HEALTH: The Today Show just pointed out that “official advice” on Covid is bogus

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/04/08/the-new-covid-trend-that-will-probably-irritate-fauci-and-the-panic-peddlers-n2587591

The ‘Random Act of Journalism’ The Today Show Did That Blows Apart the COVID Panic Narrative
Matt Vespa |  @mvespa1|
Posted: Apr 08, 2021 2:45 PM

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The variants are out there. Stay indoors and fear for your lives. We all know there are variants of viruses. They’re living things that adapt. It’s why there is no uniform flu shot every year. It’s why there’s no cure for the common cold. We get it. Viruses change. Stop peddling the science fiction that if we don’t listen to your garage (sic) advice on COVID, variants will appear. The best was Dr. Sanjay Gupta who pretty much said that if we wear masks (i.e., listen to them)—then the variants won’t appear or develop. If we don’t, then they will pop up. They’re still clinging to the mask absolutism like grim death, aren’t they? It’s not a shield. You all know this. You can still catch COVID while wearing a mask, but let’s move on to yet another point that shreds the ‘fear for your lives’ narrative. States that are still under lockdown are seeing COVID cases spike. Those that have reopened have seen a decline. The Today Show noted this, while The Daily Caller decided to comment on this by quoting the late great Rush Limbaugh, who noted such incidents as this as a “random act of journalism.”

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“States that are still under lockdown are seeing COVID cases spike”

Guess that “We, The Sheeple” are not paying attention.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), anyone paying attention will take note.

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HEALTH: Is this “anti-vax”? No, it’s just science, these are legitimate concerns.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/04/no_author/alternative-newsthe-top-four-reasons-why-many-people-doctors-scientists-refuse-to-take-the-covid-vaccine/

The Top Four Reasons Why Many People, Doctors & Scientists Refuse To Take The COVID Vaccine
By Arjun Walia
Collective Evolution
April 2, 2021

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From what I see, the majority of people receive their information from mainstream media organizations, which are organizations that have strong ties to pharmaceutical corporations and governments, and are known for presenting one perspective that favours a particular agenda while completely ridiculing the other. They sometimes go as far as labelling another perspective as a “conspiracy theory” despite the fact that there is ample, credible evidence to support the claims of that perspective. Do people simply believe things because they feel that everybody else believes it too? What are the social and cultural implications of not being in alignment with the majority?

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1. A Lack of Trust In Government & Pharmaceutical Companies.

2. The Virus Has A 99.95 Survival Rate.

3. Some People Don’t Know How Safe And Effective The Vaccine Is

4. There May Be Protection From Infection

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At the end of the day, there are ample concerns about the COVID vaccine, its effectiveness, the safety of it in the short term and in the long term. Despite these concerns, the vaccine is heavily marketed as unquestionably safe and effective. A fifth category could have been added to this article, and that’s the ridicule and acknowledgments of other, cheap effective treatments that have shown to have a tremendous amount of success. It seems these treatments would have rendered the vaccine useless and unnecessary, but the vaccine is a multiple billion dollar product.

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I don’t think I am an “anti-vax” type.

That being said, I am very concerned about taking any vax; not just this WuFlu one.

I’ll take the Shingles, but not the Flu.

I’m trying to place the various WuFlu vaccines on this spectrum of effectiveness and safety.

Until I can, I’m not taking anything.

Argh!

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HEALTH: Masks are USELESS!

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/03/mask_mandates_do_not_save_lives.html#ixzz6pU1D9Psx

March 17, 2021
Mask Mandates Do Not Save Lives
By Spike Hampson

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Although some studies have concluded that masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, usually they have failed to replicate real-world situations.  A common approach is to evaluate the effectiveness of mask material at stopping the expulsion or intake of the aerosols presumed to be the airborne carriers of the virus.  Useful information, perhaps, but at this stage, what we need to know is whether the widespread use of masks is measurably reducing the risk of death from the disease.  To continue requiring the use of masks makes sense only if there is compelling data that death rates are lower for people who wear masks than it is for people who do not.

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My high school friend says: “Like trying to catch salt with a tennis racket”!

I prefer “Like trying to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard with a chain link fence”!

His is shorter, but mine is more realistic.  

After all who has a tennis racket?

