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  1. PurpleHaze

    uni sux! heh

    I can see it now- "Sorry sir, I can't operate on your dog, I'm a conscientious objector."
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    alice in chains

    Layne Staley. Dirt is my favourite Alice in Chains album to. I don't think I ever really heard any of their other music.
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    Salvia divinorum now as illegal as Heroin!!!!!

    Is there anywhere we can read about this?
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    A nitrous oxide question

    About a year ago AFOAF had a tank of nitrous at his birthday party. I think I'll ask someone if they know where he got it. Another FOAF used to work at a restaurant type place and this allowed him to buy nitrous chargers in bulk. I like stories about nitrous.
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    Cactus under lights

    This rainy weather has made me think that perhaps I should grow my cactus garden, indoors under a 400w metal halide light. Has anybody had any experience with this? Also, I'm having trouble choosing a systemic fungicide, which brands has everybody had the most success with? [This message has been edited by PurpleHaze (edited 03 February 2001).]
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    Smoking Datura leaf really is cool

    Fox is currently showing new episodes of Futurama on Sunday night. I want The Family Guy and Daria back.
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    Weevils (Grubs)

    I was repotting one of my HBWR today and to my suprise when i took it out of it's old pot I found that the roots were swarming with weevils. My question is - Does anyone know of a good way to get rid of weevils? When I found them I hosed the roots off (until I could find no more weevils) and repotted the plant. After doing an internet search I have found that Neem Oil or systemic insecticide are recommended. Does anyone have any experience with either of these methods of control? Thanks for your help.
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    Weevils (Grubs)

    Thanks Torsten. I should have been more specific (my bad). The weevils are still in the larval stage (grubs). I'm glad I found them before they had a chance to reach adulthood. I'm also having a real problem with ants. Do you know any effective controls for ants? Thanks again.
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    Cactus under lights

    Wow this is from a while back. Since I originally posted almost a year ago I have done what Ramon recommended and now I bring them in under the light on rainy days. Thanks for the late responses. (Better late than never).
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    Monkey Cocaine Study Links Status, Addiction

    If I'm ever going to make it to dominant male, I guess I'll have to lay off the crack.
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    HBWR Stem Diameter.

    Thanks Fractal. I had to know so I could figure out what I am going to let them grow on now that they are shooting up.
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    HBWR Stem Diameter.

