For example, Jefferson, in 1801, received live smallpox virus from Benjamin Waterhouse, the man who first promoted Dr. Edward Jenner's smallpox inoculation. It was Jenner who is credited with discovering that cowpox serum could provide immunity from smallpox. Upon receiving the serum, Jefferson injected it into his children.
Four score and 8 years after this event, a doctor named Alfred Wallace used the health records in London to show that the mandatory smallpox vaccination program the English had instituted there, to have caused more losses of life and sickness than it was purported to have saved. In fact, since then, among the many myths that are perpetuated, the efficacy of vaccinations is tops on the list.
But that is only tangental to my first point; in Thomas Jefferson's mind, he had more right than anyone to medically defend his children and himself from any disease that may have posed a risk.
Think about that one for a while. Jefferson didn't take his children to an expert nor did he ask the permission of the medical boards to try an experimental prophylactic that had not been proven to work aside from anecdotal evidence. In fact, it has yet to be proven effective at preventing smallpox. The World Health organization claims to have erradicated the disease via vaccination programs around the world but a disease "indistinguashable" from smallpox - monkey pox - still rages on in undeveloped African nations. They still use the vaccinia serum to defend against it.
Thomas Jefferson procured the "innoculation" ( which, by the way, is not the same vaccine used during Europe's mandatory vaccine progroms - oops - programs during the mid to late 1800's ) and immediately tried it on his own children based on the word of someone he trusted.
If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the soulds of those who live under tyranny - Thomas Jefferson
In case you haven't guessed, that was his idea of liberty. That's my idea of liberty. Knowing what I know about vaccines, I wouldn't do that. But I understand why he did. And I understand why Jefferson showed a disdain for anyone who would attempt to prevent someone from determining his own medical treatment.
Let's fast forward to October 26, 2001. It was a mere forty-six days after the so-called terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. President Bush signed the inappropriately titled "Patriot Act" into law. The Senators who voted it into law hadn't read it because, it was claimed, they didn't have the security clearances to read it. So none did and it passed in the Senate 99 to 1. Bi-partisanship is over-rated.
It is only now that we are finding out what is inside and it doesn't look that good for people who value freedom.
In the bill, the government is given the power to declare martial law in the event that a "pandemic" is afoot and vaccinate everyone in the U.S., by force, and when this event occurs (not if - pay attention to what Bush has been recently peddling) you would be forbidden to sue for any ill-effects of the drugs being administered.
Now, that's just one side of the attack on your freedom to chose your own medical treatment. We are all well aware of the government's long time war on (some) drugs - those that actually work. But they are also now engaged in a war on anything that might disturb the profits of the drug companies that spend so much money keeping Senators and Congressmen in office.
Codex Alimentarius was a program initiated in the UN to create "uniform" rules on food production in order to promote trade. It has turned into one of the most disturbing campaigns against individual freedom ever devised. It classifies vitamins and herbs as "toxins" rather than food and intends to enforce a world-wide clampdown on their use.
The UN, Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization want to see that its recommendations go into effect, world-wide in 2009. The FDA (surprise!) has already agreed to them in spite of the current Federal law that classifies vitamins and herbs as food.
So, how do we get to a micro-managed food and health system? Well....how did we get to the Patriot Act? A catastrophe must occur to convince us that such micro management is necessary.
President Bush's plan includes a hefty sum for a virus "treatment" called Tamiflu that doesn't even address bird flu. The important thing to note is that the company which produces this product, Gilead Sciences was chaired by none other than Donald Rumsfeld. He was Chairman of the Board until the day he was sworn in as Secretary of Defense and still holds a significant number of shares.
It's awfully convenient that the man who headed the company which created Tamiflu is now the man who would command the troops forcing you to take it.
How many of Jefferson's views on medical freedom are shared by this bunch?