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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:38 pm

White snake root, also known as White Sanicle or Tall Boneset, is a highly poisonous plant, native to North America. Their flowers are white and, after blooming, small fluffy seeds blow away with the wind.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:40 pm

This plant has a high % of the toxin tremetol, which is not known for killing humans directly, but indirectly. When the plant is eaten by cattle, the toxin is absorbed into their milk and meat.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:42 pm

When humans then, in turn, eat the beef or drink the milk, the toxin enters the body and causes something called milk sickness, which is highly fatal.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:44 pm

Thousands of ignorant European settlers died from milk sickness in America in the early 19th century. It is also believed that Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, died from milk sickness.



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