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    Default 54-Year-Old Man Died From Eating Too Much Black Licorice—Here’s How That Happens

    Maggie O'Neill September 24, 2020

    A 54-year-old man in Massachusetts suffered cardiac arrest after consuming too much blacklicorice, a new case report from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) says. The patient was in a fast-food restaurant when he gasped suddenly and lost consciousness, according to the case report. His whole body began to shake, but he remained unresponsive even after those movements stopped.
    First responders arrived about four minutes after the man lost consciousness and started doing CPR; they also shocked the patient’s heart four times and administered multiple medications, including naloxone, which is often used to treat opioid overdoses. The patient’s “mental status” returned, but then his pulse stopped, causing first responders to resume CPR.

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    Default Re: 54-Year-Old Man Died From Eating Too Much Black Licorice—Here’s How That Happens

    This guy ate several packs of licorice per day. Licorice has been used medicinally for centuries. It has many healthy compounds, primarily glycyrrhizin. But, too much glycyrrhizin can be fatal, as he found out. For those seeking the health benefits and/or the tasty pleasures of licorice, there are many products--candies, teas, skin lotions--available with the glycyrrhizin removed. It's called deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL. I have a relative who has successfully used for several years a product containing deglycyrrhizinated licorice, aloe gel, and L-glutamine to relieve symptoms due to Crohn's disease.

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