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WARNING: Popular over-the-counter medication increases risk of strokes, heart attack, according to FDA
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by: Sara Middleton, staff writer | June 10, 2021
(NaturalHealth365) Can you guess one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the world? It’s non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Indeed, NSAIDs – prescription and over-the-counter – account for nearly 10 percent of all drugs prescribed – yet millions of Americans experience adverse effects from this class of drugs every year.
Of course, many have heard that excessive NSAID use could be harmful to the kidneys and liver. But if you have NSAIDs in your medicine cabinet, you should also know these drugs are implicated in an increased risk of serious health problems like stroke.
Over-the-counter NSAIDs increase risk of deadly stroke, heart attack, even within “first few weeks of use”
NSAIDs, including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) are commonly used to temporarily relieve aches, pains, and fever. The attitude toward this class of drugs is practically casual, as if “popping a pill” is just no big deal. Yet in 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly strengthened the warning label on over-the-counter NSAIDs.
Taking these drugs can elevate the risk of potentially deadly stroke and heart attack, especially for people with cardiovascular disease – who make up almost half of all American adults, according to the American Heart Association.
This black box warning label had already been on prescription NSAIDs since 2005. But due to increasing evidence of harm, the FDA made the decision to strengthen the warning for over-the-counter options, too.
What’s more, the FDA noted in their announcement that the increased risk of deadly stroke and heart attack can occur even after just a few weeks of over-the-counter NSAID use. Said Judy Racoosin, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of FDA’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products, “There is no period of use shown to be without risk.”
More recently, NSAIDs made the news over concerns they might increase the risk of adverse events in patients with COVID-19. Though the World Health Organization concluded in April 2020 that there was “no evidence” suggesting these drugs posed an elevated hazard for people sick with COVID-19, they admit using “no direct evidence” to come to this conclusion – while also omitting in their concluding statements that people with cardiovascular diseases are among the more likely to fall ill with the pandemic illness.
As if elevated risk of stroke isn’t worrisome enough, here are other common side effects of NSAIDs (plus some ideas on drug-free pain relief)
In addition to increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke, taking NSAIDs could also expose you to a number of other known adverse effects, including:
- Gastrointestinal upset like stomachaches, diarrhea, and stomach ulcers
- Kidney and liver problems
So, do you frequently reach for NSAIDs when you’re experiencing everyday aches and pains? If so, it might be time to consider another strategy. Some leading drug-free pain relief interventions include:
- Physical therapy
- Deep breathing exercises
- An anti-inflammatory diet (featuring lots of fruit, veggies, and healthy fats like fish, while low in/free from dairy and grains)
These recommendations are well-supported by research. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges in its 2016 guidelines regarding opioids (another notorious pain reliever) that “many non-pharmacologic therapies, including physical therapy, weight loss for knee osteoarthritis, [and] psychological therapies such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)” can alleviate chronic pain. They add that “high-quality evidence” supports exercise therapy for improving pain and function in people with conditions like hip or knee osteoarthritis, low back pain, and fibromyalgia.
We remind all readers never to make any changes to your medication routine without speaking with your physician first.
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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked May 17, 2021
- Between September 2019 and September 2020 alone, opioid overdoses killed 87,000 Americans — a new record-high
- Various court cases have demonstrated how Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, systematically misled doctors about the drug’s addictiveness to drive up sales, resulting in an avalanche of opioid addiction and subsequent deaths
- The Massachusetts attorney general is now suing Purdue’s PR firm, Publicis Health, for its role in creating Purdue’s deceptive marketing
- Publicis is accused of placing illegal advertisements for OxyContin in the electronic medical records of patients and creating training materials for Purdue sales reps on how to combat doctor’s objections to the drugs
- Publicis also developed strategies to counter opioid guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and created “patient stories” to “humanize” the OxyContin brand and counter negative press about addiction risks
In previous articles, I’ve discussed the central role false advertising played in the creation of the opioid crisis.1
To recap, a single paragraph in a 1980 letter to the editor2,3 (not a study) in The New England Journal of Medicine — which stated that narcotic addiction in patients with no history of addiction was very rare — became the basis of a drug marketing campaign that has since led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people, or four times the number of Americans killed in Vietnam.
Between September 2019 and September 2020 alone, opioid overdoses killed a staggering 87,000 Americans — a new record-high.4
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, used this letter to the editor as the basis for its claim that opioid addiction affects fewer than 1% of patients treated with the drugs. In reality, opioids have a very high rate of addiction, have not been proven effective for long-term use5 and, in fact, fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter pain relievers.6
Various court cases have demonstrated how Purdue systematically misled doctors about OxyContin’s addictiveness to drive up sales, resulting in an avalanche of opioid addiction and subsequent deaths.7
Unethical to the core, Purdue also cashed in on the addiction trend it manufactured by secretly founding Rhodes Pharma to manufacture generic opioids,8 and getting into the business of creating overdose treatments.9,10
Facing an estimated 2,600 lawsuits11,12 relating to its role in the opioid epidemic, Purdue filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2019,13 as a way to avoid litigation losses. Just over a year later they pleaded guilty to three federal criminal charges, including violating a federal anti-kickback law, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.14,15
The company agreed to pay $8.3 billion in fines, forfeiture of past profits and civil liability payments to settle the charges,16 but short on cash — having transferred more than $10 billion of the company’s funds into family trusts and offshore accounts17 — the company was dissolved and its remaining assets used to erect a “public benefit company” owned and controlled by the U.S. government.18 Future earnings will supposedly be used to combat the opioid crisis.
Purdue’s PR Company Sued for Deceptive Marketing
While Purdue’s owners, the Sackler family, got off scot-free, states struggling with the exorbitant cost of opioid addiction aren’t ready to bury the hatchet just yet. Instead, some are going after the PR firm Purdue hired to run their deceptive marketing campaigns.
As it turns out, that PR firm is none other than Publicis, a partner of the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a Great Reset. As detailed in “The Web of Players Trying to Silence Truth,” Publicis appears to be coordinating the global effort to suppress information that runs counter to the technocratic narrative about COVID-19, its origin, prevention and treatment — suppression and censorship that has been repeatedly aimed at this website specifically.
At the beginning of May 2021, the Massachusetts attorney general filed a lawsuit19 against Publicis Health, accusing the Publicis subsidiary of helping Purdue create the deceptive marketing materials used to mislead doctors into prescribing OxyContin.20,21,22,23 As reported by Yahoo! News:24
“The lawsuit alleges that Publicis ‘engaged in myriad unfair and deceptive strategies that influenced OxyContin prescribing across the nation,’ a statement by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said. Those strategies were carried out through dozens of contracts between 2010 and 2019, worth more than $50 million …
Tactics included combatting doctors’ ‘hesitancy’ to prescribe the medication, and persuading them to prescribe OxyContin over lower-dose, short-acting opioids, thus increasing the risk of addiction. Massachusetts is asking that Publicis Health pay ‘compensatory damages’ of an unspecified amount for having ‘created a public nuisance.’”
Publicis Knowingly Promoted Over-Prescription
Publicis Health argues that its work for Purdue was entirely lawful and limited to “implementing Purdue’s advertising plan and buying media space.” Publicis also claims the specific activities listed in the lawsuit fall outside the statute of limitations.
Some of those activities included placing illegal advertisements for OxyContin in the electronic medical records of patients, creating training materials for Purdue sales reps on how to combat doctor’s objections to the drugs, developing strategies to counter opioid guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and creating “patient stories” to “humanize” the OxyContin brand and counter negative press about addiction risks.25,26
According to the lawsuit, one patient vignette featured a 40-year-old man who had his dose increased from 10 milligrams a day to 20 mg in just three weeks. It also claims Publicis was responsible for creating and sending thousands of deceptive emails to doctors, encouraging them to not only increase patients’ dosages but also to prescribe the drug to patients who were already on less dangerous pain meds.27
Publicis also instructed Purdue to target doctors who were already writing out dangerously high numbers of prescriptions, even in the midst of a raging opioid epidemic,28 all while agency executives gleefully discussed the record fees they’d collect from the Purdue account. A March 2016 email exchange reveals the Publicis subsidiary was expecting to make up to $12.28 million from Purdue that year alone.
Publicis Also Represented Addiction Center
According to the complaint:29
“Publicis helped create a public nuisance of opioid use disorder, overdose, and death. By design, Publicis’s schemes worked to counter public health measures intended to reduce unnecessary opioid use, because more opioid use generated more profits for Publicis’s opioid clients.”
Like Purdue, Publicis also cashed in on the opioid addiction it helped create by pitching its services to organizations working to end addiction. As reported by Forbes,30 the agency “won the account to work on drugfree.org after touting how it’s been ‘immersed in the evolving national opioid medication dialogue going on between pharma companies, the government and FDA, and the public via inside access as a trusted and informed consulting partner.’”
In an interview cited by Courthouse News, Amanda Pustilnik, a senior fellow on law and applied neuroscience at Harvard Law School who also teaches at the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital, noted that:31
“The story of the opioid epidemic is often misrepresented as a story of irresponsible patients and over-prescribing doctors. This prosecution gets at the heart of the matter.
Patients and doctors were not, on average, irresponsible. They acted under the influence of a concerted plan of misinformation and over-promotion orchestrated up and down the supply chain for these medications.”
Publicis Admits Role in Censorship Push
As mentioned earlier, Publicis appears to be playing an important role in the global censorship of information relating to COVID-19, and Publicis Health admitted its involvement in this agenda as recently as April 27, 2021. In a tweet,32 the agency announced its partnership with NewsGuard, “to fight the ‘infodemic’ of misinformation about COVID-19 and its vaccines.”
In short, Publicis Health is dedicated to suppressing any information that hurts its Big Pharma clients, which include Lilly, Abbot, Roche, Amgen, Genentech, Celgene, Gilead, Biogen, AstraZeneca, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and Bayer, just to name a few.
Publicis is more than a partner with NewsGuard, however. NewsGuard actually received a large chunk of its startup capital from Publicis, as detailed in “New Thought Police NewsGuard Is Owned by Big Pharma.” NewsGuard, a self-proclaimed arbiter of truth, rates websites on criteria of “credibility” and “transparency,” ostensibly to guide viewers to the most reliable sources of news and information.
In reality, however, NewsGuard ends up acting as a gate keeper with a mission to barricade unpopular truth and differences of opinion behind closed gates. Its clearly biased ranking system easily dissuades people from perusing information from low-rated sites, mine included.
Extensive Propaganda Network Works Against the Public
As detailed in “The Web of Players Trying to Silence Truth” (hyperlinked above), Publicis is part of an enormous network that includes international drug companies, fact checkers and credibility raters like NewsGuard, Google and other search engines, Microsoft, antivirus software companies like Trend Micro, public libraries, schools, the banking industry, the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense, the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum.
Mind you, this is not a comprehensive review of links. It’s merely a sampling of entities to give you an idea of the breadth of connections, which when taken together explain how certain views — such as information about COVID-19 and vaccines — can be so effectively erased.
To understand the power that PR companies such as Publicis wield, you also need to realize that PR has, by and large, replaced the free press. In decades past, pro-industry advertising stood in stark contrast to the free press, which would frequently expose problems with products and industries, thereby serving as a counterbalance to industry propaganda.
When a free press with honest reporting based on verifiable facts actually does its job, ineffective or toxic products are driven off the market. All of this changed in the late 20th century, when media outlets started relying on advertisers for the bulk of their revenues.
As intended, journalists quickly came under the control of advertisers, who suddenly had the power to kill stories they didn’t like. Today, news organizations simply won’t run reports that might harm the bottom line of its advertisers and, not surprisingly, the drug industry is among the top-paying advertisers.
By further partnering with the “big guns” of media — such as the Paley Center for Media, which is composed of every major media in the world33 — Publicis and its industry clients have been able to influence and control the press to virtually eliminate your ability to get the truth on many important issues, including COVID-19.
Seeing how Publicis represents most of the major pharmaceutical companies in the world and funded the creation of NewsGuard, it’s not far-fetched to assume Publicis might influence NewsGuard’s ratings of drug industry competitors, such as alternative health sites. Being a Google partner,34,35 Publicis also has unprecedented ability to simply bury undesirable views that might hurt its clientele.
NewsGuard’s health-related service, HealthGuard,36 is also partnered with the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) — a progressive U.K.-based cancel-culture leader37 with extensive ties to government and global think tanks that has labeled people questioning the COVID-19 vaccine as “threats to national security.”
The CCDH has also published a hit-list of 12 groups and individuals it wants Big Tech to bury, deplatform and ban for disseminating COVID-19 information that runs counter to status quo propaganda. Not surprisingly, Mercola.com is on that list, and a ramp-up of personal threats that cannot be defended against in a court of law recently forced me to delete many of the articles discussing alternative treatments for COVID-19 from my website.
The Crime of the Century
If you get the chance, I recommend watching Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary “The Crime of the Century,” which details how the opioid epidemic was manufactured. In a Wall Street Journal television review, John Anderson writes, in part:38
“In Mr. Gibney’s two-part ‘Crime of the Century’ … the cinema is as exhilarating as the journalism is exhaustive. Still, the style remains in service to the story: how big pharma lied and bribed its way into billions of dollars while leaving death and devastation behind, through a seemingly conscience-free crusade to sell stronger and stronger opiates to more and more people.
It’s a success story, from the industry’s point of view. It’s also a story of villainy, with a catalog of villains — not just the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma, but their sales representatives; the U.S. congressmen to whom they made outsize donations … former prosecutors hired as lobbyists … and officials of the Justice Department and the Food and Drug Administration …
‘The business of criminal cartels and pharmaceutical companies are connected,’ Mr. Gibney says in voiceover — the very obvious example being the drift to heroin by addicts thwarted by the increased expense and reduced availability of opioids. The director then goes about establishing how and why that is so.
The default argument of Purdue Pharma and its defenders is that drug users, not drug makers, are responsible for addiction. But as the miniseries points out, the information that was fed to doctors and on which patients based the use of prescriptions — including the claim that delayed-action OxyContin wasn’t addictive — was simply untrue.”
Unethical Behavior Is Par for the Course
While Publicis is trying to downplay its role in what has been described as the crime of the century, the lawsuit against it will hopefully result in a reevaluation of marketing ethics. The agency, knowing full well there was an epidemic of opioid abuse underway, resulting in tens of thousands of premature deaths each year, took on the job of increasing Purdue’s profits by making that lethal trend worse.
Publicis claims they were just doing what advertising agencies do — they created promotional materials that boost client revenue. However, this argument circumvents any notion of ethics and concern about public health. They’re basically admitting that it’s all about making money, regardless of the cost.
So, even if their actions were within legal limits (which the Massachusetts case will eventually establish), their actions were immoral and clearly undermined public health.
They now want you to believe they are protecting public health by supporting COVID-19 censorship, but this too is working against the public good. How can you possibly make an educated decision about whether or not to participate in this gene therapy experiment if you’re not allowed to hear anything about the risks?
What Publicis calls “misinformation” is simply information that contradicts the propaganda being put out by the hands that feed it, i.e., the drug industry. History tells us companies driven by profit interest make poor truth tellers, as negative information will clearly have a detrimental impact on their bottom line. So, they lie and obfuscate. It’s that simple.
Public relations firms like Publicis are mere arms of these notoriously untruthful industries. They do their bidding because that’s what they’re paid to do. To think that Big Pharma and paid propagandists are looking out for anyone but themselves is dangerously naïve.
It is ironic doublespeak that Publicis claims to defend against misinformation that puts the public at risk, while being clearly guilty of crimes against humanity, having played a crucial role in one of the deadliest health care schemes involving lies and deceit.
- 1 The Atlantic June 2, 2017
- 2 NEJM 1980; 302(2): 123 (PDF)
- 3 STAT News May 31, 2017
- 4, 24 Yahoo News May 6, 2021
- 5 Medscape September 28, 2015
- 6 JAMA March 6, 2018;319(9):872-882
- 7 CDC Drug Overdose Deaths
- 8 New York Post, September 11, 2018
- 9 STAT News September 7, 2018
- 10 Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Superior Court Case Number 1884-cv-01808 (BLS2)
- 11, 13 BBC News September 16, 2019
- 12 Reuters March 26, 2019
- 14, 17 CNN October 21, 2020
- 15 Reuters October 21, 2020
- 16 STAT News October 21, 2020
- 18 Associated Press October 21, 2020
- 19, 29 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Superior Court Complaint CA No. 21-1055 (PDF)
- 20, 26, 27, 28 Boston Globe May 8, 2021
- 21, 25, 30 Forbes May 7, 2021
- 22 CommonHealth May 7, 2021
- 23, 31 Courthouse News May 6, 2021
- 32 Twitter Publicis Health Media April 27, 2021
- 33 The Paley Center for Media 2018 Agenda
- 34 Ad Week September 22, 2008
- 35 Google Marketing Platform Partners, Publicis Sapient
- 36 NewsGuard HealthGuard
- 37 Off-Guardian August 11, 2020
- 38 Wall Street Journal May 6, 2021 (Archived)
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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked January 08, 2021
- Acetaminophen may dampen your response to risks, such that you become more likely to take them while using the drug
- People who took acetaminophen rated activities such as walking home alone at night in an unsafe area or bungee jumping as less risky than those who took a placebo
- Those taking acetaminophen also took more risks on a laboratory test designed to measure risk-taking; it has been linked to increased risk-taking outside of the lab, including driving without a seatbelt, using drugs and alcohol and stealing
- Acetaminophen has numerous neural and emotional effects and has been linked to blunted positive and negative emotions, reduced empathy and less pain from social rejection
- Considering its many risks, acetaminophen isn’t recommended for minor aches and pains; try natural pain relief options instead
Acetaminophen, known by the brand names Tylenol and Panadol, is the most widely used drug ingredient in the U.S., taken by more than 50 million Americans every week.1 Most don’t think twice about popping a couple of Tylenol tablets to take the edge off a headache or other minor aches and pains, believing it to be a relatively benign over-the-counter medication choice.
