Schifanelli Playing Doctor Again
Lt. Governor nominee is again spreading misinformation from an anti-vaccine group
Here we go again. Gordana Schifanelli playing the role of a doctor, only this time spreading disinformation from an anti-vax group. AGAIN. The Cox Campaign sure does like to “advise” on medical issues.
I’m not going to post the photo in the tweet as it is taken out of context and does NOT represent current medical research on the topic.
She retweets this from the anti-vax group, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC). Does she have any idea what this group is about? Let’s examine the group. (The link to these comments is provided below.)
‘The group's founder, Shira Miller, MD, is a concierge integrative medicine doctor based in Los Angeles, specializing in menopausal care. On her own Twitter profile, she describes herself as "Facebook's Most Popular Menopause Doctor."’ (Great! Just what we need: a concierge doc who knows little about vaccines.)
“Among its leaders is Paul Thomas, MD, an Oregon-based pediatrician. Thomas, who is listed as one of PIC's founding directors, was issued an emergency suspension order of his medical license in 2021 by the state medical board, in which they cited at least eight cases of alleged patient harm. “
Another: “Jane Orient, MD, internist and executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a group that also opposes vaccine mandates. Orient received her medical degree from Columbia University and currently practices in Arizona. In 2020, the AAPS sued the federal government for withholding its stockpile of hydroxychloroquine from COVID patients, despite research showing that the drug is ineffective. The complaint was dismissed in September 2021.
Yet another one: “Kenneth Stoller, MD, also listed on the leadership team, graduated from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency training at the University of California Los Angeles. Stoller was disciplined in 2019 for doling out medical exemptions to children without adequate evidence. According to state records, his license in California has since been revoked; he currently holds a medical license in New Mexico.”
Next, David H. Gorski, MD is a well-known physician and blogs about various medical topics. His comments and a link to his blog:
“As for PIC itself, it is a radical antivaccine group, as our good friend Skeptical Raptor has pointed out. For instance, look at its “leadership team” and some examples of who’s on it.”
I could go on, but you get the idea!
Let me provide a link to good medical information on the issue of aluminum in vaccines. From the American Academy of Pediatrics (one of the best sources for pediatric medicine, including the use of vaccines):
“A new study exploring the safety of aluminum in vaccines does not demonstrate a need for pediatricians to deviate from the recommended vaccine schedule, according to the AAP and others.
While the study found a possible link between aluminum in vaccines and persistent asthma in children, the AAP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the study’s authors say the study has important limitations and the findings do not prove causation.
The study is observational and cannot prove aluminum adjuvants cause asthma. Dr. Campbell also noted it excluded a large number of children who developed asthma before 2 years, it doesn’t take into account other risk factors for asthma and the effect size is small.”
Folks, don’t let politicians get away with this. Call them out.
Schifanelli has played doctor with Covid vaccines and now with this vaccine issue. Schifanelli has NO medical research experience. She should not be commenting or even sending off this type of tweet.
Dan Cox has been quite negative about the Covid vaccines and has also tried to play doctor on the vaccines, on HCQ and IVM. He has no experience in medical clinical trials and has cited poor studies (before he took them off his FB page).
Dan Cox this morning (October 4) issued an “Immediate Release” memo. “. . . Dan’s fight against campus experimental vaccination mandates (Jabs for Jobs and Social Access) . . . “ While we can argue about mandates, we can’t argue that this vaccine is NO LONGER an experimental vaccine. His words – jabs and experimental – are derogatory words for speaking to vaccinations that have been approved by our FDA or are still under EUA.
A recent study came out entitled “EXCESS DEATH RATES FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC”. “Overall, the excess death rate for Republicans was 5.4 percentage points, or 76% higher than the excess death rate for Democrats. . . .Registered Republicans in Florida and Ohio had higher excess death rates than registered Democrats, driven by a large mortality gap in the period after all adults were eligible for vaccines.”
It is time for Republican politicians to stop with the disinformation and to stop killing their own.
Both Cox and Schifanelli are spreading medical disinformation.
This is unethical.
Call them out on it.
They are not medical doctors.
It is NOT their lane.
And they could very well be harming people.
Just like California recently passed a bill barring physicians from telling lies around Covid, maybe it is time to pass a Federal law that would provide significant punishment for politicians who provide misinformation around Covid or any medically related news.