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20th Mar '17 5:07:03 AM Escher
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* Before the discovery of vitamins, fresh foods (especially citrus) as a cure for scurvy and other deficiencies.

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* Before the discovery of vitamins, fresh foods (especially citrus) as were a cure for scurvy and other deficiencies.deficiencies often found in sailors. How bizarre this appeared to the people of the time can't be overstated. Today scurvy is a bit of a joke, but at the time it was a terrifying, horrible way to die, bleeding from every orifice, and nobody knew how to stop it. And then the solution turns out to be lemon juice (or oranges, or limes, but lemons have the highest vitamin-C-per-volume). It's a bit like finding out you can cure ebola by eating blueberry muffins. It was so insane that while James Lind discovered and published the cure in 1753, the British Royal Navy didn't actually start carrying citrus on their ships until just before 1800.
16th Aug '16 7:08:54 PM LordDynasmon
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* Ethylene glycol (frequently used as antifreeze) is moderately toxic. It's toxicity is mostly due to its metabolites, so the treatment is to saturate the enzyme that breaks it down with ethanol. Usually, it's administered intravenously, but if necessary it can be administered orally (as vodka, whiskey, or another strong spirit).

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* Ethylene glycol (frequently used as antifreeze) is moderately toxic. It's Its toxicity is mostly due to its metabolites, so the treatment is to saturate the enzyme that breaks it down with ethanol. Usually, it's administered intravenously, but if necessary it can be administered orally (as vodka, whiskey, or another strong spirit).
18th Jul '16 1:21:35 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Night of the Tarantula", a victim of rat poison is saved because his new wife had earlier served him a herbal tea to help with migraine that just happened to contain the natural antidote to the poison, so his body started fighting the toxin immediately.
14th Jul '16 8:29:25 PM Adept
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* In ''Literature/SadCypres'', the victim was killed by morphine poisoning. The killer ingested some morphine as well to divert attention from themselves, but quickly took apomorphine to remove the poison from their own bodies.
11th Jun '16 9:43:22 AM Bissek
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* In the Steven Seagal movie ''Film/ThePatriot'', the cure for the bioweapon the villains released turned out to be the herbal tea that the hero and his daughter had with breakfast the morning before they were exposed to the virus.

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* In the Steven Seagal movie ''Film/ThePatriot'', ''The Patriot'' (Not the Mel Gibson film of the same name), the cure for the bioweapon the villains released turned out to be the herbal tea that the hero and his daughter had with breakfast the morning before they were exposed to the virus.
30th May '16 2:39:12 PM manepony101
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* In the movie ''Film/AlmostHeroes'', Chris Farley must find the Egg of an Eagle to save Matt Perry. Hilarity ensues after his repeated assault by the eagles and falling out of a tree keep breaking the eagle's eggs. Finally, he brings the last egg, intact, back to the camp, only to find out that the antidote is the egg shells.

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* In the movie ''Film/AlmostHeroes'', Chris Farley must find the Egg of an Eagle to save Matt Perry. Hilarity ensues after his repeated assault by the eagles and falling out of a tree keep breaking eating the eagle's eggs.eggs for being hungry. Finally, he brings the last egg, intact, back to the camp, only to find out that the antidote is the egg shells.



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30th Sep '15 1:14:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the Steven Seagal movie ''The Patriot'', the cure for the bioweapon the villains released turned out to be the herbal tea that the hero and his daughter had with breakfast the morning before they were exposed to the virus.

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* In the Steven Seagal movie ''The Patriot'', ''Film/ThePatriot'', the cure for the bioweapon the villains released turned out to be the herbal tea that the hero and his daughter had with breakfast the morning before they were exposed to the virus.
30th Sep '15 1:13:08 PM Morgenthaler
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* Strychnine is a well-known (and fairly dramatic) poison famously used in TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles by Creator/AgathaChristie. Curare was once used to make poisoned arrows and darts that caused almost instant paralysis. But the effects of the poisons are opposite, so that either one can act as the other's antidote.

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* Strychnine is a well-known (and fairly dramatic) poison famously used in TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles'' by Creator/AgathaChristie. Curare was once used to make poisoned arrows and darts that caused almost instant paralysis. But the effects of the poisons are opposite, so that either one can act as the other's antidote.
4th Sep '15 6:20:12 PM TedlyAnderson
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If it almost immediately cures the poison or disease, then it's also a MagicAntidote.
28th Aug '15 1:29:53 PM R1ck
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* Many medications can be incredibly harmful to you if you do not have the condition they are meant to treat.

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* Many medications can be incredibly harmful to you if you do not have the condition they are meant to treat.
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