Even acetaminophen comes with risks, however. Those linked to liver damage are well known, but it’s now emerging that acetaminophen has other unintended effects in your body — effects that may influence your behavior, emotions and psychological processes. Taken together, if you don’t have to use acetaminophen, don’t — it’s best to avoid using this drug unless absolutely necessary.
Acetaminophen Increases Risk Taking
Acetaminophen, which is found in over 600 medicines, is used by 23% of the U.S. population weekly,2 mostly for its pain- and fever-reducing effects. But along with blunting your pain, it may also be dampening your response to risks, such that you become more likely to take them while using the drug.
Researchers from The Ohio State University recruited 189 college students to take part in the study. They were given either 1,000 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen or a placebo, then, once the drug took effect, they were asked to rate various activities based on risk on a scale of 1 to 7.
Those who took acetaminophen rated the activities, which included things like walking home alone at night in an unsafe area or bungee jumping, as less risky than those who took the placebo. In another study by the same researchers, undergraduate students took part in a test to measure risk-taking behavior.3
The study involved clicking a button to inflate a balloon on a computer. As it inflated, they were rewarded with money, but if it got too big and burst, they lost it all. Students who took acetaminophen were more likely to keep pumping the balloon and had more balloons burst than students not taking the drug.
“If you’re risk-averse, you may pump a few times and then decide to cash out because you don’t want the balloon to burst and lose your money,” study co-author Baldin Way said in a news release. “But for those who are on acetaminophen, as the balloon gets bigger, we believe they have less anxiety and less negative emotion about how big the balloon is getting and the possibility of it bursting.”4
Taking more risks on the laboratory test has been linked to increased risk-taking outside of the lab, including driving without a seatbelt, using drugs and alcohol and stealing. This is what has the researchers concerned, especially considering how widespread acetaminophen usage is.
“Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they consider risky activities — they just don’t feel as scared,” Way said. “With nearly 25 percent of the population in the U.S. taking acetaminophen each week, reduced risk perceptions and increased risk-taking could have important effects on society.”5
Acetaminophen Blunts Positive and Negative Emotions
If you take acetaminophen, you expect it to dull your physical pain, but it may also blunt your emotions, both positive and negative. A series of studies, conducted by Way and colleagues, involved showing college students 40 photographs designed to elicit positive, neutral or negative emotions.6 The students were given 1,000 mg of acetaminophen or a placebo 60 minutes prior to viewing the photos.
The students were asked to rate the photos on a scale of -5 (extremely negative) to +5 (extremely positive), as well as rate how much emotion the photo made them feel. Those who took acetaminophen rated the photos as less extreme on either end of the spectrum, and also had more neutral emotional reactions.
“People who took acetaminophen didn’t feel the same highs or lows as did the people who took placebos,” Way said in a news release.7 They then conducted a similar study asking people to evaluate not only the emotional content of photos, but also how much of the color blue it contained. They were trying to determine if acetaminophen affected perceptions that weren’t emotional in nature.
Again, the participants who took acetaminophen had emotional reactions that were significantly blunted, but the judgments of blue color content were similar among everyone. This suggests acetaminophen affects emotional evaluations but not magnitude judgments, such as color content.8
Acetaminophen Is an ‘Empathy Killer’
Acetaminophen is not only a painkiller but also an “empathy killer,” Way and colleagues wrote in a 2016 study published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.9 Empathy, the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand their feelings and point of view, is a character trait that benefits society and individuals in multiple ways.
Those who feel empathy for others’ pain and suffering may trigger prosocial actions, for instance, or curb aggressive behaviors. It’s also known that when people observe others experiencing pain, brain regions are activated that also light up in response to our own pain.10 This suggests empathy for pain may share similar neural and psychological processes as the experience of physical pain.
Again, Way and colleagues conducted a series of studies to compare subjects’ responses to others’ physical or social pain. After receiving acetaminophen or a placebo, they read scenarios about another’s pain, watched ostracism in the lab or witnessed other participants being exposed to painful noise blasts.
The acetaminophen users had significantly fewer empathic responses compared to those who took a placebo. The researchers explained:11
“As hypothesized, acetaminophen reduced empathy in response to others’ pain. Acetaminophen also reduced the unpleasantness of noise blasts delivered to the participant, which mediated acetaminophen’s effects on empathy.
Together, these findings suggest that the physical painkiller acetaminophen reduces empathy for pain and provide a new perspective on the neurochemical bases of empathy. Because empathy regulates prosocial and antisocial behavior, these drug-induced reductions in empathy raise concerns about the broader social side effects of acetaminophen …”
Taking Acetaminophen Reduces Pain From Social Rejection
The pain caused by social rejection is another area where acetaminophen unexpectedly interferes. Those who took acetaminophen daily for three weeks reported less social pain on a daily basis compared to those who took a placebo.12
Further, when the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure brain activity in the participants, the drug reduced neural responses to social rejection in areas previously linked to the distress of social pain and physical pain.
“Acetaminophen reduces behavioral and neural responses associated with the pain of social rejection, demonstrating substantial overlap between social and physical pain,” the researchers noted.13 Indeed, the pain of social rejection can feel like a literal painful blow, but the problem with taking acetaminophen to blunt it is that positive emotions are also affected, meaning chronic users may have a dulled existence.
When Way and colleagues again gave 1,000 mg of acetaminophen or placebo to subjects, then measured their response to positive empathy, these positive feelings were blunted; those taking acetaminophen did not experience the same uplifting feelings as others did when reading about others’ positive experiences.14
“Results showed that acetaminophen reduced personal pleasure and other-directed empathic feelings in response to these scenarios,” Way and colleagues wrote, adding that this also has societal implications since positive empathy is related to prosocial behavior.
Cognitive Function Also Affected
When acetaminophen affects your brain’s responses to social rejection, empathy and more, it also extends to other cognitive processes, possibly making them less effective. In another trial, participants who took either acetaminophen or a placebo performed a test to gauge decision-making abilities.
They had to click a button when the letter F appeared on a computer screen but not hit the button when an E was shown. Those who took acetaminophen performed worse on the test, suggesting the drug may lead to greater errors or flaws in decision making, and may also inhibit broader evaluative processes in the brain.15
Lead author Dan Randles, a postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at University of Toronto, said in an interview with Forbes:16
“… [A]cetaminophen not only affects physical pain, but also feelings of social rejection, uncertainty and evaluative processing … This study is the first to provide compelling evidence that acetaminophen is affecting all of these symptoms by reducing the distress associated with any kind of cognitive conflict; whether the source is physical, social or more abstract.”
Acetaminophen Is Risky During Pregnancy
After long being recommended as a safe pain reliever during pregnancy, it was revealed in 2014 that acetaminophen is in fact a hormone disruptor,17 casting doubts on its safe use during pregnancy.
According to that 2014 study, use of acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with a 37% increased risk of their child being diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder, a severe form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Their children were also up to 30% more likely to be prescribed ADHD medication by the time they were 7 years old.18 A study published in JAMA Psychiatry in 2019 further strengthened the link between acetaminophen use and ADHD, while also noting an increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).19 Aside from a higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems, studies have also shown:
- Use of acetaminophen during pregnancy may increase your risk of pre-eclampsia and thromboembolic diseases20
- Taking the drug for more than four weeks during pregnancy, especially during the first and second trimester, moderately increases the risk of undescended testicles in boys21
- Using acetaminophen in the third trimester increases your risk of preterm birth22
Liver Damage Is a Major Problem With Acetaminophen Use
Yet another reason to be extremely cautious with regard to acetaminophen is its negative effects on your liver. Acetaminophen is the top cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. It can even be toxic to your liver at recommended doses when taken daily for just a couple of weeks.23
Part of the reason for the risk is that acetaminophen’s recommended dose and the amount of the drug that causes an overdose are very close. There is not much margin of safety, and because acetaminophen is found in so many over-the-counter medications, it’s easy to double- or triple-up without even realizing it.
Even taking just a little more acetaminophen than the recommended dose over a few days or weeks (referred to as “staggered overdosing”) is dangerous, and can be deadlier than one large overdose.24 There are other risks to acetaminophen that haven’t been covered here, including potentially fatal skin reactions.
California state regulators are even considering adding acetaminophen to the list of carcinogens covered by Proposition 6525 because it’s related to phenacetin, an over-the-counter painkiller banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1983 because of links to cancer.
Considering its many risks, I don’t recommend using acetaminophen for minor aches and pains. Instead, try one of the many natural pain relief options available that can provide relief without drugs.
- 1 WebMD, How popular is acetaminophen?
- 2, 3 Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2020, Pages 725–732
- 4, 5 Ohio State News September 8, 2020
- 6 Psychological Science April 10, 2015
- 7, 8 Ohio State News April 12, 2015
- 9, 10, 11 Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Volume 11, Issue 9, September 2016, Pages 1345–1353
- 12, 13 Psychological Science June 14, 2010
- 14 Front Psychol. 2019; 10: 538
- 15 Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Volume 11, Issue 6, June 2016, Pages 899–906
- 16 Forbes April 13, 2016
- 17 JAMA Pediatrics April 2014
- 18 Forbes February 24, 2014
- 19 JAMA Psychiatry October 30, 2019 DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.3259, Abstract and Key Points
- 20 J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2010 May;23(5):371-318
- 21 Epidemiology 2010 Nov;21(6):779-85
- 22 International Journal of Epidemiology 2009; 38: 706-714 (PDF)
- 23, 24 JAMA 2006;296(1):87-93. doi:10.1001/jama.296.1.87
- 25 Associated Press January 21, 2020
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The present-day definitions of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis were arbitrarily conceived by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the early 90’s and then projected upon millions of women’s bodies seemingly in order to convince them they had a drug-treatable, though symptomless, disease
Osteopenia (1992)[i] and Osteoporosis (1994)[ii] were formally identified as skeletal diseases by the World Health Organization (HTO) as bone mineral densities (BMD) 1 and 2.5 standard deviations, respectively, below the peak bone mass of an average young adult Caucasian female, as measured by an x-ray device known as Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, or DEXA). This technical definition, now used widely around the world as the gold standard, is disturbingly inept, and as we shall see, likely conceals an agenda that has nothing to do with the promotion of health.
Deviant Standards: Aging Transformed Into a Disease
A ‘standard deviation’ is simply a quantity calculated to indicate the extent of deviation for a group as a whole, i.e. within any natural population there will be folks with higher and lower biological values, e.g. height, weight, bone mineral density, cholesterol levels. The choice of an average young adult female (approximately 30-year old) at peak bone mass in the human lifecycle as the new standard of normality for all women 30 or older, was, of course, not only completely arbitrary but also highly illogical. After all, why should a 80-year old’s bones be defined as “abnormal” if they are less dense than a 30-year old’s?
Within the WHO’s new BMD definitions the aging process is redefined as a disease, and these definitions targeted women, much in the same way that menopause was once redefined as a “disease” that needed to be treated with synthetic hormone replacement (HRT) therapies; that is, before the whole house of cards collapsed with the realization that by “treating” menopause as a disease the medical establishment was causing far more harm than good, e.g. heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
As if to fill the void left by the HRT debacle and the disillusionment of millions of women, the WHO’s new definitions resulted in the diagnosis, and subsequent labeling, of millions of healthy middle-aged and older women with what they were now being made to believe, was another “health condition,” serious enough to justify the use of expensive and extremely dangerous bone drugs (and equally dangerous mega-doses of elemental calcium) in the pursuit of increasing bone density by any means necessary.
One thing that cannot be debated, as it is now a matter of history, is that this sudden transformation of healthy women, who suffered no symptoms of “low bone mineral density,” into an at-risk, treatment-appropriate group, served to generate billions of dollars of revenue for DXA device manufacturers, doctor visits, and drug prescriptions around the world.
WHO Are They Kidding?
Osteopenia is, in fact, a medical and diagnostic non-entity. The term itself describes nothing more than a statistical deviation from an arbitrarily determined numerical value or norm. According to the osteoporosis epidemiologist Dr. L. Joseph Melton at the Mayo Clinic who participated in setting the original WHO criteria in 1992, “[osteopenia] was just meant to indicate the emergence of a problem,” and noted that “It didn’t have any particular diagnostic or therapeutic significance. It was just meant to show a huge group who looked like they might be at risk.”[iii] Another expert, Michael McClung, director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center, criticized the newly adopted disease category osteopenia by saying ”We have medicalized a nonproblem.”[iv]
In reality, the WHO definitions violate both commonsense and fundamental facts of biological science (sadly, an increasingly prevalent phenomenon within drug-company-funded science). After all, anyone over 30 years of age should have lower bone density than a 30 year old, as this is consistent with the normal and natural healthy aging process. And yet, according to the WHO definition of osteopenia, the eons-old programming of our bodies to gradually shed bone density as we age, is to be considered a faulty design and/or pathology in need of medical intervention.
How the WHO, or any other organization which purports to be a science-based “medical authority,” can make an ostensibly educated public believe that the natural thinning of the bones is not normal, or more absurdly: a disease, is astounding. In defense of the public, the cryptic manner in which these definitions and diagnoses have been cloaked in obscure mathematical and clinical language makes it rather difficult for the layperson to discern just how outright insane the logic they are employing really is.
So, let’s look closer at the definitions now, which are brilliantly elucidated by Washington.edu’s published online course on Bone Densitometry, which can be viewed in its entirety here.
The Manufacture of a Disease through Categorical Sleight-of-Hand
The image above shows the natural decrease in hip bone density occurring with age, with variations in race and gender depicted. Observe that loss of bone mineral density with age is a normal process.
Next, is the classical bell-shaped curve, from which T- and Z-scores are based. T-sores are based on the young adult standard (30-year old) bone density as being normal for everyone, regardless of age, whereas the much more logical Z-score compares your bone mineral density to that of your age group, as well as sex and ethnic background. Now here’s where it gets disturbingly clear how ridiculous the T-score really system is….
Above is an image showing how within the population of women used to determine “normal” bone mineral density, e.g. 30-year olds, 16% of them already “have” osteopenia” according to the WHO definitions, and 3% already “have” osteoporosis! According to Washington.edu’s online course, “One standard deviation is at the 16th percentile, so by definition, 16% of young women have osteopenia! As shown below, by the time women reach age 80, very few are considered normal.”
Above you will see what happens when the WHO definitions of “normal bone density” are applied to aging populations. Whereas at age 25, 15% of the population will “have” osteopenia, by age 50 the number grows to 33%. And by age 65, 60% will be told they have either osteopenia (40%) or osteoporosis (20%).
On the other hand, if one uses the Z-score, which compares your bones to that of your age group, something remarkable happens: a huge burden of “disease” disappears! In a review on the topic published in 2009 in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry, 30-39% of the subjects who had been diagnosed with osteoporosis with two different DXA machine models were reclassified as either normal or “osteopenic” when the Z- score was used instead of the T-score. The table, therefore, can be turned on the magician-like sleight-of-hand used to convert healthy people into diseased ones, as long as an age-appropriate standard of measurement is applied, which presently it is not.
Bone Mineral Density is NOT Equivalent to Bone Strength
As you can see there are a number of insurmountable problems with the WHO’s definitions, but perhaps the most fatal flaw is the fact that the Dual energy X-ray absorpitometry device (DXA) is only capable of revealing the mineral density of the bone, and this is not the same thing as bone quality/strength.
While there is a correlation between bone mineral density and bone quality/strength – that is to say, they overlap in places — they are not equivalent. In other words, density, while an excellent indicator of compressive strength (resisting breaking when being crushed by a static weight), is not an accurate indicator of tensile strength (resisting breaking when being pulled or stretched).
Indeed, in some cases having higher bone density indicates that the bone is actually weaker. Glass, for instance, has high density and compressive strength, but it is extremely brittle and lacks the tensile strength required to withstand easily shattering in a fall. Wood, on the other hand, which is closer in nature to human bone than glass or stone is less dense relative to these materials, but also extremely strong relative to them, capable of bending and stretching to withstand the very same forces which the bone is faced with during a fall. Or, take spider web. It has infinitely greater strength and virtually no density. Given these facts, having “high” bone density (and thereby not having osteoporosis) may actually increase the risk of fracture in a real-life scenario like a fall.
Essentially, the WHO definitions distract from key issues surrounding bone quality and real world bone fracture risks, such as gait and vision disorders.[v] In other words, if you are able to see and move correctly in your body, you are less likely to fall, which means you are less prone to fracture. Keep in mind also that the quality of human bone depends entirely on dietary and lifestyle patterns and choices, and unlike x-ray based measurements, bone quality is not decomposable to strictly numerical values, e.g. mineral density scores. Vitamin K2 and soy isoflavones, for instance, significantly reduce bone fracture rates without increasing bone density. Scoring high on bone density tests may save a woman from being intimidated into taking dangerous drugs or swallowing massive doses of elemetal calcium, but it may not translate into preventing “osteoporosis,” which to the layperson means the risk of breaking a bone. But high bone mineral density may result in far worse problems….
High Bone Mineral Density & Breast Cancer
One of the most important facts about bone mineral density, conspicuously absent from discussion, is that having higher-than-normal bone density in middle-aged and older women actually INCREASES their risk of breast cancer by 200-300%, and this is according to research published in some of the world’s most well-respected and authoritative journals, e.g. Lancet, JAMA, NCI. (see citations below).
