2016 Wairarapa DHB Elections Candidate
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My aim and role if elected is to reduce the incidence of
cancer, heart failure and mental illness in Wairarapa.
My opinion is that these conditions are far too prevalent
in our area and my understanding of the data is that our
position continues to worsen.
I believe that the current board has not given sufficient
thought to reducing the incidence and burden of these
conditions. I believe the board needs new blood to improve
public health for our community.
My position on cancer and heart failure is one in which I
will not be dissuaded. Likewise my position on mental
health is that we are not giving ourselves a fair deal and
I will not be cowed on this issue. I believe these need to
be addressed in the open and I will make it my job to see
that this happens.
Thank you for visiting my web page.
My Intentions are:
To change the focus of our Board to recognise significant
problems we are having in Wairarapa with cancer, heart
disease and mental health and to ensure that these are
To involve as many people in the decision making process
as I can. I believe the more brainpower used in decision
making the better the result so Board decisions should be
inclusive of as much advice as possible.
To post a small monthly article in Wairarapa News so that
readers can be up to date and be aware of opportunities to
be involved in Board decisions. Similarly, to improve the
DHB website for greater openness of information.
To actively seek advice from whoever may be able to help
guide our Board.
Born in Masterton in 1955.
Married. 5 children. 3 grandchildren.
Educated Wairarapa College, Proxime Accessit.
8 years tertiary education, B.Arch and Dip.BS
Previously architect, contract manager and tradesman.
Violin teacher and luthier.
School caretaker (newly this year).
Cancer researcher since 2003 (energy of attachment to
Where to with your vote?
As a voter you may be swayed into voting for a known
entity. Statistically the 3 doctors standing for our DHB
will all get in, leaving 4 places, 1 of which will go to
Ricky Long, leaving 3. So, statistically, I don't stand a
But - no change to our board will be no
change to the inevitable continuation of our devastating
public health problems. Most of us will have experienced
cancer either directly or in our families/extended
families. Likewise heart and mental health problems are
unlikely to be unknown to us.
Please consider voting 1 for Butcher, then
vote/rank the other candidates: first, get new blood
onto the Board - then vote for Board members as you will.
Links to Papers
peer reviewed article here) is linked to reactive
oxygen species (ROS). ROS damage cell walls and oxidize
DNA by the removal of an electron, allowing carcinogens to
attach to DNA. The most common source of ROS in our diet
is from water chlorination because the main disinfectant
is the ROS hypochlorous acid. Log 3 filtration (99.9%
pathogen removal) is the new accepted safe standard.
Ischaemic heart failure (see
peer reviewed article here) is linked to
chlorination byproducts. These are monitored by water
testing and largely eliminated from treated water.
However, byproducts are mainly formed in the intestinal
tract when chlorinated water meets organic matter. It is
here that cholesterol becomes a problem.
Need help? Tried begging? We can do a whole lot better on
this one so expect me to be pushing this. I'd add some
data for our current position but I think we all know the
think seriously about voting for policy rather than
blood for our DHB:
vote 1 for BUTCHER
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