The Chronicles of Yolandia: an Investigation of CLD – Part III: The Current Season and Questioning

The Chronicles of Yolandia

An Investigation of Chronic Lyme Disease

Part III: The Current Season and Questioning

Before continuing, please check out Part I and Part II to get a fuller picture of The Chronicles of Yolandia.

Yolanda has started writing on her Bravo blog, taking on her critics. However, her blog is rife with misuse of scientific literature and support for medical quackery.

From December 22:

After years of aimlessly searching for the right care and a cure, my case is finally in the capable hands of who I believe to be the two greatest Lyme literate doctors in the world: Dr. Richard Horowitz and Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt.

Dr. Richard Horowitz is a self-proclaimed ‘Lyme Literate’ doctor and was actually sanctioned by New York state in relation to unethical activities.  He has also claimed to treat more than 12,00 patients. The website for his practice the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center looks more like a book advertisement than about his actual healing center or its practices.

Dr. Klinghardt is another doctor who has also faced sanctions. Dr. Klinghardt is full of practicing alternative medicine pseudoscience, even claiming to cure autism and ADHD. Recently, it seems he has been focusing on Chronic Lyme Disease. He also claims there are five healing ‘levels’, with the physical body at the bottom level and the spiritual body at the top. It looks like something out of a Scientology manual. He is a specialist in ADHD, autism, Lyme Disease, Alzheimer’s, flu, neurology, and more? Not buying it. Additionally, he touts unsubstantiated and potentially harmful treatments.

Put simply: these are quack doctors, with questionable motives.

Lyme is a clinical diagnosis and multiple labs and physicians worldwide have confirmed my personal diagnosis.

For starters, a patient should generally not be diagnosing themselves then looking for confirmation. Getting a second opinion is one thing, but multiple labs and physicians raises red flags. Were there doctors that didn’t agree with her self-affirmed diagnosis?

Brain scans show significant inflammation in the frontal lobe of my brain affecting my cognitive function.

Inflammation of the brain, along with her other symptoms sound like encephalitis.  Which is caused by a virus usually, not bacteria. [EDIT: Just to make it more clear, encephalitis can be caused by a bacteria, but it IS rare.]

The three double blind placebo controlled NIH trials on Lyme disease have shown that those with chronic Lyme are as sick as those with chronic congestive heart failure.

I am not sure what Yolanda Foster is referring to- in fact others have mentioned some trouble tracking down exactly what she is referring to. There was one study that ended early due to unlikeliness of benefits and because they couldn’t find evidence of a persistent bacterial infection. Furthermore, it is unlikely that they any researchers would use double blind trials for assessment of patient quality of life.  In fact, it was difficult to even find enough people for enrollment for some Lyme Disease studies because it “appears to reflect the scarcity of persons with well-documented Lyme disease in whom clinically significant problems develop after conventional treatment.” The article links to New England Journal of Medicine.

Lyme has been shown to be a chronic persistent infection. This has been proven in multiple published scientific studies, including recent studies coming out of John’s Hopkin’s University and Northeastern University showing “persister” bacteria.

The research being conducted at John Hopkin’s University is actually for tuberculosis, not Lyme Disease. There is some discussion of it perhaps extending to Lyme Disease treatments as an option, but this not what Yolanda is claiming.

The NIH also sponsored studies on those suffering with PTLD (Post Treatment Lyme disease) last year (Dr Adriana Marques), which showed that some patients like me had positive DNA tests (PCR) despite classical treatment. This again implies persistence of the bacteria, contributing to my long term illness.

This is another case of Yolanda misrepresenting the medical studies. “Two people had indeterminate results, thought to be due to laboratory contamination. ” There was also “insufficient evidence, however, to conclude that viable spirochetes [i.e. bacteria] were present in either patient.”

It seems to Yolanda that if she throws out enough medical terms that people will simply accept what she says. But this is dangerous. On social media, you see comment after comment of “I think I may have this too, how should I get treatments?” and other anti-science statements, like “this could have to do with your vaccines, I really discourage vaccinations now.” It is infuriating and irresponsible because of her status as a visual, public figure.