While it has been known for at least fifteen years that high bone density profoundly increases the risk of breast cancer — and particularly malignant breast cancer — the issue has been given little to no attention, likely because it contradicts the propaganda expounded by mainstream woman’s health advocacy organizations. Breast cancer awareness programs focus on x-ray based breast screenings as a form of “early detection,” and the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s entire platform is based on expounding the belief that increasing bone mineral density for osteoporosis prevention translates into improved quality and length of life for women.
The research, however, is not going away, and eventually, these organizations will have to acknowledge it or risk losing credibility.
Journal of the American Medical Association (1996): Women with bone mineral density above the 25th percentile have 2.0 to 2.5 times increased risk of breast cancer compared with women below the 25th percentile.
Journal of Nutrition Reviews (1997): Postmenopausal women in the highest quartile for metacarpal bone mass were found to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, after adjusting for age and other variables known to influence breast cancer risk.
American Journal of Epidemiology (1998): Women with a positive family history of breast cancer and who are in the highest tertile bone mineral density are at a 3.41-fold increased risk compared with women in the lowest tertile.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2001): Elderly women with high bone mineral density (BMD) have up to 2.7 times greater risk of breast cancer, especially advanced cancer, compared with women with low BMD.
Journal Breast (2001): Women in the lowest quartile of bone mass appear to be protected against breast cancer.
European Journal of Epidemiology (2004): Women with highest tertile bone mineral density (BMD) measured at the Ward’s triangle and at the femoral neck are respectively at 2.2-and 3.3-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared with women at the lowest tertile of BMD.
View additional citations on the breast cancer-bone density link.
High Bone Density: More Harm Than Good
The present-day fixation within the global medical community on “osteoporosis prevention” as a top women’s health concern, is simply not supported by the facts. The #1 cause of death in women today is heart disease, and the #2 cause of death is cancer, particularly breast cancer, and not death from complications associated with a bone fracture or break. In fact, in the grand scheme of things osteoporosis or low bone mineral density does not even make the CDC’s top ten list of causes of female mortality. So, why is it given such a high place within the hierarchy of women’s health concerns? Is it a business decision or a medical one?
Regardless of the reason or motive, the obsessive fixation on bone mineral density is severely undermining the overall health of women. For example, the mega-dose calcium supplements being taken by millions of women to “increase bone mineral density” are known to increase the risk of heart attack by between 24-27%, according to two 2011 meta-analyses published in Lancet, and 86% according to a more recent meta-analysis published in the journal Heart. Given the overwhelming evidence, the 1200+ mgs of elemental calcium the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends women 50 and older take to “protect their bones,” may very well be inducing coronary artery spasms, heart attacks and calcified arterial plaque in millions of women. Considering that the NOF name calcium supplement manufacturers Citrical and Oscal as corporate sponsors, it is unlikely their message will change anytime soon.
Now, when we consider the case of increased breast cancer risk linked to high bone mineral density, being diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis would actually indicate a significantly reduced risk of developing the disease. What is more concerning to women: breaking a bone (from which one can heal), or developing breast cancer? If it is the latter, a low BMD reading could be considered cause for celebration and not depression, fear and the continued ingestion of inappropriate medications or supplements, which is usually the case following a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis.
We hope this article will put to rest any doubts that the WHO’s fixation on high bone density was designed not to protect or improve the health of women, but rather to convert the natural aging process into a blockbuster disease, capable of generating billions of dollars of revenue.
Learn more on the GreenMedInfo database:
[i] WHO Scientific Group on the Prevention and Management of Osteoporosis (2000 : Geneva, Switzerland) (2003). “Prevention and management of osteoporosis : report of a WHO scientific group” (PDF). Retrieved 2007-05-31.
[ii] WHO (1994). “Assessment of fracture risk and its application to screening for postmenopausal osteoporosis. Report of a WHO Study Group”. World Health Organization technical report series 843: 1-129. PMID 7941614.
[iii] Kolata, Gina (September 28, 2003). “Bone Diagnosis Gives New Data But No Answers”. New York Times.
[v] P Dargent-Molina, F Favier, H Grandjean, C Baudoin, A M Schott, E Hausherr, P J Meunier, G Bréart Fall-related factors and risk of hip fracture: the EPIDOS prospective study. Lancet. 1996 Jul 20;348(9021):145-9. PMID: 8684153
Originally published: 2017-11-18
Article updated: 2020-09-18
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked November 29, 2020
INTERVIEW WITH DR. SARAH ZIELSDORF AND LINDA ELSEGOOD:
Dr Mercola’s Video Interview
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- Low-dose naltrexone, an opiate antagonist, can benefit most autoimmune and chronic pain conditions
- LDN is also being used as an adjunct for cancer. Research by professor Angus George Dalgleish and Dr. Wei Lou showed LDN could bring cancer cells into remission using pulsed dosing
- When microdosed, LDN can help potentiate long-term users of opioids, allowing them to reduce their dependence and lower their required opioid dose
- Naltrexone only briefly blocks the opioid receptor. Its chief clinical benefit is in the rebound effect, which includes an upregulation of your immune system and subsequent reduction in inflammation
- Other conditions being treated with LDN include Lyme disease and its co-infections, fibromyalgia, SIBO, restless leg syndrome, depression, dermatological issues and even infertility
In this interview, we review some of the remarkable benefits of low-dose naltrexone (LDN), including the surprising benefits of microdosed LDN. The two experts featured in this interview are Linda Elsegood, a Briton who founded the LDN Research Trust1 in 2004, and Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf, who has a medical practice in the Chicago area in the U.S.
Elsegood, who was diagnosed with MS in 2000, has been involved in LDN research and public education for 16 years. LDN is a powerful, safe and effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, yet few, including most health care professionals, know anything about it. Remarkably, LDN may even be helpful in the fight against COVID-19, as it acts to normalize your immune system.2
Elsegood recently published a book on LDN called “The LDN Book, Volume Two: The Latest Research on How Low Dose Naltrexone Could Revolutionize Treatment for PTSD, Pain, IBD, Lyme Disease, Dermatologic Conditions and More.” Each chapter is written by a medical professional with clinical knowledge of the drug’s use. Zielsdorf is one of the contributing authors. Elsegood also hosts a radio show called The LDN Radio Show.3
In the interview, she tells the story of how she discovered LDN and the dramatic benefits she has experienced from it. In summary, beneficial effects became apparent after about three weeks on the drug and, after 18 months, her condition had significantly improved.
We use LDN for nearly all autoimmune conditions, as an adjunct for cancer, and as a treatment for chronic pain. We also use ultra-low dose naltrexone to help potentiate pain relief for people who are on opioids and help them to be less dependent on opioid medications. ~ Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf
Zielsdorf — who has an undergraduate degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in public health microbiology and emerging infectious disease — also has a personal health story that brought her to LDN. She was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) in 2003. Ten years later, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid.
“I learned about functional nutrition and triggers for autoimmunity, and started to do all of the things I needed to do to optimize my biomarkers, remove systemic inflammation, and was able to return to my [medical] training. I had been told that I could never have children and surprisingly became pregnant and had a daughter in my second year of training.
After having her, I [had a flareup]. It was then, in 2014, that a doctor put me on LDN. It changed my life … Once I graduated from residency, I started treating patients with a variety of issues with LDN. I’ve treated thousands of patients with LDN.”
Naltrexone — A Rare Gem of a Drug
Naltrexone in low or even microdoses is one of the few pharmaceutical drugs I wholeheartedly endorse. Not only is it remarkably safe, it’s also a profound adjunctive therapy for a wide variety of conditions. As explained by Zielsdorf:
“Naltrexone is one of the few things that actually enables our own bodies, our own immune systems, to be able to function better and really restore function.
After World War II, they were looking for more opioid medications. By accident, scientists figured out how to block the opioid receptor. They did the exact opposite of what they were supposed to do, which is to find morphine analogs for soldiers.
[In] the 1960s, they were able to synthesize naloxone and naltrexone … FDA approved it in the 1980s for opioid addiction at a dose of 50 to 100 milligrams, and then in the 1990s for alcohol dependence.
But it was Dr. Bernard Bihari and Dr. Ian Zagon in the 1970s that had this amazing idea that if you took a very small dose of naltrexone, compounding it in a clean way [down] to a few milligrams, if would briefly block the opioid receptor in the central nervous system — very briefly kissing that receptor and then unblocking it.
This upregulates the body’s immune system by increasing the opioid receptor’s own production of beta-endorphin and met-enkephalins. Beta-endorphins help with mood, pain, sleep and the immune system, and met-enkephalins are also known as opioid-derived growth factor, and there are receptors for these on many different tissues, including the thyroid.
We now use it for nearly all autoimmune conditions, as an adjunct for cancer, and as a treatment for chronic pain. We also use ultra-low dose [microdosed] naltrexone, which I wrote about, to help potentiate pain relief for people who are on opioids and help them to be less dependent on opioid medications.
I’ve actually been able to get patients off of fentanyl patches and get them off chronic oxycodone or Norco use where their pain specialists said, ‘You will never ever get off these pain medications.’ It’s been an incredible journey and I’m a huge advocate of it.”
Naloxone Versus Naltrexone
Naloxone (Narcan) is what is carried on ambulances and used in ERs and trauma bays as an antidote to an opioid overdose. When given at a high enough dose, naloxone or Narcan acts as a complete opioid blocker, which is why it’s used acutely when someone has taken too high a dose of an opioid.
Naltrexone blocks the opioid receptor only briefly, and by a different mechanism. When used in low dosages as LDN, the chief benefit is actually in the rebound effect, after the opioid receptor has been briefly blocked.
Foundational Treatment Strategies for Autoimmune Diseases
With regard to autoimmune diseases, it’s important to realize there are other, equally important, foundational strategies that will benefit most patients with a dysfunctional immune system. These include optimizing your vitamin D level and omega-3 index, for example.
It’s also important to eliminate potential triggers. The reason why people have an autoimmune disease is because they’re exposed to something in the environment which serves as an antigen that their body recognizes as a foreign invader, and as a result attacks it. If you can avoid those antigens, you can often suppress and frequently eliminate symptoms without anything, because you’ve removed the stimulus.
One common autoimmune trigger is lectins, found in many otherwise healthy vegetables. Zielsdorf will typically place her autoimmune patients on a Mediterranean-style paleo diet or an oligoantigenic elimination diet to optimize detoxification, liver and kidney function, and the microbiome.
Others may be placed on a nose-to-tail carnivore diet. As noted by Zielsdorf, it’s “a way of offloading and simplifying what antigens the body is seeing.” Other helpful diets in this respect include the autoimmune paleo diet and the low-histamine or low FODMAP diet.
“I am a microbiologist and I do a ton of advanced testing, and then we start looking deeper at triggers,” she says. “I used to put everybody on LDN first, but now we know that certain patients will flair because their immune system is so suppressed due to co-infections.
We see it most with Lyme disease and with yeast overgrowth. If I suspect or I have tests confirming that a patient has one of these things, or their immune system is super suppressed … I’ll work on their microbiome before I start LDN …
I test everybody’s gut, and what I see universally is you get this hyper intense intestinal permeability in these cases … What’s so interesting is a leaky gut equals a leaky brain, and we overwhelm our immune system. I do see this. The first step is getting them off the most common triggers, and sometimes I’ll be testing for lectins too.
Universally, for all of my autoimmune patients, is that they can’t eat wheat. There are over 150 antigens in wheat that you can be sensitive to … It is also desiccated with Roundup, glyphosate, right before processing, so we get that extra toxicity. I test my patients for their environmental toxic load, and I see a lot of patients with glyphosate toxicity.
The wheat that we used to eat 10,000 years ago at the beginning of agriculture is not the wheat [we now eat]. It’s not even the same chromosome number as what our bodies ate in small amounts as hunter gatherers.”
Why You Should Avoid Monogastric Animal Meats
As mentioned by Zielsdorf, a nose-to-tail carnivore diet can be an excellent intervention in some cases, especially for those whose immune function is severely suppressed. However, you should avoid monogastric animals, meaning animals that have only one stomach.
Whereas cows have two, chickens and pigs have only one. The reason for this recommendation is because conventionally factory farmed chicken and pork will be very high in the omega-6 fat linoleic acid. This is because they are typically fed corn, which is high in this type of fat. And a high linolenic acid diet can metabolically devastate your health. So, a diet high in chicken and bacon is not doing your body any favors.
Animals with two stomachs are able to fully process omega-6-rich grains and other foods, as they are equipped with gut bacteria that can break it down into a healthier fat. Aside from cows and steer, this includes buffalo, beef and lamb.
What Can LDN Treat?
Aside from autoimmune diseases, LDN is also used in the treatment of the following conditions. Bear in mind this is not a complete list. Some of these conditions have been featured in various documentaries4 produced by the LDN Research Trust. You can find links to those documentaries in the references.
|Cancer5 — Research by professor Angus George Dalgleish and his colleague Dr. Wei Lou showed LDN could bring cancer cells into remission using pulse dosing.6 LDN also works synergistically with cannabidiol (CBD), and works well for cancer, autoimmunity and pain conditions|
|Opioid addiction, dependence and recovery7 — Using microdoses of 0.001 milligrams (1 microgram), long-term users of opioids who have developed a tolerance to the drug are able to, over time, lower their opioid dose and avoid withdrawal symptoms as the LDN makes the opioid more effective.
For opioid dependence, the typical starting dose is 1 microgram twice a day, which will allow them to lower their opioid dose by about 60%. When the opioid is taken for pain, the LDN must be taken four to six hours apart from the opioid in order to not displace the opioid’s effects
|Lyme disease and its coinfections8|
|Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)|
|Restless leg syndrome|
General Dosing Guidelines
Dosing will, of course, depend on the condition being treated, but there are some general guidelines that can be helpful. Downloadable guides can be found on the LDN Research Trust site, and are available in several languages. Keep in mind that LDN is a drug, not something you can buy over the counter, and you need to work with a knowledgeable physician who can prescribe it and monitor your health.
“With a general pain condition, we may use 1.5 to 3 or 4.5 mg. With Hashimoto’s, we start lower and slower because patients with Hashimoto’s may actually have to reduce their thyroid hormone medication if they’re on it because they get reduction of that inflammation and they can produce more of their own thyroid hormone. So, we usually start at 0.5 mg.
For patients with mood conditions … 0.5 to 1 mg. There was an important paper that came out showing LDN is an important agent for depression, for patients who fail those meds or as an adjunct to antidepressants. PTSD patients may have to go higher. There are all sorts of strategies and you just need to find a doctor who’s well-versed in that condition.”
The LDN Research Trust’s website is an excellent resource for all things LDN. It has a variety of resources to guide patients, prescribing doctors and pharmacists alike. It also has a page where you can find LDN-literate prescribers around the world.
Of course, to learn more, be sure to pick up a copy of “The LDN Book, Volume Two: The Latest Research on How Low Dose Naltrexone Could Revolutionize Treatment for PTSD, Pain, IBD, Lyme Disease, Dermatologic Conditions and More,” and/or “The LDN Book: How a Little-Known Generic Drug ― Low Dose Naltrexone ― Could Revolutionize Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases, Cancer, Autism, Depression and More,” which is the first of the two volumes.
Both books are also available on the LDN Research Trust website, along with videos featuring all of the doctors that contributed chapters to the books. You can also check out The LDN Radio Show.9 Last but not least, LDN Research Trust is a nonprofit that depends on public donations, so if you would like to contribute to the Trust’s LDN research and education efforts, please make a donation.
- 1 LDN Research Trust
- 2 Lowdosenaltrexone.org March 22, 2020
- 3, 9 The LDN Radio Show
- 4 LDN Research Trust LDN Documentaries
- 5 LDN Research Trust, The Game Changer, LDN & Cancer
- 6 Angus George Dalgleish, Dalgleish The Role of LDN in the Treatment of Cancer
- 7 Vimeo, The Pain, Opioid and Ultra/Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Documentary
- 8 Vimeo, Bullseye – Low dose naltrexone and Lyme disease
- At the end of October 2020, Purdue Pharma agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges relating to its role in the opioid crisis, including violating a federal anti-kickback law, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
- To settle the charges, Purdue is supposed to pay $8.3 billion in fines, forfeiture of past profits and civil liability payments
- The estimated financial cost of opioid addiction and death in the U.S. was $504 billion in 2015. In addition to health care costs, criminal justice costs and lost productivity due to addiction or incarceration, this figure also takes into account projected lost earnings and the value of statistical life for people who died prematurely
- Because Purdue doesn’t have the cash to cover the $8.3 billion settlement, the Department of Justice negotiated a deal in which Purdue will be dissolved and its assets used to erect a “public benefit company” controlled by a trust that will “balance the trust’s interests against those of the American public and public health”
- In essence, the government will now be in the business of making and selling opioids, the profits from which will then be used to combat opioid addiction
In March 2019, facing an estimated 2,600 lawsuits1,2 relating to its role in creating the opioid epidemic, Purdue Pharma — the maker of OxyContin — announced the company was considering filing for bankruptcy protection.
Around that same time, New York expanded its lawsuit against the company to include allegations that company funds had been fraudulently transferred into trusts and offshore accounts owned by members of the Sackler family in an effort to shield assets from litigation.3,4 In all, court documents reveal the Sacklers transferred more than $10 billion of the company’s funds into family trusts.5
How this does not fall under the fraudulent conveyance statutes, which is attempting to avoid a debt by moving assets to another person or legal entity, boggles my mind. It appears the only reason they got away with this is they found the loophole of transferring their assets offshore.
