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Harvey Risch

Harvey Risch, Senior Scholar at Brownstone Institute, is a physician and a Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. His main research interests are in cancer etiology, prevention and early diagnosis, and in epidemiologic methods.

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Plausibility But Not Science Has Dominated Public Discussions of the Covid Pandemic

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Many other instances of plausible scientific claptrap or bad science have occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. Medical journals routinely and uncritically publish this nonsense as long as conclusions align with government policies. This body of fake knowledge has been promulgated at the highest levels, by the NSC, FDA, CDC, NIH, WHO, Wellcome Trust, AMA, medical specialty boards, state and local public health agencies, multinational pharma companies and other organizations around the world that have violated their responsibilities to the public or have purposely chosen not to understand the fake science. 


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CDC’s Ludicrous Makeover

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The CDC’s announcement covers everything except the fundamental problem to which the director and the external reviewer are blind: industry subservience and epidemiologic incompetence.


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In Memory of Dr. Vladimir Zev Zelenko

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In his four years of struggle with what was a terminal cancer, Dr. Zelenko looked death in the eye numerous times.  He said that these experiences made him unafraid of the opinions of men.  But I think that he had a strength of character that enabled him to get to that point, separate from his own illness, that surely made him unique.


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The Emergency Must Be Ended, Now

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Americans have sacrificed enough of their human rights and of their livelihoods for two years in the service of protecting the general public health. Omicron is circulating but it is not an emergency. The emergency is over. The current emergency declaration must be canceled. It is time.


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Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Fail the Jacobson Test

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A careful reading of Jacobson shows that it is not just an automatic consideration allowing the government to do what it wants when a pandemic emergency has been officially declared. Covid-19 vaccine mandates do not satisfy any of the required criteria in Jacobson, let alone all of them.


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