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Help me solve this 60 year old mystery

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  • Posted By: CuriousAboutAunt
  • November 12, 2007
  • 08:10 PM

My Aunt died 60 years ago when she was 14 years old. Everyone has always said it was from leukemia, once I became old enough I decided I would research it for myself and things just dont add up to it being Leukemia. She had swollen legs, hair loss and her teeth were very bad is all I can get anyone to remember. She died very young and I wish I knew what the real cause of death was but maybe someone can help me have at least a better guess. Thanks.

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  • I doubt it too. could have been a glandular thing, diabetes, thyroid, adrenals just not working all like they should...most likely, bad teeth..now just think about dentistry. We take it for granted, but they didn't really have dentists back then. They just pulled teeth. Bad teeth means a bad infection and it goes throughout the body, causing the legs to swell and heart problems. No antibiotics to control the infection.. Bad teeth killed her, so you better take care of your teeth and floss every day.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 09:04 AM
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  • My Aunt died 60 years ago when she was 14 years old. Everyone has always said it was from leukemia, once I became old enough I decided I would research it for myself and things just dont add up to it being Leukemia. She had swollen legs, hair loss and her teeth were very bad is all I can get anyone to remember. She died very young and I wish I knew what the real cause of death was but maybe someone can help me have at least a better guess. Thanks.Find out what kind of vaccines she was given. If she was given the Polio vaccine (Salk) or another one of those 'brave new world vaccines' you should research on them. She probably had an autoimmune response to them...Some of those vaccines were tainted with animal bugs...Sorry about your Aunt. It is fair that you are searching for an answer.Best,Fruity.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 03:29 PM
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  • I believe it probably was leukemia. Children usually get ALL, but it may have been AML. Back in those days, there wasn't much chemotherapy, but she may have been given some combination of drugs containing arsenic. The hair loss may have been caused by this. If she also had swollen legs,it may have been due to kidney failure as a result of the therapy, and sometimes due to the toxins released as the leukemia cells die. Some forms of leukemia affect the gums, and cause the teeth to look terrible. So you can feel that the mystery was solved...
    A pathologist 12 Replies
    • November 13, 2007
    • 07:52 PM
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  • Hi Monsterlove, You are absolutely wrong about dental care 60 years ago. They didn't "just pull teeth" etc. My father graduated dental school in 1949, practiced for a while and ended up being a consultant for HMO dental plans up until 5 years ago, all starting with his "primative" dental education way back in the dark ages.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
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  • So sorry about your aunt. Medical mysteries in the family drive me crazy, too. With swollen legs, tooth and hair loss, it sounds surprisingly like a malnutrition issue. She might have had a vitamin deficiency - I of course have no idea as to what her diet was. Do you know if she was picky about eating/not eating certain foods?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
    • 04:55 AM
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  • Do we know that her parents took her to a dentist? Maybe they couldn't afford it. Infected teeth will spread infection throughout the body. Could have been heart failure due to dental infection.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
    • 08:33 PM
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  • Come on Monsterlove - I can’t believe your claiming “they didn't really have dentists back then. They just pulled teeth.” I’m betting you haven’t been alive very long! As far back as I can remember, in the early ‘50s, our Mom took all of us kids (I’m #6 out of 7) to the dentist every year and our family didn’t have much money. We didn’t mind going, either. When I joined the Navy in 1970, they sent all of us to the dentist in boot camp. The assistant was irritated with me that I didn’t know if I was allergic to novocaine. She said, ‘You’ve had 9 cavities filled and you’ve never had a novocaine shot?’ NO! Well, 50 years and 10’s of thousands of dollars later, I long to meet a dentist who could be as kind, patient, considerate and gentle as Dr. Hoskins. He wasn’t traumatizing us with shots and we were getting good and pain free dental care. Imagine that! A few years ago, my sister and I were talking about thousand+ dollar dental work we’d had and the problems it caused. Our mom didn’t say anything through this lengthy conversation, then finally said, ‘I haven’t been to the dentist since 1958.’ That’s a lot to be said for dentures. I finally got fed up with hearing dentists say ‘I can save that tooth’, then have to have an implant cut out of my gums, because it caused problems from my ear down to my throat or to go through a crown or bridge work and your teeth don’t fit together the same. The 40’s and 50’s weren’t exactly the dark ages. Look at kidney dialysis. They’re going back to procedures that were used back then, because they work better. Look at environmental issues. Hopefully this country will finally go back to what worked ‘in the dark ages’ (Windmills, cars that didn’t need gas, solar energy, etc.) Does anyone remember when hanging clothes on a line became unacceptable? How many live in neighborhoods with homeowners associations that outlaw that sort of menace? Change isn’t always good! Just more expensive. To ‘Curious About Aunt’: I hope you can get more details from your relatives. Maybe they can remember if it was just her ankles that were swollen? Her arms or face? And maybe more on what made her teeth so bad. And which started first? If you can get someone to remember something different that was happening from that same period, it tends to help jog memories. Good luck!
    KeepOnTryin 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Go back 74 years ago. It was 1934 when she was born. My mother grew up in the 30s and told me about horrible dental experiences that traumatized her. When she had a cavity, they just pulled her teeth, without any numbing agen. It was horrible. So she grew up during the depression and died around 1948. The malnution, which is indicated with dental disease, came into play. The orginal writer said there were dental issues. That is a known fact. I spoke with my dentist about the history of dental care and what did people do before modern dentistry and he said they died at an early age. This woman did not live in the 50s and yes, there was dental care then. But just like today, if you can't afford a root canal, you try to live with it, and the results can be disastrous.On the other hand, we don't know where she lived. If she lived around Nevada, she could have possibly been exposed to radiation from the test bombs and died from exposure. I think the original writer needs to try to obtain more information.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
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