Soy Sauce Overdose: Dare Almost Kills 19-Year Old

By: Amanda Crum - June 7, 2013

Something to think about next time your friends challenge you to eat an abundance of something: a 19-year old Virginia man overdosed on soy sauce and began having seizures from the insane amount of sodium in his system.

The man drank a quart of the salty condiment before lapsing into violent seizures that sent him to the emergency room at the University of Virgina Medical Center.

“He didn’t respond to any of the stimuli that we gave him,” Dr. David J. Carlberg said. “He had some clonus, which is just elevated reflexes. It’s a sign that basically the nervous system wasn’t working very well.”

Doctors say he’s expected to fully recover with no lasting neurological problems, the first person ever to deliberately ingest that much sodium to do so. The danger, they say, is that too much salt in the blood makes the brain sacrifice its water to try and compensate. What results is shrinking of the most complex organ in the human body.

To keep the salt from destroying his brain, doctors had to pump a sugar-water solution into his bloodstream; they ended up giving him 1.5 gallons of it. He was in a coma for about a week, but is now doing well.

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  • Joe Blow


  • cindyd

    It’s always a male in these types of stories…

  • RightWired

    Medial Bills paid by Obamacare, no doubt.

    • Alexnander

      get a life troll

  • MadamT

    Dumbass!! Bet he’d go jump off a bridge if his friends dared him to do that too.

  • Hope

    He’s just a kid. He had no idea what was gonna happen to him. Be nice. I am sure he has learned something. Thankfully he is recovering, and I wish him the best.

  • Petro

    john dies at the end

    • Chris

      Those are just the side effects. The effects will last a lifetime.

  • Jack

    I think the government needs to ban soy souce like they do everything else.

  • Tupac

    What a complete idiot. This is why people are so unhealthy, they don’t understand what is in the food nutritionally and eat whatever they want. Soy sauce clearly has a ton of sodium, and to drink a quart, is 20x more of salt intake you should get in a day!