Andrew K Fletcher (Inventor, scientist, Independent medical researcher)

Summer Haze, 26 Berry Drive

Paignton, Devon,


Tel 01803 524117 Int’l +44 1803524117 Email:


As an independent Scientist and Medical researcher since 1994, I have been working (without funding), on a completely new theory for circulation within humans, animals and plants. My discovery was initially in trees. In 1995, I demonstrated the new paradigm to Forestry Commission Scientists and journalists, causing water to flow up a single length of open ended tubing at a cliff in Brixham, Devon, to a height of 78 feet and demolished a three hundred year old law of physics (Torricelli). The discovery is founded upon gravity and evaporation. Salts and sugars are concentrated as a result of evaporation, making the fluids heavier, gravity draws the heavy fluids down and the less dense fluids are drawn up in a return flow (for every action there must be a reaction). Anything that interferes with evaporation (damp/humidity), compromises circulation, when circulation within the human body is compromised, it causes lethargy and affects feet and hands first! Since 1994, my efforts have been concentrated on helping people with debilitating illnesses by tilting the bed in an inclined position, (head raised 5-8 degrees to the horizontal. Gravity has been shown to be significant in reversing neurological and non-neuro conditions, non-more compelling than the recent Carlton TV News coverage of a man walking, after ten years of paralysis due to a spinal cord injury. (Reporter: Tim Iredale, Carlton TV News, Devon.)

This discovery is simple, true and repeatable and has the most profound implications for the benefit of mankind! Yet, scientists, ministers, charities and most of the medical profession chose to ignore, what is after all basic, pure science. How long can a scientific truth be ignored?

A copy of the Gravity theory is available.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Once gravity is accepted as the primary cause of circulation, it becomes clear to understand why foot and mouth disease affects the flesh around the hooves of grazing animals. It is not a coincidence that hooves, tusks and even finger and toenails occur where they do. They are merely disposal sites for heavy substances, which arrive, where they do because of gravity! It is no coincidence that we, the most vertical of all species, are the most successful! Gravity is evolution!

The specific gravity of urine for instance was used to determine whether gravity driven circulation could be taking place in humans and animals, In a similar process. For example respiration causes water to evaporate from the lungs and respiratory tract. Fluids remaining in the body contain minerals and must therefore be concentrated by the loss of mineral free water (evaporation). Gravity causes the heavy solution to be drawn back through the lining of the lungs and respiratory tract and down through the vessels in the body, carrying dissolved oxygen with it. Concentrated solutions arrive at the bladder via the kidneys where they are excreted in the urine. However the kidneys are not 100% efficient and some minerals arrive in the lowest anatomical extremities, solidifying as finger and toenails or horses hooves etc. Clippings of which sink when dropped into water.


5 degree to the horizontal head down tilt over one week decreased the specific gravity of urine to a near zero reading.

5 degree to the horizontal head up tilt over one week significantly increased the specific gravity of urine when compared to horizontal bedrest.


Gravity does indeed play an important roll in renal function! Toxins leave the body more efficiently when the human body is correctly aligned with the direction of gravity.

The physiology of pig is very close to humans. So close in fact that pig is now used to cultivate replacement organs for humans.

One could deduce that many of today’s illnesses affecting us could also be affecting pig and visa-versa. In fact almost all of the drugs used in veterinary practice today have a human equivalent which in many cases is identical to those prescribed to animals in all but the name of the drug. (See Page 5 Health news)

It is also worth remembering that many of these drugs have been tested on animals before entering the £ multi-billion consumer marketplaces, which currently satisfies the medical and scientific industries.

Towards the end of the year 2000, while driving past a pig farm on three occasions, I noticed that the animals were walking around ankle deep in water, mud, urine and excrement. Due undoubtedly to the excessive rainfall Britain was experiencing at the time and I remember thinking to myself that these unfortunate animals were exposed to environmental factors that could not be healthy to say the least.

