TOO MUCH TEA CAUSES UNUSUAL BONE DISEASE

I am a big believer in moderation, in balance and in common sense. One also has to listen to ones’ body, and in my experience even if I love the next new health things I am into, when for whatever reason I do not feel like doing it, I don’t.

This new medical case report is a perfect proof of that. We all know that the tea is super healthy and good for you Green Tea, Coffee May Guard Against Stroke, but for goodness’ sake, please do not drink gallons of it a day or you will surely develop some sort of imbalance in your body!

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A 47-year-old Michigan woman developed a bone disease rarely seen in the U.S. after she drank a pitcher of tea made from at least 100 tea bags daily, for 17 years, researchers report.

The Detroit woman visited the doctor after experiencing pain in her lower back, arms, legs and hips for five years.

X-rays revealed areas of very dense bone on the spinal vertebrae and calcifications of ligaments in her arm, said study researcher Dr. Sudhaker D. Rao, a physician at Henry Ford Hospital who specializes in endocrinology and bone and mineral metabolism.

The researchers suspected the woman had skeletal fluorosis, a bone disease caused by consuming too much fluoride (a mineral found in tea as well as drinking water).

The patient’s blood levels of fluoride were four times higher than what would be considered normal, the researchers said.

Skeletal fluorosis is endemic in regions of the world with naturally high levels of fluoride in drinking water, including some parts of India and China, but is rare in Europe and North America. (Low levels of fluoride are added to drinking water in the United States to prevent cavities, but aren’t high enough to cause fluorosis.)

Rao said the patient was originally referred to him because her doctors suspected she had cancer, which can also show up on an X-ray as areas of dense bone. But because Rao had seen cases of skeletal fluorosis in his native India, “I was able to recognize it immediately,” he said.

Excess fluoride is typically eliminated from the body by the kidneys, Rao said. But if one consumes a lot of it, as this patient did through tea drinking, over time, the fluoride forms crystal deposits on bone, Rao said.

A few other cases of skeletal fluorosis caused by tea drinking have been reported in the United States. In these cases, patients typically drank a gallon of tea a day, Rao said. Rao and colleagues instructed their patient to stop drinking tea, after which she experienced an improvement in symptoms. The fluoride deposits will gradually go away as the bone remodels (or repairs) itself, a process that occurs frequently in the body, Rao said.

description of the case was published on March 21 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

So just another case of overdoing the good thing! Moderation, balance and rotation of foods are too important to ignore.

To your health!

Elena

Sources: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1200995?query=featured_home,              http://news.yahoo.com/too-much-tea-causes-unusual-bone-disease-222359924.html

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  • Mary Strong-Spaid
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    I always loved Ice tea.
    I drank lots of it over the years.
    Now I have been told by a doctor….no more coffee, no more tea…because of IC.
    So I have not had any tea or coffee for about 3 weeks. It still hurts. I hope it gets better.
    I don’t mind not drinking coffee and tea. If I had known it could cause this much trouble, I would have given it up a long time ago.

    • Elena
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      Hi Mary, I am so sorry you are going through this…IC is associated with inflammation. In my experience staying away from inflammatory foods helps. More water, more greens, especially now, that greens are in season, tons of vegetables, less red meat. No gluten. Especially gluten – if you limit even for a week you may feel better, but when my autoimmune disorder was diagnosed, I even went off of dairy. I just went all the way to stop it from progressing and to slow it down, and it worked, so now I am able to have gluten here and there, dairy occasionally…it does get better, you just need to learn to manage it and to prevent development of other potentially related issues.

      Please let em know if you have any question, I will be glad to help if I can.

      Best,
      Elena

  • blueribbonfair
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    You can have too much of a good thing. People just go extreme on stuff. We need a voice of wisdom like this as a reminder. Thanks for liking and visiting my blog post : http://blueribbonfair.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/from-above-weekly-word-press-photo-challenge/

  • Elena
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    HI Kalyen, thank you for stopping by and I do agree, everything is good in moderation, it’s all about balance 🙂

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