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The Appalling Moral Failure of Francis Collins

By John G. West, VP and Sr. Fellow at the Discovery Institute

 

Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced his intention to step down at the end of 2021 after more than 12 years heading the agency. The accolades are already rolling in. Noted evangelical political commentator David French, for example, rushed to praise Collins as “a national treasure.”

 

 

 

But Collins’s real legacy is anything but praiseworthy, and the tendency of figures in the faith community to ignore his real record is far from admirable. This year of all years should have made the truth about Francis Collins clear. Last month, documents were released suggesting that top NIH officials may have lied when they denied that the NIH had funded “gain of function” research in Wuhan, China, that could have resulted in a pathogen that could infect humans.

 

After reviewing the documents, Rutgers University biologist Richard Ebright had a blistering response: “The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support ‘gain of function’ research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement… are untruthful.” It was another blow to the reputation of Collins in a year when his agency has faced multiple scandals and controversies. [more…]

 

Dr. John G. West is Vice President and a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, where he also serves as Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, which he co-founded with philosopher of science Stephen Meyer in 1996. His current research examines the impact of science and “scientism” on public policy and culture. His other areas of expertise include constitutional law, American government and institutions, and religion and politics.

 

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Francis Collins is Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also is the most well-known evangelical Christian in the federal science establishment. But his recent rhetoric is anything but Christian. [more…]

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Andy Lazris, M.D. and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D. are co-founders of the Center for Interpreting Health Benefits and Risk.

Andy Lazris, MD is a physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has practiced both primary care Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for the past 25 years and is the founder and one of five practitioners of a primary care practice in Columbia, MD, Personal Physician Care. In addition to Internal Medicine board certification, he has a Certified Medical Director (CMD) degree, and is the director of several long term care facilities in Maryland. Dr. Lazris is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He received a full merit scholarship to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his Internal Medicine training at University of Virginia Hospital.  His most recent book, Curing Medicare (Cornell University Press) explores geriatric health care, how it is impacted by Medicare, and how to best reform the Medicare system

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Dr. Andy Lazris is looking forward to joining you today at 3:30 PM ET; 2:30 PM CT. He’ll be using the Skype link you provided to connect. I’m just resharing the pitch again which includes all the information as well as the bio for Dr. Andy Lazris. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Sharon

More than a year later, there’s still a lot of confusion when it comes to COVID-19. Do I need to go back to wearing a mask even though I’ve been vaccinated? Is the vaccine safe? Do I need a booster shot and if so, when? Or should I load up on another vaccine if I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be safe from the Delta variant? Is it safe for my kid to be in school? In fact, Surgeon General Murthy has called health miscommunication an “urgent threat.”

I’m working with Board-Certified physician with over 25 years’ experience, Dr. Lazris, who has been on the frontline treating his patients with COVID-19 and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D., an environmental scientist with over 35 years of experience. They believe that miscommunications about COVID-19 has led to confusion, vaccine hesitancy and mistrust of what should be trusted sources, and they are on a mission to improve health communications so we can all make educated decisions about how to keep ourselves and others safe from COVID, Delta and every other upcoming variants.

They have developed and tested what could be the solution to health communications – a Benefit-Risk Characterization Theatre (BRCT). They include details in their new book, Understanding COVID-19 Risks: An Image is Worth More Than 1,000 Words, which answers a number of questions about COVID-19 and explains the impact that the BRCT can have in distilling complicated information into an understandable graphic of a 100,000 seat theater.

Dr. Lazris and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D. are available for interviews to discuss:

  • The latest update on COVID-19 and Delta. What are the biggest concerns right now?
  • Why is there so much misinformation with COVID-19 and how do they think we can do better?
  • The Benefit-Risk Characterization Theatre (BRCT) and how they believe this can be an essential tool in clearing up a lot of confusion with COVID-19.
  • How can we be more proactive as a patient when it comes to our doctors providing us with information or recommendations when it comes to important health decisions?
  • An explanation of the COVID 19 vaccinations, and what are the key things someone should consider if they are hesitant to get the vaccine?
  • Clarity on all topics relating to COVID-19 such as:
    • Do I need to wear a mask even if I’ve been vaccinated? Do we know if they work?
    • Vaccines for kids – are they really safe or what should parents consider?
    • Is my child safe in school?
    • Will I need a booster vaccine and if so, when?
    • Will we reach ‘herd immunity’? What happens if we don’t?
    • Is the Delta variant dangerous for those that have been vaccinated?

I’ve included their bios below for additional information, but I’d be happy to send you a review copy of their book or set up an interview if you’d like.

Thank you for considering an opportunity and please let me know if you have further questions!
Sharon

About the Authors:

Andy Lazris, M.D. and Erik Rifkin, Ph.D. are co-founders of the Center for Interpreting Health Benefits and Risk.

Andy Lazris, MD is a physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has practiced both primary care Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for the past 25 years and is the founder and one of five practitioners of a primary care practice in Columbia, MD, Personal Physician Care. In addition to Internal Medicine board certification, he has a Certified Medical Director (CMD) degree, and is the director of several long term care facilities in Maryland. Dr. Lazris is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He received a full merit scholarship to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed his Internal Medicine training at University of Virginia Hospital.  His most recent book, Curing Medicare (Cornell University Press) explores geriatric health care, how it is impacted by Medicare, and how to best reform the Medicare system

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is a dynamic, delightful personality who has hit it big with film
and movies (ask her what her secrets are) not only as a writer
but as an actress…
and she is one of the most popular poets in America, her latest lit. work
is very timely, “Poems of Covid 19,” published in the early months of the horrible virus…prior books of poetry included “Dogs in Topanga” and “The Laughing
Buddha”…ask her to recite one or two poems from her latest book of poetry…
she believes that poetry can change the world…
Ask her about  a best-seller she wrote a few years ago, “Acting Techniques
for Business Success” —  here she encourages  us to learn the winning ways
of many actors, he way they act in private life and the way they conduct
themselves with the public–there are many positive manners of actors
that we should embrace as well for a more productive, meaningful life
she’s a big animal lover–ask her what are her secrets are in getting along
so well with pets
where does she get all her energy?  and where can listeners buy her
books?  Does she have a website? (she does)

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