College kid overdoses on soy sauce, falls into coma

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Veho, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    Apr 4, 2006

    When I drink Kikkoman 100% naturally brewed soy sauce, my heart disease no more. Unless I drink a litre of it, in which case I fall into a sodium overdose coma and die. Moderation is key, there can be too much of a good thing, and so on and so forth.

    A college kid in Virginia, USA, drank a liter (that's roughly a quart) of soy sauce as part of the initiation ritual slash hazing slash display of ritual idiocy at one of the fraternities of the University of Virginia. The sheer amount of salt he ingested sent him into a salt coma. The whole thing happened in 2011, but regained notoriety recently as juicy (hah) details of the case surfaced in an article by The Journal of Emergency Medicine.

    Relax, this is only 95% of the lethal dose.​

    He was rushed to the hospital, and saved by pumping 6 liters (1.5 gallons) of glucose solution to dilute the salt in his bloodstream. He stayed in a coma for three days. According to The Journal of Emergency Medicine, he is the first person known to survive such a massive concentration of sodium without suffering permanent brain damage. No brain damage as far as they know; I'd say he was pretty brain damaged in the first place. Previous recorded cases of salt overdose of this magnitude either resulted in severe brain damage, or death. The recovery is attributed to the fast and aggressive treatment by the medical team, that resulted in a faster hydration of the brain.

    Following an investigation of the case, the fraternity where this took place had been ordered to shut down for two years.

    Interesting tidbit: in ancient China, nobles would commit suicide by eating a pound of salt. Another interesting tidbit: in the 1960s and '70s, doctors used to give salt to patients suffering from poisoning. Fortunately, science marches on.

    Sauce, LOL.

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  2. Lilith Valentine

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    I always joked about someone doing this when I see someone put too much on their food, but never expected it to be actually possible .-.
  3. Depravo


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    I read about a guy who overdosed on curry sauce. He fell into a korma.
  4. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    Soy vey.
  5. BORTZ

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    Considering the amount of sodium in soy sauce, its completely possible.
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  6. FAST6191

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    Normally I am of the "no poisons, just poisonous doses" line of thought but I think I can make an exception for something as vile as soy sauce.
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