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Drinking Bella Donna... Ooh, bad idea. [Jul. 7th, 2008|11:36 pm]
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The common name belladonna originates from its historic use by women - Bella Donna is Italian for beautiful lady. Drops prepared from the Belladonna plant were used to dilate women's pupils, an effect considered attractive. Today it is known that the atropine in Belladonna acts as an antimuscarinic, blocking receptors in the muscles of the eye that constrict pupil size. Belladonna is currently rarely used cosmetically, as it carries the adverse effects of causing minor visual distortions, inability to focus on near objects, and increased heart rate. Prolonged usage was reputed to cause blindness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTZle1cfVAE

How to open a bottle of wine. I really needed to watch this video. lol. I really suck at opening wine bottles, here's hoping this helps. ;)
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[User Picture]From: runeenigma
2008-07-08 05:18 am (UTC)
One of my old doctors, a pain specialist, prescribed donatel (belladonna, basically . . .). It made me so sick I stopped it, and talked to a different doctor, who was shocked that the first doctor had been basically poisoning me to kill the pain . . .
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 05:19 am (UTC)
Did it help with the pain?! Fuck, if it'll help at all I'll take poison.
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[User Picture]From: electrosoundwav
2008-07-08 05:18 am (UTC)
I see. And apparently Italian women didn't see
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 05:27 am (UTC)
LOL Not the fashionable ones anyhow, which is even more problematic for fashion I wouldn't wonder.
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[User Picture]From: suspiria
2008-07-08 05:19 am (UTC)
They use drops to dilate your pupils to do some check before you have lasik. My second time around, I only had one done. It looked like I had a wicked concussion.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh dude!!! That's COOL!
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2008-07-08 06:37 am (UTC)
I went out with a guy who's friends talked about using beladonna. They said it was good for fevers, although I never tried it out. Honestly I never really paid much attention to what they said because I was half convinced they were vampires. I know it sounds weird, but the guy I was dating liked it when I made out with his friend's (a woman) husband, and he told me that "your blood is really sweet" one time after kissing my neck (well, giving me a hickey, really). I felt bad about the whole thing since he was kissing me while his wife and the guy I was dating were right there, but neither of them really seemed to mind. Plus I thought it was weird that he was talking about the flavor of my blood. And anyway the guy I was dating (not the blood taster), told me he could alter the weather with a stick. He said he was a shaman and had special powers, but I think he just did too many shrooms.

Blah blah blah...talk about a messed up dating life, right?
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[User Picture]From: sczrhands
2008-07-08 03:41 pm (UTC)
That story actually reminds me of several people I know. Alot of people like that play role playing games. Especailly from the White Wolf series.
I've never heard of beladonna being used for fevers. My aunt uses it for headachs. She uses the homeopathic does which is very small.
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[User Picture]From: monicarnsg
2008-07-08 08:34 am (UTC)
Your title made me lol (I'm at work, so it was quiet, I don't want to wake my patients.)

We also use atropine drops in end of life or hospice patients, to dry up oral secretions. The lucky patients that have TURP's (Trans-Urethral Retropubic Prostatectomy) get the privilege of having B&O suppositories, Belladonna and Opium, to help with bladder spasms.

Alas, I'll have to wait until I get home to watch the video.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. Opium, really?
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2008-07-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
My grandmother is 100% Italian and she had all the paintings of Italy, and its people, and when i was a kid I always wondered why the women had such huge pupils. Now I know.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's REALLY cool!!!
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From: shineyredrhinos
2008-07-08 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ahhh what some will do for beauty...really it is not that diff from wearing 4 inch heels that can cause perm damage to one's feet.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
True enough. Mine are still sore from this terrible pair I've been wearing recently.
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[User Picture]From: sczrhands
2008-07-08 03:54 pm (UTC)
In the 1930's there was a plastic spray that women could spray on there faces to make there makeup stay on.
Many beauty pageant contestants have lung problems from breathing in massive amounts of hairspray.
In china the noble women would have there feet broken and bound with cloth when they were children to have there feet stay small.
There is a tribe of people that wear metal rings around there necks to strtech out there necks. If they take the rings off there necks are so long and weak they can't hold up there heads.
Some people cut themselves in order to have scars form in interesting patterns.
A lot of elderly ladies have deformed toes because they wore pointy toed shoes that were to tight.
Women used to wear corsets which would restrict there breathing. Fainting from lack of oxygen was common and considered to be fashionable.
A lot of people do crazy things in order to conform to modern (regional) standards of beauty.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 06:01 pm (UTC)
*nod* Most definitely. I had heard about all of those examples before, but this one was new to me.
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[User Picture]From: slackerspice
2008-07-08 04:50 pm (UTC)
People can do some pretty stupid things in the name of beauty. Although, to me, the whole "dilated pupils" thing seems less like "OMG!SOHOT!!1!" and more like "OHGODREDCOURTRUNAWAY!!1!"

Either that, or strung out on something...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Dresden_Files_Organizations#Red_Court
(Their eyes are pitch-black in their actual vampire forms.)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, interesting.
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From: docjeff
2008-07-08 05:41 pm (UTC)
How to open a bottle of wine. I really needed to watch this video. lol. I really suck at opening wine bottles, here's hoping this helps. ;)

I just talk the cork into giving up on its own. No muss, no fuss. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-08 06:06 pm (UTC)
lol, nice. ;) I'm not very successful at that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-09 04:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! I bet that is why! That's awesome!

And Anne Boelyn? *blink*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-11 07:04 pm (UTC)

Re: wine opener and a belladonna

Well I want people to know how to wine and dine their poisoned girlfriends... ;)
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[User Picture]From: diner
2008-07-17 09:18 pm (UTC)
When I attempt to open wine, it's never sexy, as it is in movies, it's usually me tugging and grunting, cursing and banging my elbow on cupboards.
:D
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-07-17 09:19 pm (UTC)
LOL, are you sure you're not me? ;) Cause that sounds mighty familiar.
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