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Book Review: Jabbed by Brett Wilcox


Jabbed by Brett Wilcox

Thesis

Modern healthcare is a religion, not a science (1). We cannot effectively defend ourselves against the
injustice and danger of mandatory vaccination until we see healthcare and the vaccine industry as part
of a religion.


Unique Points

• Parents protested from the very start of mandatory vaccination. Even in the 1700’s, people
wrote against vaccination (46).
• Both children and adults in developing countries are injected with vaccines not approved for use
in the United States, with little regard for the safety of the children. No vaccine records are kept
and there is no way of knowing if a child has already received a vaccine. Some of these
vaccines include vaccines that can cause sterilization (220).
• Human beings are designed by God. He did not make a mistake when He made our immune
systems, and they do not need to be supplemented or supported with vaccines (267).


Worldview

The author comes from a Christian perspective, citing Bible verses at the beginnings of a few chapters
(178, 265, 298) and saying that humans are made in God’s image (267). However, he does quote from
other authors who come from a more secular worldview, including one who is Jewish but refers
positively to evolution (271).


Recommendations

No child should be vaccinated due to the proven risks, the documented injuries from vaccines,
and the conflict of interest of vaccine providers.


Compare/Contrast with Other Books

I found this book to be an easier read than many others with the same thesis. While well-researched and
professionally written, this book is very approachable for people who know little about the technical
side of vaccinations.


My Critique

This book tends to have a wry tone, which overall makes it a more engrossing read. The tone lightens subject matter that otherwise would be too serious and depressing to digest. However, there were a few parts when the irony edges on bitterness (perhaps justified), which would not win over readers on the other "side" of the debate. For the most part, the research and arguments are logical and serious, but there were a few parts where I felt that more seriousness could have given the proper weight to the topic. In addition, the author concludes that no one should be vaccinated, yet in some ways, this stance is too strong, unfortunately eliminating the freedom of choice and clouding the difficulty and nuance people need in making complex personal health issues.

Review Contributed by Grace MacPherson

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Book Review: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon


Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Thesis

“Modern food choices and preparation techniques constitute a radical change from the way man has
nourished himself for thousands of years.... [Traditional diets] should serve as the model for
contemporary eating habits, even and especially during this modern technological age.” (xi)

Unique Points

• Previously rare diseases (such as heart disease, cancer, allergies, miscarriages/birth defects,
arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and dyslexia) have grown more prevalent in recent
years, correlating with an increasingly processed diet.
• A decrease in saturated fat in the average American diet actually caused heart disease to increase.
Cholesterol does not cause heart disease, and may in fact help to prevent it.
• Unprocessed starches and sugars support life, but when refined, they lose their nutrients and
simply result in weight gain.

Worldview

While the author mentions God and heaven (p. 30) and references the Bible, I’m not certain she is
Christian. However, the principles she lays out are still applicable to Christians. Our bodies are made in
the image of God, and we should strive to be as healthy as possible.

Recommendations

• Eat raw meat for its enzymes. If you cook your meat, keep it rare.
• Avoid white flour and refined sugar. Instead, make your own whole-grain flour, and purchase
unrefined sugar or use honey.
• Consume fermented foods on a daily basis.
• Prepare your grains properly. Removal from the diet is not necessary, but they should be soaked or
fermented to make the digestion process easier.
• Consume a lot of fat, but avoid processed vegetable oils. Rather, look to healthy sources such as
butter, coconut or olive oil, and animal fat.

Compare/Contrast with Other Health and Diet Books

This book emphasizes the importance of returning to a more traditional diet, especially by fermenting
foods and increasing consumption of fat. In many ways, the principles laid out here are similar to those in
Trim Healthy Mama, although this book encourages eating fat and carbs together, while Trim Healthy
Mama advises against it. This book places huge emphasis on fermentation of foods in order to promote
health and protect against disease. Also, on either side of the recipes is a narrow column containing
quotations from various books that pertain to the foods focused on in that section. This helps the cook
have greater understanding of the recipes he or she is preparing.

