Where my rights end
© Colleen Huber, NMD
March 10, 2021
I don't have unlimited rights with respect to you. How do I know this? Since the signing of the US Constitution and its Amendments, and the Enlightenment generally, but more so since Emancipation, the 19th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act, and the US Civil Rights Movement, the most widely accepted understanding of human rights is that they pertain to the equality, autonomy, dignity, freedom from bondage or oppression and the equal and full exercise of self-determination that contemporary people generally acknowledge as self-evident, and inherent to, and cherished equally in each human being. The above landmark events establish, among other rights, for you to be free from oppression or harm done to you by me or anyone else. Internationally, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Nuremberg Code, the Helsinki Declaration are all guiding documents to governments around the world on the treatment of human beings, and our right as humans to be free from abuse.
This right of the individual to be free from inflicted harm has been widely appreciated, if not so widely upheld, since much earlier in human history. Our human right to be free from injury caused by others is not to be violated by any entity, within the guidelines of The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Rabbi Hillel said the essential and inextricable corollary: "That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole of the Torah. All the rest is commentary. Go and study." The Buddha is quoted: “You shouldn’t harm others if you love yourself.” The Golden Rule is attributed to Jesus in each of the Gospels. The instruction not to inflict harm is so essential that it is basic to major religions. It is the central operating principle of civil societies, and harmonious institutions, alliances, friendships and households. The Golden Rule is the only common precept among all the world's religions.
So it is well-established that I am not allowed to cause harm to you. It is worth repeating: I may not hurt you. As a physician, I work under, as the central principle of my philosophy and my practice, the Golden Rule as Hillel's corollary, otherwise known as the Hippocratic Oath: First Do No Harm.
But aren't we all under the same oath? Aren’t we all obligated to not cause harm?
I do not ask others to wear a mask. Why? I have no right to obstruct anyone's breathing. I have no right to cause widely demonstrated and clinically confirmed hypoxic injuries to the lungs, brain, heart and musculoskeletal system known in the peer-reviewed research to be caused by masking. Yes, I am sorry that you have been told over the last year that masks don’t reduce oxygen, by emphatic and dogmatic people, but the fact remains that oxygen deficit during mask-wearing is very thoroughly established in peer-reviewed clinical data. Here, (1) here, (2) and here, (3) for example. And yes, surgeons also suffer from deoxygenation. (4) Excess of carbon dioxide, as it accumulates inside a mask, also is a mild poisoning of the entire body, and this is also established in clinical data. (5) (6) So if you demand that a child, a worker, a traveler, a consumer or anyone else wear a mask, you have been demanding that they mildly poison themselves. I know this is vexing for some to read, but you cannot inflict harm with any moral authority, and you need to stop that, now that you know it's an assault, if you want to be able to live with yourself, or to exist peacefully with a good conscience.
But what about viruses?
What about them? There are trillions of viruses on our skin. (7) Must all skin be covered? With regard to respiratory viruses, light, airborne, breeze-carried, aerosolized viruses have wafted through the mesh of masks, and shot out the side jets under people’s ears so consistently for the last year, that masked populations have had higher rates of COVID-19 than unmasked populations. (8) The ‘mask and distance’ strategy used over most of the past year has had no positive impact on the epidemic process, either globally or in the US population. Covid has a 99.74% survival rate among even those who take none of the best-known measures against it. (9) (10) Well-informed doctors keep our patients stocked with adequate preventive strategies against covid, which have an excellent track record in combination therapy of prevention and recovery, (11) none of which involves the health-destroying practice of mask-wearing. As a physician who has studied covid for about a year, my opinion is that covid is no threat whatsoever to well-informed people in any age group who have access to one or more inexpensive remedies, especially now that it, like all previous coronaviruses, has passed peak virulence and pathogenicity, and has mutated into more benign variants, with rapidly declining hospitalizations. (12)
Why do I have no right to demand that another person wear a mask? Even inside my home? Even when people are only a few feet away from me? Even when we hug or shake hands?
Because I have no right to raise their blood pressure by an average of 12 points systolic. (13) I have no right to force anyone to incubate an average of 100,000 bacterial colonies in their airways or on their skin, which were cultured from the used masks of European train commuters. (14) I have no right to immobilize the cilia of people's airways, which they need to help escalate inhaled viruses, bacteria and fungi up the trachea, away from the lungs. (15) I have no right to put asbestos fiber size particles deep into their lungs, where those are unlikely to be exhaled, and where those particles can begin the process of pulmonary fibrosis (the most frightening and hopeless disease I have seen as a physician). (16) I have no right to interfere with the function of a person's immune system to perform its usual functions. (17) (18) (19)
My research team has compiled the most comprehensive research in the English language on the hazards of masks, through several peer-reviewed articles here, (20) in which we cited and linked to over 200 studies, mostly from the peer-reviewed published medical literature.
