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Illness or Death by Poison – Possible Foul Play?

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Is it possible that your loved one or friend is ill from or may have died from poisoning? Are they currently suffering from poisoning at the hand of a perpetrator? Are they crying out for your help? Do you feel uneasy when you think about the uncertainty surrounding your loved one’s or friends illness or death? Do you wonder how you can respond to their cry for help?

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A brief list of common items which can be used as poisons- Cyanide – Antifreeze – Unknowns, Chemicals, Toxins, Sleeping Aids, Street/Rave/Recreational Drugs (Therapeutic) Prescription Drugs, Non-prescription Drugs, household cleaners, dish detergents, brake fluid, Anti-Freeze, bleach, rodenticides, pesticides, and many, many, more. The international spectrometry database contains over 850,000 plus entries.
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Something to think about
The idea of poison came from the Greek word, “toxicon,” which referred to poison or toxic arrows and it is the root of the idea of poison. “Toxicon,” which referred to poison arrows, is the root of “intoxicated,” which to the Greeks meant being sickened by poisoned arrows. The Greeks also developed a form of capital punishment via poison with Hemlock, which was given to Socrates for corrupting the Athenian youth. In the eighth century, an Arab chemist turned arsenic into an odorless, tasteless, powder that was impossible to trace in the body until centuries later, enhancing its use as an undetectable murder weapon, especially among those standing to inherit from aging relatives. items as poison rings, During the Renaissance, poisoning became an art form, inspiring subtle ways to dispense with people via such items as poison rings, swords, knives, letters, and even lipstick. Poisoning societies developed, as did family businesses that relied on poison-for-hire as their trade. Notorious poisoners came out of Italy and France at this time. While poison is the weapon of choice for women, throughout history, more women than men have been mass or serial poisoners, a sampling of prominent serial killers via poison contains representatives from both genders. An excerpt from the book, Criminal Poisoning, by John Harris Trestrail.
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More about Arsenic
Arsenic is a very toxic substance that is found in food, water and household items. Tobacco smoke, laundry detergent, bone meal, sea food, beer, and even drinking water are a few of the items arsenic can be consumed from. Headaches, confusion, sleepiness, and even convulsions can be the effects of arsenic poisoning. Vomiting, diarrhea, kidney, liver and lung problems can occur, including death in extreme cases. Here is how to avoid and cure arsenic poisoning.
Arsenic is found in many different places. Arsenic is used to poison pests such as rats and mice, and can be used to kill any living Arsenic is found in many different places. Arsenic is used to poison pests such as rats and mice, and can be used to kill any living thing. Arsenic is found in tiny amounts in many things that we consume. Some food items that may contain arsenic are seafood, water, bone meal, dolomite, kelp, table salt, and beer. If you work in a job that produces any kind of liquid or aerosol arsenic pesticide product and you spray any of these, you are at risk from arsenic poisoning. Other jobs that are at risk are copper smelting, mining, sheep dipping and metallurgical industries. Continued exposure to arsenic builds up in the system and there is an accumulated effect. The more you are exposed to Arsenic the more serious are the consequences.
Arsenic poisoning is usually determined by a hair analysis. If arsenic is found in the hair follicles it will stay there for years. If it is in your hair follicles it is usually in your body as well. Arsenic is also deposited in the fingernails and skin. types of cancer. The types of cancers that are found in workers that are regularly exposed to arsenic are: skin cancer, scrotal cancer, liver cancer, cancer of the lymphatic system, and lung cancer.
Symptoms of arsenic poisoning begin with headaches, confusion and drowsiness. As the poisoning develops, convulsions and changes in fingernail pigmentation may occur. When the poisoning becomes acute, symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the urine, cramping muscles, hair loss, stomach pain, and more convulsions. The organs of the body that are usually affected by arsenic poisoning are the lungs, skin, kidneys, and liver. The final result of arsenic poisoning is coma or death.
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Poisoning is the act of murder committed in slow motion
Profile of a typical poisoner
Caucasian; male; average to above average intelligence; underachiever; inadequate personality; non-athletic; cowardly; neat and orderly; meticulous; loner; careful planner; and non confrontational (either physically or psychologically).
Criminal poisoning is the result of available poison or poisons being administered to a victim of choice by one with criminal intent
We offer two (2) types of heavy metals test evaluations, basic and extended
Our basic heavy (toxic) metals panel evaluates for the five (5) metals shown below using test samples e.g. hair strands, alternate body hair, urine, or finger, toe nail clippings, your choice.
Arsenic (As) Cadmium (Cd) Chromium (Cr) Lead (Pb) Mercury (Hg)
Our extended (toxic) metals panel evaluates for (21) metals listed below which includes the basic five (5) panel evaluation shown above
Beryllium Manganese Arsenic Barium
Chromium Mercury Selenium Platinum
Aluminum Thorium Lithium Potassium
Magnesium Copper Cadmium
Uranium Nickel Silver
Lead Tin Antimony
We also offer an unknown chemical and toxin evaluation (see below) that ferrets out thousands of possibilities. We often recommend that both the heavy metals, basic and/or expanded and chemicals and unknown toxins toxin evaluations (see below) be conducted in tandem if you suspect that some type of poison, toxin, or chemical has been introduced into the sample donor’s food or drink chain or by injection or inhalation at the hand of a perpetrator.
