Patterico's Pontifications

7/21/2003

VACCINE, SCHMAXINE: Interesting story in

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:50 pm

VACCINE, SCHMAXINE: Interesting story in today’s Dog Trainer about a sailor named Troy Goodwin, who defied an order to take the anthrax vaccine. For his refusal to obey an order, he got 60 days in the brig, and a sympathetic story in the Times.

“The whole experience has left me feeling very degraded,” Goodwin said. “I guess you could say I was a model soldier. Everything the military asked me to do, I did. But I wasn’t going to subject my body to a vaccine that’s not proven to work and could have serious side effects.

“Yes, I took an oath to obey orders, but I don’t feel this order was a lawful one,” he said. “I didn’t sign up to blindly trust the military with my health.”

I found it impressive how concerned Goodwin was about his health. He “spent six months studying the vaccine’s pros and cons” and ended up writing a letter to the Navy explaining why he had decided not to take the vaccine. The story says that “he believed in his heart that the vaccine’s health risks outweighed its benefits.”

The more I read, the more I thought: Man, this guy’s body is his temple. At least I thought so until I got to the end of the story. As I said, for his refusal to follow orders, he got 60 days in the brig. The story begins its description of the brig in this way: “It was like boot camp all over again. His cigarettes were counted — no more than five a day.”

Yup. Turns out Mr. Health Nut is a chain-smoker.

You just gotta love people.


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