A woman lost her ability to move, swallow, and speak after attempting a soy sauce detox cleanse. The woman, referred to as CJ, was presented as a case study on the YouTube channel Chubbyemu. In the video, the host, Bernard, shares the sad story of how an internet detox scam went wrong.
According to the video, CJ’s case originally presented at an Emergency Room in the Illinois Medical District in 2012.
After experiencing a sudden weight loss of 35 pounds and a hospitalization for delusions and psychosis, CJ believed the government had poisoned her. To improve her health, she researched detox methods online.
CJ found a detox called the “Soy sauce colon cleanse.” According to the creators of the cleanse, individuals that drink one liter of soy sauce in two hours can rid their bodies of 100% of their toxins. The creators said that the detox program worked because anywhere the salt from the soy sauce went into the body the toxic water would be drawn out.
Bernard explains that soy sauce contains 20% sodium. In the one liter of soy sauce required to drink in the detox, a person consumes 200 grams of salt. A fatal dose of salt is 40 grams.
After reading the details of the detox, CJ was convinced the cleanse would help her feel better. She purchased one liter of soy sauce and finished it within two hours.
Immediately after finishing the soy sauce, CJ experienced a rapid heart rate. Additionally, she had a sensation of pins and needles in her hands and feet. Despite not feeling good, CJ drove home. About halfway home, CJ pulled over to the side of the road because she had severe abdominal cramping.
Even though she had terrible cramps, CJ believed the pain was associated with her body drawing out the toxins. Instead of vomiting, she got back into her car and drove home.
When she arrived home, she was barely coherent and stumbled inside. Her husband had to help her into their bed, and CJ could barely speak. Shortly after placing her in the bed, CJ fell out of the bed and suffered cardiac arrest.
Frantically, CJ’s husband called 911. Paramedics took her by ambulance to the hospital. When she arrived, she was clinging to life. Doctors determined that CJ was suffering from acute hypernatremia or high salt in the blood. By drinking the liter of soy sauce, CJ had poisoned herself.
Doctors worked to try to reverse the dangerous levels of sodium in her blood. However, on the fourth day of hospitalization, medical staff determined CJ had suffered irreversible brain damage.
According to Bernard, the massive amounts of salt impacted her brain’s ability to respond to the reversal efforts by doctors. While the sodium remained in her brain, the sodium stripped the myelin off the brain. The myelin of the brain enables motor and muscle function.
As a result, CJ could not move any of her limbs, swallow, or speak. Her brain functioned enough for her to live, but she was left in a state of complete paralysis with no muscle tone.
After providing the details of CJ’s health, Bernard reminded viewers that detoxes are not necessary. The body has an entire system that filters out toxins in the body. The kidneys process toxins and people urinate the toxins out.
CJ made the decision to try the cleanse after suffering delusions that doctors associated with schizophrenia. While she was in the psychological hospital, the doctor attempted to medicate the schizophrenia. However, CJ did not respond to medication.
Following her discharge, her delusions continued. Her husband told doctors she had never experienced delusions until a month before she was admitted for the psychiatric stay. In the month leading up to her hospitalization, CJ started eating a very limited diet.
According to her husband, CJ only ate white bread and canned fish. Within weeks of starting the limited diet, her husband noted that CJ’s entire personality changed. She became paranoid, had episodes of psychosis, and experienced delusions.
Using the information provided by her husband, doctors treating CJ for the salt poisoning did labs and tested her intestines. After reviewing lab results and tissues inside her intestines, the doctor determined that CJ had developed celiac’s disease.
As a result of her high gluten diet of white bread, doctors said her intestines became inflamed. CJ was unable to absorb the nutrients from her food. Additionally, the inflammation in her intestines made her suffer from psychosis.
Instead of receiving medical treatment needed for celiacs, CJ looked online for a way to treat her pain. In an extremely vulnerable state, she trusted a website that gave terrible advice. Creators of these detoxes inadvertently prey on vulnerable people by making them believe they can cure them.
The video was a reminder to all people that detox methods offered online are always a scam. There is no need for anyone to need a “medical detox” or “cleanse.”
The soy sauce cleanses are another of many detox options that promise to rid toxins, parasites, or candida from the body. Individuals selling the cleanses are snake oil charlatans posing as medical experts. Their products and options have dire consequences and can kill patients.
While CJ did not die, she lives in a state of complete paralysis. Her life will never be the same because of information she found online that she believed would help her feel better.
Never trust online charlatans to help with your medical conditions. Always consult your doctor.
Watch the rest of the video here and learn why she started the cleanse:
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