[Marxism] [a MUST READ!!!....] Yushchenko's Disease: A Tale of Two Poisons

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Tue Dec 28 02:23:37 MST 2004


From:           	"Jim Yarker
Subject:        	Yushchenko's Disease: A Tale of Two Poisons 
Date sent:      	Mon, 27 Dec 2004 22:30:38 +0000

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/boyle.php?articleid=4217

December 27, 2004
Yushchenko's Disease: A Tale of Two Poisons

by Thomas Boyle, M.D.

After weeks of rampant speculation and political intrigue of the highest 
order, the mystery of Viktor Yushchenko's rapid and startling facial 
disfigurement was settled with a simple blood test and reported with bold 
finality: The Ukrainian presidential candidate was poisoned with dioxin. Not 
just routinely poisoned. No, it was a silver-medal performance, scoring a 
blood dioxin level 6,000-times higher than normal – the second-highest level 
ever recorded. The case was immediately closed in dramatic fashion. Major 
media collectively breathed a sigh of relief that rippled across the 
Internet: Their unfounded and rash medical assumptions of poisoning were 
confirmed, and they were off the hook. After all, just because you jump to 
conclusions doesn't mean you can't land on solid ground.

With Yushchenko's medical mystery cleared up and off the table, the Ukraine 
– and the world – could go on with the new elections, elections that almost 
certainly will crown the righteous and harmed opposition party candidate.

Except Yushchenko could not have been admitted to the Rudolfinerhaus Clinic 
in Vienna for dioxin poisoning. And the medical records obtained from that 
clinic do not indicate that diagnosis. In fact, Viktor Yushchenko's problem 
is likely much more severe than record blood levels of dioxin. His problems 
are in all probability so severe and of such import for him and his party 
that he and the Rudolfinerhaus medical claque chanced a daring and bold 
gambit in order to hide the truth and simultaneously implicate his opponent. 
The truth is, Viktor Yushchenko may well be the victim of two poisonings, 
the more severe of which his physicians have yet to reveal.

How We Got to Here

Viktor Yushchenko claims he was poisoned during a Sept. 5 dinner with the 
head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Ihor Smeshko, and his deputy, 
Volodymyr Satsyuk. Yushchenko claims to have developed symptoms almost 
immediately, and during the next day, Sept. 6, he suffered severe abdominal 
and back pain. Yushchenko first sought treatment at Vienna's private 
Rudolfinerhaus clinic five days later, on Sept. 10. He went home in 
mid-September to resume campaigning, but he came back to the hospital later 
that month for more treatment and was released in early October – although 
still unwell – to continue his pursuit of the Ukrainian presidency. 
Yushchenko is certain that the poisoning took place at the dinner on Sept. 
5, saying:

"That was the only place where no one from my team was present and no 
precautions were taken concerning the food. It was a project of political 
murder, prepared by the authorities."

Speculation was rampant in the media and on the Internet as to how 
Yushchenko's face became disfigured. The overwhelming opinion was a 
groundless assumption that, given the unusual appearance of the skin disease 
and the political circumstances surrounding an ideologically charged 
election, Yushchenko surely must have been poisoned, as he claimed. At the 
same time, the Ukrainian election was declared invalid and a second round of 
voting was scheduled.

At first, Yushchenko resisted further tests that would easily determine 
whether or not he was actually poisoned. However, certain blogs, including 
CodeBlueBlog, turned up chronological and medical inconsistencies in the 
story, and the undercurrents created by these voices forced Yushchenko to 
pursue a definitive diagnosis as a second election loomed.

During the obviously contrived and farcical weekend of Dec. 10, Yushchenko 
returned to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic, where his doctors drew blood and sent 
it off to Amsterdam for a "new" test that had not been previously available. 
Yushchenko was thereafter rapidly (within 12 hours) diagnosed with dioxin 
poisoning – a diagnosis that had previously stumped Yushchenko's physicians 
for months.

