Skip to comments.Coca-Cola habit linked to New Zealander's death
Posted on 04/20/2012 8:28:36 AM PDT by null and void
A pathologist said Natasha Harris's Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death in 2010. Photograph: AP
Natasha Harris, 30, of Invercargill, died from a heart attack in February 2010.
Dr Dan Mornin testified at an inquest on Thursday that Harris probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition.
Mornin said toxic levels of caffeine, a stimulant found in cola, also may have contributed to her death.
Harris's partner, Chris Hodgkinson, testified that Harris drank between 8 and 10 litres of Coke every day. "She was addicted to Coke."
Hodgkinson said she ate little and smoked about 30 cigarettes a day. In the months before her death, he said, Harris had experienced blood pressure problems and lacked energy.
He said that on the morning of her death, Harris helped get her children ready for school before slumping against a wall. He called emergency services and tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but couldn't revive her.
Lisa te Morenga, a nutritionist at the University of Otago, told the Associated Press that excessive consumption of any type of liquid in a cool climate would be likely to play havoc with the body's natural systems and balances.
Karen Thompson, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Oceania, said in a statement that its products were safe.
"We concur with the information shared by the coroner's office that the grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water, over a short period of time with the inadequate consumption of essential nutrients, and the failure to seek appropriate medical intervention when needed, can be dramatically symptomatic."
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I suspect it caused her to be diabetic too.
The body does not generate enough thirst to justify 8-10 liters of fluid being consumed per day.
That sounds like diabetic thirst to me, which is unquenchable.
Bad lifestyles kill, too!
Odds are that consumption of only one thing to the exclusion of everything else, no matter what it is, is bad for your health.
outlaw assault drinks!/s
Reminds me of the radio contest in which a young woman drank a huge amount of water, resulting in her death.Water kills.
Law suit against Coca Cola, Inc. pending?
“Hodgkinson said she ate little and smoked about 30 cigarettes a day.”
Excessive fluids of nearly any with poor nutrition will rob the body of nutrients... This woman it appears led a very unhealthy lifestyle overall, but we can’t get an attention grabbing headline with “woman took piss poor care of herself and died young” nope, we have to blame it on some product of a multinational company.
I have diabetes and I have to force myself to drink enough water. If blood sugar is kept in a desirable range (through diet, exercise, and/or insulin and meds), excessive thirst is not a problem. At least that's my experience. The subject of this thread undoubtedly had high blood sugar.
Had an uncle who was addicted to Coca-Cola.
With eight hours sleep - that’s at least one glass every 30 minutes.
I’m just surprised that her bladder didn’t give out before her heart did.
Even more so if you are swilling down sugar water!
“we have to blame it on some product of a multinational company.”
Yep, there is no money in it otherwise. Plus we gotta make sure Bloomberg knows about this so he can outlaw the sale of Coke in NYC.
Oh yeah, I am a diabetic too. I believed I caused it by drinking a 2 litre of Coke/ Pepsi per day for many years.
When my blood sugar was out of control, before I officially knew I was a diabetic, I drank 2 litres of soda per day + a gallon of milk every single day, and I was still thirsty.
ALl that ended with me in the hospital for 5 days with hyperglycemia. Almost died from naseua of all things. Heart attack came six months after that.
Now I have my diabetes on maximum security lock down, blood sugar is perfect every day, heart is in tip top shape, and I am in good physical shape myself.
Hopefully those troubles are behind me forever, and I also wish you much luck and skill in managing yours.
Yep, doing so will only compound the thrist.
Sue Coke. But then, in Mexico the average consumption of Coke is 238 12oz drinks per person per year.
Then they promptly banned the relatively innocuous cyclamates, and replaced them with psychosis inducing aspertame. *sigh*
Diet soda's are nasty for your health. Credible studies are being released lately on the dangers of aspartane and how it loads up in your body namely your liver and kidney's. Nasty stuff and the American people are consuming way too much of it not just in diet soda's.
Oh, you got that right. No one is responsible for their own actions. Its always some big company because no one wants to be judgmental about a person who dies, is in bad health or otherwise in bad circumstances. Its like the mothers of kids who die or get badly hurt in gang shoot outs or some other dangerous activity. No one wants to say "hey, you raised him that way so stop blaming "guns" or some corporation for you kid's bad choices."