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HEALTH: I’m not anti-vax, but these reports are concerning

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3942047/posts

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-9359529/Undisputed-middleweight-champion-Marvelous-Marvin-Hagler-passes-away-unexpectedly-aged-66.html

Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies ‘unexpectedly’ at age 66 after friend said he was ‘in ICU fighting the effects of the vaccine
Daily Mail  
Posted on 3/14/2021, 12:07:29 AM 

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Boxing was in mourning on Saturday night after the shock death of one its all-time greats, Marvin Hagler, at just 66, after he reportedly suffered side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Born in Newark, New Jersey – dominated the sport’s middleweight scene, which he was champion of between 1980 and 1987. He was also named as the Fighter of the Decade for the 1980s by Boxing Illustrated magazine and won the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year award twice.

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First, I am not an anti-vax-er.  I have just taken the first of two shingles vaxes, plain to get my pneumonia vax updated next month, and have had all the childhood vaxes. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), I NEVER get the flu vax, and in general I’m very aware that vaxes are a tradeoff of risk versus reward.  

For example, the polio vax is a no brainer.  I have personally seen first hand the devestation that polio can cause. (RIP cousin William!)  So the “tradeoff” is very lopsided.

For example, the flu vax is questionable.  It’s usually at best 30% effective and often usless if the drug companies don’t anticipate the right strain. So to me, the “tradeoff” is also very lopsided in the opposite direction.

Now every decision with regard to vaxes is very personal.  There’s no “right” or “wrong”. 

That being said, now every bit of information on the vaxes is POLITICAL!

The dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) about them is based by the “narrative” or political pov of the source.  And that should NOT be permitted.

The data should be reported straightforwardly and as accurately as possible. Facts are not up to discussion.  “Today, the CDC reports X fatalities.” Should not require a long investigation of the causes.  The whole “died with covid” versus “died from covid” or even worse “died from what we guess is covid” or even worse “died from what we think might be covid” is completely unacceptable.

Let’s get some real journalists like Sharyl Attkisson https://sharylattkisson.com to give us the straight scoop.

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HEALTH: Sorry, a virus that is 0.1 microns ain’t going to be stopped by a cloth mask

https://www.theblaze.com/amp/horowitz-how-osha-magically-evolved-from-years-of-its-own-research-stating-masks-are-not-valid-protection-2651034990?__twitter_impression=true

How OSHA magically ‘evolved’ from years of its own research stating masks are not valid protection
The Blaze ^ | Mar 12, 2021 | Daniel Horowi tz
Posted on 3/12/2021, 1:17:14 PM by Repent and Believe

“Asbestos particles are on average 5 microns, which are much larger than SARS-CoV-2, yet nobody in my field – industrial hygiene – would recommend that we could protect workers from asbestos exposure using a mask,” said Stephen Petty, a certified industrial hygienist and hazardous exposure expert, on my podcast last week. “In fact, I would argue that you’d lose your credentials for saying such a thing.”

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This fat old white guy injineer recognized this fact personally on a cold day in front of glass door.

Ever seen a picture of a researcher in a virus lab?

So, masks are the pandemic’s version of “security theater” at the airports.

I think the politicians and bureaucrats should be laughed at because they assume “We, The Sheeple” are that stupid!

Or are they?

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HEALTH: When Covid-19 Swept Through a Country in the Mid-1970s

Dr. X writes of a peculiar disease that swept through his country inn the 1960s and 1970s and was prevalent in many geographical areas. At first it was only 50 patients. Then a few years later it was more than ten-thousand patients.

Source: When Covid-19 Swept Through a Country in the Mid-1970s

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Could Covid-19 be beriberi?

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HEALTH: Which Brands and Sources of Rice Have the Least Arsenic? | NutritionFacts.org

Which Brands and Sources of Rice Have the Least Arsenic? | NutritionFacts.org:

Not all rice producers have been so dismissive, though. After a subsequent Consumer Reports exposé, one rice company detailed “how it is taking matters into its own hands.” Lundberg Farms started testing hundreds of samples of its rice to share the results with the FDA. “We’re committed to providing safe food,” said the CEO, “to really listening to our consumers, and dealing with this problem very openly….” Lundberg Farms isn’t just sharing its results with the FDA, but with everyone.

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Sounds like the FDA is in the pocket of Big Rice.

