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Coroner Concludes Woman’s 2 Gallon A Day Coca-Cola Habit “A Substantial Factor” In Her Death
Consumerist ^

Posted on 02/12/2013 2:05:35 PM PST by SMGFan

When a New Zealand woman died in February 2010, her family swiftly pointed fingers at her 2.2 gallon a day Coke habit. Not the white powdery stuff, the drinkable, cola-y stuff. And although it’s taken three years, a coroner has found that the beverage was a major factor in her death. Coca-Cola had pointed out last year that too much water is bad for you as well, so it’s not surprising that the company disagrees with the ruling.

The 30-year-old mother of eight guzzled a whole lot of Coke for years before her death, and the coroner said a bunch of her health problems could be connected to the “extreme” amounts she ingested daily. He said that consumption likely played a role in the cardiac arrhythmia that killed her, reports the AFP.

“I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by [the woman], it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died,” he found. He added that her Coke habit ”was a substantial factor that contributed to the development of the metabolic imbalances which gave rise to the arrhythmia.” Although her family knew something wasn’t right — she’d “go crazy if she ran out,” her mother-in-law said last year — they figured her habit wasn’t dangerous because Coke doesn’t display any health warnings.

As such, the coroner suggested ”that Coca-Cola give consideration to the inclusion of advice as to quantity of caffeine on labels (in) its products and… adding appropriate warnings related to the dangers of consuming excessive quantities of the products.”

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: addiction; caffeine; cola; nutrition
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And they said Bloomberg did not know what he was doing. /s
1 posted on 02/12/2013 2:05:40 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Did someone hold her down & pour it down her throat?


2 posted on 02/12/2013 2:07:14 PM PST by FES0844
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To: SMGFan

Doesn’t matter if it’s regular sodas, or diet sodas....when you consume two gallons a day, you’ve got health issues to eventually occur.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 2:08:39 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: SMGFan

They’re crying out for coke regulation.

Heaven forbid anyone should exercise good judgement.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 2:09:52 PM PST by cyn (Sorry, couldnt resist :)
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To: FES0844

Wait for proposals that Coke only be dispensed one ounce at a time (Bloomberg’s wet dream).


5 posted on 02/12/2013 2:09:52 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: SMGFan

I drink a lot of soda but DANG..


6 posted on 02/12/2013 2:09:56 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SMGFan

They’re crying out for coke regulation.

Heaven forbid anyone should exercise good judgement.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 2:10:03 PM PST by cyn (Sorry, couldnt resist :)
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To: SMGFan

If only she had lived in NYC, she’d be alive.

And collecting welfare, no doubt.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 2:10:16 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SMGFan

I would like to see the numerical toxicity levels of cola he came up with. Sounds like an awful coroner to infer something he cannot measure and can only glean from unscientific claims. A test for cola metabolite? Really? Maybe he was confusing cola with coke.. yes, that we can measure. Who hired this guy? He has questionable credentials, I would infer.


9 posted on 02/12/2013 2:12:00 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: SMGFan

I could count the number of glasses of pop I’ve had since 2010 on my fingers. Decided at that time I had no desire to become a fat old diabetic.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 2:13:04 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SMGFan

That much of it is no doubt bad for you but that’s her fault, not the coca-cola company’s.


11 posted on 02/12/2013 2:13:33 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: SMGFan

they figured her habit wasn’t dangerous because Coke doesn’t display any health warnings.

By far the dumbest damn quote in this whole damned story and shocking example how we have all been turned into a a herd of &*^*&%! Sheep!!!!


12 posted on 02/12/2013 2:13:33 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GeronL
I drink a lot of soda but DANG.

Imagine the side effects from all that carbonation!


13 posted on 02/12/2013 2:14:09 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: GeronL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqJyqjkKDW0

Roy Orbison - Things go better with Coke


14 posted on 02/12/2013 2:15:22 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

I feel soory for the people in New Zealand. It has been turned into a petri dish for Statism.


15 posted on 02/12/2013 2:16:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SMGFan
1700 calories...+food......

Notice they don't say her weight. Bet she weighs over 400 pounds and has been on welfare AND MEDICAID for years and has an Obamaphone.

