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A Freeman

Got Snakes? Kill 'em with Tylenol

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 A Freeman    664

Some 70 years after US troops landed on Guam during World War II, the tiny island is desperately struggling with snakes likely brought as stowaways on US Navy cargo ships in the 1940s.

The infestation consists of about 2 million brown tree snakes, which cover many areas on the 30-mile (48km) long island. That represents some 13,000 snakes per square mile. Their arrival has been traced back to the US naval base on Guam, Apra Harbor, in the mid-1940s. It’s believed they originated not in America, but other Pacific islands from which the US fleet was travelling.

The snakes have wreaked chaos on Guam’s eco-system, eradicating most of the country’s native birds. In fact, 10 of the 12 bird species native to Guam had vanished by the mid-1980s, according to research published in Nature Communications.

Several other bird species eliminated from Guam can now be found only in specific breeding houses.

The devastated bird population has severely impacted Guam’s plant life too – due to the massive reduction in seed distributors. The rate of new tree growth on the island has fallen by as much as 92 percent due to the brown tree snake.

The US has spent millions attempting to eradicate the serpents. The invaders haven’t only destroyed wildlife, but also reportedly cost the government some $4.5 million in damage to the military’s electrical system over the past seven years.

The US Department of Agriculture even parachuted thousands of dead mice, laced in paracetamol, onto the island as part of an $8 million eradication program approved in 2013.

Early research shows the snakes are taking the bait, reports Sciencealert. However, it’s still too soon to know the scale of the impact on the island’s snake population.

Source: https://www.rt.com/viral/399143-guam-snakes-us-navy/

And people not only take this poison for pain relief, but give it to babies!

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 Curenado    966

Too much of anything gets to be bad. 

"Paracetamol is generally safe at recommended doses.[14] Serious skin rashes may rarely occur, and too high a dose can result in liver failure.[1] It appears to be safe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.[1]In those with liver disease, it may still be used, but in lower doses.[15] Paracetamol is classified as a mild analgesic.[13] It does not have significant anti-inflammatory activity and how it works is not entirely clear.[16]

Paracetamol was discovered in 1877.[17] It is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever in both the United States and Europe.[18] It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.[19] Paracetamol is available as a generic medication with trade names including Tylenol and Panadol among others.[20] The wholesale price in the developing world is less than 0.01 USD per dose.[21] In the United States it costs about 0.04 USD per dose.[22]

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 Moosupian    41

Biochemistry of all animal life is not uniform. A few bars of chocolate can kill some dogs, but not too many humans. I can't extract oxygen from water with the gills I don't have but fish will die if out of water. Humans cannot digest raw meat but most carnivorous wild animals can eat a whole small bird and it be perfectly profitable and normal.

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 A Freeman    664

If/when people finally learn that ALL chemicals are poisonous to the human-animal body, then we will finally be getting somewhere.

TRUTH: we're being poisoned for profit by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (which are really one and the same). NONE of it is good for the human body in ANY dosage.

And the snakes that are responsible for this are the government officials and their agencies, e.g. the FDA, which are in bed with the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Remember Rumsfeld-Tamiflu?

According to The Law, those snakes need eradicating too...

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