New Zealand is breeding a generation of Coke Heads

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2012-04-20 17:02

Not the type of Coke you may have been thinking of, but Coca Cola.

A New Zealand mother of eight children ranging in ages from 4 to 12 has been found in an inquest to have died from drinking too much Coca Cola. Amazing, but true.

Pathologist Dr Dan Mornin told the court Ms Harris' main cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, but she also had severe hypokalemia - lack of potassium in the blood - probably relating to excessive consumption of soft-drink.

Reportedly drinking up to ten litres per day, all her teeth had been removed because they were rotting. Her partner said "The first thing she would do in the morning was have a drink of Coke and the last thing she would do in the day was have a drink of Coke by her bed." He told the court she had been unwell up to a year before her death, including vomiting six times a week.

One might leave the story at that. Another case of a welfare dependent no doubt funded to breed by the taxpayer, removing herself from the gene pool through the process of natural selection. A strange and tragic case of death by one of the few legal highs one can still get. Unfortunately her case is not unique to the western world. At least culturally she and her like belong to the type of brain dead state educated "yoof" grown to adults we all see to often hanging around fast food outlets wearing hoodies, listening to rap music and chewing gum. I have no doubt that these are one and the same breed of welfare dependent "chavs" who took part in the London riots last summer and believe they have a right to "other people's stuff", by force if necessary.

Not surprisingly her partner is now calling for Coca Cola to be pulled from the shelves, or at least adopt labels warning of the dangers it could do. "They're going to have to do something about the fact that they're obviously selling a product that's killing people," he said.

He also believes that the Coca Cola Company should compensate his family for their loss.

His family sadly belong to an entire generation stunted by a "something for nothing" culture, where "rights and responsibilities" never figure in the same sentence.

We see the result all around us dragging down the western world into bankruptcy and ruin. A state funded culture of irresponsibility, of entitlement and a lack of basic common sense. Freedom is tough. One must take responsibility for one’s own actions. It’s easy for such “white trash” to hide behind the nanny state and to demand protection from making simple everyday decisions most uneducated people have to the sense to realise.

However the modern state dictates that it’s simpler to live in a dumbed-down regulated society than to take a risk. But it’s high time the state cut such people free and let them try freedom again.

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I remember those locked cabinets...

Marcus's picture the supermarket.

When I asked if they had any cigars I got a blank stare from the checkout girl as if I had just asked her what the other side of the moon looked like.

The funny thing is they only sell them in specific shops which have a sign saying "Cuban". I found that to be quite bizarre because I don't even like Cuban cigars, preferring the Dutch variety.

However according to NZers there is only one sort of cigar and that is from fellow communists in Cuba (even though I doubt they are actually made in Cuba).

Marcus, don't get me going on Tobacco :)

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The New Zealand government is a DRUG DEALER. Cigarettes are highly addictive and the government owns an entire monopoly on a physically captured customer base.

Have you seen the palaver for someone who asks for cigarettes at the FORCED TO SHOP by regulation, supermarkets. The checkout operator has to ask a superior to get them out of the locked medicine cabinet and then they must be given authority to put them on the bill. Meanwhile the other customers look at their watches and curse under their clean breaths' the loser, pain in the arse, filthy smokers. Even the lighters are hidden from view and need vetting from a censor.

It is absolutely disgustuing, but the indoctrination has paid off. Instead of recognising and respecting the choice of an individual to smoke or not to smoke, the masses have been brainwashed into absolutely detesting smoking and supporting the NAZI styled regulation that surrounds the monoply that is cashing in on addiction.

Rand couldn't have imagined that...

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A dystopia in which tobacco, alcohol, sugar and fat are treated like Narcotics are now.

A future in which anyone carrying a litre of coke is a hardened criminal.

10 Deaths During London Marathons

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Running can kill you - Marathons must be banned or taxed out of existance!

"A 30-year-old woman collapsed and died while running in the London Marathon on Sunday"

UCSF scientists declare war on sugar in food

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"One must take responsibility for one’s own actions" Absolutely Marcus. One man's can of coke is another mans 6 cans of coke. Why should the man who drinks 1 can of coke be punished because of another mans decision to indulge to his own pleasure?

Yes sugar is well on the way to being the next commodity to face regulation and taxation and obesity (just like the environmental cover) will be the tank they will use to drive it home.

"Like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is a toxic, addictive substance that should be highly regulated with taxes, laws on where and to whom it can be advertised, and even age-restricted sales, says a team of UCSF scientists....

It's going to require public policy that gently guides people toward healthier choices and uses brute force to remove sugar from so many of the processed foods we eat every day, said Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF.....

But while individuals certainly can make small changes to their diets to eat more nutritiously, that alone is not going to effect major public health improvements, Lustig and his co-authors said.

In their paper, they argue for taxes on heavily sweetened foods and beverages, restricting advertising to children and teenagers, and removing sugar-ladened products from schools, or even from being sold near schools. They suggest banning the sale of sugary beverages to children.

Schmidt noted that those policies could nudge people toward healthier choices - but only if, at the same time, healthier choices are made widely available. Such policies have worked in reducing alcohol consumption and smoking rates, she said. There's no reason they can't work with sugar too."

