(RepublicanNews.org) – A 25-year-old California woman says that a diet free of animal products almost claimed her life. After moving to the state Kari-Lee Worsley became so enamored with veganism that she even tattooed a ‘v’ in her upper right ear. She describes the fad she was exposed to upon arriving there as “trendy,” though she now says the best word to describe her state of mind at the time is “brainwashed.”
Not wanting to be left out of the trend, Worsley became a devotee of the lifestyle and extricated all animal products from her diet and lifestyle. Not long after doing so, she began to feel dizzy upon waking. Her eyes would feel “woozy” and her field of vision would be filled with “stars.” Kari-Lee says that she “couldn’t even function.”
Worsley’s symptoms amplified over the course of 6 months, progressing from bad to worse. Her hair began falling out, her nails began breaking and she developed acne on her face. The young woman says that brain fog and lethargy became so intense she would spend much of the day in bed.
After being unable to leave bed one morning and thinking she “might die right now,” Worsley hypothesized that her diet could be to blame. She forced herself up and went to the grocery store, where she bought steak. Once home, she cooked and ate it and said she “immediately” felt better.
Visits to Western doctors and holistic nutritionists determined that Worsley had developed a low iron count. Symptoms of not having enough of this mineral can include extreme fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and brittle nails. Worsley described her 6-month vegan experience in a video that also included before and after pictures.
Cardiologist Dr. James O’Keefe of Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute says “it is very difficult to supplement” the protein and nutrients needed to maintain strength and health with a vegan diet. “A strict vegan diet” lacks those elements, he says.
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