Poison Number One: Dioxin

Because dioxin does its damage by binding to cell material on a molecular 
level, the effects of its actions are delayed. It takes weeks to months to 
years to manifest dioxin poisoning. Chloracne – the skin condition 
Yushchenko is said to have – develops months to years after exposure. In the 
only two known analogous dioxin poisoning cases, the patients involved had 
no clinical symptoms besides upset stomach for six to eight months after the 
presumed exposure. Even then, they sought medical help only because of the 
development of acne.

Yushchenko, on the other hand, developed dramatic and severe symptoms almost 
immediately after his meal with the secret service on Sept. 6. After four 
days, the persistent, severe pain and generalized malaise forced Yushchenko 
to have himself admitted to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic in Vienna. There is no 
scientific or medical explanation that can account for this chronology of 
symptoms on the basis of dioxin poisoning.

Poison Number Two: Alcohol

There is another poison, however, that accounts for the timing, severity, 
and character of Yushchenko's symptoms as they relate to the dinner on Sept. 
6: alcohol.

The New York Times reported that on the night of Sept. 5, 2004, Yushchenko 
and the Secret Service agents "drank beer and ate boiled crayfish from a 
common bowl, as well as a salad made of tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn. 
Later, they selected vodka and meats, and then cognacs for a last drink."

It was the next day, after drinking beer, vodka, and cognac at dinner, that 
Yushchenko developed the symptoms that drove him to Rudolfinerhaus four days 
later. The doctors at that Vienna clinic surely knew immediately what we can 
also deduce now: Yushchenko's symptoms indicate pancreatitis (inflammation 
of the pancreas), and the cause was binge drinking on the night of Sept. 5.

Pancreatitis is caused 65-80 percent of the time by either alcohol or 
gallstones. Yushchenko did not have gallstones. Pancreatitis – which can be 
caused by chronic alcohol consumption or by one night of heavy drinking 
–causes severe stomach and back pain and can occur shortly after the alcohol 
ingestion.

Newly discovered documents, including Yushchenko's official medical records, 
obtained from the Rudolfinerhaus clinic show conclusively that Yushchenko 
had pancreatitis. The Viennese doctors themselves flatly state that there is 
pancreatitis, and the laboratory and diagnostic test results shown are all 
consistent with that diagnosis. In addition, the test results show that 
Yushchenko also has an enlarged liver. This indicates that his drinking 
pattern is probably chronic and, because of that, he is on the road to 
developing severe liver disease. Here is the CT scan report from 
Rudolfinerhaus:

"Pancreas intermittently massive without clearly-defined edges, 
peripancreatitis."

And the ultrasound report states:

"Gallbladder without concretion [meaning: no gall stones].

"Diffusive enlargement of the liver [hepatomegaly]."

The ultrasound report states that the pancreas is normal, but this is a 
known and common error in abdominal ultrasound. This test is not sensitive 
for evaluation of the pancreas because of the pancreas' position in the 
abdomen. A CT scan is like a photograph of the abdomen, so it is much more 
accurate in evaluating this organ.

Despite claims that such imbibing is "typical" for an important meal in the 
Ukraine, such behavior represents an abnormal drinking pattern:

"The U.S. government defines moderation as no more than one drink per day 
for women and no more than two drinks per day for men."

Liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) is a frequent finding in alcoholics and can 
be a precursor to cirrhosis (an often fatal, end-stage liver disease). As 
stated previously, pancreatitis is a frequent complication of alcohol 
over-indulgence (acute or chronic), and "massive" enlargement of this organ, 
associated with blurred edges, is diagnostic (the medical term for 
conclusive) for pancreatitis.

Why Rudolfinerhaus?

The Rudolfinerhaus clinic advertises itself as a discrete and posh clinic. I 
have questioned, right from the beginning, the rationale for Yushchenko 
entering this medical facility if he truly had a mysterious ailment or 
needed high-end care. One of my readers, a computer scientist and an "expat 
Austrian," by his own description, commented:

"Had I an actual health problem, I would prefer, say, the U. of Vienna's 
teaching hospital (for most things), or the Lorenz-Boehler (trauma, 
accidents), and so on.

