Conservative model Jenna Jameson is in deep trouble health-wise, and according to one dietitian, it may be because of her longtime keto diet.
On Saturday her boyfriend, Lior Bitton, posted a video to her Instagram account announcing that she’d been hospitalized and was undergoing tests.
He said that she’d been throwing up for a couple weeks, but that initial tests at the hospital had uncovered nothing wrong, so she’d immediately been sent home. But in the days that followed, her condition grew worse.
“Her muscles in her legs were very weak, so she wasn’t able to walk to the bathroom. She was falling on the way back or to the bathroom, I would have to pick her up and carry her to bed. And then within two days, it got really not so good. Her legs started to not hold her. she wasn’t able to walk,” Bitton explained.
It got to the point that she couldn’t even walk with a mobility walker, and so the two decided to take her back to the hospital, where she was immediately hospitalized and tested.
“Update on Jenna. Today is her 3rd day in the hospital. The hospital did CT, MRI and Spinal Tap tests. Waiting to find out what’s going on and how we can treat her so she can get better and feel better,” the caption on the Instagram post reads.
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Two days later on Monday, Bitton posted another update on her behalf. But this time the update consisted of a video of Jameson speaking.
“I’m in the hospital still. And we’ve gotten some answers. I’m dealing with a little syndrome called Guillain-Barré Syndrome, so I’m working through that,” she revealed.
The Mayo Clinic defines Guillain-Barré Syndrome as “a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.”
“Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form Guillain-Barre syndrome is a medical emergency. Most people with the condition must be hospitalized to receive treatment,” according to the clinic.
There’s reportedly “no cure” for this disorder, though “several treatments can ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness.”
“Although most people recover from Guillain-Barre syndrome, the mortality rate is 4% to 7%. Between 60-80% of people are able to walk at six months. Patients may experience lingering effects from it, such as weakness, numbness or fatigue,” the clinic notes.
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What’s interesting is that the Mayo Clinic explicitly notes that the “exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown” but that “two-thirds of patients report symptoms of an infection in the six weeks preceding.”
“These include respiratory or a gastrointestinal infection or Zika virus,” according to the clinic.
Because COVID is associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, some social media users have been speculating that Jameson contracted the condition from the coronavirus vaccine. And indeed, a study published in The Lancet last month openly admits that “Guillain-Barré syndrome after vaccination against COVID-19 has been reported worldwide.”
However, Jameson has stressed that she never got vaccinated, and so the COVID vaccine cannot be blamed for her condition.
“I did NOT get the jab or any jab. This is NOT a reaction to the jab. Thank you for your concern,” the caption on her latest Instagram post reads.
So what could have triggered the condition? In an interview the following day with the New York Post, registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin theorized that Jameson’s keto diet may have played a role in her contracting Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
“I do think it does play a role in how severe her symptoms are because she is likely undernourished given a severe keto diet. If that is still the same type of keto she was following, yes, she would be undernourished,” Zeitlin said.
“The amount of fruits and vegetables that she’s not taking in can also mean that she’s not getting in enough phytonutrients to keep her immune system strong to fight off the campylobacter before it got out of hand.”
According to the Post, “The most common cause of Guillain-Barré is a food-borne bacterium called campylobacter, which is found in undercooked poultry. Given that meat and poultry are a large part of Jameson’s keto lifestyle, the BZ Nutrition founder said it could have been what caused the former porn star’s infection.”
Zeitlin also reportedly noted that “there are a variety of other causes of Guillain-Barré including COVID-19, the flu and very rarely, vaccines.”
Jameson has reportedly been promoting the keto diet since 2018, when she announced that she’d lost an incredible 80 pounds via the diet:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 4, 2019
Zeitlin noted though that Jameson has kind of yo-yo’ed on and off the diet, to the point that she regained 20 pounds when she fell off the wagon in 2019.
“It can put your body into states of chronic inflammation in general. You’re going to put your body into a state of heightened alert and chronic stress. There’s no homeostasis. There’s no common ground. There’s no balance, and that can weaken your immune system,” the dietitian said of this yo-yo’ing.
Besides promoting the diet, Jameson’s also notched a reputation for promoting conservatism.
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