If scientists were correct about the physiological similarities between pigs and humans, then these pigs were in real trouble due to the appalling weather conditions they were exposed to.


Take a thousand people, strip them naked and leave them to face the same elements and water logged fields we have seen here in Britain for six months and see how many of us survive. Of course this would be considered inhumane and could never happen to humans, but it is happening!- all the time to pigs and other farm animals?

Remember that long soak in the bath or spending too long at the swimming baths. Toes feet and fingers that looked like they belonged to someone much older, all wrinkled and horrible. Soldiers on manoeuvres in tropical regions face foot rot due to the wet and humid conditions. Jungle fever, leprosy, typhoid and many other diseases abound in such environments. Or do they? Could it be that the adverse environment reduces our resistance to many of these illnesses? Wet weather certainly affects our health and is bore out by the sudden increase in deaths among the elderly every Autumn and Winter. Sudden Infant and adult deaths occur more frequently and influenza outbreaks, which have wiped out many thousands of people, are well documented. Aching arthritic joints, bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, seasonal affective disorder, to mention a few, add more problems to our already over-stretched National health services. Yet we do at least live in relatively comfortable homes when compared to the pig, sheep or cow! Every time there is a serious flood in the developing world, where people have less adequate accommodation, cholera outbreaks become a real problem! Rotting bodies and the carcasses of animals poison the water.

However there are a number of more unfortunate people who live on the streets all over the world, including Britain. It is within this underclass of the world’s poor people that serious illnesses abound, like tuberculosis. Surely this must cement in place the fact that we, like the farm animals, can’t survive the harsh elements that the weather places upon us unless we find a clean, warm and dry shelter!

In the late Tudor Period, British history tells the story of the Sweating Sickness, which killed off many tens of thousands of people. Reference was made and documented as to the unusually high humidity affecting Britain and Europe alike. Eventually, A tempest (storm) swept away the illness and with it went the humidity. Fortunately, living conditions for most have improved since the Tudor period.

The weather in the UK in the years 2000-2001 has been the wettest on record, many homes have been flooded time and time again. Yet little if any time has been devoted to connecting the foot and mouth outbreak this year to the environmental factors even though there is documented evidence which supports the fact that humidity prolongs the life of pathogenic infectious agents. (Page6: How is the virus destroyed?)

Sudden Infant Deaths

Leslie Monroe conducted a statistical analysis of incidence of sudden infant deaths (SIDS) His work now forms part of the statistics collection shown on Open University Programmes. Leslie Monroe showed beyond any shadow of a doubt, that living in low lying river valley areas, which suffered Winter Waterlogged soils had a much greater incidence of SIDS, up to 46% above the National average. I have spoken with Mr Monroe on several occasions and challenge anyone to find fault with his findings. Universities have--and failed to find anything to the contrary! I conducted my own comparisons based on monthly rainfall plotted in a graph against monthly occurrences of SIDS from 1985 to 1992. The graph shows a double mirror image. Not only do the peaks and troughs match convincingly, but also the general downward drift of rainfall from 1985 to 1992, leading to a drought in the winter of 1992 was followed by an almost identical decline in SIDS. Could it be the humidity/damp in these areas that increases the incidence of SIDS?

Yet in 1997 in the months before and during the last outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the rainfall in Britain was again excessively wet and prolonged. Veterinary surgeon Hugh Peplow of Munnings Mitchell & Peplow remembers the appalling weather conditions of 1967

Notable Features of the Weather (Monthly weather report . MET Office) volume: 84 No: 13 Date 21st August 1973. Summary for the year 1967

1967 was a rather wet year. May was an exceptionally wet month. Rainfall being over three times the national average over large areas of Northern England. Over the country as a whole it was the wettest May since 1773. The 14th & 15th were the wettest days and noteworthy falls in many parts of the country included one of 22mm in 15 minutes at Wollerton Park, Norfolk on the 14th. Heavy storms led to widespread flooding in Lancashire between the 8th and 10th of August; at Hornby 75 mm of rain was recorded in 15 minutes

July: The first 10 days were cool with weather mainly dry in the south-east, but with occasional rain in the north and west. The 13th marked the beginning of 10 days of thundery weather, thunderstorms were widespread on the 14th &15th

From the 24th a number of rain-belts spread south-eastwards over the country. The 27th & 29th were wet in all districts.

