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More on Cali. AB 2098 and what it means for Docs and their patients

More on Cali. AB 2098 and what it means for Docs and their patients

If you are following AB 2098 (the California Assembly’s bill geared at stopping the spread of COVID-19 “misinformation” by physicians), as expected, the bill was approved by the Appropriations Committee. That committee basically deals with the financial impact of bills. On a public health-during the pandemic matter, the financial impact is not much of a factor, not at least on a bill like this which is only targeted against a very, very small number of people, i.e., physicians. Though indirectly,…

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Sad Update on the Cell Surgical Network Stem Cell Case and its Implications: RIP Dr. Mark Berman

Sad Update on the Cell Surgical Network Stem Cell Case and its Implications: RIP Dr. Mark Berman

Yesterday, one of the people following this blog shared a story that had just hit the papers in California: Mark Berman, MD, the co-founder of Cell Surgical Network has died. It was a little strange because the story was that Berman had died in mid-April, but that the family hadn’t previously made a public announcement. The cause of death was Covid. He apparently contracted it in January and had stopped seeing patients. Does this have any effect on the FDA’s…

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My Analysis and Opposition to AB 2098 to the Assembly Appropriations Committee

My Analysis and Opposition to AB 2098 to the Assembly Appropriations Committee

For what it’s worth: Here is my letter to the appropriations committee which will be hearing AB 2098, which the bill which tries to sanction California physicians from promoting so-called “covid misinformation.” It seems like a big mess and a waste of time now. “April 29, 2022 To: California Assembly Committee on Appropriations Re: AB 2098, Opposition and Proposed Amendment Dear Committee Members: I am a healthcare attorney with substantial experience in medical board work in California and throughout the…

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What exactly are the ACIP and Red Book Guidelines?

What exactly are the ACIP and Red Book Guidelines?

I throw around the terms ACIP and Red Book Guidelines a lot, so I thought it would be useful to explain them and attach the relevant document. The CDC’s advisory committee on immunization practices (“ACIP”) puts out its “best practices” for immunization (read vaccine) administration. The members of the committee are the most (conventionally) recognized members of the infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health community. The most important parts and the quickest way to get a handle on the document…

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Stoller SB 277 Petition for Review Denied

Stoller SB 277 Petition for Review Denied

For those families who had a revoked medical exemptions written by Ken Stoller and were hoping for some kind of relief/miracle from the California Supreme Court with our petition for review, regrettably, that’s not going to happen. The Supreme Court denied the petition for review. As is usually the case, there was no opinion or explanation. FYI: There is basically no appeal as of right to the Cali Supreme Court for writ/civil cases. It has discretionary review powers which it…

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Digging into the the Recent Possible Future Changes to AB 2098: Color Me Sceptical/AND MY OWN REVISION WHICH FIXES EVERYTHING!

Digging into the the Recent Possible Future Changes to AB 2098: Color Me Sceptical/AND MY OWN REVISION WHICH FIXES EVERYTHING!

Let me try to set out where we are today, before the hearing on SB 2098 which bill originally made sanctionable physicians who publically spread covid misinformation. The original bill The bill was dropped on February 14th. It created a new form of misconduct that the medical board could prosecute and that being a physician providing information to the public via social media or any other public forum information which the board thought was false or misleading, i.e., contrary to…

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AB 2098, The Cali. Bill Disciplining Physicians for “Covid Misinformation”: Some Context and Predictions

AB 2098, The Cali. Bill Disciplining Physicians for “Covid Misinformation”: Some Context and Predictions

Tomorrow, April 19th is the first hearing on AB 2098 which would subject physicians to disciplinary action for “spreading covid misinformation”, and that misinformation being opinions, facts and even publicizing scientific studies which are inconsistent with the position of the public health officials and infectious disease specialists. Here is the bill if you haven’t seen it. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB2098 This bill comes from the Federation of State Medical Board’s (“FSMB”) position statement in July 2021 that physicians who disagree with the conventional…

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Really Good News for Californians Opposed to Mandatory COVID School Vaccination

Really Good News for Californians Opposed to Mandatory COVID School Vaccination

Parents had been contacting me about the effect of all these new California vaccine mandates. I was reluctant to respond for many reasons, not the least of which is that I had heard some rumblings that the usually legislatively effective Senator Pan was having trouble with his bill to add the COVID vaccine to the list of in-person school mandated vaccinations. I knew that all the lobbying groups against mandatory vaccination were hard at work working behind the scenes and…

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My Interview on the Paul Thomas, MD CHD Podcast “Against the Wind”

My Interview on the Paul Thomas, MD CHD Podcast “Against the Wind”

Recently, Paul Thomas contacted me about one of my posts. He wanted to interview me for his show about some of the current vaccine issues and where we should go from here. I think it was a pretty good discussion. (Here is the post which caught his eye: https://rickjaffeesq.com/2022/03/09/some-big-picture-thinking-as-covid-mandates-wind-down-around-the-world/) As most of you know, Paul Thomas is an outspoken Oregon pediatrician who has had his run-ins with the Oregon Medical Board on the vaccine issue. His biggest crime is that…

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Cali. SB 920 Bites the Dust! (For now at least)

Cali. SB 920 Bites the Dust! (For now at least)

Yesterday, SB 920’s bill sponsor pulled the bill. Here is her statement. https://sd14.senate.ca.gov/news/press-release/hurtado-releases-statement-her-decision-pull-senate-bill-920 To recap, SB 920 is (was) a bill that would have allowed medical board investigators and consultants to show up at a physician’s office unannounced, execute a de facto, informal search warrant (without a judicial order) an give them a sneak peek at patient medical records to see if the Board wanted to subpoena the records. It is (was) a crazy and unconstitutional idea as I explained…

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