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  • P. Dominus Antonius
    Dec 7, 2006
      Not 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
      > still
      > 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
      > very
      > toxic substance RICIN is derived from the castor bean as well--and was
      > used
      > 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
      > see
      > on the drugstore shelf.
      > Of interest to you, perhaps, Lucia, is that Castor Oil apparently had a
      > strong
      > connection with Italian Fascism...any interested in the bean, the drug,
      > the
      > poison, and Mussolini can find out what they'd like to know here:
      > <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castor_oil>
      > VALE

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