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Coca-Cola addiction death: Mother of eight dies from unhealthy soda habit

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A Coca-cola addiction contributed to the death of a 30-year-old woman from New Zealand.

Or is it just a unhealthy life style?
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Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Published: Feb. 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Natasha Harris via Telegraph 

A New Zealand mother of eight, who drank excessive amounts of Coca-cola everyday for years, died of a heart attack three years ago, likely brought on by her unusual consumption of the soft drink, a coroner has found.

In a decision that was released Tuesday, three years after Natasha Harris passed away, coroner David Crear found that she died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by the effects of caffeine and a poor nutrition, the Telegraph reported.

In life, Natasha Harris, 30, drank up to 10 liters of Coke a day. The recommended daily caffeine intake for the average person is 400 mg.

"The first thing she would do in the morning was have a drink of Coke, and the last thing she would do in the day was have a drink of Coke by her bed," said her de facto partner Christopher Hodgkinson.

Harris died on Feb. 25, 2010 from a cardiac arrest. It was Hodgkinson who found her seating on the toilet, bent towards the wall and asking for help.

According to coroner Crear, "the drinking of very large quantities of Coke was a substantial factor that contributed to the development of the metabolic imbalances which gave rise to the arrhythmia."

Besides her unhealthy Coke addiction, Harris reportedly smoked 30 cigarettes per day and ate very little.

Still, Crear concluded that "when all of the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died."

The coroner advised the New Zealand Ministry of Health to review whether labels on soft drinks gave enough protection to consumers and urged Coca-Cola to consider including the quantity of caffeine content on its labels, along with a warning on excessive consumption.

In a statement, Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd. said the company did not agree with the verdict pointing to the soft drink as the main cause of the heart condition that led to Harris' death.

"The coroner acknowledged that he could not be certain what caused Ms Harris' heart attack. Therefore we are disappointed that the coroner has chosen to focus on the combination of Ms Harris' excessive consumption of Coca-Cola, together with other health and lifestyle factors, as the probable cause of her death. This is contrary to the evidence that showed the experts could not agree on the most likely cause."
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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krysstizzle
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Huh. Ok.

Quoting batmansgirl:

Lighten up, it was sarcasm.

Quoting krysstizzle:

Did someone say there will be a Coca Cola ban?

Quoting batmansgirl:

Oh dear, will there now be a ban on Coca Cola? What ever happened to personal consequences to choices a person makes?



gammie
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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It is her fault but a the same time lets hope this scares the Coke company to clean up their drinks and make them safer.

batmansgirl
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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No she had a heart attack from drinking 10 liters of coke a day causing metabolic disorders which cause heart arrhythmias leading to a heart attack. The caffiene contributed to it. Poor nutrition and choices caused it.

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

She had a heartattack from the caffeine.



Quoting aMarieT:

"She smoked 30 cigarettes per day and ate very little" but they want to blame the Coke for her death.

It's her fault, not coke

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krise
by Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

WOW

KaylasMama11
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

this is how my cousin jessica is! since she was little i cant remeber what age probably her whole life she never liked juice milk or anything all she likes is soda it is all she drinks! she had problems with her health at 19 she is 25 now so this is scary!

KarensFaith
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM
I doubt it was just the Coca-cola addiction. She was a heavy smoker and she didn't eat properly. All of these contributed to her death, which is so, so sad. Ten liters is a lot of soda though! Wow! I think though, it was the combination of the soda, cigarettes and poor nutrition. On a conspiracy side note....I have a suspicious nature....is this going to turn into a campaign now to ban soda pop? Are they saying this to start this campaign? One never knows these days.
KarensFaith
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM


Quoting SuperChicken:



Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I soak my husband's coveralls in CocaCola to get the jet fuel out.

Yeah. In not drinking that crap.


 Seriously?   I wonder if it would work on car oil and gas?  My husband loves old cars and they sure can mess up clothes.  I never thought of Coke.

I've always heard that the Coca-cola company uses the syrup of the cola to clean their truck engines with. Don't know if that is true, but I've heard cola can clean a lot of things. 

lga1965
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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Exactly. Caffeine in excess harms your heart. Adding all the nicotine in the cigarettes also contributed . It is a stimulant,too.

Quoting aMarieT:

"She smoked 30 cigarettes per day and ate very little" but they want to blame the Coke for her death.

It's her fault, not coke

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purpleducky
by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Well at least Coke took the cocaine out of it.

Quoting gammie:

It is her fault but a the same time lets hope this scares the Coke company to clean up their drinks and make them safer.


storkradio193
by Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I can't imagine drinking that much.  Disgusting

http://www.cafemom.com/home/storkradio193

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