Newlywed Died of Sepsis after Flu Shot

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Newlywed died of sepsis after flu shot

You'll find essential information in this article about the flu, flu-like symptoms (influenza-like illness or ILI), sepsis after a flu shot, and an effective treatment for sepsis that could save your life.

It's difficult to make sense of how a happy, healthy newlywed could die of the flu in only five days. Maybe she didn't. Maybe she died of what is called SIRS or systemic inflammatory response syndrome, a medical condition very similar to sepsis but without the necessary infectious element.

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In our effort to try to make clarify and learn from what happened to this young woman, we're going to analyze three aspects of this tragic story:

  1. The official story told by mainstream media and government health officials, and paid pharmaceutical consultants
  2. The official story compared to the facts
  3. Alternatives that could have saved this young woman's life

The official story according to mainstream media

"Wisconsin newlywed started to feel sick with the flu on a Monday. By Friday, she was dead", says an article on ABC News today (15 Jan 2015).

We are told that ​Katie McQuestion, a 26-year-old radiologist from Kenosha, Wisconsin, had no underlying medical conditions, but she caught the flu and developed a serious complication from it: sepsis. She died on January 2nd.

​Katherine's mother said her daughter "was required to and had received the flu shot, but it didn't keep her from becoming sick."

According to the ABCNews article:

McQuestion complained she didn't feel well on a mother-daughter trip to a dress shop on Dec. 29, said her mother, who asked not to be named. The following day, McQuestion was sent home sick from work. Her mother said she picked up an antibiotic for her on New Year's Eve.

Then, on New Year's day, McQuestion called her mother and said, "Mom, I've never been this sick," her mother recalled. McQuestion's parents and husband met her in the emergency room, and doctors told them that she had a high heart rate, low blood pressure and a low temperature. They gave her anti-nausea medication and something to help her sleep, her mother said.

About 12 hours later, the hospital called McQuestion's parents and told them she had taken a turn for the worse.

"They told us sepsis had set in, and it was too late," her mother said, adding that McQuestion had suffered a heart attack. "By that time, all her organs had begun to fail. There was nothing they could do."

Health officials and "experts" add to the official story

When WISN News questioned Kenosha County Health Officer Cynthia Johnson about Katherine’s death, the health official minimized what happened to Katherine and used the opportunity push vaccine compliance and encourage the "vast majority of people" to get vaccinated. "This is a very unusual case," she said, shrugging off the death as a fluke saying "it typically doesn't happen." It never feels very rare when it happens to you.

The WISN reports:

Johnson said McQuestion's doctor attributed her symptoms to influenza on the death certificate. Her mother said she developed sepsis from the flu, which is essentially blood poisoning, and suffered a heart attack and massive organ failure."Sometimes that does happen with those cascading results of someone's metabolism, their particular makeup that they can fail very quickly, and it's very difficult at times to turn that around," Johnson said.

Then Dr. William Schaffner, paid Merck consultant, Chairman of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and a non-voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighs in all the way from Tennessee, saying that "it's hard to predict who will get sepsis from the flu, but underlying conditions, such as asthma or lung disease could contribute to it."

We are told that he didn't actually treat Katherine McQuestion and goes on to explain how sepsis can be caused by the flu progressing to pneumonia, a bacterial disease.

This highly acclaimed doctor goes on to say, "Usually pneumonia infection is confined to the lungs, but on occasion, it can be so bad that the bacteria leave the lungs and get into the blood stream."

Dr. Schaffner continues to say that if you have shortness of breath, are coughing up yellow or green mucus, or mucus tinged with blood, it could be pneumonia.

His "expert" (read paid consultant) recommendation is that you should go to the doctor for "an antiviral medication as soon as you realize you have the flu in the hopes of preventing a more severe illness and flu complications." He also gave his best flu advice: "stay hydrated and sit up in bed to take deep breaths whenever possible."

Every major news outlet that I personally reviewed included pleas from health officials and experts for everyone to get vaccinated in spite of the fact that even the CDC has officially acknowledged that this years vaccines isn't effective.

So now that we know the story, let's take a apart a bit and see if we can understand how it works. For the story to work, we need...

Meet the lone gunman

Every official story needs a lone gunman and this one is no different. In this story it’s a "what" and not a "who". The lone gunman in the story we are being told is the flu. The death of Katherine McQuestion is blamed on the flu. The flu did it. Everyone just repeats the official story that it was the flu that did it.

If you notice, all the official comments assume as fact that Katherine died of the flu. There is no questioning this supposed fact and all the players in the official story act as if it's true.

As we know, every lone gunman needs a magic bullet to accomplish his dastardly deed. Without the magic bullet that defied the laws of physics, Lee Harvey wouldn't have been able to have accomplish the murder of the president and the injuries to the governor of Texas.

Meet the magic bullet

In our story here, we discover that the magic bullet is sepsis. This is the thing necessary for the lone gunman, the flu, to be able to do what it is supposed to do. Without this magic bullet it would not be possible for the flu to kill its healthy victim in only 5 days.

