Posted - 09/07/2005 : 18:08:48
| I saw Couldron's post regarding possible manslaughter charges being filed against Robert Conrad. It does not matter that Burnett's father thinks stress caused the ulcers that perforated. The man is not a doctor, so his opinions are not admissable in a court of law.
Medical fact is as follows: stress does not cause ulcers. Doctors USED to think that. But in 1983 medical research proved that a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) causes most ulcers. All Mr. Conrad's lawyers have to do is insist that an autopsy be done of the man's body. If the bacteria was present in the man's body then whatever civil lawsuit it sounds like the man's parents are trying to file will be tossed out on grounds of reasonable doubt. Even if an autopsy is not possible, medical facts are still in Mr. Conrad's favor.
The case should not even go to trial based on bogus allegations like this. It is absurd. The press was just acting like vultures and exploiting the situation to get filler copy--as usual!
Infomation on that bacteria can be found on numerous medical information sites on the Internet. Such as the text I append below--which comes from a site in Australia.
Mr. Conrad can not be blamed for Burnett's ignoring his own symptoms and not seeking medical treatment for a bacteria that is definitely NOT caused by a car accident.
The Administrator of this site has my permission to forward this information to Mr. Conrad if you think it will be helpful.
The following is a cut and paste of text from a medical site that can be found at the following address:
Reliable health information - quality assured by
the Victorian government7 September, 2005
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Gastric > Stomach ulcer.
A stomach or gastric ulcer is a break in the
tissue lining the stomach. The term 'peptic
ulcer' refers to those that occur in either the
stomach or the first part of the small intestine
that leads out of the stomach, called the
duodenum. It was once commonly thought that
stress, smoking and diet were the principal
causes of stomach ulcers. However, the
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium is now
known to be responsible for most duodenal ulcers
and 60 per cent of stomach ulcers. The H. pylori
bacterium also prompts many symptoms of
dyspepsia, or indigestion. Treatment for stomach
ulcers includes the use of antibiotics to kill
the infection, and acid-suppressing drugs.
Some stomach ulcers are asymptomatic. The
symptoms of a stomach ulcer can include:
Abdominal pain just below the ribcage
Loss of appetite
Altered blood present in the vomit or in the
bowel motions (occasionally)
Symptoms of anaemia, such as light-headedness.
The stomach is an organ of the digestive system,
located in the abdomen just below the ribs and
on the left. Swallowed food is squeezed down the
oesophagus and pushed through a sphincter (small
muscle ring) into the stomach, where it is mixed
with powerful gastric juices containing enzymes
and hydrochloric acid. The stomach is a muscular
bag, so it can churn the food and break it down
mechanically as well as chemically. Once the
food is the consistency of smooth paste, it is
squeezed through a second sphincter into the
first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
The lining of the stomach - the mucosa or
gastric epithelium - is layered with multiple
folds. Ulcers occur in this lining.
A variety of causes
A stomach ulcer can be caused by a variety of
Helicobacter pylori - these bacteria is thought
to be responsible for around 60 per cent of
stomach ulcers and at least 90 per cent of
Certain medications - including aspirin, taken
regularly to help prevent heart attack or
stroke, and drugs for arthritis.
Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) are
thought to cause around two fifths of stomach
Cancer - stomach cancer can present as an ulcer,
particularly in older people.
The Helicobacter pylori bacterium (H. pylori) is
the main cause of peptic ulcers. The discovery
of this micro-organism in 1983 revolutionised
many aspects of gastroenterology, including the
treatment of stomach ulcers. It is thought that
about one in three people over the age of 40
years are infected with this strain of bacteria
in Australia. The germs live in the lining of
the stomach, and the chemicals they produce
cause irritation and inflammation. H. pylori
directly causes one third of stomach ulcers, and
is a contributing factor in around three fifths
of cases. Other disorders caused by this
infection include inflammation of the stomach
(gastritis) and dyspepsia (indigestion).
Researchers believe the germ could also play a
contributing role in the development of stomach
cancers. The infection is more common among poor
or institutionalised people. The mode of
transmission is so far unknown, but is thought
to include sharing food or utensils, coming into
contact with infected vomit, and sharing of
water (such as well water) in undeveloped
A severe, untreated ulcer can sometimes burn
through the wall of the stomach, allowing
digestive juices and food to leech into the
abdominal cavity. This medical emergency is
known as a perforated ulcer. Treatment generally
requires immediate surgery.
Diagnosing a stomach ulcer is done using a range
of methods, including:
Endoscopy - a thin flexible tube is threaded
down the oesophagus into the stomach under light
anaesthesia. The endoscope is fitted with a
small camera so the physician can see if there
is an ulcer.
Barium meal - a chalky liquid is drunk and an
x-ray is performed, showing the stomach lining.
These tests are less common nowdays, but may be
useful where endoscopy is unavailable.
Biopsy - a small tissue sample is taken during
an endoscopy and tested in a laboratory. This
biopsy should always be done if a gastric ulcer
C14 breath test - to check for the presence of
H. pylori. The bacteria convert urea into carbon
dioxide. The test involves swallowing an amount
of radioactive carbon (C14) and testing the air
exhaled from the lungs. A non-radioactive test
can be used for children and pregnant women.
Special diets are now known to have very little
impact on the prevention or treatment of stomach
ulcers. Treatment options can include:
Medications - including antibiotics, to destroy
the H. pylori colony, and drugs to help speed
the healing process. Different drugs need to be
used in combination; some of the side effects
can include diarrhoea and rashes. Resistance to
some of these antibiotics is becoming more
Subsequent breath tests - used to make sure the
H. pylori infection has been treated
Changes to existing medications - the doses of
arthritis medications, aspirin or other
anti-inflammatory drugs can be altered slightly
to reduce their contributing effects on the
Reducing acid - tablets are available to reduce
the acid content in the gastric juices.
Lifestyle modifications - such as quitting
cigarettes, since smoking reduces the natural
defences in the stomach and impairs the healing
Where to get help
Things to remember
A stomach or gastric ulcer is a break in the
tissue lining of the stomach.
Most stomach ulcers are caused by infection with
the Helicobacter pylori bacterium or
anti-inflammatory medication, not stress or poor
diet as once thought.
Treatment options include antibiotics and
Abdominal pain in adults.
Heartburn is a form of indigestion.
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Posted - 09/08/2005 : 20:25:59
| I really wanted to post an article that was not as sensational one as this. I did have one but it disappeared on me and I could not recover it. The article was purely yellow journalism at its worst. Besides what you mentioned, this case has already beed tried and sentence passed. Double jepordy has attached.