Furthermore, while cast mates approach her with “maybe Munchausens?” there could be another factual diagnosis she is missing or willfully ignoring because of her persistence (and self-diagnosis) of ‘Chronic Lyme Disease and other co-infections’.

Theories have been put forth that perhaps it is cancer, menopause, or even severe depression– which can cause physical pains.

But what could Yolanda’s motivation be? We don’t really know, but theories are that she needs a story line or maybe she’s trying to build her own health and wellness brand (she does go to galas of organizations that are attended by “Lyme Literate Doctors”). Or maybe Yolanda’s implants were causing her all these problems and she doesn’t want to let go of the Chronic Lyme Disease diagnosis because she is in too deep? We don’t know the full extent about her relationship with the alt. med clinics she goes to, but we know other housewives, like Vicki Gunvalson’s monetary partnership with Club Detox, rife with pseudoscience and used on social media AND the show for treating Brooks’ (later turned out to be faked) cancer.  None of these theories have been proven, but it is food for thought: what does she gain?

Without a doubt, these quacks and alternative clinics are taking advantage of her and many others, which is its own kind of sadness. No one really denies she is hurting somehow– mentally, physically, and emotionally now with a divorce– but that doesn’t excuse parading around questionable medical treatments and giving them legitimacy to take advantage of others.  This is why we question though.

There will be additional entries to the Chronicles of Yolandia as more information comes out. I will be exploring more about specific treatments her and other Housewives and reality shows have shared on the show. I doubt our journey into the wardrobe is done yet.

 

 

 

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48 comments

  1. You’ve done a fantastic job putting all three parts together. This is an amazing amount of research, not only on all these “diseases” but also on Yolanda’s sketchy timeline. Thank you for putting it all together for us!

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    • Thank you! I hope this helps others put everything together! I was scrolling through instagram and realized just how many treatments there were in a concise timeframe and once I started putting it together, it became much clearer. Thanks for reading!

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      • I have but one thing to add. Hyperbaric medicine, as you know has been the onky treatment to significantly help thise who have been bent. I have been involved with Hyperbaric medicine pretty much since it’s inception at what was probably the largest hyperbaric treatment center in the country at that time which is mercy hospital in Miami Florida. People are flown there all the time from the Bahamas from the keys and especially during lobster season. There is reason to believe, and ended in fact there is tangible proof that hyperbaric oxygen nation is helpful with the healing of ulcerated wounds as in diabetic wound that won’t heal etc. It is a big sad now to use it in the NBA and pretty much every team has I hyperbaric chamber for muscle tears drains etc. The evidence that it helps with those kinds of tissue damage is not conclusive. I myself, went in the hyperbaric chamber for 20 treatments, because it was free for me and also because we were hoping it would improve the healing process of my two ruptured achilles tendons. Well the doctor thought that the chamber showed improvement in my condition, I’m not so sure if it wasn’t just the regular healing process taking place. Regardless, the minimum amount of dives for the treatment to even be successful is 20. They last between four and five hours and the depth is determined by how much pressure you’re ears can take and what the minimal value of return is. Yolanda shows a picture of herself in a hyperbaric chamber in street clothes. That is never allowed. You must be freshly washed with special soap and have no remnants of lotions hair conditioners, nail polish, and especially that yellow smiley face that she had on her T-shirt would be highly inflammable. Everybody goes in in a hospital gown and is given a light blanket. Her hyperbaric chamber is not in a hospital setting. I can tell because the controls for the chamber are not visible in the picture nor is the nurse or EMT that must sit there at all times while the doctor is also in the room at all times. The mono place that she is in also would have a TV in the top portion with a DVD player so people don’t go out of their minds who are claustrophobic. Ever since I’ve been involved hyperbaric medicine there have been charlatans who have sadly try to sell it used to people for autism brain damage car accidents skin treatments well-being you name it . It makes me very sad. Insurance only pays for people with the Bends, and ulcerative wounds. Going into the chamber once or twice would have zero impact on anybody. You’ve got to do four straight weeks. Believe me, we wish that it was helpful for all of these various elements but it is not. As I said before, there is some evidence that shows that it may be helpful and healing injuries a little bit sooner than they would’ve healed on your own. Physical injuries there is no evidence at all that it helps any body with any sort of bringing our cognitive dysfunction. Hope that helps.

