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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Leduc Catlin

Real World Risk

I got my vaccine yesterday.

Not covid.

Tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria.

I’m good for a vaccine with a proven record of safety and efficacy.

Of course my doctor asked me if I’d had the covid vaccine, and then asked if I was getting it.

I like my doctor.

She’s not a pioneer or on the cutting edge of anything, but she’s thoughtful and thorough in her wheelhouse.

I think we have a cautious respect for each other.

The kind where you’re not completely at ease with the other’s opinions, but care enough not to step on each other’s toes.

For this reason, I can forgive her lame response to my nos.

“I have a patient whose relative died of covid. It’s pretty awful.”

So a doctor, who sees hundreds, if not thousands, of sick people, knows a person who died of covid?

I gotta say, that doesn’t sound like a much of a pandemic threat to me.

And what does someone dying have to do with the safety and efficacy of an unproven injection still in clinical trials?

Awash in the same layer of lame nicety with a dab of defensiveness, I said, “I’ve been researching and writing about this full-time for 2 months. I’m following world-class virologists.”

What does that have to do with EUA only vaccines?

Reported deaths and other adverse effects?

Or a rational conclusion after personal risk assessment??

For the latter, I refer to this short and must-watch (I know, I’ve said it before) video from one of my heroes of this healthcare nightmare.

Irish maverick and health expert Ivor Cummins has been right about everything from the beginning.

Even Nobel Prize laureate Michael Levitt said so when discovering that his own original analysis had been incorrect.

So watch this report on actual data and be eased by your odds…

I told my doctor about the nasty undiagnosed respiratory infection I caught in the UK in December of 2019.

“I’m almost certain I had covid. Can we test for antibodies?”

She looked at me as if she’d never heard the question before.

(To be fair, my chiropractor later reminded me that it would be too late for antibodies, but my T-cells would definitely have kicked in and be protecting me.)

“We can’t ask for that. But they’re recommending the vaccine even if you’ve had covid.”

This is where I wish I’d said, but it’s basic immunology that natural immunity is far more robust than a vaccine.

Why, I wish I’d asked, would “they” recommend a vaccine to people who don’t need it?

Knowing what’s so can make for intelligent discourse.

When we’re cautious or afraid of a conversation, we don’t say the right things.

We have that all-too-familiar regret hangover of “I should have said….”

Despite our weak exchange, my MD and I were cordial and respectful.

And I give her full credit for saying, “Well, it’s your body. You have to feel comfortable.”


It’s not anyone else’s body to ban from travel, school, or employment.

It’s my body.

My healthy, non-contagious body.

I spend thousands of dollars every year to support and keep my body that way.

“You’re doing what you can to protect yourself?” She asked.

“I am. I’m making sure to boost my immunity.”


“Thank you for the visit, and be well.”

“You too.”

Neither of us changed our minds, but we were civil and respectful.

It’s at least a start.


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