Note the NAZI'sm with the words "Brute Force".

I could stab myself in the eye with a plastic fork or a pair of wooden chopsticks, should these be regulated as well?

What I find just as sinister is that sugar is recognised to be the major catalyst for heart problems and not so much the meat and dairy agenda which in my opinion has been falsly pushed. But they will not own up to their mistake (as with eggs and cholesterol), they will just quietly transfer the blame and tax it.

Hippopotamus' eat grass - Jaguar's eat meat.

Legal drugs in NZ

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Professor Sellman is definitely part of the Coke Head generation!

Industry hits back at fizzy drink 'drug' claims

"Professor Doug Sellman of the National Addiction Centre said all soft drinks and unhealthy foods should be marked red under a 'traffic light' food labelling system.

He compared companies selling those foods without warning labels to drug dealers...

Food and Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich said comparing food companies to drug dealers was unfair and offensive.

"Professor Sellman is undermining his credibility with these kinds of comments. To refer to a food company as a drug dealer is patently absurd."

A traffic light system labelling foods for fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content would be confusing for consumers, she said...

Professor Sellman said while Ms Harris' case was "extreme", there were thousands of people across New Zealand who were addicted to soft drinks and energy drinks.

He had encountered many people who drank up to five litres of soft drink a day.

Young people were particularly vulnerable to addiction to energy drinks such as 'V', he said.

"There are enormous health impacts from the use of what's being sold as legitimate food but it's not good food. A lot of the deaths in New Zealand are the result of addictive behaviour and part of that is food addiction."

Addictive foods and drinks usually contained high amounts of sugar and fat and a "psychoactive" substance such as caffeine, Professor Sellman said.

Addicts such as Ms Harris would start out with low level consumption and build up over time, he said.

"It's like the tide. It comes in and then suddenly you realise it's high tide."

University of Otago researcher Lisa Te Morenga said the sheer volume of water Ms Harris was consuming in the 10 litres of Coca-Cola she was drinking could have been more toxic than the huge levels of sugar and caffeine.

A person consuming up to 10 litres of any liquid a day would severely put their health at risk, Dr Te Morenga said.

"Even drinking that much water a day would be detrimental, as our maximum capacity for water is something like 4 litres a day. I certainly wouldn't recommend it,'' she said.

Dr Te Morenga is leading a Dunedin study of people who consume large quantities of sugary drinks and the corresponding risks of them developing diabetes and obesity.

She said aside from death, adverse health effects of consuming so much soft drink included diabetes and obesity.

"For someone who has a habit like that, it's definitely an addiction,'' she said.

Looking for somebody to blame

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There are some comentators who blame the problem with health and safety red tape on the "where there is blame, there is a claim" legal firm profiteering first allowed by Margaret Thatcher and now rife in the UK. Anyone care to comment on this with respect to the editorial below?

Herald on Sunday editorial

"Our legal system denies us the right to sue for personal injury, including death, except in pursuit of exemplary damages for intentional or reckless negligence, which Coca-Cola has plainly not engaged in.

Manufacturers of high-fat fast foods and high-sugar drinks could play good corporate citizens by using labelling that sends a message about moderation and maintaining a balanced diet.

But eating and drinking ourselves to death will always be our own fault. The development of a culture of blame, rather than of accepting personal responsibility, should be strenuously resisted."

Thanks Linz...

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It's just like Rand predicted. Who are the state coming for next?

Now they've banned smoking, is confectionary going to become the new tobacco?

Coke and Pepsi change recipe to avoid cancer warning

Coke and Pepsi change the way they make their drinks to avoid a cancer warning label in compliance with Californian law.

"A representative for Coca-Cola, Diana Garza-Ciarlante, said the company directed its caramel suppliers to modify their manufacturing processes to reduce the levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and as a result may be found in trace amounts in many foods.

"While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning," Garza-Ciarlante said in an email.

The Centre for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, in February filed a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of ammonia-sulfite caramel colouring.

A spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration said the petition is being reviewed.

But he noted that a consumer would have to drink more than 1,000 cans a day to reach the doses administered that have shown links to cancer in rodents.

The American Beverage Association noted that California added the colouring to its list of carcinogens with no studies showing that it causes cancer in humans. It noted that the listing was based on a single study in lab mice and rats."

Excellent commentary, Marcus

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And yes, of course the usual fascist suspects are leaping onto the bandwagon.

What the hell is the National Addiction Centre?

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I've just heard on Radio NZ some idiot from there by the name of Professor Sellman is calling for a special tax to be put on such unhealthy foods as Coca Cola.

He also joins the call for warning labels.

Radio NZ report

From the National Post in Canada.

"Less excusable is that a professor at New Zealand’s National Addiction Centre would use the unhappy occasion of Ms. Harris’s inquest to histrionically attack pop producers and compare them to drug dealers. Professor Doug Sellman said the idea of putting warning labels on unhealthy food and drink, including pop, “is being very strongly resisted by the food industry. It’s a bad idea if you’re into drug dealing. It’s just a good idea if you’re into health.”

Thanks for that Richard. Ain't that the truth.

It's about time someone demanded warning labels on state education and political parties.

Warning! This may severely distort your view of reality.

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