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Mark Struthers

  • Row over nursing training highlights NHS 'entitlement culture'

    Mark Struthers's comment 17 May 2013 6:22pm

    Hear, hear! Well said, well written, Dr Brunet!

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 15 May 2013 9:01am

    There has allegedly been a measles epidemic in the Swansea area that started in November 2012. However, for the end of March, the public health authorities in Wales had reported only 9 confirmed cases - and only 1 for the month of March.

    http://bit.ly/12tVv1J

    Is it possible that pundits like Dr McCartney are being taken for a ride?

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 15 May 2013 8:37am

    Ever heard of Dr Paul 'for profit' Offit, the American vaccine billionaire who wants to make MMR compulsory? More food for thought for Dr O'Loghlen and her followers:

    http://bit.ly/10X2ls8

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 12 May 2013 11:51am

    Another bit of homework for Dr O'Loghlen and her ilk ...

    http://youtu.be/3wwDPcNdxJQ

    ... before they return here to reinforce the argument that MMR is safe.

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 11 May 2013 3:02pm

    We as a medical profession need to take some responsibility for the fact that we have done nothing to combat the powerful and destructive MMR machine. Any thoughts, Dr O'Loghlen?

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 11 May 2013 2:17pm

    Ovarian cancer rates are increasing as mumps vaccination has become routine. Does mumps vaccine cause ovarian cancer? Probably not! But perhaps natural mumps infection protects against this "potentially devastating disease".

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951028/

    The researchers concluded:

    "Prior to vaccination, mumps was generally a mild illness but could have serious sequelae including orchitis and sterility, meningitis and deafness, and pancreatitis. Nevertheless, our study suggests there could also have been unanticipated long-term anticancer benefits of a mumps infection, such as we have described in this paper."

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 11 May 2013 8:36am

    Merck has a monopoly on selling mumps vaccine. The pharmaceutical giant is now mired in misinformation allegations:

    "Merck is the only manufacturer licensed by the FDA to sell the mumps vaccine in United States, and if it could not show that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, it risked losing its lucrative monopoly, according to the complaint"

    and,

    "Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is "far less effective" than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of "questionable efficacy," flooding and monopolizing the market" ...

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/27/47851.htm

    The MMR is neither safe nor effective, as the evidence clearly shows. However, one can envisage a situation in the not too distant future when people will be required to have, in fact mandated to have, annual MMR vaccinations because the vaccine itself becomes less effective with time. MMR is a massive commercial success and destined to be even more so, precisely because it doesn't work. Of course, spreading fear and misinformation is very good for business.

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 10 May 2013 6:02pm

    Please watch these videos and keep an open mind about the quality of information being imparted.

    1. http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=16828&bhcp=1

    2. http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=10824&bhcp=1

    3. http://www.vaccinesafetycoalition.com/event-video.html

    Who do you trust? Who is really interested in vaccine safety? Who has got children's best interests at heart?

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 10 May 2013 6:01pm

    Please watch these videos and keep an open mind about the quality of information being imparted.

    1. http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=16828&bhcp=1

    2. http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=10824&bhcp=1

    3. http://www.vaccinesafetycoalition.com/event-video.html

    Who do you trust? Who is really interested in vaccine safety? Who has got children's best interests at heart?

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 10 May 2013 5:54pm

    Dr O'Loghlen says:

    "I was also impatient with those parents who listened to his [Wakefield's] nonsense and, in turn, put not only their own children but those around them in danger of contracting such potentially devastating infections".

    Mumps is a very minor infection for the vast majority of children. Here is some information about how the MMR makers have turned this minor illness into something more potentially devastating ... but highly lucrative.

    http://youtu.be/BASKGep-CH0

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 10 May 2013 5:42pm

    "As as GP I know the MMR's safe" ....

    Was the MMR/MR safe for Christopher Coulter?

    http://bit.ly/ZR4UAr

    Christopher was found dead in his bed a week before Christmas in 1994, 10 days after receiving the MR vaccine at school. He was 15 years old. An inquest held in 1995 concluded that Christopher had died from an epileptic fit, even though there had been no personal or family history of epilepsy.

