News of my imminent demise … (or not) … which door shall we choose?

When you’re hit with a diagnosis of a terminal illness, as I have recently discovered, you have more than the illness itself to consider. Apart from grieving, because you’re going to lose everyone you love, there are also practical considerations concerning the cost of treatment and the fate of the people you’re leaving behind. You also have to think about the practicalities associated with what you’re told is going to happen to your body as it deteriorates. So Rob and I were sinking under the enormity of it all when Fiona and Triona suggested a GoFundMe appeal. In just a few days, we’ve had such an enormous, overwhelming, response that’s lifted a great deal of weight from our shoulders. The words ‘thank you’ are woefully inadequate.

People have called me a warrior, and say that I’m courageous. Well, that’s not strictly true. Part of me is terrified. I’ve been through tremendous highs and lows, one day planning my funeral and feeling abject misery, and other days (most days) feeling extremely positive. It’s not been easy for Rob, either. Bless him – he is the true warrior.

It seems I’m faced with two doors. The first door – the orthodox medical door – says that I have progressive bulbar palsy, a motor neurone disease that prevents the nerves in my brain and spinal cord from supplying the muscles in my tongue, throat and mouth. My tongue will atrophy, my throat will stop working. Eventually I won’t be able to speak or swallow, or breathe without aid. At the same time, electrical tests have confirmed that the nerves aren’t supplying the muscles in my arms and legs properly. I’ll become progressively paralysed until only my mind is left. The ALS Association of America cheerfully described it as being buried alive.

To cap it all, I don’t know how much time I have if I follow the conventional route (aka no cure or treatment), or even if I attack this disease with complementary therapies. It could be a couple of months, or a couple of years, or I could find a way to beat this. It’s incredibly harrowing to be given such a dreadful diagnosis and prognosis – but the orthodox system is just telling me what they believe to be true, and I respect them for that.

However, I truly believe that the conventional message of no hope can result in devastating consequences. When you’re told there’s no cure and that you’re going to suffer dreadfully before you die, this can destroy your health even further. The scientific discipline of psychoneuroimmunology has already confirmed that the mind and emotions can effect physical changes on the body.

Rob and I have both attended appointments with physicians and consultants, because this affects him as much as me. We’ve learnt that MND (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in America) is a mystery illness. Conventional medicine claims not to know what causes it, and offers only practical support such as breathing machines, a feeding tube directly into the stomach, a wheelchair, and so on. The only drug available can extend what is sure to be a miserable life by only four months – despite legions of drug trials.

The second door is a more hopeful one, provided by Mother Nature. Since 1994, I’ve been asking why our dogs die so young, and suffer from chronic debilitating illnesses. I’ve been studying, practicing and sharing many, many complementary healing disciplines, and I know for an absolute fact – because I have seen them – that ‘miracles’ are entirely possible. Thank God that I don’t just have conventional medicine to rely on. There are so many courageous, committed, people to be grateful for: a long line of holistic doctors and practitioners, as well as research scientists, who have gone before me and contributed to a huge body of knowledge that I can draw upon.

Far from being a mystery illness, there is research to point towards causes for this disease. We know that heavy metal toxicity is a contributor. We know – because there’s research to prove it – that viruses, bacteria and fungus have been found in the brains and spinal cords of people suffering from MND. We know that EMF – electromagnetic frequencies – are involved. And there is also research to say that emotional trauma may be involved. So I’m working on each of these areas. I truly believe that it could be possible to find a way to heal from this. Except I don’t think it will be me doing the doing. I’m following the path as it is opened up before me.

The first thing I’ve been doing is detoxing from heavy metal poisoning. This means taking natural supplements which claim to do this, including charcoal and cilantro.

I’ve also been taking many nutritional supplements, each chosen carefully to do what the body needs without causing further damage. I’ve also received the help of people skilled in homeopathy. Friends have gifted me with their time, working with me to uncover and release traumatic events to help heal my literally frazzled nerves. Theta Healing from Liz, Master Key Healing from Larissa; even Gary Craig, who developed Emotional Freedom Technique, responded to an email I sent him. This wonderful, busy, man told me to Skype him any time to answer my questions about his latest Unseen Healer Technique. Gary said to me: “You should see this as an opportunity”.

There have been significant improvements. At one time I had dreadful insomnia. I’d be asleep and then suddenly wake up, all the lights on, wired. This no longer happens. I was also very reactive to even slight stresses, when it felt that every nerve and cell in my body was on high alert in the fight/flight/freeze response. This doesn’t happen either, now. Well, tell a lie: we had visit from the MND nurse yesterday, courtesy of the NHS. She was kind and supportive, but since the NHS is gearing up for what is expected to precede my demise, I couldn’t sleep last night for fear and anxiety.

There have, though, been other encouraging signs. Although I still have trouble speaking, and sound like I’ve had a stroke, there have been small improvements in this area, too. I can now blow a raspberry which I couldn’t do in the last year, and sometimes I can even whistle. Rob and I cried when I whistled a couple of weeks ago.

I’m adding natural foods and supplements that are known to remove bacteria, viruses and fungus from the body. They include celery juice, berberine, lemon balm, L-Lysine, and quite a few others.

So many generous people have contacted us to suggest other supplements or therapies – so many, in fact, that it’s been hard to keep up with them. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

I’ve also discovered that food sensitivities may be involved in MND. In my own case, I recognised that I’m sensitive to tyramine, an amino acid which, research informs me, can cause the release of a biochemical called noradrenaline which is referred to as a stress hormone. The sympathetic nervous system then triggers a response that is commonly referred to as our ‘fight or flight response.’ This is behind the insomnia.
Tyramine is found in many foods that you would otherwise think are healthy: strawberries and many other fruits, many foods that aren’t totally fresh, anything fermented like yoghurt, cheese and sauerkraut, olives, peas … many, many foods. And because fermented produce is a problem, so is monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

This all means that many foods and supplements that might help people with other conditions are actively dangerous to me, and possibly other MND sufferers, and that anything processed is likely to be dangerous because they put MSG in practically everything. This complicates matters, because I can’t just take anything recommended without working out what it is and what it does in the body first. For example, practically everything that heals leaky gut contains either glutamine, glutamate or tyramine.

