A refreshing medical report about detox tea

A new medical paper says that one popular brand of what’s called “detox tea” is pretty tox. The study is called “Yogi Detox Tea: A Potential Cause of Acute Liver Failure.” It’s published in the journal Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine.

The study’s authors, at Drexel University Hospital, in Philadelphia, say: “We present a case of acute fulminant liver failure from a liver detoxification tea. We present a 60-year-old female with weakness, lethargy, scleral icterus, jaundice, and worsening mental status. She drank herbal tea three times a day for 14 days prior to symptom development. Liver tests were elevated. Remaining laboratory tests and imaging were negative for other etiologies. An ultrasound-guided liver biopsy showed submassive necrosis. A literature search on the ingredients shows six ingredients as having hepatotoxic effects and remaining ingredients as having very sparse hepatoprotective data.”

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