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 10 May 2013 8:26am

    More information about measles, whooping cough, mumps ... and the effectiveness of the vaccines.

    http://bit.ly/12kzDUW

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 09 May 2013 7:51pm

    Dr O'Loghlen says:

    "I was also impatient with those parents who listened to his nonsense and, in turn, put not only their own children but those around them in danger of contracting such potentially devastating infections".

    I'm unimpressed. Dr O'Loghlen spoils her case by overstating it. Measles was very rarely a serious illness and I don't expect Dr O'Loghlen has ever seen a patient with it. The last case I saw as a trainee was in 1985, though I did see a miserable child with a measly rash exactly ten days after the MMR. That was in the early 1990's. The following link to a rapid response in the BMJ provides some interesting thoughts on benefits of natural measles and the problems of the vaccine.

    http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3769/rr/591869

    Odd how there has been no challenge to such ideas from the great and the good in the vaccine establishment.

  • As a GP I know the MMR's safe, but I was still worried when my son was called for his jab

    Mark Struthers's comment 09 May 2013 7:02pm

    In January 2001, Peter Hitchens wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday,

    "Many mothers would die to save their children's lives, and many would kill anyone who threatened their young with danger. But now they are being asked to risk their own offspring for the sake of others. You may be worried about your own child, say the authorities, but your fears are groundless and actually rather selfish. Be responsible. Overcome them. Trust us, for we know better."

    http://bit.ly/18woLYX

    More recently, Peter Hitchens has written,

    "Is the state our servant or our master? If it is our servant, it should sympathise with our fears. Yet, while public money could not, apparently, be used for single jabs, it could be used to pay generous bonuses to doctors who increased the uptake of MMR, and it could be used for propaganda campaigns telling parents that all was well. Yet the Chief Minister of the government which used tax money for these purposes refused to reveal if his own small child had been given the MMR which his ministers and civil servants were vigorously pressing on everyone else."

    http://bit.ly/130vMLJ

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 09 May 2013 12:34pm

    Dr McCartney declares that "vaccination works". But is vaccination safe? On this occasion, Dr McCartney didn't say.

    Was MMR/MR safe for Christopher Coulter, a teenager from Northern Ireland?

    http://bit.ly/ZR4UAr

    Was it fair that one of Her Majesty's most senior health officials, the one entirely responsible for the MMR program, should give evidence before a Tribunal ... on the safety of MMR/MR? What was he going to say, Dr McCartney?

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 04 May 2013 12:11pm

    "The MMR is a massive commercial success and destined to be even more so, precisely because it doesn't work".

    http://youtu.be/BASKGep-CH0

  • Dilemma: An employee burns out

    Mark Struthers's comment 03 May 2013 4:35pm

    You know, I'd never thought of that.

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 03 May 2013 4:33pm

    Christopher Robin
    Had wheezles
    And sneezles,
    They bundled him
    Into
    His bed.
    They gave him what goes
    With a cold in the nose,
    And some more for a cold
    In the head.
    They wondered
    If wheezles
    Could turn
    Into measles,
    If sneezles
    Would turn
    Into mumps;
    They examined his chest
    For a rash,
    And the rest
    Of his body for swellings and lumps.
    They sent for some doctors
    In sneezles
    And wheezles
    To tell them what ought
    To be done.
    All sorts and conditions
    Of famous physicians
    Came hurrying round
    At a run.
    They all made a note
    Of the state of his throat,
    They asked if he suffered from thirst;
    They asked if the sneezles
    Came after the wheezles,
    Or if the first sneezle
    Came first.
    They said, "If you teazle
    A sneezle
    Or wheezle,
    A measle
    May easily grow.
    But humour or pleazle
    The wheezle
    Or sneezle,
    The measle
    Will certainly go."
    They expounded the reazles
    For sneezles
    And wheezles,
    The manner of measles
    When new.
    They said "If he freezles
    In draughts and in breezles,
    Then PHTHEEZLES
    May even ensue."


    Christopher Robin
    Got up in the morning,
    The sneezles had vanished away.
    And the look in his eye
    Seemed to say to the sky,
    "Now, how to amuse them to-day?"

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 03 May 2013 8:15am

    Daft and dangerous!

  • Let GPs lead the measles fightback

    Mark Struthers's comment 03 May 2013 8:15am

    Measles mania!