"A few years ago, the Rudolfinerhaus had the reputation of a Betty Ford 
clinic for the affluent, with an add-on wing for the yearly checkups of rich 
oil sheiks. Unless that rep has experienced a sea change since then, I must 
ask: Why would someone who claims to have been poisoned check into the place 
when the AKH is a stone's throw away?"

More has been learned about goings-on at Rudolfinerhaus that deepen the 
mystery of Yushchenko's choice of treatment centers. As first reported in 
the Transatlantic Intelligencer, and then by Justin Raimondo, there were 
some serious behind-the-scenes internecine struggles at the Rudolfinerhaus 
Clinic after Yushchenko's visit, culminating in the resignation of the 
clinic's chief, Dr. Lothar Wicke, after he made some skeptical remarks about 
the Yushchenko diagnosis of poisoning.

Raimondo quotes this source (a pay link, in German):

"[Y]ushchenko's people made clear to Wicke that he should not say anything 
more concerning the affair, since otherwise [as Wicke puts it] 'one would 
resort to other means against me and the hospital.' Dr. Wicke is also 
supposed to have received death threats at the time."

Newer revelations indicate there were other intertwining relationships on 
both sides of the political spectrum at Rudolfinerhaus. Regardless, the 
controversy and accusations in the clinic's board rooms – as well as the 
confusing and contradictory press reports that streamed from the clinic – 
demonstrate clearly that this is not a typical major medical center with 
high-end academic physicians. It isn't the place one goes for the best care. 
Bill Clinton didn't have heart bypass surgery at his local hospital in 
Westchester, N.Y. Neither did he look for some facility that provided 
privacy and five-star amenities to its patients. He went to the top heart 
hospital in area, The New York Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical 
Center. Rudolfinerhaus is neither an academic institution nor major medical 
center; rather, it is a posh, private clinic, steeped in local and 
international politics, and able to provide more than just medical coverage, 
especially for the famous, rich, and politically connected patients it 
covets. This is not a hospital you would choose to solve a medical mystery 
or to access the highest levels of care. You would choose Rudolfinerhaus, 
however, to treat your alcohol-related complications discretely.

The conclusion of Yushchenko's official clinical medical record proves my 
point. Notice that although the physicians list the diagnosis of 
pancreatitis in the body of the medical report (not many reporters can read 
or understand the body of a medical report), they neglect to name those 
findings specifically in the report's conclusion. In fact, it took me quite 
a while to decode this bizarrely phrased report conclusion, and I will need 
to walk you through this. In the two-line report summary, the first 
conclusion is a dodge. In basketball, it's called a look-away pass. The 
report states:

"Acute proctolitis on the left side."

Huh? Skipping right over the enlarged liver and the "massive" inflamed 
pancreas, the doctors instead focus on the one asymmetric finding in the 
entire case: proctitis. Now that our attention is distracted (sort of like 
asking a computer to solve for pi) with this disconcerting conclusion, the 
clever doctors at Rudolfinerhaus tell us what's really wrong without really 
telling us at all. They say:

"The negative general and alimentary condition could have been caused by 
either an acute viral infection or by chemical substances that are not 
generally found in food products."

There may be translation problems here, but I believe by "negative" they 
mean unsatisfactory. His negative "general" condition would be his overall 
malaise and prostration. But the kicker in this conclusion – the nasty bug 
at the bottom of the coffee cup – is the word "alimentary."

In this sense, alimentary means all the organs of digestion, which, in its 
broadest definition, entails not only the esophagus, stomach, and bowel, but 
also the liver and pancreas.

So they are admitting that Yushchenko has problems with his liver and 
pancreas, as these organs are part of the alimentary tract and the 
alimentary tract is in a "negative condition." But they are not specifically 
saying hepatomegaly and pancreatitis.

This is certainly done on purpose, as proven by the juxtaposed diagnosis of 
proctitis, which is an inflammation of the rectum – the tail-most portion of 
the alimentary tract. Proctitis would have been included in the second 
conclusion, but they dissected it out (instead of pancreatitis and 
hepatomegaly) to deceive us by deflecting our attention and concentration.

