LeRoy NY Mystery Illness Spreads and Baffles by Dr. Russell D. Caram
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Last week I wrote about the 12 LeRoy NY teenagers and the spontaneous, simultaneous tics they developed over the fall. The number is now up to 17 (16 girls and now one boy) but some of the parameters cry out for more questioning about how this is being handled and what we were told.
So, 5 more cases… When we left off last week, we were told by the NYS Dept. of Health and the CDC that the problem was to be narrowed down to 4 possibilities: Environmental, Genetic, Infectious Disease and Recreational/Prescription Drug use. After their analysis, they ruled out all of those potential causes. The residents there were told there was nothing they needed to change and no precautions they needed to take – which infuriated the parents AND patients. It also lead to more questions and a backlash of disbelief, considering that they stated that they ‘knew’ what it was.
The differences now? 1) One boy is involved. Given that bit of information, we’re still left off with the possibility of vaccine-injury. Not just Gardasil, but also perhaps the mixing of several vaccines given at that age – OR with the conjunction of several vaccines all being administered at the same time. Gardasil is still a possibility, since it’s being pressured onto boys of the same age now – and has been for about a year. I think we’re all assuming that the big Health Departments checked on and dismissed recreational drug use. As mentioned previously, I don’t have the medical records of these kids to know what vaccines they’ve had or haven’t had. I’m just making an attempt to put together the pieces of what is known to us. However, given what profit Merck could lose by this bad publicity (if it was Gardasil), one could understand why people could be pressed to look the other way.
2) Cases are now in different counties. Saratoga County has 2 cases but is about 250 miles away from LeRoy. Is this significant? Possibly…but it is yet to be determined if the affected kids in Saratoga were in (or near) LeRoy, OR if these are just 2 random cases…meaning that since cases DO occur all the time, is this just a coincidence (based on timing, age, and proximity) or is there more? Also, if they WERE in or near LeRoy NY, then the CDC/NYS Dept. of Health exclusion of an environmental cause would be considered a bit premature, and would need to be questioned as to why the ‘all clear’ was signaled in the first place.
3) From the statements of the affected girls, their symptoms are worsening, and that’s with the treatment for Conversion Disorder. This is a curious development, but also a very telling one. Generally, when an accepted form of treatment is administered for a condition, progress would expect to be seen – and possibly should have been – by this time. Considering that it hasn’t you must conclude that either the treatment is ineffective, or the diagnosis you’re treating is wrong. I personally believe the latter…simply because if the treatment for Conversion Disorder is therapy and “de-stressing” these kids and it’s not working, then you question the treatment and the diagnosis. And it’s not like these cases aren’t being watched closely either, or that they have ‘less-than-competent’ therapists/physicians working them. They do. So, why the ineffectiveness of treatment unless you’re treating the wrong thing?
4) I’ve seen the latest news about LeRoy, and that a high-publicity environmental activist is also looking into this. Yeah, I understand that just will draw more attention to it – and good for her for bringing it. This will definitely expose any environmental concerns of LeRoy, which it already has. According to the EPA, there was a train derailment that occurred in 1970, spilling cyanide and trichloroethylene within 3 miles of where the high school currently stands. Is that significant? Possibly… depends on air, water and soil patterns. How stuff flows, blows and gets moved. If the CDC/NYS Dept. of Health did signal an “all clear” in LeRoy, one would assume they would have taken air/dirt/water samples, had them tested and the results returned in order to allay the fears of the residents?
Given the turn this has taken, it seems like the previously dismissed ‘environmental’ cause now needs to be re-examined and re-introduced into the potential list of causes. So, that added to the differentials list along with vaccine-injuries, and now we’re down to a possible list of causes – and sadly, all of them toxic compounds known to be damaging to human cells (and carcinogenic to human beings). But the question hanging over that is the timing…how so many girls all from the same school (with the exception of Saratoga’s two) were drastically affected in such a short time.
I personally don’t see this situation ending with good news, but fear not…the NIH (National Institute of Health) is now offering to evaluate these 17 kids– just when you thought 2 governmental agencies was enough.
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