Wednesday 2 February 2011

Toxic Top Ten Malcolm Rose 6 and 5

You can poison people with some surprising things, like the green parts of unripe potatoes, mistletoe or salt. The next two on my hit list fall into this category.

6. Air. Given by syringe, air will cause the victim to go crazy and lose control of the bladder and bowel. If the air gets into the heart or brain, coma and death will follow in a few minutes. But beware, pathologists can spot air embolism at autopsy.

5. Shrimps. Poisonous blue-green algae called cyanobacteria sometimes ‘bloom’ in seawater. When they do, their toxin gets into seafood like shrimps. It’s a powerful poison: the amount you can fit onto a pinhead will kill. Eating the shrimps will cause tingling lips, a numb mouth, paralysis and sudden death. (Cyanobacteria can be found in Concrete Evidence).

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