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Toxin du jour
Claim: Vitamin water containing anti-freeze killed a New Mexico woman.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2008]
Origins: We began receiving the item quoted above in late May 2008. Per her obituary, a 49-year-old woman of the name of Paula Lopez did indeed die on
At this point it's too early to tell if there's anything to the story that
As to what did cause the death of Paula Lopez, that is not yet known. A few weeks prior to her passing, she came down with what she thought was a case of the flu. During that period, she drank a great deal of vitamin water, both because she liked its taste and to keep herself hydrated during a time when she had trouble keeping down other
Her illness worsened, and she was airlifted to the Christus
According to Christian Lopez, the hospital has sent the bottles of vitamin water found in his sister's car to a lab for testing. (Those results are not yet known). He has also turned over the rest of the vitamin water found in her home to the Office of the Medical Investigator for further examination. The cause of his sister's death is still unknown.
Glycol alcohol is used in many products, including the paint used to repaint the Tierra Amarilla swimming pool. How Paula Lopez acquired it is at yet unknown.
As to what factors have fed the rumor, a woman who in the weeks prior to her death drank a great deal of vitamin water died of a mysterious illness. Someone somewhere ran these two facts together, arriving at the conclusion that the one caused the other.
Last updated: 1 June 2008
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