RTE Roundtable Talk #16: Attacks on Independent Physicians
Featuring Dr. Brian Tyson and Dr. Mary Talley Bowden
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
You learn about another person's integrity the moment you see them put in a position to stand up to their peers. Drs. Brian Tyson and Mary Talley Bowden have shown what they are made of, despite threats to their medical licenses and careers. Disturbingly, medical boards want to stop them from practicing medicine for the crime of treating patients with antiviral and antibiotic medication, vitamins, and whatever else they as diagnosticians felt could help their patients. Between the pair, they and their staff have treated on the order of 20,000 patients with none dying if treated early, and a single-digit number passing otherwise.
(Forgive my puffy eyes. I get mild pollen allergies, but nothing hits me like three nights in an old hotel building. The uneven lighting didn't help the effect, either.)
I've known Brian for over 18 months now, and from the start of the pandemic he took the approach of a man in the trenches who simply wanted to find what worked to save lives. Had the world followed his lead, there would have been no reason to panic—a mode of fear seemingly forced on the world by public health authorities. Note that the kindle version of the book he cowrote with Dr. George Fareed (including our study, and for which I wrote a chapter explaining the study) is free on Amazon from October 31 through November 4 (Mon-Fri).
This was my first opportunity to talk with Mary besides a small amount of text chat interaction. But I watched her interview when she was suspended from Houston Methodist Hospital and appreciated the way she both stood on her own and parried a barb lobbed by a member of the press who challenged her (mediasplaining?) about using "unapproved" medicine. She was taken aback for a tenth of a second before matter-of-factly explaining that off-label medications are always a large part of practicing medicine. She is also somebody who would prefer missing some Christmas parties than to act other than she considers most helpful to her patients. The results speak for themselves.
Why then should these doctors face career-threatening pressure from state medical boards?
People need to understand what is going on—both in medicine and in the rest of Western society. Just as in the military, the ranks of physicians with a moral backbone are being culled. Whatever the plan, it can't be good. There are those with [sometimes good] critiques of Western civilization, but this is not about eroding pernicious power bases—it's an asymmetrical threat to the moral centers that can keep them in check.
Dr. Peter McCullough is notably under attack as well. Despite being one of the world's leading cardiologists, one of the most well-published cardiologists in history who served as Editor-in-Chief of a medical journal, Peter was hung out to dry by a medical board in Texas.
Meanwhile, Dr. Meryl Nass is in the process of facing a kangaroo court in Maine.
This cannot possibly be about hydroxychloroquine or any specific drug. Whether or not we agree with their takes (or think their results are just…luck?), how have we shifted so far from the values we place in the doctor-patient relationship and informed consent?
Something is amiss. And the battle is far larger than the pandemic. Think it through.
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