Why I Cannot Sign The Great Barrington Declaration
Over the past several decades health freedom advocates have repeatedly called upon the public to stand for health freedom through a series of Health Freedom Declarations. Natural Solutions Foundation and I are proud to have been among those advocates and we have helped to create and to propagate such declarations enthusiastically.  I was therefore intrigued – and hopeful – when I heard about The Great Barrington Declaration  stating that the the signing physicians and scientists “have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies…”
I expected to be able to whole-heartedly join them. To my disappointment and astonishment, I cannot. Here’s why:
While it is my hopeful (naïve?) assumption that the authors had the best of intentions, when I read the contents, the details, of the Declaration, sadly, I could neither sign nor support this Declaration. I have carefully considered the policy recommendations made and I find that they do not advance Health Freedom of Choice for the following major reasons:
1. “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes….”
Devastating, yes, and as a child and adult psychiatrist, I must add that the psychiatric harms caused by policies such as sanitary masking  are horrendous — but not by “lowering” childhood vaccination rates. To my understanding, lowering childhood vaccination rates enhances the health of the fortunate children whose vaccine schedule was delayed or truncated.
In fact, the nearly total halt to “Well Baby Visits” early in the Declared Pandemic led to a very significant decline in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is a diagnosis that essentially means “Sorry, we don’t know what killed your child.” However, holistic doctors know what in all likelihood killed the child: adverse vaccine reactions.
The number of weekly childhood deaths, primarily SIDS, dropped from 700 to 500 in just a few weeks. That 700 weekly figure had continued through years of wide-spread infant vaccination. It dropped dramatically when infant vaccination stopped. 
Thus the Declaration misses one of the most important lessons we could have learned from the COVID lockdown. I cannot sign a document that laments the decrease in pediatric (or adult) vaccinations.
2. “We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable…”
Humans are not herd animals. “Herd Immunity”is an epidemiological myth and does not exist in humans. Community immunity, a far different thing, does, in fact, exist in humans.
Herd immunity is when vulnerable members of a herd do not get a disease to which the majority of the herd is immune. The members of the herd are stable and their interactions with members of other herds is sharply limited so that the immunological status of the group can be predicted. In fact, the genetic make up of a herd is far more similar than the immunological and genetic makeup of human societies and the movements of the group are far different than a tightly defined herd
These predictable behaviors do not apply to humans who are highly mobile, quite diverse social animals whose behavior is not herd-like. We achieve “Community Immunity” when many of us are exposed to a pathogen decreasing in virulence as it spreads through the population through asymptotic or mild infections. That is how our species immune systems deal with novel infections. That is how we survived the Black Plague, the Great Pox, the Small Pox, the 1918 Influenza.
3. “We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine.”
Vaccination is never a beneficial health policy choice. No major infectious disease was ever stopped by a vaccine. See these UK Government charts for proof of this obvious, but widely ignored, reality:
4. “By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. “
As a health care professional I must say that this 4th issue truly baffles me. I do not understand how any humane health care system could expose the vulnerable to those who may be asymptotic carriers while relying on testing that has been proven to have an unacceptable level of false positives and false negatives. I have written elsewhere about the complete unreliability of both the PCR and the antibody COVIS testing. I cannot sign a document which waits breathlessly for a gene-editing, experimental vaccine and asks that serious, life-altering decisions be made on the basis of tests with a disastrous accuracy score.
Too bad. I would love to join my colleagues and sign the Great Barrington Declaration but it is well meaning (I hope) but absolutely wrong headed. Sadly, it is filled with major policy mistakes to which I cannot put my name.
Instead, I urge all health care givers to sign onto the Health Keepers Oath, pledging not to allow your skills to be used to oppress the sick and suffering. More about that here: www.HealthKeepersOath.org
For health and freedom,
Rima E. Laibow MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
 Previous Health Freedom Declarations:
Wilton Declaration, 2002 – http://www.lifespirit.org/wiltondec.html
Tiburon Declaration, 2007 – http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=460
Long Beach Declaration, 2012 – http://drrimatruthreports.com/the-long-beach-health-freedom-declaration/
Santiago International Health Freedom Declaration, 2015 – http://drrimatruthreports.com/international-health-freedom-declaration/
Declaration of Freedom to Choose Natural Remedies, 2016 – http://drrimatruthreports.com/declaration-of-freedom-for-natural-remedies/
 No, you do not have to mask: https://tinyurl.com/maskexemption