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Did Julie Powell Die From Vaccine Sudden Death?!

Famous food blogger Julie Powell just died, and people are claiming that she died from vaccine-induced sudden death!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Julie Powell Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!

Right after news broke that Julie Powell died suddenly, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the famous food writer and blogger died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS / VDS)!

Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on his death:

So many of the people who took the covid vaccine were monstrous wishing death on anyone who did not take it… and then they’ve dropped dead. Julie Powell, the food blogger, who died suddenly, wanted unvaxxed to die! #diedsuddenly #SuddenAdultDeathSyndrome #JuliePowell

Julie Powell, food writer who inspired ‘Julie & Julia,’ dead at 49. So many people dying young from cardiac arrest now then before these deadly Covid vaccines

Julie Powell is dead of cardiac arrest at 49. She once celebrated anti-vaxxers and people refusing to wear masks dying. Another victim of the Covid mRNA vaccine bites the dust.


Truth : Julie Powell Did NOT Die From Vaccine Sudden Death!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why, and what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Julie Powell Died From Cardiac Arrest

Julie Powell (born Julia Ann Foster on April 20, 1973) died at 49 years of age  on Wednesday, 26 October 2022, at her home in Olivebridge in upstate New York.

Her husband, Eric Powell, confirmed to the New York Times that she died of cardiac arrest caused by a cardiac arrhythmia.

Her brother-in-law, Ethan Powell, told the Los Angeles Times that she had a heart arrhythmia – a heart rhythm problem.

So, let me be clear – Julie Powell’s cause of death was cardiac arrest caused by a cardiac arrhythmia, not the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #2 : Julie Powell Was Sick For Quite Some Time

On her social media, Julie Powell shared that she was sick with flu-like symptoms on October 7, after her husband fell sick. She was still sick on October 9, and again on October 23.

On October 25 – the day before she died, she reported in her last tweet that she woke up with Black Hairy Tongue, which is a harmless condition that could be brought about by her rather long illness.

Now, I point all this out because the media and conspiracy theorists believe that her prior illness could have caused her death. Some have also claimed that she died from a COVID-19 infection.

I have to stress – we don’t know that, because we are not her doctor. But it seems unlikely as she had a cardiac arrhythmia that led to a cardiac arrest.

Flu cannot trigger a cardiac arrest, although COVID-19 can cause myocarditis, which could cause the heart to beat irregularly and cause a cardiac arrest.

Fact #3 : Julie Powell Was Fully-Vaccinated + Boosted

Julie Powell was fully-vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, with her last booster on 24 December 2021. She did not suffer any significant adverse reaction from the vaccine doses.

Anti-vaccination activists are pointing to a May 8, 2021 post, as evidence that she got sick from the vaccine.

This vaccine has me a little noshy but totally not up to actually doing something about it. Also, there are cats.

The thing is – Julie was not saying that she was sick. Noshy meant “feeling snackish”, nosh meaning “to eat a snack”.

In other words, Julie Powell was saying that, after her vaccination, she felt peckish, and wanted to snack on something, but was just too lazy to do anything about it.

Fact #4 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Julie Powell was fully-vaccinated and boosted more than 10 months ago. She cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not many months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Read more : Do mRNA Vaccines Cause Invasion of Killer Lymphocytes?!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect us against severe illness and death from COVID-19, by teaching our own immune system how to create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They, however, cannot protect us against other causes of death, whether it’s a heart attack, cardiac arrest or even other viruses. Hence, fully-vaccinated people can and will die from other causes of death.

It is therefore ludicrous for anti-vaccination activists to blame all deaths of fully-vaccinated people on the vaccine. Did they really expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be an elixir of immortality? Please grow up.

Fact #6 : Cardiac Arrest Is A Common Cause Of Sudden Death

Anti-vaccination activists falsely claim that young people do not suddenly die from cardiac arrest.

The truth is – people have been dying from cardiac arrest since time immemorial, long before any vaccine was invented.

The United States alone records over half a million cases of sudden cardiac arrest cases every year – an incidence of about 130 per 100,000 individuals per year.

Many people have undiagnosed heart conditions that may not produce noticeable symptoms in daily life, but could result in sudden cardiac arrest at any time.

In Julie Powell’s case, she had cardiac arrhythmia, which predisposes to a sudden cardiac arrest.

Read more : Young Athletes At High Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

Fact #7 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Fact #6 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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