Wednesday 28th January 2009
I have just been informed by his family that another victim of vCJD has died aged just 30 years old.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
It has also been brought to my attention that 30 year old Ben Gummer is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich and has the backing of Kenneth Clarke and of course his father John Gummer.
Whilst yet another innocent family weep for the avoidable loss of their loved one through vCJD, Kenneth Clarke and John Gummer continue to manipulate and use their political experience for the benefit of their political careers and their families. When they should be publicly and legally accountable for the manslaughter of hundreds and the disablement of thousands through vCJD.
Monday 26th January 2009
Imperial Research Published by the Royal Society (oct 2002)
‘1.9 million cows were infected with BSE and 1.6 million of those lethal toxic cows entered the human food chain’
Sunday 25th January 2009
Another victim of vCJD died last week, I send my love and thoughts to this young mans family and friends. May your god bless you all……
Thursday 22nd January 2009
One of the key characters in the BSE scandal who famously said he ‘ WAS TOO BUSY RESTRUCTURING THE NHS’ to stop BSE infected material going into the human food chain has been brought back into the shadow cabinet by David Cameron. Kenneth Clarke takes the job of Shadow Business Secretary and will no doubt play a big part in Cameron’s pitch to become the next Prime Minister in the next general election.
Kenneth Clarke was Health Secretary in 1988 he like all the others named and shamed on this website have seen their careers and fiscal rewards flourish, whilst my son and hundreds of other victims of vCJD have had their lives destroyed and futures stolen. I am appalled that once again the guilty are rewarded, the carefully acquired ‘laid back blokish’ demeanour Kenneth Clarke has adopted over the years hides a ruthless and astute politician with wide experience of ‘ducking and diving his way out of trouble’.
Kenneth Clarke like all those named and shamed on this website have remarkable sloped shoulders in which the lies and cover ups they actively engaged in during the BSE scandal seem to have left them and their careers untouched. Clarke like many involved in the BSE scandal looked the other way allowing the Tory party, meat, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries to continue to put lethal BSE material into foods and medicines, which has resulted in ‘one in a thousand of the UK population probably carrying vCJD’ Professor Collinge UCL June 2008.
David Cameron has a disabled child and hopes to become the next Prime Minister I would have hoped with his experience of having a child so ill, he would have appointed a Shadow Business Secretary that would echo the transparency, honesty and integrity he has cited are the core values of the 21st century Conservative party. I urge him to re think this appointment of the 68 year old Kenneth Clarke one of the men who holds the smoking gun that killed my son …and countless others……
Monday 19th January 2009
The denials continue Dawn Primarolo Health Secretary on Jan 13th states that the Edinburgh CJD unit have not confirmed a case of vCJD either probable or definite amongst the MV genotype. This continues the secrecy and cover ups that surround vCJD.
I am in constant communication with this family and spent many hours sitting, eating and talking to the latest victim of vCJD from the MV group their parents and extended family; The parents of the latest victim were given a confirmed clinical diagnosis in September by the Edinburgh CJD unit that their loved one had vCJD and was the first person in the world to be diagnosed with vCJD from the MV genotype.
Professor Pennington from SEAC appeared on Newsnight on 17th December 2008 alongside myself confirming this case. My petition to Gordon Brown also voices my many concerns around the diagnosis of the latest victim heralding a ‘SECOND WAVE OF VCJD VICTIMS’
The parents of the latest victim from the MV genotype are distraught and wanting to spend the last weeks and months with their beloved child asked me to be their spokesperson and I will continue to fight for their rights and for all victims of vCJD…..: I will not be silenced and will continue to expose those responsible for so many innocent deaths past. present and for those unfortunately to come in the future…….
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received of the prevalence of new variant CJD in the population carrying the MV gene; and what steps he is taking in response to such reports.  Dawn Primarolo: There have been a total of 167 cases of clinical vCJD in the United Kingdom. All of these patients have been of MM genotype. There has been one reported case of sub-clinical vCJD in a person of MV genotype, who died of an unrelated cause without having developed clinical symptoms of vCJD.
12 Jan 2009 : Column 137WIn December 2008, BBC Newsnight reported a case of CJD in a patient of MV genotype. As part of a well established system, all known suspect cases of CJD are reviewed and followed up by the National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh and the National Prion Unit in London. To date, the National CJD Surveillance Unit has not identified a definite or probable case of vCJD in a non-MM genotype individual.
The measures that have been put in place to minimise the risk of person to person transmission of vCJD are appropriate for the whole population, irrespective of the genotype of the patient.
Wednesday 14th January 2009
Below are some extracts from an article written by Joe Oliver for the Belfast Telegraph. If you click on the link below you can read the full report.
