Farsalinos calls U.S. reports of so-called vaping-related lung disease ‘irrational hysteria’
Millions of global citizens have been using vapor products for at least the past decade, but only recently are reports surfacing of alleged “vaping-related” lung disorders. No other cases are being reported in any other nation – only the United States.
Furthermore, the initial investigation is discovering that approximately 80 percent of the patients openly admit to using unregulated THC-enhanced oils. Since the patients are of a younger age group, the number may very well be higher. The remaining percentages largely admit to vaping CBD or cannabidiol products. Yet in his recent public remarks about the mysterious lung ailments, Dr. Brian King of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses almost exclusively on a conspiratorial link between flavored e-cigarettes and lung disease.
“So there’s a variety of harmful ingredients identified, including things like ultrafine particulates, heavy metals like lead and cancer causing chemicals. And flavoring used in e-cigarettes to give it a buttery flavor. Diacetyl and it’s been related to severe respiratory illness. That being said we haven’t specifically linked any of those specific ingredients to the current cases but we know that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless…But the bottom line is there’s a variety of things in e-cigarette aerosol that could have implications for lung health. A review recently identified a number of adverse health effects associated with e-cigarette use.”
The Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer immediately jumped on the fearmongering bandwagon. Within days, she announced her impending signature of an executive order banning the sales of all flavored e-cigarette products statewide. Not to be overshadowed, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly issued a public warning to stop vaping everything immediately. According to NBC News, Cuomo stated, "Our health guidance is no one should be using vaping products, period, until we know what it (the cause of the mysterious lung ailments) is."
Anti-vaping frenzy spreads across America
Meanwhile the mayor of Buffalo issued a six-month moratorium on e-cig sales, and the Yonkers mayor is calling for a citywide ban on all vapor products, as well. Clearly, the unfounded panic is spreading cross-country like an infectious flu outbreak.
As the remainder of the world appears to remain unscathed, Dr. Konstantinos E Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Kallithéa, Greece, is now willing to call a spade a spade. The national outrage occurring in the United States is nothing short of “emotional and irrational hysteria.”
“I have been following the recent developments and announcements in the US on the serious, acute cases of respiratory failure which have been presented as “vaping related”. It would not be a hyperbole to characterize the reactions, announcements and statements of some authorities, regulators and scientists as hysterical. There is no doubt that they are emotional, inaccurate and without any scientific and epidemiological basis.”
Farsalinos next points out that e-cigarettes have been used globally since about 2009, and the U.S. alone contains about 10 million adult vapers, “many of whom have been using e-cigarettes for years.” Until the summer of 2019, there have been zero documented outbreaks of “vaping-linked” respiratory disorders worldwide. He then suggests just how ludicrous this entire news event appears to be.
“Suddenly, within a short period of time (few weeks), in a specific geographic region (e-cigarettes are available worldwide, not only in the US) and in a specific age group (adolescents or young adults) there are cases of severe, acute respiratory dysfunction that has resulted in 2 deaths and several hospitalizations. What does this tell us from an epidemiological perspective (again, without considering any information about cannabis/THC use)?”
According to Farsalinos, the numerous diagnosis of odd lung disorders cannot be attributed to the vaping of FDA-regulated e-liquids used in conventional vaping devices. Basic scientific principles involving the limited area of the diagnoses and the afflicted age group of patients refute this theory instantaneously. Indeed, the true origin of the mysterious outbreak must come from another course entirely. And the most likely culprit should be obvious according to the information at hand: THC.
Dr. Farsalinos’ opinion is further supported by another highly-reputable public health expert from Boston University’s Department of Community Health. In a recent interview with USA Today, Dr. Michael Siegel stated that he believes the CDC is being “unintentionally vague” regarding the underlying scientific evidence of the so-called vaping -related lung disorders. In an updated statement issued last week, Siegel now questions whether the CDC is intentionally protecting the “marijuana drug cartel” that remains unregulated by the FDA to this very day.
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