Joe Rogan and comments about vaccines

The masses have come for Joe Rogan again. Since I don't have Spotify, I have not listened to the episode in question, but according to reports, this is what he said about vaccines:
Rogan said that while he believes the vaccine is safe, he doesn’t think young, healthy people need it. "If you're like 21 years old, and you say to me, 'Should I get vaccinated?' I'll go, 'No,'" he said.

In his latest episode, Rogan "walked back" his comments:
In the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the podcaster underscored that he’s not a source of well-considered information. “Let’s be real clear,” he said at one point. “When I say something stupid, I’m not thinking about what I’m saying before I say it. I’m just saying it.”He went on to say that asking young, healthy people to get vaccinated not for themselves but for those around them is “a different argument”—and one he’d agree with. He shared an anecdote about nearly getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine himself, despite being healthy (Rogan, at 53, is, in his words, “old as fuck”) before its administration was temporarily halted.

I'm sure there are people out there who listen to Joe Rogan and will follow what he says blindly without doing any research. These people get what's coming to them. 

My problem with the topic of vaccines, and the COVID vaccines, in particular, is that there is no debate going on. We're being told that the "science is settled." We are supposed to "trust the experts." Everyone above 16 or 18 should get the vaccine, period. Anytime there is some consensus view on any topic, and contrarian views are not discussed or even allowed, I will always want more information not less.

This is anti-democratic and anti-science. Science is dynamic. "Experts" frequently differ on the scientific questions and their opinions can vary in accordance with and demands of politics, power, and financial self-interest. Science is disagreement; the notion of scientific consensus is oxymoronic. --Excerpt from The Truth About Covid-19 by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummins

There is a concept in medicine called informed consent. This means that patients are provided all the information regarding medical interventions, whether it's a surgical procedure, prescription medicine, or some chemical injected into your arm. This means all the benefits AND all the risks. Have we been given all the information about these vaccines for us to have informed consent? Is this information even readily available, or is it being suppressed by mass media and social media? Does the information even exist or is it too early to know the short-term and long-term effects?

The dilemma with vaccines is that they are good for the population at large, but it's a case-by-case basis for each individual. I'll be straight up. I have not gotten the COVID vaccine, and I'm not in a hurry to get it. I also don't get the flu vaccine. This doesn't mean I'm a "crazy anti-vaxxer" conspiracy theorist who thinks vaccines cause autism. I'm not against vaccines. I received all of my childhood vaccines, and I've even gotten tetanus booster shots. Despite my health challenges, I have a pretty strong immune system. Maybe once a year, I end up with the sniffles or some malady, but it's never even close to serious.

We have not experienced anything like this COVID pandemic before. The closest incident we have for comparison is the 1918 flu pandemic, but our situation is different for various reasons. We are all participating in a live experiment whether we like it or not.

It's okay to have concerns and questions about the COVID vaccines. I have many questions and am still doing my own research. How are people who are fully vaccinated still getting COVID? What about the mutations that are already springing up in various parts of the world? There are many other questions and concerns that are addressed brilliantly in this article 18 Reasons I Won't Be Getting a Covid Vaccine.

My message is not whether to get a vaccine. I'm not telling you to get it or don't get it. That's your choice. My message is that you are the biggest influence over your own health, and you're in charge. Get educated and make an informed decision based on facts, logical reasoning, and risk assessment and not because "society says."  

By the way, if you are looking for health-related information don't use Google. I prefer to use, which is better for your privacy and doesn't exclude "alternative" viewpoints. Test it out yourself by doing the same search with both and see the difference.
Just saw the horrific scenes in India because of COVID and the situation in Ethiopia isn't that great either. I worry that the lack of vaccinations around the globe could mean that COVID stays with us for a long time. But I hear you about the informed consent. Nothing about this vaccine was business as usual. 
2021-05-01 03:34:38