[Marxism] [a MUST READ!!!....] Yushchenko's Disease: A Tale of Two Poisons
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From: "Jim Yarker
Subject: Yushchenko's Disease: A Tale of Two Poisons
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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.
"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
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.
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
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
"Pancreas intermittently massive without clearly-defined edges,
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.
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
"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.
>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
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
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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