The New York complaint also charged Purdue with secretly setting up a new company, Rhodes Pharma, in 2007 while the company was being investigated by federal prosecutors, as a way to protect the Sacklers from the mounting OxyContin crisis and continue their profit scheme.6 Rhodes Pharma makes generic opioids, allowing the Sacklers to benefit from the opioid epidemic both in terms of brand name sales and generic sales.7
Rhodes Pharma and Richard Sackler also hold the patent to a new, faster-dissolving form of buprenorphine, a mild opioid drug used in the treatment of opioid addiction,8 allowing the Sacklers to further profit from the addiction crisis they helped instigate, the economic burden of which is costing the U.S. an estimated $504 billion a year.9
Indeed, according to a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts,10 Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers sought to increase opioid prescriptions while simultaneously developing overdose treatment to boost its profits.
US Government Enters Opioid Business
Purdue finally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2019.11 At the end of October 2020, Purdue Pharma agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges relating to its role in the opioid crisis, including violating a federal anti-kickback law, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.12,13
To settle the charges, Purdue is supposed to pay $8.3 billion in fines, forfeiture of past profits and civil liability payments.14 However, the company doesn’t have enough cash to cover the payments so, instead, Purdue Pharma will be dissolved, and its assets used to erect a “public benefit company,” in other words, a government-owned and controlled drug company.
The estimated financial cost of opioid addiction and death in the U.S. was $504 billion in 2015. In addition to health care costs, criminal justice costs and lost productivity due to addiction or incarceration, this figure also takes into account projected lost earnings and the value of statistical life for people who died prematurely.
This new company will reportedly be controlled by a trust that will “balance the trust’s interests against those of the American public and public health.”15 Future earnings from this public benefit company will be used to pay off the $8.3 billion penalty, which in turn is supposed to be used to combat the opioid crisis.
This is a remarkable development, and one wonders just how functional this setup is going to be. In essence, the government will now be in the business of making and selling opioids, the profits from which will then be used to combat opioid addiction. It seems like a circular and rather illogical setup. According to CNN:16
“Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who announced the settlement, defended the plans for the new company to continue to sell that drug, saying there are legitimate uses for painkillers such as OxyContin.”
Sackler Family Walk Away Scot-Free, Again
The Sackler family, meanwhile, have reached a separate settlement in which they will pay $225 million in civil liability for causing false claims about OxyContin to be made to Medicare and other government health care programs.17
While the agreement does not release the Sacklers from potential criminal liability, it seems the family will walk away scot-free. And, considering they already transferred some $10 billion into their family trusts, the $225 million fine is a very small fraction, so they won’t end up wanting financially either.
Proving they have no remorse, Sackler family members, in a recent statement, shifted blame for the company’s illegal activities on its managers, saying they “relied on management assertions the company acted lawfully.”18 This, even though several Sackler family members sat on the company board and were intimately familiar with the company’s marketing strategy.
It’s unclear whether this DOJ agreement affects or includes the Sacklers’ other opioid company, Rhodes Pharmaceuticals. If not, it falls short in that respect too, since they would then be able to continue their opioid business. Between 2009 and 2016, Rhodes’ market share of opioid sales actually exceeded that of Purdue itself.19
Aside from Purdue and Rhodes, the Sacklers have also profited from Napp Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge-based drug company that manufactures — you guessed it — opioids.20 In 2018, seven family members resigned from their directors’ posts at Napp following a string of bad publicity relating to alleged tax evasion schemes.
Mortimer Sackler, since deceased, was found to have avoided paying income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance taxes in the U.K. by falsely claiming non-domiciled status. The family was also accused of using a Bermuda-based company to avoid paying corporate taxes for Napp Pharmaceuticals.21
Penalties Still Won’t Cover States’ Claims
Even though $8.3 billion is a record-breaking settlement, states have filed claims exceeding $2 trillion in Purdue’s bankruptcy case, and according to a November 2017 report22 by the White House Council on Economic Advisers, the estimated financial cost of opioid addiction and death in the U.S. was $504 billion in 2015.
In addition to health care costs, criminal justice costs and lost productivity due to addiction or incarceration, this figure also takes into account projected lost earnings and the value of statistical life for people who died prematurely.
In response to the Justice Department’s settlement with Purdue Pharma, 25 state attorneys general sent a letter23 to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, in which they object to the settlement and argue against the government getting involved in the opioid business. The letter, dated October 14, 2020, reads in part:24
“We write to ask you to revise a proposed DOJ settlement agreement that reportedly would wrongly mandate that Purdue Pharma’s infamous OxyContin business be preserved as a public trust.
A business that killed thousands of Americans should not be associated with government. Instead, the business should be sold to private owners, so the government can enforce the law against it with the same impartiality as for any other company …
The role of government in any OxyContin business should be to enforce the law, just as against any other company. The public deserves assurance that no opioid business is given the special protection of being placed under a public umbrella.
Although it may take time to find a private sector buyer, the public should be confident that public officials are seeking to avoid having special ties to an opioid company, conflicts of interest, or mixed motives in an industry that caused a national crisis.”
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong also told CNN:25
“This settlement provides a mere mirage of justice for the victims of Purdue’s callous misconduct. The federal government had the power here to put the Sacklers in jail, and they didn’t. Instead, they took fines and penalties that Purdue likely will never fully pay.
Every dollar paid here is one dollar less for states like Connecticut trying to maximize money from Purdue and the Sacklers to abate the opioid epidemic. Preserving Purdue’s ability to continue selling opioids as a public benefit corporation is simply unacceptable.”
How Purdue Launched and Fueled the Opioid Epidemic
In previous articles, I’ve discussed the role false advertising played in the creation of the opioid crisis.26 To recap, a single paragraph in a 1980 letter to the editor27,28 (not a study) in The New England Journal of Medicine — which stated that narcotic addiction in patients with no history of addiction was very rare — became the basis of a drug marketing campaign that has since led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people.
Purdue Pharma used this letter to the editor as the basis for its claim that opioid addiction affects less than 1% of patients treated with the drugs. In reality, opioids have a very high rate of addiction and have not been proven effective for long-term use.29
Research30 published in 2018 also shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen.
Various court cases have demonstrated how Purdue systematically misled doctors about OxyContin’s addictiveness to drive up sales. The inevitable result of Purdue Pharma’s ruthless and immoral marketing campaign has been skyrocketing opioid addiction, which killed 46,802 Americans in 2018 alone.31
Adding insult to injury, when it became clear that people were dying in droves from opioid overdoses, Purdue launched an extensive damage-control operation that included the suggestion that those dying from opioids were already addicts, and that this wouldn’t happen to patients who were not already addicted to drugs. The company also sought to cash in on the rising addiction trend twice by getting into the business of creating overdose treatments.
Opioid Misuse Paves Way for Heroin Addiction
Perhaps most egregious of all has been the reckless prescribing of opioids to young people. Here, dentists have been a major part of the problem, as opioids are frequently prescribed when extracting wisdom teeth.
Insurance claims data from 2016 and 2017 reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance filled one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal,32,33 and dentists wrote a staggering 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017.34
As noted by Ronnie Cohen in a March 2019 article35 in The Washington Post, “until recently, dentists seemed to have had no idea they may have been helping to feed an epidemic that resulted in a record 70,237 U.S. drug overdose deaths in 2017.”36
But contribute they have, and according to data37 from the University of Michigan, 31.8%, or just over 1 in 3 people who misused opioids during their high school years ended up using heroin by age 35. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse also confirms that prescription opioid use is a significant risk factor for subsequent heroin use:38
- Incidence of heroin use was 19 times higher among those who had used opioids nonmedically than among those who had not used an opioid
- 86% of young, urban injection drug users had used opioid pain relievers nonmedically before starting heroin. The three primary sources of opioids were family, friends and personal prescriptions. This is the reverse trend from the 1960, when more than 80% of those who started abusing opioids had started with heroin
- Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75% reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug
- Nearly 80% of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin
Struggling With Opioid Addiction? Please Seek Help
Regardless of the brand of opioid, it’s important to realize they are extremely addictive drugs and not meant for long-term use for nonfatal conditions. Chemically, opioids are similar to heroin, so if you wouldn’t consider shooting up heroin for a toothache or backache, seriously reconsider taking an opioid to relieve this type of pain.
The misconception that opioids are harmless pain relievers has killed hundreds of thousands, and destroyed the lives of countless more. In many cases, you’ll be able to control pain without using medications.
In my previous article, “Billionaire Opioid Executive Stands to Make Millions More on Patent for Addiction Treatment,” I discuss several approaches — including nondrug remedies, dietary changes and bodywork interventions — that can be used separately or in combination to control pain, both acute and chronic.
If you’ve been on an opioid for more than two months, or if you find yourself taking a higher dosage or taking the drug more often than you initially did, you may already be addicted. Resources where you can find help include the following.
- Your workplace Employee Assistance Program
- The Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration39 can be contacted 24 hours a day at 1-800-622-HELP
You can also learn more in “How to Wean Off Opioids.” I also recommend keeping an eye out for my upcoming article about how low dose naltrexone (LDN), an opioid antagonist, is being used at ultra-low micro doses of 1 microgram to successfully treat opioid addiction.
- 1, 11 BBC News September 16, 2019
- 2 Reuters March 26, 2019
- 3 Yahoo News March 28, 2019
- 4, 6, 19 New York Times March 28, 2019
- 5 CNN October 21, 2020
- 7 New York Post, September 11, 2018
- 8 STAT News September 7, 2018
- 9 Whitehouse.gov, Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis, November 2017
- 10 Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Superior Court Case Number 1884-cv-01808 (BLS2)
- 12, 16, 25 CNN October 21, 2020
- 13, 17, 18 Reuters October 21, 2020
- 14 STAT News October 21, 2020
- 15 Associated Press October 21, 2020
- 20 The Times May 26, 2019
- 21 Evening Standard July 17, 2018
- 22 White House Council on Economic Advisers, The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis November 2017 (PDF)
- 23, 24 Letter to AG Barr October 14, 2020 (PDF)
- 26 The Atlantic June 2, 2017
- 27 NEJM 1980; 302(2): 123 (PDF)
- 28 STAT News May 31, 2017
- 29 Medscape September 28, 2015
- 30 JAMA March 6, 2018;319(9):872-882
- 31 CDC Drug Overdose Deaths
- 32 JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg August 8, 2019 [Epub ahead of print]
- 33 Science Beta August 8, 2019
- 34 ADA.org May 25, 2019
- 35 Washington Post March 3, 2019
- 36 Washington Post November 29, 2018
- 37 Newswise October 20, 2020
- 38 National Institute on Drug Abuse Prescription Opioids and Heroin Research Report
- 39 Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration
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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked October 21, 2020
- Chronic use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for the treatment of heartburn is associated with a 24% increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
- PPIs may also increase the risk of weight gain, stomach cancer, chronic kidney disease, and a host of other problems
- Alternative over-the-counter drugs, plus other prescription medications, were recalled after they were found positive for a carcinogen once used in rocket fuel
- Consider a simple test as a rough indicator of how much acid your stomach produces, and take steps to heal your stomach and heartburn without hazardous drugs
Heartburn is one of the primary symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It feels like a burning sensation behind the breastbone, which can move to the neck and throat. Sometimes you may also taste a sour, bitter fluid, which is the regurgitation of stomach acid from your esophagus.1 Some individuals with GERD may also have other symptoms such as asthma, cough and laryngitis.
GERD is a common problem with an increasing prevalence in the general population. Traditionally, the incidence was higher in middle-aged and older adults.2 However, there recently has been a rise in the number of younger people (30 to 39 years) who are seeking medical care for GERD.
The severity of heartburn appears to correspond with major life stressors. Researchers have not found that severity increases with fluctuations in mood but rather from sustained stress, which exacerbates heartburn symptoms.3
The current pandemic has raised the stress levels of many people who are filling more antianxiety, antidepressant and anti-insomnia medications than in the same period in 2019. The increase in prescriptions represents a sharp difference from the decline in antianxiety and anti-insomnia medications prescribed from 2015 to 2019.4 The authors of the report noted:
“This analysis, showing that many Americans are turning to medications for relief, demonstrates the serious impact COVID-19 may be having on our nation’s mental health.”
Heartburn Medication Associated With Diabetes
Long term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI) to control heartburn, such as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec, has been linked with significant health conditions. The authors of a recent study published in the BMJ journal Gut sought to evaluate the association between regular use of PPIs and Type 2 diabetes.5
They undertook a prospective analysis of 204,689 people enrolled in three ongoing studies, including the Nurses’ Health Study. In this cohort they found 10,105 cases of diabetes. People who regularly took a PPI had a 24% increased risk compared to nonusers.
The researchers found that regular use raised an individual’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and the risk grew with the length of time an individual took the medication. They concluded that “Physicians should therefore exercise caution when prescribing PPIs, particularly for long-term use.”6
There is evidence that PPIs alter the gut microbiome, which may trigger an association with Type 2 diabetes. In one study of 1,827 healthy twins, researchers found that PPI use was associated with a lower number of gut microbiota and lower microbial diversity.7
Researchers leading a separate study found that oral microbiota were over-represented in fecal microbiomes of people who used PPIs consistent “with changes towards a less healthy gut microbiome.” These changes are also in line with “known changes that predispose to C. difficile infections and can potentially explain the increased risk of enteric infections in PPI users.”8
Additionally, PPIs may increase the risk of “weight gain, chronic liver disease and metabolic syndrome.”9 Each of these conditions can increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes.
As pointed out in Medpage Today, there were limitations to the PPI-diabetes study as it was observational and the researchers could not exclude other confounding effects, such as PPI dosage, frequency and brand. Study authors were cited in the Medpage Today article as saying:10
“At a population level, PPIs may have an even more pronounced effect on gut microbiome than other commonly used drugs such as antibiotics, leading to warnings of overuse of PPIs and calls for further investigation into the sequelae of long-term PPI consumption.”
Alternative Over-the-Counter Medications Contaminated
In addition to prescription PPIs, there are over-the-counter medications for treating heartburn. Two of the medications, Zantac and Axid, have tested positive for the carcinogenic N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) once used in the commercial production of rocket fuel.11
The results from animal testing showed that it significantly increases the risk of cancer, so the chemical is now used only for research purposes. In February 2020, the heartburn drugs and others were recalled due to contamination with NDMA.12,13 Since the compound may be absorbed from the environment, food, tobacco or medications, the FDA established an acceptable intake level of 96 nanograms per day.
As a comparison, this is 0.000096 of 1 milligram (mg) and a grain of salt is about 1 mg.14 One lot of recalled high blood pressure medication valsartan tested at 200 times this limit.15 Disturbingly, the authors of a 2019 report in Bloomberg suggested the contamination may have been the result of prioritizing profitability over quality testing and streamlining manufacturing methods.16
However, this isn’t the first time carcinogens like NDMA have gotten into the generic drug supply, which raises serious questions about the FDA’s ability to ensure drug safety. As reported by Bloomberg, one of the blood pressure medications contained as much as 17 micrograms per pill, which is estimated by European health regulators to trigger cancer in 1 in every 3,390 people.
Disturbingly, a lax FDA approach to inspections that reveal faked quality testing is not unusual. Bloomberg spoke to Michael de la Torre, who runs a database of FDA inspections.
According to Torre, in the five years up to 2019, the FDA issued warning letters in response to faked data just 25% of the time. The bottom line is, this exposure resulted largely from a reliance on drugs for a symptomatic bandage that in no way treats the cause of the disease.
List of Dangers but No Special Monitoring for Long-Term Use
As I’ve written before, PPIs are linked to several negative health conditions. For example, long term use of proton pump inhibitors encourages bacterial overgrowth in your digestive tract,17 leading to the malabsorption of nutrients linked to inflammation of the stomach wall.18
PPIs also reduce the absorption of magnesium.19 Low magnesium levels can lead to nausea, fatigue, muscle contractions, personality changes and an abnormal heart rhythm.20 By reducing the amount of stomach acid,21 PPIs increase your risk of heartburn, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea and gas.
Lowering your stomach acid may also reduce the amount of calcium absorption, which can lead to osteoporosis.22 Research data has linked long-term, dose-dependent use with an increased risk of hip fracture.23
As described in a JAMA article, scientists speculate the rising number of people diagnosed with chronic kidney disease may be attributed to the increased number of people using PPIs.24 Lead author Benjamin Lazarus, from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, comments:25
“Study findings suggest that up to 70% of these prescriptions are without indication and that 25% of long-term PPI users could discontinue therapy without developing symptoms. Indeed, there are already calls for the reduction of unnecessary use of PPIs.”
Your risk of stomach cancer also more than doubles when you take PPIs. Researchers factored in the potential role that infection might play in the development of stomach cancer and found those who took PPIs every day had 4.5 times the risk of stomach cancers as those who took the drug once a week.26
Each of these health conditions are potential long-term risks. However, in a recent study of 86,602 respondents, researchers found people taking a PPI twice a day had four times the risk of those who did not take the drugs.27,28
There are those who are not yet convinced that the use of PPIs comes with dangerous adverse effects. Dr. Daniel Freedberg from Columbia University, who was not involved in the study, spoke with Medpage and called the results “very weak.”
Despite mounting scientific evidence that the drugs cause significant and potentially dangerous side effects, Freedberg points out that the medical association that develops clinical guidelines, the American Gastroenterological Association, has not advised monitoring patients using long-term PPIs for adverse side effects and the current study is unlikely to change the status quo.29
What Causes Heartburn?
