Thursday, November 13


Boy, that's an easy one: Bats. More specifically, flying foxes, bats with a wingspan of up to four feet. Consumption of these critters is linked to the exceptionally high rate of a form of Parkinson's disease on Guam, a new study confirms. Note that the toxin involved comes from a plant, cyad seeds, which are routinely used in tortillas in Guam. But the bats eat the seeds, and eating the bats concentrates the otherwise harmless neurotoxin into deadly doses. My emphasis, because it seems hard for so many people to grasp this simple equation.

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