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Poisons Part 2 (Teacher: Michael)

Few realise that rhododendron seeds produce urinary and gastroenteritis symptoms, such as pain when passing , diarrhoea and vomiting. Poppies contain over 100 different kinds of addictive drugs, the most powerful the basic derivatives of morphine and codeine. As it is now , the pretty blue flowers of morning glory conceal the drug LSD, which produces horrific hallucinations.

Away from the garden and into the countryside, yew seeds dangerous, lethal if chewed, holly berries act as a purgative. Deadly nightshade isn't as bad as its suggests, at least 10 or 12 berries needed to produce diarrhoea, headaches and abdominal pain but not eaten.

The fox-glove, famous for giving us the drug digitalis for heart failure and slowing the heart rate, is not good for healthy hearts. the benign sounding buttercup avoided, as it belongs to the same family as monkshood and cause blistering of the mouth, colic and diarrhoea.

Funghi such as wild mushrooms and toadstools not often toxic if they cooked as the poisons broken by heat, but problems arise if they eaten raw. But the best protection against plant poisoning is knowing what is dangerous and educating your children.

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