The Narcissus Plant – Pretty But Deadly!

I’ve blogged before about some deceptively attractive plants that can be lethal when ingested, and I have one more to add to the list.

NarcissusParts of the beautiful, flowering narcissus plant can be quite poisonous and deadly!

Narcissus is a popular ornamental plant for personal gardens, community parks and as cut flowers in the spring and early summer. But, it can be as toxic as it is beautiful and is on the list of the top ten most poisonous plants in the world.

The Tulipa/Narcissus plant species, with up to 60 different varieties, originally came1024px-Narcissus_white from Holland. This plant is commonly known by its three most popular varieties: the narcissus, the jonquil and the daffodil. All species of the narcissus plant family, however, contain a common deadly element–the poison lycorine.

Lycorine is a toxic crystalline alkaloid that is highly poisonous, and can be fatal if enough of the plant is ingested. Lycorine is found mostly in the bulbs of the narcissus plant family, but it is also present in the leaves.

This alkaloid inhibits protein synthesis. Depending on the amount consumed, the poison can produce intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, headaches, low blood pressure, central nervous system depression, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities. If someone is given a large enough dose, death could result.

The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants by Lewis S. Nelson et al describes the symptoms of narcissus poisoning well and warns that children under six are especially vulnerable.

An interesting side note is that florists who handle the plant’s leaves often thdevelop a stubborn dermatitis. The condition is called “daffodil itch” and the symptoms include dryness, skin cracking and fissures, scaling and extreme redness of the skin. There is also an accompanying thickening of the skin beneath the nails from exposure to the plant’s sap.

The daffodil variety of Tulipa/Narcissus is responsible for many accidental poisonings since the daffodil bulbs look so similar to onions and might mistakenly be substituted for onions in cooking. There is evidence in literature that consumption of one or two daffodil bulbs could prove lethal for the average adult human.

On May 1st, 2009, school children at a primary school in Martlesham Heath, Suffolk,2836068-daffodil-bulbs England became seriously ill after a single daffodil bulb was added to soup by mistake during a cooking class.

So, the next time you’re searching for an interesting method to kill off a character in your story, have another character cook up a batch of onion soup using several daffodil bulbs instead. The soup will be deliciously deadly!

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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The Making of a Hero in Fiction

draw,glasses,hand,in,mouth,illustration,thinking,type,machine,writer-bc5f6977780ab1c98071f6be04bfc0c9_mThere’s nothing better than a memorable protagonist in any story, but the good guy in a murder mystery or thriller is the one who saves the day by solving the crime and bringing the perpetrator to justice.

As I develop storylines for my novels, character development is secondary ONLY to the actual crime. As devastating as it is for someone to die (even on paper or e-screen), it’s the actions of the protagonist that make the story come alive. So, after deciding what should happen to begin the story’s journey, I start thinking about how that will affect the protagonist.

The same is true if the protagonist is a sequel character. You already know the character and are familiar with his or her specific traits, so there is an advantage to creating a problem that produces conflict, emotions and a reason for that character to act. So again, the actions and reactions of the protagonist are secondary ONLY to the actual event causing the character to act.

And that’s of upmost importance when developing a protagonist. The character’s reactions to scene situations are what drive the story forward. If someone gets murdered and the police detective says, “Oh well, another day, another murder,” the readers’ reaction will also be mundane and they’ll move on to another novel. We must give the reader a sense of urgency, a reason to turn the pages and to care about what’s taking place. That reader investment occurs only when the protagonist cares to the point of obsession.

As writers, we should perceive a protagonist as a complex psychologicalMH900431819 being driven by any combination of past experiences, emotional baggage, current likes/dislikes/frustrations and future expectations. We are driven by our past experiences and future possibilities, and so are our characters—none more so than our main character, the one driving the storyline.

When we tap into the raw emotions of our protagonists—the hurts, the joys, the anger and disappointment, driving forces—that’s when we begin to reveal the real story. The trigger may be a murder, a series of them or some other great evil about to be unleashed, but the real story is how the protagonist arrives at a solution to the presented problem. Without tapping into the history of the main characters, there can be no story in the present. There should be intangible motivations directing the characters to do what they do to restore equilibrium into the world as it’s presented.

office-superhero_650Primarily, those motivations come from a mix of external and internal changes that are either happening or will happen as the story progresses. Externally, the character must achieve something and be better off at the end of the story than at the beginning. It may be a newfound romance or even a change in job, but there must be some evolution to propel our readers through those written words to the last page.

