Her death was no accident. She was poisoned. But before I tell you about that. Let me explain to you what an amazing lady, leader and fighter she was.

Marcielle “Marcie” Jacob was born on Rhode Island on July 15, 1956, one of 11 children.  According to her beautiful pregnant daughter, KC, Marcie grew up in an abusive alcoholic Irish-Catholic home, so standing strong was in her blood. Before she graduated high school, their house burned down, and she was even homeless for a while.

Marcie pulled up her bootstraps and eventually went to college in South Portland, Maine, where she graduated with a degree in accounting. She was the first one among 10 other siblings to get a college degree, and she immediately went to work as a financial analyst.

She met the love of her life, Dean, through her sister, Carol. Carol’s husband and Dean worked together for United Airlines most of their lives. Dean and Marcie were married 24 years ago, and they had one daughter, Katrina Courtney, or KC. (KC has a wonderful older stepbrother who came into the family with Dean, and he lives in Chicago.)

KC explained that Marcie was an amazing mom, a neat freak and a type-A personality who could tackle anything she set her hands to. Some of KC’s favorite memories with her mom were simply her driving KC to school as a child, listening and introducing her to great 1970s music like Carly Simon, “The Doors” and Linda Ronstadt.

Breast cancer ran high in Marcie’s family, so she would periodically be checked for it via Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI: “a diagnostic technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a detailed image of the body’s soft tissue and bones.”

That’s where Marcie’s problems really started.

Jeff Gerth, a senior reporter at ProPublica and a Pulitzer Prize winner as an investigative reporter at the New York Times from 1976 through 2005, wrote about Marcie’s journey in 2015. 

Gerth penned: “As is common with MRIs, Jacobs was injected beforehand with a [gadolinium-based] contrast agent, a drug that helps sharpen the resulting images. But after a few of these treatments, she began noticing some strange cognitive effects. Jacobs began missing meetings. Over the next several years, she had additional MRIs. The math skills that were crucial to her job as finance manager started deteriorating. [KC remembered her mom deteriorating during this period to the point of debilitation.]

“Jacobs eventually wound up on disability. She stopped worrying about cancer – and started worrying about imaging drugs.

As ProPublica has reported, [gadolinium-based] contrast agents [made by GE Healthcare, and Magnevist, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare] had been on the market for years when, in 2006, they were linked to a crippling, sometimes fatal condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, or NSF. The Food and Drug Administration put a ‘black box’ warning on the drugs the following year, saying patients with kidney impairment may be at risk of NSF because they were unable to excrete the gadolinium.”

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By 2015, the FDA finally issued another warning that gadolinium-based contrast agents, or GBCAs, could linger in the bodies of those without kidney problems, from their bones to other vital organs.

Marcie said back then that the new studies “confirm that the linear gadolinium-based contrasting agents such as GE’s product Omniscan and Bayer’s product Magnevist are being retained at much higher levels than radiologists and the FDA have acknowledged.”

In March 2015, Marcie started a Facebook group that is composed of researchers as well as hundreds of patients with similar gadolinium experiences and no evidence of kidney disease. In that same month, a radiology journal, Health Imaging, featured the group in an article on the new gadolinium research.

Over the past several years, Marcie became one of the leading opponents against GBCAs use in MRIs. Her last Facebook post was just a few weeks ago, and it cited a groundbreaking Wall Street Journal exposé of the potential hazards of gadolinium in MRIs, headlined, “A Question for Anyone Getting an MRI.”

The same warnings in that WSJ article were echoed over the last month at an official FDA meeting. Please listen to all eight minutes of the live FDA testimony and gadolinium warning from Dr. Alicia Y. Toledano, Sc.D., a Harvard professor who has received many outstanding honors and awards in the areas of radiology imaging.

Gena and I were introduced to Marcie because of the gadolinium poisoning that Gena also received through her multiple MRIs. We have been in the news recently because of it, and based upon her story coming out in a “Full Measure” interview.

We became good friends with Marcie, and we proudly joined her in her quest to rid gadolinium toxic metals from being injected in people through MRIs. I have now written about a dozen articles on the issue.

Marcie recently told Gena that because of her gadolinium poisoning, she didn’t know if she would make it another year on this planet. She was right, unfortunately.

Marcie died suddenly of a sudden massive heart attack two weeks ago on Oct, 2, 2017, at the young age of 61.

Here’s the thing: Gadolinium deposits through MRIs into all the vital organs, including the heart, are already well documented, and the heart is right behind Marcie’s breasts, which were repeatedly injected with GBCAs.

In the 2008 International Society of Nephrology journal article, “Cardiac and vascular metal deposition with high mortality in nephrogenic systemic fibrosis,” these words are reported regarding the study of 32 deceased patients: “At autopsy, we found that the heart, blood vessels, and skin of three patients who died of cardiac and/or vascular complications had appreciable amounts of gadolinium, iron, and aluminum. … Cardiovascular events contributed to the mortality of 9 [other] patients and included congestive heart failure, recurrent arrhythmias, hypotension, stroke, limb ischemia, posterior ischemic optic neuropathy and sudden death.”

Am I missing something?

I’ve known great fighters in my life – fought with the best of them. Marcie was at the top of her class – a real first-class contender for all humans everywhere, and that they would be spared the torture she and others have suffered because of gadolinium poisoning.  Marcie has laid down her life for the anti-GBCA cause and movement. She’s a true martyr in every sense of the word.

How does Marcie’s family want her to be remembered?

Not only as the inspiring health advocate and leader she was, but KC added: “The gadolinium issue was the most important thing to her. She was making waves, and we supported her all the way. What we and my mom would want more than anything else is for others to pick up the anti-GBCA baton and carry on her legacy until it is a massive movement the medical industry and Big Pharma can’t avoid!”

This very weekend, Marcie’s daughter, KC, is expecting the birth of her first child – a boy. KC shared that Marcie was so excited to have her first grandson.

One of KC’s last conversations with Marcie was her mom telling her she was going to spare no expense to acquire a second set of all KC’s baby stuff so Marcie could enjoy as much time as possible with her grandson.

KC, we’re more than sorry that your mom won’t be there physically, but she’s not going to miss a moment of your son’s life, as is summed up in this encouraging poem, “I’m Watching You from Heaven”:

I’m watching you from Heaven
And I see you’re crying tears
You know a smile is all I ask of you
Please remember all my years
I’m watching you from heaven
From a place of pure sweet love
There is no reason to forgive you
There is no sorrow up above
I’m watching you from Heaven
Please let go of guilt and pain
It is not serving you to carry it
It will hold you back from gain
I’m watching you from Heaven
As you try to carry on
Please know I am at your side
For my spirit is not gone
I’m watching you from Heaven
As I leave you signs each day
Heaven’s 3 feet off your floor
I am never far away
I’m watching you from Heaven
Someday our paths will cross again
For now please enjoy your journey
My life, my love, and my best friend

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