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I discovered that glutamate is a mediator of mercury toxicity, and that sensitive people suffer from glutamate storms. Glutamate, one of the most abundant chemical messengers in the brain, plays a role in many vital brain functions, such as learning and memory, but it can inflict massive damage if it is accidentally spilled into brain tissue in large amounts.

Glutamate flow in the brain is normally kept in check by a system of dam-like structures, which release a trickle of the substance only when and where it is needed. But burst a dam – as happens in stroke, head trauma, and some other neurological disorders – and the treacherous messenger floods the brain. The surge of glutamate radiates out from the area of original damage, and kills neurons in nearby areas. The expanded damage can leave in its wake signs of impaired brain function, such as slurred speech and shaky movement – symptoms of ALS and other neurological conditions. A Foundation in America is currently trialing a treatment that stops the glutamate storm, and this is something your support has made it feasible for me to look into. So there’s a tremendous amount to go on and work on.

The other branch in this tree is that I do believe in the Divine. I believe that there is a unifying intelligence holding this world together, and that this unifying intelligence (called the Quantum field by some) is LOVE. It’s the Creative Principle, the Source of all things. Last night over a hundred CHC members joined together in a healing circle to send healing to me. As I laid my head on the pillow to sleep, I felt the energy of love brimming over in my body, heart and mind. I know that love is the greatest healer.

In only nine days, people have demonstrated the love they feel towards me by donating over £9,000 to help me try to beat motor neurone disease. If I’m successful, it won’t just be because of me, it will also be because of you, and the Source of all of us. Then I will do what I’ve always done, and share what I’ve learnt so that other people can benefit. Everything is circular.

Motor neuron disease is currently an incurable mystery illness, but the only way we defeat such things is by researching – drawing upon the work others have done before us – and sharing what we know. I have unfortunately become a test subject and the results will either be triumphant for many, many others – or I’ll have egg on my face (which doesn’t matter too much because I won’t be here to have to wipe it off).

If the grim reaper can be shown the door in my case, my dream is that we could, together, build an alternative Gates Foundation, where people and animals can come to heal and where – as you have done for me – money isn’t the stumbling block to healing. Complementary therapies do work. Many of us have seen them work. But they, like everything else, cost money.

When I started Canine Health Concern I thought we would change the world. Eventually I realised that we couldn’t change the entire world, but we could change it for one dog, one person, at a time. Eventually, I now know, those individuals will add up to a movement, a new way of living – and the world will ultimately change. I admit to having suffered from impatience over the years!

Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. We all need each other in this world. And remember that, without the darkness, the stars wouldn’t shine.

HOW TO SPOT THE REAL FAKE NEWS

The pharmaceutical industry is on a full-frontal attack against everyone’s freedom of choice, and our freedom to even see information that might enable us to make a choice. They’ve moved to silence all vaccine dissent, make vaccination mandatory, and demonise anyone who chooses another way. This is an assault on democracy and health.

The problem with the vaccine industry is that they have this warm and cuddly front, and billions are spent in sales and marketing to make you believe that they’re reliable, respectable and ethical corporations. Vaccines and drugs prevent and cure disease, don’t they? Whereas, in fact, the industry is just good at seduction. If you’re wise and informed, you’ll know that actions speak louder than words, and ‘by their fruits shall ye know them’.

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

First it was the print media. Now TV and radio are repeating untruths about vaccine science and ‘anti-vaxxers’. Organisations, official bodies and even governments, are wanting to legislate to remove information about vaccine dangers from social media. The mainstream media appears now to refuse to publish anything that questions vaccines, so that avenue for sharing the actual truth is blocked. This is on top of moves in recent years to put an end to or discredit complementary therapies and remove our freedom of choice in that arena, too. Looking at it all, it seems inevitable that mandatory vaccination is on the way.

They’ve already ostensibly introduced mandatory vaccines for dogs by forcing breeders to register and vaccinate, and boarding establishments to demand vaccine proof – for shots that frequently aren’t needed.

In fact, they’ve already vaccinated people at gunpoint around the world, punished and imprisoned parents who don’t vaccinate, and they’ve tried to exclude unvaccinated children from public places in America. Thankfully, parents have recently challenged this legally and won – but the bullying tactics haven’t stopped.

What’s happening seems – to me at least – to be so extreme that it even came to me that World War III might be on its way. Otherwise, how can they possibly justify what they’re doing?

If you’ve read Tip of the Needle (https://www.catherineodriscoll.com/tip-of-the-needle.html), you’ll already know that the vaccine industry and governments are closely aligned due to biological warfare, and hence in partnership with one-another. They are working together to achieve their goals and, I contend, against the people.

And what are we? We are sheep who must do as we’re told, it seems, whilst being hoodwinked about the promised benefits and potential adverse effects of vaccines.

How do you protect your right to choose against overbearing power?

It seems to me that everything boils down to people in the end. So maybe, if we understand people, we can understand how to protect ourselves, our children, and our animal friends. After reading an excellent book about manipulative people, and after much thought, I found a way to say what I think I need to say about current developments in the vaccine field, whilst offering a ray of hope – or a suit of armour at least.

What you don’t know can hurt you and, conversely, what you do know can inform and protect you.

Whilst I’m drawing upon what is known about human psychology relating to aggressive, manipulative people, and describe the tactics used by character-disordered people who want to win at any cost, this information also applies to the powerful pharmaceutical and vaccine industries, because they’re made up of people. If we understand their tactics and share what we understand, then perhaps we can help others, and ultimately all of us, to resist such manipulation and discern the truth amidst the lies. After looking at the tactics of propaganda, I’ll also give examples of how this is being done in the vaccine field.

So … from the book, In Sheep’s Clothing by George Simon Jr, PhD:

The most fundamental rule of human engagement is that the aggressor sets the rules. This is because once attacked, weakened, or emotionally on the run, the victim of aggression is always scrambling to establish a more favourable balance of power.

To guard against victimisation, you must: be free of potentially harmful misconceptions about human nature and behaviour; know how to correctly assess the character of others; have high self-awareness and know your vulnerability to manipulation; recognise and correctly label the tactics of manipulation and respond to them appropriately; and avoid fighting losing battles. Observing these guidelines will help anyone to maintain a position of power and strength in interpersonal relationships [and corporations are run by people], regardless of the power tactics an aggressive or covertly aggressive person might use.