Does Big Rice get federal Gooferment “parity payments”?

If so, I know how to change their behavior.  Don’t you?

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HEALTH: Hygiene Theater, like Security Theater, is a waste of attention, time, and resources

https://www.targetliberty.com/2020/12/surface-cleaning-in-response-to-covid.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TargetLiberty+(Target+Liberty)

Friday, December 11, 2020
Surface Cleaning in Response to COVID-19 is Hygiene Theater

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Joseph G. Allen, an associate professor and director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Charles Haas, professor of environmental engineering at Drexel University and Linsey C. Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, write in The Washington Post:

We don’t have a single documented case of covid-19 transmission from surfaces. Not one.

So why, then, are we spending a small fortune to deep clean our offices, schools, subways and buses?

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Just like the Gooferment, who desires to be seen as “leading”, sends up down a rat hole of wasted effort.

Gooferment is just immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

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HEALTH: On the Reaction to Covid-19

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Here’s a letter to a new correspondent: Ms. Tolbert: I did indeed see my friend and former colleague Omar Al-Ubaydli’s recent op-ed decrying what he believes to be humanity’s under- estimation of the seriousness of Covid-19.

Source: On the Reaction to Covid-19

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as I read the evidence, it tells me three things: (1) lockdowns do not work to reduce Covid deaths; (2) lockdowns fuel other healthproblems, including ones that are fatal; (3) lockdowns create enormous economic hardships for hundreds of millions of people.

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Yes, it seems that the “experts” don’t know as much about the WuFlu as they proclaim they do.

That’s all right.  Now that Sleepy Joe has stolen the election, we will see if my prediction that Covid disappears in the next 90 days.

Its only purpose was to defeat the “Bad Orange Man” and having done that, it’s no longer need in the narrative.

Argh!

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HEALTH: Study disputes the efficacy of masks

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/12/joseph-mercola/landmark-study-finds-masks-are-ineffective/

Landmark Study Finds Masks Are Ineffective
By Joseph Mercola
Mercola.com
December 4, 2020

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Our results suggest that the recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in mask wearers in a setting where social distancing and other public health measures were in effect, mask recommendations were not among those measures, and community use of masks was uncommon.”

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So why does the political caste continue lecture “We, The Sheeple” on masks?

And, why do the sheeple obey?

One step closer to the trains to the camps!

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HEALTH: The Food Industry’s “model of systemic dishonesty” | NutritionFacts.org

Ideally how much trans fat should we eat a day?

Zero, and the same goes for saturated fat and cholesterol.

Source: The Food Industry’s “model of systemic dishonesty” | NutritionFacts.org

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Guess it’s YET ANOTHER thing one should do.

“NO! … Try not! … Do or do not… there is no try.” (To do it justice, you must say the word try with all the revulsion and disgust you can put on it. Like you were talking about a rapist, a child murderer, or a politician!) — Yoda (Fictional character from George Lucas’s “Star Wars” movie)

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HEALTH: Being “plant based” is hard!

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/flashback-friday-whats-the-natural-human-diet

Flashback Friday: What’s the “Natural” Human Diet?
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM October 2nd, 2020
What can our nutrient requirements, metabolism, and physiology tell us about what we should be eating?

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If there’s one takeaway from our studies of ancestral diets, perhaps it’s that diets based largely on plant foods promote health and longevity.

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Wish it was easier to be “plant based”.  After SEVEN DECADES of eating the “Standard American Diet”, it’s hard to change habits.

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HEALTH: HCQ, antibiotics, and ZN to treat the WuFlu early

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/hirsch?e=39307912ab

Harvey Risch is a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. He is associate editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, editor of the International Journal of Cancer, and a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

 

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As professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, I have authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and currently hold senior positions on the editorial boards of several leading journals. I am usually accustomed to advocating for positions within the mainstream of medicine, so have been flummoxed to find that, in the midst of a crisis, I am fighting for a treatment that the data fully support but which, for reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science, has been pushed to the sidelines. As a result, tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily. Fortunately, the situation can be reversed easily and quickly.

I am referring, of course, to the medication hydroxychloroquine. When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.

On May 27, I published an article in the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) entitled, “Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis.” That article, published in the world’s leading epidemiology journal, analyzed five studies, demonstrating clear-cut and significant benefits to treated patients, plus other very large studies that showed the medication safety.

Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic. They have done what the science shows is best for their patients, often at great personal risk. I myself know of two doctors who have saved the lives of hundreds of patients with these medications, but are now fighting state medical boards to save their licenses and reputations. The cases against them are completely without scientific merit.

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JUST LIKE DJT45 SAID.

Wonder if we’ll hear any apologies?

I doubt it.

This is all about “Orange Man Bad” and to deny him a reelection!

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HEALTH: Vitamin D is a cheap and easy way to extend lives?

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/flashback-friday-will-you-live-longer-if-you-take-vitamin-d-supplements-how-much-should-you-take/

Flashback Friday: Will You Live Longer if You Take Vitamin D Supplements & How Much Should You Take?
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  July 31st, 2020 

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So, what’s a safe dose that will likely get us to the purported optimal level? 1,000 units a day should get most people up to the target 75 nmol/L (which is 30 ng/mL). But by most people, they mean 50%. To get around 85% of the population up to 75 would require 2,000 a day. 2,000 international units a day would shift the curve from here to here. That way, we can take the average person into the desired range without fear of toxicity. You can take too much vitamin D, but you don’t tend to see problems until blood levels get up around 250, which would take consistent daily doses in excess of 10,000.

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I take 5k per day and my blood level in July was … 63.2!

YMMV

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HEALTH: Hydroxychloroquine One More Time, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is under attack for two reasons. One is that Trump recommended it based on Dr. Zelenko’s successful cures of his patients in New York. Consequently, Democrats and the presstitutes have allied with Big Pharma and demonized HCQ hoping to use the false claim that it causes heart attacks to discredit Trump and reduce his chance of reelection. The other is that Big Pharma and the public health organizations, such as NIH, CDC, and WHO which have revolving door relationships with Big Pharma and share in the revenues, are desperate to block an effective and inexpensive treatment when they can make billions of dollars on a mandated vaccine and an ineffectual treatment known as Remdesivir.

Source: Hydroxychloroquine One More Time, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

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Just follow the money and remember in November “Orange Man Bad”!

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HEALTH: The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier

https://nutritionfacts.org/2020/07/28/the-crowding-out-strategy-to-eating-healthier/

The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on July 28th, 2020

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In the United States, “if one-half of the U.S. population were to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by one serving each per day, an estimated 20,000 cancer cases might be avoided each year.” That’s 20,000 people who would not have gotten cancer had they been eating their fruits and veggies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends we “fill half [our] plate with colorful fruits and vegetables,” but less than 10 percent of Americans hit the recommended daily target. Given this sorry state of affairs, should we even bother telling people to strive for “5 a day,” or might just saying “get one more serving than you usually do” end up working better? Researchers thought that “the more realistic ‘just 1 more’ goal would be more effective than the very ambitious ‘5 a day’ goal,” but they were wrong.

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It seems that changing our diet to avoid cancer is “low hanging fruit”!

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HEALTH: Now “we” are beginning to peel back the “onion” of knowledge

https://news.yahoo.com/scientists-identify-six-different-types-185531392.html

Scientists identify six different types of coronavirus with increasing severity levels
Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph•July 17, 2020
 
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People most vulnerable to Covid-19 can now be given support and early interventions – AFP

Six distinct types of coronavirus have been identified by scientists in a breakthrough that promises to save lives by flagging the highest-risk patients.

Analysis of thousands of cases by artificial intelligence software has revealed different “clusters” of symptoms and ranked them in order of severity.

Headache and loss of smell are common to all six groupings, but the range of symptoms varies widely after that.

Scientists at King’s College London (KCL) found that patients with the sixth type of Covid-19 are nearly 10 times more likely to end up needing breathing support than patients in the first group.

This is significant because often patients only deteriorate to a critical stage several days after after showing symptoms. The new ranking system should flag up the highest-risk cases and give doctors the opportunity to intervene earlier.

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Not only that, but maybe “we” can differentiate between “cases” and “deaths” with something a little more granular and a lot less intrusive in daily life.

And, reopen the economy without “face diapering” diktats.

Like all other “one size fits all” diktats by Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats, this one is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

Let’s be safe … intelligently.

