If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
Our cover title asks What Is It Really For? We must always be free to ask questions; never forced to blindly adhere to the status quo.
I don’t have all the answers; no one has all the answers. I do, however, have lots of questions. In fact, if you were to ask anyone in my house, they’d tell you I ask waaay too many questions. But we’re not going there in this column 🙂
Here is something we do know: Medical error is the #3 cause of death in the US. The British Medical Journal reported in May, 2016 that preventable medical error accounts for 250,000 deaths each year.
This from Lissa Rankin, MD: The doctors I’m working with … are asking good questions together—and questioning everything. Some of these doctors are horrified by what they’re seeing, especially when many realized that ventilators may be killing people who would have survived if they were just given oxygen without mechanical ventilation.
Science must be objective, free of agenda, without conflict of interests (e.g. monetarily incentivized), ego-free, and committed to questioning our assumptions, challenging the status quo, making hypotheses, understanding that we will make mistakes, and then publicly admitting when our hypotheses sometimes turn out to be wrong with humility and understanding that being wrong is part of good science. Doctors and scientists who challenge the dominant narrative must not be written off as quacks or labeled as “pseudoscientists.” Maverick doctors and scientists have always been the ones who make exciting new scientific breakthroughs … and we need them to ask good questions.
Inspired by Dr. Rankin, we have a few questions, but please first know this: As vegans for over three decades, we consider ALL life to be sacred. People, animals, insects and plants all matter greatly to us. If even one person in your circle transitions, it is a painful loss. No getting around it. But the earthly reality is that there’s no getting around The Circle of Life, which decrees that people, animals, etc. will be born, and they must eventually pass on.
Having said this however, the overriding focus of Creations Magazine is to celebrate and encourage all things life-affirming. We strive to inspire by gleaning positivity wherever appropriate. So it is in this spirit we respectfully pose the following basic questions:
Are the COVID-19 PCR tests accurate? (Please see Pam Popper’s article on page 22) Simple enough, however many scientists and doctors have been expressing strong reservations.
Paraphrasing Peter Breggin, MD, if the number of “confirmed” cases is going up, while the percentage of deaths does not, is this not encouraging, indicating that this virus is not as lethal as feared? Gary Null, on his radio show in early July, stated that 99.7% of those who contract the virus completely recover; he further explained that the overwhelming majority of those folks either exhibit mild symptoms, or none at all. Again, I would think this would be greeted as positive news, but that is not what I see and hear.
Are the COVID-19 death counts accurate? Months ago, White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx stated in a press briefing, that deaths were to be listed on the Death Certificates as COVID whether the patient died from the virus, or with the virus, or if even assumed to have it. Dr. Rankin adds, Some doctors I’ve spoken to who are on the front lines tell me they are being pressured by hospital administrators to label anything suspicious of COVID-19 as a COVID death—without testing. This is unprecedented. Why is this sanctioned?
All these numbers are supremely important; this is the information upon which the governors of each state base their policies. It would be especially catastrophic if economic and social hardships (isolation, increased alcohol & drug use, suicide, school closings, etc.) are being endured because of statistical inaccuracies.
Why does social media censor those who question the mainstream narrative? Why is only one viewpoint acceptable. Why is it ok to shame and ridicule an alternate voice? What is it they do not want us to know? What Is It Really For?
I carry strongly held beliefs—but I also keep these words close: A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind (Elly Roselle).
Neil & Andrea