Since its founding in 1847, the AMA has been a leader in the development of medical science in the United States. The group has also made tragic errors. Segregation and racism within the profession has, and continues to, negatively impact the African American community.
UPDATE May 6, 2022: I warned Americans to use EXTREME caution with the J&J vaccine over a year ago (4.28.21). The FDA today strictly limited who can receive Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to the ongoing risk of rare but serious blood clots.
The Food and Drug Administration said the shot should only be given to adults who cannot receive a different vaccine or specifically request J&J’s vaccine. U.S. authorities for months have recommended Americans starting COVID19 vaccinations select Pfizer or Moderna shots instead.
COVID19 can cause deadly blood clots. The vaccine-induced kind is different, believed to form because of a rogue immune reaction to the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines because of how they’re made. It forms in unusual places, such as veins that drain blood from the brain, and in patients who also develop abnormally low levels of the platelets that form clots. Symptoms of the unusual clots include severe headaches a week or two after the J&J vaccination — not right away — as well as abdominal pain and nausea.Associated Press
There is also a documented history of gender bias. Women are at high risk for cardiovascular disorders, but referrals for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures seem to reflect a gender disparity. Current procedures and therapies have been developed predominantly or exclusively for men. Medical history in the U.S. has demonstrated a disregard for minority and women’s health issues that still appear operational today.
The federal government opened the doors on a national Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in 1946, primarily with a mission to prevent malaria from spreading across the nation. Last month, the CDC announced a $2.25 billion funding effort to address COVID19 related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups, along with people living in rural areas.
This is the CDC’s largest investment to date and demonstrates the extend of national inequity in communities affected by COVID19-related health disparities. Last Friday, the CDC instructed women to trust the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, although ONLY women have suffered deadly side effects. This seems to be an insane directive.
CDC Failures throughout COVID19 Pandemic
By far the biggest failure of the CDC and our national public health agencies was their mandate to Americans not to don face masks in the early outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.
CDC director Robert Redfield, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, M.D. were dead wrong — their failure cannot be disguised any longer.
Deborah Blix, M.D., who served as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator under President Trump, claims the confusion in the ranks of national officials and the White House led to over 100,000 preventable American deaths to the COVID19 disease.
One of our contributors called for face masks in Hawai’i and across the nation March 19, 2020. He claims his “hair was on fire” as he passionately tried to convince Lt. Governor Josh Green, the state’s COVID19 response coordinator, to mask up the local population.
It took Green, an emergency room doctor, many more weeks to grasp the reality of the airborne pathogen threat. He apparently trusted officials in Washington and Atlanta over experts in Asia who were prepared and now proven successful.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell didn’t require face coverings on buses until September 1, 2020. The privileged in Hawai’i don’t ride buses. They also don’t care about the people who do.
Citizens remember the early advisories from state and national officials: wash hands, disinfect surfaces and social distance. Today, the CDC and national government admit all three strategies are less effective than simply wearing face masks. A MIT study released last week documented the most effective indoor infection-reduction strategies focus on “adequate ventilation and mask use.”
One reason Hawai’i has led the nation in low incidence of COVID19 illnesses and deaths is our outdoor lifestyle and open windows, which utilize strong breezes to provide “adequate ventilation.” Our Asian-majority population also quickly cooperated to #MaskUp.
CDC Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Last Friday, April 23rd, the CDC announced the U.S. will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID19 vaccine following an 11-day pause.
“With these actions the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID19 vaccine can resume immediately,”Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director
Three women died from clotting believed to be related to the vaccine, seven remain hospitalized, and five appear to be recovering. Symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
As of April 21, there have been a total of 15 confirmed cases of this blood clotting condition among nearly eight million doses administered. All of the cases were in women, and the highest risk was among women ages 30 to 39. We’re seeing this phenomenon of clots forming in serious places such as the brain, lungs, legs or the abdomen, despite the fact that platelet counts are really low. That’s a very unique phenomenon. [more]
The joint announcement along with the FDA came after a CDC advisory committee voted to recommend lifting the pause. To mitigate their collective liability, officials will include a warning about the increased risk of “very rare but severe blood clots,” which have occurred ONLY in women.
Why then would any woman trust the J&J vaccine? There have been no reported negative or adverse reactions in males. Why not simply designative the J&J vaccine for men? Let women receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Neither have demonstrated major adverse reactions in the female population.
Women Should REFUSE Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
We hear officials make statements like, “Be sure to get immunized.” Or once you have received the complete doses of the vaccine, you are immune to the COVID19 disease. This is a false statement.
All three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are “booster” shots that teach our immune systems to more efficiently and effectively fight the invading virus that causes the disease. An inoculated individual is not “immune.”
We also hear daily reports about “breakthrough” cases where a fully vaccinated individual demonstrates COVID19 disease symptoms. Thus, officials instruct us to continue wearing face masks and distancing after receiving inoculation.
Women, in general, have experienced more and stronger side effects from all three vaccines. Severe allergic reactions have mostly occurred among women. Historically, women have demonstrated a stronger immune response to vaccines than men.
Experts believe this is the most likely reason for their more intense side effects. Why then do women receive the same dosage of vaccine that men do? Pfizer and Moderna use two shots: the first prepares the body’s immune system; the second fully kicks it into action.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is significantly different from both Pfizer and Moderna. J&J requires only one shot, which is operationally advantageous as citizens are not required to return. Second, J&J requires only regular refrigeration, rather than the intense cold storage of the other two. This is a huge logistical advantage for rural locations or areas serving minority populations.
Uniquely, the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine uses a DNA-based recipe for creating a spike protein, instead of the RNA instruction used by the other two companies. The DNA is encapsulated in an inactivated adenovirus — the virus that causes the common cold — that cannot replicate in the body.
Women and girls produce more infection-fighting antibodies than men when they get vaccinations for influenza, yellow fever, rabies, hepatitis A and B, and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella).
Gender bias in drug development and the size of vaccine doses might play a role. Women historically have been excluded from clinical trials and research studies, says Rosemary Morgan, a scientist who studies gender differences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Even now, sex-segregated data is rarely reported when vaccines and medications are tested.
“Could women be receiving more dose than they need? They are smaller, they have less muscle, they metabolize things differently.”Rosemary Morgan
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
It’s possible a lower dose would be just as effective in women and cause fewer side effects. Why doesn’t the CDC and FDA study this issue before advising women to accept the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? This social pressure may not be safe advice.
“Is anyone pressuring you to get (or not get) a CV vaccine?” asks local politician Jenny Boyette. She claims this is emotional manipulation and a form of coercion. Jenny is educating workers to be prepared if their employer or manager “fishes for info as to whether or not you’ve received the vaccine.”
Boyette claims this action would be a violation of your medical privacy rights and against the law.
You are well within your right to gently say, “I do not wish to volunteer my medical history with you, which is protected by HIPAA.”Jenny Boyette
To be clear: ClearHealthLife supports the vaccination program. We just want the CDC to remember one size does not fit all.
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