Just a Little Prick..

I expect you’re wondering why I called you all here today… well, it’s because I want to talk to you about vaccines. I’m going to be blunt; health conditions aside, I simply can’t understand why anyone would choose not to have the covid vaccine. Common reasons given are that we ‘don’t know what’s in it’ so why would we trust it? Well it’s true, I don’t know what is in any of the vaccines. But this is not some wonder drug sold over the Internet. It’s developed by scientists, researched in labs and peer-reviewed: there’s a process – and by and large I trust that process. The vaccine-sceptical are fond of justifying their position by saying that they’ve ‘done their own research.’ Oh really? So you have access to a lab? What tests have you done? What conclusions have you reached? Where are the papers published? Are they peer-reviewed? Or does this ‘research’ consist of an Internet trawl digging up a few conspiracy theories? I saw a post just today saying ‘When we buy a house we do our own research and we’re praised for it, but when it comes to vaccines…’ (fill in the rest yourself.) Yeah, about that: it’s true that we’ll look at estate agents and visit houses ourselves, but do we do our own survey of the building? Do we conduct our own conveyancing? No. Most of us are not remotely qualified to do these things. We leave them in the hands of experts, and generally we trust them to do the job.

This is getting serious. Between 75 and 90% of covid patients in hospital (depending on the area) are unvaccinated, putting a great strain on the NHS. Not only that, but some staff are also unvaccinated. If they have a valid medical reason for this, fine – but I listened to a midwife on Woman’s Hour explain why she was unjabbed, and as far as I can make out it just came down to ‘personal choice.’ This is unacceptable. Can I exercise my personal choice not to wear a seat belt, or to drive when over the limit? Of course not. We understand that these rules are in place for a reason, and mostly we abide by them.

This is not to say that I agree with the Government’s stance. Threatening to fire unvaccinated NHS staff is unhelpful and draconian, especially in a climate where the government has been seen not to follow its own rules. But I simply can’t understand why anyone without an exemption would not simply get the vaccine. Its easy: think of Boris Johnson and say to yourself, just a little prick

Kirk out

21 thoughts on “Just a Little Prick..

  1. I’m curious to know where it is being reported that “Between 75 and 90% of covid patients in hospital (depending on the area) are unvaccinated”. I’ve heard the “opposite”, that many people who are contracting covid and ending up in hospital have been vaccinated. Not all scientists, medical professionals, or even experts in epidemiology are in agreement with the Covid vaccines.and/or the “measures” put in place, some are strongly opposed.

    One simple answer as to “why anyone would choose not to have the covid vaccine” might simply be because they’ve acquired a natural immunity. Of course some would argue that this is no excuse.

    1. It was reported in a couple of places, I think the Guardian and possibly radio 4. Where did you hear about vaccinated people ending up in hospital?

      1. Glancing over that report I can’t tell if the people who went into intensive care were there because of Covid, or got tested whilst there because they were listed as unvaccinated, and then tested positive, according to those tests.

        This article claims “Nearly 60% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Israel fully vaccinated, data shows”: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/nearly-60-of-hospitalized-covid-19-patients-in-israel-fully-vaccinated-study-finds.html

        This one has the headline “Australia, Israel Report 95-99% Hospitalized Fully Vaccinated”: https://newsrescue.com/australia-israel-report-95-99-hospitalized-fully-vaccinated

        There are also the claimed cases of people ending up in hospital following vaccination: “Over One Thousand Scientific Studies Prove That the COVID-19 Vaccines Are Dangerous”: https://www.saveusnow.org.uk/covid-vaccine-scientific-proof-lethal

      2. There’s a lot of stuff out there and it’s difficult to know which sources to trust. I tend to go with a spread of main stream media and organisations I generally trust such as the BMJ. I don’t know either if the unvaccinated went in with covid or got it while there but it seems to be a fact that being unvaccinated is a big risk

      3. There are reasons to distrust MSM but many more to distrust GB news, which has a clear bias towards the far right. IMO if you take an average of mainstream news outlets including reputable ones such as the FT and the Guardian, you get a reasonable idea of what’s going on

  2. I’ve had all three jabs but I can also see it from Brian’s point of view. Someone who is young, fit and healthy would be very unlucky to end up in hospital, especially with the apparently milder omicron version and especially if they have already had covid. But then they do, just as with flu. The trouble is that the young fit and healthy can spread it around, and it’s very infectious. And that’s what the government are bothered about. As I said on Brian’s blog, they don’t give a toss about your or my health, they are only bothered about what things would look like, for example if there was a multi-car pile up and people – children – died because there wasn’t the capacity to treat them. That wouldn’t look good to the electorate. But they prefer to pressure people more with the personal protection argument than the societal good, which reflects their political ideology.

