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What are the symptoms of cyanide poisoning?

What are the symptoms of cyanide poisoning?

Numerous symptoms.: The features of cyanide poisoning depend on the duration, degree, and type of exposure. Central nervous system and cardiovascular system dysfunction are most prominent. Symptoms include headache, anxiety, confusion, vertigo, coma, seizures, cardiovascular instability, vomiting, abdominal pain and skin color changes. ...Read more

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Are there any normal everyday uses for cyanide?

Are there any normal everyday uses for cyanide?

Cyanide: Ferrocyanides are used in table salt. Some medical uses are: testing for ketones in urine in diabetes, in severe hypertention to quickly lower blood pressure, and during world war 1 it was used by japanese to treat TB & leprosy. ...Read more

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Tell me how does cyanide effect people?

Tell me how does cyanide effect people?

Suffocates: Cyanide is poisonous and kills by blocking the subsance in the blood called hemoglobin from being able to carry oxygen. One essentially suffocates to death. ...Read more

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Onset of cyanide ingestion poisoning? When do you know you are safe when how many hours have passed and you don't have any symptoms?

Onset of cyanide ingestion poisoning? When do you know you are safe when how many hours have passed and you don't have any symptoms?

Cyanid poisoning: This is a very unusual question. Cyanide in any dose is potentially deadly. No one is safe when exposed. If you think you have been poisoned seek help and get tested. ...Read more

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I'm so suicidal that I wish I could take a cyanide pill or dangerously overdose on something. I just want to take a whole bottle of something and sleep. What should I do?

I'm so suicidal that I wish I could take a cyanide pill or dangerously overdose on something. I just want to take a whole bottle of something and sleep. What should I do?

Serious?: Unless this is an exaggeration, go to the ed now, and sort things out afterwards. Otherwise, see your doc at the first available opportunity. ...Read more

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Tell me how does cyanide effect people?

Suffocates: Cyanide is poisonous and kills by blocking the subsance in the blood called hemoglobin from being able to carry oxygen. One essentially suffocates to death. ...Read more

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Are there any normal everyday uses for cyanide?

Cyanide: Ferrocyanides are used in table salt. Some medical uses are: testing for ketones in urine in diabetes, in severe hypertention to quickly lower blood pressure, and during world war 1 it was used by japanese to treat TB & leprosy. ...Read more

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Is cyanide ever used as a medicine? Please advise!

Is cyanide ever used as a medicine? Please advise!

Laetrile/Amygdalin: Contains Hydrogen cyanide. It is considered to work very poorly against cancer and is NOT approved for use in this country. ...Read more

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Why is cyanide toxic to us?

Why is cyanide toxic to us?

Cytochromes: It binds cytochrome C and stops oxidative phosphorylation. No oxygen use and you die. There are other effects as well but this is best known ...Read more

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How does cyanide affect people eating almonds?

How does cyanide affect people eating almonds?

Almonds don't matter: Cyanide is poisonous by itself, almonds have nothing to do with it. I have heard that one smells like almonds when poisoned with cyanide. Cyanide kills by blocking the subsance in the blood called hemoglobin from being able to carry oxygen. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cyanide poisoning?

Numerous symptoms.: The features of cyanide poisoning depend on the duration, degree, and type of exposure. Central nervous system and cardiovascular system dysfunction are most prominent. Symptoms include headache, anxiety, confusion, vertigo, coma, seizures, cardiovascular instability, vomiting, abdominal pain and skin color changes. ...Read more

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If cyanide is in almonds, then what about almond milk?

Almonds and cyanide: Sweet almonds, which are the type mostly found in the United States, contain very little cyanide. This is normally what almond milk is made from also. If you are eating bitter almonds, which are not found in the United States, you should have some caution, because they could contain higher levels of cyanide. Be careful! ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can immunity be built up against cyanide poisoning?

I just wanted to know can immunity be built up against cyanide poisoning?

No: Cyanide is a potent cellular toxin which acts quickly, and it's hard to believe anyone would try to build up an immunity to it. ...Read more

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Do almonds (that you buy at the store to eat) contain cyanide or arsenic?

Do almonds (that you buy at the store to eat) contain cyanide or arsenic?

Concentration: Any food, organic or not, is likely to contain traces of the elements found in nature. So strictly speaking, any food you grow or buy will have traces of any chemical you can think of. However, does the presence of any element or chemical in vanishingly small quantities matter? You cannot avoid such things.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Onset of cyanide ingestion poisoning? When do you know you are safe when how many hours have passed and you don't have any symptoms?

Cyanid poisoning: This is a very unusual question. Cyanide in any dose is potentially deadly. No one is safe when exposed. If you think you have been poisoned seek help and get tested. ...Read more

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I'm so suicidal that I wish I could take a cyanide pill or dangerously overdose on something. I just want to take a whole bottle of something and sleep. What should I do?

