TB or not TB?
That is the question.
Tuberculosis - another £$multi-million health fraud in the making
NEW SPECTRE OF THE WHITE DEATH - Daily Mail 30th March 2001. WE HAD IT BEATEN, BUT TB IS BACK AND DEADLIER THAN EVER - Only the miracle of antibiotics subdued the threat. But now its making a return Yesterdays evidence from the Royal Society of Medicine makes grim reading Worse still, a virulent drugs-resistant strain is taking a grip anyone who refuses inoculation is a danger both to society and to himself.
Hospital patients in TB alert BBCNews, 19th Feb, 2002 Hundreds of patients treated at a hospital in Lancashire have been contacted over possible exposure to tuberculosis. About 500 patients have received letters from Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital after a member of staff was diagnosed with the condition.
Here is a confident prediction for readers. The tuberculosis scare stories are only going to intensify. And this snippet from a 1998 Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) press conference reveals exactly why.
EXTRA £10 MILLION FOR NEW TB TREATMENTS - At the annual meeting of Action TB, Glaxo Wellcomes research collaboration to find better treatments for TB, Sir Richard Sykes announced that funding had been agreed for another five years. In the next 20 years, the World Health Organization forecasts that 70 million people could die of tuberculosis. said Sir Richard Sykes, Chairman of Glaxo Wellcome. That is why, today, I am announcing £10 million of new funding to support our Action TB research initiative. The extra funding for Action TB will build on the first five years work with the aim of having a new anti-TB drug and vaccine in development by the year 2003. 
We are being told about an impending tuberculosis epidemic approximately two years before the arrival of the vaccine. This mirrors the strategy used for introducing Relenza. the unnecessary flu treatment from GSK that is having such disastrous effects upon the recipients' health. We do not need a a flu vaccine or flu medication. We simply need a well-functioning immune system. And as we shall soon discover, we do not need a tuberculosis vaccine. But we are being told that we do. And now also, we are being told that anyone who refuses the vaccine is a danger to himself as well as to the general public. But what is TB and how do they test for it?
The official explanation of TB reads as follows: TB is an infectious disease caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It takes several forms, of which pulmonary tuberculosis is by far the most common. The bacterium is mostly kept in check by the bodys immune system. In pulmonary TB, a patch of inflammation develops in the lung, with the formation of an abscess. Often, this heals spontaneously, leaving only scar tissue. The dangers are of rapid spread through both lungs (what used to be called galloping consumption) or the development of miliary tuberculosis (spreading in the bloodstream to other sites). 
To test for TB, the patient receives a TB skin test (TST) a shallow injection of proteins derived from the TB bacillus. If after one week, a weal or a sore is visible around the test site, that person is deemed to be TB positive. And here we arrive at our first hurdle: should we really be that surprised if some sort of skin reaction is elicited in a certain percentage of the populace? After all, it is a foreign body being introduced into the system. And we have only the assurances of our fallible professionals that a reaction to the injection is down to TB and TB alone. What about the possibility of false positives again, this time because of allergic reaction to the contents of the injection? In one particular mass TB screening, sixty individuals reacted so strongly to the skin test that they were examined at the local hospital and all found to be completely clear of TB! This case is examined in more detail shortly.
Aside from the skin testing procedure, what about the symptoms we are warned to look out for that indicate the onset of TB? Lineone News describes initial symptoms as lethargy, a cough, possible weight loss and a general feeling of being one degree under. 
This means in effect that we can have a couple of days of feeling one degree under, (who doesnt from time to time?) be encouraged by our health official to submit to a TB test, be falsely diagnosed as a TB carrier, when all we had was a mild, two day health dip and then, as we shall see, be told to take preventative medication sometimes for up to six months! These inconsistencies are compounded when we discover that official TB wisdom dictates that we may well be long-term TB carriers and not even know it! This advice from Home Health UK:
The majority of people with tuberculosis infection will not even know they are infected. If you are diagnosed as having TB infection, your doctor may suggest you have regular check-ups or if you are at risk of TB becoming active, may be prescribed a course of anti-TB medication. 
In essence, we can be a ruddy-cheeked, fighting fit individual and then react positively to the TB skin test, which indicates to the doctor that we are carriers, which then compels him to pronounce that we are TB infected. A conversation with a TB health official could go something like this:
At this moment in time, you appear fine. Your immune system is coping adequately to stop the TB from taking hold. A strong immune system walls off the effects of the germ. But your immune system might not be able to hold out. Eventually, you could succumb.
Mesmerised by the confident analysis, we are now acutely aware and perhaps acutely anxious that we are housing a ticking, TB time bomb, just waiting to go off. But there is a solution, the doctor continues. Here is some medication that may help. We breathe a sigh of relief. Officialdom has an answer! They alone can defuse the unstable menace. This from the Orchard State TB Prevention Programme:
You might think that its hard to take pills for a long time, especially when you dont feel sick. But its important to keep taking your medicine. If you stop taking the pills too soon, some germs may survive and you would then be in danger of developing active TB. 
The health official at ground level genuinely believes at this point, that his diagnosis is above question. And as his patients, so do we. His diagnosis carries no intentionally scurrilous motive. He is merely acting upon the teachings he has received at medical school. Unfortunately, the term being taught what to think but not how is no better exemplified than in our conventional schools of science and medicine. In so many areas of conventional health, rote learning has taken place - learning which in turn, is passed on to us during the course of our surgery and hospital consultations. Official wisdom is always above question. We underlings must never dissent. We are just mere mortals awaiting the impeachable determinations of the god-like professional.
Unproven science coupled with a non-questioning public displaying benevolent trust - these are the components making up the recent UK TB scare at Crown Hills Community College in Leicester a scare that was very soon blazoned across the worlds front pages. In August 2000, a child displaying symptoms of TB, was screened for TB and was diagnosed as TB positive. Could this infectious carrier have spread the disease? the well-meaning Leicestershire Health Authority bodies asked. Because the child was diagnosed during the summer holidays, only close friends at this time were called in for precautionary screening. Lo and behold! Another friend from the same school was also diagnosed as a TB carrier. On the strength of this, the Communicable Diseases Team from Leicestershire Health Authority decided to screen all pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10.
The skin test elicited a positive reaction in 170 of the 700 children tested. As a result of these 170 reactions, a decision was then made to test some 5,000 children in the Leicester area. At this point, the city of Leicester was announced by all the major UK news services as being a TB infection hot house.
TB tests for 5,000 pupils as outbreak reaches 24. Lineone New, April 5th, 2001. What started as a school grouping must now be regarded as a community outbreak, said Dr Philip Monk, consultant in communicable diseases at Leicestershire Health Authority. This is certainly a major outbreak in terms of the size and the numbers of people involved, a particularly virulent strain, easily passed from person to person. It is like foot and mouth disease. We are looking potentially at ripples and ripples running out into the community.
In the initial screening, sixty people reacted exceptionally strongly to the test. Because of their reaction, they were deemed to be TB carriers. They were then hurriedly chest x-rayed to look for the tell-tale TB lung spots and every one of the sixty TB positive responders were found to be completely clear!  And further .
EVERYONE STILL STANDING IN LEICESTER
Under normal circumstances, the strange conundrum of a TB epidemic ripping through Leicester, yet everybody in that community still standing, should have elicited some rather difficult questions from the press at the various TB news conferences. Unfortunately though, the mainstream medical press is very accepting of governmental medical announcements, and especially so, when in the midst of a so-called epidemic. But please! There is still an outbreak, honest! Its just that nobody can really see it. Roughly translated, this latest TB outbreak is just another example of our unquestioning admiration for the Emperors new clothes.
And what of the sixty healthy individuals mentioned earlier as being mis-diagnosed? Could they now be left to get on with their lives? Apparently not. Although they were not manifesting any symptoms of TB, the health officials stated that they needed to take TB antibiotics . just as a precaution. And indeed, a number of these children are now being heavily medicalised with various antibiotics their course of treatment continuing for the next six months or so.
60 students who had normal chest x-rays had such a positive reaction to the TB test that it is possible that they may have been infected with tuberculosis but do not have the disease. These students have therefore, as a precaution, been given antibiotics. 
The usual anti-TB drugs prescribed are Dapsone, Ethambutol, Isoniazid and Rifampin. All of these drugs can produce serious side-effects. Some of the more complicated side-effects are as follows: flu-like symptoms, (leading all to believe we are witnessing the onset of TB?) hepatoxicity, discolouration of bodily fluids, nausea and vomiting, visual disturbances, restlessness, muscle-twitching and seizures.  The Orchard State TB Prevention Programme again:
What are some changes that I should watch out for? Yellowish skin, dark urine, vomiting, loss of appetite, nausea changes in eyesight, unexplained fever, unexplained fatigue and stomach cramps. 
Manufacturers stress that side-effects manifest in only a few people. But then they always stress that . until it has to be pulled from then shelves. Despite the side-effect risks from the TB drug regime, consider the following statement, issued for the benefit of TB sufferers:
If someone doesnt take his or her medicine properly, it doesnt just affect their health, it leads to the emergence of drug resistance. It becomes societys problem. said Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH, the executive director of the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center. 
As has already been stated, there is no intent to deceive at ground level. But the pharmaceutical industries and other related industries that fund the majority of our medical schools they will stop at nothing to accrue profit. Are we once again looking at entrenched scientific error leading to pharmaceutical financial gain? Some of the more virulent strains of TB we are told need two years of medication at a cost of around £10,000.  It does appear to be an almost perfect commercial circle. Test populace for TB: reactions prove that TB infection is present: nationally broadcast TB outbreak: watch as various TB vaccine and medicine manufacturers fulfil mass-requisition orders from health outlets whose personnel have been taught what to think but not how: continue to teach in that vein.
And for sure, the recent UK headlines will have pleased GlaxoSmithKine immensely. Two of the latest TB scare headlines read as follows:
TB outbreak total reaches 62 Another 10 pupils have been confirmed as having tuberculosis in the outbreak at Crown Hills Community College in Leicester. Leicestershire Health Authority confirmed that a quarter of the school population - some 300 pupils - have now been affected in some way by TB. 
NURSES TACKLE TB VIRUS. School nurses in Trafford are organising additional tuberculosis vaccinations for those children who previously missed out. The move follows the recent outbreaks across the country which has caused concern among many parents. 
It isnt the actual presence of TB that has caused concern among parents, just the alarmist reporting.
ELEPHANT REPELLENT BY ANY OTHER NAME
The conventional authorities of course, will tell us that it was only their foresight and TB medicines that prevented a more serious outbreak. Our swift and decisive actions brought the epidemic to an end! etc., etc.,
That is no argument at all. One could just as easily announce that the recent spraying of the Cheshire countryside with a vastly expensive and finely-tuned elephant repellent was worth every penny. Not one single elephant has made an appearance. The hills are clear of elephants. Our repellent is 100% successful! The key question of course: was the North West of England countryside overly-populated with elephants in the first place?
In reality, nothing effective had been achieved in the handling of the Leicestershire outbreak. Errant officialdom simply swooped down upon an otherwise healthy community, carried out a number of official-looking tests and then, completely unchallenged, made various epidemic-type pronouncements and prescribed unnecessary pharmaceuticals across the board. And the final outcome of this Leicester TB outbreak? The summary reads as follows:
- Only nine people hospitalised, and not because they were desperately ill, but mainly because official wisdom deemed that their initial tests required further observation in a hospital setting:
- No deaths, despite the multiple Tuberculosis Epidemic Slams England and Re-emergence of a killer that was nearly wiped out type headlines: 
- A concerned population now genuinely believing that TB is once again on the rise: and finally
- To a naive populations relief, a considerable number of antibiotics, vaccines and associated money-making pharmaceuticals are now being distributed across Leicester to limit the scale of the epidemic.
Let's be quite clear at this point. No one is saying that the TB bacillus is imaginary, or that people across the world have not died of various illnesses described as TB. Something has caused their demise. But there are some very big holes in current rapidly infectious TB theory. By their own admission, the statutory authorities describe TB as a confusing illness to understand. A spokesperson at Leicestershire Health Authority said that TB is not like any other disease. Its a difficult disease to accurately plot. 
Reading the assorted official 'fact' sheets on TB, we soon realise that it is underdeveloped countries that suffer most from this form of pulmonary illness. Harsh living conditions, poor facilities, little or no access to clean water or proper nutrition are all factors that weaken the host. Where these necessities for a healthy life are not in place, TB deaths are reported in the thousands. Where these necessities are in place, TB deaths are virtually non-existent. Once again, we must consider that it is the all-round health of the host and his environment that is pivotal in the defence against TB. But who will fund a field trial to study the combative effects of nutrition and environment in the fight against TB? Probably no-one from the major conventional establishments. Theres no money in it for them.
Whilst some readers might think it irresponsible to take such a hard line against the current conventional TB treatment, a total re-examination of these medications and the theory behind their application is surely in order. And it is also quite safe to say that in the real sense of the word, there has been no UK TB epidemic. This latest outbreak has scared the populace needlessly. Unfortunately though, the scary TB headlines are only going to escalate. Let us not forget that the new, improved GlaxoSmithKline £multi-million TB vaccine completion date draws ever nearer.
Venturing very briefly back to the farmyard at this point and we find ourselves battling next weeks scare, the dreaded
The following article was forwarded to us from Greg Lance-Watkins. Not for nothing did he name his posting Next Weeks Scare?
Animals at a north of England farm slaughtered amid fears that Bovine TB could pose a new disease menace to the region's cattle - Anna Lognonne, The Journal, July 19th, 2001. DEFRA yesterday revealed that the disease had been confirmed in the Hexham area, after cattle at two farms, which both belong to the same farmer, reacted positively to a routine skin test. The infected cattle at one of the farms have been slaughtered and test results are awaited on the second batch. All the remaining cattle will be routinely tested to see if the infection has spread.
A brief study of the science behind the testing for Bovine TB reveals it to be very similar to that of human TB testing procedure. The scientist injects a toxic solution into the cattle and waits three days to see if the skin reacts. If it does, then the animal in question is considered to be suspect. However, in a curious twist, bovine TB can only be confirmed when the animal in question is killed for further testing. As the US Dept of Agriculture states:
Bovine TB cannot be definitely diagnosed without a necropsy and additional special testing.  - a necroscopy of course, being the technical term for examination of the dead. The report goes on to state:
If an individual animal in a herd is diagnosed with bovine TB, the entire herd is considered exposed to bovine TB. At this point, producers have two options: complete herd depopulation or a herd plan with an approved test and removal strategy.
- the term depopulation of course needs no translation.
THE TB MADNESS CONTINUES
In spite of there being no sensible science supporting the whole infrastructure of TB, its definition, prevention and cure,  this does not deter our experts at the UK Institute for Animal Health from making gloomy predictions over possible TB proliferation in the UK herd. The various government advisory bodies have developed a web page entitled, Bovine TB: The next major problem for UK Agriculture?  In searching for the news that most succinctly sums up this TB madness, the following item from The Detroit Free Press says it all. Apparently, bovine TB is sweeping through the deer population also.
It cannot be seen with the eye. But its damage can. It has left deer hunters frustrated and cattle farmers devastated. Bovine tuberculosis isnt a sexy disease. E.coli and mad cow grab more headlines. This kind of bacteria doesnt eat flesh or liquefy organs or send children running from swimming pools. But in Michigan, its a serious problem, so serious that Michigan State University scientists put together a bizarre and bloody assembly line each winter in search of the disease.
During the last hunting season, 25,000 animal heads were examined for TB germs. Each head takes less than a minute to open and check. The techs and docs who line the stainless steel tables whirl and wield scalpels so smoothly and swiftly they appear as conductors of a gory symphony.
The cuts begin under the chin. They slip along the cheeks. They glide back to the base of the neck. The tongues are cut out. Three sets of lymph nodes are scrutinized for swelling and discoloration. If normal, the heads are tossed into bins and burned. If not, lymph samples are sent to a lab for confirmation. Fitzgeralds dissecting squad found 27 positive cases in 1995, 47 the next year and 73 the year after that.
In 1998, black garbage bags containing 9,001 heads arrived at the MSU lab and the positives peaked at 78. The eradication effort -- which includes testing cattle, checking the deer heads, restricting deer baiting and feeding and allowing hunters to take more deer -- began that year, and cases dropped to 53 the next year. This winter only 49 cases were found in 25,000 heads.
We are making progress, Bender said. 
Progress? Entrenched scientific error, leading to utter madness, has now been breathtakingly redefined as making progress.
Extracted from Plague, Pestilence and the Pursuit of Power
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 Once again, just as with FMD, all the evidence points towards TB being an environmentally-induced illness, it being especially prevalent in the poverty-stricken societies of Africa, India and South East Asia where immune systems are traditionally challenged to fight off infection. These observations necessarily bring into question the whole science of germ theory and its relation to the supposed proliferation of other diseases. Despite the mass conventional medical opinion to the contrary, is our current thinking on disease-spread, prevention and cure actually rooted in error? There have been a considerable number of fundamental questions raised so far. This topic will be covered fully in future Credence publications.
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