“stand up with doctors against big pharma”

“stand up with doctors against big pharma”

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J. Yusuf Erskine started this petition to California State Legislature and

Petition Governor Gavin Newsom: Message-  Don't Sign SR 276

link:     https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

Here is my letter to the governor:

Dear Governor Newsom,

I wanted to thank you for your thoughtful consideration around the issue of vaccinations, and the role of government vs the physician-patient relationship. 

While I realize that my 30 year clinically based holistic perspective as a family practice trained, osteopathic physician and homeopath is currently a minority view in the current milieu regarding health care; there is a bigger issues at stake here, than herd immunity; a) the primacy of the unique parent - child relationship over government dictations of what is best for your child;  essentially, an undermining of the core parent- child relationship; and b) the importance of the therapeutic relationship between a physician and his patient, and having these sometime challenging decisions made with a physician invested in what is best for this child, in this family with this health/ disease history.

 When the current law was passed, largely shepherd by Senator Richard Pan, to eliminate personal belief exemptions, it was clearly stated that parents and their children would have the option of medical exemptions.  The media and sound bites emphasizing 'fraudulent greedy physicians freely giving out medical exemptions for pay" is a gross distortion of the reality of families seeking a physician who will listen to their concerns, take the time necessary to get sufficient information to assess the risk/ benefits and complete the paperwork necessary for their local school system.  Meanwhile, Senator Pan receives funding from Pharma associations equal to the average physicians annual income, so their influence on this discussion must not be ignored. 

Again, thank you for judicious caution on this vaccine issue and specifically this current proposed bill SB 276 which would replace the local physician- patient-family relationship with bureaucratic 'herd 100% vaccination goal and anything less is complete failure' mentality.  Nature demonstrates diversity, not a mono-culture. Preserve the option for medically indicated exemptions with local physician input.

Yours sincerely,  

J. Yusuf Erskine DO

506 S. Main St.

Sebastopol, Ca., 95472 

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