Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Interesting Disease of the Day

Maple Syrup Urine Disease:

So named because it makes the urine smell like sweet maple syrup. It's a rare enzyme deficiency that if left untreated will lead to mental retardation. Through a severe diet that excludes meat, eggs and milk the disease can be kept in check. Read more here if you really want to.

Not to be confused with Stinky-Pee-Cause-I-Just-Ate-Asparagus Disease which I am afflicted with. Luckily, it is not nearly as serious.


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Carol said...

I heard about this disease on 60 Minutes. They were talking about the Amish community and how many of the children in the community were dying (too much inbreeding). Several of the people in the Amish community had this disease.