In case you needed another reason to be skeptical of trendy diets and cleanses, YouTube medical channel Chubbyemu has shared a post describing the case of a 39-year-old American woman who ended up with permanent brain damage after attempting a soy sauce “colon cleanse” following an extreme crash diet.
Unfortunately, details of the case are impossible to confirm, but if true, they serve as a sobering cautionary tale. According to the vlogger, who identifies as a licensed medical provider named Bernard, the woman presented to an emergency room in the Illinois Medical District in 2012 with symptoms indicative of rapidly deteriorating cognitive function.
After taking a history, by speaking with the patient’s husband, the attending physicians learned that the woman had consumed a liter of soy sauce earlier that day. Soy sauce contains 5,493 mg of sodium per 100 grams, and a one-liter bottle contains fluid weighing more than 1,200 grams – meaning that the patient had consumed approximately 66 grams of sodium.
According to past cases of salt-related fatalities, adults can die after ingesting as little as 25 grams of sodium.
To make matters worse, the woman – identified as “CG” – was already in a fragile state of health. She had apparently been eating only canned fish and white bread for the past six months and had lost 11.3 kilograms (25 pounds) in the past three weeks. Additionally, CG had been recently released from a psychiatric hospital for experts believed to be schizophrenia with paranoia. However, she had not responded to medication.