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- Dec 7, 2006Not to be a stickler but wasn't it polonium?
A few years ago I tried to get castor beans because I had heard that moles
don't like them if you grind them up a scatter them around the yard. After
having called around and talked to several possible suppliers, one finally
advised me to drop the project before I got myself in trouble with Homeland
Of course moles probably don't like polonium either.
>|P. Dominus Antonius|<Tony Dah m
Si vis pacem, para bellum - Vegetius
Mahometismus religio pacis, nex omnibus dissentint.
On 12/2/06, Kevin McDermott <pncmcdermott@...> wrote:
> --- In Apicius@yahoogroups.com, Lucia Clark <luciaclark@...> wrote:
> > Oh, so that is what Caster oil is. Olio di ricino. The seed, as big
> > as a bean, is very toxic, causing blisters and swelling.
> Castor oil has a long (and continuing) history as a medicament, and can
> be bought off the shelf in any drugstore. It is primarily used to treat
> constipation and as an emetic (i.e., an agent producing vomiting). It is
> toxic, in
> rather large doses, but "very toxic" is quite an overstatement. The TRULY
> toxic substance RICIN is derived from the castor bean as well--and was
> by the Russian secret service in the good old days (Gyorgy Markov) before
> they went all high-tech with plutonium. This is a substance you will NOT
> on the drugstore shelf.
> Of interest to you, perhaps, Lucia, is that Castor Oil apparently had a
> connection with Italian Fascism...any interested in the bean, the drug,
> poison, and Mussolini can find out what they'd like to know here:
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