#100 – Dear Ms. Cohen, I Still Question Everything

Question Everything

If society is judged by how it treats its citizens, what is the verdict for treating those that look, think, and behave differently? Is compliance the essential trait for being normal and accepted? I remember when the bumper sticker “Question Everything!” was a pass into the teacher parking lot. Today those bumper stickers have been covered over with “Where In This Together!”

History shows quite clearly that the medical field makes disastrous mistakes. Many of those mistakes were allowed to continue longer than necessary. Missing from these disasters are telling oversights; earlier intervention, lack of research and data on impact, and infatuation with a novel procedure/drug. Voices of the informed citizens and professionals become silenced by the noise emanating from the medical/pharma/governmental industries.

Mistakes? I’ve Had a Few

Until the twentieth century, the American government forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of people to improve the human species. Eugenics intended to reduce human suffering to a vulnerable population. The idea of selective breeding to eliminate disease, disabilities, and undesirable characteristics from the human population were inhumane.

As late as 1987, homosexuality appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association as a mental illness, whose diagnosis justified involuntary treatments ranging from confinement to drug and electroshock therapy.

In 1949, Egas Moniz won the Nobel Prize for inventing lobotomy. Lobotomy was to treat a range of illnesses, from schizophrenia to depression and compulsive disorders. By the mid-1950s, it rapidly fell out of favor due to poor results.

Dr. Henry Marsh, an eminent neurosurgeon, says the operation was simply bad science. “It reflected very bad medicine, bad science because it was clear the patients subjected to this procedure were never followed up properly.”

Marsh continued, ”If you saw the patient, after the operation, they would seem alright. They would walk and talk and say thank you, doctor,” the fact that the lives “were ruined as social human beings probably didn’t count.”

Testing Data?

Thalidomide, first marketed in 1957, was a widely used drug in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Prescribed for the treatment of nausea in pregnant women, experts estimate that thalidomide led to the death of approximately 2,000 children and more than 10,000 infants with birth defects.

From 1990 to 2001, over 2 million doses of an anthrax vaccine were injected into the arms of United States military members. Recent research indicates that the anthrax vaccine booster contained squalene. Its usage causes collective chronic illnesses and disabilities known as Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Pam Asa said in her view the fact that veterans testing positive for squalene provided conclusive evidence that vaccinations were a “major cause” of the condition. Dr. Asa said, “I believe that those people who were given vaccinations in the US and the UK were given something they should not have been, probably in the anthrax vaccine.”

The drugging of children is common. In the United States, 20% of all children are on psychiatric drugs. Many medical professionals believe that the psychiatric drugging of children violates their rights and is a form of child abuse. Children whose only crime is failure to adhere to behavioral norms become introduced to psychiatric drugs.

What Will It Take?

Medical science is far from infallible but continues to be blinded by hubris. It took Hitler and Nazi techniques to persuade the medical profession and the American public against human engineering; 1,987 years after Christ to accept homosexuality; 10,000 birth defects to stop distributing thalidomide to pregnant women; Gulf War Syndrome to stop squalene usage.

Is there any hope for skeptics to change vaccine coercion? One basic principle of human rights is the freedom to decide what is allowed into my body. Dear Ms. Cohen, I still question everything. Thank you!

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