In Memoriam of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr

In Memoriam of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, of those who came before and hopefully none that will come after


Dear skeptics in Europe and in the World,

it is with sorrow that we bring the news of the sudden death of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr.

Source: @drlisamaria

Dr. Kellermayr, an Austrian medical doctor and science communicator, committed suicide after relentless bullying from anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists.

Her death has brought up a new wave of conspiracies, stating that her passing was linked to her discovering the “truth about vaccines.”

We are appalled and disgusted by the twisted way her death is being abused by those whose ilk drove her to it.

We know that many of you reading this have been the target of bullying, threats of bodily harm, sexual abuse, harm to your loved ones, and death threats. Please, we implore you to be vocal when this happens to you. Do not let this become your norm or your life – even if it often happens, repeat to yourself that this is not normal, this is not all right. Rely on your family, friends, and colleagues. Share this abuse online, so the abusers do not have the luxury of shadows. Report the abuse – to the social media provider, to the police, to whomever you can.

Please, if you feel overwhelmed, speak to those close to you. If that is not an option, here is a list of national crisis lines you can call.

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Death from acupuncture

Norway´s national broadcaster NRK this week featured a case about a death related to acupuncture.

In February of 2015 a man died of infection shortly after visiting an acupuncture clinic. He had been there for treatment many times before, as this was a training clinic for new acupuncturists.

This time the student inserted the needle, discovered that the needle was placed wrong and proceeded to extract the needle before reinserting the same needle.

Four days after the treatment, the man fell ill. He was quickly committed to hospital, where the doctors could conclude that he had a blood infection. In the following four days he gained 20 kg from swelling and after 2 cardiac arrests his body could tolerate no more.

Eight days after the acupuncture treatment he was dead and his wife of 15 years marriage left a widow.

The autopsy never clearly stated that the death was caused by acupuncture, but no other reason for the rapid blood infection was found.