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Teen Overdoses On Soy Sauce As A Dare

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There might be something to that “too much of a good thing” idiom. In this case too much monkeying around. And also too much soy sauce.

When I was a teen, my friends' and I were low-stakes mischief makers. Our idea of raising hell was basically just embarrassing ourselves deliberately and seeing how people reacted. Climb a water tower on New Years? Try and stop me. You think I can't eat two whole burritos? Well, now you have to watch me–basically cutting edge performance art mixed with truth or dare's exciting half(the dare half). To this day, it's hard for me to turn down a dare. Typically, I play it safe–but if you DARE me to do something, I'll do it. Can't have anyone mistaking me for a weenie.

Fortunately for me, my reckless madcap ways haven't landed me in any real trouble; they definitely could have. The 19 year old who downed over a quart of soy sauce didn't get so lucky. If you don't have a composition book handy, over a quart is over four cups, over two pints–it's a helluva lot of soy sauce. The overdose victim's case study, titled Survival of Acute Hypernatremia Due to Massive Soy Sauce Ingestion was recently published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine. The Virginia doctors who treated him say he is the only person to deliberately consume so much salt and survive to tell the tale.

The teen, who drank the soy sauce as a dare, started having seizures right away. Though the doctors administered anti-seizure medication, he was already in a coma. The doctor who treated the victim, Dr. David J. Carlberg, told Livescience.com that “He didn't respond to any of the stimuli that we gave him…He had some clonus, which is just elevated reflexes. It's a sign that basically the nervous system wasn't working very well.” And yet, after five hours of being treated and having his system flushed of soy sauce, his sodium levels returned to normal. He woke up from the coma three days later, returned to school a month later and has no apparent damage due to the accident.

Were you a teenage dare devil?

Story via NBC Bay Area//Photo via Shutterstock

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