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Plants Are Poisonous And Should Be Kept Away from Children and Pets-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
It's common around Christmas time for people to warn one another
about the alleged toxicity of poinsettias.
This is one of those beliefs that is so widespread that a survey of
florists found that most of them believed it to be true. That's
because it has been the conventional understanding about poinsettias
for many years.
The consensus of government agencies, health centers, veterinary
groups, and plant and
flower organizations that we've surveyed, however, is that poinsettias are not
toxic and do not pose a health threat to children or pets.
The belief in poinsettia poison appears to extend back to 1919 when
the two-year-old child of a U.S. Army officer died. It was
believed that the death was caused by the child ingesting poinsettia
leaves. The American Society of Florists has looked into the
matter extensively and says there was never any proof that
poinsettia leaves were responsible for the child's death and the
report was later determined to be hearsay.
The America Society of Florists joined with researchers at Ohio
State University to test various parts of the poinsettia plant on
rats. Their conclusion was that there was no toxicity or any
other side effects even when the rats were given large
POISENDEX is the source of poison information for the majority of poison
control centers. It says that a 50-pound child would have to
eat more than a pound-and-a-quarter of poinsettia leaves to exceed
the doses used in the Ohio State research, which would be 500 to 600
The American Society of Florists says no other consumer plant has
been tested for toxicity more than the poinsettia.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Center in Urbana, Illinois says it regards
poinsettias as having such low toxicity risk that it doesn't even
recommend decontaminating animals that may have ingested them.
The center says that there can sometimes be gastrointestinal
distress from having ingested something alien to the digestive
The American Veterinary
Medicine Association of America (AVMA), doesn't include poinsettias
on its list of plants that are a threat to animals.
Because of the belief that poinsettias are toxic, there are numerous
visits to hospitals each year by concerned parents or pet owners whose children
or pet have ingested or in some other way been exposed to
A study released in 2000 by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and
Carnegie Mellon University found that out of nearly 23,000
poinsettia exposures reported to poison control centers nationwide,
there was essentially no toxicity of significance of any kind.
A real example of the story as it has
Its always been said that the leaves of a poinsettia plant are toxic for
humans and pets. Is this true.
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