  3. I haven’t reviewed much of the literature. I would say this. You don’t necessarily have a vaccine for the sake of your own health, or if you do, you also benefit others in doing so. There are undoubtedly cases of vaccine damage, but this is widely deemed an unfortunate side-effect of protecting the majority of the population. The choice there is between two different kinds of value system, one emphasising the rights of the individual and the other the benefit to wider society. Allopathic medicine has side-effects.

    There is another aspect to this. I would usually prefer a vaccine to encourage the specific antibodies which defend its usual route of infection, which in most cases including this one is droplet infection. That would mean encouraging IgA, secreted by mucous membranes facing the external environment, rather than the IgM and other immunoglobulins usually favoured by vaccines given by injection. However, I don’t believe the best should be the enemy of the good. If we held out for an ideal vaccine, given in this case by nebuliser or inhaler, many more people would suffer in the meantime. A positive aspect of this vaccine is that it doesn’t use attenuation, which I suspect encourages slow viral infections, but the actual genome of the virus itself (although there are several approaches).

    So it’s not ideal, but few things are, and sometimes you can’t afford to hold out for the ideal. In the 1890s, there was a Coronavirus which was regarded as ‘flu at the time and killed a lot of people. It’s now become a minor respiratory infection caught by toddlers and babies and is self-limiting. The selective pressure is on viruses to become both less virulent and more infectious. Measles, for example, has an R number of 18, while not actually being that non-virulent, which is unfortunate, so Covid could go that way but probably won’t. However, while we’re waiting for that to happen, it will continue to do a lot of harm to the human race, so we need to vaccinate and do so quickly. At some point we will have to make a judgement call, but not yet.

    1. I maintain my naturally acquired immunity (and thus protect others) by going around as normal, and I further protect others by managing my own health and fitness. Of course, this approach doesn’t suit all.

  4. I had the polio vaccine as a child.
    I had the smallpox vaccine as a child.
    I hade the TB vaccine when I was 11 years old.
    I had Yellow Fever vaccine before travelling to Africa
    (Not allowed back into the UK without it at the time)
    I never caught Polio.
    I never caught Smallpox.
    I never caught TB.
    I never caught Yellow Fever.
    Tha’s all the proof I need.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I’m glad you did all that and escaped the effects and am myself in favour of vaccination, particularly now it’s improved. However, it doesn’t quite follow that you were protected from those infections by being personally vaccinated. You were in several cases surrounded by a population in which the pathogens concerned were not endemic. This is substantially the result of earlier vaccination policy but also hygiene and improving living standards. Regarding polio, most of the time this is a self-limiting infection and there seems to be a correlation between tonsillectomies and neurological complications, and when the epidemic happened tonsillectomies were much more common than they are today. The main vector for polio infection in the West today is actually the faeces of recently vaccinated children.

      TB is interesting. BCG also protects against leprosy because the pathogens are closely related, so this in itself is an argument for evolution.

      No disagreement with Yellow Fever. That’s one of the most lethal viral infections there is.

      So: I’m not dissing the practice of mass vaccination but the connection may not be as it appears.

