And this sounded like such a good idea.
Woman Drinks Only Soda for 16 Years, Suffers Heart Problems
A 31-year old woman’s heart problems and fainting might have had something to do with the fact that she drank only soda for about half her life, according to a report of her case.
The woman, who lives in Monaco, a small country near southern France, was brought to a hospital after she fainted. A blood test showed she had severely low potassium levels. And a test of her heart’s electrical activity revealed she had a condition called long QT syndrome, which can cause erratic heart beats.
The woman did not have a family history of heart or hormone problems. But she told her doctors that, since the age of 15, she had not drunk any water — soda (specifically cola) was the only liquid she consumed. She drank about 2 liters (2 quarts) of cola daily, she said.
After abstaining from soda for just one week, the woman’s potassium levels and heart electrical activity returned to normal.
Drinking too much cola may cause excess water to enter the bowels, which in turn leads to diarrhea, and loss of potassium, the researchers said. High amounts of caffeine can also increase urine production and decrease potassium reabsorption, the researchers said. Potassium plays a role in helping a person’s heartbeat, and low levels of potassium may cause heart rhythm problems.
I’ll bet those mushrooms sounded like a really good idea, too.
Ohio Man Rips Off Part Of His Penis After Taking Hallucinogenic Mushrooms: Police
A naked man was found bloody and screaming after he ripped off a part of his penis during a drug-fueled craze, police say.
The 41-year-old Columbus, Ohio, native, whose name has not been reported, was found at about 1 a.m. on June 18 after Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm set off by a broken window at Ypsilanti Middle School in Ypsilanti, Mich., according to the Detroit Free Press. Once they arrived, they said they found the man kneeling outside the school, naked and bloody from the waist down, with a portion of his genitals ripped off.
“He mutilated his genitals with his bare hands,” Sgt. Geoff Fox told AnnArbor.com. “He was doing a lot of yelling and screaming.”
Investigators say he admitted to taking “magic” mushrooms before flipping out and trying to claw off his own penis and scrotum, according to The Columbus Dispatch. It took at least six officers to subdue him, the report notes.
Parts of his body were transferred to the hospital with him.
“In terms of vital signs, they were as low as they could go without being dead — I could only assume due to the blood loss and the shock and trauma to the body,” Fox told the Detroit Free Press reports.
AnnArbor.com reported an initial toxicology report didn’t reveal anything but stated that more extensive testing will be done. He is currently in stable condition. Police will seek burglary charges against him.
Psilocybin is a chemical obtained from certain fresh or dried mushrooms that can cause significant bodily side effects when ingested, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Most noteworthy are the chemical’s possible effects on the mind. Some people may experience hallucinations, panic, psychosis and the inability to discern fantasy from reality.
I guess Kool-Aid is a very big deal in their household.
Brandon Antron Crosley Punches Dad Over How To Make Kool-Aid: Cops
Brandon Antron Crosley, of Cocoa, Fla., is accused of assaulting his father after an argument about how to properly make Kool-Aid, Florida Today reported.
Crosley’s father, 48-year-old Greg Crosley, told cops that his 22-year-old son was making Kool-Aid Wednesday and was “doing it wrong,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun. Crosley said he then tried to give his son some helpful tips.
Brandon Crosley allegedly didn’t take kindly to his father’s advice, and responded by punching his dad in the head two or three times before fleeing their shared apartment.
The report notes that Greg Crosley has a permanent disability and uses a cane to walk.
Brandon Crosley was charged with abusing an elderly person, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
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