Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rich Aucoin answers 3 questions

FM - Tell me a bit about yourself, your family and your life here in Franklin?

Rich - I was born and raised in Waltham, youngest of 5. Moved to Franklin 5 years ago. I have worked in Franklin since 1992 as a mechanical designer.

My spare time is spent working with friends and neighbors on local community projects and political advocacy, particularly in the areas of civil rights and government transparency and accountability.

I have run for local office twice before, in 2001 and 2003.

FM - What experience or background will help you to serve in this role? or What do you think makes you a good candidate to fulfill this role?

Rich - My research and experience in the area of civil rights is needed on the Franklin Board of Health.

Boards of Health are responsible for more than just disease prevention and environmental protection. Just as importantly, per Chapter 111 of MA Gen Laws, local health boards are the only governmental bodies in the commonwealth with the power to enforce the individual's right to Informed Consent. Or said another way, local health boards are the only authority in the state that can legally take away this important right and force you and your family to take a drug against your will.

Such a remarkable government power must be exercised with the utmost deliberation and care.

But having attended several Franklin health board meetings over the past two years, it is clear to me that the current board lacks sufficient appreciation for the seriousness of Informed Consent rights. The board needs at least one member who will represent the individual or parent wishing to control her own family's medical decisions.

Two immediate areas of concern for Franklin residents regarding their right to Informed Consent:
1.) The current board is medicating residents with uncontrolled dosages of fluoride through our drinking water, without accepting accountability for the potential side effects of the practice. Even worse than dispensing uncontrolled dosages of fluoride is doing so without even the benefit of studies showing the practice is safe or effective. The board has admitted that it has no data whatsoever backing the safety or effectiveness of uncontrolled dosages of ingested fluoride. (Note that topical use of fluoride [brushing] is safe because it is not swallowed.)
2.) The current board is far too eager to dispense controversial new vaccines that have been rushed to market by Big Pharma without first providing residents the good, bad and ugly facts needed to make an informed decision. E.g., in 2009, the board moved forward with the hastily readied H1N1 vaccination program without accepting any responsibility for the potentially harmful side effects. The justification given by the board was that it was just following state recommendations. This answer was a clear abdication of its Chapter 111 authority and, worse, demonstrated a disturbing lack of reverence for our town's home rule charter. Let us face it: dispensing vaccines is a very serious business due to the known risks of injury. We need a local board that will either take responsibility for its actions or step aside completely. If your doctor were to give you a treatment that caused you injury, you would at least have recourse in the courts. But if an unlicensed health board gives your child a vaccine that goes terribly wrong, the town lawyer will simply claim the board enjoys civil and legal immunity. That is wrong. I believe that if the board is going to dispense any medication, it must take responsibility for the consequences just as any licensed physician must. Otherwise, the board should stop practicing medicine and leave it to real doctors.

FM - What do you see as your role’s biggest challenge and do you have any suggestions on how we can resolve it?

Rich - The biggest challenge to my role as defender of individual rights on the health board would be persuading other town officials that enforcing Informed Consent law is good for both residents and for the town. Some town officials have a reflexive tendency to do whatever the state says. But given the influence peddling and corruption on Beacon Hill, we need local officials who will stand up for what is right when special interests at the state level try to steer us wrong.

Restoring Informed Consent will be good for Franklin's residents because it will ensure their right to make knowledgeable medical decisions without worrying that they or their child might be punished or ridiculed for making the "wrong" choice. And it's good for the town because it puts an end to civil rights abuses that could eventually lead to messy and costly civil suits.

A vote for Rich Aucoin is a vote for medical freedom and Informed Consent rights for Franklin families.

1 comment:

  1. who knew fluoride was a medical treatment? but Rich has opened peoples eyes to this reality. I have every confidence that if elected the people of Franklin will discover Rich is a "well" of non-fluoridated truth.