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Lindsay Lohan -- Sobriety Down to a Tea

5/26/2010 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan was drinking heavily during her 10-hour blondification treatment yesterday in a West Hollywood salon -- and we're told her beverage of choice was some weird, fizzy Chinese tea.

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Sources tell TMZ, Lindsay was pounding Kombucha -- a fermented tea that claims several health benefits -- while she got her hair did yesterday at Andy Lecompte Salon in WeHo.
 
And this is interesting ... due to the fermentation, the tea contains a trace amount of alcohol -- less than 0.5%.

We're told she emerged ten hours later -- and all she could talk about while she was there was some mystery actor she met at Cannes ... with whom she's allegedly obsessed.

So far, the SCRAM alarm remains silent.

UPDATE: TMZ just spoke to the guy behind Kombucha tea, GT Dave, who claims the product can help people kick habits of alcohol, coffee and junk food by "restoring healthy balance to the body." So there.

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106.

AUAN    

To viper1st:
The SCRAM monitors every 30 minutes during the day and every 24 hours the SCRAM is read by a telephone call usually during the night while the subject is sleeping. It can hold the SCRAM data for 72 hours before being read. As far as an alarm going off, NO the computer readout in Colorado shows when the subject has violated the rules.

1578 days ago
107.

lawyersinlove    

@justine...sigh, once again, the coined phrase, "She got her hair did," is used commonly by all celeb blog sites. It's supposed to be funny. Not a typo, by tmz. It's used all the time referring to celeb gals that get their hair done.

1578 days ago
108.

Big Bad Mama    

Ok, so after reading this article I was morbidly curious, so I walked a block to the nearest health food store and bought some of this tea. HOLY CRAP. First of all, it smells like vinegar! Second, and this is no exaggeration, I am catching a tiny buzz from drinking this, and I am a big girl that can really pack away the booze. I question whether it is only 0.5% cause I am feeling pretty nice here LOL...I can see why this is Lindsay's new bev of choice!! Hot damn!



I decided to buy the Cranberry flavor because it has the least sugar. It's in a glass bottle and about $3.39. It does have a warning on the bottle about the 0.5% trace of alcohol.

1578 days ago
109.

Criss    

"Hi what is she famous for?Is she a singer or a daugter of an actor.
Who is she?"

Every thread has to have at least "playing dumb guy".

1578 days ago
110.

jackie    

WTF did she do to her lips......get injections? She's barely legal to be drinking

1578 days ago
111.

morgan    

10 hours in a hair salon and she STILL has dark roots! I'd demand a refund.

1578 days ago
112.

morgan    

10 hours in a hair salon & she STILL has dark roots! I'd demand a refund!

1578 days ago
113.

Jane    

Why are you trying to sound like that idiot Perez Hilton by saying she got her hair did?? I read you guys because you aren't catty or stupid like he is and now you're starting to sound like him STOP!!

1578 days ago
114.

stevo     

- bleaching her hair = trying to fool the hair sample drug test
- drinking detox tea = trying to filter cocaine and ecstasy
Real solutions ..........



- Liv-52 or Essentiale Forte N for Liver detox
- Shave head "a la B Spears" due to excessive hair damage caused by a failed coloring process



Poor girl doesnt know the facts .. tea will show alcohol traces in her system and hair is tested at the root .. 10 hours at the salon means she made sure every root possible is compromised and damaged. however not a good method for passing druug tests.



BTW you're welcome Lindsay :)



Here's some facts about the tea and deaths associated with it.



Kombucha Tea

Other common name(s): Manchurian tea, Kargasok tea, tea fungus



Scientific/medical name(s): none



Description



Kombucha tea is made by fermenting sweetened black tea with a flat, pancake-like culture of yeasts and bacteria known as the Kombucha mushroom. It is not actually a mushroom but is called one because of the shape and color of the sac that forms on top of the tea after it ferments.



Overview



Available scientific evidence does not support claims that Kombucha tea promotes good health, prevents any ailments, or is effective in treating cancer or any other disease. Serious side effects and occasional deaths have been associated with drinking Kombucha tea.



How is it promoted for use?



Kombucha tea is promoted as a cure-all for a wide variety of conditions including baldness, insomnia, intestinal disorders, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, alcoholism, and cancer. Supporters assert that Kombucha tea can boost the immune system and reverse the aging process. Kombucha tea is said to contain antioxidants, compounds that block the action of free radicals, activated oxygen molecules that can damage cells. For people who have cancer, proponents claim the tea can improve the body's defenses (especially in the early stages of cancer) by detoxifying the body and enhancing the immune system. After the body has been detoxified, the tea is said to help repair and balance the body and fight off disease.



What does it involve?



The culture used in Kombucha tea varies, but consists of several species of yeast and bacteria. It may include Saccharomycodes ludwigii, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Bacterium xylinum, Bacterium gluconi***, Bacterium xylinoides, Bacterium katogenum, Pichia fermentans, Candida stellata, and Torula species, among others.