Even more importantly, we must draw in the readers’ emotions and cause them to become invested and involved in the character’s world. That happens when the protagonist undergoes an internal change: a shift of viewpoint, a realization of a source of fear or achieves some significant resolution. But that change, that paradigm shift, should not happen easily. It should affect the character to his or her very core and should cause initial resistance to change. That internal struggle gives depth to the story, and the eventual acceptance of the change makes the believable lie that fiction is . . . well, believable.

There are no rules requiring that those changes must be for the better.Why-Superhero-Movies-Need-Tragedy Tragedy happens all the time in the real world and it’s especially dramatic when it happens in a well-written novel. The protagonist MUST undergo an internal and external change for the reasons stated above, but those changes may well end in tragedy. In one of my past novels, the protagonist is dealing with a life-long struggle of achievement and acceptance, only to lose a prized possession in the end. This character is forever changed because of the loss, but it was necessary so that his life could progress in a certain way. So, even in adversity, there is progression in character development.

When I develop a storyline for a murder mystery or a thriller, the murder or the evil lurking beyond reach becomes the supporting pillar for the real story of the main character’s reactions to the events and what those actions eventually cost the character.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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The Good Kind of Salmonella

bacteria-photoThere are so many nasty bacterial entities in the world that can disrupt our everyday lives and I often write about how some bacteria evolve into the superbug, treatment resistant types. Today, however, I’d like to share an interesting piece of research that I came across recently that turns bad bacteria into the good guys.

Salmonella is one of those nasty bacteria that can contaminate food during food handling or processing, usually spread from the unwashed hands of an infected food handler. Reptiles, poultry animals and rodents are the likely carriers of Salmonella. This nasty bug is responsible for about one million cases of food poisoning a year.salmonella-bactereia

Although not usually fatal, Salmonella poisoning can cause severe diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping. The symptoms develop over 12 to 72 hours and can last from four miserable days to about a week. Dehydration from the diarrhea can make this bacterium a killer in geographical areas with insufficient medical facility support.

In a recent study, Duke University researchers genetically modified the bacterium Salmonella typhimurium not to attack the gastrointestinal tract, but instead to fight one of the more aggressive forms of brain cancer.

Glioblastoma brain tumors usually kill a person within about fifteen months, even with the best medical care available. Statistics show that only about ten percent of patients manage to survive five years after diagnosis.

An issue common to many brain cancers is the fact that the blood-brain barrier makes bloodbrainbarrierit difficult, if not impossible, to use drug-based treatments effectively to cross that barrier. However, these researchers have found an unlikely tool by genetically modifying Salmonella into a cancer seeking smart bomb that self-destructs inside tumors.

Once these specially modified Salmonella bacteria were injected directly into the brain, they dug deep into the tumors, rapidly multiplied and produced a duo of toxic compounds (Azurian and p53) to cause the cancer cells to destruct, killing both the tumors and the Salmonella bacteria.

Animal study tests indicate that extreme cases of glioblastoma in these lab rats produced an astonishing twenty percent survival rate, with remission rates equivalent to ten human years.

One of the reasons that I find such research so fascinating is, not onlylab-researchers because of the humanitarian efforts to eradicate lethal disease, but because of the potential to use such research in one of my thriller or murder mystery stories.

Genetically modified products of all kinds could play an interesting center stage role in murder plots if the research goes sideways (intentionally or not) and disastrous, lethal consequences ensue.

My imagination just went into overdrive! How about yours?

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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Preventing the World’s Next Viral Outbreak

I read an interesting article recently about a new initiative of the Bill and Melindadisease-words-photo Gates Foundation to partner with world leaders to tackle the next big viral epidemic.

Bill Gates has said that “the world was tragically unprepared” to detect outbreaks of Ebola and Zika “quickly enough to prevent them from becoming global pandemics.” Fortunately, much work has been accomplished recently regarding the control of these two nasty viruses.

38809204-deadly-ebola-virus-epidemicA final trial of an Ebola vaccine has been rated as “highly protective” against the lethal virus in a major study in Guinea. Regarding the Zika virus, an experimental Zika vaccine using inactivated Zika has shown to be very effective in recent animal testing.

However, there are many other malicious—and even lethal—viruses around the world that are now on the medical community’s radar, viruses that potentially could evolve into the next big pandemic. Mr. Gates said, “Without investments in research and development, we will remain unequipped when we face the next threat.”

Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders commented, “For new vaccines to be a game changer, they must be developed and tested before outbreaks hit and made accessible and affordable for all communities in times of health crisis.”

With funding help from Germany, Japan and Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation developed the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and has raised over $490 million of their $1 billion goal to target the following three menacing 21st Century viruses:

MERS-CoV: The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory diseasemers-photo recently recognized in humans when it was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since that time, it has spread to many other countries, including the United States. Symptoms include acute respiratory distress, fever, severe coughing and shortness of breath. The disease can be fatal.

Lassa (Fever): This acute viral hemorrhagic illness was first identified in 1969, but it has become more prevalent in West Africa in the 21st Century. The disease is spread by contact with infected food or contaminated household items. This disease can present as a mild virus, with 80% of those infected exhibiting little or no symptoms. In severe cases, however, the fatality rate is 15% as it viciously attacks the liver, kidneys and spleen.

Nipah: This viral disease was initially identified in 1999 during an encephalitis and respiratory illness outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore. The disease was contracted from infected pigs and bats, but it can be transmitted person-to-person. There were approximately three hundred human cases that resulted in one hundred deaths. Over one million pigs were destroyed before the disease was controlled. Symptoms of Nipah present as fever and a headache at first; but, it progresses to drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion for up to two weeks thereafter. Severe cases advance to a coma and carry a 30-40% mortality rate. Those who survive may even exhibit long-term symptoms that present as intermittent convulsions and permanent personality changes.

vaccine-chart-1200x1636Viral diseases that have killed millions of people in the past have been eradicated thanks to the research, development and deployment of vaccines to prevent the spread of diseases shown in the chart to the left. (Information Chart via CDC. Image by Leon Farrant.)

The hope is that this CEPI initiative will add some new viruses to the long list of diseases that are no longer lethal threats.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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COPPER SULFATE – The Green Chemical

copper-sulfate-flameCopper sulfate is a fascinating substance that burns with a green to aquamarine colored flame. Often it’s used in high school chemistry classes to demonstrate just such a phenomenon. It’s also considered a “green chemical” in that the US agricultural industry has used copper sulfate in pesticides since 1956. It is approved for use even in organic farming.

The copper in copper sulfate binds to proteins in bacteria, fungi and algae. It damages their cells, causing the organism’s cells to leak and die. Copper sulfate especially inhibits the growth of Esherichia coli. E. coli is an aggressive bacterium that is often the source of contamination in commercially grown produce.96599-382x255-Japanese_Farmer

Agricultural products containing copper sulfate are available in liquids, dusts and crystals. Copper sulfate can be toxic—and even lethal—if large amounts are absorbed through the skin. Accidental poisoning with this chemical has been reported occasionally among farm workers.

Workers can be exposed to the chemical as it comes into contact with skin. The dust can be breathed in, or the accidental contamination of food or drink can occur. That’s an interesting idea for the genesis of a murder mystery or thriller plot!

images-2The chemical appears as a pale green powder, but when mixed in water it turns the liquid a bright blue—a telltale sign of the presence of copper sulfate.

Although copper is an essential element and required by the body for proper health, the human body has internal mechanisms to maintain proper copper equilibrium. Excess copper is not stored in the body but excreted in solid wastes. The body cannot handle sudden large doses of the chemical, however. It overwhelms the body’s defense mechanisms, resulting in tissue damage or even death.

As with most toxic chemicals, the degree of harm is proportionate to the dose. Smaller doses of copper sulfate cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, shock and diarrhea. Larger doses can lead to tissue damage, destruction of blood cells and moderate to severe damage to the liver and kidneys. Lethal doses result in multi-organ failure resulting from the chemical binding to proteins in different organs.

An ingested dose of 15-20mg of copper sulfate causes mainly gastrointestinalimages-3 symptoms, but higher doses can be lethal. Acute liver failure is the primary result of severe poisoning.

Accidental poisonings occasionally happen in the agricultural industry, but fortunately they have been on the decline with better education regarding safe handling of the chemical. Copper sulfate ingestion is also rare, and mainly is limited to the Indian subcontinent. This chemical is easily found in Sri Lanka and sold over the counter in that area of the world. Burning of copper sulfate in houses and shops as good luck charms or for religious activities has been a common practice among local Buddhists and Hindus.

The colorful flames from burning the hydrated crystals are attractive to children and a source of inadvertent ingestion and poisoning. The chemical is also commonly used there in pesticides, in the leather-making industry and for making homemade glue.