  5. Dear Sarada
    Hello from the UK. Many thanks for this post. As regards vaccines they are, and always have been, utterly pointless. Apart from the needles by which they are normally dispensed. I will explain if I may.
    I have had my fair share of vaccines, including polio I believe. I used to think vaccines were of some use until, at 60 years of age in 2020, I researched properly. I changed my mind.
    Covid 19 is the ‘flu, dressed up as a monster to scare people, re-branded if you will. This helps big pharma etc, control the populace and make more money.
    The ‘flu is the internal toxicosis of the body, mainly via urea, partly due to metabolism of food and partly due to the many poisons in our environment which can and do enter our bodies in the air, food and water. The ‘flu cannot be transmitted to someone else as it is individual to each person.
    Unless your blood is given to someone in a blood transfusion, for example.
    Injecting poisons such as via vaccines merely adds to the toxicosis problem. Vaccines have never been of any use, it is merely that constant and persistent ‘advertising’ persuaded people that they were of use. The various deaths and harm have been well-documented over the decades. It is being documented now.
    Vitamin D deficiency is the true pandemic due to indoor working and living away from the sunshine which, if we do the right thing things, will give us vitamin D (free!). Big pharma etc. are not keen on free as they don’t make much money out of it.
    Lack of vitamin D causes rickets among other things. Polio was merely rickets re branded again for big pharma to make money. The polio vaccine was pointless. A good dose of vitamin D such as was once given via cod liver oil in a spoon (a disgusting taste I understand). You can now get this in capsule form of course.
    Vaccines are neuro-toxins, if there is anything in them at all, as are most big pharma drugs. Therefore they are at best pointless.
    If your immune system is in good order then by and large you will tolerate a poisonous vaccine. If weakened you will suffer various side effects. If your immune system is very poor you may die.
    Boosting your immune system with vitamin D can go a long way to protecting you against the toxicosis, but vitamin C is very good as an anti-oxidant to help flush the toxins out of your system. By and large you should be able to gain your vitamins etc from good, untainted food. Highly processed foods will not help.
    I have seen the statistics on Australia since February 2020. These show a close correlation between Covid cases and vaccination. It is abundantly clear the vaccines are causing the case numbers rise, as would be expected. Look at other statistics and you will no doubt see the same correlation. It is not rocket science.
    I have done much on Covid 19 etc., here is my link to my vaccine page. That gives access to the various other issues. I cover the statistics in the UK and USA and recently those in Australia.
    The following explains the media fear campaign.
    It should be noted that fear tends to ‘freeze’ the body’s immune system from functioning correctly and can stop people doing sensible things.
    Beetleypete considers that having the vaccines means he did not contract the diseases he lists. This cannot be verified and is not a good basis on which to have a vaccine. It is certainly not proof.
    I wonder how many people would have a vaccine if they had to pay for it directly rather than via the NHS? Vaccines are of course not free and never have been.
    If people want to play Russian roulette with their bodies that is their choice. Personally, I think they are mad; and I don’t wish to subsidise them doing so via my taxes thank you very much.
    Please note that ‘vaccinated’ is now currently defined as someone who isn’t fully vaccinated. Go have a look and you will see. It helps to change the goal posts when you want to sell more pointless vaccines.
    Please note I do use humour as necessary on posts and pages to lighten the mood and help make the points.
    May I take the opportunity to wish you a very happy new year.
    Kind regards
    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson
    P.S. When I think of Boris Johnson I shudder. I try not to think about him therefore. If I do have to for some reason, I think he is a very big prick, not a small one.
    But then there are quite a lot of politicians that are like that too, whatever part of the political spectrum they purport to be.

    1. Well I disagree with you on almost every point but thank you for commenting politely. Happy New year to you

      1. Who do we trust? Where does the truth lie and who do we trust to unearth it? Those are the questions. I’ve tried to answer them for myself in the blog post

    2. Covid will almost certainly evolve into a cold- or ‘flu-like virus with time. This has happened with other Coronaviri which first infected humans in the past. However, the problem is that it’s a new virus for humans and it needs to adapt to its new environment. Selective pressure should make it less virulent and more contagious as time goes by, but that’s a bit of a lottery. At some point a line should be drawn where it’s recognised as endemic. When that happens is another matter.

      Just on vitamin D, although there’s a correlation between various types of ill-health and vitamin D deficiency, AFAIK it isn’t established as causative. People who are low in vitamin D are likely to spend lots of time indoors, possibly be vegan (like me) and there are then reasons why they might be more likely to be ill. That said, unlike parathormone and calcitonin, cholecalciferol is a steroid hormone, so it might be expected to have some psychological and other actions, as do androgens and oestrogens, so maybe. I’m not aware of the latest research on this.

      Regarding vaccines, I agree that vaccines given by injection are often less than ideal because they circumvent general immune defences against the external environment. They need to encourage IgA rather than other immunoglobulins, and that would work better if they were given by inhaler or nebuliser. OPV and tetanus don’t suffer from this drawback, but the Covid vaccines do, since the virus passes by droplet infection. That said, it’s what we’re being offered and we don’t live in an ideal world. I’d say it was about potentially “taking one for the team” in order to promote herd immunity to protect the most vulnerable. Sarada and I do know previously healthy and fit people who have suffered very badly after having been infected with earlier strains of Covid, some of whom have died, and they didn’t seem to just die “with Covid” due to their previously good health. It seems rational to expect less healthy people to be severely affected by the virus.

      Really, there’s a parallel between vaccination and schooling. The specific immune response can develop autonomously, just as autonomous learning occurs and these are the main forms of learning in the CNS and specific immune response respectively, but there is also the “teaching” approach, where material is introduced to the learning system and it acquires the skill of performing that specific task. I still believe we made the right decision to present our children with the choice to attend school or not, and I still believe that in the circumstances and the absence of vaccines which could be administered by a respiratory route, it was better to choose not to have them vaccinated. But technology and circumstances change.

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