As I wrote about all last year, COVID policies will kill many more people than COVID itself.
Making this truly beyond-the-pale evil, anyone raising such issues get vilified; see links above. The failure to rationally assess this issue is the greatest moral failure of our time.
Politicians and the media are choosing (intentionally or through incompetence) to kill many more and far younger people with much longer lifespans later, than far fewer geriatric people with very short expected lifespans now, many of whom would have died within a year from some other cause anyway.
Putting it into relative terms: trading 30 life-years (younger person) for 2-3 life-years (geriatric person) is a gross violation of both medical ethics, and public policy ethics.
We estimate that this unprecedented unemployment shock will result in a 3.01% increase in mortality rates and a 0.50% drop in life expectancy over the next 15 years. Compared to the typical unemployment shock, we find that women (both African-American and White) are disproportionately affected relative to men. Particularly for White women, the COVID-19 unemployment shock is about 4.72 standard deviation larger (about 2.74% in magnitude) than their typical shock to the unemployment rate, by far the largest in relative magnitude with respect to the typical shock. However, African-American men still suffer the largest shock in absolute terms (3.65%, 2.13 standard deviations). As a result, the impact of the COVID-19 unemployment shock on the death rate is large for all groups, but visibly larger for African-Americans and White women.
... the increase in the death rate following the COVID-19 pandemic implies a staggering 0.89 and 1.37 million excess deaths over the next 15 and 20 years, respectively.
...We interpret these results as a strong indication that policymakers should take into consideration the severe, long-run implications of such a large economic recession on people’s lives when deliberating on COVID-19 recovery and containment measures. Without any doubt, lockdowns save lives, but they also contribute to the decline in real activity that can have severe consequences on health.
...the toll of lives claimed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus far exceeds those immediately related to the acute COVID-19 critical illness and that the recession caused by the pandemic can jeopardize population health for the next two decades.
Based on our findings, African American citizens and women will be suffering more profoundly from the coronavirus-driven recession, adding on to their disproportionate adverse outcome in the setting of acute SARS-CoV-2 infection...
WIND: if you value life, then you must set aside “death” in favors of “life years”—there is no other objective metric that can be applied to populations. Thus, a weakness of this study is not using life years explicitly.
The death of a 40-year-old versus the death of an 80-year-old is at least a 5X greater loss.
Giant corporations like Walmart and Amazon have consolidated market share and made out like bandits, the well-to-do have made massive profits in the stock market, Big Pharma is raking in record profits... and the under-privileged are dying with more to die prematurely. All because of government policies.
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VAERS is the government system for reporting adverse medical events. How competent is this system in tracking problems with drugs, vaccines, etc?
A study found on an offical website of the US Department of Health and Human Services in essence states that it is incompetent at revealing problems with drugs or vaccines.
Preliminary data were collected from June 2006 through October 2009 on 715,000 patients, and 1.4 million doses (of 45 different vaccines) were given to 376,452 individuals. Of these doses, 35,570 possible reactions (2.6 percent of vaccinations) were identified. This is an average of 890 possible events, an average of 1.3 events per clinician, per month. These data were presented at the 2009 AMIA conference.
In addition, ESP:VAERS investigators participated on a panel to explore the perspective of clinicians, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, the pharmaceutical industry, and the FDA towards systems that use proactive, automated adverse event reporting.
Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed.
Barriers to reporting include a lack of clinician awareness, uncertainty about when and what to report, as well as the burdens of reporting: reporting is not part of clinicians’ usual workflow, takes time, and is duplicative. Proactive, spontaneous, automated adverse event reporting imbedded within EHRs and other information systems has the potential to speed the identification of problems with new drugs and more careful quantification of the risks of older drugs.
Unfortunately, there was never an opportunity to perform system performance assessments because the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation.
WIND: the FDA is asleep at the wheel.
This study emphatically supports my claim which I’ve had for years that the Metronidazole antibiotic which gave me peripheral neuropathy is in fact very dangerous. Yet it is deemed “safe” because problems are just not reported—as I explicitly stated both in my own case, and as a general claim.
The statin scourge comes to mind—massive underreporting of very serious side effects as well as degrading quality of life.
And we’re supposed to believe that the COVID-19 vaccine is “safe and effective”? Before any long-term effects can even be reported, let alone studied?
The U.S. government does not know exactly where, when, or how the COVID-19 virus—known as SARS-CoV-2—was transmitted initially to humans. We have not determined whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
The virus could have emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, spreading in a pattern consistent with a natural epidemic. Alternatively, a laboratory accident could resemble a natural outbreak if the initial exposure included only a few individuals and was compounded by asymptomatic infection. Scientists in China have researched animal-derived coronaviruses under conditions that increased the risk for accidental and potentially unwitting exposure.
The CCP’s deadly obsession with secrecy and control comes at the expense of public health in China and around the world. The previously undisclosed information in this fact sheet, combined with open-source reporting, highlights three elements about COVID-19’s origin that deserve greater scrutiny:
1. Illnesses inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV):
- The U.S. government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses. This raises questions about the credibility of WIV senior researcher Shi Zhengli’s public claim that there was “zero infection” among the WIV’s staff and students of SARS-CoV-2 or SARS-related viruses.
- Accidental infections in labs have caused several previous virus outbreaks in China and elsewhere, including a 2004 SARS outbreak in Beijing that infected nine people, killing one.
- The CCP has prevented independent journalists, investigators, and global health authorities from interviewing researchers at the WIV, including those who were ill in the fall of 2019. Any credible inquiry into the origin of the virus must include interviews with these researchers and a full accounting of their previously unreported illness.
2. Research at the WIV:
- Starting in at least 2016 – and with no indication of a stop prior to the COVID-19 outbreak – WIV researchers conducted experiments involving RaTG13, the bat coronavirus identified by the WIV in January 2020 as its closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2% similar). The WIV became a focal point for international coronavirus research after the 2003 SARS outbreak and has since studied animals including mice, bats, and pangolins.
- The WIV has a published record of conducting “gain-of-function” research to engineer chimeric viruses. But the WIV has not been transparent or consistent about its record of studying viruses most similar to the COVID-19 virus, including “RaTG13,” which it sampled from a cave in Yunnan Province in 2013 after several miners died of SARS-like illness.
- WHO investigators must have access to the records of the WIV’s work on bat and other coronaviruses before the COVID-19 outbreak. As part of a thorough inquiry, they must have a full accounting of why the WIV altered and then removed online records of its work with RaTG13 and other viruses.
3. Secret military activity at the WIV:
- Secrecy and non-disclosure are standard practice for Beijing. For many years the United States has publicly raised concerns about China’s past biological weapons work, which Beijing has neither documented nor demonstrably eliminated, despite its clear obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention.
- Despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China’s military. The WIV has engaged in classified research, including laboratory animal experiments, on behalf of the Chinese military since at least 2017.
- The United States and other donors who funded or collaborated on civilian research at the WIV have a right and obligation to determine whether any of our research funding was diverted to secret Chinese military projects at the WIV.
WIND: the idea that COVID-19 arose spontaneously is pretty incredible. It’s possible of course, but it just happened to arise near a Chinese military biological weapons facility?
The Chinese Communist Party has had a year to wipe out all records and silence all people who might show its guilt. And to this day, the farcicial WHO team has been denied free access.
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Scientists are human beings. Human beings have agendas and biases. Science is a long, slow process full of false premises and false findings that eventually gets close to the truth.
“Trust the science” is a mantra for the gullible promulgated by the dishonest. Quoted when the science is unsupported by evidence, it is a red flag that tells you the science is bullshit. No one uses such twaddle when the evidence is robust.
U.S. scientist Dr. Peter Daszak, president of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, led an endeavor in February 2020 to stop ideas that the CCP virus might have spread due to an accidental escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Daszak had written an article published in The Lancet medical journal, castigating ideas or suspicions that the novel virus might not be of natural origin.