I do not have the right to impose a face covering on anyone, to put an obstacle in the path of anyone's breath, and neither does anybody else, ever. If you think that you have that right, to make that demand of others, are you willing to pay the reparations, for both suffering and medical expenses, and higher insurance premiums for all, for the pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis, cancer, and other diseases and injuries that may result over the coming years from mask-wearing?
Do others have the right to make you wear a mask? Does their fear of a virus take precedence over your right to remain free from mask-induced injuries?
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2 R Roberge, A Coca, et al. Physiological impact of the N95 filtering facepiece respirator on healthcare workers. Respir Care. May 2010. 55 (5). 569-577. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20420727/
3 V Melnikov, V Divert, et al. Baseline values of cardiovascular and respiratory parameters predict response to acute hypoxia in young healthy men. Physiol Res. 2017. 66 (3). 467-479. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28248531/
4 A Beder, U Buyukkocak, et al. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery. Neurocirugia 2008. 19. 121-126. http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/neuro/v19n2/3.pdf
5 J Williams, J Krah, et al. The physiological burden of prolonged PPE use on healthcare workers during long shifts. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jun 10 2020. https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2020/06/10/ppe-burden/
6 Acid-base physiology, 4.4 Respiratory acidosis-Metabolic effects. https://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/AcidBaseBook/ab4_4.php
7 J Mokili, F Rohwer, et al. Metagenomics and future perspectives in virus discovery. Curr Opin Virology. Feb 2012. 2 (1). 63-77. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1879625711001908?via%3Dihub
8 C Huber. Proposed mechanisms by which masks increase risk of COVID-19. PDMJ. Dec 7 2020. Winter 2020. https://pdmj.org/papers/masks_false_safety_and_real_dangers_part4/
9 J Ioannidis. The infection fatality rate of COVID-19 inferred from seroprevalence data. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Oct 14 2020. 2021; 99:19-33F. https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/99/1/20-265892/en/
10 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sep 10 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html
12 Coronavirus latest: South Africa variants found in Conn; Long Island ICU capacity at 80%. NPR. Feb 15 2021. https://www.wshu.org/post/coronavirus-latest-south-africa-variant-found-conn-long-island-icu-capacity-80#stream/0
13 C St. Croix, B Morgan, et al. Fatiguing inspiratory muscle work causes reflex sympathetic activation in humans. J Physiol. Dec 1 2000. 529 Pt 2 (Pt 2). 493-504. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7793.2000.00493.x. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11101657/
14 Blick. Your corona mask really is that gruesome. [article in German]. Sep 16, 2020.
15 C Kempeneers, C Seaton, et al. Ciliary functional analysis: beating a path towards standardization. Pediatr Pulmonol. Oct 2019. 54 (10). 1627-1638. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppul.24439 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31313529/
16 G Oberdorster, E Oberdorster, et al. Nanotoxicology: An emerging discipline evolving from studies of ultrafine particles. Environ Health Perspect. Jul 2005. 113(7): 823-839. doi: 10.1289/ehp.7339 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1257642/
17 S Casalino-Matsuda, N Wang, et al. Hypercapnia alters expression of immune response, nucleosome assembly and lipid metabolism genes in differentiated human bronchial epithelial cells. Sci Rep. Sep 10 2018. 13508. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32008-x
18 D O’Croinin, et al. Sustained hypercapnic acidosis during pulmonary infection increases bacterial load and worsens lung injury. Crit Care Med. 36. 2128-2135. https://doi.org/10.1097/CCM.0b013e31817d1b59
19 E Laserna, O Sibila, et al. Hypocapnia and hypercapnia are predictors for ICU admission and mortality in hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Chest. Nov 2012. 142 (5): 1193-1199. doi: 10.1378/chest.12-0576 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22677348/
20 Primary Doctor Medical Journal. https://PDMJ.org
© Colleen Huber, NMD is a naturopathic medical doctor and naturopathic oncologist (FNORI) writing on topics of masks, COVID-19, cancer and nutrition.