16 posted on 02/12/2013 2:17:25 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Buckeye McFrog

As they say all things in moderation, I know people who ended up fat old alcoholics. Almost anything can kill you if you have an addictive personality or refuse to use proper judgement. Why doesn’t anyone point their fingers at the family members that allowed her to continue her 2gal. a day habit? Oh yeah they probably can’t make any money suing themselves.


17 posted on 02/12/2013 2:19:12 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SMGFan

Anyone who consumes that amount of sugar daily is suicidal.


18 posted on 02/12/2013 2:19:35 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zTDbpxT8ZI

Coke keeps you thin! (1961 Coke commercial)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKuje_G8Ljw

1964 Things Go Better With Coca-Cola b&w TV ad


19 posted on 02/12/2013 2:20:36 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Alex Murphy

She was all gassed up and ready to go, anyway.


20 posted on 02/12/2013 2:23:16 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: SMGFan

Just think...if Obamas jack boot was on her throat, she couldn’t have swallowed.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 2:24:40 PM PST by albie (`)
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To: Sacajaweau

“Bet she weighs over 400 pounds and has been on welfare AND MEDICAID for years and has an Obamaphone. “

In New Zealand??????

.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 2:24:54 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mears

yea....i know....just a little analogy


23 posted on 02/12/2013 2:27:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SMGFan

I remember the “Cyclamates (sugar substitute in sodas) causes cancer!” hysteria some years back. It was “proven” when tested on rats.

Cooler heads pointed out that the rats in question were fed the equivalent of a human drinking a 50-gallon drums worth of soda each day. No matter, damage was done, cyclamates were recalled, and the world was saved.

Others pointed out that the rats used were the Fischer 344 type rats (???), which got cancer even when injected with water.


24 posted on 02/12/2013 2:28:20 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: SMGFan

The coroner’s surmise is credible. Coke and other soft drinks have a high level of phosphorous, and excess phosphorous interferes with calcium uptake and metabolism and causes hypertension and dangerous imbalances in mineral levels.


25 posted on 02/12/2013 2:28:38 PM PST by Rockingham
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To: SMGFan

Even that much water would be bad for you unless you were sweating much of it out. Since Coke is 90% water (according to Coke) 2.2 gallons is over 17lbs of liquid.


26 posted on 02/12/2013 2:31:21 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SMGFan

A 30 year-old woman with 8 kids,,probably needed some caffeine


27 posted on 02/12/2013 2:32:38 PM PST by austinaero
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To: SMGFan

If it were regular Coke, that looks about like 3 to 3-1/2 lbs of sugar a day. That and the caffeine is probably what killed her. Full disclosure, I have no medical or dietetic qualifications whatsoever. But I do have a fair amount of common sense.


28 posted on 02/12/2013 2:32:42 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: SMGFan
Coke is the answer to infertility!!

The 30-year-old mother of eight guzzled a whole lot of Coke for years before her death

29 posted on 02/12/2013 2:36:02 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: GeronL
I drink a lot of soda but DANG..

That's four two-liter bottles. Every day.

On a really, really hot day in July I might consume the equivalent of one two-liter bottle of Diet Mountain Dew. And I'm a guy.

30 posted on 02/12/2013 2:43:26 PM PST by Bryan
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To: SMGFan

“they figured her habit wasn’t dangerous because Coke doesn’t display any health warnings”
. . . and then they poured Coke over their computer keyboard to wash it, because the Coke bottle doesn’t display any warnings about that, either.

I just looked at a five-pound bag of sugar. It has no warning about consuming too much of it a day. Down the hatch! That’s all the medical advice I need!


31 posted on 02/12/2013 2:46:13 PM PST by Chad N. Freud (FR is the modern equivalent of the Committees of Correspondence. Let other analogies arise.)
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To: SMGFan
2.2 gallons * (140 Calories / 12 ounce can) = 3285 Calories per day just from Coke along with 800 mg of caffeine. And that amount can be drunk from high capacity magazines

or single shots


32 posted on 02/12/2013 2:46:13 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: momincombatboots

2 gallons a dy of anything can probably kill you


33 posted on 02/12/2013 2:47:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: KarlInOhio

Perhaps Baraq can implement Bloomie’s soft drink policy via Executive Order.


