hit show Survivor has taken its toll on the health of the participants.
We've seen participants go from a healthy first world look to
an undernourished third world look. Surviving on a diet consisting
mainly of a cup of rice a day, even hardy Colby has seen his
energy diminish to practically nothing while Tina seems to be
wasting away from week to week.
it seems that Elisabeth's health has hit rock bottom when she
announced during last week's show that she had been losing handfuls
of hair, that's right Elisabeth is losing those beautiful blonde
to experts on malnutrition the most likely explanation for this
is Elisabeth is suffering from a condition called Kwashiorkor.
No Kwashiorkor is not the name of the latest tribal alliance
in the Outback, it's the name given to a severe form of malnutrition
most commonly seen in drought afflicted areas where there is
a severe lack of protein in the diet.
symptoms of any type of malnutrition are very general and include
fatigue, irritability, and lethargy. As protein deprivation
continues, one sees growth failure, loss of muscle mass, generalized
swelling (edema), and decreased immunity. Skin conditions such
as dermatitis, changes in pigmentation, thinning of hair, and
vitiligo are seen frequently.
its unlikely that CBS would allow its participants to experience
the most severe effects which are shock and coma preceding ultimate
death. They are far too important for all the guest appearances,
not to mention the interviews on the Letterman Show.
case any of you are worried, Elisabeth got voted off during
last week's show so she can start having decent meals again
which will restore her body and her hair back to normal, we
loss through protein deficiency can occur, although its not
very common in the western world but is frequently seen in anorexics
and bulimics who suffer from a protein deficient diet.