Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering… © Billiam James 2022
This post inaugurates a new Cause and Effect Forum which can now be found as a Tab on dhblog.wpengine.com. Some of the Forum pieces will appear here also but the Cases at its heart will primarily appear there. When a little more complete, roughly four sections in, the Forum can be printed off and used to ask questions of family and friends, doctors, medical registration boards, politicians, church leaders who know what Jesus would have done, or anyone who has an interest in these neglected but cornerstone issues. Comments can be posted on relevant blog posts. Questions about the cases or other correspondence will need to be sent to me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Covid Vaccines have introduced us to an issue that everyone on a medical treatment faces – how do we tell when a drug, a device, or a vaccine is causing, or has caused a problem?
For harms related to other drugs or devices, most of us could ignore the issue because we weren’t taking the drug, perhaps an SSRI antidepressant, or didn’t have a device, like a vaginal mesh, in us. But with the vaccines, close to all of us are vaccinated and, if we have children, we are faced with decisions about getting them vaccinated.
Every so often, mention of harms linked to vaccines leaks out into the mainstream media, where they are quickly branded as misinformation and shut down.
Any previous vaccine program that had a fraction of the numbers of reports to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting system (VAERS), run by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as the Covid vaccines have would have been suspended a month or two into the vaccine roll-out. But not this one. The reports of harms get written off as anecdotes. “Anyone can report to the VAERS system, you know, are you sure these aren’t just coming from bots?”
This all took on a personal meaning a few months ago when I met Brianne Dressen and others who appeared to have been injured by the vaccines. I got to interview them and review their medical records prior to a meeting organized to bring the question of vaccine harms out of the shadows.
The meeting was organized for November 2, 2021, by Brianne, along with Peter Doshi, Linda Simoni-Wastila and Kim Witczak. Peter and Linda are senior figures in a Pharmacy Department, so not able to be hostile to physical treatments or they’d be out of business. Kim is a patient representative on FDA panels that approve new drugs, with a brief to ensure we get access to effective and safe drugs. Peter is also a Senior Editor for the British Medical Journal (BMJ). While Kim has done a lot to highlight the need to inform people of treatment hazards, neither Peter nor Linda had done so prior to this. Their motivation came from a concern about mandates when we knew so little about the treatments. All four described themselves as true blue (Democrats).
Brianne and Kim’s political links enabled the meeting to be convened in the Capitol. The media were invited. None showed up. Recordings of the proceedings disappeared from almost all online sites soon after hosting, branded as misinformation. The media thinking seemed to be that these injured people might think they had been harmed but we, the media, know better.
There was no question in my mind that the 10 people talking about their injuries at this meeting had been injured in just the way they claimed. Maybe they were the only 10 people in the world who had ever been injured by the vaccines (all 4 of the major vaccines) but the idea these injuries were non-existent, co-incidental or all in the minds of these 10 was just wrong – vaccine injuries video-clip.
Equally extraordinary was that before and after this meeting, people I have known for decades, and figured thought much the same way as me, got in touch to tell me I should have nothing to do with this stuff. There might be some element of truth in it but giving ‘these issues’ airtime would do harm.
It wasn’t just friends of long-standing who couldn’t understand what I was doing, Peter, Linda and others couldn’t quite get hold of what I was thinking when I made it clear I didn’t think Facebook or the Mainstream Media were being malicious in making the meeting disappear. The problem doesn’t seem to me to lie in the media – See One Algorithm to Rule us all.
It was clear ‘these issues’ needed airtime. Hence Cause and Effect.
This Tape will Self-Destruct
Everyone needs briefing on the rules of this life and death game we are all now involved in. How do we work out what is happening or what has happened to us? Should we just trust others to tell us the score?
This briefing begins with 10 injury cases. The point is not the injuries but how we go about establishing if in this case the vaccine, or in other cases a drug, has caused an injury.
Can a drug cause, and Did it cause an injury, are two different questions. There may be lots of evidence that this drug Can cause that injury and the person was on this drug and has that injury – but the conclusion might be that in this case the drug Didn’t cause the injury. Equally, there may appear to be no evidence that vaccine Can cause this injury, but the conclusion might be that it Did in this case. Some experts are great on Can but lousy on Did and vice versa.
The ten cases are more about Did than Can.
It is followed by a section on Can that looks at how Can and Did began to get confused, and who has a vested interest in either making sure they remain confused or getting us to stick to Can rather than Did.
A third section hinges on your Name. You might think Can and Did are all about finding twisted chemicals to explain the way a drug or vaccine might twist our bodies or brains. Or you might think that running scientific evaluations like controlled trials is critical. What has gone missing here is the fact that the first step in establishing cause and effect is putting your Name in the frame. Cause and effect gets twisted when your Name is eliminated from the frame.
If there is a doctor involved, their name needs to go in there too. If s/he balks at this, you need to change doctors and maybe tell them they are going out of business unless they get a grip on what should be their birthright – making a judgment call on harms.
Sharing your Name is where you take a first step to create reality. The often-heard phrase the personal is political never had more meaning than here. But the harms of treatment will introduce you to a twist on the phrase you don’t usually imagine or hear.
A fourth section introduces you to the faceless namelessness that at the moment you depend on to give you your Can and Did answers. You are likely in the company of our politicians, media, and medical professionals on this one. You are asking these nameless people to be father figures and look after you. This is not the role of the regulators of medicines. Instead, at present, they are the primary creators of misinformation.
A fifth section will tell you all we know at the moment about any tests we have that might help confirm what is happening to you. It will point to other resources and ways to organize that might help you and others to make a difference.
A sixth section will try to pull these strands together. Other sections may appear as we go along.
Blue, Red, Orange and Green
The battle scene above is Bill James’ take on the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. There are things hidden in here, which will be revealed in the Sections to come.
This Battle divided Ireland into Orange and Green. Protestants and Catholics. For over a century after that, Orange and Green often worked well together to get rid of the English, but for the past 150 years the divisions have been deep and murderous. At present they are bridged tenuously.
Covid has weakened the tenuous bridges across similar divides in the United States, and many other countries, pitting Red against Blue, mandates against common sense, with Blues claiming a direct line to Absolute Truth through Science and Reds countering that there is more to life than fear. You’ll have to decide for yourself which side is better described as Catholic and which as Protestant. There is no escaping into Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Atheist. An old Belfast joke has it that a foreigner, mugged in an alley and asked with a knife to his throat – ‘are you Catholic or Protestant’ – responded ‘neither, I’m X (insert Hindu, Muslim, Atheist or Jew to your choosing), to which the comeback was ‘are you Catholic X or Protestant X?’
The Battle of the Boyne took place right beside Newgrange, in Ireland, which can literally be said to be home to the Crack through which the Light gets in. A place that makes 300 years of history, and their place in it, seem less important than our leaders might think. A place for which even the word sacred seems insufficient.
The forum would ideally be called The Crack through which the Science Gets In but this is too long for the Tab on the blog. So Cause and Effect it is. The harms of treatment are the Crack through which the Light of Science gets in. We block this at our peril.