15 Dec 2022 (Last Modified 15 Dec 2022)
They look similar but two completely different species. The American variety is called Phoradendron serotinum and the European variety, Viscum album. It contains a toxin, viscumin ?dose? that stops protein synthesis. Every function in your body requires proteins and renewal of those proteins as they run out. Similar in action to ricin. Tricky because first sign of toxicity from both mistletoes is GI upset, but Europan progresses.
The American version causes GI upset (nasuea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea). The European one
Medical toxicologists use the term toxic to mean, essentially, something they need to treat, a substance that has a deleterious effect on the body that will not work itself out with time and stopping exposure to the harmful substance.