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HEALTH: A vegan diet may have benefits for surprising reasons

“Strictly plant-based diets have gained acceptance as a dietary strategy for preventing and managing disease. Perhaps, in part, this is because of their rather unique gut flora, with less of the disease-causing bacteria and more of the protective species.” https://buff.ly/3cIBa1F

I think it’s worth it to try to be a vegan!

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HEALTH: The covid test maybe available thru regular channels

Tue, Apr 28, 9:44 PM (2 days ago) 

https://www.labcorp.com/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/patient-information/covid-19-testing-options?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20_patient_corp_COVID-19-test-options

>Why get tested if no symptoms ? 

Curiosity. Knowing.

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Labcorp sent a notice that they were offering the test for $100.

“Everyone” was ridiculing me for thinking about get it done.

With all the “information” floating around about the WuFlu:

  • The death count is either inflated (by hospitals to get Federal money) or undercounted (by ignoring deaths in nursing homes).
  • No one seems to understand it. (For example, how can the Roosevelt aircraft carrier (Link) have only a fraction of the crew infected if it’s so contagious?)
  • There seems to be some “interesting” (uneven) stratification in the impact.  Seems to impact the old and sick.  Seems to impact minorities disparately.  Seems to be spread by people that don’t have symptoms.
  • The politicians and bureaucrats have confused the issue with a delayed response and an over-reaction.
  • The “celebrities” are elbowing into the spotlight to improve their visibility and spouting uninformed opinions.
  • Some experts are opining outside their areas of expertise.  Stepping into “policy” from “findings” or “recommendations”.
  • No one seems to know who’s immune and why?
  • Seem to be two groups of doctors that seem to have conflicting diametrically opposed opinions about what the issues are?

So, if there is some sort of “immunity”, perhaps it is signaled by the antibodies in the testing.  

It might be nice to know if I have the antibodies which would indicate:

  1. I had a the mild version that people get with no symptoms;
  2. I will know I have immunity when and if the experts find that “immunity” is denoted by the antibodies;
  3. I will know by the absence of those antibodies would be a warning that I might still be at risk.

QED thinking about getting the test isn’t crazy.

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HEALTH: Urgent Questions About The Diamond Princess

This post appeared first on Daily Reckoning . “Failure to comply with this order will result in a $5,000 fine and up to one year in prison…” We woke this morning to this menacing threat. It came issuing from the loudspeaker of a prowling police cruiser.

Source: Urgent Questions

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The Case of the Diamond Princess

Dr. Ioannidis cites the case of the cruise ship Diamond Princess:

Projecting the Diamond Princess mortality rate onto the age structure of the U.S. population, the death rate among people infected with COVID-19 would be 0.125%. But since this estimate is based on extremely thin data — there were just seven deaths among the 700 infected passengers and crew — the real death rate could stretch from five times lower (0.025%) to five times higher (0.625%). It is also possible that some of the passengers who were infected might die later, and that tourists may have different frequencies of chronic diseases — a risk factor for worse outcomes with SARS-CoV-2 infection — than the general population. Adding these extra sources of uncertainty, reasonable estimates for the case fatality ratio in the general U.S. population vary from 0.05–1%.

That huge range markedly affects how severe the pandemic is and what should be done. A populationwide case fatality rate of 0.05% is lower than seasonal influenza. If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational. It’s like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies…

If we assume that case fatality rate among individuals infected by SARS-CoV-2 is 0.3% in the general population — a mid-range guess from my Diamond Princess analysis — and that 1% of the U.S. population gets infected (about 3.3 million people), this would translate to about 10,000 deaths. This sounds like a huge number, but it is buried within the noise of the estimate of deaths from “influenza-like illness.” If we had not known about a new virus out there and had not checked individuals with PCR tests, the number of total deaths due to “influenza-like illness” would not seem unusual this year.

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Perhaps “We, The Sheeple” are being herded to the pens for loading on the trains to the camps.

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HEALTH: Coronavirus UK: Piers Morgan’s top 20 Cov-idiots so far | Daily Mail Online

And it’s been great to see people in other industries like entertainment being creative and thoughtful in trying to rally people’s spirits as millions of people sit at home worrying.

