Thursday, 27 March 2008

Thursday 27 March

A bright and sunny morning, after an overnight frost. We went down to -2C / 28F, but are presently hugging 7C / 45F. The satellite picture shows an approaching low pressure system, which will bring rain and gales in the night.

EU and NATO forces have raided homes belonging to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in the Bosnian town of Pale. Karadzic, with his military commander Radko Mladic, are indicted by the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague on charges of genocide and have been in hiding since the Bosnian war ended. Amongst other events, Mladic organised the massacre of 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.

Dr Andrew Wakefield is in front of the General Medical Council, accused of serious professional misconduct. It was his allegedly flawed research that instilled a lack of confidence in the MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccine. He is defending his research methods. The claims against MMR, such as a link with autism, have since been discounted. Dr Wakefield's research led to a fall in the uptake in the vaccine, which in turn increased the prevalence of the three diseases. All of them are relatively mild, but can potentially carry serious complications.


  1. We are due to have the same kind of weather today & tomorrow.  I've done quite alot of research and talked to a number of vets and found many are opposed to vaccinations for animals as they feel it will actually do more harm than good.  I often wonder about vaccinations for human or animal ~ to me it seems unnatural but I suppose years of medical research says otherwise.  The only vacine I have had is rabies from when I was bitten by a feral cat and had to have the series of shots.   It has most likely expired in my system by now.

  2. I hope your not battered too badly by the gales, I would never have put my son at risk by not having the MMR but i do still think there is something not right about the vaccine. Maybe im just jumping on the band waggon i dont know. But this nagging feeling is still there even though they say its ok. I have to also point out Daniel is now 15 so all this trouble about the MMR was not brought to light until after his injections. I would be very torn if i had to make a choice now for or against.
    love and hugs

  3. I would be more concerned about kids that don't get the vaccanations than those that do.  We certainly don't need outbreaks of polio, diptheria and other nasty diseases.   I did see an American celebrity on TV who has (had) a young son with autisim and she totally denounced the vaccanation-autisim connection.  They were able to help their son by a strict diet and working with him.  She claimed he now functions on almost a normal level.  Yikes, you're weather is ugly too. They are predicting more snow for us tonight & tomorrow.   Linda in Washington