Health & Fit Attention, gourd lovers: Toxic squash syndrome is a real, life-threatening condition
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Did you know a serving of bittercould negatively influence your health? If you answered no, you're not alone: Recent case research recounts the experiences of two unrelated women in France who bought produce from two different sellers and experienced harrowing effects, reported. They both developed toxic squash syndrome (AKA cucurbit poisoning), a rare condition that can cause and substantial .
One of the women experiencedas well as hair loss on a large part of her scalp, according to Live Science. The second woman had similar issues: vomiting an hour after eating and a large amount of hair loss from her head, underarms, and pubic area three weeks later.
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Because that bitter taste isn't a hot commodity, farmers grow plants that have little (if any!) of the chemicals in them, but sometimes cross-pollination causes plants to have super-high levels—and you can't tell the difference until you taste it.
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Live Science reported that squash and other produce in the Cucurbitaceae family contain a group of chemicals called cucurbitacins, which have a bitter taste and also can be toxic to humans. Because that bitter taste isn't exactly a hot commodity, farmers tend to grow plants that have little (if any!) of the chemicals in them, but sometimes accidental cross-pollination breeds plants that have super-high levels—and you reportedly can't tell the difference until you taste it.
Don't eat bitter pumpkin, study warns after women lose hair
A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair. French dermatologist Philippe Assouly described the two unusual cases in a scientific journal, highlighting a previously unknown "toxic association of alopecia (hair loss) with a common plant".
The toxic compounds in squash might "have a similar effect on hair follicles as do some chemotherapy drugs, which can lead to temporary hair loss." —Dr. Philippe Assouly
Though the medical world has known about toxic squash syndrome for a while—there have been reported cases over the years acrossand , and died from complications of it—the hair-loss aspect seems to be new, according to Philippe Assouly, MD, a dermatologist at Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. Dr. Assouly told Live Science that the toxic compounds might "have a similar effect on hair follicles as do some , which can lead to temporary hair loss." Yikes.
But don't adopt a gourd-free lifestyle just yet: If your squash,, or other produce in the Cucurbitaceae family taste bitter or abnormal, simply stop eating it, and you should be just fine. With all the vitamins and nutrients (hello, crazy-high levels of !) these foods offer, it would be a mistake to banish them from your diet to avoid the risk of this kind of TSS.
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A Chinese eighteenth-century gourd sold at EUR 4.1m auction near Tours
A porcelain gourd, which belonged to the Chinese emperor of the eighteenth century Qianlong, was awarded for 4.1 million euros to a French buyer at an auction Sunday at the castle of Artigny, near Tours, found a correspondent of AFP.
With the fees, the sale amounts to 5,089 million euros, according to auctioneer Philippe Rouillac, who spoke of a sale "historical and legendary". The buyer, who was bidding on the phone, did not want to answer the journalists' questions.
Set at 500,000 euros, the gourd, which bears the square mark of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), the fourth emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty, was auctioned in about ten minutes.
"It's a French (representing the buyer on the phone, ed) who beat 17 Chinese from around the world to recover their national heritage," said Mr. Rouillac.
"There were two gourds like that in the world so she had no price," he added.
According to Far East art specialist Alice Jossaume, it is indeed one of the two gourds of Emperor Qianlong, "the most powerful man of his time", that exist in the world.
The other similar gourd had been sold for 1.8 million euros at Sotheby's in Hong Kong in April 2016.
The gourd sold Sunday will "go to a Parisian apartment collector," said Me Rouillac, stating that it could "perhaps be loaned to the Guimet Museum", National Museum of Asian Arts, in the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris.
She has eight Buddhist symbols (bajixiang) in stylized lotus petals.
The gourd was discovered by chance by Me Rouillac, came to carry out mid-April an expertise in a castle of the Loire Valley whose owners wish to remain anonymous. The auctioneer's eyes are attracted by this round gourd, placed on the dresser in the living room. About fifty centimeters high, it is glazed porcelain celadon green, with patterns of flowers, blue and white.
According to Mr. Rouillac, the gourd was probably brought back by "a descendant of the family (who) was officer of staff of the Royal Navy in mission in Sea of China in years 1842-1847".
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