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Flu jab doesn't work in healthy elderly

Hilary Butler - Thursday, July 31, 2008

Five days after Dr Trotman said the flu vaccine didn’t work in healthy normal people (blog entry 27 July), various news outlets around the world commented on a new study in the 2 August edition of the Lancet, showing that the flu vaccine did nothing to prevent pneumonia in healthy elderly living in the community, aged between 65 and 94 years of age. Continue Reading

Infection, nutrition and immunity – Part One

Hilary Butler - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Herald readers woke up yesterday to this screaming headline: Enriched milk trial to cut child sickness. Huh, I thought, is this some follow up to this screaming headline in 2001?  Back then Vitamin lacking in 1 of 10 toddlers told us that:  Continue Reading

We firmly believe - Part 2

Hilary Butler - Tuesday, July 29, 2008

In the document we mentioned yesterday,  was the comment that readers should feel free to reproduce, edit and distribute the information in any way they please.

We appreciate their transparency, and welcome the opportunity to post our own “Policy” statement on the issue. 

Over time, we will bring to readers attention, medical information and analysis which we are confident will blow a whole lot of holes into the assumptions stated in All Star’s “firm” beliefs.  Continue Reading

We firmly believe - Part 1

Hilary Butler - Monday, July 28, 2008

The May 2008 edition American Academy of Pediatrics newsletter published this extraordinary letter from All Star Pediatrics   which AAP is encouraging all other doctors to adopt.  Continue Reading

Flu jab doesn't work in healthy young adults

Hilary Butler - Sunday, July 27, 2008

Readers of the Sunday Star Times might have noticed a regular skinny column on page 16 of “Escape”, by Dr Paul Trotman, a Dunedin doctor. Today, he had a question from a fit healthy 36 year old, asking whether she should have the influenza shot.  His response was that when people looked at whether the flu vaccine works in fit healthy people NOT working in health care practice, that there is no difference between the number or severity of flu episodes between those who have the vaccine, and those who don’t.  That, he said is why the flu vaccine is NOT recommended for young fit healthy people who DON’T work in hospitals or medical centres.  Continue Reading

Medscape wave the magic wand

Hilary Butler - Saturday, July 26, 2008

A fascinating article was published on medscape on 26 July 2008, which vanished about as quickly as it was put on the web. Since it no longer exists, copyright no longer applies as far as I am concerned. I'd hate to deprive you of a long read, which obviously someone considers a very bad omelette. Continue Reading

MeNZB and “The thrill of the chase”

Hilary Butler - Thursday, July 24, 2008

How is it that we are only now being told what the scientists knew from Phase I and II trials, which was that in the most vulnerable, MeNZB antibodies would last 7 months, if that? Continue Reading

MeNZB vaccine a "Huge let-down for parents"

Hilary Butler - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This morning the editor of the Herald came out of his myopic little hole, and whined about the fact that the New Zealand Ministry of Health had got away with blue murder, and not told parents everything they needed to know. Continue Reading

The ethics of Cord clamping and stem cell collection

Hilary Butler - Tuesday, July 22, 2008

This afternoon Radio New Zealand, Jim Mora interviewed Professor Bob Williamson (download mp3 here)
about research on stem cells which come from cord blood.  Jim asked Professor Williamson whether there are any ethical issues surrounding cord blood stem cells.  He replied that there weren’t.   Continue Reading

Trust me, I’m the expert

Hilary Butler - Sunday, July 20, 2008

“Good Morning New Zealand, News stories of the day from the 1930’s” is a Horton and Wilson/Moa publication (ISBN 1-86947-66-4) which we were looking through last week. Page 15 in the 1931 section, has an advertisement for Craven “A” cigarettes: Continue Reading