Mad Honey

Nectar derived from pollens of certain plants—e.g., rhododendron, western azalea, California rosebay, mountain laurel, sheep laurel—containing toxic diterpenes—grayanotoxins; ingestion of ‘mad honey’ causes an abrupt attack that may simulate acute myocardial infarction
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Episodic LBBB is associated with different clinical situations such as bradycardia, tachycardia, anesthesia, acute pulmonary embolism, intrathoracic pressure changes, chest trauma, cardiac interventional procedures, and mad honey poisoning, excluding acute coronary syndrome when the detected episodic LBBB has great prominence.
Human poisoning is rare, but there have been cases in Turkey where "mad honey" - produced by bees visiting Rhododendron flowers - causes hallucinations, nausea and even death.
Rhododendron honey (mad honey), produced from the rhododendron genus growing in the Black Sea region, contains a toxic substance, grayanotoxin (Qiang et al, 2011; Gunduz et al., 2007; Koca &Koca, 2007; Jansen et al, 2012).
We report herein a case of a patient with mad honey intoxication mimicking acute non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and review the pathophysiology and diagnostic considerations.
This information immediately triggered Turk and colleagues to consider that their patients could be suffering from 'mad honey poisoning'.
The mad honey is widely used as an alternative therapy for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases such as gastritis, peptic ulcer and the reduction in the coronary artery disease (CAD) risk in Black Sea region of Turkey (1).
"Mad honey" made from the plant is said to cause cardiac arrest, paralysis and vomiting.
Physicians at the Karadeniz University School of Medicine in Trabzon, Turkey, report in the April 1 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION that they have seen 16 cases of "mad honey" poisoning in the last two years.