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Never put an unknown substance in your body

Many years ago, while writing an unpublished memoir about the horrible treatment those with AIDS were receiving, I came across something Dr. Fauci said 30 years ago.

Addressing his fellow concerned professionals, he told them that they “cannot and should not dismiss activists merely on the basis of the fact that they are not trained scientists.”

Between suspicion and fear there is an indistinguishable border line. Both, however, create a great divide between people. (At a time when unity and courage are most needed.) Superior, subtly impressionable and sensitive physicians know that suspicion makes one more susceptible to infection.

Today, the question of vaccination has created intense separation of sides. On one side are people who think it is unimaginable, unreasonable and irrational not to be vaccinated and potentially protect oneself and others.

The other side reminds me of an incident that occurred on the first day of chemistry class. After introductions, the teacher called to the front one of the state’s most fierce and excellent football players. When Tony DeMatteo reached the front, the teacher met him with a previously prepared flask. When the teacher told Tony to sniff the flask, he complied. Without a word, Tony lost consciousness and fell to the floor.

Smiling, the teacher said: “That’s your first lesson in chemistry. Never smell or put into your body an unknown substance.”

Not a bad counterargument or motto for the unwilling.

Raphael O’Suna

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