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Teen Dies From Muscle Cream Overdose (Ben Gay Alert)
Fox News ^ | June 8,2007

Posted on 06/08/2007 1:38:21 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776

A budding teenage athlete has died after 'overdosing' on a common topical muscle cream.

The medical examiner announced on Thursday that the 17-year-old track star, Arielle Newman of Castleton Corners, N.Y., died from a toxic dose of sports cream, the Staten Island Advance reported.

Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's officer told the Advance that the Notre Dame Academy track star's blood contained lethal amounts of methyl salicylate, the active ingredient found in muscle rubs such as BenGay and Icy Hot.

Borakove said the petite girl used the topical medication excessively, allowing the poisons to accumulate in her body over an undetermined amount of time.

Newman was found dead in her home on April 3. The initial autopsy was inconclusive, which led to speculation her death was linked to a party she had attended the night before. "I am glad this shows (Arielle) didn't die of her own doing. But this is a tragedy that could have been avoided," her mother, Alice Newman told the Advance.

Methyl salicylate, also known as oil of wintergreen, can be toxic if overused, but deaths from topical application are extremely rare.

Borakove said this was the first case she had come across in 20 years at the medical examiner's office.

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KEYWORDS: bengay; deathisnotajoke; girlstrack; highschoolsports; methylsalicylate; newyord; ny; nyc; overdose; salicylates; sports; statenisland
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1 posted on 06/08/2007 1:38:22 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776; indylindy

I thought Ben Gay was that guy who drove a chariot and wore pink tights.


2 posted on 06/08/2007 1:40:07 PM PDT by TommyDale (Rudy Giulianiís candidacy is fading faster than an abortionistís conscience.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Note To Self: Get wife a case of IcyHot for anniversary.


3 posted on 06/08/2007 1:40:32 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: TommyDale
...I thought Ben Gay was that guy who drove a chariot and wore pink tights....

Nah, that was Ben Her.

4 posted on 06/08/2007 1:41:01 PM PDT by FReepaholic (If Cho had a nuclear weapon instead of guns, would he have used it?)
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To: TommyDale

What do you get when you cross Ben Hur with Ben Him?

Ben Gay.


5 posted on 06/08/2007 1:41:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: AmericanMade1776
"I am glad this shows (Arielle) didn't die of her own doing."

Huh? If she applied the cream and died from its affect, then she died of her own doing. Unwittingly perhaps, but from her own doing.

6 posted on 06/08/2007 1:41:41 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: FReepaholic

I stand corrected.


7 posted on 06/08/2007 1:41:56 PM PDT by TommyDale (Rudy Giulianiís candidacy is fading faster than an abortionistís conscience.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Never Ben Gay.


8 posted on 06/08/2007 1:42:19 PM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: dfwgator
Oh yes, the Bengays.

The NFL team in Cincinnati.

9 posted on 06/08/2007 1:43:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: AmericanMade1776
Why was she using so much? I wonder if she wasn't drinking enough water.

Anyway, this is so very sad.
10 posted on 06/08/2007 1:43:16 PM PDT by elizabetty (Perpetual Candidate using campaign donations for your salary - Its a good gig if you can get it.)
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To: TommyDale

Nah, that was Ben Dover.


11 posted on 06/08/2007 1:43:36 PM PDT by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: bcsco

She must of really lathered that stuff all over herself , boggles the mind.


12 posted on 06/08/2007 1:43:37 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
But this is a tragedy that could have been avoided

Sounds like a lawyer telling her what to say...

13 posted on 06/08/2007 1:43:38 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: bcsco

She’s laying the groundwork for lawsuit.


14 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:04 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: elizabetty

It is sad.


15 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:08 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Ben Gay?............not lately.......


16 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:22 PM PDT by Red Badger (Bite your tongue. It tastes a lot better than crow................)
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To: irishtenor; All

That’s it. You people turn off your computers and go outside.


17 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:26 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: FReepaholic

” thought Ben Gay was that guy who drove a chariot and wore pink tights....
Nah, that was Ben Her.”

No, it was Ben Dover.


18 posted on 06/08/2007 1:44:29 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: irishtenor

Great minds.


19 posted on 06/08/2007 1:45:04 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Mr. Lucky

But I gotta work.


20 posted on 06/08/2007 1:45:08 PM PDT by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

:>)


21 posted on 06/08/2007 1:45:43 PM PDT by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: Phantom Lord

LOL!


22 posted on 06/08/2007 1:45:49 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred")
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To: AmericanMade1776

Hmmmm...I had a dog years ago that ate a tube of Ben Gay and I called the vet and he said not to worry about it. The dog lived, I guess humans must be more sensitive to it.


23 posted on 06/08/2007 1:46:12 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: AmericanMade1776

Poor thing. RIP

24 posted on 06/08/2007 1:47:58 PM PDT by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: stainlessbanner
She’s laying the groundwork for lawsuit.

I can see it now:

Attorney: "Ben Gay did her in".
Judge: "Bein' gay has done a lot of people in".
Attorney: "No, BEN gay".
Judge: "That's what I said".

Oh, never mind.

25 posted on 06/08/2007 1:48:10 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: ravingnutter

Poisoning from swallowing the substance is more likely, but death from ingesting it is still very uncommon. Just one teaspoon of pure methyl salicylate can be fatal if swallowed by a child.


26 posted on 06/08/2007 1:48:22 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: krb

Putting a face to the incident, really makes it sad.


