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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:21 PM

"WTF" story of the day, woman drinks more than 2 gallons of Coke a day, dies as a result



A New Zealand woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found Tuesday, urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products.

Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand, drank huge amounts of the fizzy beverage for years before her death in February 2010, coroner David Crerar found.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/12/2-2-gallon-a-day-coca-cola-habit-a-factor-in-womans-death-coroner/

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Reply "WTF" story of the day, woman drinks more than 2 gallons of Coke a day, dies as a result (Original post)
Archae Feb 2013 OP
NightWatcher Feb 2013 #1
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #2
niyad Feb 2013 #3
appleannie1 Feb 2013 #4
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #5
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #6
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #7
Dawgs Feb 2013 #8
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #9
FarCenter Feb 2013 #10
gollygee Feb 2013 #11
FarCenter Feb 2013 #12
gollygee Feb 2013 #14
laundry_queen Feb 2013 #15
Initech Feb 2013 #13

Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:23 PM

1. Mother of 8??? She should've had an IV of Redbull

I hope she rests in peace just as soon as the body stops shaking.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:23 PM

2. Drinking that much dihydrogen monoxide isn't good for you even without the sugar and crap.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:33 PM

3. I don't imagine that being pregnant half her adult life helped her health much.

she died three years ago, and they are just now getting around to determining the cause of death??

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:34 PM

4. She was consuming at least 5 pounds of sugar a day. Add the caffeine and other additives

and it is a wonder she could even function. Then add being constantly pregnant and it is no wonder she died. I would bet she had numerous vitamin and mineral deficiciencies.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:43 PM

5. I had a serious problem with this as well...

Mine was just a 2 liter a day of diet coke though. But, I had the same symptoms if I didn't have my pop. I would be irritable, have trouble focusing, once I had an irregular heartbeat. I don't drink the stuff daily anymore, but I still miss it a lot. It wouldn't take much to make me a daily drinker again.

It hasn't been reported, but I am going to take a wild guess and say that Natasha was pretty much on just a liquid diet. It would be very hard to eat anything while drinking that much of anything. Two gallons of liquid in your system takes up a lot of room. I don't know if she was drinking Coke with sugar or HFCS, if the former she might not have felt hungry often enough to eat. If the later she might have had an appetite that she satisfied with more Coke. I really wish they would say what her diet was like overall, I think that was also very likely a significant factor.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:48 PM

6. As well as the physical addiction such constant exposure can create

it can also be symptomatic of such tendencies associated with anxiety spectrum disorders. OCD being one. I can say for myself when engaging in certain tasks, hobbies, work I have to have a caffeinated and carbonated beverage not because I'm thirsty but it's pattern and repetition. I have monitored this and control it better and I am in good health and god weight but I could see how this could happen to someone and also how they may be quickly judges to just be a victim of poor dietary habits and self neglect.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:02 PM

7. And it's not helpful when addictions are normalized.

I never got addicted to coffee thankfully. I would probably be a 3 pot a day drinker. But, that is one addiction that is "normal" people think nothing of it if they see you down a cup or two of coffee. Soda is normal in the same way, if people see you drinking a liter of soda no one thinks much of it, especially if they don't know it's your 3 liter of the day and you might drink a couple more. Soda is just about everywhere as well, it's difficult to get away from. So, going out is a bit of a nightmare I have to look at the stuff where ever I go and if I eat out then it's doubly excruciating. I really hate having water with my meal.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:03 PM

8. I'm assuming that she must have been pretty big.

With 8 kids she probably didn't get a bit of exercise either.

What a sad story.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:07 PM

9. She would have died if she had been drinking the same amount of WATER.

You CAN have too much of a good thing, you know. And sometimes you just can't fix stupid.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill

And what's with the EIGHT KIDS by the age of 30???? Was she another Michelle Duggar??

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:29 PM

10. What a way to go!

Too much Coca-Cola killed mother: coroner

Ms Harris drank up to 10 litres of Coke every day – equal to more than twice the recommended safe daily limit of caffeine and almost 1 kilogram of sugar.

She died aged 30, on February 25, 2010, from a cardiac arrest. Her partner, Christopher Hodgkinson, found her seated on the toilet, slumped against the wall and gasping for air.

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In the months leading up to her death her health had deteriorated, Mr Hodgkinson said.

‘‘She had no energy and was feeling sick all the time ... She would get up and vomit in the morning.’’

He said her Coke habit had become an addiction: ‘‘She would get moody and get headaches if she didn’t have any Coke and also feel low in energy.’’

Mr Hodgkinson’s mother Vivian said Mr Harris got ‘‘withdrawal symptoms’’ if her Coke ran out, including getting ‘‘the shakes’’ and becoming angry.

The family did not consider Coke was harmful because its labels do not contain warning signs.

The coronial decision revealed Ms Harris likely suffered from a myriad of medical conditions, including a racing heart and ‘‘absent teeth’’, which her family say had rotted out from Coke consumption.

They contend, also, that the amount of Coke Ms Harris drank ruined her children’s teeth, with at least one of her kids being born without enamel.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/too-much-cocacola-killed-mother-coroner-20130212-2eab8.html

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:34 PM

11. That sounds strange

How would her drinking coke while she was pregnant make her babies have their teeth come in without enamel. (Born without doesn't make sense as almost all babies don't have teeth when they're born.) It seems more likely to me that she was giving the kids pop - I've seen parents give their kids sippy cups and even baby bottles filled with pop - and that wore away the enamel.

Not sure if I buy that part, but if I were on the jury I'd hear it out.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:59 PM

12. Her body was probably very acidic and calcium deficient

The process of enamel formation (amelogenesis) begins before birth, and is sensitive to physiologic changes. The enamel of baby (primary) incisors begins to harden (mineralize) at about 15 week after conception, and the process of enamel maturation is finished two months after birth. The primary eye teeth (canines) begin their mineralization at 19 weeks of intrauterine life, and complete their enamel maturation process 9 months after birth. The cells that produce the enamel are called ameloblasts, and they are very sensitive to any developmental disturbances. Evidence of developmental insults, as well as perinatal and postnatal trauma, can therefore be seen in the enamel of the primary anterior teeth.


http://dentalresource.org/topics10.htm

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:47 PM

14. Ah I see

Wow.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:09 PM

15. I've heard about this

especially because my kids had dental issues as toddlers and I was told they had weak enamel so I did a lot of research about it. Oddly enough, the ones I didn't drink pop/coke with were the ones with the worst teeth. Actually with one pregnancy, when I entered my second trimester I started to get migraines and it was suggested to drink one regular coke/day instead of taking tylenol, as, at the time, any medication was seen as bad. So the one coke a day totally got rid of my migrains. That was the child with the best teeth out of the 4. Go figure. The one I was most careful with any caffiene/pop consumption had the worst teeth.

I did, however, drink plenty of pop (usually diet coke) between pregnancies, so perhaps that had an effect. It's probably also somewhat genetic - their dad and his family had terrible teeth.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:14 PM

13. Man I'm surprised her blood wasn't pure HFCS.

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