Woman Loses Teeth Due to Very Strong Tea
Her daily pitcher made with 150 bags caused big problems
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Tea: It's good for you, but only if you don't drink too much of it. And by "too much of it," we mean a pitcher made with 100 to 150 tea bags. That's how much a Detroit woman drank each day, and doctors eventually realized that her years of back, arm, leg, and hip pains were caused by the tea habit, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. It seems the high level of fluoride—brewed tea has a bunch—was to blame, the Detroit Free Press explains. It caused a bone disease known as skeletal fluorosis, and also made her teeth brittle. They all had to be removed. After counseling, the woman is no longer drinking tea and is doing better.

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lvan
Mar 24, 2013 2:27 PM CDT
I wonder how average Brit feels about this story. Bloody horrified I bet.
savdavis
Mar 23, 2013 6:17 PM CDT
Ahhhhh the Tea .... IS WITCHY,WITCHY,,,, makes a person think they are doing something Great,,, while all the time it is nearly causing them to be ,,,,,,just a bag of bones...
kukisvoomchor
Mar 23, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
Obviously her teeth and bones got the raw end of the deal, but otherwise she could be a valuable, after-the-fact experimental resource. She's probably the most tea-saturated person on earth, so if she could be thoroughly examined in that context we could maybe find out some worthwhile stuff. There are all sorts of tea extracts marketed as supplements and it would be GREAT to know if any of their health-oriented claims hold up.