Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Woman Suffers Heart Attack on Red Bull Diet

First off, let me say that I do enjoy a Red Bull every now and again - OK I love it - and I know plenty of people who can attest to the same. But don't get me wrong, I've never heard of the "Red Bull Diet" before, and to be frank, I'm worried for anyone who thinks they can survive off of a diet comprised almost entirely of cans of Red Bull! Well, that's exactly what one woman from New Zealand did.

Brooke Robertson, a 23-year-old new mother was concerned with the weight that she had put on during her pregnancy, so she took to drastic measures to lose weight. And lose she did - close to a whopping 100 lbs! Thanks to Red Bull's appetite suppressing action, Brooke downed 10 to 14 cans of Red Bull per day while eating next to no real food, except for the odd handful of dry cereal.

As lovely as this may all sound (After all, who needs vitamins, minerals, or solid food for that matter? I mean - what do we even have teeth for?), Brooke wasn't sleeping, she was trembling, had anxiety attacks, severe cramping and pain in her stomach and bowels, and to cap it - she had a minor heart attack at 23 years old! Happily, Brooke survived, but while she was hospitalized, doctors noticed she was sweating, nauseous and shaking - she was experiencing the typical symptoms of withdrawal.

Nowadays, Brooke manages her weight the healthy way by keeping physically active and practicing nutritionally sound eating habits. Despite being a natural health product that can "promote alertness and wakefulness", too much of a good thing can make it dangerous and even toxic. This is just another prime example of the fact that just about anything in excess isn't good for you, in fact, it might just result in a heart attack!