Digestion of your food begins in your mouth as the food is broken into smaller pieces and mixed with saliva. Once in the stomach, food mixes with hydrochloric acid30 and moves into the small intestine. Inside the stomach there is a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter that prevents food or acid from moving back up.31
When this sphincter relaxes inappropriately it allows acid to reflux into the esophagus and burn tissue that cannot withstand the low pH. As I’ve written, in extremely rare situations, acid reflux is caused by an excessive amount of acid in the stomach. However, in the vast majority of cases acid reflux, heartburn and GERD are related to:
- Insufficient stomach acid32
- Helicobacter pylori imbalance33
- Hiatal hernia34
- Food allergies35
Consider this simple test as a rough indicator of how much acid your stomach produces. By finding out if your stomach acid level is low it will help you develop a plan to reduce your chronic pain.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of cold water and drink it first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything. The combination of baking soda and hydrochloric acid in your stomach creates carbon dioxide gas, causing you to belch.36
- Time how long it takes you to form enough gas in your stomach to belch. Belching in two to three minutes is normal; earlier and repeated belching indicates an excess of acid. If you don’t belch after five minutes, you may not be producing enough acid.
More accurate testing involves taking a stool sample to determine whether you might have an enzyme and/or hydrochloric acid deficiency.37 It could also identify bacterial or fungal imbalances that might contribute to your condition.
Steps to Heal GERD and Avoid Heartburn
Research has also shown that both sauerkraut and cabbage juice can stimulate your body to produce stomach acid.38 Using fermented juice from raw sauerkraut before your meal helps to naturally balance and nourish your gut with valuable bacteria and improve your digestion.
Reseeding your gut with beneficial bacteria not only helps balance your bowel flora but helps reduce or eliminate helicobacter naturally. Fermented foods and high-quality probiotic supplements help achieve these goals.
It is important to be aware that lectin-rich foods, such as grains and legumes, are potent enzyme inhibitors.39 This may reduce the function of your digestive system and produce or exacerbate heartburn.
Address Heartburn Without Hazardous Drugs
If you’re currently taking PPIs, it’s vital you do not quit cold turkey. This can result in severe rebound acid hypersecretion.40 Instead, spend time detoxifying and eliminating it from your system by gradually weaning yourself off the drug.
Once you are down to the lowest dose, begin substituting the medication with an over the counter H2 blocker, such as cimetidine or Tagamet. After taking the H2 blocker without the PPI for a couple of weeks, you can start weaning from these drugs as well.
In the process, begin introducing alternative options to reduce your heartburn. Although heartburn is painful, there are also long-term side effects from the chronic burning in the esophagus, including:41,42
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Peptic stricture
- Erosive esophagitis
You have options at home to effectively treat heartburn, GERD and indigestion without using hazardous or habit-forming medications. I outline several, some of which will also improve your overall health, in “Heartburn Drugs Increase Mortality — How to Safely Address Indigestion.”
- 1 International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, September 19, 2019
- 2 Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 2018;24(4)
- 3 Psychosomatic Medicine, 2004;66(3)
- 4 Market Watch, May 26, 2020
- 5, 6 BMJ Gut, 2020; doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2020-322557
- 7 BMJ Gut, 2016;65:789
- 8 BMJ Gut, 2016;65:740
- 9 Healio Endocrinology, October 6, 2020
- 10, 29 Medpage Today, September 28, 2020
- 11 University of Illinois at Chicago, November 2019
- 12 FDA.gov Updates on ARB Recalls November 7, 2019
- 13 FDA Updates and Press Announcements on NDMA in Zantac April 16, 2020
- 14 Salon, January 17, 2020
- 15 C&EN, April 20, 2020
- 16 Bloomberg September 12, 2019
- 17 JGH Open, 2018;8(2)
- 18 Medicine Net
- 19 Gastroenterology Report, 2015;3(3)
- 20 National Institutes of Health
- 21 Nutrition Review, November 25, 2018
- 22 Current Gastroenterology Reports, 2010;12(6)
- 23 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019;16(9)
- 24 JAMA, 2016;176(2)
- 25 Medscape, January 11, 2016
- 26 University College London, November 1, 2017
- 27 The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2020
- 28 Newswise, July 7, 2020
- 30 Clinical Education, January 20, 2011
- 31 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- 32 Chris Kresser
- 33 Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 2010;16(3)
- 34 Cleveland Clinic
- 35 Allergies Choices, January 23, 2019
- 36 Restorative Wellness Center, October 29, 2019
- 37 Experience Life, September 2015
- 38 Academy of Culinary Nutrition, July 21, 2020
- 39 Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 2002 Oct 23;50(22):6592
- 40 Medsafe, 2019;40(2)
- 41 Clinical Practice Guideline for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Aerospace Medical Association, Para 1
- 42 Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology, 2004;7:5
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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked September 30, 2020
- Since 2018, the carcinogenic compound NDMA has been found in several different drugs, including three blood pressure medications (valsartan, losartan and irbesartan), two heartburn medications (Zantac and Axid) and the diabetes drug metformin
- In the case of valsartan, three companies whose drugs were recalled in 2018 had all purchased the active ingredient from a Chinese manufacturer called Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration checks less than 1% of imported drugs for impurities or potency, and in the past five years have sent warning letters to only 25% of companies suspected of faking quality data
- While generics are a boon to patients in that they’re far less expensive while still providing the same benefits, there’s more room for error as they also receive far less scrutiny by regulators, and manufacturers are trusted to regulate themselves
- An estimated 80% of all active drug ingredients are manufactured in China and India, and overseas plants are rarely inspected by U.S. authorities
Earlier this year, I reported that carcinogenic N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) had been found in certain blood pressure, heartburn and diabetes medications. As of February 2020, drugs recalled due to contamination with this poison included:1
- Valsartan, losartan and irbesartan (high blood pressure medications)
- Zantac2 and Axid (heartburn medications)
- Metformin (diabetes medication)
In the case of valsartan, the three companies whose drugs were recalled in 2018 had all purchased the active ingredient from a Chinese company called Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. It’s one of China’s largest manufacturers of generics.3
Since 2018, the recall has been expanded dozens of times to also include losartan and irbesartan, made by more than 10 different companies with distribution in some 30 countries.4
As reported5 by Bloomberg in December 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration checks less than 1% of imported drugs for impurities (or potency for that matter). Clearly, the regulatory system, which is meant to safeguard patients, is broken, and trust in drug manufacturers is often misplaced.
Disturbingly, Bloomberg’s report6 suggests the NDMA contamination at Huahai may have been intentional, at least in the sense that profitability was prioritized over thorough quality testing and perfecting of novel manufacturing methods.
What Is NDMA?
NDMA is a water-soluble chemical known to cause cancer in animals. In humans, it’s classified7 as a probable carcinogen and causes serious liver damage and liver failure.8
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s technical fact sheet,9 NDMA, which can form in both industrial and natural chemical processes, is a member of N-ni-trosamines, a family of potent carcinogens.
“Potential industrial sources include byproducts from tanneries, pesticide manufacturing plants, rubber and tire manufacturers, alkylamine manufacture and use sites, fish processing facilities, foundries and dye manufacturers,” the EPA notes. However, we now know the chemical can also be produced during the manufacturing of drugs.
Historically, there are several cases10 in which NDMA was used as a poison. In 1978, a German teacher’s wife died after he put NDMA in her jam and a Nebraska man was sentenced to death that same year for spiking lemonade with it, killing two people.
In 2013, a Chinese medical student died as a result of an April Fool’s prank when NDMA was put into the water cooler, and in 2018, a Canadian graduate student poisoned a post-doctoral fellow by injecting it into an apple pie. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of patients around the world have been taking drugs contaminated with this poison, oftentimes daily, for years on end.
Can FDA Ensure Drug Safety?
Bloomberg’s report11 reviews the history of how carcinogens like NDMA have crept into the generic drug supply, and raises serious questions about the FDA’s ability to ensure drug safety.
The article features the story of Karen Brackman, who after taking generic valsartan for two years suddenly found herself with a diagnosis of a rare and aggressive liver cancer, despite having no family history of cancer, and no specific risk factors for it.
As reported by Bloomberg,12 some of the contaminated valsartan pills contained as much as 17 micrograms of NDMA per pill, an amount estimated by European health regulators to give 1 in 3,390 people cancer. Brackman suspects she’s one of the unlucky ones.
While generics are a boon to patients in that they’re far less expensive while still providing the same benefits, there’s more room for error as they also receive far less scrutiny by regulators, and manufacturers are trusted to regulate themselves.
Most Active Ingredients Are Manufactured in China and India
An estimated 80% of all active drug ingredients are manufactured in China and India, and overseas plants are rarely inspected by U.S. authorities. At present, the U.S. has just one FDA inspector’s office in China. In the case of valsartan, even when a plant is inspected and found wanting, it can take years before problems are addressed — if ever.
“Huahai, the first manufacturer found to have NDMA in its valsartan, is also the one whose product had the highest concentration,” Bloomberg reports.13
”When an FDA inspector visited in May 2017, he was alarmed by what he saw: aging, rusty machinery; customer complaints dismissed without reason; testing anomalies that were never looked into.
He reported that the company was ignoring signs its products were contaminated. Senior FDA officials didn’t reprimand Huahai; they expected the company to resolve the problem on its own. Huahai didn’t …
It wasn’t until a year later that another company … found an impurity in Huahai’s valsartan and identified it as NDMA. That was when the FDA demanded drugmakers begin looking for NDMA in their valsartan. They found it again and again.”
As David Gortler, a drug safety consultant and former FDA medical officer, told Bloomberg, “Valsartan is just the one we caught. Who knows how many more [tainted drugs] are out there?” Well, we now know the NDMA contamination affects many other drugs as well, including metformin, used by more than 78.6 million Americans as of 2017.14
Bloomberg goes on to recount some of the historical details of Huahei, from its inception in 1989 to its current status as one of the largest generic’s companies in China, and the first Chinese company to gain FDA approval to export finished drugs to the U.S. — a generic HIV medication.
When Novartis’ patent on Diovan (the brand name for its valsartan drug) expired in 2011, Huahai became one of the companies to manufacture valsartan for generic drug companies. Valsartan, being a simple compound to make and used daily by millions, looked like it could be just what Huahai needed to grow and improve its bottom line.
Now, as explained by Bloomberg, if a company like Huahai wants to create its own version of a generic drug and then export it to the U.S., they must first get FDA approval. However, if they’re just manufacturing and supplying the active ingredient to a U.S. company that then produces the finished product, then FDA approval is not required. All they have to do is inform the FDA if there are any changes to the manufacturing process.
In the case of Huahai’s valsartan, the company did make a change to its manufacturing process, but downplayed its significance. In November 2011, Huahai stopped using the solvent used by Novartis in the manufacturing of the brand name drug, and started using another called dimethylformamide (DMF).
This turns out to have been a massive mistake, as side reactions ended up producing NDMA, which could not be removed from the drug. “The chemists at Huahai either didn’t realize that or didn’t consider it a potential hazard,” Bloomberg writes, adding that, in 2018, after the recall began, vice chairman of Huahai, Jun Du, told an FDA inspector that “The purpose of the change was to save money,” thus increasing their profits.
The cost-savings were so substantial, it allowed Huahai to dominate the global market share for valsartan. Making matters worse, since Huahai’s patent was public, other generic companies copied the new, toxic, process. According to Bloomberg,15 this is “one reason so much of the world’s valsartan supply is now contaminated.”
Incompetence or Intentional Poisoning?
It’s hard to justify a defense of ignorance, though, seeing how the 2017 FDA inspector’s report noted multiple problems at the plant, including suspicious contaminants showing up in quality tests.
Du claimed the tests showed “ghost peaks … from time to time for undetermined reasons.” In another instance, he referred to the residual spike showing in testing as “noise.” Huahai never investigated to determine what the contaminants might be, or how they got there. Instead, they simply omitted the incriminating tests from official reports.
The FDA inspector recommended the agency issue a warning letter, which would have meant Huahai would have to pass another inspection before continuing its manufacturing. But the FDA didn’t send a warning letter. Instead, they urged Huahai to resolve the issues on their own — which they didn’t.
Disturbingly, a lax FDA approach to inspections that reveal faked quality testing is not unusual. Bloomberg spoke to Michael de la Torre, who runs a database of FDA inspections. According to Torre, in the five years up to 2019, the FDA issued warning letters in response to faked data just 25% of the time.
The only element who cares in this whole global supply chain is patients. ~ David Light, CEO Valisure LLC
Bloomberg also recounts a number of quality problems discovered at Indian drug manufacturing plants. Clearly, FDA is failing in its mission to regulate the generics industry overseas.
The industry is expected to regulate itself, and profit wins over quality concerns most of the time when no one is around to hold the companies accountable. A company is only as ethical and conscientious as the people running it.
Quality problems are really not uncommon. The New Haven, Connecticut-based online pharmacy Valisure LLC tests every drug it orders, and reports rejecting more than 10% of all batches it receives — in some cases due to inaccurate amounts of active ingredient, in others due to contaminants or other inconsistencies in quality.16
Kevin Schug, analytical chemistry professor at the University of Texas, told Bloomberg17 Huahai “certainly should have caught” the NMDA contamination, and “should have modified the procedure to correct it.” Former FDA medical officer Gortler agreed, saying, “Any well-trained analytical chemist would know to check. If it’s not intentional, it’s incompetence. At some point, those are the same.”
Valisure CEO David Light told Bloomberg that while people in the industry are well aware of the problems, the overwhelming consensus is that it’s not “their” problem. “There’s no liability at any one point,” he said. “The only element who cares in this whole global supply chain is patients.”
The FDA didn’t send a warning letter18 to Huahai until November 2018, stating the obvious: The company should have anticipated the possibility that changing the process to use DMF solvent might cause problems, and when testing revealed anomalies, they should have identified the impurity.
Brackman filed a lawsuit against Huahai in April 2019. About 140 others have also sued Huahai and other drugmakers involved in the valsartan recall, and lawyers are reviewing several hundred additional cases, Bloomberg reports.
This devastating and pervasive toxic exposure results largely from people’s reliance on using drugs as symptomatic bandages that in no way, shape or form treat the cause of the disease. They trust their physicians to help them but sadly they have been captured by the drug industry and are nearly universally clueless on how to identify and address the underlying cause of most diseases.
That is why it is crucial to understand that YOU are responsible for your own health and need to use physicians as your consultants, and not implicitly trust them. If you provide your body with what it needs, it typically tends to self-correct and get better so you can avoid these dangerous medications which, rarely, if ever, resolve the foundational cause.
Fortunately, this COVID-19 crisis has shown us the two most important physical strategies to optimize your health: vitamin D and metabolic flexibility. The ability to eliminate insulin resistance is a strategy that addresses the majority of illnesses that you will ever encounter in your lifetime.
This is why time-restricted eating, eliminating industrially processed seed oils like soy, corn and canola oils, eating a cyclical ketogenic diet, exercising and sleeping well can improve, if not eliminate, most conditions that you would need to take medications for. As you can see, drugs can harm you just because they were made with shortcuts to increase company profits.
When you follow these health principles you will decrease, if not eliminate, your need for these dangerous medications. You will also enjoy a high degree of health and freedom from the pain, disability and suffering associated with these conditions.
- 1 FDA.gov Updates on ARB Recalls
- 2, 7 FDA Statement September 13, 2019
- 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17 Bloomberg September 12, 2019
- 8 ATSDR NDMA
- 9 EPA.gov NDMA Technical Fact Sheet
- 10 Pharmaceutical Integrity Coalition, September 21, 2019
- 14 Statista Number of metformin prescriptions in US 2004-2017
- 16 Bloomberg June 18, 2019
- 18 FDA.gov Warning Letter Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical November 29, 2018
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Updated 20th June 2021
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Coronavirus updates for Australia
Australia 20th June 2021, 11:27 am Australia Central time. States update their stats at different times.
6,511,301 COVID-19 Vaccinations (includes second doses 851,503): 10,776 today
30,331 Cases: 1 in QLD, 2 in VIC, 5 in NSW, 0 in TAS today
Locally Acquired Infections: 1 in QLD, 2 in NSW today, 0 days since last locally acquired case
910 Deaths: 68 days since last death, 0 today
139 Active Cases: 0 in TAS, ACT
36 in Hospital: 1 in SA, 6 in VIC, 1 in NSW, 2 in NT, 26 in QLD, 0 in all other States, 1 in ICU (VIC)
19,680,842 Tests: 19,502 so far today
As of 20th June 2021, Australia is 187th on the list sorted by total cases per million people, and 156th sorted by deaths per million people.
The lower on the list, the better we are controlling the virus spread and treating the patients compared to other countries.
11th June: CDC caught cooking the books, fraudulently claiming the COVID vaccines work better than they do. Read the story:
11th June: The CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) revealed 900 cases of pericarditis and myocarditis reported in the U.S., among all age groups, following COVID vaccination, between Dec. 14, 2020 and June 4, 2021.
59 of the 900 cases were in the 12 to 17 year-old group.
2nd June: 40+ Doctors Tell UK Drug Regulators: Vaccinating Kids for COVID is ‘Irresponsible, Unethical and Unnecessary’
12th May: CDC approves Pfizer COVID vaccine for 12-year old children. Pfizer expects approval for 2 year olds later this year.
Where is the logic, when children do not die from COVID, but DO die from the vaccine.
29th April: Women have reported hemorrhagic bleeding with clots, delayed or absent periods, sudden pre-menopausal symptoms, month-long periods and heavy irregular bleeding after being vaccinated with one or both doses of a COVID vaccine.
6 month old children now in COVID vaccine trials, and one breast-feeding baby dies after mother is vaccinated.
26th April: Almost 8,000 deaths from COVID vaccines in Europe!
Read more: www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/7766-dead-330218-injuries-european-database-of-adverse-drug-reactions-for-covid-19-vaccines
24th April: CDC resumes J&J Vaccine unrestricted,in spite of more blood clot deaths, and an extra 584 deaths from all COVID vaccines for the last week!
