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New Facebook Hoax 2012: Shrimp + Vitamin C = Arsenic Poisoning?

Posted on February 9, 2012  in Blog Experiences

Again I got another Facebook share from my caring Facebook friends claiming a woman suddenly passed away unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth and eyes… because of eating Shrimp and Vitamin C!!! Yup! Another Say What moment from me: Shrimps and Vitamin C!!!

The Facebook Share comes with a picture of a woman with blood flowing on her face.

Image Credit: www.facebook.com

Note: Image edited to protect privacy of the woman in the photo.

The text after the photo goes like this:

Please read if you eat shrimps – Very Educative:
A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes.

After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning.
Where did the arsenic come from?

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case.
The professor carefully looked at the contents. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved.
The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’
Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death?
The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C‘ everyday, which in itself is not a problem.
The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C‘, that is where the problem was!

Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five
potassium arsenic compounds.

Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body.

However, in taking ‘vitamin C‘, chemical reaction occurs and the original non-toxic elements change to toxic elements.

Arsenic poisoning has magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will show signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes. Thus as a precautionary measure,

DO NOT eat shrimp/prawn when taking ‘vitamin C‘.

After reading this; please do not be stingy. Re-share to your friends.

Very educative indeed!!!

But wait… This one is familiar because I got it before via email (maybe some 8~9 years ago, I cannot recall when was it exactly) and it was just an email hoax then but now it got recycled to fit into the “IN” thing nowadays: Facebook Share and other social media sites sharing.

Why I still remember it? Because I have some allergy with shrimps before so I take emails and warnings about shrimps seriously.

The hoax give-away phrase was the “Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States, found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five potassium arsenic compounds” – it is the usual attempt to have vague reference to a reputable source but is not backed up by real scientific data.

Still not convinced? Then read this:

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/shrimp.asp

I therefore conclude that Shrimp/Prawn + Vitamin C will result to Arsenic Poisoning = Recycled Email Hoax = New Facebook Hoax 2012

Some disclaimer: If you really have food allergies (e.g. seafood/shrimp/prawn) don’t eat shrimps/prawns without consulting with your doctor first!

For other Facebook hoax busts kindly visit:
New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share
New Facebook Hoax 2012: Can Electricity Pass Through Flash Light of the Digital Camera to Your Body

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