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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.

NZ Society of Naturopaths Urges Medsafe to Ban Diabetes Drug Avandia

October 11th 2016

NZ Society of Naturopaths Urges Medsafe to

Ban Diabetes Drug Avandia

The New Zealand Society of Naturopaths
Media Release 25th September 2010

by Jaine Kirtley PR Spokesperson for NZSN



The NZ Society of Naturopaths urges Medsafe to ban the diabetes drug Avandia.

Avandia (rosiglitazone) which is used to treat Type 2 Diabetes has just been banned by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Avandia has always been known to cause fluid retention and increased risk of heart failure; so the drug makers cautioned doctors not to prescribe it for people with Type 2 Diabetes who also have cardiovascular disease. However, now recent in-depth analysis of scientific studies by the EMA (including clinical trials, observational studies and meta-analyses) has shown a possible increased risk of ischaemic heart disease associated with the use of rosiglitazone and led the EMA to state that the benefits of rosiglitazone (Avandia) no longer outweigh its risks.


Type 2 Diabetes is a growing and sometimes debilitating condition affecting 270,000 people in New Zealand today. The inappropriate diets and lifestyles that predominately lead to Type 2 Diabetes can also cause cardiovascular disease. In addition, cardiovascular problems are directly caused by high blood sugar levels which occur in diabetes. Therefore, the NZSN believe that Avandia should not be used and call on the government to ban it in New Zealand.

The NZ Society of Naturopaths believes that the dietary and lifestyle advice and support given to people with Type 2 diabetes by government health care agencies is inadequate, and that there is an over reliance on medication to control symptoms. Its a bit like telling someone with lung cancer that they only need to cut down on smoking rather than giving them the clear hard line message that they have to stop smoking altogether said a NZSN spokesperson. Naturopaths focus on addressing the underlying cause of disease; diet and lifestyle are aspects that are always addressed, not only in Type 2 Diabetes but all other conditions.

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