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Case study: Carotenemia from too many oranges

Orange is a main color of carotenoids.

[A case report of carotenemia].

Carotenemia is a common disease in children, and it is mainly due to excessive intake of food enriched with carotene. A fourteen-year-old girl, whose skin had been discolored yellow for several months, was brought to Kaohsiung Medical College Hospital for examination. Physical examination revealed she had a marked yellow color skin, especially on the palms and soles; conjunctiva was not anemic; sclera was not icteric; breath and heart sounds were normal; liver and spleen were not enlarged. Laboratory examination revealed normal results for the liver function test, however, serum carotene was elevated to 460 micrograms/dl in contrast to 80 micrograms/dl from a same-aged healthy child as a control (normal range of the serum carotene: 50-250 micrograms/dl). Tracing back her past history, she had taken a lot of oranges daily for more than one year. After consulting a nutritionist and changing her eating habits to a balanced diet for eight weeks, the serum carotene level decreased to 270 micrograms/dl (same-aged healthy child: 30 micrograms/dl). The skin color was also improved.

Note the numbers on the serum carotene.

Her first test, at its highest:  460

Her second test, after EIGHT WEEKS of carotenoid restriction:  270

Value for a "same-aged healthy child":  80 (I think the 30 was a typo, and was supposed to have repeated the 80)

Normal range: 50 - 250

People think detoxes are a "weekend" thing, or even a week-long event.  Detoxing Poison/"Vitamin A" is not a vacation/holiday.  It is MONTHS of consistent work.  Note that after two months, this girl was still NOT in the normal range, and was still 3.5 times higher than the "same-aged healthy child" (I think the 30 is a typo, and should have been 80).  I discuss timelines in the Poison/"Vitamin A" and Glyphosate Detox Program, and when one gets obvious excess carotenoids in their tissues, it seems that the full process is actually likely to take even longer.

Dr. Garrett Smith, the "Nutrition Detective"
Licensed Naturopathic Physician (NMD) in Arizona, home of the Love Your Liver program
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