posted on Apr, 18 2010 @ 09:17 AM
This may be off topic here, but I have a quick question- without displaying intricate details of my life story, etc., I was wondering if those of you
within the North European region have had an unhealthy lifestyle (ex- smoking, drinking, pharmaceuticals, etc.)?
This may seem completely contradictory to my favorite site ATS, and the array of health conscious people on here (you go guys!
), but the reason I
ask is because I wonder if all of the 'toxins' which some of us unhealthier types put into our bodies all the time may actually end up saving our
For example, being that Ive been on medication since I was 16 years old, and living quite the party life- I have noticed that when I am with others in
a 'polluted' airspace I am the least likely to be affected by it. I assume this is because my body has grown accustomed to it.
Now, I know that no one has voluntarily been inhaling volcanic ash all their lives to prevent harm from exposure when a real volcano errupts, but I
ask for my own simple psychoanalysis. By no means am I condoning an 'unhealthy' life. Its simply an ever present question Ive been wrestling with
in my mind. Id love your input!
When Mithridates VI was at last defeated by Pompey and in danger of capture by Rome, he is alleged to have attempted suicide by poison; this attempt
failed, however, because of his immunity to the poison. According to Appian's Roman History, he then made his Gaul bodyguard and friend,
Bituitus, kill him by the sword:
Mithridates then took out some poison that he always carried next to his sword, and mixed it. There two of his daughters, who were still girls
growing up together, named Mithridates and Nyssa, who had been betrothed to the kings of [Ptolemaic] Egypt and of Cyprus, asked him to let them have
some of the poison first, and insisted strenuously and prevented him from drinking it until they had taken some and swallowed it. The drug took effect
on them at once; but upon Mithridates, although he walked around rapidly to hasten its action, it had no effect, because he had accustomed himself to
other drugs by continually trying them as a means of protection against poisoners. These are still called the Mithridatic drugs.