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Jaine Kirtley's Thoughts

I am strongly anti-discrimination in any form, I do do not want to see the 2 tier divide which the government wants to become a reality in this country. 

So I will not be disclosing my jab status.

I fully support personal choice in healthcare.

Human knowledge evolves over time. If we are fortunate as a society, we remember past observations and decide not to repeat actions which were detrimental, and we keep doing the things that helped society.

Science is not an end point. It is a process of continuous observation and reflection. Scientific knowledge evolves over time. The scientific knowledge on the “jab” is evolving.


Now, in 2021, the decision to have a “jab” or to not have a “jab” is based on incomplete scientific knowledge. Why incomplete? Because “time” is a crucial part of any scientific research.


We simply have not had the time factor to complete the vast body of research we need to make a fully informed decision.


In New Zealand today people who choose not to have the “jab” are being discriminated. The government wants a “two tier” society. Kind, caring people are losing this week jobs including Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Social Workers, Teachers, and many others. These are not stupid people.


These are people who care about health and welfare. Their decision is just different to the government decision.


I stand strong with my Nursing colleagues, and many of us with decades of experience, who oppose mandatory jabs.


I always done my upmost not to place a strain on health services and hospitals and I continue to do so.


I have never supported any form of discrimination and have no intension of supporting or colluding with discrimination now.

Safety of Vitamins and Breast Cancer

May 26th 2015

Flawed research on link between vitamins and breast cancer

NZSN - Media Release by Kirsten Johnstone

An article published by the NZ Herald (19 April 2010) quoting research that links vitamin taking and breast cancer, once again confirms that you cannot believe everything you read in the papers. 

The journalist Lincoln Tan has quoted a Swedish study undertaken in 1997 on 35, 329 cancer-free women who completed a self-administered health questionnaire. A mean follow up of nine and a half years gave the following results; 

* 293 of 9,000 women who took vitamins developed breast cancer
* 8707 women (or 96.7%) who took vitamins did not develop breast cancer
* 681 of non vitamin takers developed breast cancer

Lincoln Tan's interpretation of this piece of research can be considered highly flawed from a scientific perspective. A self-administered questionaire does not constitute a piece of major research and this research was not specifically designed to show cause and effect. Tan also failed to point out that the chief researcher involved in the study, Susanna Larsson MD, agrees that it is possible that other factors not measured in the study could explain the link found between breast cancer and vitamins. 

The published study is up against numerous contradictory studies showing no link between vitamin use and cancer. Supplementation with vitamins is widely established as being extremely safe when used correctly - especially when compared to the safety profile of pharmaceutical drugs. 

"Consumers should not be deterred by the recent biased article published by the New Zealand Herald" says a New Zealand Society of Naturopaths spokesperson. "If unsure about taking a natural supplement, about dosaging or about potential interactions between natural supplements and drugs, it is always advised to contact a local registered naturopath for professional advice", says the spokesperson. 

For infomation on how to contact a fully qualified local naturopath registered with the NZ Society of Naturopaths, go to  http://www.naturopath.org.nz.


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