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This Is What Eating A Tide Pod Does To Your Body—None Of It Is Good

By Dana Levinson

No one seems to know for certain how it started, but in 2017, and continuing into 2018, teenagers have been attempting what has been dubbed the "Tide Pod Challenge". This potentially fatally poisonous challenge involves chewing on a Tide Pod filled with laundry detergent or consuming it in other ways. Videos showing teenagers attempting the challenge popped up all over YouTube and beginning this Wednesday, YouTube began to take them down for violating their terms of service.

According to The Washington Post...

"On Wednesday, YouTube said it would 'work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies,' spokeswoman Jessica Mason said in a statement.'YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm.'"

Meanwhile, a European Union study detailed what happens to the body upon ingesting a Tide Pod or other detergent...

"Surfactants have low oral acute toxicity. In general, surfactants have an irritating effect on mucous membranes. Foaming is the predominant problem. Manifestations may also include vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence and diarrhoea. In rare cases, vomiting or formation of considerable amounts of foam in the mouth involve an aspiration risk. Aspiration may have taken place if a persistent cough and respiratory complaints are observed. For healthy children and adults, ingredients containing surfactants such as shower gels, bubble baths, shampoos, all-purpose cleansers or liquid detergents do not pose a particular risk. But they may be life threatening or even fatal for elderly persons because they are more prone to foam aspiration after vomiting, which may result in severe pulmonary manifestations and a fatal outcome."

Despite the clear danger, the viral challenge shows no signs of abating. The Washington Post continued their report stating...

"Last year, U.S. poison control centers received reports of more than 10,500 children younger than 5 who were exposed to the capsules. The same year, nearly 220 teens were reportedly exposed, and about 25 percent of those cases were intentional, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
So far in 2018, there have been 37 reported cases among teenagers — half of them intentional, according to the data."

Some felt that we should just let evolution take its course...