August: Cool and unsettled weather during first week. south-east mainly dry. Thundery outbreaks from the 8th until the 11th ended violently and with wide spread flooding, especially in Lancashire, where 75 mm of rain fell in 3 hours. North-westerly winds brought cooler weather to most districts on the 12th, but from the 14th to the 18th there was a good deal of rain. The 19th to 28th was a generally warm dry period, although in some places remained cool because overnight fog was slow to clear. The last three days were unsettled although south-east was mainly dry.


The first 5 days were generally unsettled, with frequent often severe gales. Prolonged rain, heavy at times, was broken by showery weather during the afternoon of the 2nd and during the 4th Tiree recorded 75mm of rain during this period. 10th & 11th were generally dull and wet days, other days being fine. 15th & 16th dull but mainly dry. 17th an area of rain moved across most districts and another during the night of 18th/19th , scattered thunderstorms on the 20th and heavy showers on the 21st were followed by a week of warmer weather and southerly winds, however rain was widespread on the 24th, 25th and 29th. 30th sunny with scattered showers.

October (Time of the 1967 outbreak of FMD) (Source of local information for Oct: Vol 84 same report)

First 3 days were cool and stormy with widespread rain and gales, 4th bright and showery, but further rain reached south-west England from the Atlantic on the 5th. Mild south-westerly winds occurred on the 6th spreading throughout the country.

A wet period followed, heavy rain on the 8th 9th & 10th led to widespread floods in the Lake District, south-west Scotland and north Wales. North Wales suffered considerable flood damage on the 10th. Great Langdale (Westmoorland) recorded 146mm in 24 hours. 11th Cooler westerly winds brought further rain and temperatures fell too near normal. 12th & 13th were sunny and dry for most of the country. A wet day on the 14th and Northerly winds brought a sharp drop in temperatures on the 15th. The 16th was the stormiest day of the month and heavy rains led to renewed widespread flooding in Wales and the Midlands. The days rainfall exceeded 50 mm in many parts of the Midlands, 85mm fell at Lwynon (Brecknock). The second half of the month was changeable and rather wet. Gales were severe in places and continued on the 17th from a north-westerly direction behind the depression. Thundery showers spread to all districts in this cold north-westerly air-stream and snow was reported as far south as Ringway (Manchester). Prolonged sunny periods on the 18th & 22nd Temperatures were above average for the week following the 18th but the last five days of the month were rather cool with widespread rain on the 19th 20th 27th and rain reached all districts late in the day on the 30th 31st widespread rain.


The unsettled, stormy and cold weather continued for most of the first week. Rain was widespread and heavy locally on most days of this week. Rain reached northern districts on the 24th and spread southwards over the country bringing to an end 11 dry days at many places over Southern England. 27th- unsettled with rain alternating with brighter showery periods.


Overnight fog was slow to disperse in the Midlands during the first two days. Rain spread South Eastwards across the country on the night of the 2nd. 3rd mainly fine. North westerly winds reached gale force during the next two days, and rain moving south. Followed by 5 days of cold Northerly winds which brought snow to all districts. Rain continued on the 11th moving to the south-east of England for most of the 12th. Widespread rain on the 15th followed by 4 days of cold weather with snow showers and night frosts. 21st to 27th saw milder wet weather, but the 28th saw cold northerly winds with some snow until the end of the month.


I have contacted the Ministry Of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) and all I got in return was "not now, this is the wrong time to consider your work in this field, come back when all of this has blown over. However, my wife heard on the TV days after I had spoken to a veterinary surgeon at MAFF that the outbreak of foot and mouth will subside when the weather changes for the better!