My Critique

This book is easy to read, and full of fascinating information. While it may seem long, the important
points are all made in the introductory section, and the bulk of the book consists of recipes. The appendix
has helpful suggestions of how to modify this diet for families with a tight budget or limited time for food
preparation.

Review Contributed by Grace MacPherson

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Friends of the Court in Support of an Emergency Stay against the OSHA ETS


An amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief may be submitted by a party that has a special interest or expertise in a case, in order to provide judges with information and perspective for reaching a decision.

The following parties have submitted amicus briefs in support of one or more of the 14 applicants who have petitioned for an emergency temporary stay against the OSHA ETS.

The outlines below are copied from the respective tables of contents.

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Pending before the Supreme Court: Meet the Challengers to the OSHA ETS


Below are  links to the Supreme Court dockets for the following applicants/petitioners, each challenging the OSHA vaccine ETS that applies to companies with 100+ employees. The outlines are copied from the respective tables of contents.

Update, 1/6/22: The Supreme Court website replaced many of these links with an auto-forward to a message about COVID protocols. You may need to enter the party's name in a search box in order to access the dockets.

  1. Word of God Fellowship, Inc.
    1. The ETS violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
    2. The ETS also violates the First Amendment.
    3. The Ministries join the arguments in the related proceedings before the Court as to why the ETS is unconstitutional and unlawful.
  2. Job Creators Network, et al.
    1. OSHA Lacked Authority to Issue the Mandate
      1. The Mandate Violates Multiple Clear-Statement Doctrines
      2. The Mandate Violates the Nondelegation Doctrine
    2. Even if OSHA Has Authority, an ETS Is Inappropriate
  3. National Federation of Independent Business, et al.
    1. There is a Reasonable Probability that Four Justices Would Vote to Grant Review, and a Fair Prospect That a Majority Would Declare the ETS Unlawful.
    2. Absent a Stay, the Business Associations and Their Members Will Suffer Substantial Irreparable Harms.
    3. The balance of the equities favors a stay.
  4. Bentkey Services, LLC, dba The Daily Wire
    1. The Sixth Circuit Was Unduly Deferential to OSHA Because It Failed to Properly Apply the Correct Standard of Review: Substantial Evidence, Reviewed with a “Hard Look.”
    2. OSHA Failed to Establish By Substantial Evidence That COVID-19 is a Workplace Hazard Present for the Workplaces to Which It Applies.
    3. OSHA’s ETS Failed to Establish the Gravity of Potential Workplace Exposure for the Affected Employees, Ignoring the Key Elements of Risk: Age, Health Conditions, and Natural Immunity from Prior Infection.
    4. OSHA Failed To Establish The Necessity Of The ETS And It Is Overbroad, Underinclusive, And Therefore Arbitrary.
    5. The ETS’s Testing Requirement Undermines Its Alleged Necessity.
    6. The Balance of Equities Favors A Stay.
  5. Betten Chevrolet, Inc.
    1. The Court Should Stay the Vaccine Mandate's Enforcement Pending Review.
    2. In the Alternative the Court Should Grant Certiorari before Judgment and Decide This Case on an Expedited Basis.
  6. Republican National Committee
    1. The RNC Will Succeed On The Merits Because The Mandate Exceeds OSHA’s Statutory Authority.
    2. The RNC Will Succeed On The Merits Because The Mandate Is Unsupported By Substantial Evidence.
    3. The RNC Will Succeed On The Merits Because The Mandate Is Arbitrary And Capricious.
    4. The Equitable Factors Favor The Stay.
  7. Scott Bedke, in His Official Capacity as Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives, et al. et al.
    1. The Idaho Legislature’s duty to pass legislation for the health and safety of Idaho citizens will be harmed if this Court dissolves the stay.
    2. The OSHA ETS infringes upon the Idaho Legislature’s police powers and its duty to enact laws related to public health.
  8. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., et al.
    1. There is a Reasonable Probability that Four Justices Would Vote to Grant Review in Order to Resolve the Evident Conflict in the Circuits on an Issue of Extraordinary Importance.
    2. There is a fair prospect that a majority of this Court would declare the ETS unlawful.
    3. Enforcement of the OSHA ETS will Cause Construction Companies to Lose Irreplaceable Employees to Businesses that do not Require COVID Vaccinations or Testing.
  9. The Heritage Foundation
    1. OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate is an Unlawful Exercise of Statutory Authority.
    2. The Sixth Circuit Was Wrong: The Constitutional Infringements Are Clear Here.
    3. The Balance of Equities Warrants the Stay.
    4. In the Alternative, This Court Should Grant Certiorari Before Judgment and Grant A Stay Pending the Resolution of This Petition.
    5. An Administrative Stay Should Be Granted Immediately.
  10. BST Holdings, LLC, et al.
    1. The balance of harms cautions granting a stay in this case.
    2. This Court should grant a stay pending review because the Applicants will likely succeed on the merits that the Mandate exceeds OSHA’s statutory authority.
    3. This Court should issue a stay because the Mandate violates the U.S. Constitution.
  11. Ohio, et al.
    1. The States will likely prevail on the merits.
    2. The States and their citizens will be irreparably harmed without a stay.
    3. In the alternative, the Court should grant certiorari before judgment and decide this case on an expedited basis.
    4. The Court should issue an immediate administrative stay.
  12. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, et al.
    1. The Mandate exceeds OSHA’s authority.
    2. The Mandate violates the First Amendment and RFRA.
    3. There is a reasonable probability that the Court will grant review.
    4. Absent a stay, Religious Institutions will suffer irreparable injuries.
  13. Phillips Manufacturing & Tower Company
    1. The Vaccine Mandate Exceeds the Executive’s Authority.
    2. OSHA Failed to Demonstrate Grave Danger.
    3. OSHA Failed to Demonstrate Necessity.
    4. he Mandate Raises Grave Concerns Under the Commerce Clause & Encroaches Upon State Sovereignty.
    5. The Mandate Raises Grave Concerns Under the Nondelegation Doctrine.
  14. FabArc Steel Supply, Inc., and Tony Pugh
    1. The Mandate Violates the Major Questions Doctrine.
    2. The Mandate Violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Applied to Applicants.
    3. The Mandate Violates the Free Exercise Clause as Applied to Applicants.
    4. The Mandate Violates the Text of the OSH Act.
    5. The Mandate Violates the Commerce Clause.
    6. The Mandate Violates the Nondelegation Doctrine.

