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    Popcorn = Bad For Your Lungs. Well, the fumes at least.

    Courtesy of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) from their Daily Diagnosis e-mail they send to all registered ASCP members.

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    Popcorn additive may be linked to consumer's lung ailment, physician alleges.

    In continuing coverage from a previous briefings, NBC Nightly News (9/5, Williams) reported, "A prominent lung doctor questions whether the fumes from butter flavoring could be harmful, not only to the factory workers who make the product, but also to consumers. And the government says it is investigating a condition called popcorn lung."

    The UPI (9/6) adds that Dr. Cecile Rose, "director of the occupational disease clinical programs at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver said a Colorado furniture salesman, who had never smoked, had been referred to her because of an increasing shortness of breath," according to a New York Times report on Wednesday. Rose said that the man was diagnosed "with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an inflammation of the lungs usually caused by chronic exposure to bacteria, mold or dust." Further investigation revealed that the man "had eaten microwave popcorn at least twice a day for more than 10 years and he liked it so much he opened the bag with the steam still coming out so he could inhale the smell." After Rose ordered him to cease popcorn eating, in "six months his lung function improved slightly."

    The AP (9/6, Kabel) notes that the patient in question, 53-year-old Wayne Watson, of Centennial, Colo., also believes "his heavy consumption of popcorn caused his health problems." The AP continues, "There are no warnings from federal regulators, nor is there medical advice on how consumers should treat news of the rare, life-threatening disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as popcorn lung." And, "The popcorn flavoring contains the chemical diacetyl, which has been linked to lung damage in workers inhaling its fumes in food manufacturing plants."

    According to MedPage Today (9/6, Smith), "The FDA has been studying the diacetyl issue since the first report of bronchiolitis obliterans among workers making microwave popcorn, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002." But Dr. Rose, who sent a letter about her patient on July 18 "to the FDA," and also sent "similar reports to the CDC, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration," said that "none of the governmental agencies has called to learn more, but that industry representatives were interested in the report."

    WebMD (9/6, DeNoon) points out that "bronchiolitis obliterans" is "a rare disease, first seen in 1985 in workers in food-flavor factories." Since the 2002 report of popcorn factory workers with the ailment, there have been "at least three deaths and many patients [are] awaiting lung transplants." And, when "Rose took a team to [Watson's] house and tested the air while microwaving some popcorn," they found that the "levels of diacetyl were similar to those in the area of a microwave popcorn factory where workers were affected."

    ConAgra, Weaver to discontinue use of diacetyl as popcorn flavoring. In a separate story, the AP (9/6) reports, "The nation's largest microwave popcorn maker, ConAgra Foods, says it will change the recipe for its Orville Redenbacher and Act II brands over the next year to remove a flavoring chemical linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers." According to a company spokeswoman, "the company decided to remove the butter flavoring diacetyl from its popcorn because of the risk the chemical presents to workers who handle large quantities." The announcement follows a similar one last week by "another popcorn manufacturer, Weaver Popcorn of Indianapolis, [which] said [that it] would replace the butter flavoring ingredient because of consumer concern."

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    Cliff Notes: Don't inhale popcorn fumes. Chronic exposure to flavor additive in fumes can/will cause lung inflammation.

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    Funny how the guy had health problems from inhaling the fumes, but not from eating popcorn twice a day for 10 years. I think I gained a couple of pounds just reading that.

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    I thought this was going to be about the dangers of popcorn facial incineration
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    But it's a slippery slope till you start huffing the Chili Mac fumes. And we all know where that leads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    But it's a slippery slope till you start huffing the Chili Mac fumes. And we all know where that leads!
    to following and sniffing Llamas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    to following and sniffing Llamas?
    Close but not quite...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psydotek View Post
    Close but not quite...

    Kitty Huffing!

    BWAHAHAHAHH - good one - I needed that this morning.

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    I just watched a show on strange foods last night. They were at a restauraunt in Japan being served sushi that consisted of the suckers and tentalces of an octopus, which were thrown onto a stone until they puffed up. This was an appetizer I guess, to get you ready for the main course, live lobster! The thing was still moving as they were eating the tail meat!!!!!
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    Clean up on keyboard.... Ugh!

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    That's real old news. Doesn't mean much to me though. I make popcorn in the pan with olive oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psydotek View Post
    Close but not quite...

    Kitty Huffing!
    I'm with you. There's nothing like sniffing a good kitten now and then......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    That's real old news. Doesn't mean much to me though. I make popcorn in the pan with olive oil.

    Again, it might be worth noting that the guy ate like 3 bags a day for 10 yrs and HUFFED the fumes. How many of you HUFF your popcorn fumes? WE have a Darwin candidate that everyone is all worked up about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis View Post
    Again, it might be worth noting that the guy ate like 3 bags a day for 10 yrs and HUFFED the fumes. How many of you HUFF your popcorn fumes? WE have a Darwin candidate that everyone is all worked up about.
    It's really more significant for the folks who work at the factories where this stuff gets produced. It's unlikely you'll see many more consumer cases.
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    It still makes me nervous, as I eat lots of microwave popcorn and also have intermittent breathing problems.

    Granted, I don't huff two bags a day.
    Last edited by nobrainer440; 09-06-07 at 01:01 PM.

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    The only respiratory problems I have with popcorn is that I eat it so fast I forget to breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobrainer440 View Post
    It still makes me nervous, as I eat lots of microwave popcorn and also have intermittent breathing problems.

    Granted, I don't huff two bags a day.
    If you want to be nervous I can probably quickly name about three or four hundred other things you should worry about first. Go eat your popcorn. BTW aren't microwaves supposed to give you cancer?

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