But sadly, I’ve also been repulsed by some of the outrageous, offensive and occasionally downright obscene conduct of a minority of people who have tried to exploit the crisis for personal gain, arrogantly ignored warnings to save lives, or brought a whole new meaning to tone-deafness.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Piers Morgan’s top 20 Cov-idiots so far | Daily Mail Online

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Cov-idiots!

Hard to define the word better than what these people did, or are doing!!!

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HEALTH: Coronavirus crisis Deciding how to prioritize hospital patients

Happily, New York state put together a protocol back in 2008 titled “Allocation of Ventilators in a Public Health Disaster” (largely reaffirmed in 2015) designed for a moment like ours. Wisely, our state insists that age and health problems or disabilities unrelated to what is causing the epidemic shouldn’t serve as the basis for rationing. Prognosis for recovery is what matters.

A New York hospital could choose to give its last ventilator to the 72-year-old marathon runner rather than to the 57-year-old pack-a-day smoker. Again, based only on prognosis for recovery. The objectivity of the standard removes much of the physician’s subjective ideology from the picture.

Source: Coronavirus crisis: Deciding how to prioritize hospital patients

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Seems like a good way to ration if it has to be done.

Like the organ donor controversy, the Gooferment makes rules (i.e., you can sell a kidney but you can starve to death; you can’t sell a dead relative’s organs even if you’re dead broke; some rules don’t apply to the elite) and then says “there’s a shortage”.

When ever I hear that there is a “shortage” or “surplus”, I just know deep in my heart that the Gooferment has screwed something up.

Why did we ever put the Gooferment “in charge of health care”?  I can’t conceive of what “healthcare” would look like in a Libertarian USA but I’m sure it would be better that what a mess we have now.

The meaning of “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else is so muddled we can’t possible extract the Gooferment from it.  It’s like “who would build the roads”?  Do you think that WalMart, UPS, FedEx, and all the other carriers couldn’t figure it out without, as Tom Woods calls it, a guy with a bullhorn shouting out orders.  The truly Free Market would allow an efficient solution to evolve.

If health care was a “free market”, I am sure that Insurance Companies would have hospitals for their insured that would serve their Customers spectacularly.  By way of proof, i offer: health insurance, car insurance, and life insurance.  Notice the decreasing level of Gooferment “regulation”.  Notice, also, the decreasing level of cost and the increasing level of service.  Health insurance is a nightmare; life insurance is walk in the park.  Could there be a message in this example?  Ya think!

So now that the “China / Wuhan / Covid19 / whatever you want to call it” virus has drastically altered our society, let’s use it to create solutions with more freedom and liberty.

REMEMBER: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel  

So let’s use this opportunity to, for example, enshrine “distance learning” and close Gooferment Skrules.  Let’s create a national free market in “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else.  Let’s get the Gooferment out of “health rules & regulations” that prevented “telemedicine”, free exchange of medical records between doctors, terminate the CDC & FDA replacing them with a version of the Consumer Reports.  Let’s take the monopoly privileges from Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and the medical cartel forcing them to stand up for their failures — no bailouts or limitations of liability for mistakes.

We’ll all be better off.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. — Theodore Roosevelt

Let’s not do “nothing”!

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HEALTH: Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns | WIRED

Blue Shield expects that 250 to 500 newborns will be eligible for the whole genome sequencing each year, which represents about 10 percent of their insured babies treated in neonatal intensive care units in California. Company executive vice president Terry Gilliland said he will encourage other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans around the country to adopt a similar policy. “When you think about all the pain and suffering families go through with sick babies, this is going to be an enormous benefit,” he says.

Source: Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns | WIRED

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I can think back to TWO babies in my life who could have used this.  Maybe it could have prevented a one or both fatalities.  And, maybe all the associated heartbreak.

Don’t know how much it costs, but like all technology the cost will come down.

Maybe it can be done on ALL babies as well as in the womb.

God’s gift to humanity, if it becomes so!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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HEALTH: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain – LewRockwell

Exley’s conclusion deserves repeating: “No aluminum, no AD.” Without aluminum, Alzheimer’s doesn’t develop. That’s not fake news. This research provides conclusive evidence for concern, which means it would be foolish in the extreme to pretend that injecting infants and young children with aluminum-containing vaccines is harmless.

Source: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain – LewRockwell

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I always seem to be drawn into the vax / anti-vax controversy.