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  2. This is all very clear, concise & extremely interesting. As anything they say follow the money path, why she is exploiting this disease could very well be retaliation against David foster for my guess neglecting her either by dismissing her through various work assignments, or possibly cheating. I think there may be something in her diviorce decree/prenup stating that yolanda will receive x amount of $, however if she becomes ill this becomes null & void. My belief is she is sick but more emotionally than physically. Is she taking any type of hardcore pain analgesic to back up her claims of extreme pain? I say emotional problems & they go back to mohammid when he cheated on her & she has become obsessed with the whole adultery issue. These are just my thoughts but something isn’t clean in the buttermilk.

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    • Haha, I love that last phrase. I am still not 100% sure what her motives are (and we may never know, really), but based on other very public illnesses and pseudoscience treatments being paraded around, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some money component. The divorce/pre-nup is an interesting option. Social media has been used more and more in court cases, so if there was a dispute, it would be offered as some kind of ‘proof’ of her illness, even if her records and research are from less than reputable sources. As the divorce plays out more, we may get a better understanding if that is the motive or not.

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  3. My first time to your blog and your 3-parter on Yolanda was extremely well written and informative! As a viewer, I was questioning what was going on with her and after reading your in-depth analysis, it is clear there is……something.

    My biggest curiousity is how this will all play out…..I highly doubt Yolanda will ever deter from her Lyme diagnosis. Even if she followed her own timeline, she would claim yon are wrong, wrong, wrong…..

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  4. Loved all your research. You really did your homework! I laughed a little when you mentioned the one doctor has claimed to cure Autism AND ADHD. Over 10 years ago, we took our daughter to a doctor that claimed to cure Autism. After months of chelation for heavy metals, vitamin therapies and accupressure the only thing that was “cured” was my checkbook of all its cash. My amazing daughter is 17 and still has autism, but is awesome just the way she is.

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    • I guess I shouldn’t chew gum and use the microphone at the same time LOL I hope you got the gist of what I was trying to say. A lot of the words are wrong . One more thing. When they don’t know what is wrong with you they run your blood. If after that they still don’t know what is wrong with you they run it again this time looking for heavy metals and or evidence of leaky implants would’ve been one of the very first questions they asked her when she presented with this mystery disease . Not three years after the fact that makes no sense at all. The other thing that makes no sense at all is that she’s had 20-year-old silicone implants in her body. Even though that lawsuit was bogus everybody had them taken out and replaced with saline. Four years after she become sick they finally decide to check her for leaky boobs ? Absurd

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  5. Sometimes the only motive needed is attention. She gets TONS more attention being sick on Intagram than she would just posting “Happy” pictures. And she gets the feeling of importance. Yolanda has a history of being a victim, remember when she accused Ken of physical abuse (because he touched her arm)??
    And it’s interesting that Gigi is the one child who is not sick… and she’s the one child who is not lacking for attention from anyone: Her mother loves her best, and she’s the darling of the modeling world. No matter how successful Bella is, she will never have the love and attention that Yolanda gives Gigi… unless she shares her mother’s illness. And poor Anwar… Who?

    I’ve always heard the argument that if Yolanda has all these doctors prescribing the treatments then she must really be sick, but NO. Not only is a fool and their money soon parted, but there are PT Barnums all over the world ready to relieve you of all your extra cash. The mere fact that Yo has to travel outside of the US to get her treatments – not necessarily because of “Western vs Eastern” medicine, but because the US doesn’t allow real doctors to practice that shit!