The article was written before any rigorous research on the origins of the virus was conducted.
“We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” reads the article.
... But last Friday, his spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that his widely cited statement, which was used to trample over differing points of view, was utilized to protect Chinese scientists from online criticism.
WIND: what kind of “science” condemns an idea as a conspiracy theory before meaningful research is done? The kind when a scientist becomes a propaganda orifice—and the motivation is irrelevant.
And once again, The Lancet is a forum legitimizing anti-science. Opinions are not science, assertions are not science. See the quote at top.
Risk assessment vis-a-vis the COVID-19 vaccine in my view makes the vaccine a wise choice for most people, even if only based on the on the cognitive risks of COVID infection. Not for myself but for most people.
Having suffered through 7 months of Long-Haul COVID and having cured myself, I can personally attest to the severe repercussions that follow COVID-19:
- Initially, anxiety lasting several weeks.
- Severe brain fog for several months, making it difficult to get more than 1-2 hours of work done. Light headaches, lack of interest in much more than sitting in the sun.
- Severe loss of energy to 5% of normal—barely functional.
- A massive increase in sleep requirements (up to 16 hours a day).
- Small airway impairment clearly related to vagus nerve function (rapid onset/resolution).
These are just the things related to the brain and nervous system! Not all the issues.
... has become increasingly recognized, however, that the virus also attacks the nervous system. Doctors in a large Chicago medical center found that more than 40% of patients with COVID showed neurologic manifestations at the outset, and more than 30% of those had impaired cognition. Sometimes the neurological manifestations can be devastating and can even lead to death.
...research is now suggesting that there may be long-term neurologic consequences in those who survive COVID infections, including more than seven million Americans and another 27 million people worldwide. Particularly troubling is increasing evidence that there may be mild — but very real — brain damage that occurs in many survivors, causing pervasive yet subtle cognitive, behavioral, and psychological problems.
...In survivors of intensive care unit (ICU) stays due to acute respiratory failure or shock from any cause, one-third of people show such a profound degree of cognitive impairment that performance on neuropsychological testing is comparable to those with moderate traumatic brain injury. In daily life, such cognitive effects on memory, attention, and executive function can lead to difficulties managing medications, managing finances, comprehending written materials, and even carrying on conversations with friends and family. Commonly observed long-term psychological effects of ICU stays include anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Effects due to COVID ICU stays are expected to be similar — a prediction that has already been confirmed by the studies in Britain, Canada, and Finland reviewed above.
...We know that silent strokes frequently occur, and are a risk factor for both large strokes and dementia. Silent strokes typically affect the brain’s white matter — the wiring between brain cells that enables different parts of the brain to communicate with each other...
COVID infection frequently leads to brain damage — particularly in those over 70. While sometimes the brain damage is obvious and leads to major cognitive impairment, more frequently the damage is mild, leading to difficulties with sustained attention.
WIND: researchers might be missing the full picture: it’s not just the brain but the dorsal and ventral vagus nerves and cranial/facial nerves too. My impaired small airway lung function was almost certainly the result of a vagus nerve gone awry.
It is my sense that I have fully recovered from Long-Haul COVID in most ways, especially cognitively—now the best I’ve been since my concussion in 2018. A few lingering symptoms can come and go, and I hope those will resolve over time.
In my case, I followed a strict nutritional regimen which the modern medical establishment is clueless about. And I had a very high level of fitness and generally healthy lifestyle that many people do not enjoy.
At the very least, everyone should be taking the best bioavailable form of magnesium, as it is proven to reduce the risk of strokes, and to reduce nerve damage and contribute to nervous system recovery. This might in fact have been a primary factor in all sorts of health improvements I saw, but I did not start magnesium supplementation until 8 weeks after initial infection.
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My contention a few weeks ago was that any new vaccine is likely to see “unexpected” side effects when put to widespread use in the general population. My contention has at least some evidence for it, as per recent news reports.
A few weeks later after I made my outrageous* claims, concerns are popping up as to the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, with a rapidly rising number of unexplained post-vaccination deaths, along with reports of facial paralysis and other problems. The claims are credible enough that at least Norway has now changed its guidelines for the extreme elderly. Probably those elderly people died because of a body that just could not handle any stress, or perhaps it was coincidence. After all, half or more of the COVID-19 death toll might be those already having very short expected lifespans.
Fifty-five people in the United States have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports submitted to a federal system.
Deaths have occurred among people receiving both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, according to the reports.
The reporting system, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a federal database. The system is passive, meaning reports aren’t automatically collected and must be filed. VAERS reports can be filed by anyone, including health care providers, patients, or family members.
...In addition to the deaths, people have reported 96 life-threatening events following COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as 24 permanent disabilities, 225 hospitalizations, and 1,388 emergency room visits.
....Pfizer told news outlets in a statement that no evidence currently shows a link between the death and its vaccine.
WIND: it might be that all of the deaths are coincidences—it’s not impossible. It’s also possible that half of them or all of them resulted directly from the vaccine—no one will ever know for sure. Correlation is not causation and there is always going to be some baseline rate of deaths and spontaneous medical problems which might not be related at all. Without better data, it’s hard to know.
Therefore, why does the system leave it optional to report adverse events for the most massive rollout of a vaccine in history? Without rigorous reporting requirements, there is no credible scientific basis for claiming safety, be it deaths or other side effects. And that means a system not just for adverse events right after the vaccine, but months or years later. AFAIK, that does not exist.
Presumably this massive experiment on the world’s population will go pretty well for most everyone. But with no recourse to the few who suffer permanent damage (or subclinical damage to emerge later as serious problems). Claims will be dismissed on the basis of “no evidence”, based on the lack of rigorous reporting. Alterations to the body’s epigenetics and nervous system and other systems can take years to manifest clinically. With optional reporting, who will be able to prove any causal connection?
Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m. California's leading epidemiologist is warning health departments across the state to stop dispensing a single lot of the Moderna vaccine "out of an extreme abundance of caution" after fewer than 10 people at one vaccine distribution site experienced a possible allergic reaction.
"A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic," said Dr. Erica Pan, the state epidemiologist, in a statement Sunday. "Fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours."
Diana Cannizzo, a medical worker affected by the shot, told KNSD-TV in San Diego that she experienced neck pain and tongue numbness shortly after getting the vaccine, but did not want her experience to negatively shape people's views on COVID-19 vaccination... With this lot alone, with more than 330,000 doses distributed to health care providers, no other signs of allergic reactions or other negative side effects have been reported...
WIND: vaccines always carry some risk. The risk seems low here in terms of the severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). But weasel-wording does not engender trust: what intelligent person says “fewer than 10” when “nine” gets the job done, unambiguously?
The nurse complaining of “neck pain and tongue numbness” explicitly states a desire to minimize the significance so as to “not negatively shape people’s views”. We are to believe these people are being honest with us all while quoting a nurse who tells us outright that she has an agenda?
At least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren’t linked to the jab.
Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of the country’s population since the drive began at the end of December.
For a handful of Israelis, however, the initiative has led to some unexpected health scares. At least 13 people have reported mild facial paralysis after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, Israeli outlet Ynet reported, citing the Health Ministry, adding that officials believe the number of such cases could be higher.
Last month the FDA disclosed that Bell’s palsy, a form of temporary facial paralysis, was reported by four participants during phase three trials of the Pfizer vaccine. All four cases involved individuals who had been given the actual jab. There were no reports of paralysis among the control group that received a placebo... still, the agency recommended “surveillance for cases of Bell’s palsy with deployment of the vaccine into larger populations.”
Israel’s Health Ministry has stated that it is safe to administer the second shot, provided the facial paralysis passes and there are no lingering, long-term effects from the first jab. But some Israeli medical experts have chosen to ignore this advisory.
WIND: when there is optional reporting, how can anyone of scientific integrity make a credible claim of safety? Is it coincidence that the FDA dismissed facial paralysis claims (all in the placebo group!) but now it’s happening over in Israel?
