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The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Atropine: Antidote To Disaster, Useful Drug...And Poison

Deadly nighshade (Atropa belladonna) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Joozwa

The alkaloid atropine occurs naturally in plants like deadly nightshade, datura, and henbane. It can keep your heart rate steady after a heart attack, dilate your eyes - think belladonna - or dry up secretions during surgery. Soldiers carry atropine injectors because it's an antidote to nerve gas. But in high doses, it's hallucinogenic and poisonous. Remember the three fates of Greek mythology? One of them, Atropos, determined the mechanism of death for mortals. Atropine is named for her.

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For Some, It's Gentler On The Stomach Than Aspirin
8:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Willow: Tree Bark That Begat Aspirin

December 7th & 9th, 2013: Willow, the original source of aspirin, is still prescribed by herbalists, particularly for urinary tract infections and muscle pain.

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