Graded Exercise Therapy and The House Of Commons Gym
In Memory Of ME Patient
18 April 1934 – 13 December 1988
Compliments of Flying Officer Pam Gerrity
What Really Happened To Brynmor John?
First we have to look at the situation!
According to Malcolm Hooper’s “Magical Medicine:”
On 13th December 1988 Brynmor John MP died from ME/CFS.
His experience of the illness was all too familiar:
‘Though there is only a slight gradient from our house to the main road, it could have been the North face of the Eiger. I just could not get up it’ -Brynmor John
He found himself unable to dress; the slightest exertion exhausted him and it took days to regain his strength.
He was irritated by the profusion of psychiatric comment and was trying to ensure better understanding of ME/CFS.
Brynmor John suddenly collapsed and died as he was leaving the House of Commons gym after having been advised to exercise back to fitness.
Brynmor Thomas John (18 April 1934 – 13 December 1988) was a British Labour politician.
John was Member of Parliament for Pontypridd in South Wales from 1970 until he died in 1988 at the age of 54. During the Labour government of 1974 to 1979, he was a junior Defence minister for the Royal Air Force (RAF) (1974–1976) and a Home Office minister (1976–1979).
The circumstances of his later life and premature death are cited by physicians postulating one school of thought concerning treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. Brynmor John had been diagnosed with the illness, and died suddenly immediately after exiting the House of Commons gym. He had been following an exercise regime based on what is argued to be unfounded medical advice: that sufferers may exercise their way toward a cure for the illness
Lets take a look at the House of Commons Gym
As you can see, the House of Commons Gym is a big gym, a big fitness center, sort of like a Jack LaLane or an La Fitness which are here in the United States. People are exercising on the machines….
The gym is actually called “The Westminster Gym” , the staff gym for members of Parliament. Looks very nice, nice amenities.
Membership includes access to 100 different gyms across London which include pools, group exercise classes, sauna.
They have strength machines and free weights!
A 40-Station Gym which includes steppers, rowers, cycles, cross trainers which include touch screen technology, a place to dock your ipod and your own person tv viewing screen. State of the art technology!
They offer classes too: Pilates, circuit training, yoga.
They even have personal trainers to help you achieve your goal!
Fitness Instructor Training from just £13.50 per 45mins. Not too bad, that’s a good price. That must be a discounted price for members, personal trainers here in the US charge over $100 an hour.
Air Conditioned so you stay cool while exercising.
Opened Monday to Friday so the members can work out right next to where they work.
Something is missing……
They don’t offer something on that list!
Something is missing on that list……
Lets take a look at the pictures where the people are.
Something is missing in those pictures too.
I should say someone is missing in those pictures.
I don’t see a nurse
Do any of you see a nurse?
We do not see a nurse because this is NOT a medically supervised center!!!!!!
Brynmor John Was Exercising In A Non-Medically Supervised Center!!!!!
I must focus and hold my composure, because my temperature is rising!
What is wrong with this scenario?
Why was this wrong?
Why should he not have been exercising there in the first place?
Why should he have NOT BEEN EXERCISING AT ALL???
This should NOT HAVE HAPPENED?
His physician was missing the item that is in the 2nd picture above this one!
This was more than a big blunder by Brynmor John’s doctor!
To be continued………
“The Other Side Of The Stretcher” (c) 2014
This blog is not for medical advice.
For medical advice, you must speak with your physician!