Shortcut to Health Nearly Deadly

Woman's extreme injection diet an example of what not to do
By Devon Andre,
April 18, 2019 Updated: April 18, 2019

Challenge often go hand in hand with good health. Like the stress of a heavy weight that strengthens the bones and muscles, difficulties can make us stronger and healthier.

Many people, however, hope to avoid this discomfort. They are vulnerable to crazy health myths and trends that surface from time-to-time. But these are often best avoided if you want to improve your health.

One attempt to get the benefits of a good diet without putting in the effort saw a Chinese woman take things to an almost tragic extreme.

Fruits and vegetables are crucial to a healthy diet and we know eating them regularly will help people avoid metabolic syndrome and its associated killers, including heart disease and diabetes. This gave the woman the idea of trying to increase the absorption of fruits and vegetables by injecting a smoothie into her veins.

The woman from China blended a beverage of 20 different fruits and vegetables and added it to an intravenous drip to go straight into her body, reported the BBC. Apparently the woman thought she would get the benefits of the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables more quickly and easily this way. In reality, this was unwise and extremely dangerous.

She first experienced itchiness of her arm followed by a fever. She went to the hospital and began to develop infections in her liver, kidneys, and heart along with multiple organ failures.

Fortunately, after a slew of medications and treatments, the woman began to recover.

We all strive to be healthy but we can’t take short cuts. Health doesn’t come in a pill or injection. The easiest way to health is through eating well and exercising regularly. Anything short of that, however promising marketers may suggest it is, will come with consequences.

Devon Andre holds a bachelor’s of forensic science from the University of Windsor in Canada and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. This article was first published on