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Woman drinks so much water she dies
CNN/AP ^ | 01-13-07

Posted on 01/14/2007 6:05:25 AM PST by mfnorman

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday.

Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.

"She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."

It was not immediately known how much water Strange consumed.

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water intoxication? never in my life have i heard of that
1 posted on 01/14/2007 6:05:25 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: mfnorman

This is Strange.


2 posted on 01/14/2007 6:07:00 AM PST by brivette
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To: mfnorman

I read about it once but the article said it was extremely rare.


3 posted on 01/14/2007 6:08:33 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mfnorman
Yup.

Your electrolytes get all out of whack and you can die.

It has happened in the military, which is why Drills now push an electrolyte replacement drink during training rather than water. (Not saying recruits don't get water, but this as well)
4 posted on 01/14/2007 6:08:53 AM PST by Gamecock (Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei)
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To: mfnorman

Most people would call that "drowning"...


5 posted on 01/14/2007 6:09:04 AM PST by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: mfnorman

I have heard of it. I was helping a former roomate do a paper on Marijuanna. During my searches for marijuanna overdoses, I found numerous cases of water intoxication resulting in death (overdosing on water).


6 posted on 01/14/2007 6:09:42 AM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: mfnorman
Just another one of the horrors of Dihydrogen Monoxide
7 posted on 01/14/2007 6:10:01 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 108-112)
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To: mfnorman
I believe, and I'm not sure, but I think it's the dilution and loss of necessary salts in the body that actually kills you when you consume too much water.
8 posted on 01/14/2007 6:10:35 AM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: mfnorman

"Hyponatremia is a condition known as "water intoxication." It is the opposite of dehydration, and is often associated with long distance events like running and cycling. Moreover, it’s not an unusual problem, and you can develop it in a few hours.

As you consume large amounts of water over the course of a day, blood plasma (the liquid part of blood) increases thereby diluting the salt content of the blood. At the same time, your body also loses salt by sweating. Consequently, the amount of electrolytes available to your body tissues decreases over time to a point where that loss interferes with brain, heart, and muscle function! You have to replace these electrolytes! They're essential to the normal electro-chemical operation of your nervous system."


9 posted on 01/14/2007 6:10:45 AM PST by randita
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To: mfnorman

It's called hyponatremia - read on if you'd like:

Body fluids contain electrolytes (particularly sodium compounds, such as sodium chloride) in concentrations that must be held within very narrow limits. Water enters the body orally or intravenously and leaves the body primarily in the urine and in sweat. If water enters the body more quickly than it can be removed, body fluids are diluted and a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance occurs.

Most water intoxication is caused by hyponatremia, an overdilution of sodium in the blood plasma, which in turn causes an osmotic shift of water from extracellular fluid (outside of cells) to intracellular fluid (within cells). The cells swell as a result of changes in osmotic pressure and may cease to function. When this occurs in the cells of the central nervous system and brain, water intoxication is the result. Additionally, many other cells in the body may undergo cytolysis, wherein cell membranes that are unable to stand abnormal osmotic pressures rupture, killing the cells. Initial symptoms typically include light-headedness, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache and/or malaise. Plasma sodium levels below 100 mmol/L (2.3g/L) frequently result in cerebral edema, seizures, coma, and death within a few hours of drinking the excess water. As with alcohol poisoning, the progression from mild to severe symptoms may occur rapidly as the water continues to enter the body from the stomach or intravenously.

A person with two healthy kidneys can excrete about 1.5 litres of water per hour at maximum filtration (other studies find the limit to be as little as 0.9L/h [1]). Consuming as little as 1.8 litres of water in a single sitting may prove fatal for a person adhering to a low-sodium diet, or 3 litres for a person on a normal diet. However, this must be modulated by potential water losses via other routes. For example, a person who is perspiring heavily may lose 1 L/h of water through perspiration alone, thereby raising the threshold for water intoxication. The problem is further complicated by the amount of electrolytes lost in urine or sweat, which is variable within a range controlled by the body's regulatory mechanisms. Water intoxication can be prevented by consuming water that is isotonic with water losses, but the exact concentration of electrolytes required is difficult to determine and evolves over time, and the greater the time period involved, the smaller the disparity that may suffice to produce electrolyte imbalance and water intoxication.


