RE: Pretty blue rings of death, the bacterial basis for the octopus's venom
Your blog, as usual, is entertaining and informative.
As I was reading I thought about a neurological disease, VKG autoimmune encephalitis. A hallmark of this disease is hyponatremia. Is it possible that the immune system acts on sodium pumps in a way similar to the toxin? Depressed respiration is not a symptom of this disorder. But the effects are long-lasting and profound if immune suppressant drugs are not administered quickly.
The snake link was a fascinating read :)