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

In the book, In Sheep’s Clothing, George Simon describes how aggressive people just want to win, and will do and say anything to win. He describes them collectively as ‘disturbed characters’. Others in psychiatric and psychology fields call them narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths, all of which are considered to be, and labelled as, personality disorders.

These are the techniques concerned parents and pet owners are being subjected to by the vaccine industry and its cohorts. Study them, memorise them, and don’t be fooled by them:

Lying is a hallmark behaviour of manipulative and aggressive people who want to win at all costs, and they’re prone to lie in subtle, covert ways. “Someone was well aware of the many ways there are to lie,” Simon says, “when they suggested that court oaths charge a person to tell ‘the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”.

Manipulators and other disturbed characters have refined lying to nearly an art form.

Lying by omission is a very subtle form of lying that manipulators use. So is lying by distortion. Manipulators will withhold a significant amount of the truth from you or distort essential elements of the truth to keep you in the dark.

“One of the most subtle forms of distortion is being deliberately vague. They will carefully craft their stories so that you form the impression that you’ve been given information but leave out essential details that would have otherwise made it possible for you to know the larger truth.

They lie to us by omission; they deny the harm they’ve caused unless (or even when) cornered with the truth, and they distort the truth by being deliberately vague. They also evade the truth. Evasion is when they give rambling, irrelevant responses to a direct question or otherwise try to skirt around an issue.

I’ve seen many evasive letters from vaccine companies who want to wriggle out of the fact that they’ve harmed another dog. One person who used to work for one of the vaccine manufacturers, before horror made him walk away, told me that long rambling letters which say nothing at all are, in fact, company policy.

George Simon explains other tactics used by people who are seeking to manipulate you in order to gain advantage over you. He describes selective inattention – where aggressors actively ignore the data, warnings, pleas or wishes of others and, in general, refuse to pay attention to everything or anything that might distract them from pursuing their agenda. For example, the corporate-sponsored RCVS and its anti-choice campaigners selectively ignore or deny any peer-reviewed research that suggests that alternative therapies might work.

There’s also selective attention, which means focusing on what you want to focus on, rather than what others want you to focus on, such as ‘vaccines save lives’, whilst ignoring, denying or minimising the fact that they also take lives. This is, according to Simon, a way of avoiding responsibility. The vaccine industry has even had its responsibility-avoidance enshrined in law through government-indemnified vaccine damage compensation schemes – which limit the amounts awarded to beleaguered and grieving parents!

Now the vaccine industry has taken selective inattention one very dangerous and undemocratic step further, by trying to get the mainstream media, social media and whole governments to censor dissenting views.

This essentially means that they can’t beat us by logic, science or civilized debate. They can’t even resort to the law and sue us because they know we’re speaking the truth. And because we’ve been so successful at getting the truth out there, they have taken tyrannical and despotic measures to silence us.

And then there’s covert intimidation. Like drug companies writing threatening letters to CHC or Facebook groups whose members claim that a certain drug or vaccine has killed or harmed their dogs. Or the vaccine and pet food industry bods who followed me around to lectures in the 90s and listened blatantly and menacingly into private conversations I was having; or the vets who have shouted at me in gangs during lectures (intimidation that wasn’t all that covert!). Or the academics and researchers who are hounded out of their jobs and even die in suspicious circumstances when they stand up and speak the truth – also detailed in Tip of the Needle.

Guilt tripping is another tactic. Human vaccine companies are masters at this, even manipulating through misinformation so that government agencies guilt-trip and intimidate parents who choose not to vaccinate. It’s their fault there’s another outbreak, they say, whilst totally ignoring the actual facts of the case (which will be covered later).

Character-disordered people: narcissists, sociopaths and psychopaths, don’t have very much in the way of conscience. They are unaccountable. They never admit to being wrong. But they know that others do have a conscience, and they play on it, keeping them in a self-doubting, anxious and submissive position. This is why dog owners read the science, look at the ‘don’t over-vaccinate’ messages of bodies such as the WSAVA, listen to their over-vaccinating vets, and still go through agonies of choice. It’s also why the media, spoon-fed by Big Pharma, is guilt-tripping and blaming the unvaccinated for what is – when you look into it – vaccine failure.

When manipulators use denial as a form of deception, they refuse to admit that they’ve done something harmful or hurtful when they clearly have. Frequently, they push the blame outwards and pin it on their victims.

Manipulators also like to shame people. “This is the technique of using subtle sarcasm and put-downs as a means of increasing fear and self-doubt in others. It’s an effective way to foster a continued sense of personal inadequacy in the weaker party, thereby allowing an aggressor to maintain a position of dominance.”

Manipulators play the victim, too. One minute they’re calling you names, putting you down, telling everyone you have mental health issues or can’t take criticism or a joke, selling you vaccines you don’t need, or otherwise manipulating or bullying you, and you eventually stand up for yourself … and they go whimpering off to tell everyone how nasty you’ve been to them!

Vilifying the victim is often used in conjunction with the playing the victim tactic. This is where the aggressor makes it appear that he’s only defending himself against aggression on the part of the victim (i.e., we’re censoring anti-vaxx information on social media because they’re telling lies about us …). This is intended to put us on the defensive whilst also shutting us up. It’s also the inference that, “so what if your kid/dog died, you’re a pseudo-scientist”.

Seduction is a central ruse used by personality-disordered individuals and corporations. In the corporate world it’s sub-categorised as public relations, advertising, sponsorship and grants.

Covert-aggressive personalities are extremely adept at charming, praising, flattering or overtly supporting others in order to get them to lower their defences and surrender their trust and loyalty. Appearing to value and approve of others can be a manipulator’s ticket to incredible power over others. That’s why, if you’re being gossiped about by a narcissist, sociopath or psychopath, you don’t really have a chance. Everyone believes the seductive, charming person … until the narc turns on the current batch of groupies, that is. Personality disordered individuals go through a lot of people; they leave a long trail of bodies behind them.

I would assert that the pharmaceutical industry, with its research grants and bursaries and speaker fees and sales jamborees, has got the veterinary profession well under its seductive control. Add intimidation and aggression towards vets, doctors and academics – anyone who dares to speak out – then it’s plain to see that the world is ruled by one Big Sick, Personality Disordered, Entity.

Fake News Claiming Fake News

The “bash the victims” campaign is so all-encompassing that they’ve co-opted the input of practically everyone that’s amenable to control, or who’s part of the power elite. Personality disordered people – power-lovers – like ganging up on the opposition.