    But as you pointed out, it’s her own comments that prove she’s full of shit – the lies about driving and what she can and can’t do, and the timeline about when she got sick. And isn’t she now saying she’s suddenly magically cured? How convenient.

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  6. Thank you, that is really interesting and I enjoyed reading it. My thought is she loves the attention she is receiving no matter the type. I do not think she is a very smart woman, she dropped out of school to model which she hasn’t done in over 30 years, she doesn’t seem to put much stock in being educated. Her most recent claim to fame is being married to a couple of rich men but really who even heard of her before she came on the HWs, not me. Given she is a high school drop out I seriously doubt she even understands what she is reading in her 100 medical books. She may have traveled the world when she modeled and during her marriages but that still does not make her book smart where she can read those books and actually understand what they are saying. I think her sickness is more mental than anything. Face it, her modeling days are long gone, 2 marriages gone, 2 of 3 kids out of the home and the 3rd out in the next couple of years, only job is being a housewife of BH which will not be long term, with only 60% brain functioning with an already stupid brain I seriously hope someone hope someone else is managing her money, most likely starting menopause heck I’d be sick too. She needs to just accept the fact her life is changing and get on with it.

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    • I’m sure it must have been a REAL dr. That removed her implants. I find it hard to believe she would have embellished the truth while giving his name. If he told her that the implants have leaked, they leaked. Idk if she has Lyme disease but those leaky implants could have caused lupus or cronic fatigue, maybe even auto immune disease. She was diagnosed with Lyme from a real dr. Maybe the symptoms caused by the implants, she is contributing to the Lyme. Her struggle seems real. Her soon to be ex. Confirmed the Lyme diagnosis and he is at least a high school graduate I believe. She does seem to be almost hysterical in her quest, but I guess if her kids are having any symptoms that she relates to, she maybe is panicked. I once knew a high school graduate that could not read very well (product of public high school) she seems to be articulate when describing why she’s doing what she’s doing. I’m sure all of her medical books Are confusing, but she must be understanding some of it. She’s probably asking alot of questions too, which even someone with a college degree would have to do, unless their degree was in the medical field. You, whoever you are, could probably not become a model. As Gigi said, They need to be nice! Lol

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      • I do not think she was ever diagnosed with chronic Lyme’s disease in this country. She Dr. shopped until she found somebody that would give her the diagnosis she wanted. That much is clear as can be. There’s a doctor on the East Coast that they all go to these wind me call people who will give anybody a positive test. He’s part of the whole racket. Any more antibiotics other than the ones prescribed that cure limes disease is extremely dangerous. Google Levaquin and Cipro and look at all the class-action lawsuits. Anabiotic’s now come with big black box warningS. I have long been an advocate against the overuse of antibiotics. Many times to doctors will give patients and I biotics just to shut them up and to keep them from coming back and back. In the future, when they really need antibiotics, the antibiotics will not work. My highly unprofessional opinion is that she has made her self ill with antibiotics all kinds of herbs and bullshit from God knows where, and shoving things up her butt on a constant basis. That along with the bazaar diet is a recipe for disaster. Also she claims that her cognitive function is running at 64% currently. Please share with the world Yolanda how you came up with that percentage. This amazing breakthrough must be shared with neurologists worldwide.

