Body Builder Overdosed On Protein And Died, So Family Calls For More Laws

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An Australian bodybuilding mother of two has reportedly died of a protein overdose. After days of feeling “tired” and “weird”, the young woman passed away from ingesting too much protein and her family is now calling for the regulation of supplements.

Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old from Mandurah, Australia, was discovered to have a urea cycle disorder, which blocks the body from correctly breaking down protein. Hefford was preparing for a bodybuilding competition in September and consuming various protein supplements, her mother, Michelle White, tells Perth Now. Hefford had told her mom in June that she was feeling tired and “weird.”

“I said to her, ‘I think you’re doing too much at the gym, calm down, slow it down,” White said.

Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment on June 19 and rushed to the hospital, where it took doctors two days to diagnose her with urea cycle disorder. By that point, the buildup of ammonia in her blood and fluid in her brain was too much, and she was declared brain dead the next day. Coroners listed “intake of bodybuilding supplements” as one of Hefford’s causes of death, along with the disorder.

According to Nutrition Australia, some athletes, such as strength trained or endurance athletes, often need more protein than others, “with requirements of 1.2g-1.6g per kilogram of body mass per day”. However, they also say that “such intakes can generally be achieved by the overall increased food intake required to fuel training,” Nutrition Australia’s website states.

Hefford spent a lot of her time focusing on her body and taking supplements while closely monitoring her diet. She was studying paramedicine while working part-time at a hospital, but that isn’t good enough for her family. They are calling for more government regulations on protein now after Hefford’s death. Why don’t we just tell them how that’ll go now.  Take a look at the opioid epidemic (a heavily regulated product) for a small hint as to how increasing government control of anything will look.

Of course, we are sorry for this families loss, but taking away the rights of others to use protein supplements won’t bring back their beloved family member, and it won’t save any lives. “I know there are people other than Meegan who have ended up in a hospital because they’ve overloaded on supplements,” White said. “The sale of these products needs to be more regulated.”

Hefford left behind a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.

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  • Roy Hobs

    “Stupid” doesn’t need Laws. Good grief.

  • Colin

    How about a regulation against morons?

  • dav1bg

    A minimum IQ level for weightlifting.

    • BW83

      That would destroy the industry overnight lol

  • stan

    You can die from drinking too much water all at once too.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    I’ll just leave this here. . .

    “Each and every time someone says ‘there ought to be a law’ they are saying that men with guns should enforce their will on innocent others.” ~ Michael Barnett

    • Freespirit

      Absolutely correct

  • IQ140

    More laws? How about more personal responsibility.

  • lee ho fook

    of course more laws….it wasn’t HER fault!! No one is accountable for their actions

  • Freespirit

    More COMMON SENSE is needed, NOT more laws.

    Not-with-standing reading the INSTRUCTIONS on packages, go ONLINE and do your research before using large doses ( Therapeutic doses) of ANY isolates or isolated nutrients

    Even “too much” of anything can cause death

    That is what we have a BRAIN for-USE IT!

  • aWhiteBoatCominUpTheRiver

    No postmortem medical exam credited to any named medical professional(s)?

    “ took doctors two days..?

    Has anyone got a verifiable, recent video of the North Korean leader saying anything that he is being “reported” to be saying?

    Phuqq NO!

    Just photo shopped pictures of a pudgy guy with Estes toy rockets in the background.

    No interviews.

    No US State Department visits.

    No evidence.

    Exactly the same as Osama bin Laden. Guy in cave defeats NORAD!

    Exactly the same as Adam Lanza(Dandy Hoax).

    Do the liars have you trained to believe everything they spew?

  • BW83

    Always more laws. Why can’t people just acknowledge that their loved ones sometimes make stupid mistakes and pay for them?

    Easiest way to fix 90% of this worlds problems is to start holding people accountable for their own actions again. Either the problem resolves, or the people having the problem “resolve”. End result is the same.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. H.L. Mencken

  • David E

    Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

    The Invisible Killer

    Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.
    Dihydrogen monoxide:

    is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.

    contributes to the “greenhouse effect.”

    may cause severe burns.

    contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.

    accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.

    may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.

    has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

    Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

    Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the midwest, and recently California.
    Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

    as an industrial solvent and coolant.

    in nuclear power plants.

    in the production of styrofoam.

    as a fire retardant.

    in many forms of cruel animal research.

    in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains
    contaminated by this chemical.

    as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.

    Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

    The Horror Must Be Stopped!
    The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.” In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.

  • el Gallinazo

    Australia is the most totalitarian government of all the English speaking countries. You lose all benefits if you refuse to vax your child. They’ll all be autistic in 30 years and maybe the aborigines can have their country back.

  • el Gallinazo

    I wonder if she was on steroids?