23rd April: French drug assessment center says all four Covid-19 vaccines are dangerous, should be pulled off the market
22nd April: Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor of epidemiology at Yale University, has calculated that upwards of 60 percent of all new “cases” of the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) are occurring in people who were already “vaccinated” for the disease!
A recent study published in the journal Rheumatology found six women out of 491 patients who developed a skin rash known as herpes zoster (HZ) infection — or shingles — within three to 14 days of receiving either the first or second dose of the Pfizer’s COVID vaccine.
Blood Clotting from COVID Vaccines – In rare cases, the vaccine causes an intense reaction by the patient’s immune system that produces antibodies that activate platelets (blood component needed for clotting). This results in extensive clotting, causing LOW platelet levels and a tendency to hemorrhage (bleed) at the same time. Normally doctors give heparin (a blood thinner), to patients with clots, but this makes the risk of hemorrhage even worse!
Experts do not know why this occurs in some people, many of them younger women, and so far have been unable to identify traits or underlying conditions that may make some people susceptible.
13th April: FDA Suspends the J&J COVID shot due to too many blood clots. J&J use the same technology as the AstraZeneca shot.
Now a second blood clot victim in Australia from AstraZeneca, a 40 year old woman.
And a third, a 48 year old woman, who died 5 days after the AstaZeneca shot.
Of course, blood clots are a known side effect with all COVID vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, but AstaZeneca and J&J appear to be the most dangerous.
9th April 2021: Australia finally admits that the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause blood clots, and suspends the jab for those people under 50 years of age.
LeanMachine comment: I presume this is because the risk of death or serious injury in younger people from the vaccine is higher than the risk of death or injury from the virus. Most people who die from the vaccination are at an average age of 77, so I would suspend this vaccine altogether.
3rd April 2021: One Australian developed blood clots after an AstraZeneca COVID vaccination. The FDA is now reconsidering the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout. Although the FDA said it was a very small risk, even one person with vaccine-related blood clots is too many.
1st April 2021: Fifteen million doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J’s) vaccine were thrown away because the Emergent manufacturing plant combined ingredients from AstraZeneca and J&J’s COVID vaccine.
Emergent has been cited repeatedly by the FDA for poorly trained employees, cracked vials and mold.
AstraZeneca and J&J’s COVID vaccines use the same technology, but are biologically different and not interchangeable. The mistake went undiscovered for days until quality control checks uncovered it, by then 15 million doses had been contaminated. J&J has never made a vaccine, but has been fined billions of dollars for bad and illegal behavior.
Polysorbate 80, an ingredient in J&J’s vaccine, is a suspected cause of anaphylactic adverse reactions and disrupts the blood-brain barrier.
31st March 2021: Germany indefinitely suspends Astrazeneca vaccine for everyone under 60 due to fatal blood clots.
The vaccine has caused 31 cases of blood clots, causing 9 deaths.
17th March 2021: 20 Countries, including Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Italy have halted use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, due to potentially lethal blood clots and several deaths.
Some people are dying from heart attacks, most have CVST (Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis) that occurs when a blood clot forms in the brain’s venous sinuses, preventing blood from draining out of the brain, resulting in blood leaking into the brain tissues, forming a hemorrhage. This chain of events is part of a stroke that can occur in adults and children.
Australia and the UK are continuing to offer the AstraZenica vaccine, I assume because it is cheaper than other alternatives, or Governments have already committed to the purchase….
Read about the top 8 lies perpetuated by the media:
Johnson & Jonson COVID Vaccine, granted “emergcency approval” in the USA, wants to begin testing on newborn babies, in spite of being suspended for causing blood clots!
COVID-19 Vaccination Injuries
From the CDC’s VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) website: results to 11th June 2021:
– 358,379 (up from 329,021 last week) reports of COVID Vaccine injury, including:
– 5,993 (up from 5,888 last week) Deaths
– 4,874 (up from 4,583 last week) Permanent Disabilities
– 6,156 (up from 5,884 last week) Life Threatening Conditions
– 134,104 (up from 122,274 last week) Hospitalised/Emergency Room/Doctor Visits
– 183 (up from 175 last week) Birth Defects
– 2,136 (up from 2,012 last week) Adverse Reactions Affecting Pregnancy
– 707 (up from 666 last week) Miscarriages / Preterm Births
– 100,736 (up from 92,929) Anaphylactic Reactions (42% Pfizer, 50% Moderna, 8% J&J)
– 3,516 (up from 3,211) Bell’s Palsy (54% Pfizer, 42% Moderna, 8% J&J)
– 332 (up from 310) Guillain-Barr Syndrome (45% Pfizer,40% Modern, 21% J&J)
– 6,352(up from 5,907) Blood Clotting Disorders (2,705 Pfizer, 2,197 Moderna, 1,408 J&J)
These numbers have been confirmed by the CDC to be related to the vaccine, but there are many more yet to be confirmed, and many more again that have been unreported, as doctors and hospitals do not want to share the blame!
Also the CDC have been reported to use data at least 1 to 2 weeks old so as not to promote fear of vaccines, and because other countries do not always report vaccine issues to the CDC in the USA, the reported numbers from other countries are undoubtedly much lower than the actual events.
Of course, the majority of these events were related to the first vaccination. Going on the side-effects in the trials, the second jab will cause even more deaths and disabilities than the first. Given that the USA has 4% of the world population, the number of deaths from the vaccination world-wide could be 20 times the numbers given by the CDC.
The chances of winning typical lotteries is around 1 in 10 million.
The chances of death from one COVID Vaccination is 1 in 63,000 (or 158 times greater than winning that lottery).
The chances of having a serious injury, blood clot, Bell’s Palsy, permanent disability, Guillain-Barr Syndrome or hospitalisation from one COVID shot is 1 in 1,700.
Will I buy a lottery ticket? Yes
Will I roll up my sleeve? No
Will You? Your choice (not a Government mandate).
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How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?
Read how COVID-19 vaccines may destroy the lives of millions:
Read more about the “relative risk” used by the drug companies and the “absolute risk” and the astounding difference between them:
- Pfizer vaccines caused 600 new cases of eye disorders and leave 5 people blind, according to UK Government
- 13 deaths among 40 residents following vaccination at one nursing home in Germany were dismissed as “tragic coincidence.”
- 10 deaths in a German palliative care patients within hours to four days of COVID-19 vaccination were deemed a “coincidence.”
- 22 of 72 residents of a nursing home in Basingstoke, England have died following vaccination.
- 24 seniors at a nursing home in Syracuse, NY were reported to have died from COVID-19 as of Jan. 9 despite having been vaccinated beginning Dec. 22
- 10 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Jan. 28 among seniors who had received both doses of Pfizer’s vaccine at one care home in Stockholm Sweden. The residents were vaccinated on Dec. 27 and again on Jan.19
- The COVID-19 death toll in the small British enclave of Gibraltar numbered 16 before it launched its Pfizer vaccination campaign on Jan. 10 and then shot up to 53 deaths 10 days later and to 70 seven days after that. According to a Reuters report, the Gibraltar Health Authority declared there was “no evidence at all of any causal link” between 6 of the deaths that were investigated and Pfizer’s vaccine, despite the individuals having tested negative for COVID before vaccination, but positive “in the days immediately after.”
- 4,500 COVID-19 cases in Israel occurred in patients after they had received one dose of Pfizer’s vaccine and 375 of those vaccinated patients required hospitalization, Israeli news media reported on Jan.12.
- Seven adults living in a care home in Saskatoon tested positive for coronavirus a week after residents were vaccinated at the Sherbrooke Community Centre, the CBC reported. There were no positive cases at the time of vaccination.
- Seven residents at a Montreal long-term care facility tested positive for COVID- within 28 days of being vaccinated with Pfizer’s vaccine, prompting the province of Quebec to delay the second Pfizer dose.
- Abercorn Care Home in Scotland, which began COVID-19 vaccinations on Dec. 14 was home to an outbreak of the virus by Jan. 10 and the National Health Service for the region refused to comment on whether vaccinated residents were ill. A care home staff group founder told the Scottish Daily Record: “We have had members of our group whose parents have had the vaccine and then two weeks later have tested positive for coronavirus.”
- All of the residents at a home in Inverness, Scotland were vaccinated against COVID early in January, but 17 became infected with the virus after the first dose.
California halted the Moderna vaccine due to an overwhelming number of serious side effects. Of course, Moderna is claiming no responsibility, calling it a “coincidence”. The company has been forced, however, to identify the batch from which most of the adverse events occurred: 041L20A.
Almost one million (964,900) doses from this lot have already been distributed to roughly 1,700 vaccination sites in 37 states. Of this, 330,000 doses were distributed to 287 providers across California, with another 307,300 doses not yet distributed that are still sitting in storage.
After a few days, California reversed this decision, presumably because a new batch of the Moderna vaccine replaced the suspect batch. This does not give people much confidence in quality control of vaccines…
The WHO (World Health Organisation) confirms that COVID-19 vaccinations may not stop people from infections, and may not stop disease transmission to others, Read more:
This is a list from the FDA of possible adverse events from COVID Vaccines.
The complete document can be downloaded here: www.fda.gov/media/143557/download
FDA Safety Surveillance of COVID-19 Vaccines :
DRAFT Working list of possible adverse event outcomes ***Subject to change***
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Encephalitis, myelitis, encephalomyelitis, meningoencephalitis, meningitis, encepholapathy
Narcolepsy and cataplexy
Acute myocardial infarction
Pregnancy and birth outcomes
Other acute demyelinating diseases
Non-anaphylactic allergic reactions
Thrombocytopenia Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Arthritis and arthralgia/joint pain
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
Vaccine enhanced disease
One of these adverse events above is Thrombocytopenia, which is a condition related to insufficient platelets in the blood to prevent bleeding. From the www.dailymail.co.uk
“The love of my life, my husband Gregory Michael MD, an Obstetrician that had his office in Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach Died the day before yesterday due to a strong reaction to the COVID vaccine.
He was a very healthy 56 year old, loved by everyone in the community delivered hundreds of healthy babies and worked tireless through the pandemic.
He was vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at MSMC on December 18, 3 days later he saw a strong set of petechiae on his feet and hands which made him seek attention at the emergency room at MSMC. The CBC that was done at his arrival showed his platelet count to be 0 (A normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood.) he was admitted in the ICU with a diagnosis of acute ITP caused by a reaction to the COVID vaccine. A team of expert doctors tried for 2 weeks to raise his platelet count to no avail. Experts from all over the country were involved in his care. No matter what they did, the platelets count refused to go up. He was conscious and energetic through the whole process but 2 days before a last resort surgery, he got a hemorrhagic stroke caused by the lack of platelets that took his life in a matter of minutes.
He was a pro vaccine advocate that is why he got it himself.
I believe that people should be aware that side effects can happen, that it is not good for everyone and in this case destroyed a beautiful life, a perfect family, and has affected so many people in the community
Do not let his death be in vain please save more lives by making this information news.”
Pfizer denies any association with the vaccine, of course..
More info on the above death:
Pfizer vaccine kills 30 people in Norway.
Pfizer claims Those people were “frail” and would have died soon anyway! Little comfort for the families of Grandma who was bright, loving her friends in the Nursing Home and may well have lived happily for years in spite of being “frail”.
46 Nursing Home Residents in Spain Die Within 1 Month of Getting Pfizer COVID Vaccine
Health officials have reportedly halted administration of the second shot of Pfizer’s vaccine at the Spanish nursing home.
In other Spanish nursing homes, after a vaccination program where all staff and residents were vaccinated, almost every resident came down with COVID-19.
So much for the 90% effectiveness claims!
Australian COVID Vaccine causes positive HIV test, now dropped. Read more here:
Two people die on Pfizer vaccine trial:
Read more: www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/breaking-fda-announces-2-deaths-of-pfizer-vaccine-trial-participants-from-serious-adverse-events
Pfizer vaccine causes 3,150 serious side effects in the first 10 days of vaccinations in the UK. This is only the reported problems. With most vaccinations, the unreported side effects are at least 10 times and up to 100 times the reported side effects. Read more:
COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Is Pfizer Vaccine really 90% Effective?
Read the full article here:
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires storage at -70C (-94F), much colder than the North Pole.
Why must these vaccines be kept at -70C?
Because they contain potentially hazardous ingredients that have never been used in vaccines before.
mRNA vaccines undergoing Covid-19 clinical trials, including the Moderna vaccine, rely on a nanoparticle-based “carrier system” containing PEG (a synthetic chemical called polyethylene glycol).
My followers of this site will know that I have long declared that PEG has serious health issues, especially when included in some cheap health supplements, which I never recommend.
The problems with PEG
PEG’s are a penetration enhancer, and allow harmful ingredients to be absorbed more readily through the skin.
PEG’s are often manufactured using ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen, may interfere with human development and can damage the nervous system. 1,4 dioxane is a possible human carcinogen, and is an environmental toxin. We do not know if the PEG’s in vaccinations are contaminated by ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane.
PEG’s cause adverse immune reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis, and because PEGs can be found in many processed foods, personal care products, solvents, etc, 70% of the population in the Western World may be sensitized to PEG, possibly resulting in reduced efficacy of the vaccine and an increase in adverse reactions.
“Adverse reactions” means that the person either requires treatment by a doctor, requires admission to hospital, or cannot go to work, or cannot perform normal daily activities.
COVID-19 vaccines containing PEG include Pfizer and Moderna, and have gained FDA approval, so the exposure to PEG for millions of people may well be disastrous, with many more patients in hospital from the vaccine than from Coronavirus.
Moderna publications indicate show they are aware of PEG safety risks but more concerned with the bottom line. Recent Moderna vaccine trials showed 100% of human subjects in the high-dose trial group experienced adverse reactions.
Ian Haydon was selected for the Moderna COVID vaccine trial based on his robust good health, and was one of three among 15 volunteers to experience serious adverse events in the high dose group. Less than 12 hours after vaccination, Haydon suffered muscle aches, vomiting, a 103.2 degree fever and lost consciousness. His Moderna trial supervisor instructed Haydon to call 911 and Haydon described himself as being the “sickest in his life.” Moderna let Haydon believe the illness was just a sad coincidence unrelated to the jab. Moderna never told Haydon he was suffering an adverse reaction.
Moderna gets low marks on both vaccine safety and transparency. Moderna was formed in 2010, re-branded in 2016, and has not yet produced a single commercial vaccine, but given millions of dollars by the US Government to attempt to produce an effective COVID vaccine!
LNP’s (Lipid Nanoparticles) used in these vaccines cause hyperinflammatory responses in the body, leading to severe reactions, hospitalization and potentially DEATH.
LNP’s encapsulate mRNA constructs to prevent degradation and improve cellular uptake, also activate the immune system, described as “inherent adjuvant properties.” So LNP’s cause hyperinflammatory responses, to induce the creation of antibodies. This allows the vaccine manufacturer to claim high “effectiveness” rates, even when those adjuvants cause severe adverse reactions.
The old saying: “There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics” is true when attempting to decipher the real truth about Coronavirus numbers. In China, it is reported that numbers were covered up, and true infections and deaths may have been 10 times the number reported. Doctors were told to use other descriptions on death certificates, claiming pneumonia, heart attack, etc instead of Coronavirus as the cause of death.
In the Western world, the opposite occurs because the media thrives on fear and death. Doctors are urged to blame Coronavirus when there are often several other health conditions that actually caused the death, when a true diagnosis has never been made and only suspected. Why? High death numbers force politicians to supply more benefits to health workers, more drugs, more equipment, etc. Follow the money.
Deaths from heart attack and other serious conditions has dropped off remarkably in recent weeks, because those deaths are now being reported as Coronavirus deaths.
Despite the “Death Virus” headlines, the chart here shows Flu killed more people world wide than COVID-19 in the first 3 months of 2020.
However, by January 2021, COVID-19 has supposedly killed over 2 million people world wide. At the same time, flu deaths have almost completely disappeared.
In Australia, in spite of tests for flu continuing despite the enormous tests for COVID-19, where in the past there were many thousands of flu deaths, there were just 15 flu deaths in the whole of Australia in the entire year of 2020, including the entire Winter flu season. Why? Partly from the benefits of social distancing and hand washing, but I believe mainly from people not going to doctors, not getting the flu shot (even though Government advertising tells them to), and staying away from Hospitals.
In the USA, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) announced in October 2020 that it will suspend data collection for the 2020-2021 flu season “due to the ongoing pandemic.”
Despite it being flu season in the USA, deaths are listed as COVID deaths because hospitals get Government money for all COVID-19 cases and all COVID-19 deaths. They get nothing for Flu deaths, so no Flu deaths get counted, just re-classified as COVID-19 deaths without even testing.
Not only that, deaths from ALL CAUSES are well BELOW what they would have been without COVID-19, proving that COVID-19 is NOT a fearsome killer made out by the media.
Note that deaths are listed as caused by COVID-19 without autopsies or testing, only by “guessing” without any confirmation. Because people who die nearly always have other conditions, those other conditions or medications may have been the cause or certainly co-contributors to those deaths.
With Winter over in Australia in October, Flu deaths are the lowest ever, undoubtedly because they have been labeled as Coronavirus deaths.
But did these people die from Coronavirus, Influenza, Cardiovascular or Lung disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Prescription Medication that lowers Immunity, or some other co-morbidity?
The truth is: When we get old, when we are in a Nursing Home, when we are sick, frail, on prescription medication, when we suffer from decades of processed food, then we have low immunity, and we get sick, and we die.
USA studies found only 6% of those who died in the “pandemic” actually died of COVID-19, the other 94% died from their co-morbidities and their Coronavirus positive tests had little or nothing to do with their death!
More about manipulation of death statistics in this video:
Dr. Anthony Fauci says COVID-19 may be no more deadly than seasonal Flu. Read more:
Normally, over 60 million people die every year world-wide from all causes, which is over 164,000 people every day.
