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Doctor insights on: Alocasia Plant Poisoning

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

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


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Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?

Can charco caps(carbo vegerabills, lycipodium clavatum, cinchona officinalis, sulphur) turn stool a charcoal color? Nearly black?

? content: The problem is that these supplements are unregulated and untested for safety, purity and safety. If this contains charcoal it could turn stools black. You in fact do not know what you are taking. ...Read more

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What is salmonella food poisoning?

What is salmonella food poisoning?

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 more

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Is pine tar poisonous to ingest?

Is pine tar poisonous to ingest?

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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Ate marshmallows roasted w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

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 more

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Of all the foods to eat rare, which is least safe? Fish, duck, pork, beef?

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

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What is the foodborne illness red tide? Bama jam?

What is the foodborne illness red tide? Bama jam?

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

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What is use of tablets containing bee pollen, granular, honey, stearic acid, silica and royal jelly?

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

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Ethylene glycol poisoning - is that only from antifreeze?

Ethylene glycol poisoning - is that only from antifreeze?

No, but that is the: Most common source. Other sources are brake fluids, acrylic paints, primer and even shoe polish. But because the antifreeze tastes sweet and the others don't, it poses the greatest risk to pets and children. ...Read more

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How common is salmonella food poisoning?

How common is salmonella food poisoning?

13.5 per 100000: Incidence of salmonella has gone down in last few years.In 2009, 40000 cases were reported by cdc, that is 13.6 cases per 100000. That is the last stastictic reported. ...Read more

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Is zinc less absorbed from plant-based food?

Is zinc less absorbed from plant-based food?

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

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Is arsenic, lead, aluminum, mercury, the things people are so scared about- naturally found in plant foods? In trace amounts?

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

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Can a person with aluminium sulphite poisoning (ingested orally) survive?

Can a person with aluminium sulphite poisoning (ingested orally) survive?

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

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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?

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

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Ate off of a fork that touched raw chicken. What are the chances of salmonella poisoning?

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

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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?

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 more

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