Squeamish about Pu-Erh ?

snipped-for-privacy@microsoft.com (Max Novi) writes:
Hmm. I do love cats, but for something destined for my own gut I think I'd trust the digestive processes of Aspergillus over those of Felis.
/Lew
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Lewis Perin
Lewis Perin writes:
Nasty of me following up my own post, but after rereading the nature.com article, I have to correct myself: a civet isn't really a cat.
/Lew
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Lewis Perin
Max Novi rose quietly and spake the following:
Ew.
If pu-erh reminds me of mucking out stables, I'm sure as heck not going to try something that reminds me of cleaning the litter pan.
Ew.
But then, I can't stand coffee anyway.
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Derek
Don't forget about the puerh equivalent which can be found at
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Mike Petro snipped-for-privacy@pu-erh.net
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Mike Petro

Well, I've treated a few patients with invasive Aspergillus Niger infections. It's not a fungus you want to make cross... None of these patients had been drinking Pu-erh though, as far as I know.
Does anyone know what kind of aspergillus one finds in the pu-erh production process? Can they still be found in the sold pu-erhs? Perhaps I shall give a sample to my friend in the Microbiology department...
Lars (Bergen, Norway)
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Lars I. Mehlum
"Lars I. Mehlum" writes:
I'm not an MD, but the World Health Organization doesn't seem to think A. niger is worrisome:
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Could you elaborate on what happened to your patients, please?
Mike Petro has found some documentation in Chinese that seems to say that both A. niger and A. glaucus are involved. (The Roman alphabet parenthesis in the Chinese text says "Aspergillus gloucus", but this looks like a misprint. The way we Westerners mangle Chinese, the reverse seems only fair.)
Who knows?
Why not?
/Lew
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Lewis Perin

Aspergillus infections are almost exclusively a problem found in immunocompromised patients. As I work in an Intensive Care Unit, some of my patients are, or become, immunodeficient during their stay.
This is a good place to read more about this disease:
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What I am a little concerned about is wether to recommend immunocompromied people to avoid drinking pu-erh. It could be a concern in China, where HIV-infections are becoming a problem. But then again, it's boiled before drinking, and aspergillus is commonly found in the environment anyway.
And dear RFDT'ers: Please don't worry about this, worrying makes you sick. Enjoy your tea, pu-erh or otherwise.
Lars (Bergen, Norway)
Oh I just have to dig out that old, moldy pu-erh and get it tested...
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Lars I. Mehlum

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