Why the mass slaughter of livestock and disruptions to the farming and tourist industries if the problem will resolve itself when the rain stops? (page8 Persistence of Virus Donaldson 1987). )

Indeed why was the vaccine never used? I believe that the vaccine for foot and mouth disease is only partially successful and officials know this, as is the case with any vaccine for influenza in humans, when one bug is defeated another variant will take its place.

Materials and comments by Abigail Woods MA MSc VetMB MRCVS

Is slaughter really necessary?

On animal and human health grounds, almost certainly not. 95% of animals will recover within 2 weeks with little or no treatment. There is virtually no risk to human health. Abigail Woods points to the economics of farming and the fact that animal’s once infected fail to thrive and gain weight. Could the adverse environmental conditions be responsible for animals failing to thrive?

PROPOSEL put to MAFF and the NFU

Confine a number of affected animals in a secure, clean containment room with dry bedding food and water and room for exercise, use a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air to create a warm dry environment. Study the effects of the improved environmental conditions on the affected animals for five weeks and see if they recover!

Having put my proposal to MAFF, which in my opinion would be simple and cost effective to conduct. No further action looks imminent, instead the mass slaughter continues, as if there is some other hidden agenda behind it, perhaps to make sure that the future stocks on our farms are free from BSE? Or simply to make use of the surplus meat and dairy produce, which was given away to people in Britain a few years ago? (EEC. meat and butter mountains) caused by intensive farming and the resulting overproduction!

One official at least said that he thought my arguments had some validity, fitting with many of the known parameters in foot and mouth disease. He said that it is thought that the summer months will eliminate the disease and this is thought to be because of the rays from the sun and that it should be investigated further (Page8: Persistence of virus ). I pointed out that my proposal did not involve the sun and that if successful would prove this point.


Foot and Mouth Disease is here to stay as are many illnesses affecting humans and animals alike. It is only the changes in environmental conditions, which reduce resistance’s to infectious agents that mislead scientists into believing that someone must have introduced the disease from some far off place. It is easier to pass the book and look for a safe scapegoat, rather than admit that today’s knowledge about the circulation of fluids within the body of humans and animals is incorrect! After all, if the disease originated in some far-flung place, something must have triggered it in the first place! The recent floods in Africa for example?

Two suicides already reported in the farming community on Sky TV News today 04 April 2001, how many more lives and livelihoods will be trashed before this ridiculous farce ends?

Foot and mouth should be seen as a warning of pending danger.

Foot and mouth should be seen as a warning of pending danger from infectious diseases which can spread to humans from animals. One consideration should be the outbreak of Nipha Disease in Malaysia.

'Emergency report' by the Director General of the Malaysian Veterinary Services, Dr Mohd Nordin Mohd Nor, to the OIE, (published in their weekly DISEASE INFORMATION of 28 May 1999, Vol. 12 - No. 20.)

By mid-December 1998, the disease had spread to Sikamat, about 60 km south of Kuala Lumpur, through movement of infected pigs. Seven of the 20 workers developed the disease and five died in January 1999.

By March 1999 the disease had spread to the major pig producing area of Bukit Pelandok in the State of Negeri Sembilan

The disease spread to more farms and, from 1 March to 10 May 1999, a total of 224 suspected cases of viral encephalitis occurred in Negeri Sembilan with 80 fatalities. Out of a total of 258 persons suspected of being infected with the Nipah virus, 100 have died.

In a previously infected farm, more than 95% of sows had Nipah virus antibodies. More than 90% of the piglets had antibodies assumed to be maternal antibodies. Antibody prevalence across all ages is currently being
studied in an infected farm. END OF COPIED REPORT

Source: ProMED-mail

[This is the first comprehensive report we have seen and may be the first comprehensive report. Japanese encephalitis is no longer being reported as the etiologic agent of Nipah disease and other steps forward obviously have
been taken.
The overall mortality rate in humans is 38.8%. Many questions remain---

clearing. - Mod.CHC] Michele Gale-Sinex. Communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems, UW-Madison

Health news

Foot-and-mouth disease

Written by BUPA's medical team - 27 February 2001

The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs and cows has raised the question of whether the disease can be transmitted to humans. The Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) is the national authority responsible for detecting, diagnosing, and monitoring infectious diseases in humans. Here we summarise its advice on foot-and-mouth disease. For further details, visit the PHLS home page, and go to 'news and events'.

