I would appreciate your opinions on this
A freind (we both brew and drink our own Kombucha) emailed me the following articles . . . . .
What do you think??
This is a dangerous product that is being currently passed around in the Maltese islands. Please avoid it as it has resulted in deaths for certain in the USA and there is an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) warning about it. In 1997, a renowned Maltese personality on tv, Gemma Portelli, recommended drinking this product to lose weight and fight arthritis. The name seems to indicate an origin from Cambodia . This thing is recommended by New Agers, so please keep away from it if you value your health. Another similar scam going on right now, is Emu Spirit oil. The FDA has determined that a pure emu oil product marketed to treat or cure a wide range of diseases was an unapproved drug. Its marketer had never submitted to FDA data to support the product's safe and effective use.
puts it, Kombucha is a "New Age fad combining the surrogate-child appeal of the pet-rock craze with chain-letter superstitions and miraculous health claims". The mushroom according to researchers is a collection of easily contaminated yeasts and bacteria. In a more recent incident, there have been cases of persons in Australia getting rashes, fever, rigors, nausea, vomiting and severe hepatitis after drinking Kombucha tea. See the last link below for more information.
People have died of heart failure or ended up in a coma and then dying because of it. Trust in God instead of this thing, ok? It is not really a mushroom or tea but is really a fermentation of various yeasts and bacteria. Many dangerous viruses may reside in the mix including Aspergillis which may result in a dangerous infection of the brain lining, leading to death. Other people may be in danger because of the alcohol produced in the fermentation, when they drink kombucha and take pills also. People mix it up themselves and this is the cause which is prone to microbiological contamination. Every home-brewed version will look different, even in colour and smell!
I have seen a kombucha site put up a disclaimer that it is not being guaranteed to provide any health benefits, so this should make one think twice. It is also worth thinking why, some kombucha sites, put up the Yin Yang New Age symbol on their pages describing this toxic mixture.
Some links to Kombucha Warnings: Critical Path AIDS Project and US FDA WARNING ON KOMBUCHA, and even more recent additions: FDA CAUTIONS CONSUMERS ON KOMBUCHA MUSHROOM TEA, Warning from the Assistant Director of the California Poison Control System of the University of California - Kombucha is a POISON which ILLUSTRATES , according to the Director Dr Nordt, the problem of obtaining medical information from the Internet, which has much misinformation on it ;
ThriveOnline on Kampucha - shows how new age meditation teachers are promoting the mixture and resulting in people ending up in emergency rooms - and now in 2001 warns that HEART and LIVER problems have been associated with the use of Kombucha, and is dangerous for those with a decreased immune system (such as people with Cancer or AIDS). The kombucha may produce, the site says, organisms including yeast, bacteria and in some cases the deadly ANTHRAX.
CDC Disease Detectives - US State Epidiemologist Dr Patricia Quinlisk's CDC Public Warnings,
Australian adverse drug reactions bulletin (1997) - NEW
Australian adverse drug reactions bulletin (2001) - NEW UPDATE
Why don't you go to a healing service (or pray to God for healing) instead of drinking kombucha tea (besides visiting your doctor)?
Gemma Portelli on tv is actively promoting kampucha or kombucha, notwithstanding the fact that she ended up in hospital in a coma, more than once, AFTER taking various amounts of kombucha. And she keeps promoting it, without even once mentioning the risks. She was the first person to mention it on Maltese tv.
Kombucha is not really a mushroom but a combination of yeasts living symbiotically with several bacteria that together produce powerful natural antibiotics that may be toxic but may also result in drug-resistant bacterial infections. But mycologists warn that in culturing the fungus the risk for contamination is high. The mold that sometimes grows on the Kombucha mushrooms may contain a fungus known as Aspergillus, which is also known to contaminate moldy marijuana. Aspergillosis is a fungal infection that attacks the brain and may be fatal in persons with weakened immune systems