Did you know:
- The word arsenic comes from the Persian word for yellow, but it is better known as The King of All Poisons or The Poisoner of Kings.
- Arsenic is highly toxic but nowadays it can be successfully treated in a hospital.
- This poison occurs naturally in rice.
- It is also found in leafy vegetables, apple juice, grape juice, and seafood.
- One of the greatest natural threats is contaminated groundwater that has absorbed arsenic salts.
- Long term exposure causes cancer of the bladder, kidneys, liver, prostate, skin, lung, and nose.
- Symptoms of poisoning start with headaches, confusion, drowsiness and severe diarrhea. Then comes vomiting, bloody urine, hair loss, stomach pain, convulsions, coma, and death.
- Although this toxin used to be very difficult to detect it is now traceable in hair, blood, urine, and nail clippings.
- For over 2,400 years arsenic was used in Chinese medicine, and in the West it was an early treatment for syphilis before penicillin became available.
- For hundreds of years women mixed arsenic with vinegar and chalk to provide the desired white complexions of the ruling classes.
- And because this poison has similar symptoms to cholera, many criminals throughout the ages have – quite literally – got away with murder!
Authority Nutrition. “Arsenic In Rice” at http://authoritynutrition.com/arsenic-in-rice/
GreenFacts, “Arsenic” at http://www.greenfacts.org/en/arsenic/
Wikipedia. “Arsenic” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenic
_. “Arsenic Poisoning” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsenic_poisoning