    What diameter does the stem of HBWR reach when fully grown? Thanks.
  13. An Herbal Remedy Is Tied To Diseases Of The Liver January 16, 2002 (The New York Times News Service) - In Europe, the reaction was swift. On Nov. 8, German scientists reported that kava, an herbal supplement promoted for stress reduction, may be responsible for 30 cases of liver toxicity in Germany and Switzerland. Switzerland pulled kava off the market. Britain asked for its voluntary withdrawal. And Germany warned manufacturers that it may soon ban kava. Last week, France banned its sale. In the United States, more than two months after the toxicity reports came to light, the Food and Drug Administration has issued no public warnings or advice. And, the agency says, by law it cannot. Instead, it is studying the adverse reactions in 60 kava-related cases reported in this country since 1998. They include hepatitis, jaundice and liver failure. Joseph Levitt, the director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the agency, said, "Two of those cases do raise a signal for us that this is something that warrants a lot of further investigation." The study, he said, could take a year or more, and until it is completed, the agency cannot take any action. Kava, also called kavakava, is a leafy plant that grows on Pacific islands. The processed root is the most potent part, but all of it is used. It has a tradition in a mood-altering drink among Pacific islanders, who often take it on ceremonial occasions. In the last five years, it has become increasingly popular in the United States for alleviating anxiety and stress. Among herbal supplements, kava ranks ninth in sales. For the year ending in November, sales were more than $34 million, according to Spins, a San Francisco market research firm for the health industry, and ACNielsen. In asking for voluntary withdrawal, the British Medicines Control Agency said it was assessing the emerging evidence, and "in the meantime in view of the potential concerns over safety, it would be prudent for the public to stop taking any product or remedy containing kavakava." Like some other European countries, Britain is using the precautionary principle, a philosophy seldom followed by U.S. regulatory agencies. Instead, on Dec. 19 the Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to health professionals asking for help in determining whether there is a problem, seeking a review of "cases of liver toxicity to determine if any may be related to use of kava-containing dietary supplements." Levitt said his agency's hands were tied by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Although kava is widely used as an alternative to prescription drugs, it has never been subject to the rigorous scientific testing required before prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be sold. Pre-market approval is not required for herbal remedies and, as Levitt said: "The dietary supplement law is written so that a product like this goes on the market. Then, if there is significant evidence of harm, the FDA takes action." Herbal supplements are subject to study and regulation in Germany but are not subject to prescription drug testing. Instead the German government's committee of experts - Commission E - sets standards. Commission E determines safety and effectiveness from published historical and chemical data, clinical, animal and experimental studies. It reviews meta-analyses (combinations of small studies) and patient case records. It has accepted 200 of the 300 herbs it has studied. The remaining 100 were rejected because they were not safe or there was inadequate documentation of their effectiveness or benefit. The Food and Drug Administration does not accept the German research but must conduct its own. And the agency has not been able to get enough information from the Germans about their cases. "It's very frustrating," Levitt said. There are unanswered questions. Is kava alone responsible for liver toxicity, or was it taken with other medications that may be at fault? Was there a reaction between kava and other medications? Was a contaminant introduced in the manufacturing? Did those who became ill have a pre-existing liver problem? Was alcohol abuse involved? Kava has not undergone the same strict risk assessment to which benzodiazepines (tranquilizers like Valium and Librium) were subjected, said Mark Blumenthal, the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council. "The risks for kava are automatically magnified because the benefits were not established by the same strict standards," he said. While the Food and Drug. Administration offers no advice, Dr. Paul Coates, director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health, said he would not take kava. "People should be cautious," he said. "Why expose yourself to potentially harmful ingredients? The benefit is pretty much irrelevant until the risk is known. The use of dietary supplements has outstripped the science to support their use." The institute is conducting clinical trials on the safety and effectiveness of herbal supplements, but, Coates said, "It could take 20 years to do the top 20 supplements." Dr. Norman Farnsworth, a research professor of pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois, said the industry should attach a label to kava products warning people not to take them more than a week or two at a time if they have liver problems. "If you have to take kava every day, you've got a problem," he said. "But if you take it two or three times a week for a couple of weeks and then lay off and then do it again, I don't think you will have a problem."
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    I think the ugly are probably the majority or at worst 1 to 1 with less ugly people.
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    Looks like the Coalition Won

    Bummer. More later.
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    Looks like the Coalition Won

    I doubt that Howard would have the election if he still had those big, bushy eyebrows.
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    If they wrote a book on how to get caught selling drugs, I think that page 1 would read, "Sell your illegal narcotics over the internet, to people you've never met."
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    The supplement SAMe which proved dissapointing as a treatment for arthritis and depression as it was originally promoted, may now offer some hope for those who suffer from chronic liver disease. Here are some important facts about SAMe and liver disease: SAMe, which stands for S-adenosylmethionine, is a compound made primarily in the liver as a byproduct of the metabolism of the amino acid methionine. Over-the-counter preparations of SAMe are not regulated by the federal government for safety or effectiveness. The supplement is sold as a prescription drug for liver disease in most of Europe, but due to a lack of research is not widely accepted in the U.S. Liver disease is a serious condition that requires medical treatment. Patients should not try to self-treat a serious liver condition with SAMe.
  19. Thanks assassin the other email address you can contact me on is [email protected] I'll try to contact you on icq.
  20. Early on this year Assassin sent me a heap of Datura Stram. and Heimia salicifolia seeds. I would just like to know how long these seeds remain viable for, because if they are still viable I would like to send them in to the seed ring on behalf of assassin. Thanks
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    Damiana now illegal to sell in Japan

    Did you know that 100% of people who smoke damimiana die. Come to think of it, 100% of people who drink water die as well. Oh well! Take care and be careful of everything.
  22. Good job Reville. I am just wondering if you will expand this ring to include cuttings as well if things work out? Good Luck to you.
  23. PurpleHaze

    Salvia seeds

    If you can't find anywhere else, this might help you http://menehunegardens.com/index.html
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    Information preservation

    I am happpy to help in any way I can. I also have a CD burner so I might be able to help out there. If you need anything just email me. Later.
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    cacti suspension culture?

    I've been wondering the same thing.