It Was a Zebra After All?
A toxicologist at the Free University in Amsterdam reports tonight that his analysis of Viktor Yushenko's blood reveals:
100,000 units of dioxin per gram of blood fat
And there is widespread talk this may be the highest level ever recorded -- although why that is headline news everywhere is a mystery.
However, toxicologists are baffled -- as was this blog -- as to why any assassin would use Dioxin as a murder weapon. As CodeBlueBlog said, right from the beginning, if we are to assume that there were someone whose intention was to kill Yushchenko, or even disfigure him, in no way could he depend on Dioxin to do either. Said Jean-Francois Narbonne, a professor of toxicology at the University of Bordeaux:
...dioxin -- although a highly dangerous poison that could be administered in tiny amounts -- would not be the assassin's natural weapon of choice
If they wanted to kill him, cyanide or a poison derived from a plant or bacteria would have been far more effective...
When you want to kill someone quickly, you use neurotoxins, substances which attack the tissues of the central nervous system, paralysing the target and stopping respiration and heartbeat.
This announcement does not change, by one iota the way I would approach this case or diagnose this case -- nor should it change the way any reader approaches a similar case or any similar situation in life.
Beginning tomorrow, I am going to show you why. Because the truth is, a diagnostician is obligated to adhere to the most likely diagnosis until that diagnosis is either proven wrong or diminishes in statistical relevance related to the next most likely diagnosis.
If people could learn THAT lesson, they would make better choices in their lives and live better lives. Because Viktor Yushchenko's diagnosis is a Lottery diagnosis. By that I mean that it's like seeing someone on television win the lottery and then going out and spending everything you have on lottery tickets. What happens? You lose all your money.
So I will explain MORE tomorrow -- after I give you a SERIOUS update on the Mary McClinton story. A story I will be getting back to with a sledgehammer, and I may fly to Seattle to confront the doctors at Virginia Mason Medical Center. If you have time tonight read about it here and here. Because I have NEW Information. Information culled by personal investigation. And it is going to get exciting, I think.
What happens if the next time you see a similar case you START from the proposition that this is poisoning? The patient dies from his much more likely disease.