Black bread disease #general

Barbara Zimmer <bravo.zulu@...>

Black bread disease probably refers to what is also known as "St.
Anthony's fire" --- a ailment due to to consuming the fungus ergot
which grows on rye grain. (The hallucinogen LSD is a member of the
ergot family.)
Symptoms of St. Anthony's fire included " hallucinations, panic,
convulsions, and painful burning in their limbs that followed a loss
of circulation in constricted blood vessels. " [>from an article on
using ergot to treat migraine headaches.]

Howie Axelrod asked:
My Grandfather >from Russia / Poland is alleged to have died from
"Black Bread Disease". It is apparently a Europeon term. Anyone have
any idea as to what this is?

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