December 2nd, 2010
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Not afraid to be servicey: If you're gonna get gettin' all spacey in your spice cabinet, might wanna check the nutmeg label first. Some of it is being recalled for potential salmonella contamination.

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  1. O157:H7

    Nutmeg toxicity is not a myth, although it requires high doses, far beyond culinary use. I learned about it in Med School Pharmacology. Wikipedia's write-up is accurate:

    In low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but large doses cause symptoms and harm.

    Nutmeg contains myristicin, a weak monoamine oxidase inhibitor. Myristicin poisoning can induce convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration, and generalized body pain. It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant.

    Fatal myristicin poisonings in humans are very rare, but two have been reported, in an 8-year-old child and a 55-year-old adult, the latter case attributed to a combination with flunitrazepam.

    Myristicin poisoning is potentially deadly to some pets and livestock, and may be caused by culinary quantities of nutmeg harmless to humans. For this reason, for example, it is recommended not to feed eggnog to dogs.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  2. Truth@RichHead

    There is a mountain...

    I used to go out with a lady who was a 1970s DJ near Stanford Univ. We could talk music for hours...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  3. RichardHead

    Donavan-worse than John Denver.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  4. Truth@RHead, Steve

    They call it mellow yellow (quite right)...

    Though that line obviously dates me...:)

    December 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  5. Steve

    ROTF!!!!!! LMAO!!!! The "nutmeg high" story was around when I was a teenager. I'm now 55. What's next to come back? Smoking bannana peels? Seriously, some of these people take things way too seriously.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:32 am |
    • RichardHead

      Grab a box of Sreamin' Yellow Zonkers, roll a fat one and mellow, Dude!

      December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am |
    • Jesse

      The nutmeg story is real as for the banana peel story. That story has been proven to be fraud, it was released to thumb it's nose at Drug Enforcement and the news for jumping on every new high in a moral panic.

      December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  6. johninmemphis

    Where is jdizzle? I miss him.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  7. RichardHead

    It's time for your meds and makeup Mrs.Reagan.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  8. Nancy Reagan

    Just say no to nutmeg!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:29 am |
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