Real Housewives of Beverly Hills get Lyme Disease

by lmatthews on February 15, 2013

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Yolanda Hadid-Foster with her husband, David Foster, and daughter, Gigi Hadid.

The rich and famous are not immune it seems to Lyme disease as Yolanda Hadid-Foster announced late last year that she is suffering from neuroborreliosis. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star believes that she has had Lyme disease for around two years, but it is only recently that she has had the infection confirmed.

Whether or not she returns to the show remains in the balance as she goes through some intense therapy to try to regain her health.

Symptoms of NeuroLyme

Yolanda is known for her feistiness on the reality show but she admits that after several heated discussions with fellow stars she began realizing that something was wrong. In a blog for Bravo, Mrs Hadid-Foster talked to host Andy Cohen about an angry incident between herself and Taylor which highlighted how she “had all these words floating [in] my brain and … couldn’t make a sentence from it. That was the day I realized I was really sick and I needed help.”

Yolanda Foster vs. CDC

Yolanda Hadid-Foster went on to reveal, in a tweet, that she is having a port implanted so as to have intravenous antibiotic treatment for her neuro-Lyme. Flying in the face of conventional health advice and guidelines on Lyme disease, Yolanda says that “It will require many months of intravenous antibiotics and immune therapy but I’m very optimistic and ready to fight the good fight.” The US Centers for Disease Control, and the majority of public health officials maintain that a short course of antibiotics is sufficient to resolve the infection for most people, with few, if any, lingering problems. Yolanda, however, says “So far I have learned that it is a very misunderstood and hard-to-detect enemy, so I feel a lot of comfort in having something that I can fight head on!”


Lyme Disease Treatment for RHOBH Star

In her current state of health it does not seem likely that Mrs Foster will return for the fourth season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The star noted, “I lost 40% of my brain power so I was struggling to stay engaged. The show starts shooting in April so I’m taking things day by day.” Unlike many Lyme disease sufferers, Yolanda is lucky enough to have a beautiful mansion in which to convalesce, with the support of her husband (music producer David Foster) and family and sufficient funds to pay for protracted treatments and complementary therapies. Being denied insurance coverage for intravenous antibiotics that contravene usual medical approaches is unlikely to worry Yolanda but is a real issue for many with Lyme disease.

Promoting Unorthodox Treatments

Currently appearing in the third season of RHOBH, Yolanda Foster hopes to be back and in good health by April for the next season of the reality show. Perhaps the appearance of this reality TV star with Lyme disease will help highlight the infection and raise awareness of its potential effects. There is a worry, however, that her use of long-term intravenous antibiotics against conventional medical guidelines could promote risky treatment strategies to viewers. There are very real dangers with having an intravenous port fitted and commencing such antibiotic treatments. Hopefully, Yolanda will recover quickly now she has a proper diagnosis of neuroborreliosis.

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