Guest post by John Watson
SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome):
The sudden and unexpected death of a baby with no known illness, typically affecting sleeping infants between the ages of two weeks to six months.
Infants with a brother or sister who died of SIDS; babies whose mothers used heroin, methadone, or cocaine during pregnancy; infants born weighing less than 4.4 pounds; children with an abnormal breathing pattern that includes long periods without taking a breath (apnea); and babies who sleep on their stomachs are at increased risk for SIDS.
Since babies who sleep on their stomachs are at least three times more likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their backs, children's health authorities recommend always placing infants on their backs to sleep.
What you have just read is the medical definition of SIDS, it is the standard definition that Coroners use when defining Cause of death as quoted from the medical dictionary. The key phrase in this definition is:
The sudden and unexpected death of a baby with no known illness
There is, you will note, no mention of smoking!
The Royal college of Physicians say:
Furthermore, 40 babies die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDs) every year caused by passive smoking - one in five of all SIDs deaths.
One of these organisations is blatantly lying!
Are the RCP implying that the Coroners officers have been lying on their death certificates? If so then every smoking related post mortem needs to be reviewed.
Are the RPC claiming that the coroners officers are all in competent? If so then every post mortem carried out by Coroners needs an urgent review. The problem is who is qualified to judge the work of an Coroner aside from another Coroner, definitely not the RCP.
Are the RPC claiming that SIDS parents are guilty of Infanticide, of deliberately killing their young?
Clearly the definition of SIDS says that is not so, Clearly the Corners Office disagree because it is that definition they work by, they maintain that it is death by Natural Causes, that the cause or causes are unknown If as the RCP claim smoking kills babies then it is clearly not SIDS!
Are the RCP using the anguish and grief that SIDS parents suffer to follow a Political agenda? I cannot answer that, for that is for you to judge.
If the RCP is claiming that SIDS parents are killing their babies then that is a matter for the police and the criminal courts, if you have evidence to back up this claim then take it to the police, win a criminal prosecution an thereby prove your case.
I am a smoker, I am also a SIDS parent. I Say to the Royal College of Physicians here I am, now prove that I am a murderer!