Coke Kills…No, The Other Coke…

April 24th, 2012 by

How does this sound this for an idyllic morning:  waking up to the birds chirping and the sun slanting through the blinds, reaching over and downing a couple of cans of coke before getting dressed and heading into the kitchen.  Breakfast is pancakes, heavy on the butter and syrup, washed down with a few more nice tall glasses of cola.  Sound good?  Well we here at your Chevy Dealer Ohio want to tell you that, for one young woman, this was a grim reality.

Natasha Marie Harris, 30 year old mother of 8, was found dead after a sudden cardiac arrest.  Her health problems were linked back to her distinctive habit.  The young mother liked to drink cola…a lot of cola.  In fact, she was known to put back at least 10 liters a day (that’s over two gallons, for our metrically challenged friends).

Natasha was prone to irritability, mood-swings, vomiting, and wildly fluctuating energy levels.  She and her family wrote the symptoms off as a by-product of the stress of eight kids under one roof.  After her death, experts say she suffered from hypokalemia, a lack of potassium in the blood, resulting from her excessive consumption of the soft-drink.

“I never thought about it. It’s just a soft drink, just like drinking water,” said her partner, Chris Hodgkinson.  “I didn’t think a soft drink was going to kill her.”

It may seem crazy, but Mr. Hodgkinson was speaking in earnest there.  The family is hoping that the death will serve as a warning to others.  It is hard to believe that in this health conscious day and age someone could be so oblivious to the dangers of replacing water with soda, but it’s reality.

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