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Holiday Heart Syndrome, Rogue Chemist

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I wanted to attach these emails.  But it turned out to be better that I copied and posted them here on the Fitness Nursing blog.  Have you heard about Holiday Heart Syndrome?  I don’t exercise on Mondays for a similar reason…too much stress from the weekend.  Especially around holiday time.


Someone (NOT me), writes in:
I’ve been told that I had “holiday heart syndrome”, what does that mean?

Holiday Heart Syndrome: a cute term, sometimes an acute problem

Background and definition:

Most of us are aware that some medications that doctors prescribe can cause muscle pains. We are also aware that unaccustomed exercise or activity can give us aches and pains in muscles that are not used to being abused. But we don’t ordinarily think of the heart as just a muscle (although it is, and an important one at that).

In the case of holiday heart syndrome, we have taken a holiday from our normal restraints and overdone it, as far as the heart is concerned. Overindulgence in certain behaviors can lead the heart to speed up and become irregular, give us chest discomfort, throw blood clots to the coronary arteries (heart attack), brain (stroke) or even cause death.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Palpitations (the sensation of the heart beating fast, irregularly, or skipping)
  • Feeling of faintness
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms
  • Passing out
  • Loss of coordination, sensation or motor function (ability to use an arm, a leg, or ability to speak)
  • Sudden, often only momentary blindness
  • Sudden death
Some clinical vignettes:

The last patient that I saw with this problem was in his fifties and explained that he had been partying, drinking vodka, cordials, smoking pot and using just a “bit” of cocaine, but “not so much that I couldn’t drive”, and some Viagra. Chest pain began with the arrival of the police.

A 70 year-old woman had just come back from vacation and noted that she had overdone it with alcohol and coffee drinks until she started to have problems with a “racing heart and feeling faint”. She had never had any prior cardiac problems.

A male college student noted palpitations and went to the emergency room after a weekend of heavy drinking and was found to heave an abnormal heart rhythm.

A female college student noted palpitations while on spring break. There was no alcohol consumption, but there were an extraordinary number of lattes used to “push fluids” as she treated her cold with over the counter medications.

Stimulation of Holiday Heart Syndrome can occur as a result of:

  • Cocaine, crack, marijuana and other “street” or recreational drugs
  • Diet drugs like ephedrine
  • Cold remedies
  • Excessive caffeine
  • Excessive nicotine
  • Excessive alcoholHoliday heart syndrome is seldom life threatening, and most often occurs to an otherwise normal heart. All of the above patients recovered fully and were somewhat chastened by their experience. The lesson here is to accept the fact that there is a limit to what our heart and other muscles will tolerate. A “binge” of non-prescription medications (yes even caffeine and nicotine) can poison an otherwise healthy heart, and damage a sick one. Fortunately, the problem usually resolves in less than 24 hours, and can be avoided by not repeating the same behavior.


This following e-mail I recieved from Shane Ellison, a former chemist for pharmaceutical companies that blew the whistle.  I recieve no benefit from sharing this with you.  It’s just great information about what really goes on with the show “The Biggest Loser”.  He talks about his book, but he also gives great information that’s ‘not so politically correct’.  Here’s his full e-mail (warning: Shane can be crude)…

December 27th, 2009

From The Desk of The People’s Chemist:

Ever watch the hit show The Biggest Loser? My brand new article highlights why they can’t stay winners and will help you get your best physique in 2010. If you like, please forward to your email list.

WARNING:  Over-The-Counter Natural Cures book BANNED!

It’s true. We were recently forced to “buy back” our wholesale quantity from a natural grocer who insisted that they can’t be seen advocating these “inexpensive supplements!” An insider from the store stated that the owner would be furious to know that the book was highlighting much less expensive products that carried the same purity!

Like I’ve always said, the natural medicine industry is rife with guru’s who are no different than the cheesy, sticky sweet drug reps and doctors who deal drugs with a warm corporate smile and mouthfuls of hype. They all suffer from restless lip syndrome and speak endlessly about whatever pricey trends might exist to bolster sales. You know what I’m talking about…And these cowardly twit scalpers are conspiring against you and your wallet by banning my book! fight back. Hurry and get your copy or purchase one for a loved one or your doctor. and every other book retailer is SOLD out! Used books are being sold for up to $50! Don’t pay that much! Get the book for $15.99 direct from the publisher at

2 Reasons “The Biggest Losers” Can’t Stay Winners

By Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison

All Rights Reserved (C)

I have my own set of “fat and after” photos. And, if you’re carrying some “extra junk-in-the-trunk,” so can you, if you want. I like to look at my “fat and after” pictures frequently. To me, they reflect more than a radical physical transformation. They reflect a life change and serve as a reminder of my hostage situation.

When I was fat, I lived life on life’s terms. I ate what life served, usually meatball subs and Oatmeal Cream Pies (in moderation – I rationalized). I drank what life poured, usually liquid blubber masquerading as diet soda. And I exercised when life allowed, usually a few reps of bench press twice a week.

To me, life was like the proverbial pusher, always tempting me with its malignant, short term pleasures. And every time I gave in, I traded one of life’s simple and forgotten long-term treasures – like keeping the same belt size, chasing my kids endlessly in the park, and making love to my wife without gasping for air at the 4-minute mark.

