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Published: January 11, 2022
Updated: March 28, 2022
The following article is for general information only, and should not be construed as legal or medical advice.
Stand Up Canada's mandate of empowering Canadians to stand up for themselves, goes far beyond the legal realm.
FEAR has been a major driver in the pandemic and if left unchecked, it can be detrimental to your well-being in every sense. We fundamentally understand that if people are not well emotionally or physically, they will not able to stand up for themselves, in any context.
In addition to the ill affects of fear, we recognize that there is a growing crisis of divisiveness in our society thanks to COVID. This has created a tragic rippling effect causing relationship breakdowns between family and friends. This equates to an emotional crisis that has a natural correlation to the body, meaning, that if you are suffering emotionally, your body will feel it. And that’s not good for you or anyone else.
We cannot fix this problem if both parties are not talking. These conversational videos may help mend strained or broken relationships. Please consider sending any of these video to your loved ones to help give them a balanced view on what's really happening in our society.
These are insightful conversations that families and friends could watch together as they are about the same subjects we have all faced during the pandemic, no matter what our political view is.
Introduction to video series - conversations between Paula Tucci and J. Barry Engelhardt MD (retired), CCFP, MHSc (bioethics). Topics to be discussed: Fear, Ethics, Vaccine Mandates (Part 3 dedicated to children), Concerns & Confusions, Critical Thinking and Follow the Science.
We're recommending that you watch the videos on ETHICS first as it will always give a deeper understanding of the all of the subjects discussed throughout this series.
Fight or flight and binary thinking/reacting (right vs wrong).
Dangers of polarized thinking and behaviour. We need to shift from binary to spectrum (shades of grey) to stop the divisiveness - to talk about our differences.
Analogy of fear in relation to pandemic.
Gov't using precautionary principle. Binary thinking/reacting (right or wrong).
Fear is always driving factor in binary reacting. We need to move from binary thinking/reacting to a spectrum of possibilities. Fight or flight. Turning into a debate culture.
Leaders using language to divide people/society.
Many types of fears. Fear of losing traditions, jobs, previous lifestyles, finances, sense of self, relationships. Loss and mourning.
We need to fix this before it's too late. Fear sells = big busine$$. Science and democracy need differences in order to thrive. Need respectful dialogue. Impact on mental health - children impacted most.
Ethics not really addressed in pandemic. Ethical principles discussed.
Ethics is based on values = how we treat other people. Golden rule - treat others as you would like to be treated. All "codes" were developed over the years of how to treat one another - ethical in nature. Hammurabi Code of Babylon, Hebrew Ten Commandments, Roman and Greek laws that formed much of our present legal system, Magna Carta, American Constitution, Nuremberg Code and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Universal, same moral principle of sacredness of human life - they are timeless. Human rights have been developed from our (painful) past.
Rights and obligations need to be reciprocal. Rights of the collective should not trample that of the individual. How much can society demand of any given individual to accept risk, harm or loss of freedom, purely to protect society?
If society has the right to protect itself and obligate an individual to accept certain risks or harms or limitations on freedoms, then it must make a valid moral argument for doing so. And any rule must have exceptions. Anytime in history when we have not had compassion, or robotically applied a rule, things go south in a very bad way. Nuremberg is major example. Nuremberg Trials were created because of horrific abuses during World War II in Nazi Germany. People were tortured to death often with oversight and assistance of licensed physicians. Crimes Against Humanity. North America not immune to such behaviour - the 40 year Tuskegee syphilis study (1930's to 1970's) in USA, involved depriving black men of treatment (penicillin) for syphilis.
Most stringent measure implemented in pandemic has been vaccination. Issues discussed with concerns about these medical interventions - new gene technologies. Questions on safety and efficacy due to "warp-speed" creation. Efficacy waning on these medical interventions, which explains booster shots.
We're recommending that you watch the videos on ETHICS first, before you watch these on VACCINE MANDATES, or any other subject. Ethics will always give a deeper understanding of the all of the subjects discussed throughout this series.
No medical intervention against any corona virus; mRNA brand-new technology never used before; short time-span of releasing medical intervention; normal procedure is to do a risk-stratification process. Issues with mandates for essential workers and in particular to nurses. Vaccinate or terminate is unethical and immoral. Front line hero's being asked to forgo their own safety concerns. Have we lost our moral compass as Canadians?
Discussing the Nuremberg Code which deals with medical experimentation and how this relates to the current clinical trials happening now. Voluntary consent is absolutely essential. Nuremberg Code arose out of experimentation on people during World War II without their consent, which was deemed as Crimes Against Humanity.
Discussing Charter sections 1, 2 and 7.
Ethics and risks - particularly to children. Studies in 2000 were not done on children, pregnant women or people with auto-immune disease. Children were not getting sick or dying from this virus. They pose no risk for getting or transmitting this virus. Concerns with the new and untested technology for these medical interventions. Why haven’t we tested children before subjecting them to experimental inoculations? They already have immunities developed by previous exposures to other corona viruses.
If children are not getting any benefit from this medical intervention, they are doing it for the benefit of adults. They are essentially functioning like human shields.
Highlighting the many areas of confusion in the pandemic, which are a cause for major concern.
As we walk back through what happened in the pandemic, all areas of confusion and concern happened outside of Canada at first.
We address the major confusion and concerns that happened in Canada. Items of inconsistencies addressed.
Understanding the following concepts can help with critical thinking: - you many not know or realize what you don't know - harm can happen if you simply do not know about something - your experiences can dictate your thinking and make you biased - easy to oversimply things - statistics are typically given to highlight or promote a point of view - there is no such thing as being 100% safe - only degrees and trade offs to attain safety - risk must not be binary, it needs to be looked at as a spectrum - context is everything - understanding cases when put into context - people become confused with comparing "statistical significance" to "clinical significance" e.g. # of PCR tests = false-positives tests (people being diagnosed with the flu) - people will confuse "precision" with "accuracy" - sometimes we don't appreciate that there are going to be "black swan" events = rare but sometimes serious problems e.g. myocarditis in young males as an adverse reaction to inoculations - context really is everything.
Part 1 - THE BASICS
In order to "follow the science" we need to first explore what this phrase means. What exactly is science? And what are we following?
Science is not just knowledge, its a process of discovery.
Scientific process = always begins with acknowledgement that we have a certain understanding of the way the world works but that we do not understand it perfectly well and that we can do better; so we ask questions in order to figure out how we can do better.
Part 2 - BIAS
Understanding THE BASICS from Part 1, we look at how BIAS is unavoidable and how it is affecting our ability to do science in the pandemic.
BIAS = to some degree, we all see what we want to see, we see what we already believe to be true.
Many examples of BIAS discussed.
Part 3 - HARMS VS BENEFITS
Building on the understanding from THE BASICS in Part 1, to understanding how BIAS affects our ability to do science in Part 2, we now look at HARMS VS BENEFITS.
There is no room for dogmatic thinking or character attacks in science. Science is not about beliefs or consensus, its about using our brains and thinking to find explanations that explain the world better and make better predictions.
Part 4 - MEDICAL SCIENCE
Final segment, building on the new understanding from THE BASICS in Part 1, BIAS in Part 2, HARMS & BENEFITS in Part 3, this is a conclusive wrap up of how all of these contribute to a better understanding of MEDICAL SCIENCE.
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