The last phrase in the report is rather astounding: "could have been caused 
by either an acute viral infection or by chemical substances that are not 
generally found in food products."

So the reason for his illness is either a virus or 
 what is not generally 
found in food products? Poison. This statement specifically tosses the ball 
away from alcohol ingestion – the most common reason for Yushchenko's 
symptoms – which is clearly a food product.

This report was designed purposely to deceive the world by putting them on 
the trail of poisoning while deflecting attention from the obvious 
diagnosis: alcoholism. This is the type of report one would expect from a 
fawning celebrity halfway house, not a significant or major medical center.

Poisoned? Not!

>From the beginning, I have said it seems ridiculous to imagine that anyone 
with any amount of sophistication or purpose would have dosed Yushchenko 
with poison. Especially dioxin, which has never been used to poison anyone! 
Detractors of this theory write variously that I don't understand how 
backward, stupid, and incompetent these spies are and life in the Ukraine 
is. I can't buy that. And neither can most other reputable sources and 
experts. As stated by Dr. Andrea Sella of University College, London: "If 
you really want to kill someone, you use cyanide or ricin or strychnine." 
And The New York Times said:

"Murder by poison has largely been relegated to the history pages, 
principally because science has overtaken the great advantage that the 
poisoner of old had over his pursuers: the ability to hide his work beneath 
the normal calamities that afflict human life."

Similar comments are common throughout the Internet and the media.

Finally, there is the theory that Yushchenko was poisoned not to kill him 
but only to disfigure him. This is a dubious proposition, because a moment's 
reflection would lead to the conclusion that the disfigurement could (and 
did) have the opposite effect. Also, chloracne cannot be predicted as a 
definite complication of dioxin poisoning, and its exact manifestation – 
given the rarity of its occurrence – also could not be predicted.

What are we left with?

1. Yushchenko may have been exposed to a large amount of dioxin (barring 
outright fraudulent manipulation of the blood drawn in Vienna and sent to 
Amsterdam). However, dioxin poisoning was not why he was admitted to 
Rudolfinerhaus on Sept. 10, 2004.

2. The chronology of the proposed exposure to dioxin, the manifestation of 
symptoms, and the appearance of chloracne do not fit the chronology of the 
claims made by Yushchenko and the Rudolfinerhaus clinic.

3. Yushchenko drank too much alcohol the night of Sept. 5 2004, and he 
likely drinks too much frequently.

4. Test results released from Rudolfinerhaus show conclusively that 
Yushchenko had pancreatitis and an enlarged liver, both of which are common 
sequelae of alcoholism.

5. Rudolfinerhaus tried to cover these findings with inaccurate press 
releases and a grossly and purposely misleading clinical report 
"conclusion."

6. If Yushchenko keeps drinking, it is not unlikely that his liver and 
pancreatic disease will progress and he will be left with chronic 
pancreatitis (which can lead to diabetes and insulin dependence) and/or 
cirrhosis (which can lead to death by numerous pathways).

What we are left with is a story by Dickens or Hugo, and a tale for the 
ages.

Scheming politicians, nefarious spies, and bearded Viennese doctors weave in 
and out of a gloriously contrived plot set in a tottering former Soviet 
state. Titans struggle for the political helm as a rigged election falls 
apart, replaced by a second round of voting. Towering at the podium, the 
monstrously disfigured Yushchenko declares that he has been poisoned – an 
act completely at home in the Byzantine plot structure and apocalyptic 
themes of the story.

No writer worth his ink would deflate the balloon of this grand epic. The 
denouement calls for a soaring finish, not a tawdry crash. So the elections 
went off with the successful subterfuge that was crafted in Rudolfinerhaus 
and sold to a media that wanted to go along with the Dickensian tale.

But as Boris Yeltsin showed the world with his disgraceful public decline 10 
years ago, alcoholism is not a disease that will be ignored. The occurrence 
of pancreatitis and hepatomegaly in Viktor Yushchenko spells out an ending 
that will not be disguised by fairy tales, just as it cannot be covered up 
by acne or a new election.






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