We are told that sepsis killed this young woman and since the flu, a virus, was to blame, there is no one to hold responsible. The doctors did everything they could, but the sepsis was just too much for then and for modern conventional medicine. The doctors are not to blame.

The true purpose of official stories

It's important to understand that the purpose of official stories is to protect the officials. And if you notice, the official story here clearly blames the flu for this whole tragedy and you can't sue a virus, can you?

For a complete understanding of official stories, please see the book by the same title Official Stories: Counter-Arguments for a Culture in Need by Liam Scheff. It's enjoyable reading and delivers enough information about our culture and the stories that have shaped our lives to knock your socks off.

Think of it as a corrective textbook to all the tales we were taught in school. We'll ask the questions: why do we believe what we do? Why do we accept some stories as true when the details so obviously contradict the headlines? We're going to find out what's real, what's true, and what's just an "official story".

Scratching the surface of the official story

OK, back to our story. The very first thing we are told is that she got the flu and five days later she died of flu-induced sepsis. Is this true? Let's take a look at what we know, the facts of the case and see how they compare with the official story by asking some very basic questions. Let's see where the facts lead us.

Here's the timeline of the last month of Katherine's life as presented by the media:

Early Dec 2014: Around December 7, 2014, Katherine McQuestion got a mandatory flu shot required by the hospital where she worked.

Monday, 29 Dec 2014: Approximately three weeks later, she complained that she didn't feel well on an outing with her mother.

Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014: Katherine was sent home sick from St. Catherine’s Medical Center, where she had worked for three years as a radiology technician.

Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014: The next day, Katherine's mother brings her an antibiotic.

Thursday, 1 Jan 2015: Katherine goes to the hospital and presents with high heart rate, low blood pressure, and low body temperature. Try to remember these symptoms as we will be discussing them in a moment. She's given an anti-nausea drug as well as a pharmaceutical drug to help her sleep.

Friday, 2 Jan 2015: Within 12 hours of being admitted to the hospital, she was diagnosed with sepsis, suffered a heart attack, multiple organ failure, and died.

Did Katherine even have the flu?

From everything you read in the mainstream media official story you might think it stupid to even question whether or not she had the flu. But this point is important in being able to make sense of what happened as we try to see how we might avoid this happening to us.

Roman Bystrianyk (co-author Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History) clearly states that:

“Flu” is basically defined as a 100°F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever), a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headaches and/or body aches, chills, and fatigue. So if you have that you think you have the flu. Right?

Actually no.​

What is often poorly understood is that a person actually has a syndrome (influenza-like illness, or ILI) that can be caused by various agents. Only a proportion of this syndrome is caused by influenza A and B viruses, but differential diagnosis on clinical grounds alone is not possible.

So in other words, just because you or your doctor think you have the “flu” doesn’t mean you have the influenza virus.​

It's not possible for a doctor to make a differential diagnosis (a systematic method of diagnosing a disorder which lacks unique symptoms or signs) based on clinical grounds or a clinical diagnosis (a diagnosis made on the basis of knowledge obtained by medical history and physical examination alone, without benefit of laboratory tests or x-ray films) to determine if someone actually has the flu caused by influenza A or B or whether they have some other disease with similar symptomatology.

So did Katherine really have the flu? Were differential tests done to determine the cause of her flu-like symptoms? Did she even have influenza-like symptoms?

Bystrianyk continues by explaining that Thomas Jefferson of the Cochrane Vaccines Field in his studies found that influenza is a relatively rare cause of ILI (influenza-like illness) and a rare disease. Here are his conclusions:

Using perspective studies the Cochrane group determined that during the winter season about 7% of people come down with ILI (influenza-like illness) – 93% don’t.

Of that 7%, only a small fraction are from influenza –

11% influenza,
6% RSV [Respiratory syncytial virus],
3% Rhinovirus,
2% PIV [Parainfluenza virus], and a whopping
77% from unknown causes.

The conclusion was:

…evidence presented here points to influenza being a relatively rare cause of ILI and a relatively rare disease. It follows that vaccines may not be appropriate preventive interventions for either influenza or ILI.

As you can see, the overwhelming majority of people with flu-like symptoms don't really have the flu. And doctors don't know what is causing their symptoms. This is a very dangerous situation for a patient to be in. Doctors end up just guessing at the cause, or worse, they just try a drug to see if it helps. It's like shooting in the dark. Not a really effective way to heal disease.

OK, so in answer to the first question, "Did Katherine have the flu?" we'd have to answer with: we don't know. We know that her mother, and the doctors that saw her all thought she had the flu. And according to Kenosha County Health Officer Cynthia Johnson, McQuestion’s doctor attributed the newlywed’s death to influenza on her death certificate, Fox News tells us.

But that still doesn't mean that she did have the flu or influenza. To decide if she really did have the flu, lets look at what happened when she went to the hospital.

What symptoms did she have at the hospital?

According to all news sources, Katherine presented at the hospital with the following symptoms:

  • ​High heart rate
  • Low body temperature
  • Low blood pressure

According to the CDC, the Mayo Clinic, and WebMD, these symptoms are not consistent with normal symptoms of the flu/influenza. All sources list fever over 100 degrees as a symptom of the flu/influenza. Katherine had low body temperature.

