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Take your "bicarb" with caution.

TAKE YOUR "BICARB" WITH CAUTION. Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) has been a home remedy for more than a century. It has alleviated millions of cases of indigestion, seldom with unhappy results.

Recently, more cases of stomach bursting have appeared. Suspicion surrounds the ability of carbon dioxide released by the substance's contact with water to enter the digestive organs when the stomach is unusually full.

One victim of "bicarb overloading" said that he had engaged in a sumptous meal consisting of two vodka martinis, a bowl of chili with corn chips, a salad, bread, a glass of red wine, a roast beef platter, dessert and coffee. During the night he awoke with indigestion.

Less than a minute after drinking a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda he collapsed.

The Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing such cases and is considering making a warning label mandatory. Church and Dwight, makers of a popular brand, do include cautionary statements.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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