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Natural Toxin: Mistletoe
Transcript of Natural Toxin: Mistletoe
What is the scientific name and what are some other common names
Scientic name: Viscum album
How is the substance categorized
Mistletoe is a toxin from plant
How does the toxin affect the body?
It affects the Nervous system along with digestive system and other parts of the body.
How much can you ingest before it becomes
Mistletoe isn't recommend to be ingested in any amount but it is not deadly. The amount consumed is related to the severity of the symptoms.
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What symptoms would a person have from taking it at a low toxicity level
a small amount of mistle toe for example one berry or one leaf may cause the following:
What symptoms would a person have from taking it at a poisonous level?
Consuming a large amount of mistletoe may result in the following:
How much time does mistletoe stay in your body?
How long Mistletoe symptoms last compared to other toxins
Is there a cure/reversal/treatment?
There drug to treat specifically mistletoe poisoning but once a person goes to the hospital they will likely use some of these to help with the symptoms
activated charcoal to absorb the toxin
an IV putting fluids through a vein
medicines depending on the symptoms
What would a Forensic scientist test for?
A forensic scientist would likely test for Phoratoxin which is the ingredient in Mistletoe that makes the it dangerous
Are there any research based health benefits to using the toxin?
Mistletoe treatment has been used to cure certain types of cancer
calm the nervous system and reduce stress
lower blood pressure
Can you legally Purchase Mistletoe?
Yes, you can purchase mistletoe in the United States and it is often sold as a decoration around Christmas. But it is also a naturally occurring plant that you can find growing in nature.
There are over 1,300 species of mistletoe worldwide
Mistletoe is actually a parasite that grows on plants and trees and steals its nutrients
by Grace Hartman