I know we haven't really talked much about sepsis yet, and a separate discussion of sepsis is necessary. But for now, we can say that sepsis is not a disease, it is rather what is called a medical condition. This means that doctors and researchers get together and determine what conditions have to be fulfilled in order to say someone has sepsis.

Medicinenet.com describes sepsis as a "potentially dangerous or life-threatening medical condition, found together with an infection (usually caused by but not limited to bacteria) whose signs and symptoms fulfill at least two of the following criteria of a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS):

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Body temperature either high or low
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Abnormal white blood cell count (requires laboratory blood testing)

There is one more requirement for sepsis. The victim has to have an infectious component. In other words, the victim has to have an infectious agent such as a flu/influenza virus, a bacteria, or fungal infection. If there isn't an infectious agent involved, then the medical condition is called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS.

Interestingly this young woman presented at the hospital with obviously two of the four signs and maybe even all four for her condition to be considered sepsis. We don't know about her respiratory rate or her blood work. We do know she had elevated heart rate and low body temperature, neither of which were symptoms of the flu, but rather of sepsis or SIRS.

So here is a very important piece of information. Even though you are not a doctor, the more you know about your body, health, nutrition, and even disease and natural healing, the better off you will be. Doctors, nurses, hospitals make mistakes. It's just the way it is. You may discover the mistake or misdiagnosis. Learning to follow your gut, your hunches, your instincts can save your life as in the case of New Zealander Allen Smith. Read our article here about how his wife and children saved his life by insisting on an proven, but unconventional treatment when the doctors had given up and were going to pull the plug on the life support machines at the hospital.

Now that we know Katherine actually had signs of sepsis or SIRS when she arrived at the hospital emergency room and most likely before she went to the hospital, it would be important for us to know a bit more about this condition and how someone "gets" sepsis or SIRS.

A deeper look at sepsis and SIRS

There's a lot of confusion about sepsis. But it's not just us, those of us who have not studied to be doctors, who are not clear on the subject. Even doctors have to get together and have conferences to try and figure out what sepsis is. And that's because sepsis isn't a disease, as we mentioned, so doctors have to get together and decide what it is and that's called a medical condition.

How do you "catch" sepsis. Is it only infections? Nope.

Mercola article

When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail

​Reading the official sites for information about flu, flu symptoms, and flu prevention and treatment, you quickly discover that there are only two things to do for prevention: wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and get the flu vaccine. And as far as treatment goes you can choose from antivirals if you want and stay hydrated. That's about all there is to choose from if you go to a normal hospital.

Treating sepsis effectively and naturally

We are lead to believe that she got sick on a Monday with the flu, and this viral infection turned into bacterial pneumonia and then this progressed very quickly into bacteria in her blood and her immune system signaled an inflammatory reaction and this caused her heart attack and multiple organ failure. And it's all the fault of the flu.

The implication is that we need to be afraid of the flu, the flu kills lots of people, our bodies are stupid and will kill us if we don’t get to the hospital in time to get antiviral medication "in hopes" that it will do some good, and although they try really hard, doctors aren’t always able to save us, especially when it comes to the flu, so you’d better get your flu shot and wash your hands or you may be the next one to die.

There are however some important factors that we should look at:

  • ​​The flu shot she got just three weeks before she became ill, if the multi-dose type, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) would have contained 25,000 times the upper limit for mercury in drinking water, not to mention the other toxic and immune depressing ingredients
  • The three pharmaceutical drugs that she took after she got sick, are nearly all toxic to the body
  • ​The responsibility of the hospital in not recognizing the symptoms of sepsis when she first arrived at the hospital
  • And last, but for me, the most important, the absence on the part of the hospital to try IV vitamin C treatment together with other antioxidants, a proven, effective treatment for sepsis

There are many details that we don't have, so it's not really possible to make a detailed investigation into what actually happened. But we can try to understand what happened and learn something from this dear woman's death.

Like Katherine's mother expressed to WISN news, "they hope sharing her story will help prevent other deaths from flu-related sepsis." Our only addition to this is...

Our hope is that the information presented here can help you better care for yourself and your loved ones if you should ever get the flu or have flu-like symptoms. Knowing what your alternatives are may make the difference between life and death. (See this article about a man who was about to be taken off life support because the medical board at the hospital deemed him as good as dead. His family fought to try high dose vitamin C and saved his life.)

Let's take a closer look at the timeline of the last month of this young woman's life:

All major news agency programming that I was able to personally review ended with the anchor reminding everyone to get their flu shots, saying that it wasn’t too late in the season to get them, and that this young woman’s death is a very rare occurrence. I bet this last fact doesn’t do anything to comfort the husband of the deceased or her family. When something like this effects you personally, it doesn’t FEEL very, very rare.

The Rundown Live

Kristan T. Harris from The RundownLive reports the article entitled "CDC Warning: Flu Vaccine is Useless, Vaccinated People May be more Vulnerable" tells us that those who GOT the flu shot may be MORE likely to get the flu! Makes you wonder if it's really worth the risk getting a vaccine for the flu, doesn't it?



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