A HAND IN HEALTH: Interactions allow learning opportunities

ed to be a report from what was the most profound long-distance run I’ve ever participated in.

I ran the “12 Hours of Road America” on Aug. 14, and I look forward to sharing that story with you in the next week or two. Instead, this week, I’d like to just make a couple points regarding my previous two columns, and the replies I’ve received from them.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me via email, text message, or in person. Whether you contacted me to support my articles or have contacted me with questions, or contacted me to disagree, when person-to-person interactions happen, there is an opportunity to grow and learn. Kindness is always the best approach to take, whether you agree with someone or not.

If you choose to mask your children in school, that is your decision. I dropped my kids off at school for their first day of school on Monday, and there were children wearing masks as they arrived. Not a word should be uttered by other adults or classmates about that decision. That is a decision for the parents of the children to make, and I fully support their ability to choose. There is a very well-written article that can be found online. Search the following terms: “nymag.com” and “science of masking” and look for an article from Aug. 20, 2021. 

I’ll also share a link to an article that was written by a man with a PhD in Statistics from Cornell, to his local school board. “Why kids should not be wearing masks, and how to calm those who think they should.” While his degree is in Statistics, making public health not in his scope of practice, I think his points are incredibly valid and backed by CDC statistics. Please read. https://wmbriggs.com/post/37172/

It appears that natural immunity to COVID provides much stronger and longer protection against the Delta variant (and whatever the next variant is that is coming) than vaccination. That was my point in my most recent article about vaccinating children. Children rarely have serious symptoms—yes, those cases happen and those are tragic cases. No one wants to see a child suffering in any way, obviously. But there are other unintended consequences to vaccination, and there are other aspects of overall health that are part of the equation regarding the severity of the symptoms of COVID infection such as obesity, chronic inflammation, and other health ailments. Yet, if the child acquires the virus, has cold-like symptoms for a couple days, and then is basically bullet-proof against future viruses and their variants, that is the best option, and I stand by my previous position. Again, here’s an opportunity to choose for yourself. Search “vaccination vs. natural immunity” 

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