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    • I’m not going to guess whether Yolanda is sick or not & if so whether it’s Lyme or something else. I’m actually just going to comment on your comment about whether she is “smart” or “book smart” due to the fact she chose to drop out of school. First she went to school in a country outside the US. A lot of countries are further advanced when it comes to education even if they are equal to or behind us in other areas. Unless you or someone you know went to school in her country you really don’t know where in her education she left. Do we know her age/grade when she left? I dropped out of high school due to problems in my home life. Sadly it was just 6 weeks before I’d have graduated. Does it take away from my intelligence because I went back & got my ged instead of bring handed a diploma walking with the rest of my high school class? I’d have to say no. I was straight As & had been taking college level classes including those for ppl looking to enter the medical field. 15 years later I chose to go to college & got straight As again graduating with honors. Dropping out of high school didn’t make me too dumb to move on with my life, I’ve got to say it probably didn’t do that with yo either. Back in the early 20th century my dad had to drop out early in his high school career to help support his family during a time when a lot of boys had to do it. He managed without going back or going to college do very very well for himself & was one of the smartest men I’d ever had the chance to know (& I’ve known a lot of smart men) in fact I’m willing to bet that his IQ score was well above normal as mine was scored above 155 & so was my son. I don’t think my mom’s was though she graduated college with all As.
      I know you refer to her having “book smarts”(or not having them) & whether she could understand what she’s read. I can read any medical text & understand most of what I read even though I didn’t gradiate hs or go to med school & I’m willing to bet there are plenty who graduated hs in the top 10 of their class who are in med school who don’t understand it..yet. the reasons I do are because I do know how to read, I have many medical issues & researched every one of them thoroughly & if I do come across something I don’t understand & can’t figure out based on context or word structure I know how to research that word or phrase even if it’s asking one of my many drs. If yo is truly Ill she’s probably learned how to research & she’s seen many drs herself even if some are quacks. She knows how to use the Internet & knows how to read. The problem isn’t whether she’s smart. There are probably many mensa members who have ended up being misdiagnosed. We are taught by example that drs know everything & are always right. Listen to your Dr etc. I learned the hard way when my dad was misdiagnosed 30 yrs ago & died that that’s not true. But it’s only been relatively recent that insurances will encourage & pay for 2nd, 3rd, 4th & even 5th opinions. But lucky for my leg they do or instead of having both my own legs I could be writing this from a post amputation rehab hospital. To is older than I am & therefore was probably raised with the same opinions of drs (tho I will say my dad knew that sometimes drs chose their specialty based on which ones they learned more of)
      Also it was commented on how you travels to other states & countries for her care. She’s spent 30 years traveling so to her it’s not much different than us going to a city 2 hrs away to see a Dr that was recommended or that we’ve researched & they’re the best. I know that for my 5th opinion I was willing to go from Pennsylvania to Florida to see a world renowned Dr who travels from Europe 2x/year to see pts like me. Turned out I couldn’t get into him in the time needed & I got lucky to find a better Dr just 14 miles from home but I’d travel as far as I could afford to see any Dr who could save my leg & I’d do the same to find a specialist to treat any of my many serious chronic illnesses so why wouldn’t You do the same? She has the money & connections to find & visit them. The problem isn’t her traveling it’s that some of these drs could be taking advantage of her since she’s all over the Internet & the news talking about Lyme & her mission. Why wouldn’t quacks jump on that? If she has Lyme & isn’t cured they can claim many reasons from her other health issues complicating things all the way to how everyone reacts to treatments differently. Or if she doesn’t end up with having Lyme they would be the all powerful wizard who gave her the correct diagnosis.
      I could be wrong bc I don’t know Yolanda personally. She could have made this up to get attention, she could have munchausen but that means she’s not deliberately making this up for attention. She could have Lyme or one of many other diseases. None of the above has anything to do with her book smarts or lack thereof. There’s a reason that we go see a dr. Even drs go see other drs. We aren’t supposed to diagnose ourselves but we are supposed to stand up for ourselves & our families & work with the drs to understand & treat us & if we feel one Dr isn’t doing what is best for us we should see the best Dr possible. Safly, in the us the best Dr isn’t always the one we can afford or the one insurance will pay for but if you have the money there’s nothing wrong with going elsewhere & there’s nothing wrong with trying herbal or alternative treatments if the standards aren’t helping. If I had the money you could bet I’d be flying out tonight to see drs who claim to have treatments that would help me even a little to live a more productive life
      No the problem is that these drs sound like quacks & they’re the ones causing her to go through all this. I feel like some of the treatments are the reason she has some worse days. Ppl don’t realize that just bc a medicine is herbal & over the counter does not make it safe nor does it mean there won’t be problems due to interactions with other herbals or prescription drugs I believe something is wrong & I believe she & her kids could have lyme. It makes sense that they all could have been bit by the same infected ticks. But I think some of these real experts who have been calling her out should offer to see her & help make a diagnosis once & for all. After all isn’t the reason they became drs was to actually help patients rather than call them & other drs out publicly?
      OK climbing off my soap box now. Please forgive my typos, spelling & grammar errors due to my own medical issues my vision is messed up so I can’t always see mistakes I just hope I caught them all as I made them. (& hope auto correct doesn’t sneak change things like usual ) please don’t think I’m trying to start an argument I just felt like it would be OK to join the discussion

