Thursday, March 24, 2022

I Had a Heart Attack From Maltodextrin & Claritin-D

By Maria Merola

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, March 24, 2022

Beloved of YaHuWaH, I must share my personal testimony with you, in hopes that I may be able to help many of you avoid the entrapments of the adversary, who comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Many of you know that I had to travel from my home in Sacramento to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for my father’s funeral, on March 9th, 2022.

Three days earlier (before I left for Pittsburgh), I accidentally ate something called “Maltodextrin” (also called Dextrin or Dextrose), which I ALWAYS avoid like the plague! 

I have had horrible reactions to this additive, (as it is often found in many foods and over the counter medications), so please read your labels carefully! 

Maltodextrin registers at 137 on the Glycemic Index, causing a very rapid spike in blood sugar. This is almost twice as much as regular white table sugar, which registers at 70 on the Glycemic Index. There is no other substance in the world that has that high of a Glycemic response! This substance damages your liver, and leads to Diabetes, and Fatty Liver Disease, so stay away from it at all costs! 

On March 6th, 2022, I had sent my husband to buy some Costco Rotisserie Chicken, and I ate only two pieces before I realized that I had consumed this dreaded ingredient (Maltodextrin). I felt sharp pain in my joints, and I began to feel bloated and puffy. I knew I was having a dangerous blood sugar response to this horrible ingredient that should be outlawed by the FDA. Within 30 minutes, I felt as if I was having a heart attack. 

My heart rate began racing, and I was very scared. Gary felt my heart pounding rapidly when he placed his hand on my chest. I began taking deep breaths, and then I drank a glass of water with 2 tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce my blood sugar. Within 10 minutes I felt normal again. 

The next day, I called Costco, and asked them if they could make the rotisserie chickens without the seasoning on it, but they told me that the chickens are injected with a brine that contains MALTODEXTRIN! 

Its in the meat---not merely in the topical seasoning! 

Three days later, (when I arrived in Pittsburgh), I had not eaten in 24 hours, but I made a horrible judgement error, and ate a piece of candy on an empty stomach. I should know better! 

My sister and I were cleaning out my dad’s old apartment, and we found some imported candy from Italy, and I ate a piece without even thinking about it. Within 30 minutes of eating the candy, (once again), I suffered a near heart attack with a very rapid heart rate, but thankfully, I took the Apple Cider Vinegar & Water, and within 10 minutes, I was back to normal again. 

After 4 years of being on Keto & Intermittent Fasting (5 years of intense research into Insulin Resistance, and Blood Sugar issues), I have learned that one should NEVER break a fast with sugar or carbs! 

All the Keto experts such as Thomas Delauer, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Berg, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Bosworth, Dr. Barry, etc. will tell you that you should break your fast with Protein & Healthy Fats, not with carbs!

When breaking a fast, your body is far more sensitive to a dangerous Insulin response if you consume carbs and sugar. Conversely, you should consume Protein & Healthy Fats (like a handful of Macadamia Nuts and some cheese), rather than a piece of fruit or a granola bar. 

Maltodextrin is very dangerous for those who have Insulin Resistance, or Diabetes. 

How do you know if you have Insulin Resistance? 

Dr. Berg says “Look down at your belly, if you have belly fat, you are Insulin Resistant!” 

It means you have a fatty liver, and there is no amount of diet and exercise that will work, until you reverse the fatty liver, (which can take up to 3 years of consistently staying on a low carb diet). 

This means 95% of adult Americans have Insulin Resistance and need to reverse their fatty liver by going off of sugar, and Artificial Sweeteners that also spike insulin (Aspartame, Xylitol, Sucralose). The only Sweeteners that are safe to consume are 100% Pure Stevia (not mixed with other ingredients); Also, Erythritol, Inulin Fiber, and Monk Fruit. 

Please see the YouTube Videos at the end of this blog about the dangers of Maltodextrin. 

The story continues... 

After the funeral in Pennsylvania, I drove to Virginia to visit my children and grandchildren for a week. While I was there, I began suffering severe allergies to Pollen, with massive sinus drainage. To make matters worse, I stayed in a hotel that was under construction, and they were spackling and sanding the walls, right outside my bedroom door! 

The spackling dust only exacerbated the allergy symptoms, and caused me to experience watery, itchy eyes, swollen lymph nodes in my neck and throat, and severe coughing. I drank tea with 5 drops each of Clove Bud Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil. This helped to kill the infection in my lymph nodes, and the pain disappeared after a couple of days. 

