“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within...”
Romans 12:2

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Pinnochio's nose and Peter Flegg

Hilary Butler - Saturday, November 29, 2008

As the UK medical gestapo proclaim 1,000 measles cases a national disaster, and go after parents who have refused to vaccinate their children against measles, there is an interesting "discussion" at the BMJ website. Peter Flegg, an infectious disease specialist has made some extraordinary claims. That's nothing new. He's done that at the BMJ for years. For those who want are keenly following the UK situation, here is the debateContinue Reading

Letter to the Bunker

Hilary Butler - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Such is life.  Continue Reading

Big Brother to police hospital handwashing?

Hilary Butler - Monday, November 24, 2008

Dr Robert Wachter runs a blog which is well worth adding to your regular reading list. His Bio shows that he’s well qualified to talk about many things, and does so with a degree of candidness you don’t see in this country. A recent blog which interested me was the possibility of putting cameras into hospitals to try to raise the inadequate hand washing amongst staff. It would appear that since many nurses and doctors don’t appear to be motivated to wash their hands, some consider the answer is “Big Brother”. Anyone trained by the medical profession 170 years after hand washing debates started, who doesn’t think washing their hands is important needs their heads looking at. Continue Reading

Commensal Bacteria, probiotics and the mighty dollar

Hilary Butler - Thursday, November 13, 2008

For decades, traditional medical systems, as well as some parts of today's reductionist medical system, have used, suggested and prescribed probiotics, even though there aren't too many doctors who know exactly what's in yoghurt, and even fewer who think to tell people to eat it to recolonise their guts after napalming themselves with antibiotics. Continue Reading

5 of 5: What was the real 19th century grim reaper?

Hilary Butler - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The largest cause of death of mothers and babies in my family tree was, in the 19th century, which eclipses all causes from anything else, was Puerperal Fever.  Continue Reading

4 of 5: My Grandmother's world in my head

Hilary Butler - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So you think about the really bad days in the 19th century and decide to look at your family tree. Looking at the death causation in your 5 century old family tree, you start to wonder how all of your ancestors survived in those REALLY bad old days when diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough and the plague stalked the earth, and they didn’t have vaccines for most of those things. Continue Reading

3 of 5: Another empty fallacy

Hilary Butler - Monday, November 10, 2008

1) Given that there is over a 90% vaccination rate for the 6 weeks to 5 months vaccines in this country, wouldn’t you think that all these vaccines create the highly touted herd immunity they are purported to do, so why will your baby drop dead?  Continue Reading

2 of 5: Hollow Timbrels of "expert"-generated feardom

Hilary Butler - Sunday, November 09, 2008

You’ve just been told that: Continue Reading

1 of 5 Whose world is in your head?

Hilary Butler - Saturday, November 08, 2008

Have you ever been told by a medical professional looking at your five week old baby, that you can’t take you baby out into that big bad world until the first shots have been given, because otherwise your child might die? Continue Reading