As life’s malignancies caught up to me, I decided to live life on my terms. And my “after” photo shows how my body responded: It shed the fat that was holding me back from living young.

We know fat kills. Some people make excuses not to shed it, while others risk it all to get their own “fat and after” photos. Nothing reflects this better than the hit show, “The Biggest Loser.” Unfortunately, very few Biggest Losers remain winners.

Ryan Benson lost 122 lbs to win the first season but regained 32 lbs within five days simply by drinking water.

Contestant Kai Hibbard, 28, spent the night before her final weigh-in crawling in and out of a sauna for six hours, consuming only sugar-free Jell-O for a week and sucking down natural diuretics.

Clearly, these are signs that The Biggest Losers aren’t winners. Even the most successful biggest loser reflects this. As the historic Biggest Loser, Eric Chopin lost over 200lbs. Under all that junk was a shining, handsome man, with decades of living young added to his lifespan. But it didn’t last either. He quickly rebounded and gained back over 100lbs. Life’s malignant pleasures dealt him type II diabetes, which eliminates an estimated 11 to 20 years of life.

Today, Eric travels the country encouraging early diabetic testing. On the verge of giving pharmaceutical fellatio, his fat loss message is pushed aside for a more marketable, warm and fuzzy message of, “We all need a stronger relationship with our pharmacists.” (I had to bite my black leather wristband when I heard that.)

Do I still need to say it? No. But I want to…

The Biggest Loser has inherent flaws, at best.

At worst, it’s nothing more than a profitable way to exploit obese people by using the antiquated fat loss tricks of a weak high school wrestling team. In the long run, contestants are better off following the gluttonous antics of Adam Richman in “Man vs. Food.”

2 Reasons The Biggest Losers Can’t Stay Winners

They Don’t Count the “Right” Calories

Like drug reps who moonlight as doctors, Biggest Loser personal trainers moonlight as nutritionists. They’re often heard parroting “calories in calories out” and insist that all candidates simply count calories. It’s wrong – mostly.

When you don’t know how to pick the right calories, counting calories is as senseless as drinking wine to suck down the over-hyped resveratrol to extend longevity, or eating Oatmeal Cream Pies “in moderation.”

Not all calories are created equal. Some get stored as fat regardless of physical activity and caloric intake. These include the low fat foods pushed on “biggest losers” like “fat free Jell-O” and lots more – even fruit. The more of these low/wrong calorie foods they eat, the more their brain screams more, more, more and their brain yells eat, eat, eat. Count these calories, and your weight plummets, but comes back with a vengeance once you can no longer ignore the physiological voices (the same ones that have Oprah convinced that she has a “food addiction.”)

On the flip side of fat storing calories, another type gets used very efficiently to fuel bodily functions and are easily shed via your metabolism. This efficiency of the “right” calories stems from their “behavioral” differences in the “Kreb’s cycle.”

Bad calories barely produce enough energy to optimize “hormonal intelligence” and thus get stored as junk. As highlighted in my book, Over-The-Counter Natural Cures, the right ones blaze through this cycle and optimize hormonal intelligence, allowing excess energy to get used and burned, not stored.

Contestants need to count and eat this type of calorie if they are to lose weight for life. And believe it or not, these are the “high-calorie” foods from grass fed beef, whole eggs, butter, avocados, seeds, nuts and coconut oil.

In sum, the higher calorie content ultimately makes us feel satisfied for longer periods, and is used by the body more efficiently. If any calories are left over, they don’t get pushed in as “junk-in-the-trunk.” Instead, like excess heat from a hot spring resting near a cold mountain stream, the right calories are dissipated by the metabolism.  Count these calories and you can count on being satisfied at meal time, but more importantly, you can count on remaining a Biggest Loser winner for life.

The New York Times highlighted this paradoxical phenomenon when writing about high fat diets stating, “…the diet appears to work by throwing the body into ketosis, forcing it to burn fat rather than sugar for energy.”

Biggest Losers are slaves to the exercise gods

Face it, the popularity in The Biggest Loser rests in watching obese people exercise themselves to near death. It’s like a UFC cage fight, someone could die at any moment. It’s a lot of fun to watch, but you’d never want to do it yourself.

If exercise worked, Eric “The Rebounder” Chopin would benefit every day from carrying the excess 100lbs back and forth from his diabetes tour bus into the grocery store. It’s not working.

Exercise is only one part of a fat loss plan. If you treat it as the God of fat loss, you lose. That’s because it’s most efficient at building muscle, not burning fat.

To shed the weight with exercise, you need to combine it with eating the “right calories.” And when you do, the muscles from exercise become a fat burning furnace and the junk in-the-trunk dissipates – so does the worry of losing 11 to 20 years of lifespan from diabetes.

Life is all about long term pleasures. And since most of us aren’t being shanked by The Biggest Loser’s antiquated fat loss tricks, we can all be winners – as evidenced by your very own “fat and after” photos that arise from ignoring Hollywood hype.

About the Author

Shane Ellison holds a masters degree in organic chemistry and is the author of the controversial Over-The-Counter Natural Cures. He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant and has been quoted by USA Today, Shape, as well as Women’s Health and also appeared on Fox News as a natural medicine advocate. He is the originator of The AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery, which helps people get their physique back in 90 days, at any age – see the shocking photos at
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