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      • You are referring to a commenter above, correct? My post did not say anything about her being smart/no smart or uneducated. In fact, the smartest people fall for pseudoscience, so I don’t think intelligence is the best correlation to falling or not falling for schemes- it is more about awareness.

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  7. I left a reply after part 2 but it didn’t take, so here goes again: Yolanda also mentioned having two-foot parasites removed. She, if I recall correctly, and her poster board mention that she has Epstein-Barr virus as well. She also broke her back in three places when giving birth to Anwar, and was also sick a lot during her marriage to Mohamed as well. Coincidentally she claims getting sick right after marrying David. Also, and I can’t personally confirm this because my eyesight is bad, but I read elsewhere that on one of the pix of her numerous meds (maybe her pharmacy of a closet?) there were many prescription drugs included like Aderall, Ritalin and Xanax.

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  8. Thank you for distilling all this information into a concise and very easy to follow summary. Yolanda and her quest never passed the smell test for me, and the more medical double talk she threw out, the more red flags were raised for me. Her claims that her suffering is more valid than everyone else, that her journey is so much more righteous than everyone else, that she is a victim and a martyr and more selfless than everyone else…. Well it all smelled like bull poop to me.

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  9. This is what I think. Yolanda was unwell, perhaps weak and tired from malnutrition thanks to her cleanses and her fear of fat. She increases her vitamins and supplements – probably adds some goldenseal to boost her immune system and damaged her liver which impeded its ability to deal with the reckless mix of quackery she consumes on a daily basis, making her ill. She then decides her illness is CLD and finds a willing con artist with a license to cosign her delusion and head off on her medical journey, poisoning herself on the daily.

    I think she really believes she is sick. I also agree that she exaggerates her illness for the show because she knows Andy and Bravo love quackery and will go through anything to get a quack medical procedure on camera. Having seen her drug closet, it amazes me that she is still alive and I figure that without the poisons she is ingesting every day, she would be healthy as a horse.

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    • It’s okay, her medicine closet is full of homeopathics mostly, which means she’s only ingesting water with the distant echos of nonexistent memories. Nothing to fear there. In fact, were homeopathy to be believed, the higher the dilution (ie. the smaller the dose) the more potent, so presumably we’d all have overdosed by now from regular old drinking water.

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      • Yes, some are clearly homeopathic medicine (which is full of its own bogus claims as you mentioned!), but the herbs and supplements she shared definitely could be problematic or interacting with something.

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  10. If she is declared disabled the alimony David Foster is required to pay will change, regardless of prenup. She has lived the lifestyles of Hadid and Foster – many houses, etc. No more child support or alimony from Hadid, prenup with Foster. She saw the writing on the wall and began documenting this chronic, vaguely identifiable (but hard to dispute) illness. Life in her new condo is quite a comedown.

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    • Can you imagine her being on the table giving birth and the team notices that her back just fractured. Whoops it fractured again oh my God it’s fractured a third time, and I’ll just stand here with my head up my ass. The obstetrician would have committed suicide as his career was over because he just stood there passively while her back broke three times and took 10 years (?) to fuse back together. How inconvenient 11 frequently water skis in the south of France.

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  11. I think she is psychotically passive aggressive. The homage was the husband who cheated on her and while she acted graciously she really never for gave him for that and that label stuck on him. Now she wants David Foster to be known as the one who left her when she was so sick. We shall see how far she takes that, because if she pushes too hard he might just tell the truth.