We also offer a chemical/unknown toxin evaluation Please scroll down.See: testing for unknown drugs
This test seeks out both organic (chemical compounds derived from plants, animals and carbon) inorganic compounds (non-living, non hydrocarbon, compounds) plus unknown chemicals, poisons and toxins that include pesticides, organic exposure chemicals, painting or cleaning products, rodent poisons, volatiles (evaporating rapidly) e.g. Acetone, paints and lacquers, cleaning supplies, adhesives, photographic supplies and many others plus inhalable substances e.g. medicine, allergens, nitrous oxide, toluene, gasoline, paint thinner and others. This analysis does not test for drugs or heavy metals e.g. Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Chromium, Cadmium, and other heavy/toxic metals.
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Worth the read! Interesting comments about poisons and their use.
Our organic chemical/unknown toxin and heavy metals evaluation scans a test sample using GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) following pretesting preparations. The detected results of the GC/MS data is then compared against the Mass Spectral Libraries data. The principal mass spectrometry database is the Wiley/NIST(National Institute of Standards and Technology), which contains
Below is a short list of some of the toxins and poisons we have detected in a variety of specimen types related to alleged poisoning cases.
Pesticides / Herbicides Rodenticides / Poisons Volatiles (if applicable)
Alachor Brodifiacoum Methanol
Atrazine Coumarin Ethanol
y_BHC 7-Hydroxycoumarin Acetone
Bromicil Chlorphacinone Isopropanol
Carboxin Difenacoum Toluene
Cyanazine Strychnine Benzene
N, N-Diethyltoluamide Warfarin Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Diazanon Arsenic Hexane
Disulfoton Diphacinone Ethyl Acetate
Endrin Butyl Chloride
Fenamiphos Disinfectant Cleaners Chloroform
Heptachlor Epoxide Chlorophene Methylene Chloride
Hexachlorobenzene O-Hydroxybiphenyl Dichloromethane
Merphos Ethylene Glycol (anti freeze)
Methoxychlor Plasticizers
Metolachior Bisphenol A Heavy Metals
Permethrin (isomers) Melamine Arsenic
Terbufos Cyanuric Acid Cadmium
Trifluralin Chromium
Fipronil Lead
Mercury
The common names, if any, for some of the above listed compounds and elements are not shown. We suggest that you visit www.wikipedia.com to learn more.
F.Y.I. (for your information)
“Most signs and symptoms associated with natural disease can be produced by a poison and practically every sign and symptom observed in poisoning can be mimicked by those associated with natural diseases.”
- L. Adelson
Most often the victim of poisoning will appear natural in death. In effect, poisoning is murder in slow motion, as it may take a long period of time, depending on the dose and the selected poison employed as a weapon of death. The lethality of the poison is determined by the type of poison ingested, the concentration or degree of potency and the duration of exposure. Duration of exposure might be a one time event or over a period of time as in periodic, reduced, dosing that may result in an accumulative lethal dose.
Notable quotes about poisoning
“When you consider what a chance women have to poison their husbands, its a wonder there isn’t more of it done” - Kim Hubbard
Martha: “Well, dear, for a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoonful of arsenic, and add a teaspoon of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide” – from Arsenic and Old Lace, Joseph Kesselring
“Poisons and medicines are often times the same substance given with different intents” - Peter Mere Latham
Something to think about!
Poisons have been in use over the last 5000 years. Poisons are one of the oldest forms of homicidal weapons developed by mankind. History tells us that the Sumerians’, residents of Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) around 2500BC had an interest in and knowledge of poisons. The Sumerians worshipped a deity, a God, known as”Gula.” She was the first known recorded spirit associated with poisons.
Poisoning from antifreeze which today is usually ethylene glycol — a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a sweet taste — that can produce dramatic and dangerous toxicity.
Ethylene glycol is found most commonly in automotive cooling systems and in hydraulic brake fluid. In an industrial setting it is also used as a solvent in a variety of processes.
Many cases of ethylene glycol poisoning are due to the accidental ingestion of it by children and pets. They may take in large amounts since the substance tastes good. Alcoholics may also drink it as a substitute for alcohol (ethanol).
Ethylene glycol is itself relatively nontoxic. However, it is metabolized (changed) in the body by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase into glycolic acid, glyoxylic acid and oxalic acid, which are highly toxic compounds.
Renal failure, acidosis and hypocalcemia may follow the intake of ethylene glycol. There can be widespread tissue injury in the kidney, brain, liver, and blood vessels. The result can be fatal.
Many deaths, perhaps the death of your loved one or friend, may have been attributed to other causes even though their death may have been caused by some form of a poison. Poisons are used to murder human beings because the perpetrator feels that they have a better chance of avoiding arrest and/or conviction. Many poisons are colorless, odorless, tasteless, chemically stable, and difficult to detect. They are readily soluble and their effect is often delayed allowing the perpetrator time to escape the crime scene. If those who are now buried could raise their hands to tell us they were poisoned to death the number of raised hands would probably shock you. Why? Because some poisons are very difficult to detect and
perpetrators, poisoners, have become more sophisticated. The science of current Toxicology has evolved to a level of poison detection that exposes illness and death attributed to the ingestion of poison or poisons. The most popular poisons in order of use are Arsenic, Cyanide, and Strychnine. There are many, many, others.