Christine told Sunday Life ‘The cover up has gone on too long – its time we had justice. My beautiful, gentle boy was reduced to a shell. He had a terrible distressing death. He was blind, quadriplegic and unable to recognise or remember anything or anyone. If government and senior officials had not ignored evidence withheld crucial information, then all victims of vCJD including my son would still be alive.’
‘Those in the Conservative government at the time and their advisors knew at the earliest stages that BSE had severe implications for human life.’
‘They held the smoking gun that killed my son and many others. I want them publicly and legally accountable.’
Friday 9th January 2009
CHRISTINES NEW YEAR MESSAGE TO:
Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Ray Bradley, John Gummer, Stephen Dorrell, Colin Maclean, William Rees, Donald Acheson, John McGregor, Keith Meldrum, Kenneth Clarke, Kenneth Calman, Douglas Hogg, Richard Packer, Elizabeth Attridge, Dr Jeremy Matters, Richard Carden, Alan Lawrence, Robert Lowson, Gerald Wells, Sir Derek Andres, Dr Alisa Wright, Angela Browning, Thomas Eddy, M H Baker, Dr Bernard Williams, Dr Robert Kendall, Dri Richard Kimberlin, Ron Jacobs, Dr Gerald Jones, Dr Hilary Pickles.
MY LOST BOY
When you sit with your children and grandchildren on Sundays and celebrations, watching them laugh, talk and grow do you ever stop to think about your deliberate decisions that led to so many avoidable deaths?
When carving the roast, a table full of family and friends do ever think about the victims? The youngsters that were unable to hold a knife and fork eat smile or recognise because you allowed BSE unchecked into the human food chain?
‘BRITISH BEEF IS SAFE’ was the mantra you as Ministers and government officials declared through the 1980s and 1990s. Whilst my son an innocent sat down to his MRM encrusted school dinners, stood bravely to receive his bovine rich immunisations as the pathogen that would kill him entered his little frame.
On September 2nd 1983 I proudly held my first born, a healthy 8lb boy bawling at the brand new world and all its possibilities. Within a year I was a single mum struggling but with one purpose to love and keep him safe. For seven years it was Andrew and me, walks in the park, picnics by the sea a chubby hand holding mine. With a childs certainty that whatever life would bring, mum would care protect and defend. I can see us kicking autumn leaves, jumping into puddles, I felt and smelt life with the brand new eyes of my only son.
I remember a soft faced kiss from Andrew as he left for school returning with a painted footprint encased on a calendar dated 1987. Then every night on TV footage of mad cows staggering, falling all over the place staring wide eyed out of the screen. Media frenzy, newspaper headlines a fearful British public.
Andrew and I hardly ate beef only home cooked food, mostly vegetables a very fussy eater he hated any sort of fat. From the first reports of BSE, no beef products were ever prepared or eaten in my home again.
1988 Andrew starts school dinners, what can be wrong with pizza, veggies dishes? I didn’t know …all were toxic and bulked out with MRM (mechanically recovered meat, the most toxic part of a BSE cow. Spinal cord, brains, cheeks were washed off the carcass forming a pink paste this was used in institutional and baby food during the 1980s and 1990s MRM was not banned until 1996).
For over ten years you Ministers and government officials held the lie ‘BRITISH BEEF IS SAFE’, selective research and selective information fed to an unsuspecting British public. You knew that BSE was lethal to human health yet you smugly put your careers and economic policy before every member of the UK populations health.
As the BSE scandal grew I thought that Andrew was safe, pushing my trolley around the supermarket beef prices plummeting I opted for turkey or mostly vegetables …so no worry there.
I thought I had protected my beautiful boy who was so funny in his nativity play, who was so quick and curious about the world, I took him to the theatre, cinema he absorbed new experiences like a sponge……
1990 Andrew has a sister Emma an impatient minx who wraps him round her little finger. He becomes her guardian her protector ‘ Mum Emma needs a drink Mum ‘Emma wants to leave’ and ‘I will always take care of my little sister’ I rename us the three musketeers our little family of three.
I study harder, write more furiously, work so hard but always time for my little family of three. At night as they sleep I worry about the bills , the future, Christmas, but always knowing that whatever life throws at me, it doesn’t matter my kids are ok and will have long and wonderful lives.
Andrew at 10 running through the school gates with the wind beneath his trainers, in a rush full of energy. Emma a little busy body looking upwards to her older brother like the god he is to her.
At fourteen Andrew starts work experience in London with TalkRadio, by 17 he is producing live programming during 9/11. His colleagues call him ‘legend of the desk’. My son… my hero ….my future……
One million cows are infected with BSE , cows culled, incinerated steaming piles of carcasses disintegrate across the countryside
The usual arguments between brother and sister sibling rivalry but underneath always love. The three of us travel cheaply together abroad my growing children experiencing new people and cultures.
