Emergency surgery and loss of organ function are two of the side effects of ingesting too much physical gold, so eating anything more than a few flakes of gold should be avoided at all costs.
Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
Following the publication of an April 18 Washington Post article about an Indian businessman who ate 12 gold bullion bars the Certified Gold Exchange has issued an Investor Advisory to caution people about the dangers of ingesting large quantities of gold. Certified Gold Exchange spokesperson Janet Jones says some people eat 24-karat gold flakes or “leaves” for health benefits and for novelty purposes, but calls the trend of eating gold bullion bars “deeply disturbing” since it can cause severe problems for the human digestive system.
“Gold is an inert element so it can pass through the human body unchanged in theory, but when someone eats gold bullion weighing almost one pound it can become trapped in the body and cause extreme discomfort,” said Jones. “Emergency surgery and loss of organ function are two of the side effects of ingesting too much physical gold, so eating anything more than a few flakes of gold should be avoided at all costs.”
The man’s motives for consuming 12 gold bars were not revealed in the Washington Post piece but gold smuggling has grown in popularity in India since that country raised gold import tariffs recently. “Smuggling gold is never a good idea and to stash the metal in your stomach would almost certainly set off some alarms if they put you through the x-ray machine at the airport,” Jones commented.
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