The Girl Who Eats Only Tic Tacs

Meet Natalie Cooper, a 17-year-old teenager who has a mystery illness that makes her sick every time she eats anything.

Well, almost anything. She can eat one thing that doesn't make her sick: Tic tac mint!

For reasons that doctors are unable to explain, Tic tacs are the only thing she can stomach, meaning she has to get the rest of her sustenance from a specially formulated feed through a tube.

Link - via Unique Daily


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Hiya poor girl not an easy life at all. Every one seems to be an expert except the doctors. Let me guess NHS doctors. Have the family thought to bring her to doctors in the US. just a thought!! Good luck.XXX
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Hi i'm Nat's anutie when she was a baby she used to smell of sick all the time, then the food would not stay down. Now can i correct a lot of people she is not sick as in reaches sick, it just runs back out the same way it goes down like an over flow pipe, she would joke and say she gets to tast her food twice. They have done so many test on the poor girl, but she has keep up with her school work, even though she gets very trid. She is having a very hard time finding a job which she wants so badly. Some of the media have left stuff out or put there own bit in which does not help the matter. We want her to go see another doctor a German doctor, but her doctors seem to think she is there own pet project. As her family we get very angry with them, we have asked them to do a MRI they said no wont show anything, they have'nt tested her throid they asked us to come up with ideas they the brush us off. She does see a psychologest to help her cope with the illness and all the test so i think they would have picked it up if it was in her head.
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I have looked frantically for this story ever since I have heard about it... I have a 16 year old son that is going through the same thing. Everything he eats comes right back up. It started out as a very small clear liquidy usbstance, but now it is everything he just ate. This has been going on for 4 months and he has lost over 40 pounds. I have been able to get ENSURE down him and stay... The tests have been cruicial and so stressful for all of us. Psycological testing has been done as well and every therapist says.. " This is a mystery to me.." So please do not accuse these kids of " Having an eating disorder" and Pray for them and their families...

TIna

Tina
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My thanks to those people who have left kind and supportive comments, and my disgust to the rest who have either passed this off as psychological, or some kind of 'hoax'.
Natalie is a personal friend of mine, and having known her for a large number of years, i know it to be true that her illness is not only genuine, but can be very stressful for herself, her family, and her friends. She has been examined by some of Britains top doctors, and surely i would think that many of you would realise that if it were psychological, at least one of them would have picked up on it.
Natalie has always been a fantastic girl, who is always ready to have a laugh with her friends, and does her best not to let this illness rule her life.
So maybe anyone who isn't prepared to think of her as an unfortunate teenage girl, should think twice about dismissing her as a girl who is just vying for attention
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For those that say this is psychological should go back to medical school and get re-certified - oh wait- you don't have a medical degree? Oh, then here is a nice cup of steaming STFU.

Just because there is a huge disparity of medical knowledge concerning eating/digestion does not automatically mean that it's "psychological."
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