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Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hitler Would be Proud

The federal government apparently think it's alright to subject people to medical testing without their prior consent. As reported here, there's a hunch that there may be a better way to hydrate trauma victims than is currently practiced. Those bastions of defenders of the collective health--the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) have alrady granted approval for the study to move forward.

Researchers setting up the experiments are allowing those in the community not willing to participate to wear a bracelet stating such. So, the burden of adorning jewelry falls to the recalcitrant, anti-community citizens as opposed to the willing participants. If the study only used consenting participants who wore a bracelet to that effect, then the nature of the study is morally acceptable. The way it's being set up now requires the patients to be counted as community property. In another era we might refer to this as slave-mentality.

The eye-popper here is not a hypothesis that the hypertonic saline-dextran solution is akin to hydrochloric acid or something--it's not--but that the federal government is foisting itself on people against their will, denying them their liberties in the process.

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