28 year old woman hiker who died in Phoenix 6/19/16 NOT heat related

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Phoenix has been having record heat but the recent death of a Valley woman was not heat related

This woman, an avid exercise enthusiast had trouble breathing at 9am.  It was probably only around 102 degrees at that time, hardly the 118 that it would hit around 4pm.  So what really caused her death?

Well the heat isn't nearly the most dangerous thing in phoenix right now.  Long has there been a pollution cloud over phoenix but in the last 3 months it has gotten much worse and become much bigger.  Virtually every single day this summer has had an air quality advisory from high pollution. Why?  Nitrogen recently being added to the gasoline.  When these nitrogen oxides are burned they produce the orange gas nitrogen dioxide, a common oxidative pollutant.  This was what killed this woman.  It caused oxidative stress in her lungs causing swelling and preventing her from breathing.  A normal young person should have been able to use adrenaline and cortisol from the adrenal glands as an anti-inflammatory.  But in this woman's case, she was likely very low on these hormones due to her rigorous lifestyle.  Her antioxidant status was also likely depleted from her strenuous activities.  To top that off, the body produces the antioxidant NADPH from sugar, and after their strenuous 3 hour bike ride she had burned up all her blood sugar so was unable to produce the required NADPH to save her.  Since the emergency medical staff has no clue whatsoever about how the body works and couldn't for the life of them realize that breathing difficulties are from bronchiole inflammation which is caused by oxidative stress, they did nothing that could have saved her like give antioxidant therapy.  Sadly another death caused by the inept medical establishment that runs on big pharma money.


  1. You're right, ambulances carry a very limited variety of drugs. Which antioxidant could have been administered in this case? I.V. vitamin C?

  2. Great question. Yes vitamin C would have been good, but from a emergency standpoint a glucose IV plus a steroid like cortisol or epinephrine. Resveratrol or quercetin as well.

    1. even asthma medicine probably would have saved her. Even if she hadn't been diagnosed with asthma it is the same thing, bronchial inflammation.

    2. Good thinking.

      I'm not familiar with the case other than what you presented. From an EMT-B level, I'm betting her lung sounds, posture, cyanosis,and level of conciousness indicated supplemental high flow O2, high potential for supplemental breaths and intubation to maintain patent airway, nebulized drugs. After airway was established, part of their initial assessment should have been blood glucose. If she was unable to assimilate NADPH, chances are her BG reading should have tipped them off to administer an appropriate form of glucose or dextrose.

      I'll be taking the NREMT within the next 2 weeks. Thanks for giving me something ponder further.

  3. Right well I'm thinking oxygen may have been a mistake. It is a strong oxidant and could make the bronchiole inflammation worse. That could have been partly to blame I would think.


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