The scientific method is used to seek explanations of events in nature by putting forward a hypothesis that can be tested with experiments or by observations, and that can potentially be disproven. Without a love for truth and an open mind, there is no scientific method.
In stark contrast, ideology is based on predetermined conclusions, and makes selective use of facts to fit the theory. Sadly, some of Canada's provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons are run by anti-science ideologues.
Earlier this week, Dr. Francis Christian, Clinical Professor of General Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and a practising surgeon in Saskatoon, was fired after voicing safety concerns about Covid vaccines injected into children. He is also being investigated by the Saskatchewan College. On June 17, Dr. Christian released a statement to over 200 doctors which contained his concerns regarding giving the Covid shots to children. Among his points, he stated that:
- The m-RNA vaccine is a new, experimental vaccine never used by humans before.
- The m-RNA vaccines have not been fully authorized by Health Canada or by the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC); "full vaccine approval takes several years and multiple safety considerations – this has not happened."
- Covid does not pose a threat to our kids. The risk of them dying of covid is less than 0.003 percent—this is even less than the risk of them dying of the flu. There is no emergency in children.
- Children do not readily transmit the Covid virus to adults.
- M-RNA vaccines have been "associated with several thousand deaths" in the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System in the US.
- Vaccines have already caused "serious medical problems for kids" worldwide, including "a real and significantly increased risk" of myocarditis, inflammation of the heart. Dr. Christian notes the German national vaccine agency and the UK vaccine agency are not recommending the vaccine for healthy children and teenagers, and even the World Health Organization recommends the Covid vaccine only for those 18 and older.
In similar fashion, Doctors for Covid Ethics warns that Covid-19 vaccines pose major risks to children, including potential infertility. Covid vaccines have not been subjected to the lengthy, traditional clinical trials, and are therefore inherently risky.
On April 30, 2021, Ontario's College warned its doctors that they "have a professional responsibility to not communicate anti-vaccine, anti-masking, anti-distancing and anti-lockdown statements" and must fully support public health orders and recommendations.
Dr. Patrick Phillips, a family physician in Englehart, Ontario, is one of a growing number of Canadian doctors who cannot ignore the massive harms that lockdowns are inflicting on their patients. Suicidal children, and people whose cancer went undiagnosed until it had already spread throughout their bodies, are two examples he mentioned at a recent news conference.
While Ontario's College of Physicians and Surgeons prohibits recommending vitamin D to fight Covid, Dr. Phillips noted that there are "over 85 studies and 27 treatment trials. Many of these are peer-reviewed."
Dr. Phillips added that the scientific literature has shown a 56 percent reduction in mortality in patients who take vitamin D compared to those who don't for Covid-19." He also stated that there are 97 studies and over 30 randomized control trials that have shown a huge benefit from Ivermectin in reducing the risk of death and hospitalization in patients who have Covid.
If scientists were in charge of the Ontario College, they would provide evidence to expose these dozens of studies on vitamin D and Ivermectin as fraudulent or flawed. Scientists would conduct better research and produce superior reports, to prove their hypothesis that vitamin D and Ivermectin are useless against Covid. But the College doesn't believe in the scientific method, hence it bullies and intimidates doctors with disciplinary proceedings, threatening doctors with the potential loss of their license to practice medicine.
It is outrageous that the College expects Ontario doctors to forget their training to "do no harm," and to threaten doctors for speaking out against the catastrophic damage that lockdowns have caused to their patients' physical and mental health.
As Canadian Physicians for Science and Truth explains it: "The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is ordering physicians to put aside the scientific method and to not debate the processes and conclusions of science … [but] throughout history, opposing views, vigorous debate and openness to new ideas have been the bedrock of scientific progress.
Any major advance in science has been arrived at by practitioners vigorously questioning "official" narratives and following a different path in the pursuit of truth... By ordering us not to debate and not to question, the CPSO is also asking us to violate our pledge to our patients that we will always seek the best, evidence-based scientific methods for them and advocate vigorously on their behalf."
This hostility to science is not limited to Ontario. The Nova Scotia Health Authority and the British Columbia College have threatened and disciplined Dr. Chris Milburn and Dr. Charles Hoffe, respectively, for questioning lockdowns and Covid vaccines.
Alberta's doctors have also been threatened, their College stating: "It is important physicians across Alberta adapt their practices to ensure that they comply with the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health." The language is softer than that used by the Ontario College, but the message is identical: Do not question or challenge lockdown measures, neither publicly nor in private with your patients.
Perhaps Drs. Phillips, Milburn, Hoffe and Christian, and hundreds of other Canadian physicians, are entirely wrong when they reject the dominant narrative by, for example, opposing lockdowns, warning against injecting children with experimental vaccines, and pointing to evidence that Vitamin D and Ivermectin are effective tools against Covid. But their respective Colleges are anti-science when they shut down debate by threats, rather than providing evidence to support the dominant narrative. Those who love truth have no need to censor others' views.
Lawyer John Carpay is president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms which represents doctors across Canada who are facing threats and censorship from their Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.