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"Cigarette smoking is no more addictive than coffee, tea or Twinkies."
James Johnston, CEO, RJ Reynolds, later part of a perjury probe, (used as "expert" info by NFL)
"Paul is dead"
Those freaks, according to John Lennon
"Absence of CTE"
Dr. Charles Tator "study"
"The science on CTE is unclear."
Randy Ambrosie, CFL commishinor
Why do people lie?
Well, according to a piece in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic, for several reasons, really.
a study partly done by the University of Toronto, it was found that of
those aged 45-77, 37% of that group tell one to five lies daily, with an
additional 10% fibbing more than 5 times per 24 hours. That, is a lot
those litany of lies, it was further found by Oakland University that
53% of the lies spun in the above group were told to cover up a mistake,
to mislead, and gain an economic or personal advantage.
this the scenario employed by the CFL, and some others, including a
"renown" Canadian doctor when addressing the public health crisis of
football concussions and CTE?
Some of the new and updated information may help to understand and flesh out the above possibility.
prominent Canadian health care professional who has been involved in
concussion research and treatment for over 20 years said that the
"research" done by Dr. Charles Tator, and his continual questioning of
the cause of CTE, led to the pro's eventual disengagement with Canadian
concussion conferences because he believed "the fix is in," and saw no
further use in attending.
on condition of anon due to what he called Tator's overarching
influence and media loved reputation and his standing in the Canadian
medical community, the health pro said of the Order of Canada member,
"many fear going against him. That's been a major factor all along. The
man has tentacles all over. He can influence all of them."
health care professional also said that in 2015, he witnessed "the
perpetual smile wiped from (Tator's) face" when a fellow colleague dared
question the master's perpetual denying of the concussion related
nature of the development of CTE. "He was not amused, that day," said
to the health pro, Tator has embarked on the deny concussions=CTE cause
mainly for professional and legacy and egotistical reasons, looking to
make a contrarian name for himself in the face of overwhelming evidence
that CTE is the direct-and near only-result of sports concussion
assists the CFL in their denials that would be friendly, accommodating,
collateral cooperation, and not much more according to the source, who
like some others in the medical community consider the "Absence Of"
study to be a made to order job, or at best, a badly misguided farce.
Interview with Charles Tator
pro also said that Tator is cozy with Ontario government
representatives, advising a cabinet minister on Rowan's Law, put forth
in memory of 17 year old soccer player who died from concussion injury.
Tator has this to say on the Rowan's Law site:
became a doctor because I wanted to help people. I became a brain and
spinal surgeon. I realized that trauma often caused such severe damage
to the brain and spinal cord that I could not put the pieces back
together. I was frustrated that I could repair skull or spinal
fractures, but not the severely injured brain or spinal cord.
I learned that prevention is the only cure”
Concussions and Head Injuries - Dr. Charles Tator on WhereParentsTalk.com
Lianne Castelino of WhereParentsTalk.com speaks to Dr. Charles Tator, neurosurgeon and founder of ThinkFirst, a ...
virtually every article or broadcast done on concussions in Canada
contains a nod or opine from the TSN described, "renown" Tator.As member
of the Order of Canada, the doctor appears to be seen as a sort of
patriotic medical Dudley Do-Right by most of the nationalistic Canadian
media,in spite of his continuing questioning of CTE cause and despite
the world class CTE research done by Boston University which now shows
definitively that CTE is the result of sports concussions. And yet,
still,uch of the Canadian media appear to be unaware of this fact,
ignoring it, or even suppressing it.
to put it in plain English, most of the Canadian media is in the bag to
Tator and remain blissfully unaware of all the obvious discrepancies of
what he is preaching. It is a black mark on Canadian journalism,
although I doubt the main offenders even give a damn. In the privileged
world they inhabit, sucking up to the "renown" is pro forma.
But here is one of the very few-announcing the passing of Rowan's law-that does not have Tater as a spokesperson.
