In the week of the autumn budget, it seems as though our lives are in the hands of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. Does that fill you with confidence? It doesn’t me. This week, we will all no doubt hear about public service cuts, tax hikes and all sorts of other measures intended to make all our lives miserable. Our public services systemically throughout the UK are not fit for purpose. The infrastructure has broken in all areas.
For those readers and listeners from overseas, please know that Britain is on its knees. Despite what you may hear from the media that the UK is a great place to invest, my word of caution would be: invest in what? Harming the British population seems to be the main investment opportunity.
This week’s medical news covers some pretty startling stories, including lab-grown organs and brains. If you have a weak disposition or are a bit squeamish, you may want to scroll past. We are living in times that we previously only imagined in science fiction books.
Canada euthanises children without parental consent
I have no words to write with regards to this news so I will just post the Fox News video announcing it. Canada is regarded as the ‘world leader’ in assisted dying. It should be worth noting that the population of Canada is less than that of California, and last year alone, more than 10,000 people died in the True North by assisted suicide. If I were a citizen of Canada, I would not be proud for my homeland to be the holder of such a record.
Now, children are on the list as eligible candidates for assisted death, without parental permission. Many in the UK may remember the Charlie Gard case, and more latterly Archie Battersbee, whose parents fought the NHS to keep their children alive. The UK has its extended-euthanasia agenda already, going through the House of Lords. It won’t be long before it comes here.
‘Very small’ number of over-65s given wrong flu vaccine
Don’t worry; the numbers are very small! Does 'small' mean acceptable? NHS England admits that records show that the wrong flu vaccine was given to some over-65s but explained it away as data problems rather than genuine mistakes. Concerns were expressed over the QIVe flu vaccine, which was not recommended for that age group. Initial investigations discovered a mixture of coding errors and patients being given the wrong vaccine.
However, the NHS insists that this is not dangerous; just less effective. I am not feeling reassured, considering this is not the first time this has occurred. In September, a “significant number of occurrences” in the West Midlands were reported where pharmacies had been asked to recall and risk-assess circumstances where the same had happened.
NHS wrongly recording stillbirths
A damming report in the Telegraph in October 2022 alleged that the NHS is logging live-delivered babies’ deaths as stillbirths, prompting accusations that staff were trying to avoid scrutiny. At least six cases have cropped up, including one where a child had lived for five days. These scathing allegations have triggered fears of gross cover-ups, lack of transparency and unsafe practice. Conveniently, perhaps, English coroners are not allowed to carry out inquests into stillbirths, meaning that investigations cannot be fully carried out.
Financially, this prohibition impacts families hugely, as they are unable to access the automatic statutory eligibility for ‘bereavement awards’, which are worth more than £15,000. A legal firm explains:
The statutory bereavement award is a form of compensation available to parents who have suffered the loss of a child under the age of 18. It is often difficult to explain to parents that this compensation is limited to only £15,120 (for deaths that occurred on or after 1 May 2020).
UK Column has been reporting for many weeks about the increase in neonatal deaths and also the huge rise in stillbirths and spontaneous abortions since the rollout of the Covid-19 injection. As there is no long-term data on the effects of the Covid ‘vaccines’, one should ask whether there is a link between Covid-19 injections and the increase in mortality in babies.
Clearly, the authorities are taking the line that Covid-19 itself is responsible for the rise in stillbirths that we are currently witnessing. These reports will only go further to fuel the fire in an already-blazing, damning trail of investigations currently underway that are looking into maternity services across the UK.
Health Secretary informs Chancellor he will ask for NO money
As if British health funding couldn’t take any more twists and turns, it is now revealed by the Sunday Times that our new Health Secretary, Stephen Barclay, has stunned his finance colleague, Jeremy Hunt, by saying that he won’t need any money in the autumn budget, as he intends to make sweeping cuts to save money. If that doesn’t sound ominous, I am not sure what does.
As we have warned before, expect to see a hike in prescription charges first; then watch as the health services you once took for granted disappear. It is instructive to look back to 1948, when the NHS was formed, to see how we have all become dependent on it, only to see it all now collapse. Build Back Better really means destroy, devastate and demolish.
Not that we couldn’t have predicted it, but there is shocking news from the migrant processing centre in Manston, on the Thanet in Kent. A couple of weeks ago, as reports of scabies among newly-arrived migrants in Britain were already being heard, we started reading that conditions were so bad in some processing centres that there were cases of diphtheria breaking out. Metro and other mainstream newspapers are carrying reports that the UK Health and Security Agency (spooks, as their name suggests) are working with the Home Office to vaccinate asylum seekers against diphtheria after a ‘spike’ (there’s that word again!) in infections.
