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  • Natural Cures While natural products are of great benefit to our ability to treat disease, they represent a mix of known and unknown compounds and are not subject to the same level of testing and regulation as pharmaceuticals. That creates a potential risk that might be avoided by isolation and purification of active components. A good case can be made about the accessibility and cost of those natural cures that have undergone rigorous testing, but the potential toxic effects should also be included in the ***ysis. Wikipedia page on Taxol: Fantastic long story of Taxol's discovery and development (worth reading!): St. John's Wort Red Yeast Rice
  • Nail Butter Kit with Dorene Petersen Part 2 Join Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founder and President as she talks at our Spring Open House about the ingredients in the Nail Butter Kit (available at the College store). In this section of the talk, Dorene discusses the safety issues and precautions of using essential oils, particularly citrus, including issues such as oxidation, irritation, photosensitization, and sensitization.
  • Eye on Agriculture Today: Toxic Weeds in Hay and Pastures Dr. Larry Hollis, K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian, highlights a couple of potential risks found in pastures and along roads during the summer: Sweet Clover and Kochia. UPDATE: A view asked, via Facebook, about the symptoms exhibited by poisoned cattle. Dr. Hollis replies: "Sweetclover toxicity causes hemorrhages to occur, sometimes in the joints where the only sign is lameness. Excessive bleeding caused by a lack of blood clotting following any procedure where blood is encountered is also common (calving, ear tagging, castration, vaccinations, etc.) "Kochia toxicity can affect both the liver and kidneys. If the liver is affected, we will see signs of photosensitization (better known as sunburn) on lightly colored or lightly haired parts of the body of animals. If the kidneys are affected we will see increased water consumption initially. In either case, if animals are not removed from Kochia as a primary forage or diet component, they may die."