!!

Guests can now post!

Welcome to Intelligent Answers.  As a guest, you are now able to post a question, subject to getting through our spam-bot filters.  However, if you want to answer any questions, you will need to register.  Thanks for visting!  (BTW - guests cannot post links, and if you post spam, we will block your IP and report you to every spam protection site we can find - we work hard to keep this site spam free for the benefit and enjoyment of our members!)


Post reply

Warning: this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days.
Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic.

Note: this post will not display until it's been approved by a moderator.

Name:
Email:
Subject:
Message icon:

Attach:
(Clear Attachment)
(more attachments)
Allowed file types: gif, jpg, mpg, pdf, wmv
Restrictions: 2 per post, maximum total size 800KB, maximum individual size 500KB
Note that any files attached will not be displayed until approved by a moderator.
Verification:
Type the letters shown in the picture
Listen to the letters / Request another image

Type the letters shown in the picture:
How many letters are in the word 'Intelligent'?:
Does this site report all spammers to appropriate spam blockers?  Yes/no:

shortcuts: hit alt+s to submit/post or alt+p to preview


Topic Summary

Posted by: Captain Kirk
« on: 13 March, 2009, 12:22:23 AM »

Causes of Botulism: An Overview
Botulism is a rare but serious illness that can cause paralysis or death. The cause of botulism is a nerve toxin (botulinum toxin) that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
 
Causes of Botulism: Clostridium Botulinum Nerve Toxin
Clostridium botulinum is the name of a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and marine sediments worldwide. Their spores are often found on the surfaces of fruits and vegetables, as well as in seafood. These rod-shaped organisms grow best in low-oxygen conditions. The bacteria form spores, which allow them to survive in a dormant state until exposed to conditions that can support their growth.
 
The bacteria and spores themselves are harmless; the dangerous substance is the toxin the bacteria produce when they grow. These bacteria produce seven types of botulism toxin, designated by the letters A through G. However, only types A, B, E, and F cause botulism in humans. Botulinum toxin is the most poisonous substance known to exist.
 
Once in the body, the botulinum toxin binds to nerve endings at the point where the nerves join muscles. This prevents the nerves from signaling the muscles to contract. The result is weakness and paralysis that descends from the head down, affecting -- among other things -- the muscles that control breathing.

http://diseases.emedtv.com/botulism/causes-of-botulism.html


I would say that it would be extreamly rare if you did catch it from honey i would not worry.
Posted by: high1971
« on: 12 March, 2009, 11:52:38 PM »

can honey actually cause botulism