For those experiencing facial paralysis, what does “temporary” mean when the body is put out of kilter enough to cause paralysis? The idea that such paralysis resolves and the system then forgets the insult and all is as before... that’s anti-scientific rationalization.
How can anyone conclude there are “no lingering long-term effects” in just a few weeks?
Having suffered nerve damage from a “rare” side effect of the antibiotic Metronidazole, this sort of claim raises a huge red flag. In medicine, “rare” is propaganda for the gullible—side effects are only rare because doctors fail to report at least 75% of them—and probably much more. In my case, my doctor did not report my severe side effects. Indeed, that incompetent doctor never contacted me at all, yet I suffered greatly from his malpractice. Since then, I’ve been contacted by multiple people who have been damaged by Metronidazole. Harried doctors do not have time to report adverse events, and a cognitive commitment to an assumed safety profile (learned 20 years prior in some textbook half of which is now proven wrong) means they will dismiss side effects as unrelated. And the cycle repeats.
There are two programs that offer compensation for injuries associated with vaccinations recommended by the Federal government. VICP covers most of these vaccines...
...while CICP covers the covid-19 vaccines, among other things:
I am not a legal expert in vaccine compensation and cannot tell you exactly what criteria will be applied to determine whether a claimed injury is compensable. However, there are published data on the rate at which VICP claims are approved:
Not yet for CICP, so far as I can tell on a quick search. But I would expect that overall they will follow the VICP model, erring a bit on the side of permissiveness in the interest of maintaining confidence in the vaccination program.
WIND: that such programs exist is proof that vaccines have risks. Which raises the question of how safe the COVID-19 vaccines are—so far it looks 10X riskier for things like allergic reactions. Given that, I suspect that long-term problems may emerge, with something as complex as the human body and its nutrition, genetics and epigenetics, and gut biome, and differing environmental exposures. Most of which modern medicine is clueless about. The question is, what issues, and at what rate?
Also, the Vaccine Injury Table only contemplates a very limited scope of injuries, nearly all of which are short-term episodic things, like vasovagal syncope or anaphylaxis. If it’s not in the table, then it didn’t happen for the purposes of compensation. And if it’s not an obvious reaction right way, you’re probably shit out of luck. The table is a bad joke.
In my experience, most doctors think lots of things are not real because they didn't learn about them in their dusty medical textbook years ago. Have you ever heard a doctor say “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure but let me research it”, or “this looks real, let’s see if we can figure it out”. More likely it is “in your head” when they cannot admit to their own ignorance. My 2020 experience with Long-Haul COVID showed just how clueless my internist doctor was. His guesswork prescription for an antibiotic for loose stools (lasting 5 months) that in retrospect were clearly were the result of the initial infection might have further damaged me (I have a history of reacting to antibiotics of several kinds).
The COVID vaccines are not only totally unproven “in the wild”, having ZERO scientific validity as yet as to efficacy out in the real world (or with respect to viral mutations), but governments and businesses are acting aggressively to deny you basic human rights, unless you submit to a vaccine for which NO ONE knows who it might harm. The early allergic reactions are rare (so they claim), but who knows what side effects take months or longer to develop?
It is anti-scientific and downright vicious to assume that 3 months or a year from now that side effects might not occur, possibly life-changing ones, and that you should just SHUT UP and accept the injection as an obedient serf of your overlords.
If you do not have the right to your own body, what the hell do you have for liberty? The cancel culture has silenced millions, and now it is going to take over your physical body too.
The indications are already chilling now that Americans have accepted the iron hand of coercion forcing them out of money, out of homes, out of a job. That’s just a psyops exercise for what’s to come. Consider:
All because of a mass hysteria of historical proportions totally out of proportion to the actual risks/harms.
This is pure tyranny and it could get really ugly. While the Supreme Court sits around with its collective thumb up its ass, as the Consitution is shredded. Shame on them and the court system, so long obviously politicized, and now willing to sit by idly and ignore the Constitution.
It is a fundamental human right to decide what goes into your own body. Yeah, maybe you can do that but at the cost of never again participating as a full human being in any public arena. Who knows what these people will think up?
For myself, I choose to not accept a vaccine that has potentially nasty side effects which might take years to emerge because I’ve had my fill of medical doctors damaging or degrading me (multiple experiences). I still live with lingering neurological damage, and my concussion could have been helped much more effectively, just for starters in a list of medical imncompetence and ignorance, with dubious if not downright harmful “standards of care” that now permeate the practices of mainstream doctors—only a fool “trusts the experts” once their incompetence is experienced.
So—now I am supposed to trust the propaganda engine around the COVID vaccine after the “experts” (expert at lying is about the only thing*) have gotten almost EVERYTHING wrong about COVID?
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Gerhard H writes:
I have been following your news on SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning and I was also a subscriber of Diglloyd some years ago.
I am from Germany, the country where the original Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test has been developed by Prof. Christian Drosten at Charité university hospital in Berlin.
This test, which claims to diagnose a SARS-CoV-2 infection, has been adopted by the WHO worldwide as "gold standard" and is the root cause of the rapidly rising numbers of alleged infections.
This test however, which has been rushed in and then never updated or seriously reviewed, is bogus for a number of reasons that have been documented in the following paper:
The most important facts are summarised by a co-author of the review, Dr. Michael Yeadon, former vice president and chief scientist at Pfizer corp.:
The bottom line is that the Drosten PCR test generates about 95% false positive results due to a massive amplification of the RNA sample by a factor of 2^45 (~32 trillion) which is far from good practice and does not provide evidence for an actual infection. Besides the devastating consequences of shutdowns and destroyed businesses and livelihoods, this also means that the actual, serious infections are hidden under a thick cloud of false positives, making it extremely difficult for health authorities to track down actual infections and preventing optimized and focused measures to help the patients.
Due to the devastation caused by Prof. Drosten's PCR test, a German Lawyer, Dr. Reiner Fuellmich, who is also licensed for the State of California, has announced to start a class action against Prof. Drosten and all manufactures of PCR test kits that are derived from the original "Drosten" design.
Note that test kits used in Asian countries differ significantly and are far more accurate. This is why actual Covid-19 cases have become rare e.g. in China and - if they appear - are taken very seriously.
His video statement "Crimes against humanity" can be found here (plus subtitles in Spanish):
Anyone whose business has been ruined by Prof. Drosten's PCR test and the resultant totalitarian destructive government action should join this class action.
His main partner in the USA is Robert Kennedy Jr with his organisation Children's Health Defense:
Unfortunately, German law does not allow class actions. However, the threat of a class action against PCR test manufacturers should be large enough to also have repercussions into PCR test abuse in Germany. Until then, every affected German must file a lawsuit on his own.
Note that I am in no way affiliated with Dr. Fuellmich. I am working in the civil aerospace industry which is - as you can imagine - very seriously affected. Dr. Fuellmich leads a private enquiry commission
on the government actions regarding Covid-19. This commission has interviewed a large number of experts and affected persons. The class action is largely based on the findings of this commission.
Please find an example in the attachment. This is a warning letter by Dr. Fuellmich to Prof. Drosten which contains all the necessary facts collected by the private enquiry commission.
The plaintiff is a karaoke bar owner in Berlin who has been forced to keep his bar closed since the beginning of the pandemic. Dr. Fuellmich allows the usage of this letter as a template for legal action against Prof. Drosten and manufacturers of PCR test kits.
As Dr. Fuellmich is licensed as a lawyer for California, you might also consider contacting him in case your business has been damaged by shutdowns forced by the government. Even if not, it is worthwhile that you spread the word on your web page or to your friends and business partners.
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WIND: such issues should be directly addressed by the scientific community. That I cannot find any validation of the PCR tests vs false positives (including at the CDC) is prima facie evidence that the test is at the least, suspicious in its validity.
