What Doesn’t Kill You


Coltsfoot is one of those plants that make me wonder about the sanity of the human race. Or perhaps it doesn’t – perhaps it’s actually the reason we’re the dominant species.
You see, we’ve been using Coltsfoot for thousands of years as a cough remedy – while it may well help your cough, research, in Germany, in the 1950s, showed that it does serious damage to your liver.
But we do this all the time. Think of potatoes. Up in the Andes the first potatoes they found were seriously poisonous. Eventually, after goodness knows how many Inca died from eating them, they developed a variety that was non-poisonous. Why did they bother? The thing is poisonous. Nothing to see here, move along, please.
I’m sure you can think of a great many other examples (kidney beans, did I hear you say.) It seems that we will not be beaten. If we can run it down or catch, trap, ensnare or pick it we will eat it – even if it kills us.
Oh, and if you’re wondering – the German government banned the sale of Coltsfoot, but by 2005 horticulturalists had produced a non-poisonous variety. What can I say?

3 thoughts on “What Doesn’t Kill You

  1. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was really stressed out…the doctor suggested an herbal remedy. Luckily, I checked it out on my own first…turns out, just because it’s herbal doesn’t make it harmless…medicine is medicine. Another thought-provoking piece.

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