Did you know? It has long been suspected that, even though his personal physician noted stomach cancer as the cause of death on his death certificate, Napoleon Bonaparte died from intentional arsenic poisoning originating from a mysterious source. This quirky yet revered battlefield genius died on May 5, 1821 at the age of 51 while living in exile on the island of St. Helens in the South Atlantic. A study conducted by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy has disproven the long-standing suspicion of criminal poisoning. The high level of arsenic (about 100 times what is detected in people today) found in Napoleon’s system was undoubtedly due to a long-term exposure to common products in use at the time such as dyes, glues, paints and even certain medicines which unknowingly contained dangerous and even lethal amounts of arsenic.
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