The end of the year is nearly here—see my post on Section 179 business tax deductions. Equipment must be *put into service* by year end in order to qualify, not just ordered.
2020: the year I finally moved to all-SSD for main storage
I enjoy working in quiet; I don’t like fan noise, spinning drives, etc. This year of 2020 brought that dream to fruition with a move to SSD storage.
For main storage in addition to the internal Apple 8TB SSD, I use the 16TB OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD in my 2019 Mac Pro. That total of 24TB of SSD storage means that I never need turn on hard drives except for backups. While the Mac Pro has a very low fan noise, it is hardly heard.
I also use two 8TB OWC Thunderblade units, which are excellent for high capacity SSD between machines or in my Sprinter van when on the road.
Also extremely useful to me are the OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C units—very handy for all-around use and for travel. Though I haven’t yet splurged on the 4TB model, I use the 2TB one every day for backups of key data. The new OWC Envoy Pro Elektron (as fast as it gets for USB-C) is even more appealing for travel, though I have not yet purchased one.
For backups of all my SSD master/original stuff, I use the Toshiba 14TB MG07ACA hard drives (16TB even better, but I bought my 14TB drives prior to 16TB availability). The hard drives are housed in OWC Thunderbay 4, OWC Thunderbay 6 and OWC Thunderbay 8 units (other users might like even more storage potential with the OWC Thunderbay FLEX 8).
Finally, I upgraded my server with a 4TB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD.
The end of the year is nearly here—see my post on Section 179 business tax deductions. Equipment must be *put into service* by year end in order to qualify, not just ordered.
BIG WIN / HUGE VALUE: Sony WH-1000XM4 noise canceling headphones
Noise cancellation is something I make use of every day as a core health requirement*, and rarely have I gotten so much value for my money, in terms of usage time and performance—top of my list for useful brain-saving stuff are the *on sale* Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones (Sony WH-1000XMM4) @AMAZON, which also make excellent headphones for music and podcasts.
Why pay double the price for the unproven and way-too-heavy Apple Airpods Max or the inferior earbud options when the Sony headphones are widely acknowledged to be the best on the market?
I also own the Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Noise-Canceling In-Ear Earphones, but they were a waste of money for me: they never fit my ear canals well, falling out constantly, making them useless for most anything but sitting in a chair. So I rarely use use them. No earbud can ever compete with a good over-ear headphone, just by the fact of sealing off the ear by a good amount, even if not turned on.
Other excellent items
See the B&H Photo Mega Deal Zone area—sales end soon.
I use or have used many of these items, and they are all superb*.
I never eat at McDonald’s, with its nigh-calorie malnutrition menu. But my daughter craved a breakfast there after a week of camping, and so we went to McDonalds in Lone Pine, CA.
About to enter the restaurant, a young woman approached us to also enter. She was wearing a surgical mask which was covering her mouth, but nose and nostrils were entirely exposed.
I embarrassed my daughter by asking this young woman pointedly: “What is the point of a mask if you don’t wear it properly?”—to which I received no response.
The young woman left the mask as-is with fully exposed nose/nostrils, and then entered the store to take up her shift preparing food for customers.
My daughter tells me that this happens all the time at local stores.
Things like this could explain why leaky masks on real people in the real world achieve diddly squat.
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Government and medical establishment handling of COVID-19 is one huge train wreck in which all the wrong things have been done, are still being done, and most of the right things are not being done, in particular, attention to nutritional deficiencies and focusing protection efforts on the most vulnerable, including providing self protection (N95 and N100 masks) to those most vulnerable.
What I want to know: where are the rigorously validated benefits of all this COVID-theatre that is destroying so many lives and businesses?
The real world refutes medical and government policies
With everyone masking-up and the country locked-down, WTF are COVID-19 infection rates soaring? Or... are they really soaring?
- Where is the scientific evidence that masks work in the real world as used by ordinary people in ordinary situations*. Indoors vs outdoors? The often filthy masks frequently handled repeatedly by hands, and often worn with visible leaky gaps and/or below the nose, etc. Mask wearing is a total joke as actually practiced**.
- Where is the scientific evidence that lockdowns do more than destroy lives? All evidence suggests 10X to 100X more death and destruction by COVID policies than COVID itself.
- Where is the scientific evidence that asymptomatic transmission is a 'thing'? China claims ZERO asymptomatic transmission in 10 million people. While that is surely false what is the real figure? Probably extremely low.
The overwhelming evidence is that masks and lockdowns do not work.
The massive worldwide destruction of lives looks to be a totally counter-productive form of tyranny and mass torture, all instigated by government, justified by the incompetent medical profession, and broadcast by the news-media propaganda outlets (probably driven by Chinese interests to boot).
And... the WHO is now saying that this threshold was set too high, thus generating huge numbers of false positives.
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See also: Is the PCR test used by Germany and the USA a Medical Fraud?
Are we destroying lives and accepting government tyranny based on junk science? Maybe “soaring coronavirus infection rates” are little more than bad science and government propaganda?
Maybe not, but how do we know that, given arbitrary interpreted tests being used.
Infections do seem to be rising (seemingly hard to dispute), but could they be substantially less than claimed, bad bad science (false positive PCR tests)?
Cycle Cutoff Value
The Ct cutoff value for COVID-19 testing determines whether a positive result is obtained. But the Ct value does not appear to have been chosen in a scientifically rigorous way.
In particular, the Ct value is set quite low, and thus could be generating large numbers of false positives. And is the test even targeted specifically enough to avoid results from other similar viruses.
Thus we have a situation in which the COVID-19 tests might be mostly phony baloney versus the true infection rate—false positives leading to poor decisions at every level.
The WHO equivocates on the Ct cutoff value. Shouldn’t we know with certainty what is scientifically valid, and what is not? Why is an “update” needed?
Up to 90 percent of people tested for COVID-19 in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada in July carried barely any traces of the virus and it could be because today's tests are 'too sensitive', experts say.
Can a Ct value determine how much viral genetic material is present in an individual patient specimen?
A Ct value does not indicate how much virus is present, but only whether or not viral genetic material was detected at a defined threshold. RT-PCR tests can be either qualitative or quantitative, and this affects how a Ct value is interpreted. As of October 23, 2020, all diagnostic RT-PCR tests that had received a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for SARS-CoV-2 testing were qualitative tests.
- In a qualitative RT-PCR test, known amounts of virus are used during the development of the test to determine what Ct values are associated with positive and negative specimens. A Ct value is generated when testing a patient specimen. The Ct value is interpreted as positive or negative but cannot be used to determine how much virus is present in an individual patient specimen.
- In a quantitative RT-PCR test, a range of known numbers of genome copies, called reference samples, are tested alongside each RT-PCR reaction. By comparing the Ct value of a patient specimen to the Ct values from the reference samples, the test can calculate the copy number of target nucleic acid. The correlation between Ct value and viral load can be used in evaluating data from groups of people in categories such as symptomatic or asymptomatic and can be applied to infer the difference in the relative amount of viral load between the two. Although a quantitative RT-PCR test can estimate the level of viral load in a population, a quantitative RT-PCR test cannot determine how much virus is present in an individual patient specimen.
If a Ct value can be affected by factors like specimen collection, how do I know if my RT-PCR test result is accurate?
In addition to detecting SARS-CoV-2 genetic material, each RT-PCR diagnostic test also detects a small portion of a patient’s genome. Detecting the patient’s genetic material in the specimen confirms the quality of the specimen and the processing steps of the test. If the patient’s genetic material is detected, then we can be reasonably sure that the viral genetic material was not degraded, and the test result is accurate.
Can a Ct value predict how infectious an individual with COVID-19 is?
