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Coca-Cola habit linked to New Zealander's death
The Guardian ^ | 4/20/12

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cocacola; coke
Coke kills.
1 posted on 04/20/2012 8:28:38 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

No doubt.

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.


2 posted on 04/20/2012 8:32:09 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: null and void

Bad lifestyles kill, too!


3 posted on 04/20/2012 8:32:15 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: null and void

Odds are that consumption of only one thing to the exclusion of everything else, no matter what it is, is bad for your health.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 8:33:47 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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“Coke kills.”

outlaw assault drinks!/s

5 posted on 04/20/2012 8:35:05 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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Reminds me of the radio contest in which a young woman drank a huge amount of water, resulting in her death.Water kills.


6 posted on 04/20/2012 8:35:14 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: mongo141

Law suit against Coca Cola, Inc. pending?


7 posted on 04/20/2012 8:36:03 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: dfwgator

8 posted on 04/20/2012 8:37:52 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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“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.


9 posted on 04/20/2012 8:38:23 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: null and void
"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."

Ya think?

10 posted on 04/20/2012 8:39:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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If this “pathologist” was honest, he would have listed the cause of her death as “stupidity”. Drinking 8 to 10 liters of Coke and smoking 30 cigarettes a day is proof of it.
11 posted on 04/20/2012 8:40:28 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: chris37
That sounds like diabetic thirst to me, which is unquenchable.

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.

12 posted on 04/20/2012 8:41:55 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: null and void

Had an uncle who was addicted to Coca-Cola.


13 posted on 04/20/2012 8:44:03 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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With eight hours sleep - that’s at least one glass every 30 minutes.


14 posted on 04/20/2012 8:46:21 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’m just surprised that her bladder didn’t give out before her heart did.


15 posted on 04/20/2012 8:47:16 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: chris37
That sounds like diabetic thirst to me, which is unquenchable.

Even more so if you are swilling down sugar water!

16 posted on 04/20/2012 8:48:32 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: HamiltonJay

“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.


17 posted on 04/20/2012 8:48:36 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: luvbach1

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.

Fun stuff.

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.


18 posted on 04/20/2012 8:49:05 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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Yep, doing so will only compound the thrist.


19 posted on 04/20/2012 8:51:42 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: null and void

Sue Coke. But then, in Mexico the average consumption of Coke is 238 12oz drinks per person per year.


20 posted on 04/20/2012 8:52:45 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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I remember in the last 60s when Diet Rite came out. It was determined that IF you drank 800 diet drinks a day for 20 years,you MIGHT get cancer. Seems they over dozed the rats in the study
21 posted on 04/20/2012 8:54:49 AM PDT by Cannon6
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Then they promptly banned the relatively innocuous cyclamates, and replaced them with psychosis inducing aspertame. *sigh*


22 posted on 04/20/2012 9:03:24 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Cannon6
I remember in the last 60s when Diet Rite came out. It was determined that IF you drank 800 diet drinks a day for 20 years,you MIGHT get cancer. Seems they over dozed the rats in the study

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.

23 posted on 04/20/2012 9:05:27 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: HamiltonJay
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

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."

24 posted on 04/20/2012 9:22:35 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: null and void

Classic or Diet ??


25 posted on 04/20/2012 9:31:29 AM PDT by traumer
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I’d guess DIE-it...


26 posted on 04/20/2012 9:36:18 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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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.


27 posted on 04/20/2012 9:44:53 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: mongo141

LOL!


28 posted on 04/20/2012 9:49:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Is that what she looked like before she died?


29 posted on 04/20/2012 9:53:52 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Rinnwald; Slings and Arrows; Darksheare
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.

This will protect you:

Darksheare's coffee recipe:

“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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 that’s me for my own personal enjoyment, and it may wreck the coffeepot. Don’t forget the salt, it’s important to the finished brew.

Darks also explicitly warns against letting deer have his brew...
30 posted on 04/20/2012 10:01:37 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

That’s the biggest darned cockroach I ever saw! ;-)


31 posted on 04/20/2012 10:03:57 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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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.


32 posted on 04/20/2012 10:07:39 AM PDT by februus
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To: TexasRepublic

You’ve never been to Beaufort...


33 posted on 04/20/2012 10:13:43 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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Sounds like SNL's satirical DC Mayor Marion Berry public service announcement against crack cocaine.

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.

Hoooaaa!!!

34 posted on 04/20/2012 10:23:03 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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"She was addicted to Coke. Caffeine"

Fixed it.

35 posted on 04/20/2012 11:30:01 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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I LOVED Ranger Pudding. Best think to come out of an MRE.


36 posted on 04/20/2012 11:34:38 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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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.


37 posted on 04/20/2012 1:13:04 PM PDT by calex59
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All the phosphoric acid probably didn’t help either.


38 posted on 04/20/2012 1:23:07 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1186 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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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.


39 posted on 04/21/2012 5:13:19 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

"Early in the morning, nervous little dogs prepare for their daily activities"

CC

40 posted on 07/30/2012 10:22:49 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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