Andrew at 21 had forged an exciting career and his potential assured was working in Birmingham, Manchester and his favourite city London. My Andrew presenting a pilot TV programme, researching, producing always a new project or script. I am as proud as only a mum can be!
At 23 he becomes quiet, arguments vicious between him and the sister he loves. I watch helplessly as Andrew becomes introverted distant, a stumble here a missed word there, weight falling from his once muscular frame.
Within weeks depression? ‘Mum I’m not depressed what’s wrong with me?’ A succession of GPs, Counsellors, Consultants. All tests normal, I insist on a Neurologist.
June 2007 … the diagnosis vCJD, a death sentence 6 months max .By December my talented bright eyed boy became quadriplegic, blind, deaf, unable to recognise me, his brain like a sponge he dies. Andrew died because you Mr Minister and officials you lied and covered-up the truth putting your careers and profit before my beloved sons life and future…
Every New Year, Christmas, Easter and celebration when you sit, laugh and enjoy your complete family in a comfortable home with a career forged on immoral deliberate decisions and lies do you ever have a moments doubt or fear?
Do you ever think of Andrew and the nearly 200 other victims of vCJD when you raise your glass at another birthday or Christmas. Do you ever regret your political and economic fuelled decisions that led to my Andrews death?
Every Christmas, birthday, mothers day and Easter I will walk alone to my 24 year old sons grave, weep broken hearted as I place flowers on the spot where his body lies ……..
Thursday 8th January 2009
Many of you who log onto the blog and website regularly will know I continue to investigate what my Andrew ingested or consumed which led him to die of vCJD.
I do believe that my Andrew and all victims of vCJD ingested a toxic dose of the lethal pathogen which resulted in their dying of vCJD. Below is a piece from Janie Axelrad ‘BSE a disaster of biblical proportions or a disaster of British Science? in which she examines the role that vaccines may play in the development of vCJD.
Two victims from Eastleigh Southampton just 20 miles from our home in Southsea died of vCJD after receiving oral polio doses at the same clinic, from the same batch. Both these young men died within months of each other. Bovine material from BSE infected herds were used to produced millions of doses of vaccines which were used to inoculate our infants and children throughout the 1980s and1990s.
‘Vaccines as causation of nvCJD’
The occurrence of CJD in recipients of growth hormone injections made headlines, and led to a change to using man-made hormones rather than extracts from animals. Unfortunately growth hormone was not the only treatment causing CJD. Women given some types of fertility treatment were also dying of CJD, especially in Australasia. Given the similarity of these disasters to the original problems with Pasteur’s rabies vaccine (23), the potential contamination of other vaccines should have been investigated immediately, especially in the area of vaccination of children. It is possible that one or two contaminated batches of childhood vaccines have caused the nvCJD clusters. The total acceptance by the Government scientific advisors of the link between BSE and CJD may have averted all eyes from what is actually a more logical and proven method of spreading this type of disease.
Those following the BSE Inquiry will have been disturbed at evidence emerging about the use of potentially contaminated vaccines that were not withdrawn from use. Although the effects of human growth hormone derived from cadavers was well known, potentially contaminated cattle material was used in the production of vaccines throughout the peak years of the BSE crisis. When concerns were raised over this practise, nothing was done to prevent their use, for fear of causing a disaster by mass refusal to inoculate.
Although these vaccines were considered to be of ‘moderate risk’ (65) as opposed to the minimal risk associate with consumption of infected beef, it was the ‘infective beef’ connection that was pushed into the spotlight. Thousands of potentially contaminated vials of vaccine remained on shelves, to be used until these sources were exhausted. The action protected the pharmaceutical companies from panic and lost profits, and ensured that the public was not aware of the risks they took when immunising their children.’
Friday 2nd January 2009
‘IN THE MIDST OF WINTER, I FINALLY LEARNED THAT THERE WAS IN ME AN INVINCIBLE SUMMER’ Albert Camus.
I have found through these darkest of days that my ‘INVINCIBLE SUMMER’ are my children Andrew and Emma. They give me the strength, tenacity and power to see the campaign for justice reach its destination. My handsome son and beautiful daughter enable me to remain focused, clear and determined.
They help me through my tears and sadness to grab hold of joyful memories and happy times. My love for my children is infinite and steadfast.
Here are two photos one taken of me and Andrew in Central Park New York Christmas 2003 and the other one taken of Emma and Andrew at home when they were aged three and ten years old .
With such wonderful and talented children how could I not have an ‘INVINCIBLE SUMMER within me’.
Thursday 1st January 2009
Below is the link to youtube to view the MBC Korean documentary about vCJD and Andrew, its called ‘my lost boy’.