Food-related illnesses

When eating the wrong thing can spark a medical mystery

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A one-year-old has yellow skin, yellow eyes, orange urine. What’s causing his jaundice? A woman likes to eat paper – lots of paper. What’s causing the craving? Raw fish ceviche consumed during a trip to Bora-Bora causes abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea for one woman for months. Why isn’t she getting better?

A woman is brought to the emergency room with a severely low heart rate and blood pressure. Her potassium levels were through the roof – but why?A toddler is lethargic, with no interest in crawling or walking. Is his food or drink causing it? An elderly woman is delirious and amnesic. What is causing her erratic behavior?

In this series of six stories, doctors provide dramatic details about patients who have had serious medical issues caused by what they eat or drink. From favism to pica, tropical fish poisoning to hyperkalemia, this free download covers extraordinary medical conditions prompted by ordinary foods and drinks.  

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