For both qualitative and quantitative RT-PCR assays, the correlation between Ct values and the amount of virus in the original specimen is imperfect. It is therefore problematic to infer any relationship between an individual patient’s Ct value and their viral load. Ct values can also be affected by factors other than viral load. For example, if the specimen is not collected or stored properly or the specimen is collected early during the infection, the Ct value may be higher than it would be under ideal conditions. Thus, a high Ct value could also result from factors not related to the amount of virus in the specimen. The correlation between Ct and viral load can be used to evaluate data from groups of people and infer the difference in the relative amount of viral load between the two groups (e.g., between symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals).
Can Ct values from different RT-PCR tests be compared?
No. For a given RT-PCR diagnostic test, the genetic material from a patient sample must be processed using a specific series of steps to produce a valid test result. However, the steps used to process the genetic material, the specific genetic target being measured, and the amount of the patient sample used varies among RT-PCR tests. Because the nucleic acid target (the pathogen of interest), platform and format differ, Ct values from different RT-PCR tests cannot be compared.
Conclusion: Response to NY Times article from the perspective of a hospital COVID testing laboratory
- Highly sensitive tests are essential for acutely ill hospitalized patients as virus titers in the upper airway may be low (Ct >30 or Ct >35). However, recovering patients, now non-infectious, may also have a very low positive PCR result.
- For diagnostic testing in the community, delays in obtaining testing, as well as sample type and quality, can lead to higher Ct values at diagnosis. Not reporting positive results with Ct >30 would be a disservice to these patients.
- Reporting Ct values alone can be misleading, especially since Ct values can vary significantly between various tests and labs. However, a result comment for low positive results may be helpful. Ct values >40 may be of questionable value.
- It is essential to confirm actual test sensitivity, determine the goals of testing and understand the tradeoffs in various groups: e.g. asymptomatic screening, symptomatic patients, pre procedure, L&D, high risk nursing home residents. •
- Tests with rapid but somewhat less sensitive results may be acceptable in some outpatient settings, especially when frequent repeat testing is performed.
The guideline states:
- There are no reliable studies to definitively prove a direct correlation between disease severity / infectiousness and Ct values. Viral load does not have much role in patient management.
- Ct values differ from one kit to the other. Comparability of Ct values among different kits is a challenge as our labs are using a mixed basket of kits now with different Ct cut-offs and different gene targets.
- Ct values also depend on how the sample has been collected. A poorly collected sample may reflect inappropriate Ct values. Besides, Ct values are also determined by technical competence of the person performing the test, calibration of equipment and pipettes and analytical skills of the interpreters.
- Ct values between nasal and oropharyngeal specimens collected from the same individual may differ. - Similarly, temperature of transportation as well as time taken from collection to receipt in the lab can also adversely impact Ct values.
- Samples from asymptomatic/mild cases show Ct values similar to those who develop severe disease.
- Patients in early symptomatic stage may show a high Ct value which may subsequently change. In such cases, high Ct values will give a false sense of security.
- Severity of COVID-19 disease largely depends on host factors besides the viral load. Some patients with low viral load may land up in very severe disease due to triggering of the immunological responses. Hence, again high Ct value may give a false sense of security.
- Moreover, the RT-PCR test presently being conducted is qualitative in nature. Ct values may give a rough estimate of viral load. However, more specialized standards are required for quantitative assays which are currently unavailable for SARS-CoV-2.
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Correlation is not causation. It could be that those most susceptible to COVID-19 also have low Vitamin D. What about magnesium deficiency, and properly measured?
Why has the medical establishment been asleep at the wheel establishing what should have been established six months ago?
Because if low-D is important to COVID infection and/or outcomes, we have unnecessarily killed thousands for want of an incredibly cheap preventive. I call that incompetence.
Over 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Vitamin D is a hormone the kidneys produce that controls blood calcium concentration and impacts the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of health concerns, although research is still underway into why the hormone impacts other systems of the body. Many studies point to the beneficial effect of vitamin D on the immune system, especially regarding protection against infections.
“One approach is to identify and treat vitamin D deficiency, especially in high-risk individuals such as the elderly, patients with comorbidities, and nursing home residents, who are the main target population for the COVID-19,” said study co-author José L. Hernández, Ph.D., of the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. “Vitamin D treatment should be recommended in COVID-19 patients with low levels of vitamin D circulating in the blood since this approach might have beneficial effects in both the musculoskeletal and the immune system.”
The researchers found 80 percent of 216 COVID-19 patients at the Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla had vitamin D deficiency, and men had lower vitamin D levels than women. COVID-19 patients with lower vitamin D levels also had raised serum levels of inflammatory markers such as ferritin and D-dimer.
WIND: it’s beyond stupid that the government and medical establishments have not instituted widespread Vitamin D and magnesium supplementation (cholecalciferol is a bad idea without adequate magnesium, due to the the excess calcium).
It’s “free money” to supplement, as compared to the $10 trillion dollar economic suicide policies in place today in the USA, and the horrible suffering our policies are causing.
Medical “facts” are anything-but. Here is an example of how even things that should be trivial to establish cannot be explained.
In the nearly two centuries since German physician Carl Wunderlich established 98.6°F as the standard "normal" body temperature, it has been used by parents and doctors alike as the measure by which fevers -- and often the severity of illness -- have been assessed.
Over time, however, and in more recent years, lower body temperatures have been widely reported in healthy adults. A 2017 study among 35,000 adults in the United Kingdom found average body temperature to be lower (97.9°F), and a 2019 study showed that the normal body temperature in Americans (those in Palo Alto, California, anyway) is about 97.5°F.
"The provocative study showing declines in normal body temperature in the U.S. since the time of the Civil War was conducted in a single population and couldn't explain why the decline happened," said Gurven. "But it was clear that something about human physiology could have changed. One leading hypothesis is that we've experienced fewer infections over time due to improved hygiene, clean water, vaccinations and medical treatment. In our study, we were able to test that idea directly. We have information on clinical diagnoses and biomarkers of infection and inflammation at the time each patient was seen.
While some infections were associated with higher body temperature, adjusting for these did not account for the steep decline in body temperature over time, Gurven noted. "And we used the same type of thermometer for most of the study, so it's not due to changes in instrumentation," he said.
WIND: I often run at below 98°F and I often run hotter too, for hours, particularly at night. If they tested me, they’d get wildly variable results depending on when measured!
This is just another example of “scientific truth” being far from it, for two centuries. Nor is it clear to me that this new study is more than bunk, given my own known variabilityon top of the many factores cited:
"Another possibility is that our bodies don't have to work as hard to regulate internal temperature because of air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter," Kraft said. "While Tsimane body temperatures do change with time of year and weather patterns, the Tsimane still do not use any advanced technology for helping to regulate their body temperature. They do, however, have more access to clothes and blankets."
The researchers were initially surprised to find no single "magic bullet" that could explain the decline in body temperature. "It's likely a combination of factors -- all pointing to improved conditions," Gurven said.
Alright then. How about nutrient deficiencies, sedentary lifestyles and all the stuff researchers did not think of?
But by linking improvements in the broader epidemiological and socioeconomic landscape to changes in body temperature, the study suggests that information on body temperature might provide clues to a population's overall health, as do other common indicators such as life expectancy. "Body temperature is simple to measure, and so could easily be added to routine large-scale surveys that monitor population health," Gurven said.
Ummm... what time of day? I see 2°F variations or more some days. Shouldn’t someone have a thermometer up their ass 24 X 7 for a few weeks?
Lots of interesting assertions in this post. I don’t know his record or credentials, but I like his skepticism based on knowing myself about all the bullshit we have been fed this year.
“Doctors are never going to cure COVID-19 as long as they have their nutritional deficiency blinders on”. Amen.
The Anxiety/Isolation/Vitamin Deprivation Syndrome
If you believe people test COVID-19 positive and therefore are infected but have no symptoms, I have a bridge to sell you in New York very cheaply. Yes, I too fell for this modern fairy tale in the early days of the pandemic. After all, this •fact• was cited in the most prestigious medical journals. Modern medicine foists off this falsehood and we•re supposed to believe it, cancel sports, church, and family events, all over one symptomless person who tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. In fact, if COVID-19 infected patients aren•t experiencing even a mild fever, they aren•t developing antibodies against the disease .
