Introduction — April 15, 2018
The following is propaganda for those who consider themselves intelligent and informed but are actually quite stupid. After all you have to be pretty dense to swallow the official story that Russia poisoned the Skripals with a highly toxic nerve agent, novichok.
It’s a “miracle” that the two survived, says Alastair Hay, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Leeds University.
Naturally it’s only a miracle if we assume that they were poisoned with novichok in the first place.
An alternative explanation for the Skripals “miracle” recovery is that they weren’t poisoned by the highly toxic Russian nerve agent. I’m not going to speculate on what actually poisoned them but this is a more plausible explanation than the official version.
Yet the corporate media tows the official line without question. Even though Prof. Hay is unable to explain exactly how the Skripals pulled through Sky News doesn’t press the matter.
For example, it doesn’t raise the possibility that the Skripal’s may have been poisoned by another nerve agent, as has been suggested by a Swiss centre for radiology and bacteriological analysis in Spiez. Instead Sky News does nothing more than echo the official version of events.
Meaning that the following report is not journalism. By echoing the official version of events without question it amounts to little more than propaganda. Ed.
‘Miracle’ recovery: How Sergei and Yulia Skripal survived the novichok attack
Sky News — April 10, 2018
Poisoned spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and is expected to leave hospital in “due course”, while his daughter Yulia has been discharged.
Just a few weeks ago they were seemingly on the brink of death – so how did they survive?
Alastair Hay, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Leeds University, tells Sky News how they may have fought off the novichok nerve agent and managed a “miracle” recovery.
But first, how dangerous is novichok really?
“The nerve agents are deadly,” says Prof Hay.
“That’s why they were chosen as chemical weapons. If you are exposed to a number of lethal doses then invariably it is fatal.”
They block acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme active in the nervous system.
The result is involuntary contraction of all muscles, leading to cardiac arrest and asphyxiation.
One of the scientists who helped make novichok has also told Sky News the substance was designed to do “irreparable” damage to the body.
Paramedics’ quick treatment was crucial
“The Skripals have survived because they’ve had great medical care,” says Prof Hay.
“I’m sure if the paramedics hadn’t been on the scene as quickly as they were – and were able to ensure that the Skripals kept breathing – they wouldn’t have survived.”
The former spy and his daughter were reportedly frothing at the mouth when they were found on a bench in Salisbury last month.
Those who made the first 999 call may have saved their lives.
Did they get an antidote?
There isn’t a magic-pill “cure” for novichok poisoning – which makes treating it something of an inexact science.
Prof Hay says “doctors treating the Skripals would have been a bit in the dark about some aspects of their treatment” because “a very specific (antidote) to target the nerve agent and pull it off an enzyme that is blocked is just not known”.
However, the toxicology expert says the father and daughter were likely to have been given one of several general antidotes.
In this case, they appear to have helped.
The body ‘flushes out’ the nerve agent
Gordon: The miracle is that Swiss scientists in Spiez managed to identify another agent (or perhaps a double-agent) and release their uncontaminated evidence.