We all grew up watching Richard Simmons, “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” helping millions of people improve their health and making them smile. I found it weird that Richard Simmons disappeared in early 2014 and had followed the case for awhile. A friend of Richard Simmons, Dan Taberski, developed a popular podcast, devoted to discovering what had happened to him. People had reported that before he disappeared that he had become agoraphobic, severely withdrawn, and introverted. Richard Simmons had become the total opposite of his persona, but why?
Richard Simmons was finally found and is hospitalized with severe indigestion and discomfort while eating. It is my opinion that he suffered from some upper gut overgrowth that triggered a lot of his personality changes. Gut issues can cause mental changes. H. pylori, when it infects the vagus nerve, can cause anxiety to develop in people who did not suffer from it previously. My H. pylori infection caused me to become introverted, chemophobic, and fear crowds that I previously had no issue. I see this with a lot of people I have coached, and it appears that Richard Simmons sadly might be suffering from similar problems. Here at Fix Your Gut, we wish him a speedy recovery, and hope that he can return to improving people’s heath and making them smile.
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