After her refusal to testify, a mini debate broke out in Washington circles concerning the validity of convicting her for the action. Lerner's take before the committee was her insistence that 'I have done nothing wrong.'
When the experiment began, Spurlock was in better than average physical shape. At the end of the McDonalds month, however, things had changed dramatically. Eating upwards of 5000 calories a day, Spurlock gained twenty-five pounds.
During a lull in the fighting, Helsel ran to join his commanding officer and was severely wounded in his left arm. (He is left-handed.) It was probable that he would bleed to death, but miraculously he did not.