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Tuesday June 30, 09

Michael Jackson World's Most Famous Anorexic Victim

06:55 AM

Did Michael Jackson die from complications related to anorexia?

The moment I heard the news of Michael Jackson's death, a 'cause' of death came to my mind mind. Jackson—pale, frail, and emaciated—died from an electrolyte imbalance brought on by dehydration—which resulted in cardiac arrest. His cardiologist on hand most likely knows this is what happened, as he firmly denies it was NOT because of any drugs he may have administered to Jackson.

As you may recall, Karen Carpenter and Terry Schiavo both suffered from cardiac arrest due to anorexia. Most people think anorexics die because of starvation. This is not true. While anorexics suffer the highest casualty out of any mental health disorder, the most frequent cause of death is by suicide followed by cardiac arrest from an electrolyte imbalance—not starvation. Calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium are vital electrolytes that regulate the heart's rhythms. Dehydration from starvation, purging, or exertion can deplete these minerals from the body very quickly—especially in a person with a long-term eating disorder—such as Jackson.

I think the good doctor knows what killed his patient. And I think the coroner knows as well. Toxicology reports will take a few weeks. And I believe they will confirm my theory—or at the very least will not be able to show any other plausible cause.

I am not a doctor. But I am a survivor of anorexia. Every emergency room visit of mine over the course of a decade was due to dehydration. It is no picnic experiencing the beginning symptoms of a seizure—tingling and numbness in the mouth and hands—realizing from past experience that you are beyond the point of being able to help yourself. You cannot re-hydrate your body by drinking—you need I.V. fluids and fast. You have no choice—you must get to a hospital ASAP.

So what happened with Jackson? He had a cardiologist on staff. Well, I think Jackson was a victim of his success in more ways than one. Not only did it screw up his childhood—which I am certain has something to due with him developing an eating disorder. But it also resulted in him being surrounded by a bunch of yes-men/women-enablers.

A firm hand—by his father—was not what he needed at eleven years old. But at fifty, somebody should have said, “No Michael. Enough is enough.”

Just my thoughts. I could be wrong about the ‘cause’ of death. Even so, I stand by the rest.

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