Serious?: Unless this is an exaggeration, go to the ed now, and sort things out afterwards. Otherwise, see your doc at the first available opportunity. ...Read more

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Do bitter walnuts contain cyanide also do whole almonds? Quite concerned

Stop worrying: These contain cyanide as nitriles, part of larger molecules, and in amounts your body can handle easily. Nitriles are actually quite common in nature. You'd be doing yourself a favor to stop reading internet scare stuff. Even the huge amounts of nitrile taken by Laetrile users killed only a few of them. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would hydroxocobalamin injections help someone who has cyanide poisoning?

Would hydroxocobalamin injections help someone who has cyanide poisoning?

No: Cyanide is a rapidly acting poison. If the person is not deathly ill, the body will get rid of the toxin naturally.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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After accidentally swallowing a cherry pit, how long does cyanide from a cherry pit stay in your system?

Exposure unlikely: If swallowed accidentally & not chewed, it will likely pass through your system mostly undigested within 3-4 days. The coatings of the pit are protective and a single intact pit would not transfer enough cyanide to cause harm. The body would remove any trace chemical over time. If you chew them up. It would be potentially deadly. ...Read more

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I accidentally might have crushed and eaten orange seeds. Not sure how many. Freaking out. Cyanide poisoning?

I accidentally might have crushed and eaten orange seeds. Not sure how many. Freaking out. Cyanide poisoning?

Not even close: You would have to eat at least 50 seeds to start to be concerned. Https://www. Theguardian. Com/technology/2015/oct/11/cyanide-in-fruit-seeds-how-dangerous-is-an-apple ...Read more

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Found out apple seeds contains cyanide. Been juicing whole apples for 2 months (3/day x 60 days = approx 180). Is it enough to cause poisoning?

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No: Last I saw, it was speculated that even with complete extraction of the cyanide compounds with complete pulverization of the seeds (assuming the sides aren't intact, which would make the cyanide inaccessible), it would take 85 grams, or half a cup of pure seeds to get to a harmful level. Feel safe! ...Read more

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How quickly does a cyanide-laced drink kill a person? Thousands died in a 1978 cult after consuming. Does it kill instantly or after several minutes?

How quickly does a cyanide-laced drink kill a person? Thousands died in a 1978 cult after consuming. Does it kill instantly or after several minutes?

Dose and delivery: Cyanide in the form of hydrogen cyanide gas, if delivered in enough concentration will kill very quickly. Oral intake as in the case of CoolAid drinkers may seconds to minutes, depending on the dose. In either case it is a terrible way to die.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is cyanocobalamin toxic because it has cyanide attached to it?

Is cyanocobalamin toxic because it has cyanide attached to it?

No, however...: A famous saying is "the poison is in the dose." Cyanide naturally occurs in trace amounts in many foods including almonds, soy and spinach. The amount of cyanide when we metabolize cyanocobalamin is tiny and it's detoxified by our body. However, we need to convert it to the active form, methylcobalamin, so better to take that form so we don't have to convert it and not waste our detox resources. ...Read more

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I blended two cherry pits by mistake with the fruit smoothie I was doing. Can I or my son get cyanide poisoning?

I blended two cherry pits by mistake with the fruit smoothie I was doing. Can I or my son get cyanide poisoning?

The pits: Symptoms of mild poisoning include headache, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, and vomiting. Larger doses can lead to difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and kidney failure. Reactions can include coma, convulsions, and death from respiratory arrest. There are several treatment options, but the main thing is to limit the absorption of the chemicals from the seeds. Basically, ...Read more

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I was eating coated almonds from a shop and one tasted really bitter, could that be the almond that contains cyanide?

It might: Bitter almonds do contain cyanide as do other foods. Most almonds sold in the U.S. Are sweet almonds but a portion of imported almonds may have bitter almonds mixed in. Benzaldehyde is what causes the bitter flavor. Emulsin causes hydrolysis of amygdalin making cyanide. Adults who consume large amounts of bitter almonds (~50 or more) can be lethal. ...Read more

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Can cyanocobalamin be lethal or harmful to the human body if it cannot process the cyanide component? If yes, should one avoid cyanocobalamin?

Can cyanocobalamin be lethal or harmful to the human body if it cannot process the cyanide component? If yes, should one avoid cyanocobalamin?

No worries: Cyanocobalamin has trace amounts of cyanide; the usual dose is 1 mg (one thousandth of a gram) or less; only some of that is the cyanide, which is readily detoxed by several mechanisms so everyone can likely clear it. There is cyanide in almonds, bamboo shoots, cassava and other foods.
I advise taking methylcobalamin, the active form we convert the cyano form to, as some have trouble converting it. ...Read more