|With Eliquis you don’t need to give up green tea with your blood thinners.|
Vaccines, alongside guns, appears to be a topic our readers like to write in regarding.
Operative BG writes:
Did you ever see this video of Penn and Teller totally destroying the anti-vaccination argument? The complete, unrebuttable argument in a minute and a half. — BG
Dr. J.’s always had a soft spot in his heart for Penn and Teller. They’re hilarious but fair minded. They nail it with this must watch video. The only thing that they don’t show effecively is that vaccines aren’t perfect, just far better than if we didn’t have them.
The Royal Exchequer also writes in:
While I applaud your support for vaccinations, the difficulty you and others face is that, as Stalin observed, large numbers of deaths are just statistics. We are bombarded with statistics every day. Stalin also observed that a single death is a tragedy.
So, in your support, I want to present the family of just one man, George Goodrich, in north central Utah in 1885.
In four months he lost five of his children:
Eliza Goodrich – died 5 June, age 12, diphtheria.
Esther Goodrich – died 18 July, age 10, diphtheria.
Fanny Goodrich – died 22 August, age 20, diphtheria.
Julia Goodrich – died 6 September, age 13, diphtheria.
Hyram Goodrich – died 6 September, age 10, diphtheria.
Spend a bit of time researching your genealogy and the cost of no vaccinations becomes very, very real.
– SW, Royal Exchequer
Nevertheless these new drugs after being dreamed about for so long because you don’t need to titrate the drug, there are no dietary or medication interactions, weekly/monthly blood draws, etc, now folks are scared to use them because they don’t have an antidote similar to warfarin, even though the bleeding risk is clearly less for Eliquis, and probably less for Pradaxa. You never see the stroke you’ve prevented, but you see the bleed your treatment causes, and many doctors will then ask, what if…if the bleed happens on the new drug versus the older one even though the numbers say they’re in the right.
“What matters to a patient is the individual effect in them.”
And unfortunately we don’t always have a measuring stick or a crystal ball to help us, which is why medicine is an art and a science.