Kombucha tea is made by steeping the "mushroom" culture in tea and sugar for about a week. During this process, the original mushroom floats in the tea and produces a "baby mushroom" on its surface. These new mushrooms can be passed along to other people for starting their own cultures or can be kept to make new batches of the tea when the original mushroom "goes bad" (indicated when it turns dark brown). Proponents often recommend drinking very small daily doses of the tea (1 to 2 ounces), to start and slowly increasing it over a few days or weeks.



Some proponents also encourage people to remove all chemicals from their diets and eat only fresh fruits and vegetables in order to help the "detoxification" Process. They may also be told to avoid to quit smoking and avoid caffeine, soft drinks, alcohol, hormone-fed meat, fertilized or sprayed foods, preservatives, and artificial coloring and flavoring.



Kombucha mushroom cultures can be obtained from commercial manufacturers in the United States; however, most people obtain Kombucha mushrooms from friends. Because of increased demand, some companies now sell bottles of brewed Kombucha tea. Other products include capsules made from the dried tea and Kombucha liquid extract, drops of which are put under the tongue.



What is the history behind it?



Kombucha tea originated in East Asia and was introduced into Germany at the turn of the century. Since the early 19th century, Kombucha tea has been promoted as an immunity-boosting tea, that can strengthen the body against many ailments. It has become prevalent in the United States because it can be grown and harvested at home. It is especially popular among people with HIV and the elderly because of claims of its immunity-boosting and anti-aging powers.



What is the evidence?



No human studies have been published in the available scientific literature that support any of the health claims made for Kombucha tea. There have, however, been reports of serious complications associated with the tea. In April 1995, two women who had been drinking the tea daily for 2 months were hospitalized with severe acidosis—an abnormal increase of acid levels in body fluids. Both had high levels of lactic acid upon hospitalization. One woman died of cardiac arrest 2 days after admission. The second woman's heart also stopped, but she stabilized and was able to recover. The mushrooms used by both women came from the same "parent" mushroom. While no direct link to Kombucha tea was proven in this case, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to use caution when making and drinking the tea.



Are there any possible problems or complications?



This product is sold as a dietary supplement in the United States. Unlike drugs (which must be tested before being allowed to be sold), the companies that make supplements are not required to prove to the Food and Drug Administration that their supplements are safe or effective, as long as they don't claim the supplements can prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease.



Some such products may not contain the amount of the herb or substance that is written on the label, and some may include other substances (contaminants). Actual amounts per dose may vary between brands or even between different batches of the same brand.



Most such supplements have not been tested to find out if they interact with medicines, foods, or other herbs and supplements. Even though some reports of interactions and harmful effects may be published, full studies of interactions and effects are not often available. Because of these limitations, any information on ill effects and interactions below should be considered incomplete.



Because several types of yeast and bacteria can grow under Kombucha tea's brewing conditions, different Kombucha teas may contain different varieties. Since cultures and preparation methods vary, Kombucha tea may contain contaminants such as molds and fungi, some of which can cause illness. After the tea is fermented, it is usually highly acidic and contains alcohol, ethyl acetate, acetic acid, and lactate.



Deaths have been linked with the tea. Drinking excessive amounts of the tea is not recommended. Several experts warn that since home-brewing facilities vary significantly, the tea could become contaminated with harmful germs, which could be especially dangerous to people with HIV, cancer, or other immune problems. Allergic reactions, possibly to molds in the tea, have been reported, as have anthrax of the skin and jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes that is usually caused by liver damage



Kombucha tea should not be brewed in ceramic, lead crystal, or painted containers, as the acidity of the tea can cause it to absorb harmful elements from its container. Lead poisoning has been reported in at least two people who brewed Kombucha tea in a ceramic pot.



Since the potential health risks of Kombucha tea are unknown, anyone with an immune deficiency or any other medical condition should consult a physician before drinking the tea. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use this tea. Relying on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.



1578 days ago
115.

Greg    

"74. TMZ - "she got her hair did yesterday "... Do you have a bunch of uneducated, illiterate writers on staff? Who's your editor, he/she should be fired! If you are going to report gossip, at least perform a grammer check before submitting!



Posted at 12:49 PM on May 26, 2010 by Bev"



It's grammar, not grammer, Bev.



1578 days ago
116.

Greg    

So how does 0.5% - 1.0% alcohol count as zero alcohol? The judge was quite adamant that Lindsay consume zero alcohol and yet she's slamming these things back like an alcoholic trying to stem off detox.

1578 days ago
117.

azsunny    

Nobody is paying her anything to drink this. She has been drinking it for a few years already.

1577 days ago
118.

MIKE    

Who does she think shes BS'ing????She's drinkin the tea spiked with booze...she's gonna end up either in jail or dead like her idol Marilyn Monroe...

1577 days ago
119.

Sades    

While she got her hair DID? What kind of English is that? Are there no proof readers here?

1575 days ago
120.

waynea    

If Cindy and the rest of the celebs in "hollywood" would like to try something that "has been" researched, that does work.. then she should try Immunocal.. google it up and see for yourself.. ask Your doctor about Glutathione!.. Immunocal is the transport to give you the Glutathione.. google immunocal energy or immunocal cancer or whatever you want.. only a penney to become a rep, buy a little product and try for yourself! www.immunotec.com/wayneabercrombie this isn't "ancient chinese" heresay..

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