Death by Coca-Cola

A New Zealand woman, Natasha Harris, recently died due to excessive Coca-Cola consumption (at least in part).  The New Zealand coroner ruled that the woman’s death was partially attributed to the 10 liters of Coca-cola she drank daily.  The coroner also indicated that Coca-Cola could not be held liable for her death.

Ms. Harris had previously lost all of her teeth due to erosion.  One of her children was born without tooth enamel.  According to news reports, the coroner further stated in the report that Ms. Harris died due to metabolic imbalances arising from cardiac arrhythmia due to Coca-Cola consumption.

This report comes at a time when Coca-Cola has been educating dietitians about Coca-Cola’s role in a healthy dietThe American Dietetic Association, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) approved a nutrition program developed by Coca-Cola for health and wellness. Registered dietitians can even earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for their participation.

The program informs dietitians that fluoride, sugar, artificial colors and non-nutritive sweeteners are safe for consumption, including by children.  Seriously.

According to information from the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH), Dr. Ronald Kleinman is the instructor for the Coca-Cola program for dietitians.  He is the physician-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, chief of the Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Nutrition Unit, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  ANH indicates that Dr. Kleinman has received large sums of money from artificial infant formula manufacturers Mead Johnson and Nestle Ltd.  His research has been funded by Gerber Products and he has served as a paid witness for Gerber when they were sued for deceptive advertising.  His work has also been funded by the Sugar Association.  Now, of course, he is paid by Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola’s teachings indicate that the majority of studies have not found a link between sugar and behavioral disorders.  It is also teaching that there are no connections between artificial colors and neurotoxicity, and that the dangers of fluoride are imaginary.

These claims contradict huge volumes of research that state otherwise.  Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of Lick the Sugar Habit found sugar to be linked to a huge list of serious health conditions.  Fluoride is known to be a risk to the kidneys and bones.  Most food colors have been linked by research to causing cancer, hyperactivity, allergic reactions, and other serious effects.  The European Union is in the process of banning most artificial food colors throughout Europe due to the safety issues. I talk about the issues of many of these toxins in my book, The Brain Wash.

The American Dietetic Association receives funding/sponsorship from the junk food and soda industries, calling into question its credibility and the credibility of the new Coca-Cola-created educational program for dietitians. At the same time the ADA is attempting to create a monopoly by becoming the only registering body in various states for anyone dispensing nutritional advice.

Associations claiming impartiality should not be accepting money from large corporations that stand to benefit from influencing the associations’ mandate.  Perhaps even worse than that is to create educational programs that make a mockery of nutritional research and healthy eating.  And, where exactly are the ethics in this type of financial remuneration and propaganda-promotion?

What do you think?  Do you think it is acceptable that Coca-Cola’s “nutrition” course is endorsed and taught by the American Dietetic Association?

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daphne D.
daphne D.3 years ago

is good to issue this, i don´t give coca cola and any of this drinks to my child.

Erin Muller
Past Member 3 years ago

I can have one cola every once in a while but any more then that and I break out horribly. I think the last time I had a soda was around xmas.

Klaus Peters
Klaus Peters3 years ago

Sorry, I did not vote on the Quick Poll because there was no indication of what to vote for. Normally we are faced with a direct question. In this instance it was not there or I totally missed it.

Klaus Peters
Klaus Peters3 years ago

10 litres of Coke a day, wow, that is appalling. I do drink a local cola once in a while but not Coca Cola or Pepsi out of principle. Especially because of aspertame Rumsfeld!

Veerle D.
Veerle D.3 years ago

No coke or any other soda for me : too much sugar...
And no diet coke either : aspartame is not really healthy either.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago

Too much of anything is bad.

Suz F.
Suz F.3 years ago

...alot of info to digest in this read--I like your thoughts/facts Janalea. One must control consumption of what one feeds it's body, be it food or drink. Sad to hear of "loses" due to non listening and/or researching...

Sharon Nevils
Sharon Nevils3 years ago

wow that's an eye - opener for us !

Janalea R.
Janalea R.3 years ago

According to the Nutrition Research Center, this is what happens to your body within one hour of drinking a can of soda:

-10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system, which is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. You'd normally vomit from such an intake, but the phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

-20 minutes: Your blood sugar skyrockets. Your pancreas attempts to maximize insulin production in order to turn high levels of sugar into fat.

-40 minutes: As your body finishes absorbing the caffeine, your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver pumps more sugar into the bloodstream. Adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing you from feeling how tired you may actually be.

-45 minutes: Your body increases dopamine production, causing you to feel pleasure and adding to the addictiveness of the beverage. This physical neuro response works the same way as it would if we were consuming heroin.

60 minutes: The sugar crash begins. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You start feeling like crap. Time to grab another?

Janalea R.
Janalea R.3 years ago

This is APPALLING. And so many people in the comments are completely missing the main import of this article!! Yes, this woman had an addiction to such excess, of course it killed her & of course coca cola isn't responsible for her choices.

But to have the ADA in bed with ANY food/candy/soda corporations should be ILLEGAL, & this "Dr." Ronald Kleinman is the pure definition of a SHILL. He should be fired from his jobs as HEAD of a children's hospital & at Harvard... This disgusts me. I am deeply saddened & disappointed that this man is allowed to hold such important roles, while pushing a 'health' agenda that he knows to be utter falsehood.

I will be writing scathing letters to both the hospital & Harvard.. And finding out which governing bodies oversee the ADA & contacting them as well. I hope the horrifying real story here- the ADA & this doctor- goes viral, & other people equally outraged like me will write letters as well.