Too Much Tea Leads Detroit Woman To Fluoride Overdose

For anyone who doubts that ingesting fluoride is bad for you, consider the case of a woman who drank 100 cups of tea per day. From CBS Detroit:

A 47-year-old Detroit woman is recovering after an extreme addiction to tea.

Henry Ford Hospital Bone & Mineral Research Head Sudhaker Rao says the patient drank the equivalent of 100 cups of tea a day for 17 years. He says she lost all her teeth and doctors at first thought she had cancer, but as it turned out, she was suffering from a fluoride overdose.

“Among the beverages that contain fluoride, tea actually contains the highest amount of fluoride, however, it is a small quantity in each bag so we don’t drink that many. So if you overflow your system … the kidney is unable to excrete this load of fluoride from this many bags of tea,” said Rao…

[continues at CBS Detroit]


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  • BuzzCoastin

    I donno, drinking 6.25 gallons of anything a day
    even water
    probably would lead to some serious issues
    not the least of which is excessive peeing

    • Majestic

      You do have a good point … but excessive fluoride intake is still not advisable as countless studies have shown.

      • Ray Butlers

        agreed. excessive anything intake is not advisable :)

    • kowalityjesus

      you could just eat 2 ounces of toothpaste every day and get the same effect.

      • BuzzCoastin

        good point
        I’m not suggesting that fluoride is good
        mainly making the point that this story is pointless

        an average cup of tea contains ~50mg of caffeine
        so maybe 5000mg of caffeine might be a culprit
        since between 250 to 700 mg of caffeine per day
        can induce:
        nausea, headaches, sleep difficulties or increased anxiety

      • Reasor

        Who the hell would eat two ounces of toothpaste a day?

  • Hadrian999

    Christ that’s a lot of tea

  • DeepCough

    Look on the bright side: at least she didn’t die of cancer.

    • Rex Vestri

      That may be next on the horizon though. The full article mentions that she has traded her tea habit for a new addiction: Diet Coke.

  • $23802000

    wow, what? tea is full of fluoride? thanks for the heads up on that one…

    • kowalityjesus

      It has a concentration about 3-5 times greater than flouridated drinking water (water=0.7-1.2 ppm, tea=3.4ppm) which is still quite low. If you’re not rinsing 3 times after brushing you’re getting way more from toothpaste (1000-1500ppm).

  • goldenfrog

    There is no sodium fluoride in tea! They use sodium fluoride in dental products etc which is a industrial waste product. Don’t confuse it with the form of fluoride that is naturally in ground water etc.

    • sebastien paquet

      it’s calcium fluoride. They rarely mention that in fluoride-tea articles. It’s supposed to be less toxic than sodium fluoride. But it’s still toxic.

      • sebastien paquet

        man, I drink 10-15 cups sometimes of Nestle Orange Pekoe. I hope that’s not too bad.

  • Matt Staggs

    100 cups of tea day. 100.

    • obsidianobelisk

      One could say she was an active member of the tea party.

  • nyscof

    This fluoride damage could happen to anyone in the US – even if they aren’t
    big tea drinkers.

    The Environmental Protection Agency regulates fluoride in water because it
    can cause bone damage, skeletal fluorosis. In the US, fluoridation is such a
    political issue that any side effects are hidden from the public.

    Early symptoms of skeletal fluorosis are arthritic type pains which U.S.
    doctors are not trained to diagnose. If it weren’t for this India-trained
    doctor, the woman’s condition would still be undiagnosed.

    for more info http://www.FluorideAction.Net/issues/health

    Since fluoride is added to most public water supplies in the U.S., our
    entire food chain is fluoride-contaminated. Only activism can stop the
    unnecessary flow of fluoride into our bodies. People need to tell their elected
    officials and public water suppliers to turn off the fluoride spigot. Studies
    show fluoridation is ineffective at reducing tooth decay, harmful to health, a
    waste of money and totally unethical.