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Global Warming Increases The Potency Of Poison Ivy and Natural Antidotes
Date:4/16/2010

Recent botanical research shows rash-inducing plants are growing faster and producing more potent toxins as compared with the same plants of earlier decades. Rising carbon-dioxide levels appear to create ideal conditions for these poisonous plants, producing larger and faster growth along with more potent toxins. As more potent toxins are produced by plants, the topical reactions become worse and affect a larger population, but natural antidotes are also increasing in potency.

Menands, NY (PRWEB) April 16, 2010 -- Poison ivy, sumac and oak are toxic plants native to North America that adversely affect an estimated 60 Million Americans and Canadians every year. As members of the Rhus family, these poisonous plants cause nasty topical complications by producing a toxic reaction on the skin. Rhus plants contain an oily substance called Urushiol that oozes from the leaves, stems and roots of cut or crushed vegetation. Topical contact with the oil causes allergic reactions that produce inflammatory redness, painful blisters and severe itching.

While 25% of the population is generally immune to small doses of urushiol, this natural substance appears to be growing more potent with increased carbon dioxide levels that accompany global warming. This means less people are immune to the toxic plants, and more people are suffering worse reactions than they did only twenty years ago.

Recent botanical research shows rash-inducing plants are growing faster and producing more potent toxins as compared with the same plants of earlier decades. Rising carbon-dioxide levels appear to create ideal conditions for these poisonous plants, producing larger and faster growth along with more potent toxins. As more potent urushiol is produced by plants, the toxic reactions become worse and affect a larger population.

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