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  12. Great blog, great info.You have broke all down so well.So much you had to say has been mentioned by many but you have all in one place so we can see this whole story does not add up.People aren’t buying it.

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  13. Very well written & researched articles. I was always a big Yolanda fan but there’s just so much that doesn’t make sense. I’d site examples but you’ve done that so well there’s no need. Only one thing I’d like to point out just as a point of correction: Encephalitis CAN be either viral OR bacterial. And as you are aware, can have MANY causes. I truly hope the best for Yo clearly there are issues/illnesses that need to be addressed appropriately.

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  14. Something I noticed from the beginning with Yolanda was her manipulation. Yolanda initiated the conversations that she then used against them and kinda got the whole cast hating that person for the whole season. 1st season it was Kyle with the whole talking about Lisa thing and then she got mad at Lisa for not being a “good friend” and went after her. If and when she got caught she 1st blamed “lost in translation” and then she had the “Lyme brain” excuse. So as far as her reason for using Lyme thats what I saw. Just a way to not be held accountable for her actions. She is the very reason Brandi had so many problems with ppl. Watch it back, you’ll see what I’m talking about. She’s very territorial and has rules for what constitutes relationships. If you don’t follow those rules she will try to turn everyone against you. The same way Brandi accused Lisa of doing, with suggestion. Sadly Brandi couldn’t see that the person making her believe that was really the culprit to her problems with the ladies.

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  15. I can’t remember. I just know watching I thought she was really shady and it was annoying because none of them could see it. The whole conversation in Paris with Kyle about Lisa that she later used against Kyle and denied any wrong doing or involvement. Which Lisa believed Yolanda and not Kyle. And then the next season it was Lisa she didn’t like and manipulated that whole season. I need to find a recap of those seasons to better remember all of the details. But I know she claimed Lyme brain when confronted about anything. So, she was given a pass and it wasn’t talked about anymore.

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  16. Also look into how her relationship with her husband Hadid ended. Yes he cheated on her, but she was in bed for a year after a so called broken back after Anwar had allergic reaction to potassiumI think she may have meant a reaction to potocin and her coccyx was bruised! But she has stated she broke it in childbirth and needed a three disc fusion an couldn’t get out of bed for a year…..there seems to be an attention pattern!

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    • Yet if you look back at pictures showing anwar as a baby, clearly only a few months old, you will see Yolanda carrying him, holding him and her other children, even on the beach! So despite her claim she couldn’t get out of bed for a year, again this is proven to be a total lie by many, many pictures showing the opposite!

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  17. I do think she is legimately sick with “something”. What that something is remains remains to be seen. I think she is very, very invested in it being Lyme. Unfortunately the waters are downright murky if not clouded due to all of the alternative treatments, especially from third world countries looking to make a buck any way they can. I can definitely understand being sick and needing an answer. I was born with mastocytosis and the symptoms were controlled enough until recently to allow me to live a somewhat normal life. Then I started having severe neurological issues about a year ago. I legimately thought it was the mastocytosis but after seeing legimately knowledgeable specialists including neurologists, oncologists etc. who were at a loss I was finally able to pinpoint it to previously undiagnosed celiac disease. Since going gluten free my symptoms have either completely resolved or abated tremendously. It’s likely the childhood mastocytosis regressed at some point and was well controlled with the meds protocol. The other symptoms were probably celiac related. While I am the one to figure it out and I am a bit irratated that they missed it the difference is that I have first and third degree relatives with it. We have history on both sides of my family of having very rare legitimate diseases. My daughter has been sick for over a decade and has clinically diagnosed Celiac and MCAS. She was just diagnosed with EDS. We both have ADHD. The common dominator will most likely be mast cell related as the emerging legimate, science based literature is starting to point out. The sad thing is that Yolanda will probably never get fully better because she’s too invested in the woo to explore what might actually be going on with her. Science is a good thing people!

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    • While I am sorry you are ill-science is a great thing I agree!1 How wonderful you were able to deduce your symptoms down to celiac and regain your health! I agree with you that YF will probably never be able to do the same sadly because she too into the quackery. I can’t imagine the damage to her liver from all of these supplements.

