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Alocasia Plant Poisoning
Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more
Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?
Bacterial infection: Saonella is a bacteria often found in poultry which causes intestinal infection in humans. Symptoms include diarrhea which may be bloody, fever, chills, stomach cramps, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Most people will recover without any treatment but the infection can be very dangerous to the elderly, children or the sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A very small amount accidentally ingested should not be a problem. For ingestion of more then a very tiny amount you should get to a doctor or emergency room asap. No one should ever ingest pine tar intentionally. ...Read more
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What is healthier, basil from my garden, organic basil from farmers market or basil in jars of tomato sauce?
Fresher the better: The basil from you own garden and from the fartmers' market is apt to be the freshest and thus the best. ...Read more
Ate marshmallows roasted w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?
Once?: If you did this once, it is probably not a problem. But burning those fake fire logs in the house often may increase your risk. There are a lot of other ways to decrease your cancer risk, so this is probably not a big deal. Eat healthy, avoid stress, get plenty of rest. These are your best bets for decreasing your risk of cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pork: Pork that is cooked rare may carry trichinosis, a parasite that can cause extremely serious health problems. I advise never eating pork unless it is well cooked! ...Read more
Algae Blood: Red tide refers to an algal bloom that accumulates rapidly some associated with the production of natural toxins, depletion of dissolved oxygen or other harmful effects, generally described as harmful algal blooms. Humans can become seriously ill from eating oysters and other shellfish contaminated with red tide toxin. Not all are red and not all vary with the tides. ...Read more
What is use of tablets containing bee pollen, granular, honey, stearic acid, silica and royal jelly?
Unknown Supplement: This is definitely not a prescribed medication. It has nothing in the ingredients list that would have any medical or health benefit. It is probably one of the thousands of fraudulent products designed by herbal or 'supplement' factories to sell to gullible humans. ...Read more
Plant sources of Zn.: Foods high in phytates, which bind zinc and decrease its absorption include legumes and other sources of fiber. Nevertheless, they are still good sources of zinc and have many other health benefits which substantially outweigh the presence of phytates, (which also help prevent zinc overdose). Good sources of zinc and fiber include spinach, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, beans, peas, and whole grains. ...Read more
Is arsenic, lead, aluminum, mercury, the things people are so scared about- naturally found in plant foods? In trace amounts?
Real dangers but...: Unlike your personal physician, who is bound to tell the truth and not distort things, anyone can make a "scare" claim and appear to be a learned humanitarian. The internet goes wild if somebody's lipstick contains 7 parts per billion of lead, but i contain maybe 400 parts per billion. Arsenic is an essential element for the human body. Even much of the government stuff is subscientific. ...Read more
Yes: But do not do this on any regular basis. It is used in fish tanks tocreate an acid enviroment and is no for consumption by humans, but doing it once should not kill. Do not make a habit of this. ...Read more
I bought cream of chicken soup no preservatives it contain( partially hydrogenated Palm, disodium-5-ribonucleotides,caramel,chicken meat powder,(good?
No: Partially hydrogenated oils are "trans-fats" and are not good for you. ...Read more
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Scientists say that piperine in black pepper helps the body absorb curcumin from Turmeric. I can't eat pepper..any other spices help absorb curcumin?
Try Meriva form: Turmeric & Curcumin are poorly absorbed but mixing them with fat enhances abosrption- for example, mixing with milk or coconut oil. Meriva is a patented extract of curcumin complexed with soy lecithin that has been shown to be about 30 times better absorbed than plain curcumin! See http://www.phytosomes.info/public/meriva.asp Meriva is sold by many companies such as Thorne, Now & Source Naturals. ...Read more
It is possible but: still unlikely...not all raw chicken is contaminated with Salmonella. Although, obviously you wouldn't be doing that on purpose and taking the chance. For now, there isn't anything to do, but wait and watch for diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting . If any symptoms develop, please see a doctor. ...Read more
How does food poisoning work? How long after eating contaminated food would one suffer from the symptoms of food poisoning? What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Food : Food poisoning is a common condition that results in more than 75 million episodes occur annually in the United States. Close to one in five episodes of diarrhea is likely to be due to a food-borne disease. This means that the average person in the United States will have a food-borne illness once every three to four years. Fortunately, most people recover from an episode of food-borne illness without any long-term complications. The symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain (often aching or colicky in nature), diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody), fevers and very rarely blurry vision or tingling in arms. Food poisoning can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and toxins. Some of the most common causes include e.Coli, salmonella, hepatitis a, norovirus and listeria. Since each of these bacteria or viruses have different pathogenic mechanisms, the onset of symptoms after ingestion can widely vary. In some instances, symptoms can start within minutes of ingestion (e.g. If the food ingested contains pre-formed toxins that have been produced by bacteria) and in others, symptoms may take days to develop as bacteria first have to grow within the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer