Knowing your interest in all things military, I wonder if you are aware that, regarding Gulf War Syndrome which sadly still drags on, there has been some research carried out by eminent international scientists which puts the blame squarely on the aluminium used as an adjuvant in the vaccine. The symptoms of aluminium toxicity can be greatly alleviated by simply drinking 1.5 ltr of silica-rich mineral water daily, but this information seems to be dismissed by the JCVI.
I’m sure if you were to dig a bit further you might be able to shed a little light on the darker corners of this shameful episode afflicting the lives of men and women who volunteered to fight at the government’s bidding.
Below is a copy of an email from Grace Filby who has campaigned to get the government to listen to the evidence from those scientist:-
May I ask whether the Minister for War Veterans, the Right Honourable Andrew Robathan has received news of an important scientific review paper about Adjuvant Syndrome? It is online at http://www.mednat.org/vaccini/Adjuvant_syndrome.pdf
“‘ASIA’- Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants”. The authors are world-class auto-immunologist Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld and Nancy Agmon-Levin.
I know from Hansard 2005-6 that it was a key principle of the Government’s approach to the health concerns of veterans of the 1990–91 Gulf conflict that there should be appropriate research into veterans’ illnesses and into the factors that may have a bearing on them.
I can commend the paper because in just 5 pages, it showcases 51 research papers and 212 scientists from at least 9 countries, plus the work of GPs and 3000 men and women in the Hertfordshire Cohort Study, and over 300,000 individual entries on the US CDC’s VAERS database on vaccines. Please note the tables included, which make it crystal clear that there are safety issues around adjuvants such as the commonest, aluminium.
Currently the DH’s JCVI have dismissed it, however, with a cursory comment at the end of their draft minutes from 2.2.11: “The committee discussed a review paper by Shoenfeld and Agmon-Levin (2010) on autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants, in particular on the role of adjuvants in the pathogenesis of four conditions: siliconosis, the Gulf war syndrome (GWS), the macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome (MMF) and post-vaccination phenomena. The committee considered that the paper did not provide convincing data on the role of adjuvants in these four ‘enigmatic’ medical conditions and that the review did not raise safety concerns about the use of adjuvants.”
So I have asked them to reconsider, and meanwhile hope that you would welcome the paper. I have also written to the former Veterans Minister, Lord Touhig about this, to alert him that the JCVI has shown disrespect and disdain to those world-class research establishments. Through my experience overseas as a Churchill Fellow, and from having met MoD officials for diplomatic and practical reasons in the FSU (Tbilisi), USA and UK, I know that international scientists can be offended by rebuffs and suppression of their work, often done on minimal funding and not even in their own language. This has happened especially in Poland, so I am concerned that scientists would have respect for British fairness and openness. In view of these difficult times with international incidents flaring up, I hope you agree that we need to welcome scientific research and insight, even when it doesn’t fit with established assumptions about vaccines and adjuvants.
So I would be grateful for the considered opinion of the MoD on the paper for my own interest and for my associates internationally.
On a final note, may I also remind the MoD that there is an antidote to aluminium (as in adjuvants) and a simple method that could/would improve the long-term health of veterans with persistent symptoms. See the Exley et al paper referenced in the Shoenfeld review. The NHS and STEMNET have censored this information.
Thanking you for your attention to this matter.
Grace Filby (Ms)
Background information: My research overseas, funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was on the health value of bacteriophages. I have since had the honour of co-authoring a review paper with the Polish team, Gorski A. et al and contributing a chapter on Women Who Thawed The Cold War to a forthcoming military history book called Women In War. The potential of bacteriophage medicine was first reported by British scientists and physicians, notably Dr FW Twort FRS in 1915 regarding the inevitable dysentery in the Dardanelles, but the War Office did not wish to make use of his services. In fact Dr Twort’s family home was directly opposite the Army Staff College in Camberley; his training and early career at St Thomas’s Hospital opposite the Houses of Parliament. In contrast, military personnel in other countries, notably Georgia, Russia and Germany have benefited from routine and emergency use of phage medicines over the decades.
My other research (unpublished) is entitled The Battle of Dorking and what really did happen next, and Churchill’s Secret Reigate. It includes MoD information about the formerly top secret Battle HQ as well as the invasion literature genre of General Sir George Chesney in 1871, which was intended to shock readers into becoming more aware of the possible dangers of a threat. It was indeed, successful and prompted swift action.
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