The first example here is that the World Health Organization and global partners met in March to plan global vaccination policy. The stakeholders at the meeting included “representatives from academia, global immunization and broader health partnerships, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), donor agencies, Ministries of Health, industry, private sector, research institutes, and multilateral organizations.”
They talked about their successes and challenges. “Added to these challenges in immunization coverage is the growth of ‘vaccine hesitancy’ across regions but particularly in North America and Europe, which the background document attributes in part to the role of social media in spreading mis-information,” the document said.

Kate Gilmore, deputy high commissioner for human rights at the United Nations, said at the meeting, “There is no such thing as a right to refuse vaccines when the consequences of doing so is to be borne by others and undermine the rights of others to health, as recognised in the International Human Rights Framework.”

Blimey, that’s another tactic: calling something the exact opposite of what it is. The deputy high commissioner for human rights is talking about removing our human rights on the basis of protecting human rights?

So they’re talking about mandatory vaccination. To achieve this, they are also constructively lying. ‘Constructively’ means that they’re lying ‘in a way that is not obvious or explicitly stated’, for example, in law: ‘this non-disclosure was said to be constructively tantamount to fraud’. (Oxford Dictionaries Bing Translator).

The lie is that unvaccinated people are the ones who pose a risk to vaccinated people. The truth is that unvaccinated people pose less of a risk to the unvaccinated than the vaccinated pose to everyone. I’ll explain why soon.

Tip of the Needle addresses the lies, greed and criminality surrounding vaccines, looking at the immune-mediated illnesses, the brain damage, the cancer and leukaemia caused by vaccines … the chronic ill health and the deaths associated with vaccines … as well as the evidence to show that vaccines don’t even work very well, and certainly don’t deserve all of the credit they’re given. It looks at the financial gains enjoyed by purveyors of vaccines: the individuals, corporations, ‘charities’, academic establishments, professional bodies, and governments which financially profit from vaccines. And it covers world over-population concerns and people like Bill Gates wanting to reduce the world’s population.

But the current developments are almost unbelievable if we’re living in a civilized society.

Tory Government Gets Involved in Suppressing The Truth

During March, while we were all worrying about Brexit or getting bored with Brexit, Health Minister Matt Hancock took a swipe at fake news, misinformation, and lies … from ‘anti-vaxxers’. He was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and I nearly spat my coffee out when I heard what he had to say:

“We are looking at legislating for the duty of care that social media companies in particular have towards the people on their sites – this is an important part of that duty of care alongside all the other things that social media companies need to do, like tackling material that promotes suicide and self-harm and, of course, terrorism.”

Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it – except that he also included ‘anti-vaxxers’ in the list of undesirables. BBC news online reported on Mr Hancock’s segment on Radio 4, under the heading, “Minister targets anti-vaccination websites”.

They’re targeting social media AND taking websites down to stop us sharing information about vaccine dangers – and likening us to self-harm promoters and terrorists?

The on-line report stated:

“He said the government is working with internet companies to identify misleading material on jabs, including Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). Artificial intelligence programmes could root out bad science. MMR vaccine uptake rates are declining in many countries.

“The reason is not clear. Rates dipped in the 1990s following publication of a report linking MMR to autism, but partly recovered after that research was discredited and disproved. However, the volume of anti-vaccine sentiment on social media has been swelling in recent years, sparking concern that it is having a negative impact.

“Measles is highly infectious and can cause serious health complications, including damaging the lungs and brain. There were more than 82,500 cases in Europe in 2018 – the highest number in a decade and three times the total reported in 2017. Health chiefs in Greater Manchester reported a sharp increase in measles cases between January and March 2019, the majority in unvaccinated children. In England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the MMR jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said to provide ‘herd immunity’, the level considered by experts to protect a population from a disease.”

There are just loads of factually inaccurate, information-deficient, statements in the above, many of which are handsomely debunked in Tip of the Needle, with copious scientific references. For example, they’re forever wheeling out the ‘Dr Andrew Wakefield is a discredited charlatan’ lie when, it’s widely known in Vaccine Truth circles that Dr Wakefield was set up by GSK, the makers of MMR, with the help of the Murdochs and the British government. The person they chose to be a Terrible Warning was discredited by a web of lies aimed at protecting vaccine sales. And we’ll be addressing measles vaccine science later.

You may be interested to know that another scientist has recently gone public and is receiving similar treatment. The Sunday Times reported on the 7th April that funding had been halted for Professor Chris Exley, who links vaccines to autism. : “A controversial British academic who claims childhood vaccines can cause autism has been blocked from raising research funds after protests by other scientists.

“Professor Chris Exley, of Keele University, infuriated health experts by telling parents the aluminium in vaccines given to babies to protect them from diseases such as whooping cough, and in the human papillomavirus vaccine given to teenagers, may cause ‘severe and disabling’ autism.” God bless that man. In trouble for sharing science.

Meanwhile, a piece in the Telegraph came with the heading: “Facebook and Instagram could be hit by new laws if they do not do enough to stamp out anti-vaccine messages.”

Blimey, Big Pharma is so powerful that it has the power to make our democratically elected government enact laws that are ostensibly against the people.

Ker-ching!

Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Amazon, and probably everyone eventually, are censoring vaccine information, or being ‘persuaded’ to censor vaccine information, and the Establishment is calling it a good thing. It’s likely that many of them have their arms up their backs in this when you consider, for example, that YouTube and other internet platforms rely on advertising revenue, and that revenue is based on how many views a particular item attracts.

According to the London research firm, Moonshot CVE, “less than 20 YouTube channels pushing anti-vaccination theories built an audience of more than 170 million people over a decade”. That’s a lot of revenue they’ll be kissing goodbye to.

Meanwhile, WDDTY reported:

“The clampdown on ‘anti-vaxxing’ stories on social media is producing one big winner: Big Pharma. Revenues from vaccines will enjoy ‘an overwhelming hike’ in the next few years, say industry watchers. They’re expecting a hike in revenues by 2025, with one saying that revenues for all vaccines will increase to $57.5bn compared to just $33.7bn last year.” Government backing was credited – in vaccine-friendly business journals – as one big reason for the hike.