However, the sneezing, sinus drainage, and coughing continued. I continued to drink Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water (sweetened with pure stevia) to help with the sinus infection, and the blood sugar issues. 

When it was time for me to fly back to Sacramento on March 22nd, I knew that I would be coughing, and blowing my nose around all those passengers, and I did not want to disturb them. So, I took the advice of a few family members who told me that Claritin-D worked for them to help alleviate the symptoms of Seasonal Allergies. 

In any other circumstances, I would have refused to take Pharmaceutical Drugs. I NEVER take Pharmaceutical Drugs. However, against my better judgement, I caved in and took one Claritin-D, 24-hour formula. While I was on the airplane, I felt dizzy and light-headed, and I knew that something was wrong. My heart began to race again!

I knew it was the Claritin-D! 

I did not find out until after I had a heart attack (with a heartrate of 200), that there was a severe reaction warning on the box of Claritin-D: 

“The most common side effects of Claritin D include: dry mouth, nose or throat, mild dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia). Claritin D may cause serious side effects including pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, severe dizziness, nausea, vomiting, nervousness, and restless feeling.” 

The following is a list of ingredients found in Claritin-D. What follows is a link about Pseudoephedrine: Pseudoephedrine

Those that have the following health issues are advised not to take Claritin-D:

As the airplane landed in Phoenix Arizona on March 22nd, I was having a heart attack! 

The Paramedics came and helped me get my heart rate back to normal. After I vomited into a bag, the force of me bearing down, caused my heart rate to come down to normal again. I did not want to be admitted to the hospital, because of all the things I knew they were going to require of me. But the Paramedics told me that I had no choice, because the Airlines were not going to allow me to fly unless I was cleared by the hospital. 

At the hospital, they ran tests, and a Cat Scan, but the Cardiologists would not believe that my rapid heart rate was caused by the Claritin-D, nor the Blood Sugar Issues that ensued after consuming Maltodextrin. 

However, I know better, after many years of listening to doctors that are not paid by the Pharmaceutical Industry. These Cardiologists wanted to admit me into the hospital for a few more days to run even more tests. But I would have to agree to a nose swab test, to which I flatly said “NO!”

I said that I would agree to a salvia test, but not to a nose swab. When they asked me “WHY” I did not want the nose swab, I told them that I had learned from a study done at Johns Hopkins University that many of these swabs contain dangerous ingredients. See the graphics below.

The doctors and nurses, of course thought I was a Conspiracy Nut, but I did not care. I held my ground and refused the nose swab. I also refused to be admitted into the hospital. I said to the Cardiologists: 

“I want to get home so I can rinse my sinuses with a ‘Neti Pot & Saline Solution.’ Also, you are forcing me to wear a mask while I am here, which is counter-intuitive for someone having heart rate issues. It's bad enough that I cannot breathe through my nose, (due to being congested), but you want to hold me here for a few more days so that my breathing can be obstructed with a mask, and then you can claim that my heart rate is climbing because I cannot get enough oxygen. This sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.” 

They finally released me from the hospital, after I signed a disclaimer that they would not be responsible for me if I left the hospital and died of a heart attack! I know that these three episodes that I have had (with a dangerously rapid heartbeat) are from consumption of Maltodextrin, Sugar, & Claritin-D. I do not have heart disease! 

I have a very strong and healthy heart. I used to be a long-distance runner most of my life. I have trophies from 5-K and 10-K races where I came in first place. I used to do 90 minutes on the treadmill and stair climber as recently as 2017. I have never smoked, I do not drink alcohol, and I eat clean, (avoiding sugar and unhealthy carbs). 

Gary & I eat one meal per day (24-hours of Intermittent Fasting). When we do eat, we consume large salads with healthy fats and protein. If I had stayed in that hospital, they were going to put me in the “Covid-Ward,” since I was refusing the swab, and did not want to wear a mask! 


Thankfully, their scare tactics did not work, as I entrusted my health to my Creator, and I am doing just fine! 

I arrived home in Sacramento on the morning of March 23rd, and I am still recovering from this awful sinus infection. 

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  1. I'm overjoyed you survived this incident with your heart and hospital. I have Gotten the same reaction from Sinus inhaler Nasocort, racing heart. May Yah continue to bless you and deliver you from this malady.