The perpetrator or poisoner will usually resort to administering a poison that is easy to obtain.
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The most common, popular, poisons in order of use are Arsenic, Cyanide, and Strychnine
Arsenic
A highly poisonous metallic element having three allotropic forms, yellow, black, and gray, of which the brittle, crystalline gray is the most common. Arsenic and its compounds are used in insecticides, weed killers, solid-state doping agents, and various alloys. Almost tasteless, acute, 200mg dose, inhibits enzymes resulting in the disruption of the victims metabolism. The most common poison used by humans. Administered to the victim in food or drink. Symptom onset interval: hours to days depending on dosage. Symptoms acute: 30 min.- 2hrs. following exposure; vomiting, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, burning esophageal pain, metallic taste in mouth, ultimately death due to circulatory failure and destruction of the nervous system. Arsenic can be detected in the hair and bones for many years.
Cyanide
Any of various salts or esters of hydrogen cyanide containing a CN group, especially the extremely poisonous compounds potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide. Described has having an almond like odor but often difficult to smell for those (40-60 % of our population) who have what is called, “odor blindness.” The liquid form is called prussic acid, large industrial forms are called, “cyanide eggs.” Sodium and Potassium salts of HCN, hydrogen cyanide are white in color with a bitter taste. Cyanide kills by shutting down respiration which results in critical effects on the heart and brain due to oxygen depravation. As you may know cyanide is used for the administration of a secondary death penalty in states that formerly used the gas chamber as their primary form of criminal capitol punishment.
Strychnine
An extremely poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, C21H22O2N2, derived from nux vomica and related plants, used as a poison for rodents and other pests and topically in medicine as a stimulant for the central nervous system. A plant compound, the seed, derived from the Styrchnos nux-vomica tree. Can also be in a white powder form, extremely bitter, can easily hidden in tonic water or foods or drinks that have a sour or bitter taste. Symptom on set time interval; 15-30 minutes (oral) 5 minutes with a nasal route. Muscle stiffness, painful cramps, full body muscle contractions with the victim’s body taking the form of an arch with only the head and heels touching the floor. This arch is called an, “opisthotonic convulsion.” Death can ultimately result from respiratory arrest. These symptoms can be confused with a grand mal seizure or tetanus described as an infectious, often fatal disease caused by a specific bacterium that enters the body through wounds and characterized by respiratory paralysis and tonic spasms and rigidity of the voluntary muscles, esp. those of the neck and lower jaw.
Botulinus Toxin
A poison 7,000,000 times more lethal than Cobra venom
Produced by a bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum (Botulism) this poison can grow in home canned foods at a pH of < 4.5 . Causes severe muscle damage resulting in respiratory failure. Depending on exposure to Botulinus death can occur within 10 hours following symptom appearance. Symptoms: dry sore throat, dry mouth, dizziness, vomiting, upset stomach, impaired speech, double vision, droopy eye lids, progressive paralysis, respiratory arrest. This effects of this poison can be confused with a stroke, tick paralysis, adverse drug reactions, and many other common illness conditions.
Do you think antifreeze is the poison of choice?
F.Y.I.- Antifreeze Poisoning
Today’s antifreeze is primarily ethylene glycol used in internal combustion engines for cooling and to prevent freezing. Ethylene glycol solutions became available in 1927 and were marketed as “permanent antifreeze,” a clear, colorless, odorless, liquid with a sweet taste. Antifreeze can produce dangerous toxicity effects, even death, in both humans and animals when ingested.
Many cases of ethylene glycol poisoning are due to the accidental ingestion of this toxin by children. They may take in large amounts since the substance tastes good. Alcoholics may also drink it as a substitute for alcohol (ethanol).
Anti-freeze turns to acid in the body and drinking just a 11pt amount could be fatal. Nerve endings and blood vessels would be destroyed and tissue in the kidneys, brain and liver severely affected. Blindness and deafness can result and the nervous system comes under attack, leading to violent spasms in the limbs. Ethylene glycol is itself relatively nontoxic. However, it is metabolized (changed) in the body by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase into glycolic acid and oxalic acid, which are highly toxic compounds.
Renal failure, acidosis and hypocalcemia may follow the intake of ethylene glycol. There can be widespread tissue injury in the kidney, brain, liver, and blood vessels. The results can be fatal.
The effects of antifreeze poisoning on humans
The lethal dose of ethylene glycol is usually about 100 mL (20 teaspoons) in an adult, but as little as 30 mL may be fatal
More than 8,000 potential poisonings are reported each year from ethylene glycol, the active ingredient in antifreeze made from methanol (wood alcohol). Some of these poisonings are fatal while others disable organs and cause visual problems.
Most prescription and non prescription drugs, when used in excess by a poisoner can result in severe illness or death for the recipient.
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