Yet way back in 1999, the revered British Medical Journal – to pick one of hundreds out of the hat – published an editorial saying that vaccines can have long-term adverse effects, including diabetes. They added, ‘many other chronic immunological diseases, including asthma, allergies, and immune mediated cancers, have risen rapidly and may also be linked to immunization’. Evolving research since then has changed it from ‘may be linked’ to ‘are linked’.

Doctors were warning, in the BMJ, in 1999: “Public should be told that vaccines may have long-term adverse effects.” Yet the opposite is now happening: the vaccine industry is trying to close the floodgates and keep it all hush-hush. Folks, we are living in that nightmare dystopian future.

Except that I feel like laughing at them. Do they really think they can put the genie of truth back in the bottle now? Really? Or are they just buying time before the game’s well and truly up? (This is why we will ultimately win the battle!)

Truth

As I’ve explained in Tip of the Needle, and as Dr Jayne Donegan explains in the foreword, vaccines have never halted epidemics. If anything, vaccines can start epidemics, and sometimes they just don’t work. I could write a book (and have) to explain this, but here’s just one reason:

Vaccines can start epidemics because many are modified live virus (MLV) vaccines, also called ‘attenuated’. Attenuated/MLV vaccines can shed and revert to virulence, meaning that they can infect the person receiving the vaccine; they can infect other people coming into contact with the vaccine-infected individual; and, through shedding, can just infect people (and dogs).

This is why, when mandatory rabies vaccine was introduced in America, they kept getting rabies outbreaks in dogs. They had to switch to killed vaccines.

Dr Suzanne Humphries spoke about this in 2015. She highlighted the technological advancements that have allowed for vaccine-strain viruses to be identified in children.

“There were several cases of measles outbreaks occurring in children who had just been vaccinated,” explained Dr Humphries.

“They looked at, with DNA and genetic fingerprinting, what strains they were – and it was the vaccine strain that they were infected with. So not only did they become sick from measles from the strain that they were vaccinated with, but they were contagious.”

Can you believe this? The measles vaccine is causing measles, and the people who weren’t vaccinated are blamed for it!

The kennel cough vaccine for dogs isn’t an MLV vaccine, though – but it also spreads disease. Dogs who receive this vaccine can, according even to the regulator-approved datasheet, get a ‘mild’ dose of kennel cough. These vaccinated dogs can then infect humans with what looks like whooping cough, and they can also infect other dogs and start kennel cough outbreaks. So character-disordered individuals are sitting in corporations pushing vaccines for dogs that represent a public health hazard for humans. Or maybe they don’t know what they’re doing. Surely that’s got to be selective inattention? Because they ought to know.

Similarly the flu vaccine can give people flu, and they go onto infect others. Parvovirus in dogs didn’t even exist before it was created by a vaccine manufacturer, and one scholarly paper about it expressed relief that it wasn’t a human vaccine that did this to humans. (Except there’s some pretty strong science to say that AIDs was another vaccine-induced plague.) These truths are fully referenced in Tip.

Distortion of facts: measles

Mostly all of the anti-anti-vaxxer news reports talk about measles cases increasing, and it’s all our fault. But mostly it’s ‘the discredited’ Andrew Wakefield’s fault. This is constructive lying.

If you have internet access, you may like to look at this link: https://www.rsph.org.uk/uploads/assets/uploaded/f8cf580a-57b5-41f4-8e21de333af20f32.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3eKTSdNyoPDi5wnf5Nlqgk-hg_0nKpHNZTYevBHTqOfcH2Wh2asoOUwBc

It’s a lovely glossy brochure produced by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), promoting vaccination uptake. They’ve also identified social media as ‘promoting negative messages about vaccinations’. The vaccine industry has left no stone unturned, it seems, and no friendly sector or group out of the campaign network.

The RSPH stated in its glossy brochure that it was calling for government and social media platforms to silence vaccine dissent and boost positive vaccine stories.

Not at all surprisingly, the RSPH project was sponsored by MSD (Merck, a vaccine manufacturer), although MSD ‘did not have any editorial input and is not responsible for the content or opinions expressed … ‘. Yes, right.

There are many examples in this document where the authors can be accused of being deliberately vague and lying – by omission and distortion, or maybe through downright ignorance (ignore-ance).
The RSPH report says: “We now face measles outbreaks in Europe – reaching a record high of 41,000 cases in August 2018 – directly attributable to low coverage following the Wakefield scandal.”

That’s a lie.

Immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych PhD is slightly more scientific and truthful about it in http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/open-letter-legislators-considering-vaccine-legislation-tetyana-obukhanych-phd?fbclid=IwAR03bY5oWN3Rlk6yHmmEW8QJpywprhg2PIuLcyIN9c_YcoXsGPgdS3wETBw She writes:

Measles research scientists have for a long time been aware of the ‘measles paradox.’ I quote from the article by Poland & Jacobson (1994) ‘Failure to Reach the Goal of Measles Elimination: Apparent Paradox of Measles Infections in Immunized Persons.’ Arch Intern Med 154:1815-1820: “The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons.”

“Further research determined that behind the ‘measles paradox’ is a fraction of the population called LOW VACCINE RESPONDERS. Low-responders are those who respond poorly to the first dose of the measles vaccine. These individuals then mount a weak immune response to subsequent re-vaccination and quickly return to the pool of ‘susceptibles’ within 2-5 years, despite being fully vaccinated.
Re-vaccination cannot correct low-responsiveness: it appears to be an immuno-genetic trait. The proportion of low-responders among children was estimated to be 4.7% in the USA.

“Studies of measles outbreaks in Quebec, Canada, and China attest that outbreaks of measles still happen, even when vaccination compliance is in the highest bracket (95-97% or even 99%). This is because even in high vaccine responders, vaccine-induced antibodies wane over time. Vaccine immunity does not equal life-long immunity [as is] acquired after natural exposure.

“It has been documented that vaccinated persons who develop breakthrough measles are contagious. In fact, two major measles outbreaks in 2011 (in Quebec, Canada, and in New York, NY) were re-imported by previously vaccinated individuals.”

Measles outbreaks occur in heavily vaccinated populations. It’s not down to irresponsible people who don’t get their shots, but because the measles vaccine is no guarantee of long-term immunity, even if repeated and repeated and repeated. Only natural immunity, acquired when you get a dose of the real measles, prevents re-infection.

