A precaution has been widely made public after an article was published with the featured photo in this article saying that this woman died of vitamin C intake after eating shrimps. This is absolutely a hoax! Just a nonsense publication made by somebody.
The Hoax Article
The article reads:
A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes. After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning…… The professor carefully looked at the contents from the stomach. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved. The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’ Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death? The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C’ everyday, which in itself is not a problem. The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C’, that is where the problem was!…. in taking ‘vitamin C’, chemical reaction occurs and the original non-toxic elements change to toxic elements.
Vitamin C cannot transform non-toxic substances (in this case shrimp) into arsenic. There have even no factual basis about this and that there were no reported deaths or illnesses related to a supposedly toxic combination of Vitamin C and seafood.
Make no mistake. Arsenic is an element (chemical symbol is As) that is poisonous to the human body. Low level of arsenic in the body can cause health problems while high level of arsenic is dangerous and can lead to death. Arsenic is taken by humans in juices, leafy vegetables, and even in the rice you eat. Though arsenic is either organic and inorganic, the inorganic ones are the harmful elements.
The woman in the featured photo which was also used in the hoax article is not a victim of arsenic poisoning due to drinking of vitamin C and eating of shrimp. Vitamin C has no properties that converts non-toxic to toxic elements. The woman, furthermore, is an election protester in Iran in June 2009 who was shot and killed.
Remember, not only Vitamin C tablets contain Vitamin C, but also in your juices and fruits. So it’s okay to drink your orange juice and eat rice at the same time.