See also: amicus briefs in support of these applications for an emergency stay against the OSHA ETS.

 

Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson is the founding president of Into Your Hands LLC and the author of several books, including Rediscovering the American Republic (2 vols.) and Debating Evolution before Darwinism. He lives with his wife Marie and their homeschooled children in Mankato, Minnesota, where he teaches American history, history of science, and bioethics at Bethany Lutheran College. He also serves as President of the Hausvater Project, which mentors Christian parents. For more information, visit www.ryancmacpherson.com.

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Don't Be Enslaved by Ignorance of Judicial Proceedings: A Guide to the OSHA ETS Controversy


After the publication of the Twelve Tables, the Roman people was still enslaved by the ignorance of judicial proceedings.

(Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 4, chap. 44)

Today’s Americans are no different: although they have online access to the OSHA ETS that mandates employers of 100+ employees to require vaccination or else to require masks plus weekly testing, the details of how this policy works and what the courts have done or likely will do next, remain a mystery to most workers. A confused people will not long remain a free people, as Gibbon warned.

The following outline focuses on the OSHA mandate for companies with 100+ employees; OSHA also issued a similar ETS applicable to the healthcare industry, and Pres. Biden issued an executive order applicable to federal contractors. The issues involved in all three instances are closely analogous.

All links are to official government publications.

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