And doctors say President Trump tested positive, was hospitalized for 3-days (it was a hotel room inside a hospital) and then showcased an antiviral drug ( Remdesivir ) for an American company (Trump should have been paid an endorsement fee); then Trump took off his mask and declared himself cured. But hey, Trump is no medicine man who knows science. He wouldn•t know any better. And neither would any of his narrow-minded doctors. In modern medicine, everything is treated as if it is a drug deficiency. Doctors are never going to cure COVID-19 as long as they have their nutritional deficiency blinders on.
Testing is a •dead end•
But Mr. Trump did say: •• When you test, you create cases .• • If we stop testing right now, we•d have very few cases, if any .•
The disease mongers and his political opponents jumped on the President for making that statement. But Mr. Trump was not ill advised to say that. It is true, because COVID-19 coronavirus is not killing people , the lockdown and news-media induced anxiety is. Here•s how.
First scrutinize a flawed test, the PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) that is known to start pseudo-epidemics , and realize:
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WIND: there are too many statements in there to evaluate without a lot of work. But much of it rings true, at least as to the questions raised. But I am totally onboard with doctors being clueless about nutrition, and without proper nutrition, no organism can be healthy.
That said, I am not ready to buy into the hypothesis that Vitamin B1 deficiency via high-calorie malnutrition explains very many COVID cases. But it might explain cases claime to be COVID but for which a positive test is lacking. OTOH, I was taking B vitamins much of this time, so I don’t see how I could have been B1 deficient.
BUT I completely concur that “shortness of breath is not caused by viral infection,but a loss of autonomic nerver control...”—because I experienced impairment for months and my lungs cycled rapidly between just-fine and severely impaired—and that cannot happen with a viral or environmental provocation, not in my 35 years of experience with asthma. It was without question a nervous system disregulation.
Recall that Elon Musk has four COVID tests the same day, and two claimed positive and two negative. The COVID hysteria based in large part on these ridiculously unreliable tests. The high cycle threshold cutoff (Ct value) for the RT-qPCR is a joke, for starters. So we have a scandal of false positives potentiall and no one in the media or medical community will face it. We will hear more and more about that with time perhaps—but the false media narrative may ignore it and our “leaders” and “experts” have no interest in looking like the fools they are.
As far as I can tell, I have self-cured myself of long-haul COVID*. Just before Thanksgiving, I experienced a huge increase in energy level, and a plummeting of sleep requirements from 12+ hours per day to 8-10 hours per day. I have gotten far stronger on the bike (when I could barely manage an easy 1-mile walk most of October and November!), regaining some of my fitness as well. By “far stronger”, that is comparing a zero to fully functional; I did not ride at all for a full month.
As time allows, I will spell out what I think led to my recovery—a multi-part strategy based on sleep and rest, nutritional support, dietary choices. And now, infrared irradiation, which so far has correlated with stunning improvements (big jumps in wattage) on my now resumed) cycling activities excepting 3 days of rain, but I am eager to ride again when it clears.
Through most of August/September/October/November, I was so weak that a 1-mile walk made me weak. That followed similar but more erratic issues in June and July. Some days I had to go to bed as early as 5PM, then sleep 12-14 hours. Once I slept 16 hours, then was bedridden the following day, too weak to do much more than eat and bathroom. It took a full week to recover from that 'hit'.
Below, my workout metrics show the comeback I made beginning November 26. It was November 24th that I noticed a sudden resolving of some symptoms. Over the ensuing ~2 weeks, pulmonary issues steadily resolved, and I made huge gains in power (watts) on the bike with a reduced heart rate for the same power output. On December 10th, I not only hit 212 watts at a reasonable hart rate (for being detrained), I had no sense of systemic fatigue, a problem which had plagued me for months.
As of December 13: brain fog and cognitive issues gone, physical performance is back to normal levels (taking into account 6 months of detraining), cognitive function is excellent, and sleep requirements are reduced back to a normal 8-9 hours, down from 12-14 hours or even 16 hours.
Lingering issues: I can still fatigue more easily, I still have pain in hands and feet occassionally (perhaps due to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis).
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As far as I can tell, I have self-cured myself of long-haul COVID. Just before Thanksgiving, I experienced a huge increase in energy level, and a plummeting of sleep requirements from 12+ hours per day to 8-10 hours per day. I have gotten far stronger on the bike (when I could barely manage an easy 1-mile walk most of October and November!), regaining some of my fitness as well.
As time allows, I will spell out what I think led to my recovery—a multi-part strategy based on sleep and rest, nutritional support, dietary choices. And now, infrared irraditiation, which so far has correlated with stunning improvements (big jumps in wattage) on my (now resumed) cycling activities.
A disorder called POTS offers some treatment paths, but they are often arduous.
Some patients with long-term Covid symptoms are getting more potential treatment options as doctors diagnose them with a little-known syndrome called POTS.
It’s a disorder of the autonomic nervous system that can have a variety of causes, and it existed before Covid. One common trigger is an infection, such as a virus. Now some doctors believe that the coronavirus is triggering the disorder in some people, providing an explanation for debilitating symptoms including dramatically elevated heart rates from small movements, dizziness and extreme fatigue after even minor physical activity.
The good news, experts say, is there are protocols and treatments for POTS, which stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. They include a guided, very gradual return to physical activity; compression stockings or abdominal compression to prevent blood pooling in the lower half of the body; increased salt and fluid intake if blood pressure is low; and sometimes medications to regulate blood pressure, heart rate and blood volume.
...Some experts believe POTS may be autoimmune in some cases. Several studies have indicated that patients with POTS have antibodies that are attacking the autonomic nerves in the heart and blood vessels.
POTS is a made-up term for “we are guessing at what is going on and we don’t really know the things we ought to be looking for to really explain it, let alone cure it”.
But I’m heartened to see at least some doctors at work on this task. But IMO, they are not pursing the obvious low-hanging fruit: fix the nervous system disfunction. This only some specialists have the skills to do (not necessarily doctors). It is a very sad state of ignorance.
I find it VERY odd that these doctors make no mention of Epstein Barr Virus, or of magnesium deficiency, or inadequate Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 or the vagus nerves. And no organism can achieve health without proper nutrition!
As I’ve been saying to my doctor friends for some time and as I’ve previously stated in this blog: long-haul COVID likely stems in large measure to disruption of the balance between the dorsal and ventral vagus nerves. And that’s on top of direct physical damage.
It definitely can involve auto-immune activation eg Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis as in my case, and other issues and might involved depression of the mitochondrial energy system. All my actions for these causes were premised on healing these systems—and I have succeeded.
For myself, all indications are that I have no physical damage, I say this based on my own ongonig observations (over decades) of lung function and heart function over decades. My sense is that the issues I had were nervous system disruption/imbalance combined with auto-immune activation eg Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
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Lots of news about Ivermection being effective for COVID-19.
I cannot yet tell whether the conclusion below has merit, or if we have another hydroxychloroquine on our hands.
In keeping with therobustand emerging evidence reviewed above, the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance recently created a prophylaxis and early treatment approachfor COVID-19 called "I-MASK+". This protocol includes Ivermectin as a core therapy in both early treatment and prophylaxis of both high-risk patients and post-exposure to household members with COVID-19. The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance is committed to measuring outcomes in those treated with ivermectin and reviewing all emerging results from the current and any future clinical trials of ivermectin in COVID-19.
In summary, based on the existing and cumulative body of evidence, we recommend the use of ivermectin in both prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19. In the presence of a global COVID-19 surge, the widespread use of this safe, inexpensive, and effective intervention could lead to a drastic reduction in transmission rates as well as the morbidity and mortality in mild, moderate, and even severe disease phase.
If true, it sounds like a huge win over a potentially risk vaccine.
