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And now, a public health service
« on: March 22, 2013, 10:06:34 AM »

As your neighborhood Lord of the Underworld, collector of souls, and part-time mayor of a charming little village down by the coast, I thought I would share a bit of news with my fellow Elliquiy-ians, since it's such an obscure medical fact that many of you may not have been aware of already.   So go ahead, I'll wait while you sit down for your safety, before I blow your mind.
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Okay, so the big medical secret is *drum-roll*...drinking a pitcher of tea made of 100 tea bags daily for seventeen years tends to be very bad for your health.    Don't worry, I'll wait for your minds to recover.

In a somewhat more serious note, apparently a woman in Detroit, Michigan developed a rare bone disorder called skeletal fluorosis that comes from having too much flourine in your diet.  And since tea is a natural source of flourine, trying to bankrupt the Lipton company one pitcher at a time apparently gives you entirely too much flourine in your body to be removed naturally.  So it gets depoisted on the bones and ligaments and causes pain and other complications.

So the moral of the story?  An addiction to tea is a terrible thing.   Friends don't let friends brew excessively.   

*Original post about the woman's condition can be found here.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 10:11:45 AM »
One pitcher + 100 tea bags?  O_o  I think the most I've ever used was four.  Maybe 8 if it was a really big pitcher, or doing iced tea (where you brew it twice as strong because of all the ice you melt chilling it down.)

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 10:14:14 AM »
Yeah, that part threw me too.  I'm really hoping that it's a typo and they meant to say "10 bags".  Which is still more than I use personally, but at least that is a more reasonable number than 100.  >.<

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 10:17:14 AM »
I just went and looked at 100 tea bags (actually, the Lipton box says 104.)  I can't imagine fitting much water into that pitcher once the tea bags were in there.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 11:04:26 AM »
Wow ...

You know with all these medical discoveries about our food.

I,m waiting for them to say that " bread " is causing , god knows what ...

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 05:12:09 PM »
What colour are her teeth?!

Offline Thorne

Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 05:58:05 PM »
I keep telling people, lipton isn't tea. :/
I'm not sure what it is, but clearly, it's not TEA. Hair rinse, maybe. Or I'm just a tea-snob. *grin*  (yes. I'm a tea-snob, kind of. And I share! Tea and cookies for all. Or fudge, if you'd rather).


Is it just lipton, or do other brands of tea also run this risk?

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 11:30:49 PM »
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Is it just lipton, or do other brands of tea also run this risk?

I think it's any type of tea.  The original article doesn't mention the brand that the woman drank, so I called it Lipton because I figured that was a brand that everyone would recognize when it comes to tea.

*Helps himself to some of the tea and cookies*

Offline Chris Brady

Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 06:44:22 PM »
I prefer Orange and White teas myself.

(Black is the most acidic, and you find in most Western style are Black, Orange is medium, and those are mostly East, as are the least acidic, or White Teas.)

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2013, 02:38:57 PM »
How much tea is that lady drinking? Far too much to be healthy if she got fluorine poisoning from it. She could be on that show, My Weird Obsession were those people have all manner of really unhealthy obsessions like eating chalk, deodorant and drinking gas.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2013, 03:07:32 PM »
One pitcher a day for 17 years, made with 100 tea bags per pitcher.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2013, 03:32:09 PM »

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One pitcher a day for 17 years, made with 100 tea bags per pitcher.

Good gods. What color are her teeth? I'm hopping the 100 bags is a typo, that would be some nasty strong tea.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2013, 03:34:48 PM »
I didn't check for myself, but there's apparently a scientific journal article that specified either the total number of teabags/month or teabags/year.  The 100/day was back-factored from that.

(Edit:  Now, that was a typo!)

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2013, 03:50:52 PM »
Then there's the added factor that brewing the tea becomes abhorrently expensive in order to achieve that lofty goal.

I was going to say prohibitively expensive, but that doesn't seem to be the case, now, does it. :P

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2013, 04:04:03 PM »
I keep telling people, lipton isn't tea. :/
I'm not sure what it is, but clearly, it's not TEA. Hair rinse, maybe. Or I'm just a tea-snob. *grin*  (yes. I'm a tea-snob, kind of. And I share! Tea and cookies for all. Or fudge, if you'd rather).


Is it just lipton, or do other brands of tea also run this risk?

Nothing in the article specifically calls out Lipton. In fact Lipton might be safer >_>

According to Wikipedia it's endemic to tea-growing regions in China. This woman developed a 'mild' case - getting to the point where it causes pain and stiffness. Apparently in crippling cases, it's highly deforming, and makes clean recovery from broken bones highly unlikely. Flouridation hardens bone matter, as expected, but makes it more rigid and thus brittle. Good idea for teeth, not so much fun for shins.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2013, 02:15:51 PM »
I drank too much tea one  day and got sick and had an anxiety attack, but crap. I didn't know it could jack up my bones too. I'm doomed.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2013, 02:34:52 PM »
It took her that much tea over 17 years to get a mild form of the bone disease.  It's only because the doctor recognized the symptoms from places where it's endemic that the cause was figured out so quickly.

Unless you're putting away a full box of tea per day, I doubt that you're doomed.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2013, 02:51:32 PM »
Because your avatar is hypnotic and surreal, I will now believe you. I am not doomed.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2013, 03:22:56 PM »
What colour are her teeth?!

They aren't. NEJM article itself says, "Because of brittleness, all her teeth had been extracted."

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2013, 03:26:05 PM »
They aren't. NEJM article itself says, "Because of brittleness, all her teeth had been extracted."

Goes to show that you can have too much of a good thing (as Veks mentioned about fluoridation and bone matter.)

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2013, 08:50:50 PM »
I keep telling people, lipton isn't tea. :/
I'm not sure what it is, but clearly, it's not TEA. Hair rinse, maybe. Or I'm just a tea-snob. *grin*  (yes. I'm a tea-snob, kind of. And I share! Tea and cookies for all. Or fudge, if you'd rather).


Is it just lipton, or do other brands of tea also run this risk?

Lipton has its place just like Velveeta has its niche.  The South pretty much survives on the vast amount of sweet tea that is brewed from Lipton and other plain black tea brands.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2013, 08:54:42 PM »
Lipton has its place just like Velveeta has its niche.  The South pretty much survives on the vast amount of sweet tea that is brewed from Lipton and other plain black tea brands.

I save the good cheese for family and friends.  PTO luncheons are another story.  ;D

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2013, 09:00:52 PM »
I save the good cheese for family and friends.  PTO luncheons are another story.  ;D

In order to make a good mac n cheese, usually velveeta is in there somewhere with a nice strong flavored cheese added.  The velveeta is just there for consistency, really.

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Re: And now, a public health service
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2013, 09:37:18 PM »
Yeah, I don't know if asiago and parm are considered strong flavored cheese but the mother of one of my high school friends used to make a killer mac and cheese with those and velveeta.

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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2013, 10:30:21 PM »
Now I want some REAL Mac and Cheese...