The figure for cross-Channel migrant arrivals is nearing 40,000 this year alone. Diphtheria is classified as a highly contagious disease affecting the nose, throat and sometimes skin. It can be serious and sometimes fatal. Diphtheria is transmitted via sneezing and coughing. With the uptake of vaccinations at an all-time low in children, one has to wonder whether there are plans afoot to jab us and our kids for it next. For more details on the UKHSA protocol, see the UK Government's Green Book, chapter 15, where you will find details of the vaccine—which is only given as part of combined products, as there is no monovalent (standalone) diphtheria vaccine available.
£350 million spent on NHS agency staff: nice earner for middlemen
With the Chancellor's autumn statement looming on the horizon, to include massive public spending cuts and tax hikes, my guess is that this isn’t going to sit well with NHS bosses. £350 million is a significant amount—and that was for just 20 months! For those who are unaware of how the NHS works: when it is short-staffed, it employs the services of ‘agencies’ who supply nurses to placements as and when they are needed. Currently, the NHS is paying over £2,500 per shift for such a placement. Often, these workers are NHS staff who have either left public service to earn more money or who are supplementing their NHS salary with extra hours.
One of the perks for nurses and doctors in working for an agency is that they can dictate their own hours and rate of pay. Night duty pays better than day duty. Jeremy Hunt already has his eyes on the prize, complaining that the help the Government is giving the public for energy bills is exactly the same sum as what the NHS requires to operate. Are you sensing a looming U-turn on energy bill help? I am.
Is Tesco the new GP? Seriously ill pensioner given the number of Tesco by 111
An 89-year-old seriously ill pensioner called NHS 111, Britain's non-emergency health problem phone number, only to be given the number for supermarket giant Tesco instead of a pharmacy. Unable to keep food down for a number of days, and vomiting brown liquid, Julia Jago was first given the retailer's phone number; then, when she eventually got through to a local pharmacist, she was told to drink water.
Her despairing daughter eventually drove her straight to Accident & Emergency, where the cause of her illness was found to be that a stent had dislodged and blocked her intestine. Julia remains in hospital awaiting surgery, despite having spent four days in the emergency department because no beds on the ward could be found.
What kind of service is this? Clearly, the United Kingdom has no health service, and often those who need treatment go without or are forced to go private. The NHS is dead; it’s just that no one has told the majority of the public—yet. Or perhaps there was method in their madness, and you would have got more help at the supermarket, since many staff are leaving the NHS in their droves, to go and work at the likes of Tesco!
Thirteen surgical procedures may be axed to save the NHS £2 billion
Tummy tucks, liposuction, adenoid removal (for glue ear) and imaging for lower back pain—amongst other procedures—are all set to be removed from the range of NHS services. Set to save the NHS £2 billion, this cutback is just a drop in the ocean of savings that the NHS will have to make in the coming months. Many GP services are also to be dropped, and I was shocked when I learnt that private appointments were the only option for many patients requiring simple procedures such as ear syringing.
It won’t be long before GPs as we remember them are gone. This is happening as pHARMacies (my capitalisation) become the new go-to place for British patients to seek advice and treatment, although—same story— they have no proper funding. Perhaps that is a good thing, unless we all want to wait in line at the local pharmacy for medical advice.
I am not sure what it is like in your area, but where I live, it can be over 40 minutes that I am left hanging around at a chemist's to pick up a prescription, let alone wait for ‘treatment’. According to the Express, 42 million GP appointments (as they have been heretofore) could be handled by British pharmacies.
Organoids: lab-grown brains with eyes
Yes, you read that right. Be careful before you click on this link if you are about to eat, or you may feel a little queasy!
What is an organoid? A tiny 3D tissue culture originally derived from stem cells. Organoids are then crafted to replicate a human organ. Whilst the technology may sound Frankenstein-like, we should all be aware that the organoid business is booming. Companies are growing organs, tailored to the recipient, unique and bespoke. There is a great choice: livers, brains, eyes, muscles and skin, amongst others. Business is booming.
Regeneration in medicine dates back to the Ancient Greeks, but research in the 1980s discovered embryonic stem cells, and since then a whole new industry has been born. That industry goes by the name of ‘biomedical research’. Discovered in Utrecht, organoids—together with gene editing—have pushed biomedicine into ground-breaking territory that perhaps should have been left undiscovered.
Tiny human brains can be grown in the lab using stem cell engineering. One organoid even has basic eye structures that send signals to the brain. These structures are the science of now, not the future. They can be grown quickly and cheaply, and—because they resemble a variety of organs in the body—researchers can fully observe them. They are created in a laboratory by a process that involves culturing stem cells in a 3D medium such as hydrogel (matrigel). Organoids can be made by embedding stem cells into the 3D hydrogel. As I understand it, these then develop into embryoid bodies which are then manipulated using pharmacological products to create an organoid identity.
Despite their many drawbacks, organoids are very valuable to a large field of research and will continue to be included in the armoury of potent weapons to achieve the aim of fully personalised treatments. Organoids can range in size from less than the width of a hair to five millimetres long.
Organoids are used for a variety of reasons: rare disease research, examination and observation of brain neurons, correcting misfiring stem cells, and even insulin protection. Any area that a researcher wants to take a closer look at can employ this technique.