Here’s just one paper amongst many, showing a measles outbreak despite a 98% vaccine coverage, three percentage points above the heralded herd immunity level:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1646939/

It’s just downright manipulative – and a lie – to claim that Andrew Wakefield or parents who choose not to risk vaccine-induced disease are to blame for measles or any other epidemic. Vaccine technology itself, and its failings, must take a large part of the blame.

Something other than vaccines saves lives

Dr Jayne Donegan’s website is another wealth of reliable information. If the vaccine industry and its chums have their way, it could be taken down soon. You may remember that Dr Donegan is the UK doctor who the GMC tried to get struck off because she was sharing vaccine truth. They failed and she won – using government data.

Where measles is concerned, this brave GP says:

“There are about 170,000 measles deaths per years worldwide (2008 figures), but, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) states:

“The overwhelming majority (more than 95%) of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures… Most measles deaths are caused by complications associated with the diseases,” and,

“Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases…. As high as 10% of measles cases result in death among populations with high levels of malnutrition and lack of adequate health care”.

Measles severity is directly related to malnutrition. Why are measles cases increasing in the wealthy West in recent years? Would it have anything to do with Austerity, imposed on the poor when ill-regulated bankers nearly destroyed our economies and walked away without suffering any of the consequences – thanks to favourable government legislation (for the banks, that is)?

An Independent piece, stated: “A landmark study has linked Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths”. Other reports tell us about the rising number of food banks – for impoverished people in the wealthiest countries in the world who can’t afford to eat.

Which is why I state in Tip of the Needle that infectious disease is about poverty and malnutrition, and why I assert that the ever-growing divide between rich and poor has more to do with disease outbreaks than anything a vaccine can or cannot do.

If the public can be made to believe Big Pharma lies, it will get worse for ordinary people, but better for the industry. The money will keep going to the wealthy elite, and the poor will continue to die of malnutrition and malnutrition-created infectious disease.

Distortion of facts: pertussis

The MSD-sponsored RSPH glossy brochure also said, “Another reason for opposition [to vaccination] has been concerns around side-effects. The 1970s and 1980s saw a major vaccine scare in the UK surrounding the pertussis vaccine for infants, following the publication of a series of cases in 1974 suggesting an association between the vaccine and neurological complications. Widespread media publicity followed, and by 1977 coverage of the vaccine had declined from 77% to 33%, leading to three major epidemics of whooping cough. The link between the vaccine and neurological harm was never proven and immunisation uptake returned to pre-1974 levels by the late 1980s.”

Hmmm… I’d call this selective reporting, omission and distortion.

In fact, a ‘Background Paper Prepared for the Committee on the Evaluation of Vaccine Purchase Financing in the United States’ in 2001, outlined the ‘Legacy of the DTP vaccine’:

“To understand the history of DTaP, it is necessary to understand the legacy of its wholecell predecessor, DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whole-cell pertussis) vaccine. Simply put, over the course of two decades (from the 1970s to the 1990s) safety issues related to the whole-cell pertussis component of DTP drove a series of events that dramatically impacted the vaccine industry, led to a reshaping of vaccine policies and programs, and resulted in an intensive international search for a new, acellular pertussis vaccine. . .

“Unfortunately, there was also a downside to DTP. While clearly effective in preventing disease, the whole-cell pertussis component was associated with a range of adverse events, including rare but serious neurological consequences.”

(http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Disease/VaccineFinancing/FineBackgroundPaper.pdf)

The document goes on to say that vaccine uptake declined, and there were more pertussis cases and deaths in Japanese children and in Great Britain.

“In the US, while public concerns about the safety of DTP gained momentum starting in the 1970s, it was not until the early 1980s that the issue exploded domestically. Three related sets of events converged to reshape the US market for DTP and for childhood vaccines more generally: (1) dramatic increases in media coverage of potential adverse effects of DTP; (2) exponential growth in product liability lawsuits brought by consumers against pertussis manufacturers, and (3) exiting of manufacturers from the market.”

Lawsuits began to rise against the makers of the DTP vaccine – and they stopped making the vaccine. Why not defend themselves if the vaccine is so safe? Why exit the market rather than face having to pay out compensation to people whose lives were terminated or badly damaged?

“During a six-month period in 1984, in response to the growing liability crisis, two of the three manufacturers distributing DTP in the US market Wyeth and Connaught dropped out, leaving Lederle as the sole supplier in the U.S. (CDC, 1984).”

Against this backdrop, American Congress launched its National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, a comprehensive legislative package that established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), a no-fault compensation program that limits manufacturer liability and provides substantial payments to the families of children who sustain documented injuries following routine immunization with recommended childhood vaccines.

So going back to the MSD-sponsored RSPH glossy brochure: “The link between the vaccine and neurological harm was never proven and immunisation uptake returned to pre-1974 levels by the late 1980s.” Would you say this is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? And are THESE people reliable enough witnesses to influence governments when it comes to forcing us and our children to have vaccines that have a whole legal category of their own, aimed at limiting manufacturer liability?
You have got to be joking. But it’s not a joke.

The National Vaccine Information Center offers information that might give a fuller picture to enable parents and doctors to make up their own minds about whether they want their children to have the whooping cough vaccine, without being sponsored by MSD. Do take a look at it; it comprehensively and, in detail, discredits the MSD-sponsored RSPH exercise in vagueness. This may be another website they want to take down: https://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/whooping-cough/vaccine-injury.aspx

In addition, and importantly, immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych PhD points out that the (new) pertussis vaccine isn’t very effective:

“The acellular pertussis (aP) vaccine (the final element of the DTaP combined vaccine), now in use in the USA, replaced the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the late 1990s, which was followed by an unprecedented resurgence of whooping cough. An experiment with deliberate pertussis infection in primates revealed that the aP vaccine is not capable of preventing colonization and transmission of B. pertussis.”

Interesting that the RSPH commentary stopped at the 1980s, isn’t it. And interesting that the new vaccine doesn’t blooming work! But it will be your fault if you decide not to offer yourself up to the vaccine.

The problem about sharing vaccine Truth is that one could go on, and on, and on, pointing out the truth behind the lies. And who – apart from rare people like you – is going to take the time to read it?
I – and many others – could take WHO and RSPH and any other pro-vaccinating, manipulative, lying documents apart word by word …. and the frustration is that most people will yawn and go back to sleep until someone they love is destroyed by the lies. And it’s all so easy to take the lies at face value.

