Reservist Alleges Tainted Diet Pill Caused Insomnia Rage, Five Days in Mental Ward


According to the Daily News, which first reported the story, Angeliz is the store manager's son. He told the newspaper that Theodore had been fasting on the pills.

"We can't leave the store to see the customer eats well," he told the newspaper. "The insurance is handling this. That's all I will say."

Theodore's paranoia and aggression came to a head in a "road rage" incident on Dec. 19, 2012, said her lawyer, Pascale.

"She got stopped in the middle of a busy intersection and started arguing with people," he said. "Finally a cop came and gave her a ticket."

The lawsuit alleges that Theodore drove home and then went into another rage with her mother and tore the screen door off her own house. "This is a strong lady," he said.

"Then, she proceeds to take a knife out on the mattresses in the house," said Pascale. "She wasn't just stabbing pillows. She was brandishing a knife on her mother, who called 911."

Pascale said Theodore was taken to Queens Medical Center by ambulance and was admitted to its mental ward. "She had no choice," he said.

The first thing the medical staff did was sedate Theodore, according Pascale.

"When she was awake and felt normal, she asked, 'Why am I here?'" he said. "The hospital, after talking to Theodore, realized it was the pills."

Today, Theodore is doing "pretty well," said Ullman. "But she is not doing well as far as her military career is concerned."

Theodore wants to be an officer, so she must accumulate service points, he said. Getting an assignment in an active combat zone is important for her goal.

At virtually the same time as the rage incidents, Theodore was short-listed and on standby for an assignment, say her lawyers.

"She was concerned about her weight and that's why she took the product," said Ullman. "When this happened, she had to withdraw from the unit. She doesn't know of another opportunity to deploy, especially after the sequester and the phase-out in Afghanistan."

Theodore's legal team says it has still has not been able to find out who manufactures Natural Lipo-X.

"They are probably made in a facility outside the U.S. with no controls," said Ullman. "One batch they have thrown something extra into. We will attempt to find out, and if we can, we plan to hold them accountable."

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