Alternative names: Coxsackievirus infection Symptoms: fever, sore throat, blisters or ulcers in the throat and mouth headache a rash with blisters on hands, feet and diaper area and appetite loss. (picture)-



The outlook for FMD in Great Britain 2001 is for a very large epidemic. It will grow fast in the next few weeks and continue for many months. The number of cases will rise steeply with rapid expansion in the existing areas in spite of current controls. Estimates vary from 70 cases a day over the next two weeks to over 4000 cases by June 2001.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Food Standards Agency held a joint meeting on 21 March to receive urgent advice from independent expert epidemiologists. Jim Scudamore (Chief Veterinary Officer), Sir John Krebs (Chairman FSA) and Professor David King (Chief Scientific Adviser) heard reports from Neil Ferguson and colleagues (Imperial College) Mark Woolhouse (University of Edinburgh) and opinions from experts at the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. The models and analysis use data recorded by MAFF up to 19 March 2001. A brief summary of the available findings is attached; Imperial plan to publish shortly.

The effect of controls on animal movement from 23 February was noted, but all the experts advised the need for further drastic action to bring disease under control. Otherwise FMD will become established in Britain.

Speedier slaughter of infected animals will help to reduce transmission. But this needs to be accompanied by immediate slaughter of all susceptible species around infected farms otherwise the final number of cases will be very high. Depending on the extent of these interventions, the combined strategy could reduce the epidemic substantially.

The experts said the last major epidemic in UK 1967/8 was quite different. In 2001 more of the country is affected, sheep are an important reservoir of infection, the scale of dissemination by animal movement was enormous early on. In addition the size of flocks and herds means the scale of operations is very big.

t is stressed that these are preliminary results, which do not represent a final view from the modelling teams, or from the Government.

The external teams have not yet had the opportunity to model the impact of FMD's geographic distribution, or of the characteristics of different species.

ITN News:

Foot-and mouth is a devastating disease - but what do we know about its effects and how it spreads?


ITN's Nicholas Owen has been looking at a previous outbreak in 1967 and the issues involved:

Almost half a million animals were slaughtered as Britain struggled to contain its worst outbreak of foot- and-mouth.

It was a farming catastrophe. The total bill then was £150 million in slaughter costs and lost sales, plus £27 million paid in compensation to farmers.

From a single case in Shropshire, large areas of the country were eventually affected.

Foot and mouth is a disease that can affect all cloven hoof animals, like pigs, sheep, cattle, goats and deer.


Symptoms vary between species:

Cattle – Fever, dullness, off feed, shivering, reduced milk yield and sore teats in milking stock, tenderness of feet or lameness.

Sheep and goats – Fever, lameness, stiff legged walk, off colour, tendency to lie down.

Pigs – Fever, lameness, dullness, off feed.

(Comment When animals lay down, circulation is compromised further. A.K.F.)

A vaccine is available, but it is expensive, boosters are needed within a year and vaccinated animals endanger a country's disease-free status, which can take years to recover. Laboratory tests cannot distinguish between vaccinated animals and infected ones.

Infected animals develop vesicles, or blisters, in the mouth or on their feet. The disease is rarely fatal, except in very young animals, which may die without showing any symptoms. There is no cure. It usually runs its course in two or three weeks, after which the great majority of animals recover naturally.

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Q: Which animals are susceptible? Cattle, sheep, pigs and goats are susceptible and some wild animal such as hedgehogs, coypu, rats, deer and zoo animals including elephants.