10 posted on 01/14/2007 6:11:23 AM PST by SAMS ("I may look harmless, but I raised a U.S. MARINE!" Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: mfnorman

I see it from time to time in our ICU....certain psych patients get polydypsia(the need to drink too much water) from the meds they take as the meds tend to be drying of their mouths. They become water overloaded and need to be gently diuresed while maintaining their electrolyte balances.


11 posted on 01/14/2007 6:11:28 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Save the Republic! Mess with the polling firms' heads!)
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To: mfnorman
http://geo-outdoors.info/hyponatremia.htm

Common (well not common but it's known) in Ironman distance triathlons.
12 posted on 01/14/2007 6:11:59 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: mfnorman

Yup, it's rare, but a known concern for long distance marathoners and "ultra" runners.

Greed triumphs again.

Now I suppose her family will sue the radio station.

Flame away....


13 posted on 01/14/2007 6:12:27 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Don't let reality ruin your day.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Not as rare as the article thinks. Read up on hyponatremia.


14 posted on 01/14/2007 6:12:32 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Liberals: First to demand tolerance, last to practice it when conservatives disagree with them.)
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To: mfnorman

There was a woman who died of this 10 or 15 years ago. She became a compulsive water-drinker. She got to where she drank so much that her kidneys could no longer rid her body of the excess fluid. It was news at the time.


15 posted on 01/14/2007 6:13:13 AM PST by Clara Lou
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water intoxication? never in my life have i heard of that

Yep. You drink too much you can screw up your electrolyte balance and die. The same thing can happen by drinking water that is too pure. This is why it's dangerous to drink distilled water and why, in research institutions, there are "not safe for human consumption" on milli-Q water dispensers.
Water intoxication (also known as hyperhydration or water poisoning) is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits by a very rapid intake of water.
--Wikipedia

16 posted on 01/14/2007 6:15:40 AM PST by aruanan
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To: mfnorman

It's time to introduce legislation making water illegal to own or possess. It's extremely addicting.


17 posted on 01/14/2007 6:16:08 AM PST by RouxStir (US out of the UN and UN out of the US!)
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To: fivecatsandadog

The hospitals treat 3 or 4 cases of this every year after the marithon they hold here.


18 posted on 01/14/2007 6:19:56 AM PST by DManA
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To: mfnorman
This happened near where I live, and what I found most startling was a note in the local coverage I read in this morning's paper:

"[The coroner said] he could recall just two other cases of fatal water intoxication in Sacramento in the past five years. In one of the cases, a woman committed suicide by drinking too much water from a hose...."

19 posted on 01/14/2007 6:22:41 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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"without going to the bathroom"

Didn't anyone think; "There's a disaster waiting to happen!" ??
20 posted on 01/14/2007 6:24:06 AM PST by NewCenturions
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To: mfnorman

And she went "wee wee wee" all the way home.


21 posted on 01/14/2007 6:24:34 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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"John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station's owner, said station personnel were stunned when they heard of Strange's death."

"We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred," he said."

This quote is from the story on Yahoo! Let me give you the short answer Mr. Geary - you did something stupid and something bad happened. Much more common than dying from drinking too much water.

22 posted on 01/14/2007 6:28:13 AM PST by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: L98Fiero
I had first heard of water intoxication when a coworker went to a rave and became very ill.

Now, she never admitted to Ecstasy consumption, but excessive thirst is an effect of Ecstasy.
23 posted on 01/14/2007 6:29:16 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

24 posted on 01/14/2007 6:30:00 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: mfnorman
This happened before, about 20-25 years ago. There was no internet then and I read about in Time mag-rag.

