October 09, 2007
TIME CAPSULE Sodium Azied, and Tamiflu
Sodium Azide is also part of the process to make tamiflu. It is highly toxic and the principle part of airbag systems. ENJOY!
Sodium azide (NaN3) looks like common table salt. But it kills everything from bacteria and fungi to mammals - including humans. It is as powerful a poison as sodium cyanide.
As a graduate student, Betterton learned firsthand that even a whiff of hydrazoic acid (HN3) sodium azide's conjugate acid can be dangerous. While conducting a laboratory experiment with the dangerous compound, he suddenly felt dizzy, his blood pressure dropped, his heart raced and his eyes flushed bloodshot red.
Eating as little as 50 milligrams (less than two-thousandths of an ounce) of sodium azide can lead to collapse and a coma-like state within five minutes as blood pressure plummets and heart rate skyrockets. Ingest a few grams, and death occurs within 40 minutes.
Studies done in the 1970s show that, at 10 parts per million in the soil, sodium azide kills or degrades the seeds of many plants, Betterton noted. At 200 ppm, sodium azide not only sterilizes the soil - killing soil bacteria and fungi but also changes soil chemistry.http://www.sdearthtimes.com