For an interesting poison in your next murder mystery, copper sulfate might be the perfect chemical weapon. It’s easy to use, readily available on the Internet and particularly lethal in sufficient quantities.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

 

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A Psychedelic Silver Lining!

7bd5f5d8-dc13-48e6-bd65-e45ed27b534c-2Some time ago I happened upon an interesting article about the benefits of psychedelic drugs—WHAT?? And, being a child of the 60s, it peaked my interest.

Not that I dabbled in recreational drugs back in college when it was all the rage. I really didn’t! I’ve always had an innate fear that a little of a good thing may be fine, but too much could be injurious or even lethal.

That mindset is what interested me in this article. It focused on “a little of a good thing” and suggested that, since the late 1990s, there’s been a resurgence of medical research on the benefits of psychedelic drugs. This viewpoint particularly caught my attention since I’ve written blogs in the past about the detrimental, and even lethal, effects regarding the recreational, and sinister, use of certain chemicals.hippie-bohemian-clothing2

More than 50 years ago, the US government funded labs to study psychedelic drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and other psychedelics as promising, powerful new drugs. Unfortunately, recreational use of these drugs evolved (think Woodstock, etc) and that caused the US government to ban further testing of many hallucinogenics/psychedelics as dangerous and to classify them as having no accepted medical use.

Officially, these drugs are categorized as Schedule I drugs, meaning they are illegal in the US for any use (medical or otherwise), and the government’s more recent war on drugs has severely limited research opportunities on psychedelics.

However, some research continues—much of it outside of the United States—and the benefits of several psychedelic drugs are beginning to be appreciated once again. One overwhelming truth seems to emerge from these studies. It’s the fact that the recreational-drugs-1fears that psychedelic drugs cause an increased risk of mental illnesses are unfounded. In reality, these studies are taking a fresh, objective new look at the potential use of psychedelics to TREAT mental illnesses.

LSD is one of those drugs being studied with renewed interest. In research that goes back 40 years, LSD was shown to significantly reduce anxiety in patients facing end of life issues. A more recent Swiss-controlled study involving terminally ill cancer patients revealed a 20% reduction in associated anxiety and depression regarding their impending demise when using LSD.

Other studies indicate that long-term use of LSD resulted in a considerable reduction in outpatient mental health treatments and lowered the use of powerful psychiatric medications. Like LSD, other psychedelics are being studied and interesting benefits are being revealed.

Psilocybin—more commonly known as the hallucinogenic component of “magic mushrooms”—has been studied for its calming effects on certain brain functions. Psilocybin is said to eliminate confusing/overwhelming thoughts and leads to increased cognition and memory.

Patients treated with psilocybin recall memories more vividly and accurately, and this effect has been confirmed on a neurobiological level with MRI scanning of the brain.

Psilocybin has also been shown to have significant benefits in treatingNo_smoking_Poster_1_by_Sempliok alcoholism and smoking addiction. In fact, one study followed five patients who were given this drug to kick their smoking habit and all five completely quit smoking after one treatment. With follow-up visits of up to one year after treatment, four of the five were biologically confirmed to have continually abstained from cigarettes.

In the past I’ve blogged about a couple of interesting recreational drugs that can be deadly if used indiscriminately—MDMA (commonly called Molly) and DMT (dimethyltryptamine). Both seem to also have beneficial effects when used properly.

MDMA, the psychoactive chemical in the recreational drug ecstasy, has been shown to successfully treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans and to decrease the anxiety associated with cancer treatments.

Interestingly, a slight chemical modification of MDMA has been studied at the University of Birmingham and it’s been shown to have aggressive anti-cancer potential. The study is preliminary and further studies are being conducted regarding this intriguing effect.

Other studies on MDMA support beneficial effects for treating the social anxiety in autistic adults, with a fascinating 77% increase in both ease in social settings and the ability to communicate more effectively with others.

DMT is the psychoactive compound found in a Peruvian Amazon rainforest vine that is used to make a brew called ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is utilized for spiritual and healing purposes in that area of the world, and in recent years DMT is appearing as a recreational street drug for its hallucinogenic effects.

From a medical treatment standpoint, DMT seems to “untangle” complex and calm-state-of-mindunconscious psychological stresses and is of benefit in treating various depressions, cancer treatment anxiety, and increasing the hopefulness and quality of life for multiple sclerosis patients.

So, the silver lining is that these potentially dangerous drugs that are often abused and lead to detrimental—or even lethal outcomes—can have a more benevolent quality to them when channeled properly.

