Guest Piece by Gregg Updike
I am prefacing this with the acknowledgement that I am not a medical professional or expert. I am just trying to apply some common sense to what we see happening in this current Wuhan Virus pandemic.
Just six or so months ago that there was a huge debate about how a large anti-virus movement was coming to the forefront where a significant percentage of the population was virulently against government mandating vaccinating their children for the standard diseases like measles and other largely eradicated diseases like polio and whooping cough. The debate was raging back then with my Senator, Lamar Alexander (RINO) TN, calling for people to heed government warnings and vaccinate their children. Now I am hearing crickets on this issue and almost everyone seems to be saying we MUST have a COVID-19 vaccine ASAP, but best case scenario is 12-18 months – which would not even be in time for the next active winter (2020-21) season.
It is amazing how many vaccinations are available at a drug store right now. A shingles vaccine is among the newest that I’m aware of. Like everything in life, things have to be used in moderation. Apparently Big Pharma is behind this movement to push vaccines for virtually every ailment. The only vaccine I take is for tetanus every ten years because I work in an environment where I could be exposed.
When I was in the Navy, I was forced to get a flu shot ever year, and I got sick with flu-like symptoms about half the time. Recent figures that I have heard say on average the ‘government approved’ yearly flu shot is only about 30-40% effective – not a very good ‘success’ rate. I refuse to inject my body with a cocktail of chemicals of unknown effectiveness just because the government or CDC says I should. While I am a strong proponent of taking logical preventive care, I do not believe becoming a CDC pincushion is the answer to overall good health.
I am very thankful and fortunate to be in good health and not susceptible to viruses including the flu and common cold, and the various vaccinations are beneficial to many, the typical government one size fits all is the answer to every problem or disease is unlikely to work in this case. Especially when there are so many strains (why it is called COVID-19?) of this China Virus and why there are so many flu strains that change from year to year which require the tuning of the vaccine to effectively counter whatever flu strain is prevalent or active in a particular year. It really is a crapshoot as to how effective a flu vaccine is going to be in a given year which is why we still experience 30-60,000 ‘regular’ flu deaths annually.
COVID-19 will likely be no different, especially if it changes from year to year. What if we get a COVID-19 vaccine and we all get shots for it next year – assuming by some miracle, the CDC develops one and the FDA approves it and it is universally available for next year’s season, and COVID-20 is the next threat? Aren’t we then back to square one?
I also understand the experts are always trying to anticipate which flu strain will be active in the next season, but given a 30-40% success rate on the ‘ordinary’ flu vaccination, I’m not terribly confident in the CDC’s ability to anticipate the correct COVID strain on a yearly basis – particularly if some (bad actor) adversary decides to inflict another round of biological warfare on its economic or ideological rivals. This is not meant to be a shot at the efforts of the CDC; it is just the reality of how difficult it is to fight the unknown.
One of my concerns is if we keep inoculating ourselves with more and more unnatural drugs or chemicals, we will upset our bodies’ natural ability to combat many other bugs that we fight off normally and naturally with a great degree of success. We may well set in motion a teeter-totter effect in our bodies much like an addict needs to take uppers to stay awake, and downers to go to sleep resulting in a vicious cycle that could have a much more negative effect than if the vast majority of people would just take normal common sense care and allow our bodies to heal themselves.
Another concern is that we will begin seeing this ambulance chasing lawyer’s commercials in five years:
“If you have received shots containing the Anti-COVID-19 drug ABC produced by drug company XYZ, between 2021, and 2022, and have suffered itchy watery eyes, runny nose, chapped lips, excessive underarm perspiration, split hair ends, cracked nails, groin itch, and athletes’ foot, call the law office of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe and we’ll sue (extort) the ever loving Schiff out of them on your behalf with no cost to you unless we win for you”. It could be another lottery day for another profession that needs to be reined in.
And about these lawsuits against companies that manufacture FDA or EPA approved products – how come the governmental approving agency is not sued, or held accountable for the resulting damages? Why does a company such as XYZ, who spent the time and took the monetary risk to get a working product produced and approved by the government, have to ALWAYS face the repercussions of crippling lawsuits when they played by the rules and through no malice on their part, constantly run the risk of getting screwed by our system of injustice?
I suspect that is one of the main reasons over 90% of our drugs are produced in CHINA.
I am not looking to hold a pity-party for Big-Pharma, or any other company – just looking to be fair and objective.
That is all.
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