Pine Mouth Left Behind A Bitter Taste
The Truth About Pine Mouth
In 2010 I visited Hollywood on one of my many press trips, this time to interview celebrities live from the red carpet of The People’s Choice Awards. While there I developed pine nut syndrome. Yes, you read that correctly. You can contract pine mouth by ingesting pine nuts from China and they can be fresh or rancid quite honestly. Most people will report that the pine nuts tasted perfectly fine while they were dining. It’s the next morning or two days later that you begin to notice a bitter metallic taste in your mouth from the pine nuts.
How Can You Get Pine Mouth
I had enjoyed dinner with my friend Ryan in North Hollywood, ordering a flat bread which had a pesto sauce. It was delicious and I’d certainly order it again because I’m a glutton for punishment. The next evening I was required to show up at a bar in my hotel and have a drink or two with a colleague. As most of you know, I don’t do bars and I don’t drink but there was no getting out of this business meeting. I ordered the girliest thing I could find on the menu and when it arrived I took a sip and thought “Oh my lord, this drink tastes bitter in mouth. I just can’t drink alcohol at all can I!” I suffered through the rest of that meeting, I enjoyed the company just not the alcohol.
Is The Bitter Taste In My Mouth Pine Mouth
The next morning I headed to LAX and stopped to order breakfast at McDonald’s. I don’t eat fast food so when my Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel arrived and a taste like vinegar in my mouth was prevalent I tried to ignore it and just eat. No dice. I moved on to the hash brown and it was equally as disgusting. However I realized the food wasn’t bad in the way I expected it to be but instead it was acrid, it left an actual bitter taste in mouth when eating it. Something was wrong. I had a long day of travel ahead of me from one side of the country to the other so I knew I would have to suck it up at least for the next 12 hours.
Pine Mouth Cure
Once I arrived home I began Google Doctor and quickly the information came up that I was suffering from Pine Nut Syndrome aka PNS or as most people call it Pine Mouth. Basically as I said above, I ate some bad pine nuts from China. There isn’t a cure for pine mouth you simply have to ride it out. It can last anywhere from a few days to weeks and sometimes months.
Pine Mouth Recovery Time
Of course it lasted an entire six long weeks for me. Six long weeks of nearly every food I tried giving me a bitter metallic taste in my mouth. You don’t get used to it for a long time either and even once you are used to it, you still aren’t really used to it. But don’t worry, I didn’t lose any weight because of I didn’t. I had pine mouth and I was still fat. Because this is my own personal hell.
At the end of the traumatizing experience you could still hear my sister laughing in Chicago. 5 years later you can still hear her laughing. And she’s right to laugh, I mean only I could go off to Hollywood to live out a once in a lifetime experience and get plagued by the likes of pine mouth!
Have you ever had pine nut syndrome? What about some other odd medical marvel? Let me know!