Classic or Diet ??
I’d guess DIE-it...
What is this caffeine? A stimulant found in Coca-Cola?
Please tell me if it’s found in other products, so I can avoid it.
Is that what she looked like before she died?
Please tell me if its found in other products, so I can avoid it.
This will protect you:
Darksheare's coffee recipe:Darks also explicitly warns against letting deer have his brew...
WARNING - Not to be taken internally! - Slings and Arrows
In 12 cup drip percolator pot, fill to 6 cup mark with water.
In filter, put 6 heaping scoops of coffee.
Medium roast works best, just make sure its a robust blend. Found a maxwellhouse medium roast that was rather anemic.
Put pinch of salt in filter, about as much as it would take to cover the surface of a dime with one even layer. This keeps the coffee from tasting burned too quickly, it doesnt age well brewed this way.
Brew, recirculate if need be, usually not.
Add sugar and dairy creamer. Creamora and coffeemate are not recommended unless you like the heart racing that Ranger Pudding gives. That, and the nondairy creamer will give you both a headache and a buzz with the coffee.
I usually put about 8 spoons of sugar in this stuff, it ends up being like Russian Kava, thick and sweet with that bitter overtone to it.
Oh, and I am NOT responsible for seeming demonic possession of the coffeepot, or the coffeepot ending up acting as if it has been damaged.
Be sure NOT to add creamora or coffeemate to the brew, unless you LIKE ranger pudding style heart racing.
When I brew that stuff for myself, I recirculate the stuff to brew a second time, but thats me for my own personal enjoyment, and it may wreck the coffeepot. Dont forget the salt, its important to the finished brew.
That’s the biggest darned cockroach I ever saw! ;-)
A chemist explained the problem with soft drinks to me and I only drink one on occasion after hearing him out. We all know that the original flavored soft drink was developed after tonics had already come along. A tonic of mineral-rich water that was naturally carbonated was given for upset stomach, and why it worked as a cure as understood by the chemist was as follows. Human organs are by design very similar to machines, and between organs there are very low electrical charges to maintain functions and equilibrium and coordination between them all. The kidneys have this low electrical process running to ensure waste removing functions are consistent. Experiments with carbonated waters show that the bubbly gas in the waters interrupts the electrical interplay, which temporarily slows down or suspends the processes of digestion (hence the temporary relief of stomach pain after a dose of tonic). This is all fine, following the limited use to which a medicinal tonic should be employed. Once we began to sweeten the tonics for the children to take without complaint and ultimately to market not as a tonic but as a refreshment problems began. The overuse of sweetened carbonated beverages actually harms rather than helps condition the body, because a constant disruption of the coordinating fields by the chemical interaction delays normal everyday bodily functions. Enough of it and your body cannot remove the dross accumulating in the old pipes: especially the refined sugar that is also included in the drink. It is easy to see how bad overall a heavy consumption of soft drinks are for your average body.
You’ve never been to Beaufort...
Whatever you do, never put the crack in the crack pipe, like this.
Then never light the crack pipe, like this.
And absolutely never, never inhale, like this.
I LOVED Ranger Pudding. Best think to come out of an MRE.
This is BS. Toxic levels of caffeine? Coffee has been shown to have no effect what so ever on heart disease(raises the blood pressure somewhat), but this guy is saying the relative low amounts in cola did her in. The problem was she was doing something that lowered her Potassium level. Too much potassium will kill you and too little will also. More that likely she was on some kind of diuretic, which takes the potassium out of your body, and didn’t eat a proper diet(one banana per day or one orange will do it)to maintain potassium levels. Seriously doubt the coke did her in. As another FReeper pointed out, as much liquids as she drank she was probably diabetic, with the unending diabetic thirst.
All the phosphoric acid probably didn’t help either.
2.25 gal/day?? I don’t think that is what killed her.
The vomiting 6 times a week probably destroyed her electrolytic levels. Combine the 1 -1/2 pack of cigarettes with 2.25 gal Coke, and the vomiting = one mixed up biochemistry.
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