Some woman who had a psychosis of some sort believed that she was contaminated and only drinking large quantities of water would flush it out. She was known to drink upwards of 5 gallons per day, sometimes standing under a shower-head with her mouth open.

Weird.

25 posted on 01/14/2007 6:31:13 AM PST by LibKill (ENOUGH! Take the warning labels off everything and let Saint Darwin do his job.)
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To: mfnorman
During the seventies an anti-drug commercial ran using a hippy talking about the dangers of drug abuse. The commercial ended with him saying if you have to get high get a water high. Several hyponatremia deaths resulted from the commercial and it was canned.
26 posted on 01/14/2007 6:35:47 AM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: hometoroost
you did something stupid

Correction: SHE did something stupid. No one forced her to drink the water. By your logic, if your local radio station says "The first one to jump off the Golden Gate bridge gets an X-Box" would you do it?

27 posted on 01/14/2007 6:36:40 AM PST by blu (Need a seasonal tagline...)
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To: aruanan

"The same thing can happen by drinking water that is too pure. This is why it's dangerous to drink distilled water"



Same thing goes for air that is too pure. Don't breathe air when you are outside of the city...it'll kill you, it will.


28 posted on 01/14/2007 6:39:41 AM PST by RouxStir (US out of the UN and UN out of the US!)
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To: Andonius_99

Reminds me of the Indian who drank a hundred gallons of tea one night, they found him drowned the next morning in his tee pee.


29 posted on 01/14/2007 6:46:20 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: blu
So, are you saying that holding a contest to see who can withhold urine the longest isn't stupid? If that station holds a contest to win an Xbox if they jump off the Golden Gate bridge then he would be partly responsible for that person's death just as he is in this case.

I wouldn't jump off the Golden Gate for an Xbox but if you ask enough people someone will.

If you sponsor a stupid contest you should be smart enough to know that there are people out there who WILL do something stupid.

30 posted on 01/14/2007 6:47:37 AM PST by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: blu
Correction: SHE did something stupid. No one forced her to drink the water. By your logic, if your local radio station says "The first one to jump off the Golden Gate bridge gets an X-Box" would you do it?

No, but sadly enough they would be sued into the ground by the family members of the moron that did.

31 posted on 01/14/2007 6:52:39 AM PST by MichiganMan (Europe: Where the governments fear Muslims and Jews fear the governments.)
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To: fivecatsandadog

I also smell a lawsuit.


32 posted on 01/14/2007 7:01:25 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: mfnorman
It has happened to me, once. I sometimes overheat, and am often dehydrated, so a couple of years ago, as I prepared to mow the lawn, I drank 2 liters of water. Took me several minutes, but I sure didn't want to dehydrate, did I? So I went outside, and started mowing, and as I sweated, I drank another liter. I started feeling a bit dizzy and disoriented, I thought it was overheat and dehydration, so I drank another liter. I felt awful, disorented, headache. I was going to drink even more, but by then, I had started p*ssin like a racehorse. Over and over again, my body was getting rid of uring that was totally water clear. I figured I had had more than enough. Back in the old days, before Gatoraide became popular, they use to give people salt and electrolyte pills when they were sweating alot, so I had a banana, and actually drank a mixture of salt water I made. Slowly, that and more p*ssing made me feel better. Only afterwards did I go on the internet and realize what I had probably done.

The vast majority of people don't understand how this is possible. I feel sorry for that lady, as well as the radio station people.

33 posted on 01/14/2007 7:02:03 AM PST by Paradox (Let's really defeat Global Warming, build 100 new Nuclear Powerplants! {crickets....})
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"I was talking to her and she was a nice lady," Ybarra said. "She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids."

Three kids.. no mother... all for a Nintendo.

34 posted on 01/14/2007 7:03:03 AM PST by 6SJ7
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To: mfnorman

I'm not suggesting this should happen, but does the radio station have any liability in this?