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  18. Oh the things I could say about Klinghardt and Sophia……do not be surprised if they get shut down…. the devout followers,aka koolaide drinkers, will insist it’s the govt cracking down bc they don’t want natural/alternative treatments to work. *which I do believe is happening with certain legit and GOOD practicioners* When in reality it’d be due to gross negligence, fraud, and a host of other things…. oh my goodness I can’t wait for them to be exposed more… By the way, I DO have an autoimmune disease that has greatly changed my life… but that’s why I judge her inconsistencies even more…lol. Complete with amazing side eye.

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  19. Look, here’s the thing. I worked for a (QUACK) naturopath for years then in natural food markets for over 10 years and I know this person, this behavior. That closet of pills, it’s pure obsession. It’s all about attention and being a special snowflake. I’ve seen it 1000 times before. It becomes a way for them to define themselves and it takes over their lives. I’ve known people to just make things up which have NOOOOO basis in any sort of medical reality whatsoever and I’ve seen coworkers and have myself indirectly been a part of selling them their magic pills – for money. Lots and lots of money.

    She has filled some void in her life with this obsession and need for attention and chances are, it’s the treatments and pills which are making her sick. Does she really have an ailment? Possibly, but doubtful it is Lyme.

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  20. How does aging former model Yolanda’s very public illness timeline compare to her daughter Gigi’s skyrocketing modeling career? Could all the social media pics be fulfilling a need to be back in the “limelight”?

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  21. I wonder about Yolanda’s cloying behavior towards men, like when she acts like a child with David there in her recovery room. That little girl voice. She has mentioned many times the trauma of her father’s sudden death when she was a little girl. That whole “my king” nonsense, her desperation to be the perfect woman–and looking at her modeling photos she pretty much was, physically, at least. Have you seen her and David’s wedding video? I call that delusions of grandeur.

    She also has spoken about going to work so young “to support my family.” However, she recently let out a tiny statement that her father had left her some money, which for me mitigates her “poor child model and laborer me” story a bit.

    Sometimes we get stuck in the traumas of childhood, mentally; I’m wondering if she uses illness, real or imagined, to manipulate people into giving her the attention and control she lost when her father died? No doubt she got a lot of attention and pity at that time. Perhaps she is now subconsciously dealing with some abandonment issues?

    As for when she “finally” got diagnosed with Lyme disease, I remember she mentioned it had come about by process of elimination. She had been going to doctors with symptoms for a year or two, I think she said, when finally one made the diagnosis. Isn’t that the one who put her on the IV treatment in Florida, when we then saw her dragging that IV pole around at home for the first time?

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  22. Excellent recap all three parts! Thank you so much for piecing it all together for us. She is definitely an attention seeking “mentally sick” person, she may have some legitimate illnesses, but boy is it hard to decipher in light of all of the shenanigans that have gone on with her since 2012. Thanks again!

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  23. Thanks! Very interesting! Did you notice in one pic the medical attendant, a male. is inserting something in her arm with no gloves, as she watches? Several things like that just scream out quacks!

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  24. Fantastic blog/timeline AM Pines. Thanks for breaking it all down. I hope this will help some folks see the potential harm they can bring themselves from following quackery medicine vs. real science, real medicine.

    I rarely post form this account anymore-but will definitely be hanging in here. Excellent writing-Thank you.

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  25. Thanks again for this timeline. I was wondering about it as she has me totally confused with her happy sad selfies and the IV’s with no poles. I read some place that Yolanda had a prenup with Mohamad but was able to get the prenup thrown out. She recieved spousal support because she was ill (broken back?) Now she is doing the same with David Foster. In California, a prenup can be thrown out as it is “unconscionable” to leave a spouse who has brain problems or is ill..
    I also read an article that said she asked for the divorce a year ago, per David Foster, allegedly
    Have you found anything similar? I don’t know if any of this is true, just things I have gleaned.
    Thank you

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