The other day, one of those quotes showed up in my fb feed that come round to help people keep their spirits up - especially during the pandemic. This one began with more attention is being given to relationships (than to possessions). Fine by me. Only then it went on and ended more or less saying, it's only our nearest and dearest and their wellbeing that matters. Hold on: When you know how it feels to worry about a loved one being or getting sick - doesn't your heart almost automatically go out to all those in the same situation? Or try the other way round: What often helps when anxious is - knowing that I am not alone. I can be physically alone, but I am not alone in this. - The heart reaches out, and then the mind goes on to find allies to do something, SOME thing to improve whatever concerns most about the situation. NOT wanting to do THAT could be called defeatism or - depression. To overcome that type of reaction may be the first step...
My previous post was the letter to the Journal of Medical Ethics as first designed. Before I was able to get it to the correct editor, this happened and a paragraph was added:
letter to the Journal of Medical Ethics (part of the BMJ) sent Jan 11, 2021:
(So far my initial comment...)
... after I found the video interview where Dr Mary Ramsey for PHE declares the safety of vaccines, I felt prompted to do a little research and - surprise, surprise: The first academic paper I found, from 2016, states that allergies to PEG will most likely be underdiagnosed. (I can provide that link from a fb post later if required; today a follow-up reference: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303372103_Immediate-type_hypersensitivity_to_polyethylene_glycols_PEGs_a_review).
Would it be fair to say that, given Dr Ramsay's position she could or even should have known of these findings? If at least one of those points is answered in the affirmative, then we have here a situation where, I am inclined to argue, an overcoming of epistemic injustice is actively prevented. Trustworthiness of a public authority rests on credibility, and that, like 'following the science' means in my understanding weighing the evidence one can reasonably have access to - not denying it.
Upon seeing an article in a journal on Medical Ethics@BMJ, I felt compelled to write to the editor Dear Editor,
having scanned the article by Julian S, philosopher in Oxford no less, in your journal's edition from Nov 2020 as I became aware of it just now, I feel I need to comment: The mandate to prevent harm from others requires a reasonable amount of knowledge what the risk to self is. To use a narrative extract from an autoethnographic case study as example:
"... what those people who experienced serious reaction to the covid vaccine are believed to have reacted to is an emulsifier called PEG -polyethylenglycol which sounds harmless enough. I was tested for allergies comprehensively by a very thorough specialist in Ger in 1996 and that because of a series of very light reactions to at that point unknown substances (potentially skin creams). I dare to assert that in the UK where I have lived for 20 years and worked in multidisciplinary health settings the first thing people would know about such an allergy would be if they suffered an anaphylactic shock. Prior to that most people would only/at best have been prescribed cortisone. I believe here enters what M. Fricker, UK philosopher in NY, calls epistemic injustice inherent in a system of health inequalities as prevalent in the UK and an approach to behaviourism in clinical practice I politely call blinkered. ":
As a Social Care Consultant, I remain available for Consultation to assist clients' self management and professionals' training to that end.
My own lived experience stems from surviving persistent emotional abuse in childhood - with a deep sense of meaning. I have always believed that humans are intrinsically good and that we all have the innate resources to recover. Psychodrama with a truly client-centred coach brought this to the fore some 35 years ago. Since then, I have done considerable research into intuition and insight facilitating presence to self as a process - and, yet more importantly, as a social worker I have shown how this approach helped clients who were all but written-off by the typical mainstream services. The greatest praise: One such client said to me 'I can talk to you because you are not afraid.' The greatest challenge: The conscientious decision to see through a legal case for defamation after Whistleblowing in NHS Mental Health Safeguarding: 'Better a break in your career than in your spine.'
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P.S. One key moment connecting insights was ca 2007 hearing Jacqui Dillon, now Dr. JD, say at a Conference: We are all on the spectrum of human experience.