Q: What are the symptoms? Vesicles (blisters) in the mouth or on the feet and other symptoms which vary somewhat but may be:
CATTLE - Fever, dullness, off feed, shivering, reduced milk yield and sore teats in milking stock, slavering, tenderness of feet or lameness.
SHEEP AND GOATS - Fever, lameness, stiff legged walk, off colour, tendency to lie down.
PIGS - Fever, lameness, dullness, off feed.

Q:What kinds of virus are there?

There are 7 main types: O, A, C, SAT.1, SAT.2, SAT.3, and Asia 1. Within each type there are many sub-types, e.g. O1 and A22. The average incubation period is 3-8 days but it can be shorter or may extend to 14 days or longer. It has been confirmed that the virus responsible for the present outbreak is the highly virulent pan-Asiatic O type. When animals recover from infection by one type of virus they have little or no protection against attacks by any one of the others.

Q: How is the virus destroyed?

It can be destroyed by heat, low humidity, or certain disinfectants, but it may remain active for a varying time in a suitable medium such as the frozen or chilled carcase of an infected animal and on contaminated objects.


Persistence of virus environment

AUSVETPLAN Foot-and-mouth disease

FMD virus may remain infective in the environment for several weeks and possibly longer in the presence of organic matter such as soil, manure, and dried animal secretions, or on chemically inert materials such as straw, hair and leather.

The virus has the following general properties (Donaldson 1987).

1 ) The virus is most stable at pH 7.4–7.6 but will survive at pH 6.7–9.5 if the temperature is reduced to ?°C or lower. Below pH 5.0 or above pH 11.0 inactivation is very rapid.

2) Raising the temperature reduces the survival time. At temperatures below freezing point the virus is stable almost indefinitely. Exposure to 5?°C for 30 minutes is sufficient to destroy most strains although there is some variation between strains in resistance to temperature and/or pH stress.

3) Sunlight has little or no direct effect on infectivity; any loss is due to secondary drying

and temperature.

4) The survival of airborne virus is mainly influenced by relative humidity (RH) with good

survival above 60% RH and rapid inactivation below 60% RH (Donaldson 1972).


Organisation mondiale de la santé animale World organisation for animal health Organización mundial de sanidad animal

Q: Which other countries have recently had FMD? (Foot and mouth disease)

Argentina : 6 April 2001 Bhutan : 10 November 2000 Brazil : 19 January 2001 Colombia : 29 December 2000 Egypt : 15 September 2000 France : 6 April 2001 Georgia : 23 June 2000 Greece : 2 February 2001 Iran : 15 October 1999 Ireland : 6 April 2001 Israel : 9 February 2001 Japan : 29 September 2000 Kazakhstan : 28 July 2000 Korea : 18 August 2000 Kuwait : 1 September 2000 Malawi : 23 March 2001 Malaysia : 11 February 2000 Mauritania : 8 December 2000 Mongolia : 23 March 2001 Namibia : 27 October 2000 Netherlands : 6 April 2001 Peru : 14 January 2000 Russia : 28 April 2000 Saudi Arabia : 14 April 2000 South Africa : 9 March 2001 Swaziland : 9 March 2001 Taipei China : 9 March 2001 Tajikistan : 25 August 2000 Turkey : 24 December 1999 United Kingdom / Great Britain : 6 April 2001 United Kingdom / Northern Ireland : 9 March 2001 Uruguay : 26 January 2001 Zambia : 1 September 2000 Zimbabwe : 4 February 2000


COMMENT: How can we ever expect to contain foot and mouth when it is already established throughout the world? A.K.F.

Management control and prevention SOURCE: http://WWW.ThePigSite.Com

Vaccination (where applicable)

Occam's razor

"If you have two theories which both explain the observed facts then you should use the simplest until more evidence comes along"

"The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations."

"If you have two equally likely solutions to a problem, pick the simplest."

"The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct."

... or in the only form which takes its own advice...
"Keep things simple!"

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the poor man must defend

but the highest laws are written on the hearts of honest men