Hence my testing definitively positive for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis via the Thyroid Peroxidase test. I also had rheumatic arthritis symptoms in fingers and knees, since resolved... well, mostly.
I’ll re-test in a few months to see if the antibody levels have dropped.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the cause of COVID-19, which has affected more than 6 million people worldwide causing more than 400 000 deaths. The disease affects predominantly the upper and lower respiratory tracts causing severe pulmonary disease which often evolves to a multiorgan systemic disease...
The small sample size did not allow procurement of any statistically significant clinicolaboratory associations. Despite this and the lack of preinfection serological data, the presence of several systemic autoimmune reactivities in almost 70% of the patients suggests a post-SARS-CoV-2 or para-SARS-CoV-2 infectious autoimmune activation. This is not surprising, as cytokines present in the cytokine storm, for example, interleukin-6, can drive autoinflammatory reactions and autoimmunity, probably via pre-existing natural B cell clones or molecular mimicry. The possible autoimmune mechanism merits further investigation, therefore an autoimmune surveillance in larger cohorts is necessary to investigate possible mechanisms of COVID-19 perpetuation and to inform ongoing convalescence plasma therapeutic trials.7 8 As several of the reported autoantibodies are disease markers and can be pathogenic, one should be cautious before transferring autoantibodies, along with neutralising antibodies, into severely affected patients.
Dr Francis Collins of the NIH (National Institute of Health):
"I would like to plead to people who are listening to this this morning to really hit the reset button on whatever they think they knew about this vaccine that might cause them to be so skeptical," Dr. Francis Collins of the NIH told NBC News' "Meet the Press."
Well, Dr Collins, perhaps if you weren’t a total duplicitous ahole about not mentioning legitimate concerns and addressing them head-on, then you’d be worthy of trust as a medical “expert” instead of what you seem to be—a con-artist and political hack bent on persuasion over anything else. Because that’s what you look like in avoiding the issues, even if the concerns raised turn out to be a non-issue.
Having suffered through 6 months of what seems to have been long-haul COVID (and only now recovering), I have no immediate intention of getting any vaccine that is to be tested by mass vaccination to see who gets irrevocably damaged and who doesn’t (and IMO, it’s almost certainly a “how many” not an “if”). I’ve had my fill of doctors directly and indirectly damaging me over my life through incompetence and sheer ignorance.
I don’t take a position on whether these claims below (by medical doctors!) are true. But if even one of these claims turns out to be valid, then the vaccine may damage large numbers of people. The potential risk of infertilityis one that should cause grave concern among women planning to have children. Maybe it isn’t so, but you don’t given 50 million women of childbearing age a vaccine for which this question has not been proven to be a non-concern. OTOH, is it ethical even to test it, since to do so, would require a woman to take the risk? That alone is a huge red flag.
Why aren’t concerns below spoken to directly by our medical “experts” here in the USA?
Why are positive COVID-19 test results potentially bullshit (high cycle threshold cutoff) and no one is addressing that?
...High cycle thresholds, or Ct values, in RT-qPCR test results have been widely acknowledged to lead to false positives.
...In the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine candidate, polyethylene glycol (PEG) is found in the fatty lipid nanoparticle coating around the mRNA. Seventy percent of people make antibodies to PEG and most do not know it, creating a concerning situation where many could have allergic, potentially deadly, reactions to a PEG-containing vaccine. PEG antibodies may also reduce vaccine effectiveness.
...Several vaccine candidates are expected to induce the formation of humoral antibodies against spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2. Syncytin-1 (see Gallaher, B., “Response to nCoV2019 Against Backdrop of Endogenous Retroviruses” - https://virological.org/t/response-to-ncov2019-against-backdrop-of-endogenous-retroviruses/396), which is derived from human endogenous retroviruses (HERV) and is responsible for the development of a placenta in mammals and humans and is therefore an essential prerequisite for a successful pregnancy, is also found in homologous form in the spike proteins of SARS viruses. There is no indication whether antibodies against spike proteins of SARS viruses would also act like anti-Syncytin-1 antibodies. However, if this were to be the case this would then also prevent the formation of a placenta which would result in vaccinated women essentially becoming infertile.
...For a vaccine to work, our immune system needs to be stimulated to produce a neutralizing antibody, as opposed to a non-neutralizing antibody. A neutralizing antibody is one that can recognize and bind to some region (‘epitope’) of the virus, and that subsequently results in the virus either not entering or replicating in your cells. A non-neutralizing antibody is one that can bind to the virus, but for some reason, the antibody fails to neutralize the infectivity of the virus. In some viruses, if a person harbors a non-neutralizing antibody to the virus, a subsequent infection by the virus can cause that person to elicit a more severe reaction to the virus due to the presence of the non-neutralizing antibody. This is not true for all viruses, only particular ones. This is called Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE), and is a common problem with Dengue Virus, Ebola Virus, HIV, RSV, and the family of coronaviruses. In fact, this problem of ADE is a major reason why many previous vaccine trials for other coronaviruses failed. Major safety concerns were observed in animal models. If ADE occurs in an individual, their response to the virus can be worse than their response if they had never developed an antibody in the first place. This can cause a hyperinflammatory response, a cytokine storm, and a generally dysregulation of the immune system that allows the virus to cause more damage to our lungs and other organs of our body. In addition, new cell types throughout our body are now susceptible to viral infection due to the additional viral entry pathway. There are many studies that demonstrate that ADE is a persistent problem with coronaviruses in general, and in particular, with SARS-related viruses....
Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, pulmonologist and former head of a public health department, and Dr. Michael Yeadon, ex-Pfizer research director for respiratory diseases, petitioned the EMA, the European Medicines Agency, on December 1, 2020, to immediately stop clinical trials of the Corona vaccines. The petition has been supported by at least 80,000 people and can be further supported. The flood of emails from concerned supporters was so high so that during the peaks the EMA’s server was temporarily unavailable. Nevertheless, as of December 11, 2020, there has been no response, no comment from the EMA on the petitioners’ submission.
... It is unclear why the EMA has not sought dialogue regarding the concerns raised with the institutes of the EU member states.
Dr. Wordarg and Dr. Yeadon see major vaccine threats to the population. They point to the extremely short period of clinical trials: vaccines are supposed to be emergency licensed after a few months of human clinical trials, whereas in the normal course it takes five to ten years for a vaccine to undergo all safety testing. There are significant concerns about the possible occurrence of an exuberant immune response, which, for example, had led to the death of all cats in a Corona vaccine under development for cats.
In addition, there are fears that the vaccine could render women infertile because it can trigger antibodies that can then attack not only the Corona viruses but also special proteins that are structurally very similar to the viruses and essential for the formation of a placenta. These dangers cannot be ruled out due to the extremely shortened observation period...
...In the USA, the precautionary principle does not apply. Here, the regulations regarding potentially hazardous products are much more manufacturer-friendly...
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The COVID-19 hysteria has reached a fever pitch.
Now, a 2-year-old can get your whole family kicked off the airplane.
If you’ve had kids, you know it’s simple: just reason respectfully with your 2-year-old and they'll totally cooperate—problem solved, right?
A Colorado mother who said she and her family were kicked off a United Airlines flight after her 2-year-old daughter refused to keep a mask on told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that “the experience was absolutely traumatizing” and “very humiliating.”
...In a statement sent to Fox News, a United Airlines spokesperson said, “The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have a multi-layered set of policies, including mandating that everyone on board 2 and older wears a mask.”
“These procedures are not only backed by guidance from the CDC [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and our partners at the Cleveland Clinic, but they’re also consistent across every major airline,” the statement continued.
Note the evasiveness of the airline’s statement, totally ignoring the core issue of whether it is reasonable to expect compliance from a 2-year-old. Do any of these airline petty tyrants have children? Or a functioning brain?
