Results of Dr. Wiley's borax tests, 1904

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Results of Dr. Wiley's borax tests, 1904 - IT DIDN'T KILL THEM Prof. "Wiley's Poison-...
IT DIDN'T KILL THEM Prof. "Wiley's Poison- Poison- Squad Ate Boric Acid. Report of the U. S. Chemist On the Effects of Borax on the - Human System. In a bulletin issued by the bureau of chemistry of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, following Prof. Wiley's experiment with his poison squad to. show the effect of boric acid and borax borax upon the general health are given given and are of particular interest at the present time in Topeka, as the use of these powders and liquids as meat preservatives is admitted. Prof. II. W. Wiley, the U. S. chemist says: The most interesting: of the observations which were made during- during- the progress of the experiments was in the study of the direct effect of boric acid and borax, hen administered in food, upon the health and digestion. When boric acid, -or -or its equivalent in borax, is taken into the food in small quantities, not exceeding half a gram (7 grains) a day, no notable effects are immediately produced. The medical symptoms of the case in long-contmued long-contmued long-contmued exhibitions of small doses or in large doses, extending over a shorter period, period, show in many instances a manifest tendency to diminish the appetite and to produce a feeling of fulness and uneasiness uneasiness in the stomach, which in some eases results in nausea, with a very general tendency to produce a sense of fulness in the head, -which -which is often manifested as a dull and persistent headache. In addition to the uneasiness produced in the region of the stomach, there appear in some instances instances sharp and well-located well-located well-located pains which, however, are not persistent. Although Although the depression in the weight of the body and some of the other symptoms produced persist in the after periods, there is a uniform tendency manifested after the withdrawal of the preservative toward the removal of the unpleasant sensations in the stomach and head above mentioned. The administration of boric add to the amount of 4 or 5 grams per day, or borax equivalent thereto, continued for some time results in most cases in loss of appetite appetite and inability to perform work of any kind. In many cases' the person becomes becomes ill and unfit for duty. Four grams per day may be regarded then as the limit beyond which the normal man may not go. - The administration of 3 grams per day produced the same symptoms symptoms in many cases, although it appeared that a majority of the men -under -under observation observation were able to take 3 grams a day for a somewhat protracted period and still perform their duties. They commonly commonly felt injurious effects from the dose, however, and it is certain that the normal normal man could not long continue to receive receive 3 grams per day. In many cases the same results, though less marked, follow the administration of borax to the extent of 2 grams and even of 1 gram per day, although the illness illness following the administration of, borax and boric acid in those proportions n.ay be explained in some cases by other causes, chiefly grippe. The administration of borax and boric acid to the extent of one-half one-half one-half gram per . day yielded results markedly different from those obtained with larger quantities quantities of the preservative. This" experiment, series V, conducted as" it was for a period period of fifty days, was a rather severe test, and it appeared that in some instances instances a somewhat unfavorable result attended its-use. its-use. its-use. On the whole the results results show that one-half one-half one-half gram per day is too much for the normal man to receiva regularly. On the other hand it is evident evident that the " normal man can receive one-half one-half one-half . gram; per day of boric acid, or of borax expressed in terms of boric acid, for a limited period of time without much danger of impairment of health. "It is, of course, not to be denied that both borax and boric acid are recog--nized recog--nized recog--nized recog--nized as valuable remedies in medicine. There are certain diseases in which these remedies are regularly prescribed, both for internal and external use. The value which they possess in these cases does not seem to have any relation to their iieo in tha Vionlthv nrca n ism PTfPnr Yi f rl j properly prescribed as prophylatics. Thi I fact that any remedy is useful in disease L does not appear to logically warrant its " iica T-i T-i T-i Tr it Vict t!ma It appears, therefore, that both boric acid and borax, when continuously administered administered in small doses for a long period, period, or when given in large quantities for a short period, create disturbances of appetite, of digestion and of health. j 1 i n

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  1. The Topeka Daily Herald,
  2. 09 Aug 1904, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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