Crying ‘botulism’ from day one, we now have a complete ‘about face’ on the poisoned Waikato family.The family has spoken out and wants the truth revealed.
It is time the Minister revealed the true facts.
The Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch published an excellent article by Pam Vernon - exposing both the cover-up involved in this story, and also the appalling lack of investigative reporting in this country. The news reports were written by reporters who were more worried about their pay packet and about NOT mentioning the words "1080 poison", than getting to the truth!
For weeks, since this Putaruru family was first hospitalized after a meal of wild boar meat, mainstream media has told us the family had botulism.
“All three members of a Waikato family struck down with botulism after eating freshly slaughtered wild boar meat has regained consciousness”.
A number of folk requested information on the issue under the OIA but were declined citing patient confidentiality.
What is wrong with a minister that doesn’t get to the bottom of this saga and reveal all to the public?
If Eugene Sage doesn’t have the back-bone to do this she shouldn’t be in the job.
Understandably given the widespread use of 1080 throughout NZ people wanted reassurance it wasn’t 1080 poisoning of a beast or human via secondary poisoning.
Then we had a Neuroscientist also speaking out about the symptoms and how they did not match botulism.
“Joji Varghese describes how up to four nurses were required to restrain the victims, because their involuntary convulsions were likely to harm the patients and the nurses. They had to be strapped to their beds.”
Now, the very next morning we have an article in the Herald telling us that the family’s test results have now been returned (coincidentally?) and the verdict is that no it was not botulism.
Even more coincidentally, we learn they had also been tested for 1080 and the results were negative. So just two days ago, the family were also refused the results to all testing for another 20 days, yet the following day (after the release of the family interview) mainstream media has the test results?
“The family was also tested for 1080 poisoning and that was negative too”. Radio NZ
This is another flip flop as you will note in this article they hadn’t been tested for 1080 because the family would have to eat a bowlful to be poisoned to the extent they were it was claimed.
“He revealed the family had also been tested for mercury, arsenic and lead poisoning but not 1080 as doctors believed they would have needed to consume a cereal bowl full for it to have such a violent effect.” NZ Herald.
The medical notes clearly state that hospital staff decided NOT to test for 1080 because they believed people would have had to eat a bowl full of 1080 to suffer the effects they did. They didn't believe it was feasible. And now we are being told that even the boar meat was not the cause:
It appears that the authorities have destroyed all of the meat that was in the family’s freezer (now why would you do that?). And the meal left on the table is still in pristine non-decayed condition, unlike the rest of the food left there.
So, it is all looking murkier by the hour. Do you still trust the authorities? The media? Your government which has a corporation mindset. The hospital management? And we have other growing anomalies in the 1080 mix.
So all the meat in the freezer has been taken away? And now the authorities are saying 1080 tests were negative when they only recently said it wasn't tested for!
Why did they got rid of all meat in freezer but didn’t throw out the food they had been eating?? Why would they do that? Perhaps they did find traces of 1080??
There needs to be an inquiry!
Pardon my ignorance but are 1080 and brodifacoum considered to be two different poisons? Could it have been brodifacoum instead of 1080? And they know it. Are they deliberately avoiding the mention of brodifacoum in articles and focusing on negative result for 1080 ie taking advantage of a technicality...
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