September 18, 2018

Lyme Disease, Vaccinations, and Faith in Government

The New York Times has an article about Lyme disease. They claim that Lyme disease is “spreading fast” and asks why there is no vaccination against it. They also tell us that in 1998 a vaccine for Lyme was approved and released and subsequently removed from the shelves due to bad sales and numerous complaints and lawsuits about side effects, etc. Of course, the maker of the vaccine said there was no evidence that their vaccine was harmful in any way.

I was sent the link to the NYT article which came through a “teaser” posted on Instapundit. Reading the comments after the post is most telling.

First, the comments show us that the majority of people are ignorant about Lyme disease. Secondly, we can also see the results of many years of brainwashing and mind control in how people act and react to vaccines, disease, and trust or distrust in their government.

There have been many discussions about vaccinations. It is futile to attempt to have one of those discussions between two people – one who is a firm believer in the “progressive” advancement of health science and one who sees all vaccines as a form of chemical warfare.

This same attitude exists with many topics in our lives these days. It is a shame that people are incapable of making “informed” decisions due to the fact that our society is virtually void of truth and programmed to accept the “official” word and never question.

Money and greed drive the pharmaceutical industry. With their power, they can conjure up any “science” they want to prove or disprove anything. Couple that with a programmed society that loves to hate their government but demands “protection” against all boogie men, and we have a worse case scenario – in other words, we don’t know what government is doing. They could be deliberately killing us and we wouldn’t know nor would we care.

That’s but one side of the entire vaccine equation.

Personally, I don’t care if there are millions of vaccines created for everything from polio to hiccups. The real issue for me is when the government mandates the taking of vaccines or any chemicals for that matter.

It is one thing to ask where the vaccine is for Lyme disease. It is quite another when any government requires that anybody will have that vaccine regardless of possible severe side effects, including death. It should be my choice.

The system we live in is a system we all contributed to its existence. That system demands drugs and chemicals as part of our daily consumption. You should be free to consume all of everything if that is what you desire. Just don’t demand that I be forced to join your drug party.

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E-Cigarette Super Bowl Ad Could Save Lives Because They Help Smokers Quit Smoking Tobacco

But Despite the Health Benefits, Anti-Smoking Activists Want the Federal Government to Ban The Ads

Washington DC – The public health community should be celebrating the fact that e-cigarettes are being advertised during the Super Bowl — but anti-tobacco activist groups want the FDA to throw a yellow flag against the ads.

“These activists are committing a foul,” says Jeff Stier, director of the Risk Analysis Division of the National Center for Public Policy Research. “The private sector is paying for the most expensive commercials on television – and these ads will help smokers quit. Contrast these effective, privately funded stop-smoking ads with the government sponsored commercials which do little to help smokers.”

The Wall Street Journal reported in December that #2 e-cigarette maker NJOY is planning to spend over $30 million in marketing in 2014, with a “lion’s share” of it being for television.

“Activist groups like the American Lung Association, which are adamantly opposed to e-cigarettes, have called upon the FDA to ban the NJOY ad and similar ads,” says Stier. “Why would the American Lung Association, whose purpose, one would think, is to reduce smoking, be opposed to smoke-free e-cigarettes? Because, they argue, some e-cigarettes look like the real thing.”

“That’s nonsense. That some e-cigarettes look like cigarettes is actually what makes them so appealing to smokers. If it were up to activist groups, alternatives to cigarette smoking would be entirely unappealing. That means they’d be entirely ineffective,” Stier adds.

“Those who care about public health should be rejoicing that the private sector is not only placing anti-smoking advertising on the country’s largest stage, but that the ad actually offers smokers an appealing alternative to smoking. Many smokers complain that the gum and patch, which are promoted by government funded anti-smoking campaigns, are not satisfying. However e-cigarettes, which, like the gum and patch, deliver nicotine, also give those trying to quit a more similar experience to the habit of smoking. This may explain why so many former smokers failed to quit smoking with government-endorsed solutions, but are now succeeding with e-cigarettes,” says Stier.

“E-cigarettes are a product created by profit-driven private sector innovation that is doing what many hundreds of millions of dollars of government spending, costly litigation, addictive excise taxes, warning labels and punitive regulations have been unable to do: help cigarette smokers quit happily. And activists don’t want smokers to know about them,” Stier concludes.

Jeff Stier has written about the issue for papers around the country (the Des Moines Register here and New York Post here), testified in person and in writing before city and state legislative bodies (New York City Council here and Oklahoma legislature here) and has met with Administration officials about the health benefits of e-cigarettes. He also is a regular guest on radio and television talk shows.
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