As of 23rd July 2020, the COVID-19 death rate is 3,737 every day, or just 2.2% of total deaths attributed to Coronavirus.
When we consider that most Coronavirus deaths are people in their 80’s and 90’s who have other factors that increase death risk and who probably would have died soon anyway from existing conditions, then Coronavirus deaths cannot be considered that deadly.
Deaths from all Causes dropping
Normally, all-cause deaths increase by at least 3% every year. In the USA, all-cause deaths is no more than any other year, so in spite of all of the COVID-19 Death headlines, less people are dying!. So is there really a pandemic? Read more:
Australian Death Rate
The Australian death rate from COVID-19 was less than 1.5% of infected people in July 2020, but increased to 3% by November 2020, thanks to the Victorian outbreak in Nursing Homes. This compares to world-wide deaths 6% in July 2020, dropping to 2% in January 2021.
Again, all-cause deaths in Australia remain stable in Australia, lower than the expected annual increase.
Deaths in Perspective
The media loves headlines about the COVID-19 death toll, but fail to mention:
Every day, over 160,000 people die world-wide, but over 200,000 are born, so the world population will double every 35 years.
From 1st January to 30th May 2020, the average death rate from Coronavirus was about 2,000 per day world-wide, and in Australia, less than 1 death per day, which is almost insignificant in the daily deaths from all other causes.
– Every day, 48 Australians die from heart disease, and every year hundreds of Australians die from being overweight or obese.
Mexico is banning sales of junk foods to minors, read more:
Why are there no Australian laws about fizzy drinks and fries?
– Every day, over 50 Australians die from smoking. Why is it still legal to smoke, and why is tobacco not outlawed?
– Every day, the flu kills 10 Australians, except 2020 where the flu has almost disappeared!
– Every day, breast cancer kills over 8 Australian women.
– Every day, asthma kills at least one Australian.
– Every day, motor accidents kill 3 Australians, and over 60 are injured or disabled.
– Australian bushfires killed 33 Australians in 2019.
Effect of Warmer Climate on Deaths
Why is it that the Australian States with the warmest climate have the lowest Coronavirus death rate?
Statistics at 1st November 2020:
Warm States are:
Northern Territory: 38 cases, 0 deaths (0% death rate)
South Australia: 501 cases, 4 deaths (0.8% death rate, most imported from cruise ships)
Western Australia: 768 cases, 9 deaths (1% death rate, most imported from cruise ships)
Queensland: 1171 cases, 6 deaths (0.5% death rate)
Cooler States are:
New South Wales: 4421 cases, 53 deaths (1.2% death rate)
Victoria: 20,347 cases, 819 deaths (4% death rate)
Tasmania: 230 cases, 13 deaths (5.6% death rate)
Death rates in cooler climates are always higher, because:
1. The body’s immune system does not work as well at cooler temperatures
2. People spend more time indoors, where infection rates are 20 times higher than outdoors
3. People have lower Vitamin D, less fresh air, and poor circulation spending more time indoors.
4. COVID-19 spreads more easily in cool, dry air, typical of indoor heated air.
Ventilators are extensively used in hospitals. In the USA, hospitals are paid tens of thousands of dollars by the Government for every patient who is put on a ventilator, so many receive ventilator treatment even when the requirement is in doubt, but they may be causing more harm than benefits. Read about corruption in hospitals from a front-line nurse:
Read more about problems with ventilators such as increased risk of death:
We have achieved minimal infections due to the isolating and social distancing directives.
Infections are already reducing, but to contain the virus, new cases must stop for 2 weeks, with every infected person fully recovered.
Social Distancing may actually worsen epidemic outcomes in the long term, as isolation causes reduced immunity, mental problems, fear of unemployment and uncertain financial future and more. Read a detailed explanation:
Chinese Death Rate
Males have been dying at a greater incidence than females, according to a study of 55,000 deaths. It is not a hormonal difference, it is the fact that smoking is much more evident in the male population. If we smoke we die. Of course, everyone dies sooner or later, but smokers die sooner, if not from the COVID-19, then lung cancer, pneumonia or something else.
Deaths from Coronavirus generally only occur when there are other health factors involved. In order of death rate:
- Cardiovascular disease (statin and blood pressure medication)
- Diabetes (obesity, statin and blood pressure medication)
- Chronic respiratory disease (a result of low Vitamin D3 caused by statins)
- Hypertension (blood pressure medication)
- Cancer (immune-depressing drugs)
- Others including other medications that reduce immunity
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses containing over a hundred different strains, seven of which cause the common cold. Some of these viruses exist naturally within the human virome, and never express themselves pathogenically, but will potentially cause false positives through the many different COVID-19 testing methods.
Read more about the Virome:
This group of viruses have been around for a long time, first discovered in 1937 in bird populations. In the 1960’s found in humans and normally responsible for the common cd. They can be zoonotic (transferred back and forth between animals and humans) and cause diseases in mammals and birds. Sometimes these viruses mutate, often coming from bats, snakes, pigs (swine flu) or other animals. Other mutated versions of Coronavirus have been SARS and MERS.
The SARS virus is well-documented as a weaponised version of Coronavirus, built by the Chinese Virus Laboratory in Wuhan and caused the previous SARS Epidemic. Read more:
This virus, originating in Wuhan, China, now named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), causes a disease, originally code-named Novel Coronavirus 2019 (nCoV-2019) but then re-named to COVID-19 that spreads more rapidly than SARS, MERS and Flu viruses, but causes death only in those whose immune system is compromised, mainly in those over 50 years old, mainly in the 80+ range, or those subject to air pollution (e.g. in Wuhang, the industrial area of China where air pollution is extreme) because COVID-19 affects the lungs.
COVID-19 is comparatively rare in the very young, partly because of less exposure years to pollution, and partly because the young generally have better immunity.
Viruses are very small, typically between 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size. The Coronavirus is about 0.125 microns, which is fairly large for a virus. The electron microscope image above shows the red “spikes” around the virome, giving a corona, which gives this virus it’s name.
In humans, COVID-19 causes respiratory infections which are typically mild, and the average person has little to worry about, as most symptoms vary from nothing at all, to a mild condition similar to a common cold. The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Over 200 viral types are associated with colds, including Rhinovirus (a type of picornavirus with 99 known serotypes), Human Coronavirus, Influenza viruses, Adenoviruses, human respiratory syncytial virus (Orthopneumovirus), Enteroviruses other than Rhinoviruses, human Parainfluenza viruses, and human Metapneumovirus.
Past outbreaks of SARS, originating in China from Avian Flu (Bird Flu), another Coronavirus, and MERS, originating in the Middle East that sporadically jumps from camels to humans, spread to many other countries around the world and still cause problems in some areas, but the media is quiet about these as they are “old news”.
Coronavirus appears to be more easily spread than SARS or MERS, but death from Coronavirus is still significantly less than SARS or MERS. The “RS” in SARS and MERS refers to “Respiratory Syndrome” and deaths are caused by pneumonia-like infection of the lungs. Even the flu causes more deaths than the Coronavirus, but the media is quiet about this, as they want “fear headlines”. The Flu killed 40,000 Americans over their 2019-2020 Flu season, double the number of Coronavirus deaths world-wide at the time. With the population of the USA at just 4% of the world, this makes the Flu 50 times more lethal than the Coronavirus, but the media is full of “Deadly Coronavirus” news.
Many infected people who have a healthy immune system are Asymptomatic (have no symptoms) or have very mild symptoms.
These people have been blamed for infecting others, but according to a WHO statement in June, it is extremely rare for an Asymptomatic person to spread COVID-19 to another person.
But people with a poor immune system will have symptoms, and are the main way the virus spreads, especially if they have been active in the community (before isolation or quarantine applied).
Symptoms vary, but these are some to look out for:
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pneumonia-like illness
- Loss of taste or smell
- Blood thickening (increasing risk of blood clots)
Anyone with any of these symptoms should report to their doctor or hospital or any of the helplines set up in many areas.
Do NOT report physically, use the telephone and only report physically if instructed to do so.
A study by Greek scientists, published 27th January 2020, examined the genetic relationships of COVID-2019 and found:
“the new coronavirus provides a new lineage for almost half of its genome, with no close genetic relationships to other viruses within the subgenus of sarbecovirus,” and has an unusual middle segment never seen before in any Coronavirus concluding that it could not have “jumped” from a bat or other animal to humans. Reports indicate that there are sections of the AIDS/HIV virus and the Influenza virus contained in COVID-19, confirmed by the fact that doctors in China, France and now Australia have been using AIDS medications to treat Coronavirus.
The Chinese have tested every animal, dead or alive in the Wuhan Seafood Market and every test came back negative for Coronavirus, and not bats, dead or alive, had been sold or used in any way in the market.
Chinese doctors worked back among patients to find the very first person suffering from Coronavirus, treated in hospital on 1st December 2019, and found that this man had NEVER been to the Wuhan Seafood Market! In fact, out of the first 41 cases, 13 had NEVER been to the market.
This means that we are dealing with a brand new type of “man-made” Coronavirus. The scientists rejected the original hypothesis that the virus originated from random natural mutations between different Coronaviruses.
Read the documentary on the source of the virus:
Read why the Wuhan laboratory was shut down in October 2019:
Also read this article on how Harvard University was involved in modifying Coronavirus AND the Spanish Flu viruses to make them more dangerous:
Also read article on PROOF of man-made viruses in Wuhan lab:
Who is responsible for the COVID-19 virus? Read more:
“Smoking Gun” evidence of man-made virus:
Also read this article about how the US and China may have colluded in developing Coronavirus:
Read how the Coronavirus was engineered:
Coincidence: Research on a Coronavirus vaccine started 5 years ago, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates?
Coincidence: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation forecast a Coronavirus pandemic before the pandemic existed.
Coincidence: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted a pandemic exercise in late 2019 that simulated a global Coronavirus outbreak.
Coincidence: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also fund the group who owns the patent to the deadly virus and were working on a vaccine to solve the predicted crisis.
Coincidence: There is a BSL-4 Virus Research Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (10 miles from the Wuhan Seafood market) – one of only a handful of sites in the world sanctioned by WHO (World Health Organisation) that is certified to work with Ebola virus, small pox, Coronavirus and Bats, and is linked to China’s biological weapons program, which in the past has developed modified Influenza viruses as part of it’s Chemical Warfare program. The Chinese have been developing deadly Coronaviruses for a long time, which may possibly relate to the outbreaks of Avian (“Bird”) Flu, Swine Flu, etc. The USA was also conducting virus research about the same time, until all research of this nature was deemed to be too dangerous, and was prohibited in the USA, but of course, not in China.
News from a BBC investigation 22nd April: The USA has been funding the Wuhan laboratory for years to the tune of about $3.7 million! Read more about this report:
Read more about bio-weapons and Coronavirus at:
Read more about the Wuhan Bioweapon Virus Lab:
Coincidence: Faucci and Bill Gates predicted this pandemic in 2017. Watch this video of an interview with Bill Gates: Sorry, this video was removed 26th April for “violating YouTube’s Terms of Service” in other words, YouTube, owned by Microsoft, are censoring any information that tells the truth and discredits the big drug companies.
This article may or may not remain on this site because Governments fear that releasing this information may make the World wide idiotic panic even worse, and my Google statistics are dropping rapidly daily as they are censoring this type of information. I believe in truth at any cost, something we rarely get from the “fake news” propagated by the Big Drug Companies we see on television daily.
How much information on Coronavirus is “Fake News?”
It seems that if we do not watch the news, we are uninformed, but if we do watch the news, we are misinformed.
Read just one example of the famous Forbes publication reversing completely the result of a scientific study on the origin of Coronavirus (Note: Forbes is now mostly owned and controlled by China):
WHO – World Health Organisation
The WHO receives much of it’s money from drug companies, so in order to keep the cash coming in, the WHO must protect the drug companies. First, by encouraging vaccinations and pharmaceutical drugs, second by attempting to squash any natural therapies that hurt the drug company profits.
One of the largest contributors is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, disguised as a charity, but Bill Gates has made so much money from investments in drug companies selling vaccinations, he has made far more money than he has given.
How does COVID-19 infect the body?
There are about 40 to 50 trillion cells in the human body, plus another 100 trillion or so bacteria and other cells.
Every human cell has a cell membrane on the outside, a nucleus containing our DNA, and our mitochondria in between.
The cell membrane is a complex structure. It allows nutrients to enter and feed the cell, it allows waste products to exit the cell, it controls the amount of water in the cell, and it keeps unwanted visitors out, like viruses. For a virus to enter the cell, it requires some weakness in the membrane, which happens when we have poor immunity. When the virus enters the cell, it takes it over and replicates itself. If the virus cannot find a host (one of our cells) it dies, then breaks down, and the body either uses the remains as food, or expels the waste.
Cells with important attributes in the membrane, such as high pH (alkalinity), Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc and other Vitamins and minerals, are generally impervious to foreign invaders.
This is why people with a poor diet (processed foods, junk foods, foods deficient in all of the things we need, foods with unhealthy ingredients), are the ones who will suffer most or even die when they get hit with a virus.
COVID-19 infects the blood
Doctors first thought that Coronavirus started attacking the lungs.
It is now apparent that it causes inflammation, especially in linings of the blood vessels, and this inflammation affects every organ in the body, and affects hemoglobin levels, reducing the amount of oxygen transport through the body, and causing respiratory problems. Inflamed lung cells become toxic, leading to pneumonia and cytokine storm. Inflamed capillaries break easily and coagulant proteins rush in, forming tiny blood clots and further reducing oxygen absorption, leading to further organ damage and critical illness.
Autopsies show tiny clots and dead cells within the capillaries of the lungs, as well as distended blood vessels in every organ in the body, caused by severe inflammation and increasing risk of strokes, blood clots, heart attacks and organ failure.
Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Over 20% of Coronavirus patients with severe infection admitted to hospital had diabetes or hyperglycemia (pre-diabetes), a similar number had cardiovascular conditions, and again, most of those were overweight or obese. All of these conditions already cause hemoglobin problems, and they are the most likely to die.
Boosting the immune system will help people recover from COVID-19, but having a healthy immune system will help defeat the virus before it gets a foothold.
Every cell in the body has many receptors, designed to allow entry of certain nutrients. Researchers have now found that the receptor for ACE Inhibitors and ARB’s (common blood pressure drugs) target a cell receptor, and this is the entry point for the Coronavirus. Read more under my heading “Get off some Drugs”. Read more about why COVID-19 affects seniors, mainly those on medications:
Read how hospital-aquired COVID-19 infections account for 1 in 5 infections:
Can I Catch Coronavirus from Food?
This is unlikely, but food hygiene is always important. Read the full story here:
Can babies catch Coronavirus from breast milk?
From a small study, it appears that breast milk from a COVID infected mother is probably safe.
Care should be taken to prevent sweat transfer and a mask is advisable during feeding. Read more: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2769825
However,there is one reported case of a COVID-Vaccinated mother feeding a young baby, and that baby died from complications of the vaccine.
COVID Vaccines use nano-particles that cross the placenta as well ad pass through the mammary glands into breast milk.
What Causes Coronavirus Deaths?
1. Poor Immune System
Only those people with poor immune systems and other medical conditions are dying. This is common among older people, because their prescribed medication makes it worse, other medical conditions make it worse, and their uptake of Vitamin D is worse, and worse again because most are taking statin drugs. Rarely, a slightly younger person dies, but invariably when their immune system is compromised, their diet is poor, they live in a polluted area, and have other existing medical conditions (along with dangerous medications that often reduce immunity).
So, age does not increase risk.
Lack of immunity increases risk.
This can be prevented by high-dose supplements of Vitamins C and D3, Zinc, Quercetin, Selenium, Iodine, etc that can bring their immunity up to reasonable levels. Almost all seniors are on statin medication that damages Vitamin D levels, and locking them up in a Nursing Home ensures they will get no Vitamin D from the sun.
The famous Dr Murray now states the following:
The COVID-19 mortality rate was nearly 100% when vitamin D levels were below 47 nmol/L (Australia) or 19 ng/ml (US units).
The death rate was 85% for those with 62 nmol/L (25 ng/ml).
A death rate of 0% – yes, Zero deaths, was found in those with 85 nmol/L (34 ng/ml) or over. Many vitamin D experts recommend trying to achieve a serum 25(OH)D3 level of 125-200 nmol/L (50-80 ng/ mL) as the optimal level.
Read more about age and risk of Coronavirus:
Health officials do not tell us to get healthy. They only say “Wait for a Vaccine. It’s our only hope!” when they should be saying “Get Healthy. Improve the immune system. Lose weight. Stop eating processed food.” Read more:
2. Cytokine Storm
Inflammation can cause a Cytokine Storm, where large numbers of white blood cells are activated and release inflammatory cytokines, in turn activating yet more white blood cells, giving a positive feedback loop, in turn causing a major immune over-reaction that can be deadly. Cytokine storms are said to be the cause of a majority of deaths in the Spanish Flu, Swine Flu, Epstein–Barr virus, Pneumonia, and especially COVID-19. Cytokine Storms build into Sepsis. Lab results that are typically high in C-reactive protein (inflammation), sedimentation rate and/or IL6 (Interleukin 6) indicate that a cytokine storm is mounting. High-dose IV Vitamin C can help stop or limit these storms and the onset of Sepsis. Vitamin D3 has a unique advantage of improving immunity, yet helping to moderate an immune system in overdrive.
Another supplement to use that helps prevent a cytokine storm is Astaxanthin. Read more about Astaxanthin here:
Unhealthy diets cause 11 million deaths every year, more than tobacco and high blood pressure deaths combined. Bad diets reduce immunity, making people more susceptible to all disease including Coronavirus, cancer, cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Always eat fresh, organic food, preferable grown locally, to add decades of healthy living.
