Heartbreaker of the Suicide Tree

My faithful readers are aware of my desire for things to be named as they are. It avoids confusion, and life is too short to be dazed and confused. 1,021 more words

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Chocolate and the Chemistry of Love

Nothing moves a woman’s heart more than chocolate.  Well, maybe diamonds.  But I can’t afford them, besides, diamonds in your blood stream can’t be good for you.   854 more words

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Horny Goat Weed: Nature's Viagra

So with the St. Valentine’s Day drawing near it makes sense to mention aphrodisiacs. In a nutshell an aphrodisiac is anything that increases sexual desire, and draws its name from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. 762 more words

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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. 1,040 more words

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Don't Eat the Death Camas...or 'Death' Anything

Plant poisonings are a funny thing. Most people aren’t actively seeking out poisonous plants in which to eat, that would be dumb. Rather they mistake them for something else through an honest mistake, willful ignorance, or just plain foraging hubris. 753 more words

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