Source: AAPS Online Author: Lionel Lee

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…

The Constitution plainly and clearly states the importance of allowing every American, including physicians, to speak freely without concern for censorship. 

By now, most of the medical community has seen the recent press conference and videos posted all over social media by the group called America’s Frontline Physicians.  The videos garnered nearly 20 million views all within a few hours, before being removed by Big Tech for “violation of community standards.”  

The irony is that these physicians were speaking on the steps of our Supreme Court before Big Tech stepped on their ability to meaningfully exercise their First Amendment rights. Why did Big Tech work so fast and furiously to remove these videos in the name of “violation of community standards”? The question I have is, what standards and which community?

When we have large and influential social media groups removing free speech and honest medical opinion, this creates an entirely new aspect to medicine.  Particularly when the message being shared by this group has real data to support their stance regarding COVID treatment. 

An outright silencing of doctors that every physician and physician college should be deeply concerned with and quite honestly, angry – angry that physicians are not allowed to express their genuine medical views. 

In addition, we need to be concerned that physicians are not allowed to express their medical opinions that may help patients during this worldwide pandemic.  It would appear now that we are allowing social media tech giants to practice medicine, instead of keeping this sacred relationship between the doctor and patient. 

This is not a left versus right matter, or a Republican versus Democrat issue.  This is an American issue and the issue is outright censorship.  When did our social media platforms operate like the Chinese Communist Party?  

My appeal to my physician colleagues is that our country needs us more than ever to speak up and not be silenced.  You may not agree with the message that hydroxychloroquine is the right treatment for COVID.  However, the principle we should agree on is that silencing doctors because the message does not fit with a certain narrative is an injustice to our profession and the Constitution.

Being a physician is a blessing and a calling, the highest calling where patients are allowing us and entrusting us with their very lives.  But when we allow and condone censorship, this creates a very dangerous road for our profession.  Basically, we are allowing non physicians to dictate the information in our profession and suppress diverse medical opinions. 

Our patients need physicians to speak up and not be silenced.  It is through dissent and free discussion that physicians are able to make progress in medicine.  This open and intelligent discussion allows for better understanding and improves our art and science.  Some of the greatest medical treatments and therapies were founded on challenging conventional wisdom. 

Imagine if social media platforms were to have operated throughout history.  Dr. Ignaz Simmelweis would be silenced for advocating handwashing in the OB room, Dr. Bennet Omalu would never be known for his work in sports head injuries, or more recently, Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell’s seminal video would have been lost with regards to early intubation and COVID care. 

Free speech is so fundamental to our country and to our profession. A necessary corollary of that principle is that we must be allowed to have free and honest discussions, without fear of censorship. 

Today they silenced a group of doctors who were willing to speak out.  But tomorrow, it may be your voice that will be silenced when you are speaking out for your patients.

Related: The Battle for Pandemic Sanity: Hydroxychloroquine Efficacy vs. Its Suppression

Doctors With Coronavirus Treatment Face Orwellian Suppression – The Texas Score Card

My Hydroxychloroquine Deep Dive – long thread: Threadia – Twitter, Gummi Bear

Natural News: Mark Zuckerberg is killing people by banning information about hydroxychloroquine from Facebook

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
On Trend

Latest Stories

American Hero: Ralph C. Lorigo Fights for Client Rights Including Access to Ivermectin for COVID-19 Patients At Risk

Lorigo shared with TrialSite that once doctors learn of all of the studies around the world, and start doing their own homework, they become more open-minded, factoring in the risk-reward analysis. Especially if elderly high risk patients present advanced COVID-19, Lorigo has personally seen the drug potentially contribute to saving the lives of clients. Interestingly, the attorney reports that it would appear that hospital administrations are the most recalcitrant to the idea, even if the patients and the ICU doctor are in support.

Read More »

The Chloroquine Wars Part XIV – How to Rig Research: Surgisphere Part I

It was in these very moments in late May when public health officials lost all credibility—a credibility that cannot be restored without major changes taking place. Despite most evidence pointing to a likelihood of HCQ efficacy, they made their call on the back of data supposedly tucked away in a database that nobody had verified, declared it definitive, then swiftly pushed for policy changes around the world.

Read More »