I understand that there is a non-scientific debate about vaccines.  Some “celebrities” take a position and I scoff at them.  (How does being the modern equivalent of the “Court Jester” entitle you to make pseudo scientific pronouncements?)

That being said the very existence of the Federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program puts the “vaccines are harmless” pronouncements in doubt.  (Remember Christie Todd Witman’s pronouncement that 9/11 air was safe?)

I have seen the ravages of polio that turned a happy healthy child into a virtual helpless babbling idiot who struggled to make himself understood. (I remember his post-illness goal of someday being a milkman. Yes, they still had such things. And it makes me sad to remember him so many years after his death.) That being said, my family liked up all the children for shots as soon as the vaccine was available. I understand that.

So today, when parents have good-faith concerns, I am sympathetic to their plight. I’d still vaccinate, but I would not have to pick up the “collateral damage” that could result. It may well be playing the odds, but as I always say, “someone wins the Lotto!”. In this case, it’s no prize to win.

I’m blogging about this again in hopes that “we” “We, The Sheeple” can have a reasonable discussion about the “safety issue”. I’d like to see the Gooferment reveal its dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) about vaccines in a very public manner. Then we’d know once and for all what the true odds of harm are. Is it 1/100, 1/10,000, or 1/1,000,000? Remember with 350M people in the USA, that means somewhere between 3½ million and 350 cases of harm. That’s too wide a variance for my comfort. Then, one has to drill down into some of the differentiating factors (i.e., sex, race, age, region, diet, left-handed versus right-handed). OK, maybe not the “handed-ness that I inserted to lighten up the rant.

I hope that this generates some light; not heat.

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HEALTH: Neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s?

2019-Feb-11

🧠 “The case for transmissible Alzheimer’s grows” (Scientific American). Genuinely a little frightening. Also consider this: neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-case-for-transmissible-alzheimers-grows/?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The Case for Transmissible Alzheimer’s Grows
What separates a lethal prion from dementia-inducing amyloid plaque? Maybe not much
By Jennifer Frazer on February 7, 2019

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Alzheimer’s is not the only neurodegenerative disease in which aggregating misfolded host proteins – a class referred to as amyloid — seem to propagate and wreak havoc either. In Parkinson’s Disease, misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins spread through the brain, and in Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the misfolded, accumulating protein is TDP-43. We should investigate the transmission potential of these diseases as well.

The only thing that seemed to separate these conditions from classic prion diseases was transmissibility. But now that that barrier has been breached for at least one, I also wonder: What is the difference between amyloid and prions? Are they part of a spectrum? Are they one in the same? If not, what is the difference? Can what we’ve learned about the biology of prions help our efforts to fight amyloid dementias? Of course, since we still can’t cure prion diseases, it may not be much help even if so.

The realization that the peptides involved in some of the most common and feared dementias on Earth may be transmissible under even limited conditions is a sobering and humbling reminder of how very little we still understand about them. Given what we know about prions, I think we would be wise not to underestimate their abilities.

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This is really scary stuff to this old fart.  It isn’t the Walking Dead where a bite turns you into a zombie, but a “sticky infectious prion” can wipe out your mind, life, and wallet.  Hope a lot of someones are researching this.  If I was a neurosurgeon, I be really concerned.

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HEALTH: Plant-Based Diets for Diabetics

https://nutritionfacts.org/2018/04/12/plant-based-diets-put-to-the-test-for-diabetes/

Plant-Based Diets Put to the Test for Diabetes
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on April 12th, 2018

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The bottom line is that the more plant-based diet “led to a greater improvement in quality of life and mood. Patients consuming a vegetarian diet also felt less constrained than those consuming the conventional diet.” People actually felt the conventional diabetic diet was more restrictive than the plant-based diet. Disinhibition decreased with a vegetarian diet, meaning those eating vegetarian were less likely to binge, and the subjects in the vegetarian group tended to feel less hungry. All of this helps with sustainability in the long term, which is, of course, critical for any dietary change. So, not only do plant-based diets appear to work better, but they may be easier to stick to. And, with the improvement in mood, patients may exhibit desired improvements not only in physical, but also in mental, health.

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I’d wish I had know this back in 1970.

Would it have made a difference, who can say?

But, upon reflection, I’d hope I’d have been smart enough to try it.

Argh!

Add it to my list of failures.

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