On Vaccines, Injuries and the Ethics of Mandates

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on January 5, 2016

StethoscopeI was recently asked to succinctly express my opposition to mandating vaccination.  Here you go:

Vaccines may appear to be generally safe (for the vast majority of vaccinated, there is no immediate harm) and effective (if you use correlation as causation, the proximity of vaccines to decreases in infectious diseases in very compelling. Problem is, correlation isn’t causation, and also appearing in close proximity to such decreases is better sanitation and indoor plumbing, which are recognized as primary factors in the reduction of infectious diseases.)

But do you have to be a scientist to make sense of conflicting info on vaccines?  Not really.

It does not take much curiosity to find that a subset of children are most certainly harmed by vaccines, and that families are more often than not on the hook for a lifetime of medical care when that harm takes place to their children. Nor does it take much attention to notice the revolving door between vaccine regulators and the drug industry, or to notice that they are free of liability when vaccine products cause harm to our children.

And if a person is only willing to to do a minimal investigation, it is readily apparent that pHARMa pretty much owns state and federal politicians through their donations, (pHARMa is the top lobbying industry in Congress) and owns our press establishment through their advertising largesse (pHARMa is the top advertiser.) The pHARMa industry, acting to benefit their own bottom line,  has actively and purposefully corrupted medical research, too.  This explains the paucity of solid research on vaccines to justify their exaggerated claims of safety and effectiveness, and the eagerness of this predatory industry to claim to know what they do not know.

And surely someone with only a modest amount of intelligence,if he or she but looks, will readily discern that the drug industry is not humanitarian in its intent.  This is a for profit industry with a fat bottom line driving an agenda that serves its own interests.  And no, pHARMa interests are not equivalent to the national interest.

And here’s where it gets nasty.  Because vaccine mandates, like the one now mandated in California in SB 277 (introduced to the corrupt California assembly by failed pediatrician but successful PHARMATRICIAN Richard Pan, who was the top dollar recipient of drug industry largesse in that particular election cycle), put an ineffectual government and greedy politicians in the position of choosing which kids have to take a risk in order to supposedly protect someone else’s kids.

I have no problem with people choosing to vaccinate their kids. I have a big problem with government pushing industry agendas and coercing families to accept risky procedures in the phony name of ‘the greater good.’  The drug industry hasn’t earned and does not deserve the trust they demand from us. We need leaders to stand up for our freedom to choose medical procedures, and that includes injections. Mandating vaccines is unethical if there is any risk involved, and there is risk. Stop this madness.  If you are pro vaccination, make your case with persuasion.  Show fearful parents the actual science rather than claiming that it exists.  Demand that the drug industry and government regulators respond to parental concerns with quality data, instead of bullying them, dismissing them, or holding them up to ridicule.  Our nation can’t last much longer if these corporate controllers are allowed to dictate our state and national agendas.   Just say no to the Drug Industry!   Refuse to be pHARMed any more!  Their biggest fear is an informed electorate.

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by Dr. Rick Kirschner on December 22, 2015

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Yes, Yes AND, Yes again! What does “Yes, AND…” accomplish?

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on February 17, 2015

Aden takes a bowNote to readers:  Today’s post is the second this year from my daughter Aden Kirschner, an improvisational team building expert here at The Art Of Change,  and I think you’re going to enjoy it.   Here’s ADEN!

A while back a very good friend and colleague posed this question about saying ‘YES’ in Improv, and how that applies off stage and in business.

“In the improv world, any choice is generally a good choice — as long as we commit to it, we can build a scene together. But in the corporate world (in my experience), we are usually working together to solve a specific problem or satisfy a particular need. So in a brainstorming session, for example, it doesn’t always serve to “yes, and” the first idea suggested as we would in an improv show. We want to build on an idea that will satisfy the need we’re targeting, and this seems to require discriminatory thinking, which seems to be opposite of ‘yes, and.’ How do you reconcile/incorporate this into the improv toolbox we are offering?”

Before I answer the question, here’s just a little more background. In the world of improv we operate under a general understanding, and one of the fundamental concepts we utilize is the thing we label ‘Yes! And…’ which generally stands for accepting other peoples ideas and building on them as an automatic move, instead of turning down their ideas, or asking questions about their ideas. It can be done figuratively, or by literally employing the words. For example:

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When Training Is Fun, Is It More Valuable?

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on January 28, 2015

Note to readers:  Today’s post is from my daughter Aden Kirschner, who works with me at The Art Of Change,  and it’s a great read!  I’ll go ahead an answer the headline question.  YES!  

AdenTeachesWhen I first began ongoing training with one of my bigger and better clients they explained to me that I should remove the word ‘game’ from my vocabulary when working with their employee base.  When I asked what the reason was, their reply was “these folks work hard. As an employee, I shudder to think that I spent valuable time on games when I could have been working on my budgets, presentations, forecasts etc…”

Well as you can imagine, their simple feedback was an incredible eye-opener for me.  Here, a client had hired me for my skills and training specific to the world of improv theater and comedy, and yet they wanted me to eliminate any hint of game, play, or fun from the experience when those things are an integral part of what I do!  This left me sitting with the question, ‘what’s so terrible about fun?’

As my creative partner Shana and I discussed what we should do, she suggested we answer a different question than what I had on my mind, and instead address ‘what’s valuable about fun?’ and in answering that question (and having our clients answer that question for themselves) we were able to not only keep our vocabulary, but build trust in the process of dynamic, and yes playful, training while building up our relationship with this and future clients!

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Conventional Medicine is NOT Science-based. Natural Medicine is NOT Pseudo-Science. Don’t Feed Trolls.

January 19, 2015

This idea that conventional medicine is science based, and naturopathic medicine is pseudo science, is an unsubstantiated conceit and nothing more. And the idea that a dependable scientific purity is somehow driving our for-profit conventional system and the drug companies it serves is both laughable and sad all at once. It could be fun to post all the links to demonstrate the conceit, if it weren’t for all the damage done by the conventional system, the costs incurred, the worthless treatments bought and paid for, the patients harmed. Oh, and let’s not forget that the AMA gave America it’s tobacco and soft drink addictions by placing their seal of approval on tobacco and soft drinks in JAMA all those years ago.

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Putting Sick Care Propaganda Into Perspective

January 16, 2015

My desired outcome in healthcare is to see a truly integrated system that focuses on best practices and what actually works, and gives people access to all their choices and options instead of only the profitable ones or the ones driven by marketing and hype. I don’t much care what that system is called, but I do know that the paradigm shift has to be away from illness as the centerpiece (sick care) and towards health as the center piece of a smart healthcare system.

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Have a happier 2015 with these 3 suggestions…

December 31, 2014

Second of three suggestions: Childlike nature! A child has an open mind, is curious, is eager to learn, to discover. A child has imagination, finds joy in play, and is unbound by convention and habit. To keep this alive, remember that not knowing has value, that wonder has value, that play for the sake of play has value, and that time will move you along quickly enough without you having to help it along.

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Unfriendly Skies on 12.14.14 Please share and retweet

December 14, 2014

a rude and abusive flight attendant on a morning United Airlines flight out of Houston on December 14, 2014. Though this incident didn’t involve me and has no real impact on my life (Did I mention, I’m on vacation?) I think UA’s executives should know about this kind of bad behavior on the part of their flight attendants.

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