I sat in stunned disbelief as I read the front-page headline article of The News-Review (The growing debate over ivermectin, Sept. 1). I had just returned from a week’s vacation and was catching up on local news, only to find myself the focus of it. The article quoted a passage written by myself, found on Evergreen Family Medicine website blogs, where I listed Ivermectin among potential early interventions for COVID.
The article then stated I was an advocate of Ivermectin as an alternative to the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines. Where on earth did that come from? That is absolutely false. In fact, I, along with Evergreen Family Medicine, have been strong advocates of COVID vaccination. Our organization has probably given more COVID vaccines to Douglas County citizens than any other clinic in Douglas County. I, myself, have received the vaccine.
I have expressed reservations about mandating the vaccine to children and young healthy adults. I have advocated for informed consent and personal choice. Early treatment of COVID disease and preventing the disease by vaccination are not competitive concepts. One does not exclude the other.
The reporter had called to ask for comments. I declined that conversation because I did not trust him to present my words fairly and in context. How do you misquote written text?
The News-Review forum comments made clear the meme presented by the newspaper has been accepted as truth. I accept disagreement. I do object to being vilified for positions I do not hold and ideas I have never expressed.
I am asking readers who are interested in honest discussion, to go to the Evergreen Family Medicine website under blogs and read my comments for themselves. It bears no relation to those opinions portrayed to be mine by the newspaper.