More media propaganda

On March 27th, the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 did a piece on the latest government ‘anti-vaxx’ assault. CHC member Maurice Lea very kindly risked a heart attack by listening to it and reviewing it for us:

Complete and utter BIASED DEADLY BOLLOCKS
First half from BBC ‘health editor’
Wakefield, MMR, he misrepresented data, discredited
Herd immunity
Fiddled measles stats as fact
Trump multi-shot comments ridiculed
“Autism link is totally discredited”
And we’re FORCED to pay a license fee for this travesty

Then Dr David Grimes science writer:

Freedom of Speech: anti vaxxers are spreading myths and lies, selfishly spreading disease
Rubella deforming infants
More trump/Wakefield ridicule
Caller message – why are vaccine-damaged denied redress?
WAFFLE WAFFLE WAFFLE in response
MMR, VACCINES ARE INCREDIBLY SAFE
Measles kills 160,000 a year, thousands harmed
US State to bar all unvaccinated from public places
Anti vaxxers promote bleach enemas!!! ???
NO “LIVE” CALLERS PERMITTED. WONDER WHY?
ONE vax damage caller message
VINE CONCLUDES VACCINATION MUST BE MANDATORY
And we’re FORCED to pay a license fee for this travesty
THE WORLD’S MOST TRUSTED BROADCASTER.
HEAVEN HELP US!!!!!

Well, that was clearly a staged piece of propaganda. And if someone tells you one lie, you have to assume that they’re happy to tell you another lie and another lie. I, for one, have never heard of anyone recommending bleach enemas, and I’ve been in this field for over a quarter of a century. Similarly, how could anyone trust a vet who insists that dogs need to be vaccinated annually?

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth, please

Who is misinforming who? The Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership Ltd, Long Stratton, put a poster up on Facebook in March. It said:

“Parvovirus Alert. Parvo is a highly infectious disease. Recent cases have been reported in Norfolk. Young puppies and unvaccinated dogs are at risk. Please make sure your dog has up-to-date vaccinations.”

So an undercover CHC member, the brave Linda Bland, picked up the phone and asked Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership Ltd a few salient questions. Chapelfield told her that it wasn’t actually their practice that had experienced the parvo outbreak. It was a practice down the road – Wymondham Veterinary Practice. So our Truth Seeker phoned them, too.

“I just rang Wymondham. It was one case …. I repeat one case. I asked if the dog was unvaccinated or vaccinated and she said she couldn’t divulge that information, and couldn’t wait to declare it’s all been sorted now and only unvaccinated dogs are at risk. I said, looking at the advert, I thought a whole load of dogs had gone down with it … she said oh no. I said well your advert does imply that. It was a bit of scaremongering.”

So the use of a pleural (cases) is constructively a lie. It’s not the truth, the whole truth, or nothing but the truth. It’s an exaggeration that makes one case look like many cases. A lie.

The poster also says that unvaccinated dogs are at risk. But that’s another constructive lie – because vaccinated dogs can and do also come down with parvo, and unvaccinated dogs can develop natural immunity.

And nowhere – not in the poster, and not from the bod on the phone, did anyone tell dog owners that ‘once a dog is immune to parvovirus, he is immune for years and probably for life’. That’s another constructive lie: a lie of omission aimed at getting pet owners to fork out money that doesn’t need to be forked-out whilst, incidentally, putting their pets at risk of vaccine-induced disease.

We live in complex times, where power and control are used covertly; where lies are the norm and confusion is promoted. What you think you know may not be true; and while you think you’re keeping your loved-ones safe, you may be harming them … because you’ve been spoon-fed lies. And worryingly, even the experts are duped into repeating lies – because they haven’t performed due diligence and don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.

Never before has it been so vital to get wisdom. Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

We need a veterinary ombudsman – Part 2

AFTER 51 YEARS AND 45,000 UNANSWERED COMPLAINTS, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS CONSIDERS CHANGING ITS “ACT”
By David Anderson

I have great respect for people like David Anderson, because he has done the research and the work, and put himself out on behalf of others, and so I’m delighted to carry his article in our newsletter.

In 2014, David Anderson says that Vets Now, an out-of-hours veterinary franchise, overcharged him and over-treated and overdosed his dog. All complaints to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and enquiries over fees were rejected. As a result he started the Facebook group Vetsnow complaints.

David says, “The page elicited many stories and comments from pet owners who felt they had suffered much more than I at the hands of Vets Now. All of us had followed the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) advice to raise issues with the company, and not one had received anything other than stock excuses and platitudes.

“All of us subsequently complained to the RCVS, as they tell us we should, and not one complaint received any redress whatsoever.”

In July 2017 the RCVS held its annual day, an impressive affair with various members wearing pretty gowns and hats. It was a day of smug self-congratulation. They gave themselves hundreds of awards; they spoke of the success of the scheme to allow vets, who are not doctors, to call themselves doctors because Australian vets can.

They spoke of how much they wanted to avoid external regulation and the importance of change. Few organisations need these things more. However they made absolutely no mention of the hundreds of complaints that are dismissed with no further action every year.

Since 1966, an important date, the RCVS have received, by their own admission, about a thousand complaints from clients each year. In fairness I make it less, on average about 800 , but as the RCVS rejects nearly all of them anyway, 200 loved pets make little difference.

Until very recently on the RCVS website you would find a page that proudly proclaimed that, “despite the annual number of complaints, because of our robust investigation procedures, only 1% ever reaches a disciplinary stage.” This means that the remaining 99% are dismissed with no further meaningful action.

The RCVS has removed the page and now says that around 80% of complaints have not progressed beyond Stage One of the concerns process. They also say that there are two more stages which increase this percentage further…. to 99% , which is what I said.

When challenged on this they insist that through Health and Safety regulations and the Code of Practice, a number of vets are given ‘advice’. These are not my quote marks; advice is simply that, and vets can take it or leave it. The RCVS admit that advice “offers no practical solutions or avenues for redress for consumers who may consider that something has ‘gone wrong’.”

It’s almost impossible to find out how many vets take any notice of this ‘advice’ and it appears that the RCVS doesn’t know either as, “the way our computer system works, we cannot search for cases that were closed with ‘advice’.”

So the governing body of veterinary surgeons, the much revered Royal College that loudly proclaims how it strives to set standards for the benefit of the profession and its clients, has steadfastly dismissed for the past, now 51 years, in the region of 45,000 complaints. These complaints are about standards of care, extortionate fees, and more.

