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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23 Comments on "Too Much Tea Leads Detroit Woman To Fluoride Overdose"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Mar 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm |

    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

  2. Hadrian999 | Mar 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

    Christ that’s a lot of tea

  3. DeepCough | Mar 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm |

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

    • Rex Vestri | Mar 26, 2013 at 11:53 am |

      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.

  4. $23802000 | Mar 26, 2013 at 2:12 am |

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

    • kowalityjesus | Mar 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm |

      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).

  5. goldenfrog | Mar 26, 2013 at 3:49 am |

    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.

  6. Matt Staggs | Mar 26, 2013 at 9:29 am |

    100 cups of tea day. 100.

  7. 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.

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