Toxic Huayruros??

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Toxic Huayruros??

Postby Omikron » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:25 pm

A friend of mine from Spain gave me this link, knowing I'm from Peru

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2131768/Jo-Wollacott-toxic-bracelet-Woman-sectioned-hallucinations-caused-jewellery.html

For those who do not understand English too well, here is another link in Spanish (not the translation of the first link though) http://www.cookingideas.es/la-maldicion-de-la-abrina-o-como-perder-la-cabeza-por-una-pulsera-de-ebay-20120423.html

The one thing that confuses me a bit is that the Toxin called "Abrin" comes from the Jequirity bean, also known as the "abrus precatorius" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrus_precatorius while the Huayruro species is "Ormosia Coccinea" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ormosia_coccinea

The Wikipedia definition for Huayruro clearly states that Huayruros seeds are poisonous if eaten, and it is mentioned the bracelet came from Peru so I would say these two beans are very similar and have the same effects.

So for those people who love the Huayruros because of its vivid colors you are warned. Buy the ones that are filled inside a resin but not bracelets or collars. I know huayruros are sold everywhere and nobody has died from them, maybe this lady was just allergic to abrin, but at least you DO KNOW something new regarding our Peruvian craft works.
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Re: Toxic Huayruros

Postby windsportinperu » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:08 pm

Interesting article...

Those bracelets have been sold by millions during decades and first time I listened something like this. All the hippie culture in South America used those kind of jewelries in the 70', 80' and 90' and never heard of a case of hallucinations

My hypothesis is this 40 years old Lady, already had mental problems (just look at the pictures and the sad expression of her face) and now she is looking for something to blame..
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Re: Toxic Huayruros

Postby windsportinperu » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:28 pm

After further investigation, I noticed a small but crucial difference between huayuro and the other seed that is not from Peru.

While to the inexpert eye are the same, they arent. The peruvian huayruro has a black mark along one side of the seed, the toxic similar seed has it at the tip.. Look at the pictures:

Huayruro:
http://www.akllaexport.com/es/productos/Insumos/huayruro-macho%20male-semillas-venta-sale%20seed-semillas-venta-sale_inputs%20craft%20jewelry%20supplies_ecological%20organic%20seeds.jpg

The toxic seed:
http://www.ethno-botanik.org/Heilpflanzen/_fotos/500/Abrus-precatorius-2072.jpg

This doesn't change the fact that the lady has mental health problems, somehow...

The seed shown at the picture at the report IS NOT from Peru.... The report is making a wrong relationship between both seeds as they would be the same thing..
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Re: Toxic Huayruros

Postby Omikron » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:01 pm

Indeed, the article might be misleading, as it points out the toxic beads came from Peru, but the toxin itself called Abrin is found in the Abrus Precatorius beans which is native to Indonesia, not Peru. Even the Wikipedia definition for the Abrus Precatorius list different names in various Indian languages so It must have been known in India for centuries.

I haven't found any link yet that mentions this toxin is found in the Huayruro, but it is clearly stated that the Huayruro beans are poisonous if eaten.
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Re: Toxic Huayruros??

Postby esteban108 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:49 am

Hi there. Found some with the black thing in the tip, in the small huayruros. So, could be that Abrus Precatorius also exists in Peru?

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