WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Emily Goss of Texas underwent a liver transplant on Christmas Day after taking a dietary supplement that social media influencers promote.
- Her doctors at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas suspected the supplement — manufactured by Alani Nu — as a possible cause.
- After months of taking 4 ‘Balance” pills a day, Goss started feeling exhausted, noticed a strange pain in her torso and the whites of her eyes also began yellowing.
A Texas woman underwent a liver transplant on Christmas Day after taking a dietary supplement that social media influencers promote.
Credit analyst Emily Goss, 23, was perfectly healthy before she started taking ‘Balance” pills — which sells for $50 a bottle. Manufactured by Alani Nu, the supplement company claimed the pills “support hormonal balance, weight management, complexion, and fertility.”
Goss started feeling exhausted and noticed a strange pain in her torso after months of taking 4 ‘Balance” pills a day. The whites of her eyes also began yellowing.
Doctors at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas found out she was suffering from acute liver failure and was moved to the top of the liver transplant list.
Her doctors suspected the supplement as a possible cause.
“Many of these are advertised as natural [and] healthy,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weinstein, the medical director of liver transplantation at the hospital. “I view them all as drugs and I view them all as chemicals, so there should be good caution into how you use them and why you use them.”
Goss was gifted a new liver on December 25.
“I have my life because someone gave me their liver and I’m just so thankful,” she said.
The supplement is supported by an army of influencers, including online trainer Des Pfeifer, who has over 230,000 followers and recently partnered with Alani Nu in an Instagram post.
The company denies Goss’ claims, saying that “such a suggestion is highly speculative” and that they “partner with a licensed pharmacist in the customization of [their] supplements,” according to a statement sent to The Post. Alani Nu also claims to have had “no previous similar suggestions involving our customers” but still “wish the best for Ms. Goss.”
According to Dr. Weinstein, about 30 to 40 percent of the deadly acute liver failure cases are linked to herbal or dietary supplements,
“Every time we have a case of acute liver failure, it’s always an interesting case. It’s also a medical emergency,” he said.
Currently, Goss still monitors her vital signs daily to make sure her body isn’t rejecting the new liver and may take more than a year to go back to normal life.
Many supplements in the market are not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, which could lead to the consumption of dangerous toxins and chemicals or the overuse of drugs.
It is not yet determined which ingredient in the “Balance” pills could have caused Goss’ liver damage, but her doctors hope a biopsy of her liver will reveal more information.
Source: New York Post