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Contents

1. Introduction
2. Psychology of survival
3. Survival planning and survival kits
4. Basic survival medicine
5. Shelters
6. Water procurement
7. Firecraft
8. Food procurement
9. Survival use of plants
10. Poisonous plants
  - How plants poison
  - All about plants
  - Rules for avoiding poisonous plants
  - Contact dermatitis
  - Ingestion poisoning
11. Dangerous animals
12. Field-expedient weapons, tools, and equipment
13. Desert survival
14. Tropical survival
15. Cold weather survival
16. Sea survival
17. Expedient water crossings
18. Field-expedient direction finding
19. Signaling techniques
20. Survival movement in hostile areas
21. Camouflage
22. Contact with people
23. Survival in man-made hazards

A. Survival kits
B. Edible and medicinal plants
C. Poisonous plants
D. Dangerous insects and arachnids
E. Poisonous snakes and lizards
F. Dangerous fish and mollusks
G. Clouds: foretellers of weather
H. Contingency plan of action format

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Digital Compasses
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HOW PLANTS POISON

Plants generally poison by--

  • Ingestion. When a person eats a part of a poisonous plant.
  • Contact. When a person makes contact with a poisonous plant that causes any type of skin irritation or dermatitis.
  • Absorption or inhalation. When a person either absorbs the poison through the skin or inhales it into the respiratory system.

Plant poisoning ranges from minor irritation to death. A common question asked is, "How poisonous is this plant?" It is difficult to say how poisonous plants are because--

  • Some plants require contact with a large amount of the plant before noticing any adverse reaction while others will cause death with only a small amount.
  • Every plant will vary in the amount of toxins it contains due to different growing conditions and slight variations in subspecies.
  • Every person has a different level of resistance to toxic substances.
  • Some persons may be more sensitive to a particular plant.

Some common misconceptions about poisonous plants are--

  • Watch the animals and eat what they eat. Most of the time this statement is true, but some animals can eat plants that are poisonous to humans.
  • Boil the plant in water and any poisons will be removed. Boiling removes many poisons, but not all.
  • Plants with a red color are poisonous. Some plants that are red are poisonous, but not all.

The point is there is no one rule to aid in identifying poisonous plants. You must make an effort to learn as much about them as possible.



Poisonous plants
How plants poison | All about plants | Rules for avoiding poisonous plants | Contact dermatitis | Ingestion poisoning |



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