banned: TOAD aphrodisiac!

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Yes, toad as in frog! But of course, those are two distinct species, I just want to make it simpler. Hehe! Anyway, there are reports that venom from toads of the Bufo genus is being used as an aphrodisiac — and it just KILLED A MAN in New York! Thus, health officials are now warning New Yorkers to stay away from the illegal aphrodisiac. FYI, the product is sold under names including Piedra, Love Stone, Jamaican Stone, Black Stone and Chinese Rock at sex shops and neighborhood stores. It is banned by the Food and Drug Administration.

The city’s poison control center received a hospital report last Friday that a 35-year-old man who ingested the hard, brown substance died earlier this month. He was admitted to the hospital complaining of chest and abdominal pain, and died two days later. The toad’s venom apparently contains chemicals that can disrupt heart rhythms. The same type of product killed a 40-year-old man in Brooklyn in 2002 and at least four New Yorkers in the early 1990s. A 17-year-old boy also fell seriously ill, but survived following hours of aggressive treatment.

Author: Melissa

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