Every once in while I read something that is so ridiculous that I have to pass it along. I get a daily email regarding the Health Benefits of Tea and this one was included in the group.  The title is “Girl, 16, Catches Hepatitis after Excessive Tea Drinking“.  It appears that in an effort to lose weight, this 16-year-old bought green tea from China and had been drinking it “in excess”.

How one catches hepatitis from tea remains a mystery to me, but perhaps the most incredulous comment was “It was a plant substance, called Camellia Sinensis, that was at the root of this severe reaction to the tea and according to the medical report, this substance is only ‘readily available from unregulated sources such as the internet.'”

It would appear that the person who wrote the “medical report” has been living under a rock for the past decade as they believe that the only “readily available”  green tea is on the internet. Not sure what they suspect when calling it “unregulated”. Does it mean you can get it without a prescription?  How does this information get published? This is quite scary.

It’s followed by a video which shows one how to make 2 cups of tea in 30 seconds.  Yes, tea bags and the microwave – followed by sugar and milk.  Could there be anything worse? This is an example of taking an amazing, healthy, natural medicinal plant (tea) and using everything that is not optimally healthy for a person – the microwave, sugar, and dairy products.

It’s good for a laugh, although I wonder how many non-tea drinkers would read something like this and think it was valuable information. Many people have the sense that if it’s been published, it must be true.  Nothing could be further from the truth I’m afraid. I would never have expected to read something like this in 2016.

So tell me, who the hell is this Laura Donaldson who wrote this article and where can I find her?