How can it be that the interests of pet owners are treated with such uncaring contempt? Well, the RCVS blames the jurisdiction of the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966, which they conveniently insist constrains their actions. This Act stipulates that a vet can only be disciplined if they are guilty of serious professional misconduct for which they can be struck off. There is no other avenue of complaint.

Not surprisingly this very high level of malpractice is very rarely reached, especially as only vets can judge a vet and the RCVS themselves undertake the investigations. The RCVS knows full well that there are literally thousands of genuine complaints from clients who only want some justice for poor care and/or excessive fees, but they have simply chosen to bemoan and bewail that this ‘antiquated’ Act has, for 50 years, completely tied their hands.

Within this group (of 800 complaints per year) there are potential cases of negligence as well as consumer and service disputes, neither of which the RCVS has power to resolve as they don’t cross the high threshold of misconduct – so says the Registrar of the RCVS.
Put very simply they are perfectly happy with things as they are as their role in life is to protect their overblown Royal status and above all the reputation of their paying members. Frankly the interests of unhappy clients are of no importance.

Although the RCVS perpetuates the nonsense that the only sanction that a vet can receive is to be struck off (a vanishingly small likelihood as even those few who are disciplined are rarely deregistered), not many aggrieved clients actually want a vet to lose their livelihood and the Act does not, and never has, prevented the introduction of a much simpler and quicker second tier complaint process to allow the hundreds of unhappy clients a degree of justice. The fact is that the RCVS has never made any effort to set up such a process or to introduce an amendment to the Veterinary Surgeon’s Act.

As a classic example of how little the RCVS cares about the interests of clients, it’s worth noting their refusal to implement their own regulation about fees. In the Guardian online article (April 2016: Are Vets´ Bills Making You As Sick As a Dog?) reporters were told by the RCVS that they do not regulate fees , but were told that there exists a regulation that says that if a vet charges excessive fees this is considered to be serious professional misconduct worthy of disciplinary action.

The reporters were not told, however, that this regulation had only ever been applied once in 50 years (and that the offender was acquitted). The Disciplinary Panel considered that mark-ups on medication of 200% to 300% were disgraceful. Take a quick look at a bill from a large infamous out of hours company and Google the prices of medications and blood kits etc. Disgraceful is not in it. The RCVS refuses to apply this regulation to this company’s CEO, who is famously on record as saying, “I am not in this business to make money”.

The refusal of the RCVS to do anything about their hiding behind the 1966 Act was raised by (I quote from the RCVS Council Report Sept 2017) the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of the House of Commons (back) in 2008. The report said that, “Allowing such a large number of complaints each year to be dismissed in this way inevitably harms the reputation of the veterinary profession.”

This Government Committee required the RCVS to work with Defra to change this and to provide a White Paper to amend the 1966 Act. The RCVS and Defra combined did absolutely nothing until 2013 and 4000 complaints later, when an LRO was implemented which did nothing more than tinker with the Committee membership in order to modernise and speed up , but not change, the Disciplinary process that rejects 99% of cases.

According to the RCVS figures, nothing whatever has changed. No speed-up nor reduction in complaints, nor any increased number being disciplined, nor any sensible second-tier complaint process. So in 2015, and 1600 more complaints later, the pressure on them was such that they had to do something – and that something was two ludicrous trial Alternative Dispute Resolution Schemes.

The first of these came into play when the RCVS had rejected, as they do, the client’s complaint and the matter was then referred to the scheme. This scheme was entirely voluntary, with no sanction nor criticism if the vet chose not to participate. So 88% did exactly that: they didn’t participate.

Thankfully this Scheme was cancelled, but only after it had been extended for six months and more vets simply refused to participate. This Scheme then gave way to another that is even worse.

The RCVS now ‘signposts’ complaints straight to the newly formed Veterinary Client Mediation Service (the VCMS) – a mediation service outside the RCVS. As a consequence these complaints no longer appear in the RCVS statistics. This scheme is also voluntary and a goodly percentage of vets simply refuse to face their complainants.

If a complaint is made directly to the RCVS it will be (their word) ‘triaged’, but most likely the RCVS will try to hive it off to the VCMS. However, the very most an aggrieved client might expect by way of redress would be an apology or a contribution to a charity, but only as long as the traumatised or grieving pet owner stops posting nasty things on Facebook.

At long last, as a consequence of the ongoing pressure from many consumers and action groups, the RCVS has come to the realisation that they are losing public trust and say they intend to do something about it by setting up a working party to consider whether new legislation to regulate the profession may be appropriate.

It is as plain as the nose on your face that after 50 years and 45,000 unanswered complaints it most certainly is appropriate and desperately needed, but nonetheless this working party made up entirely of RCVS personnel is only going to consider the matter. They have apparently only just realised that “Clearly using 50-year-old legislation has its limitations, ………the fact is that this somewhat antiquated legislation is the basis for all we do.”

It is my guess that they will change as little as they can and take a long time doing it. We can safely assume that one member of the panel will be reluctant to change anything. This person is a senior manager in the RCVS and also a senior manager of the out of hours practice that benefits so much from the fact that the RCVS allows them to operate monopolies in large geographical areas (a matter in the CMA’s “pipeline”) and to charge as much as they please.

Any suggestion of a special relationship between the RCVS and this company will be vehemently denied. It is not easy to place much faith in an organisation that does not understand that declaring an interest does not actually remove it.

Mr May, who chairs the working party, observes that “The UK leaving the EU will necessitate some changes to the Veterinary Surgeons Act as it currently exists so this feels like an opportune moment to carry out a wholesale review of the legislative basis for regulation of the veterinary profession in the UK”.

Clearly nowhere on the 50 year journey to 45,000 complaints was any other time considered opportune.

The RCVS are always polite and appear helpful but they are past masters at presenting vested interest as moral principle and I have no confidence that much will change especially noting their already declared open-ended timescale.

“The Legislation Working Party is to meet at least four times and will report to RCVS Council in due course.”

So they will meet twice a year, with nice lunches, another year to report to the Council, another year to refine and implement … and this equals 3,200 more unanswered complaints.

The RCVS is not fit for its purpose. It fails to regulate the profession; it appears to allow vested interest to influence the continued use of contested medicine and it seeks to ban the use of alternative treatments. We hope to be a part of changing this.