Processed foods almost always contain margarine, canola oil, sugar and many other ingredients.
Read more about the dangers of processed food:
Modern processed food is full of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones, additives and often radioactive particles. In China, there are no restrictions or monitoring of toxins in agriculture, so any food products originating in China are not recommended to be consumed.
The moral of this story:
If we eat junk food, ignore a healthy lifestyle, ignore health supplements, suffer chronic stress, we will DIE, if not from Coronavirus, then from the Flu (just as deadly), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other “modern” diseases that almost never existed a hundred years ago.
If we expect a miracle vaccination to cure the virus from the Big Drug Companies, that is a myth, and most people DIE by that myth.
5. Blood type
Studies in Europe and Australia showed that people with Type A blood have a 45% higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 if infected, but people with Type O had a 35% lower risk.
Other studies were less conclusive, but in general people with Type O were less likely to be tested positive for Coronavirus.
The 5G Connection
Coincidence: Recently 130,000 5G antennas were installed in Wuhan city, also large 5G installations were installed in Iran and in Northern Italy, and these are the three places where Coronavirus has spread fastest and caused the most deaths. The cruise ship Diamond Princess that held passengers in their cabins for weeks because of a Coronavirus outbreak was also recently fitted with a 5G installation ship-wide. Of course, this is not proof, but it is well-known that the extremely high frequency radiation from 5G (10 times the power and up to 26 times the frequency) damages DNA and reduces immunity, and although 5G has some technical benefits, the cost to the human race is high. Scientific studies on 5G prove the danger, but telecommunications companies ignore the risk and continue the 5G rollout which is a multi-trillion dollar business.
4G wavelengths travel along the surface of the skin, but 5G penetrates deep into the body at pulsed frequencies up to 90 GHz, disrupting cell membranes and damaging our DNA.
Read more about 5G :
And more about the dangers:
Doctors are only looking for a new vaccine, overlooking proven natural therapies that build immunity to all disease!
Vaccines can save people, but also kill people. The reported average is one death per 1 million people injected with any vaccine, however most go unreported because the deaths are normally reported as:
- Some organ failure (caused by the vaccine)
- Some variation of a disease that was caused by the vaccine
- The vaccine caused reduced immunity
So if every person in the world was vaccinated (an impossibility) then using reported statistics, at least 7,000 people would be reportedly killed by the vaccine, and probably at least 10 times that number.
So health officials must weigh up how many can be saved by a vaccine versus how many would be killed or harmed by the vaccine.
Even Bill Gates, in a rare interview, admitted that the current flu vaccine does not work well in seniors, and that any new Coronavirus vaccine would probably harm 700,000 people! Read here:
Unfortunately, doctors ignore the natural therapies which are proven to destroy viruses and without the dangerous side-effects of vaccines and prescription medication.
View an important video relating to debate: RFK Jnr vs Alan Dershowitz on Mandatory Vaccines:
Why are the big drug companies intent on discrediting all of the natural therapies and concentrating on vaccinations?
Because they make a fortune on vaccinations, and are protected from law suits when the vaccination fails, harms or kills someone!
Read more about how the Vaccine Trials are Rigged:
After China’s 2002 SARS-CoV outbreak, teams of US & foreign scientists first attempted to develop Coronavirus vaccines. They vaccinated animals with the four most promising vaccines, which seemed successful as all the animals developed a strong antibody response to Coronavirus. But when they exposed the vaccinated animals to the wild virus, the results were horrifying. Vaccinated animals suffered hyper-immune responses including inflammation throughout their bodies, especially in their lungs. This same “enhanced immune response” was discovered during human testing of the failed RSV vaccine tests in the 1960s when two children died from the vaccine.
Read more about how difficult or impossible it is to produce a Coronavirus vaccination:
Read how how the Gates/Oxford vaccine is making monkeys sick, but the truth is hidden and the trial is going ahead on humans:
Read how the Oxford vaccine trial was ABANDONED after TWO volunteers were made VERY ILL, but only one was made public, and how this is not uncommon in other vaccines:
Read more about the dangers of rushing a vaccine to market:
Read more in my vaccination article:
Want more info on vaccinations? Go here:
Read more again about rushing a vaccine:
Moderna claims vaccine trial is “promising” with a 20% serious condition rate:
Read about why the Governments continue the false narrative that the Coronavirus jumped from animals to humans in the Wuhan Seafood Market:
Read about the crimes committed against humans by Big Pharma and Bill Gates:
Read how the CDC lied about the dangers of vaccines, causing 1 in 16 boys in Ireland to have Autism:
Unexpected drop in infant deaths in lockdown
Because the lockdowns prevented many parents from taking their infants for scheduled vaccinations, less infants died!
In fact, death rates dropped by over 36% in infants and children, at the same time as death rates in seniors were increasing due to Coronavirus. Read more in these comprehensive articles:
Australian 60 minutes TV show had a report about the dangers of the MMR vaccine that caused Autism and other terrible diseases. What did the Government do? Advise everyone to keep getting the MMR vacination!
See the video below:
The video below shows how the Polio vaccine was infected with the SV40 monkey virus and given to millions of people, and pig virus is infecting vaccines in recent times:
Using old technology in a new way for a better, faster cure than any vaccination:
Coronavirus Test Kits
Most testing is carried out using various PCR (polymerase chain reaction), or rtPCR (real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests, using nasal and throat swabs, and is unreliable after the first week of infection, where it may disappear in the throat but continues to multiply in the lungs.
PCR tests were developed at Berlin in January 2020, then in the United Kingdom, in South Korea, in China and the United States. Older versions of the test kits caused inconclusive results due to faulty reagents, and were not reliable until 28 February 2020, and it was not until then that state and local laboratories in the USA were permitted to begin testing.
There are still many false positives, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) admit that the test kits do not always work properly. The USA supplies test kits for many parts of the world, but Australia has their own, developed in South Australia by SA Pathology, which give results much faster. Accuracy remains to be seen, but appears to be more successful than tests from other countries, but still gives many false positives.
Read more about the evolution of the test process:
And more recent testing information:
And an explanation of the folly of the test, where the presence of 0.2% of the genome of a SARS type virus is classed as an infection, when in fact the subject may have no actual infection, or may have had a common cold:
Because there are so many different strains of the Coronavirus, including about 7 strains responsible for the Common Cold, testing often reveals an “indeterminate result” but the testing technician must give only a positive or negative result and nothing in-between, so to be on the “safe side” all indeterminate tests are classified as positive for COVID-19, so many of these results are a false positive. The “safe side” is not safe when we consider that the drug companies want to drive the fear that forces Governents to spend untold millions on tests and vaccine research, driving huge profits for the drug companies, while millions lose jobs and entire countries go broke.
In addition, humans have a natural virome (billions of friendly and helpful viruses) that often contain Coronaviruses, that sit happily in the body doing no harm, but the tests can give a false positive again when encountering this virus.
Corruption in Testing
Many test labs are falsifying test results, probably for financial gain. Read more:
And even more:
A small Chinese study of 6 mothers who were positive for COVID-19 and who had cesarean deliveries, all had babies free from the virus, but had high levels of antibodies IgG and IgM (Imminoglobulins G and M), indicating that antibodies to the virus were present. Normally IgG passes across the placenta, but IgM does not due the the larger molecule size, but the babies acquired IgM in some way. Later testing found the babies did not develop the virus.
Standard treatment in Western countries is not always correct, sometimes completely wrong and ineffective.
Anti-viral medications have had some degree of success, but can have significant side-effects.
Many doctors in China, France, Italy, Spain and more recently in the USA, are using drugs “off-label” (i.e. not approved for use for COVID-19) such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, lopinavir-ritonavir, favipiravir, remdesivir, ribavirin, interferon, convalescent plasma, steroids, and anti–IL-6 inhibitors, based on either their in vitro antiviral or anti-inflammatory properties.
The Malaria drugs Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), and Chloroquine are generic drugs used to treat lupus, arthritis and malaria, and are claimed relatively safe, with the main side effect being stomach irritation, though they can cause echocardiogram and vision changes (what? heart and eye problems are safe?). Heart side effects include elongating the QT wave, meaning alteration of electrical activity in the heart, possibly causing seizure, fainting and sudden death.
Chloroquine acts as a zinc ionophore, allowing more zinc into the cells, where it promotes death of the virus.
So it is really the Zinc rather than the drug that kills the virus.
Update: Hydroxychloroquine is ONLY effective in the presence of Zinc. Read more:
Read more about the benefits and dangers of Chloroquine at:
Hydroxychloroquine has been found useful as a preventive rather than a cure by Chinese doctors, but can moderate symptoms if administered to a sick person.
Australian doctors announced on 21st March 2020 that a trial is starting on a combination of an AIDS anti-viral drug Kaletra (a mixture of anti-HIV medications) combined with Hydroxychloroquine. This combination has had better success in-vitro when combined, much better than each individually, but we will see what happens in real people.
French doctors have conducted a successful study with a combination of Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin (azithromycin is used to prevent bacterial pneumonia). This is surprising, since antibiotics generally reduce immunity, the benefit is probably due to reduced bacterial complications in the lungs that are damaged by the COVID-19 virus.
Fake News on Hydroxychloroquine:
Articles published in the Lancet and on television, even in Australia, claimed that Hydroxychloroquine does not work for COVID-19 and is very dangerous and can kill people, coincidentally just after President Trump said he was using it. Red faces everywhere when the truth was uncovered: This article was a total fabrication (lie) produced not by doctors, but by “spin” people with no medical training, presumably hired to discredit Trump! No retractions that I have seen on Australian TV because no one wants to admit that they lied.
Corticosteroids have been effective in reducing death rate among critically ill patients, typically dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, or methylprednisolone, again with their long list of side-effects.
Quercetin is also being studied as a much safer alternative to Chloroquine. Quercetin is a natural plant flavonol, found in highest concentrations in red onions and kale, and present in many other foods.
Quercetin is also a zinc ionophore, allowing more zinc into the cells to help destroy the virus, but because it is a natural product that cannot be patented by the drug companies, there is no money available for studies. Read more:
Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug originally intended for treating the Ebola virus, and has widespread use in Coronavirus patients with varying degrees of success. The WHO states that Remdesivir is ineffective for Coronavirus, but the FDA has approved it for use!
Read more: www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/remdesivir-gets-fda-approval-but-who-says-drug-ineffective-for-covid
Tocilizumab is an immuno-supressant drug, normally used in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
It has black box warnings against combining with other immuno-suppressant drugs such as Corticosteroids or Methotrexate.
It is a humanized monoclonal antibody against the IL6 (Interleukin-6) receptor, and has some success recently in reducing risk of mortality when given within 2 days of a patient admitted to critical care.
In Australia, symptoms have been very mild, and patients have recovered with “only the use of Paracetamol” (Acetaminophen in the USA). What did these doctors learn at medical school?
How could they forget the basic rule by the ancient Greek physician Parmenides about 2,500 years ago: “Give me the power to create a fever and I can cure any disease.”
With the world-wide introduction of Aspirin, the Spanish Flu killed up to 50 million people, but most would have survived if they had NOT taken Aspirin, which lowers body temperature.
Paracetamol (Acetaminophen or Tylenol in the USA, also Panadol in other countries) also lowers body temperature, but fever is the basic method by which the body defeats disease, so removing the fever only exacerbates the disease.
Apart from reducing fever, Paracetamol destroys Glutathione, the body’s “Master Antioxidant” which is the most important thing we need to defeat disease, and Paracetamol damages the liver (many people on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of Paracetamol overdose).
In Australia, doctors still recommend Paracetamol (Acetaminophen or Tylenol in the USA) for every COVID-19 patient, which increases risk of sickness, liver damage and death!
For a comparison of Coronavirus to the Spanish Flu, read more:
I think more promising is convalescent plasma treatment, where a sick person is given a transfusion of blood plasma from a patient who has recovered from the virus. This plasma contains antibodies that have already defeated the virus, and side-effects should be near zero in theory.
HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy)
HBOT is a chamber pressurised with a high-oxygen air mixture, and shows promise as a treatment, however most hospitals will not have anywhere near enough. Read more:
Vitamins C and D are finally being used to treat Coronavirus!
At Last! 7th April 2020: I have been telling people for 10 years about these benefits, while the drug companies dismiss the benefits as “fake claims”, afraid of losing millions of dollars when cheap, readily available Vitamins beat most drugs hands down.
Now doctors in the USA are following China’s lead and using these Vitamins, and eventually Australian doctors will get the message too. Read the full story:
The benefits of IV (Intravenous) Vitamin C therapy have been known for a long time, but doctors are strangely reluctant to use it! The Chinese are now using Vitamin C therapy, but Western doctors are still failing to use the most basic, inexpensive and effective tools available. Vitamin C supplements are effective to prevent or minimise COVID-19 but daily doses of over about 9,000 mg (or up to 20,000 mg in divided doses every 3 to 4 hours) can cause stomach upset, so for treating patients with severe symptoms, 50,000 mg or more should be administered by IV which by-passes the stomach, and has almost zero side-effects.
See the article about New York doctors achieving significant results with Vitamin C at only 1500 mg every 3 or 4 hours given by IV:
Ozone therapy has been used for a long time. Read more at:
Coronavirus can increase risk of blood clots, which can be deadly.
Read about the natural treatment that is rarely seen in hospitals:
I receive the JAMA Network updates daily, which contains the latest medical info that doctors use to treat Coronavirus. No mention of any vitamin or any other alternative health medicine or supplement, and they even say NOT to use Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine even though they are effective when combined with Zinc. No wonder these doctors are watching patients die.
Fraud in WHO and CDC
To say that the WHO and the CDC were fraudulent would be an understatement. Read more in this article:
Can we get these drugs now?
In theory, yes, Hydroxychloroquine (also Chloroquine) is “off-label” but doctors in the USA can prescribe it. Unfortunately there are not enough supplies, as all available stockpiles are used in studies and treatment of desperately ill people.
Get off some drugs
Do NOT continue taking Statins. Statins (cholesterol drugs) cause the liver to make less cholesterol, but also reduce production of Vitamin D, and Vitamin D is one of the best defenses against all disease, including COVID-19.
Statins are prescribed to the majority of seniors to “protect them from cardiovascular disease” but they actually do the opposite, increasing death rates by all other causes.
Statins also reduce production of Cholesterol Sulfate, and I have another article coming up on this important ingredient for healthy blood flow.
Statins also reduce production of CoQ10 (Co-Enzyme Q10) which is essential for our mitochondria, the energy-packs in each of our cells, especially our heart cells, and we need a strong and healthy heart to deal with any virus.
Statins cause muscle breakdown, sometimes so severe that the kidneys fail as they cannot deal with the waste from the muscle breakdown, resulting in death.
Statins also affect many more of the 48,000 different things that the liver normally manufactures for a healthy body.
Do not take ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) Inhibitors or ARB (Angiotensin Receptor Blocker) which are very common blood pressure drugs, even though the JAMA Network advises not to stop these drugs.
These drugs have shown in rodent studies to upregulate ACE2 expression hence may affect the severity of Coronavirus infections, because Coronaviruses now have a much more receptive entry point.
ACE Inhibitors have a common side-effect, much more common than the drug companies admit: A persistent, dry, unproductive cough. Is it a coincidence that a side-effect of COVID-19 is also: A persistent, dry, unproductive cough?. Read more about why COVID-19 affects seniors, especially those on medications:
Note that ibuprofen (Advil) also acts as an ACE Inhibitor.
Natural prevention for Coronavirus
Several years ago, the famous Andrew Saul (the Vitamin Doctor) said “one day, vitamins would be used before drugs when it comes to sickness” and in the current pandemic it is being proven every day, as more and more people die from prescription drugs, and more and more are saved by healthy doses of Vitamins and other natural methods.
All viruses have weaknesses that can be exploited in simple remedies, including some that have been used for hundreds or thousands of years.
UV light is now recommended by doctors to treat patients indoors.
It is well-known that viruses are killed almost instantly by UV light.
But why invest in UV light equipment when we only have to step outside and get some sunshine that gives us free UV light and fresh air?
No wonder nearly half of all Coronavirus deaths are in Nursing Homes, where patients are locked in their rooms and never see natural light or receive fresh air?
Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in reforming hospitals by opening windows for natural light and fresh air, saving countless lives from effects of war injuries, but modern hospitals forget these basic rules, and Governments continue to ban people from public beaches, when this is the best place for them!
Viruses generally thrive in an acidic environment (low pH) but die in an alkaline environment (high pH).
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is not only safer than yeast as a raising agent in baking products, it is the best and fastest way to increase pH (alkalinity) when taken internally, and/or used on the skin.
To treat any sickness, dissolve completely half a teaspoon in half a glass of water and drink every 2 hours, or as directed by a physician. For those without sickness, 1/4 teaspoon in a glass of water daily on an empty stomach is a great preventive measure.
Do not take more than 7 times in 24 hours, 3 times for those over 60.
Add a cup or more to a bath and soak. For skin wounds, mix a little water into Bicarb powder to make a paste and apply to the affected area. To treat Coronavirus (or Cancer or other serious disease) aim for a urine pH level of 8.0 for 10 days, take a week off then repeat for another 7 to 10 days. Repeat the cycle as long as required.
Read more about Baking Soda benefits:
A new study found that people with low levels of Vitamin D3 were much more likely to suffer serious symptoms or death from Coronavirus. Of course, I have been advising the benefits of D3 for 11 years because the scientific evidence is indisputable. Read more on these studies:
Vitamin D3 stimulates “innate immunity” to viruses and bacteria, at the same time moderating auto-immune conditions.
Importantly, