Woman Nearly Dies And Sustains Extensive Brain Damage After Attempting A Soy Sauce "Cleanse"

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Aliyah Kovner 10 Dec 2018, 16:51

Per Bernard’s recap, CG told her husband that her heart began to race after drinking the soy sauce, but she resisted the urge to drink any water. When she arrived home, she began to stumble, lost her ability to speak intelligibly, then lost consciousness. Her husband called an ambulance, and on the way to the hospital, CG’s heart stopped beating, but she was resuscitated.

Once she arrived in the ER and the doctors learned what they were dealing with, CG received treatment for acute hypernatremia. As is standard for this condition, the intervention involved an IV of 5 percent dextrose (sugar water) – a fluid with a lower solute concentration than the fluid in the body’s tissues. Essentially, when one ingests large quantities of salt, the cells lining the digestive tract automatically expel water to match the solute balance of the fluid within the tract. In an extreme case such as this, the patient became dangerously dehydrated as her organs, muscles, and, eventually, her brain dumped out so much water that they could no longer function.

After the dextrose treatment – which causes the tissues to automatically uptake water – CG began to stabilize but drifted in and out of consciousness. The YouTube episode notes that she finally regained consciousness four days after her arrival at the hospital, yet she was unable to move her limbs and showed difficulty speaking and swallowing due to a type of extensive brainstem nerve damage called central pontine myelinolysis.

During her recovery, CG revealed that her paranoid delusions led her to believe she was being poisoned by the government. After researching how to "rid her body of toxins", she came across various online sources touting dangerously ignorant claims that drinking soy sauce could achieve this.

For the record, the human body does not need to be cleansed of toxins – it is already quite good at disposing of cellular debris and chemical byproducts through the many processes of the liver and kidneys. And if these organs are not doing their job properly, even the fanciest of green smoothies and herbal tinctures won't pick up the slack. Dialysis and an organ transplant will help, however.

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