- Hello Jeff - The first thing I want to point out
is the fact that Joyce Parlour, who died of CJD, had not eaten red meat
for years. She did, however, eat chicken and pork. CJD as with Mad Cow
can, in some cases, have an unusually long incubation period in years.
This case might also tell us that, maybe pork and chicken, are not good
substitues for beef...we do know they are not being tested for mad cow
disease and are slaughtered too quickly to show symptoms. Another
question: did Mrs. Parlour ever go to a dentist
- for treatment with invasive, reusable 'sterilized' instruments? CJD
has many risk factors.
- Mr. Parlour, husband of the victim, does give a good
view of the human side of this monsterous killer that robs people of their
very identity and memory. It leaves nothing in return except the horrendous
hole in a person's brain. This is the horror known as 'sporadic' CJD.
- There have been cases of 'sporadic' CJD in people who
hunt deer and ate the deer meat. Deer meat is not red. Simply because
a person has not eaten red meat does not mean prion disease won't attack.
We know that prions are found in, not only the central nervous system
of deer, but also in the meat.
- Mrs Parlour died of pneumonia caused by 'sporadic' CJD.
One must wonder how many such cases have pneumonia are listed as cause
of death with no mention of CJD. How many sCJD and other prion disease
cases are mistakenly or deliberately identified as Alzheimer's Disease?
- What are the real numbers of cases of sCJD and other
forms of mad cow in humans?
- CJD Widower Tells Of Torment
- A "perfect mother and wife" died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease (CJD) despite not eating red meat for years, an inquest has been
- Grandmother Joyce Parlour, 74, of Chelmsford, lost the
feeling in her arm at the start of the year and within three months she
had died. Her grieving husband of 56 years, John Parlour, said
the cause of her death was a "mystery" and more research needed
to be carried out into the devastating brain disease.
- Speaking outside her inquest at County Hall in Chelmsford
yesterday the 79-year-old widower said: "She was the perfect mother
and wife, this thing came right out of the blue, it's a mystery how she
caught it." He said his wife, a mother-of-two and grandmother
of one, had not eaten red meat for many years after suffering digestive
- Mr Parlour, a retired heating engineer and war veteran,
said: "I was so surprised because she hadn't eaten red meat for years,
she was living on chicken and pork for quite a number of years. "I
inquired with our own doctor about whether she had had a blood transfusion
in the past 30 years and she hadn't.
- "If she caught it through eating meat she's not
going to be the only person that has eaten that piece of meat, there will
be other people. I think the risks were played down for too
many years, it needs to be investigated thoroughly."
- The disease, which causes small spongy pockets in the
brain, is said to be growing more common in Britain due to more accurate
diagnosis and the emergence of a new form - variant CJD, which is linked
to BSE or mad cow disease in cattle.
- Mrs Parlour died of pneumonia caused by sporadic CJD
at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford on March 11 this year just three months
after noticing something was not quite right.
- Sporadic CJD is the most common form of the disease and
the symptoms include memory problems, mood changes, clumsiness, feeling
muddled, slurred speech, problems walking and jerky movements. The cause
of sporadic CJD is unknown.
- Mr Parlour said: "Around Christmas she lost the
feeling in her left hand, my daughter was going to a private hospital for
physiotherapy and she arranged for someone there to see Joyce because we
thought it might be a trapped nerve. "She went there and
was told it wasn't a trapped nerve and the best thing was to go to hospital.
- "She went to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and
stayed there for a week or more, they couldn't find anything wrong with
- "She came home for a while but she was having problems
walking and suffered violent jerks and fell over and hit the back of her
- "She felt it was too much for me to cope with and
insisted she went back to hospital. The next thing I knew they had put
her in intensive care and had a specialist come down from Edinburgh and
they mentioned CJD. They said they were 99 per cent sure it
was CJD but they could only be absolutely sure if they carried out a post
mortem when she died. She didn't last three months. We never
told her what they said, we thought it was for the best."
- Tests at Kings Colleges Hospital confirmed that Mrs Parlour
did have the rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
- Mr Parlour said he and his two daughters Christina, 54,
and Linda, 44 and a grand-daughter Victoria, 34, were devastated by the
- At her inquest yesterday assistant deputy coroner, Chinyere
Inyama (CORR), recorded a verdict of natural causes.
- Paying tribute to his wife a sobbing Mr Parlour, said:
"She was very fussy, everything she did had to be just so. She
knitted toys for the children's ward and took them up there every Christmas.
She always had to be doing something, even if she sat down to watch television
she would be knitting at the same time. She had learned how
to use the computer to make her own cards, she was quite an active woman.
- "It's a lonely old life now, we spent a lot of time
together, I loved her so much."
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
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