Ontario passes concussion safety bill 'Rowan's Law' | CBC Sports
Ontario has passed concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about ...
one of the only sane voices in the Canadian media CTE wilderness comes
from the CBC Fifth Estate's Bob McKeown, a former CFL player who says
that "common sense" should be enough to link concussions with CTE:
Q + A: Bob McKeown on football and concussions - the fifth estate
Bob McKeown, co-host of the fifth estate and Grey Cup winner, takes your questions about playing in the CFL and ...
even though Tator is very active in Canadian media talking about
concussions, the doctor talking about concussions and CTE is another
matter. References by Tator to concussions causing CTE, now a world wide
accepted premise, are few and far between, and have been since he
published his odd "Absence of CTE" study in 2012 with the CFL providing
some degree of funding, and accordingly,what Tator described in a 2013
email as the league being "more helpful."
fact, in this video from 2012, Tator emphasizes how he needs funding-he
says it requires "a lot of money"- to investigate concussions and brain
disease, as well as "co-operation." And perhaps not coincidentally,
around this time, the "Absence Of" study was hatched.
And now the strange and confounding case of the former offensive lineman, turned CFL commissioner, and CTE denier.
Ambrosie, Winnipeg, Manitoba native, big, genial smiling guy with the
perpetual can-do attitude is the national face of CTE denial.
in the day he played 9 seasons in the CFL, and won a Grey Cup with the
Edmonton Eskimos in his final year in the league in 1993.
then joined the Canadian Football League Players' Association as
secretary, and according to a Wikipedia post, was involved in the failed
expansion of the CFL into the US which almost destroyed the league, and
did wreck it's credibility.
Ambrosie replaced the previous CFL commissioner who raised eyebrows in
2015 when he too denied a link between concussions and CTE in the midst
of the Arland Bruce III concussion injury lawsuit.
CTE, Football not linked, says CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge
In a pre-Grey Cup press conference, CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge gives a surprising response when asked abou...
when Ambrosie took the helm early in the 2017 season, there was some
optomosim that he would finally address, honestly, the crisis of
concussion injury and CTE in the CFL.
No such luck.
the beginning of his term, he said some things about concussions and
brain disease that seemed rather reasonable and not surprisingly, CFL
fan boys like Justin Dunk immediately heaped praise on him.
Justin Dunk with Tim & Sid on new CFL commissioner
But when he appeared before the media and the fans prior to the 2017 Grey Cup, it was major eyebrow raising time again.
media, for a change, actually asked a serious CTE question, and Randy
clumsily stickhandled around it, eventually proclaiming the old,
"unclear" science nonsense, or even lie and he even gave (another)
obtuse answer to a star CFL player, on "player safety."
in the fan forum, when one fan finally got round to popping a
concussion question 45 minutes into the feel-good gig, even the host
looked uncomfortable as she handed off the question to Ambrosie who did a
long, unrelated discourse before winding down and finally addressing
the concussion/CTE issue as one of again, "unclear" science, which
anyone so interested knows is cover your legal ass absurd and
disenguenis clap trap. I don't even think.Randy believes it as it is
antithetical to (valid) current research and has already been admitted
by the NFL-5 years ago!
An even as an offensive lineman, he ain't that dumb.
keeps crowing about "the experts," who not surprisingly include Tator
and some of his crew, and of course if he relies solely on those
"experts," perhaps some of the CTE denials would make some sort of
sense, if not still being obviously morally wrong.
But despite some contradictions to the contrary, the CFL is not that stupid, ether.
know exactly what is going on, have managed since 2010 with the help of
much of the Canadian media to muddy the waters on CTE and still believe
what with a nice media hand up they can continue to kick the can down
the road until some kind of miracle arrives to exempt them from legal
action.This is a completely immoral and unsustainable position to take,
and yet, this is Canada...
of the CFL will note that in 1974, the Canadian government was prepared
to legislate the upstart World Football League out of Toronto reasoning
that it would "destroy" the CFL. When the WFL cried uncle and took off
for long distance information Memphis,Tennessee, the ridiculous notion
was put in a drawer for, as they used to like to say in the CFL, "future
may seem like a paranoid lawyer's bridge too far, but would not such an
issue on redux be a vote-getter for a phony politician running in next
year's federal election? You know, the party that "saved" the league
from those evil, blood thirsty, greedy lawyers relying on notions of
Trumpian Yanks outta Boston?
that scenario is pretty much outta left field, but so is a lot of other
happenings over the past 10 years in this many times nonsensical
"Absence of CTE" league and Johnny Manziel country continuing banal soap
opera, so like,stay tuned, eh?
bottom line on the CTE issue is the CFL, as a league, and Randy
Ambrosie as commissioner, and former player and human being, and even
Tator-ironically faculty at the University of Toronto that informs on
lying- if anyway possible, would do much better to tell the truth,
putting the study on lies on the shelf, and then do the right thing.