Sociual conformity and rigid rules do not keep us safe or healthy
Social conformity and rigid rules having at best dubious basis in science are now the norm. They serve as “COVID theatre” and not much more. It is now about brute force based on arbitrary edicts having little scientific basis, hurting us all for no benefit. Experts reversing positions, conflicting GIGO data, and policies causing more harm then good (vastly more harm) are now how we operate. And zero accountability from those who impose the policies.
More than ever, it is now COVID theatre that attacks all forms of life and liberty, stamping-out reasoned discourse, and shredding the Constitution. Training the sheeple to comform, to obey, to give up the most basic rights, indeed the right to earn a living. Total clusterfuck.
And why can’t people wear their own N95 or N100 and protect themselves from infection, instead of wearing ineffectual leaky masks that put both themselves and others at risk? That’s the policy today: don’t protect yourself, don’t protect others.Instead e get “COVID theatre” based on the principole of ready-fire-aim. Policies set by “experts” and medical quacks masquerading as doctors who told us that masks don’t works, don’t have a clue how to cure long-haul COVID and who derelict in their duty to insist upon basic nutritional needs as a core aspect of public policy (Vitamin D, magnesium and much more). Total incompetence at every level*.
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Life is all about risks vs rewards and I trend to the getting vaccinated side—I just had my 2nd does of Shingles vaccine, and I plan to get a pneumococcus vaccine... influenza not yet decided. Certain things, the risk/reward is clear (tetanus and DTP and polio come to mind).
But the idea that vaccines are free from side effects is absurd. And it’s all but certain than some percentage of children are in fact damaged by vaccinations, the only question is how many as a percentage. And where are the rigorous studies on vaccinated vs unvaccinated children, and all the possible health effects? Because if you don’t actually look, you won’t find out. And the FDA is not looking*.
I won’t be getting a COVID vaccine right away (and perhaps never) for two reasons. First, after finally pulling out of 6-month long-haul COVID nightmare, I am probably immune. Second, why rush to get the vaccine? I’m waiting to see what happens to the first 10 million people, though I wonder if the truth will be reported as to side effects, since you only find what you look for, and the FDA is likely to be asleep at the wheel. There is zero value in rushing this for myself. Actually there is negative value (high risk, if my experience is any guide).
Is a COVID-19 vaccine useful for the elderly?
Will the vaccine have any meaningful efficacy for those most at risk, those 75+ years old?
The claimed efficacy of 97% would make any con-artist blush with embarrassment.
Typically the elderly respond very poorly to vaccination. Are we to believe that this COVID vaccine now offers us a miracle efficacy unlike nearly all other vaccines, including an especially low efficacy for influenza vaccine?
How many people will the new vaccine damage?
With a new vaccine not yet tested in the general population with people having a wide variety of health conditions, genetic and epigenetic and gut biome differences, industrial chemicals in the body, magnesium deficiency and other nutritional issues, it is all but guaranteed that some people will be damaged, perhaps killed, by the vaccine. The question is how many, and no one can answer that—we have to vaccinate millions and see who gets screwed.
So now that a COVID-19 vaccine is literally on trucks being distributed, the question arises: will the COVID-19 vaccine have a net benefit based on a realistic risk assessment, particularly for the elderly, or might we being sold a bill of goods with 0.1% (1 in 1000) or more of people having adverse reactions, perhaps severe adverse reactions up to and including death?
I did not choose that 0.1% figure at random—it’s the COVID-19 death rate here in San Mateo County. With a new and minimally tested vaccine, it’s very possible that the severe adverse effects of a COVID-19 vaccine could exceed that 0.1% death-rate figure.
I’ve read nothing of a proper risk assessment being done for this new vaccine. One by real experts, meaning those beyond career hacks (a team must include doctors, epidemiologists, economists, psychiatrists, economic and business experts, etc NOT just medical doctors). And how could that even be determined in a few short months of testing since some issues appear over time and effects can be cumulative? Given the present hysteria over COVID-19, I have very low confidence in an objective process over at the FDA*, since the FDA has long ignored numerous problems in medications. I just don’t trust an organization where no one is accountable in any meaningful way, and political and career pressures are intense.
Realize also that vaccine produces have zero liability, so there is intense pressure to ship a vaccine, even if it might damage some small percentage of the population. You and me, we have no recourse if the vaccine hurts us or our loved ones. None, zero, nada.
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Current COVID policy is a grotesque perversion of reason and human rights.
Waves of mass suffering have already happened to many millions of people in this country alone, with evictions already the norm for privately-held housing. Businesses gone forever, life-savings erased, homes lost, child and spousal abuse, education severely damaged for the least privileged, ad nauseum. The cause? Not COVID, but witless tyrannical COVID policies. Many of those things are irreparable—there is no way to ever set things right—millions fucked by government policy. Classic “common good” which always means immolating millions of people for the benefit of The Chosen Ones.
Destroying tens of millions of lives (relatively young lives!) via lockdowns and restrictions to save a tiny percentage of the old and infirm (with very short expected lifespan)—that should shock the conscience as grotesque moral inversion. Yet that moral inversion is the core operating premise of today’s COVID policies.
In the real world, all actions have costs and benefits. These must be weighed together, yet this is not done. Politicians and the vast majority of medical “experts” are NOT qualified for risk assessment, yet society has given them the de facto right to maim and de facto kill people by policy for the flimsiest of rationalizations. This is not an exaggeration but refers to actuarial facts proven by economic history.
The chickens are coming home to roost, and evictions are only a tiny part of it.
Between 2.4 million and 5 million American households are at risk in January alone
More American renters could be evicted from their homes in January than in any month ever, as protections put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic expire unless a last-minute deal is reached to extend them.
That month is when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ban on evictions is set to expire. The moratorium protects tenants who have missed monthly rent paymentsfrom being thrown out of their homes if they declare financial hardship. The CDC ordered the halt on evictions under the Public Health Service Act, which allows the federal government to enact regulations that help stop the spread of infectious diseases.
Between 2.4 million and 5 million American households are at risk of eviction in January alone, and millions more will be vulnerable in the months after, according to estimates from the investment bank and financial-advisory firm Stout Risius Ross.
...Evicted renters are still liable for months of unpaid rent, and even those with jobs could struggle to pay. Americans’ back-rent debt could total $70 billion by year-end, according to an estimate from Moody’s Analytics.
“The courts still do not have adequate policies and procedures to accommodate these very real barriers,” said Lee Camp, a housing attorney in St. Louis.
People who cannot work cannot earn money for rent. People who cannot pay rent get evicted. Not very complicated. Where in hell do our “leaders” think people are going to go once evicted? To a metaphorical hell not that far removed from a real one, actually.
Being evicted from home is traumatic enough, but our tyrannical “leaders” with their obscenely fat salaries and benefits are untouched by the pandemic are the ones locking us down. These parasites have no skin in the game, no accountability whatsoever, so they can do whatever their latest brain-fart suggests to them.
How many will see child abuse, spousal abuse, alcholism, depression, lack of medical care, etc?
We now have the most destructive public policy, the most RACIST public policy that the United Stated has seen in its history (slavery and its aftermath aside).
It turns my stomach to think about it, and worse, to see the well-off people in my area oblivious to the mass suffering that is ongoing—it’s surreal to see Googlers and millionaires hardly affected while they marinate in huge gains from a soaring stock market. Meanwhile, those who struggle for a living are continually abused by these policies, losing everything, including their dignity.
Government as tyrant is now the norm in the “free” United States. The Consititution does not allow for suspension of rights, let alone approve of the flimsy rationalizations used to do so, but our feckless supreme court sits around with its collective thumb up its ass. Fuck you, supreme court—as a body the Supreme Court is contemptible, worse than worthless.
And a huge fuck-you to every governor and county medical director who deprives people of the right to earn a living, for it is from that that all else follows. You are NOT serving the public good; you are literally KILLERS. You are incompetent fools if not outright sociopaths who have no right to destroy lives as you have done for most of the year now.
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