As with most things, both good and bad can result from the decisions we make and the actions we take as humans. What path results from those decisions and actions often make for great story telling.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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Create An Action-Packed New Year!

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First off -> HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

Now, before you roll your eyes at yet another lesson about New Year’s resolutions, here are some practical suggestions to help you 1) make realistic goals, 2) plan them logically, and 3) keep yourself on track to meet those goals.

Take a deep breath and smile! The new year is fresh and filled with potential. Whatever unfulfilled dreams you had last year is history. Leave them behind and don’t look back.MH900438811

It’s time to focus on what you want and need going forward. Forget about calling them New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a worn out phrase that’s often linked to failure.

Instead, whatever changes you want to make should be called New Life Goals. Each new year is a golden opportunity to make meaningful life adjustments to create a better personal world. If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know that I’ve had several opportunities to recreate myself. With each one, I’ve had to achieve specific life-changing goals.

MH900430599From those experiences, I’ve learned that deciding on the right New Life Goals can be daunting. You may have one BIG change you wish to make or there may be many small adjustments you’d like to incorporate into your life. The principles of change are the same for both: Plan, Execute, Evaluate, Adjust and Repeat.

*The key word here is REPEAT!*

In order for meaningful change to happen, you must make that change a habit. If it’s a physical change you wish to make, you must get your body used to whatever you want it to do. I’ll use myself as an example. When I’m not writing, I’m passionate about long distance running. I love the sport so much that I ran three full marathons in 57 days this past Fall. Now I volunteer my time training others to become better runners.

In helping others to become better runners, we use training cycles to achieve specific goals, such as running faster or longer distances. We achieve those goals in progressive cycles—called the Microcycle, the Mesocycle and the Macrocycle. But these same principles can apply to other endeavors in your life—no matter whether they are physical or mental changes.

The Microcycle is that initial 5-7 day period when you push yourself to begin that one thing you want to make a part of your life. This is the Planning and Executing part of change.

In running, this is when you actually start training regularly on a track or trail. If you42-15622535 want to lose weight, this is when you start passing up dessert and/or join a health club. If you want to improve your outlook on life, this is when you begin to smile more and attempt to interact better with others. In short, you plan what you want to do and then do it.

The next cycle, the Mesocycle, is a longer period, usually a minimum of three weeks and up to ten weeks. This is the cycle where you attempt to make the change a HABIT. In order for something to become a permanent part of our lives, we must make that thing a routine. We have to make it become so much a part of us that we would miss it if it no longer existed in our lives.

MH900400498This is where you evaluate how the change fits into your life and where you make small adjustments to continue the momentum to achieve that goal. If you want to eat less, stop going out to restaurants and control portions. If you have trouble finding time to go to a health club or scheduling a run, get up earlier or give up evening television.

Adjust your life to achieve your goal rather than adjusting your goal.  Create a new habit and repeat that as often as possible to make it a part of your life.

The Mesocycle is where you begin to embrace the change to achieve your goal. This is where the runner begins to enjoy the run and the dieter begins to dislike unhealthy foods. The longer you consciously think about what you are changing, the more successful you’ll be.

The last cycle is the Macrocycle and it’s the finishing touch that allows you to own your goals permanently. It can extend for months, years or for life. If you’re trying to lose weight and you achieve that goal, this is where you keep the momentum going to maintain that new weight. If you’re trying to improve a relationship with someone, you don’t stop the process when you feel good about each other. You continue to work at the relationship. You continue to repeat whatever you did to achieve a better relationship, or to maintain whatever specific goal you’ve identified.

Meaningful changes in your life happen by identifying goals, incorporatingMH900423646 them into your life and making that specific change a habit—and it’s a continual process. And keeping the momentum going in the Macrocycle is as important as that initial Microcycle step to identify the new goal.

If you’ve identified multiple goals for 2017, you’ve created an extra challenge for yourself. You can achieve all of your goals, but you simply have to work on one before starting another. Prioritize each goal and tackle them one at a time.

Attempting to achieve multiple goals at once can be overwhelming and it sets you up for failure. Achieving meaningful change takes focus. Don’t dilute your effectiveness by focusing on several changes at once.

The important thing to remember is that this is a New Year. The slate is totally clean and you have all year to achieve the goals you’ve identified.

Tackle the one goal that’s most important to you first. Attack it with gusto! Achieve it! Own it! Then move on to the next most important goal. Make them part of your bucket list for 2017!

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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