3 pieces of data from this week.
Oh my god guys, this is so upsetting. I have met Marion Gruber while working on regulatory issues around FMT (fecal transplants). She always struck me as very smart, dedicated and by the book. She had the hardest questions but was genuinely someone I could respect. Peter Marks seemed like more of a bully and jerk in person (sorry, my impression). Anyway, the decision to regulate FMT as a "drug" rather than stool banks (perfectly safe and cheaper) told me everything I needed to know about loyalties to industry rather than doctors/patients.
No matter what data comes out or how sketchy this all seems, most of my colleagues seem completely unreachable, like invasion of the body snatchers. I try to tell people and share on my facebook, etc and it's the same few who comment/care. Now my hospital system requiring booster of every employeed. I wrote a very well considered and referenced email to the head of infection control and didn't even get a response. One trainee I discussed this with gave me a blank look and said "I just follow guidelines and don't think about things like that." I am worried on so many levels: for my own kids-who may have forced mandates when they start college next year, for my patients, for myself (donated kidney in november and now seeing AKI data from New Zealand), and most of all for what has happened to the profession that I have dedicated my life to.
Another frustrating thing the government does when comparing myocarditis risk due to Covid versus myocarditis risk from mRNA vaccination is that it’s a false comparison given that vaccination doesn’t prevent infection. It would be a valid question if vaccination prevented infection but many young people have been infected and vaccinated and will almost certainly get infected multiple times in the future. There is no point in risking myocarditis via vaccination without a benefit that exceeds the risk.
Vinay, Everything you say here is true. So how can you continue to be a big fan of the government doing everything and fixing all social ills? The government IS the problem.
The medical / pharmaceutical complex is beyond repair. At this stage there is no recourse but to implement parallel institutions. Lives should not be sacrificed at the altars of greed , ego and power .
Why does the deadline for Pfizer's safety report even matter? Regardless of the conclusions, the jabs will be approved.
This is forced iatrogenesis and I refuse.
He only cares about drug company profits $$$$$$$. Maybe Gotlieb is saving a spot on the Pfizer board for him.
It's very frustrating and demoralizing that we don't have anyone in government stepping in to address this conduct by the FDA. Sadly, the only thing that might stop them are lawsuits.
Happy to see you finally talking about the safety risks. But they are not just there for adolescent and young men. Aggressive cancers are spiking across age groups, stroke and cardiac issues in the elderly, prion-type diseases, autoimmune dysfunction...
And people wonder why we don’t trust our government or our medical system…I read that last post Vinay wrote about republicans being docs (I got the joke but WOW). And it’s something else just to KNOW that governmental agenda has its claws in medicine - guess I’m just naive.
Really awful. How can we turn this whole system around Dr. P?
Thank you for continuing to hammer this home!!
We need VP in charge of the NIH
I’m surprised how much power these agencies wield despite the clear ineptitude and flat out negligence.
Am gonna go out on a limb here, and say if the risk was presented to young women instead of men, there would have been an immediate reaction and correction