Health and Medicine

State surgeon general issues warning on Covid shots

By Tom Woods

Everybody knows about Ron DeSantis, but surprisingly few people I encounter are familiar with Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s surgeon general.

An immigrant from Nigeria, Ladapo holds both an MD and Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.

Here is how the second paragraph of his Wikipedia entry describes him:

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ladapo has promoted unproven treatments, opposed vaccine mandates, questioned vaccine safety, and associated with America’s Frontline Doctors, a right-wing group known to promote falsehoods about the pandemic. In March 2022, as the Surgeon General of Florida, he misrepresented work by fellow scholars to recommend that healthy children not be vaccinated against COVID-19, a decision that also went contrary to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics. Since then, Ladapo has banned gender-affirming counselling, hormonal therapies, and related medications for transgender and nonbinary children, contravening relevant guidelines by a host of professional organizations.”

All that propaganda is supposed to scare me, but instead it makes me think: he sounds like a great guy!

Well, the other day he released a report regarding safety concerns with the Covid shots. I thought you would be interested to see the press release, which reads as follows:

Today, State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo has announced new guidance regarding mRNA vaccines. The Florida Department of Health (Department) conducted an analysis through a self-controlled case series, which is a technique originally developed to evaluate vaccine safety.

This analysis found that there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination. With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group. Non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks.

As such, the State Surgeon General recommends against males aged 18 to 39 from receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Those with preexisting cardiac conditions, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, should take particular caution when making this decision.“

Studying the safety and efficacy of any medications, including vaccines, is an important component of public health,” said Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo. “Far less attention has been paid to safety and the concerns of many individuals have been dismissed – these are important findings that should be communicated to Floridians.”

When I had a chance to meet DeSantis earlier this year, he said he doesn’t even have to check on whether his surgeon general is hard at work or not. All he needs to see are all the outraged headlines, and he knows Ladapo is doing his job.

Incidentally, in time for Halloween I have a gift for you from one of my readers: a creepy novel called Elixir of Fear, based loosely on themes we’ve observed over the past couple of years (yes, a book based on what we’ve endured for the past two years is indeed classified in the horror section).

The author, Bretigne Shaffer, is giving it away for free. Enjoy:

Tom Woods

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