35 posted on 01/14/2007 7:06:42 AM PST by twntaipan
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To: mfnorman

it's the scientific name for drowning?


36 posted on 01/14/2007 7:08:09 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (8675309 - Call me, we'll do lunch.)
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To: NewCenturions
"without going to the bathroom"

Just do it! ...Any where...but, but, do use some caution...

37 posted on 01/14/2007 7:10:39 AM PST by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: blu
Correction: SHE did something stupid. No one forced her to drink the water. By your logic, if your local radio station says "The first one to jump off the Golden Gate bridge gets an X-Box" would you do it?

And that station would get its ass sued off, because there are people dumb, poor or desperate enough to try it, and such a station would be callously reckless for taking advantage of them. There are obvious potential health problems from binge eating or drinking something, and if the station failed to keep proper safeguards to protect the people it lured in with offer of a prize, then they fully deserve the raking at the coals they're about to get.

38 posted on 01/14/2007 7:12:20 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: mfnorman; Gamecock

It happens to runners sometimes, as well as soldiers. Women are more susceptible, because they're smaller.


39 posted on 01/14/2007 7:13:06 AM PST by Tax-chick ("I don't know you, but I love who you seem to be.")
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To: mfnorman; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Just damn. Add this one to the "everything'll-kill-you" file.


40 posted on 01/14/2007 7:15:04 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: mfnorman

Is this from Scrapple?


41 posted on 01/14/2007 7:15:55 AM PST by kjo
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To: mfnorman

Warning: You croak when your back teeth float.


42 posted on 01/14/2007 7:17:45 AM PST by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong. )
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To: blu

I agree that this woman did something stupid, blu. But the station was stupid also. Dumb, dumb, dumb all around.

More than dumb though. It's sad.


43 posted on 01/14/2007 7:20:48 AM PST by fleagle
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To: mfnorman; Slings and Arrows

Drinking water causes cirrhosis of the liver... no, wait.........


44 posted on 01/14/2007 7:21:43 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|What if I lecture Americans about America?)
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To: Gamecock

It also causes swelling of the brain. This is usually what kills people. This happened a few years ago in a fraternity hazing after a pledge chugged a gallon of water or something.


45 posted on 01/14/2007 7:21:52 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Paradox
During WWII the military give Salt tablets to the GI's.

Especially in the Ssouth Pacific zones.

I believe the tablet were pure salt?

WWII salt tablets - Google Search

Standard List Of Medical Supplies Issued to U.S. Merchant Ships During World War II

46 posted on 01/14/2007 7:22:40 AM PST by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: fivecatsandadog

I trained for and ran my first marathon last year, with the help of a coach and training group. I'm glad she talked about this with us because I never heard of it until then. Actually I had the opposite problem....during the marathon I couldn't drink enough water/Powerade to compensate my fluid loss through sweating. I ended up pretty dehydrated and nearly fainting at the finish line. One of the medical people saw me and got me to the med tent for an IV, and also gave me beef broth to drink. Except for the really sore leg muscles I felt good as new!


47 posted on 01/14/2007 7:23:31 AM PST by gore_sux_2000
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To: Irish_Thatcherite
Drinking water causes cirrhosis of the liver... no, wait.........

[Insert Ted Kennedy joke here.]

48 posted on 01/14/2007 7:23:33 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: Paradox

That happened to me when we hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It was so bloody hot, etc that I kept drinking water. The more I drank, I couldn't understand why I didn't start feeling better. I participated in sports since I was 4 through college and had never had a problem like that before. Luckily we signed up for the steak dinner down there and I got some food, pop and peanuts (lots of peanuts) in me.


49 posted on 01/14/2007 7:24:16 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (2007 resolution: learn how to rail a berm.)
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To: mfnorman

Those poor kids! The mom was doing a stunt to get them a game . I'll bet they never get over this. How sad.


50 posted on 01/14/2007 7:24:27 AM PST by soccermom
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