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Med J Aust. 1998 Dec 7-21;169(11-12):644-6.

Lead poisoning from drinking Kombucha tea brewed in a ceramic pot.

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Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW.


Kombucha tea is an alternative therapy that is gaining popularity as a remedy for a diverse range of ailments. We report two cases of symptomatic lead poisoning requiring chelation therapy in a married couple who had been drinking Kombucha tea for six months, brewing the tea in a ceramic pot. We postulate that acids in the tea eluted lead from the glaze pigment used in the ceramic pot, in a manner analogous to elution of lead from crystal decanters by wine and spirits.

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