27 posted on 06/08/2007 1:49:10 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Wow, didn’t know Ben Gay could do you in.


28 posted on 06/08/2007 1:49:16 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: AmericanMade1776
She must of really lathered that stuff all over herself , boggles the mind.

They're a lot of kinky things going on today.

29 posted on 06/08/2007 1:49:27 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: AmericanMade1776
"I am glad this shows (Arielle) didn't die of her own doing. But this is a tragedy that could have been avoided," her mother, Alice Newman told the Advance.

I smell lawsuit!

30 posted on 06/08/2007 1:49:39 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: bcsco

I don’t think it is more like there is more Excesses by young people, some who think if a little is good, a whole lot is better.


31 posted on 06/08/2007 1:50:51 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
I remember back in the day when my glutes were sore from running, so I lathered 'em up with methyl salycilate right before an afternoon football game in the hot Florida sun.

That was a mistake.

32 posted on 06/08/2007 1:53:05 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Move over, George Clooney, and make room for George Clueless.)
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To: beaversmom
beaversmom wrote: Wow, didn’t know Ben Gay could do you in.

Even Aspirin can do you in, if you take too much of it. But I really never thought something like a linament rub could do you in, thought it was worthy to put in Free Republic, because I am sure there are a few in here who probably use some Ben Gay or Icy Hot occasionally.

33 posted on 06/08/2007 1:54:58 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: mikeus_maximus

What happened mikeus, to make it a mistake?


34 posted on 06/08/2007 1:55:49 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
The amount may have been excessive, but using Ben Gay on your leg muscles to warm up goes way back.

It was pretty common back in the '80's when I played soccer in high school and college (no jokes...it was long time ago and I'm feeling much better now, thank you).

35 posted on 06/08/2007 1:56:55 PM PDT by AngryJawa ({IDPA, NRA} GO HUNTER '08)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Ben Gay

These days he calls himself benburch.

36 posted on 06/08/2007 1:57:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: TommyDale
I thought Ben Gay was that guy who drove a chariot and wore pink tights.

Nope. Ben Gay is a homosexual Israeli.

37 posted on 06/08/2007 1:57:55 PM PDT by llevrok (Mexico? Pffft!!! Build a wall between Alaska and Canada, Now!)
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To: bcsco

Although stated badly, it seems to mean that she did not commit suicide.


38 posted on 06/08/2007 1:58:00 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: MeanWestTexan

I see alot of BenGay jokes but no IcyHot jokes.

Lets see; IcyHot.........hmmm....I see hot....Eye see hot....

Well, maybe just stick with BenGay.


39 posted on 06/08/2007 2:00:20 PM PDT by HOTTIEBOY (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: mikeus_maximus

WHat was a mistake was Atomic Balm oozing into the shorts after a run :>(


40 posted on 06/08/2007 2:00:32 PM PDT by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

So will this one get nominated for a Darwin award?


41 posted on 06/08/2007 2:02:07 PM PDT by WWTD
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To: AmericanMade1776

I did the same thing. You sweat is what happens. It gets hot all over again and sometimes it spreads to, ah, mucus membranes where it sort of really hurts.


42 posted on 06/08/2007 2:06:01 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: llevrok

Speaking of homosexual Israelis, a gay Israeli boy phones home, and tells his momma that he wants to go back into the closet. The reason being that he has met a wonderful girl and they are to be married.

He adds that he knows this will come as a huge relief to her, as his gay lifestyle had been a source of much distress for her.

Of course Momma is over the moon, and wants to start making wedding plans immediately!

Then after a pause, she ventures “I suppose it’s too much to hope that the girl is also Jewish?”

He replies, “yes Momma, she is Jewish, and what’s more, is from a very wealthy and respectable Beverly Hills family.”

Momma is beside herself! “And what is the name of this wonderful girl?”

And the son replies,

“Monica Lewinsky”.

There is a looooong pause. Then Momma asks,

“Whatever happened to that nice black boy you were dating last year?”


43 posted on 06/08/2007 2:06:56 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: llevrok

“Ben Gay is a homosexual Israeli.”

And, he’s not actually an Israeli, he’s a Heblew.


44 posted on 06/08/2007 2:10:14 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: WWTD

Those are given to those who perform a service by removing themselves. In this case I don’t think the world is made a richer place by her absence.


45 posted on 06/08/2007 2:15:58 PM PDT by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Old people’s body cream. LOL. I use it all the time.


46 posted on 06/08/2007 2:19:11 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: AmericanMade1776
...speculation her death was linked to a party she had attended...

Hmmmm....no word on where, how much, or with what, the fatal dose(s) were applied.

Suspiciously sounds like an internal use...

47 posted on 06/08/2007 2:33:28 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Why canít we start solving the problem by breaking up Big Government?"- MortMan)
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


48 posted on 06/08/2007 2:57:26 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: MeanWestTexan

LOL!


49 posted on 06/08/2007 3:27:25 PM PDT by FReepaholic (If Cho had a nuclear weapon instead of guns, would he have used it?)
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To: bcsco
"I am glad this shows (Arielle) didn't die of her own doing."

Huh? If she applied the cream and died from its affect, then she died of her own doing. Unwittingly perhaps, but from her own doing.

Thank you. I was going to point out the same thing.
I feel bad for the kid and her mother.

50 posted on 06/08/2007 4:26:48 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (The evil which you fear becomes a certainty by what you do.)
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