34 posted on 02/12/2013 2:49:03 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Oatka

Hmmm, I’m going to do my own experiment. Since no ‘rats are allowed in my house, I’ll place my mouse in a glass of coke and see if it’s dead in the morning. Call me in 3 days for the result.


35 posted on 02/12/2013 2:49:47 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Bryan

2 gallons a day of just about anything would be bad for you I think


36 posted on 02/12/2013 2:50:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Bryan
Assuming she went for a period of 8 hours each day of not consuming to allow for sleep (if she was able to do so on that much caffeine), she would have been consuming the equivalent of one 12 oz. can every 40 minutes from 6:00 am till 10:00 PM.

Wow!

37 posted on 02/12/2013 2:52:20 PM PST by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: SMGFan

Note to self: Switch to Pepsi.


38 posted on 02/12/2013 2:57:21 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: muir_redwoods
3 to 3-1/2 lbs of sugar a day.

WOWZER!

39 posted on 02/12/2013 2:57:36 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: SMGFan

The amount of potassium in Coke she consumed by drinking that much soda daily alone would cause health problems only...

Potassium leeches out calcium from your body...

Also the article states she was addicted to coke soda...not possible to be addicted physically except for the caffeine....

Even a caffeine addiction can easily be broken...just got to put up with a mild headache and a nasty disposition for a couple of days...


40 posted on 02/12/2013 3:02:00 PM PST by JZoback
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To: GeronL

What kind of coroner would conclude she drank two gallons a day? None, scientifically. No such test exists. My point was he is a coroner, not a talk show host. He probably wrote a lot of global warming studies too. Obviously he needs no real data to back him up, he just puts out his (shady) credentials and defines reality. Ok, I am putting down the milk jug. Darn.


41 posted on 02/12/2013 3:04:59 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots

Milk is probably bad for you if you drink 2 gallons a day.

You are correct, the Coroner could never know that stuff


42 posted on 02/12/2013 3:07:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SMGFan
If she was in New Zealand, she could not have consumed 2.2 gallons of anything a day. She could have consumed 8 liters a day though (or should that be "litres"?).

Consuming 8 liters a day of water might cause health problems.

43 posted on 02/12/2013 3:09:45 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: SMGFan

Can you imagine the pain and suffering she went thru when Coca Cola brought out New Coke?


44 posted on 02/12/2013 3:09:45 PM PST by moovova
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To: SMGFan

I’ll bet her pancreas nearly disintegrated too.


45 posted on 02/12/2013 3:17:44 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: momincombatboots
When a New Zealand woman died in February 2010, her family swiftly pointed fingers at her 2.2 gallon a day Coke habit.

Perhaps he just concluded that her family was telling the truth.

46 posted on 02/12/2013 3:20:45 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: momincombatboots

The direct evidence does seem a bit slim. However, there’s probably enough indirect evidence for the coroner to draw the conclusions he did — or at least to put them within the realm of plausibility. (Momentarily setting aside the possibility of media nonfeasance, misfeasance, or malfeasance in the coverage of this story.)

The toxicity of caffeine is quite well known, as is the number of Calories in a gallon of Coke. Also, she had her teeth removed, because the coke dissolved the enamel. That’s got to correlate with other health problems.


47 posted on 02/12/2013 3:27:51 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: SMGFan
According to the Coca-cola nutrition facts web site, that's just over two pounds of sugar per day. There are people who might consider that excessive. [Note: two gallons of anything is excessive, but even ignoring the fluid volume, that's a lot of sugar, equivalent to six dozen Dunkin Donuts chocolate frosted donuts - daily!]
48 posted on 02/12/2013 3:37:30 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: Mastador1
"Why doesn’t anyone point their fingers at the family members that allowed her to continue her 2gal. a day habit?"

"Let" her? She was thirty years old. If a person like this wants to continue doing what they're doing, they'll find a way. It wasn't up to anyone but her.

49 posted on 02/12/2013 4:52:21 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I agree, my point is that the “family” blames Coca Cola and ignores who is really to blame, but then a thirty year old mother of eight obviously had some self control issues.


50 posted on 02/12/2013 7:18:40 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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