1. Raynaud's Syndrome is a
common occurance and many times is not able to be associated with any
disease. It is an overly active vascular reflex to cold affecting
the small arteries feeding blood to the fingers of the hand. We
experience a decrease in blood supply to the hand when our hand becomes
cold, those with raynauds have a near cessation of blood flow to the
associated with a spasm of the small arteries in one or more fingers.
2. Chelation therapy is used
in medicine for treating iron poisoning, heavy metal poisoning
lead, mercury, and arsenic poisoning, and occassionally for the
of hemochromatosis, a condition in which the body absorbs an excessive
amount of iron from the normal diet.
3. Smell and taste is made
by a system consisting of the sensors in the nose and tongue connected
by a network of nerve fibers ending in the first cranial nerve of the
and the olfactory bulb and frontal lobe of the brain itself.
to the nerves can impair smell and taste.
4. Viagra was initially
as a heart medication. It is currently a very successful
used to treat sexual dysfunction or impotence in men.
5. The Black Widow spider and
its cousin the Australian Redback produce the most powerful venom and
works as a neurotoxin with local irritation at the bite site. The
venom is less potent and causes injury to the blood vessels and local
around the wound. Copperhead venom is similar to rattlesnake
in its mode of effect although most copperhead bites are not
The brown recluse spider bite produces loss of blood supply at the bite
site resulting in death of the tissue and formation of an ulcer which
requires minor surgery to treat.