Now that we know this technology exists, what else is on the horizon?
Should lab-grown brains have human rights?
I bet you are thinking that this old lady has lost her marbles! But no; sadly, they are all still intact and this is real. What is the point of growing a brain in a lab if it can’t play Pong—a video game similar to table tennis? In a lab in Melbourne, Australia, this is exactly what has been achieved.
This experiment has raised ethical questions of ownership. What is the legal status of these brains? Do they require rights? Does the ability to play Pong indicate that lab-grown brains are sentient? Can they sense the world around them? If they are sentient, perhaps they can feel pain or they suffer. Where does ‘Do No Harm’ stop and start? Where do we draw the moral limits?
Seven human organs we can grow in the lab
This article, dated 2018, from the Science Museum in London reveals that four years ago, we had the technology to grow human organs in laboratories. Hearts, eyes, skin, bones, livers, muscles and brains were all being grown. Teeth are being made into brains! Moorfields Eye Hospital in the City of London, in collaboration with University College London, has been busy making eye cups using skin cells from people with rare genetic diseases. Anything is possible; the age of gene manipulation is here to stay.
Organs on a Chip
How much more is possible, I hear you ask. Organs on a chip? Yes; this is not science fiction, this is ‘science’ fact: a bioengineered system where biological aspects of a living organ are recreated in a laboratory (as above). It is created ‘in vivo’ (in vivo means “within the living” in Latin, which aptly fits its modern definition).
This is becoming one of the most promising, fastest growing research areas in the world and predicted to become a multi-billion pound industry.
Organs on a chip will improve understanding of health and disease using experimental models. They will allow for the testing of new medicines and will aid the development of precision medicine.
Labs on a Chip
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse! Lab-on-a-chip devices were being announced as many as 20 years ago. Imagine taking a biochemistry laboratory and shrinking it to the size of a mobile phone, or even smaller. We are living in the era of miniaturisation. The purpose of this laboratory Lilliputianism is so that the chip will tell you—or whoever is linked into the data from it—whether you have a chronic disease, all from a drop of body fluid.
The chip is made of plastic (I was surprised too!) and engineered with channels, valves and pumps that can mix and analyse proteins, DNA and other chemicals in body fluids. Terrifyingly, we already use this technology to screen newborn blood for rare inherited diseases. The earlier on in life, the better, some would say. Just draw the infant blood and hit go. Why do I get the feeling that this won’t end well?
Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine receives MHRA approval for use as a booster
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA, or HARM to me) has expanded its conditional market authorisation for NUVAXOID as a booster in adults over 18years. As the prefix Nu- in the title suggests, this is a derivative of Novavax and contains SARS-COV-2 spike protein and Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralising antibodies.
The MHRA’s decision was based on positive results from two Phase II trials (this standard of trial evidence is becoming the norm at the MHRA), conducted in the US, Australia and South Africa, and from the UK-sponsored COV-BOOST trial. The vaccine business is not going away, and whilst many may think the Covid agenda is over, they would be mistaken. As quickly as you can blink, there will be another ‘vaccine’ coming down the line and destined for an arm near you.
Prince Andrew's fruit and vegetable leftovers, and GPs prescribing greens
Do any of us feel sorry for Prince Andrew, who allegedly got tearful when his brother—now the King—told him he would never return to public life and that he was effectively past his sell-by date? Since then, the disgraced Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson—whom he still shares the Grand Lodge at Windsor with—has been trying to find favour with the public by giving away his leftovers. A source allegedly said:
Sarah calls it their ‘magic garden’ and has been encouraging Kevin the gardener to give anything spare to the local church.
Perhaps he may like to give it to GPs, who are now piloting a scheme to prescribe fruit and vegetables. That is, of course, if you can find a GP! According to this report in Pulse, GPs want to do less work for more money. £110,000 per annum for a nine-to-five job, in fact. You can’t make it up; desperate times call for desperate measures.
Range Rover reduces Covid—for six-figure sums
Range Rover has brought out the first Covid-friendly or perhaps Covid-hostile car!
With a state-of-the-art air conditioning system, it has an upmarket cabin with several tech-enabled features, including an air filtration system that can reduce SARS-CoV-2 virus. Yes!
If you have a spare £100,000, you can get the basic model but if you can stretch to £200,000 you get a touch of luxury and a Covid bubble. You can’t make it up!
As the mayhem continues and the situation in the UK gets graver by the day, we must remember that more and more of us are becoming much more sharply aware of what is going on. For those of us who can clearly see the plan moving forward, the message is: stand firm, do your own research, join your own dots, and—on a practical note—be prepared and don’t be scared.
For those who are just starting to see the full picture: don’t be frightened, stay close to those who are likeminded, and question everyone and everything to form your own conclusions.
As ever, a massive thank you to all of you who send good wishes and great information. Keep your ears to the ground and eyes wide open.
Until next week,