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Today we -- in the Italian Renaissance garden at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx I want to move.
Into this place.
It is so beautiful.
They have an exhibit here called wild Madison it's sponsored by Pfizer.
And I'm here today with the vice president of science for the garden.
That is doctor Jim Miller and we're standing in front of fox club.
Now this looks like a plant that I would.
Maybe at first glance want to make a beautiful herbal tea but -- kind of advising no idea very bad idea OK okay why would that be such a bad idea.
These plants are full of compounds called cardiac like aside that basically heart -- OK and this plant quite wonderfully has provided.
-- -- compounds that are useful and are used as ingredients in drugs that doctors prescribe it for park if it's okay what kind of heart conditions would be.
You know the type that would you'd wind up having fox club derived -- for usually stabilizing heart rate OK I have a -- -- yet.
Correct I hear that you have a personal.
Family story about fox tell us about it if you.
The first time my sister became pregnant she developed a fetal heart abnormality with the different chambers that -- and a trio of the fetal heart beating at different rates.
They were able to give my sister the drugs -- -- and it's made from this plant.
Stabilize the fetal heart rate she went full term delivered healthy child.
Who needed to take the medicine for another few months -- -- while it.
The nerves in her heart continue to develop she graduated from college a couple of weeks ago perfectly healthy.
Did all of -- -- that's a great -- story that's a great -- story how was this discovered.
You know on -- it was long used as an herbal remedy in Europe -- -- originally native ought to treat people who had.
Either party -- -- -- congestive heart failure okay.
Okay and then that led to eventual drug discount as chemists and early twentieth century began to nicely compounds like figure out -- structured figure out how to formulate and drugs.
It actually turned north pharmaceutical product and it's a court and which grow it as a guard.
It's -- common.
Much value garden plant because quite beautiful.
Standing in front of a beautiful yet highly toxic.
Plant that is used to say lifesaving medicine I'm Chris Killen at the New York Botanical Garden.
For Fox News.
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