The Best: Deadly Poisons Ingested or Inhaled

I'm sharing this interesting list of the 10 deadliest poisons from the latest issue of Wired for a reason. With a little luck, you won't be exposed to anthrax, sarin gas, ricin or tetrodotoxin, but you're probably well aware of at least two poisons: Mercury and botulinum.

What's insidious about mercury and botulinum is how both of these deadly toxins hide in plain sight, one contained in "safe" vaccines that harm the minds of babies and the other used to smooth wrinkles and "cure" excessive sweating.

Just a reminder, you're exposed to common toxins every day that pose a far greater threat on your health than amatoxin or something called compound 1080. Among them:

  • Pesticides
  • Mold and fungal toxins
  • Phthalates
  • Dioxins
  • Asbestos

Wired August 2006

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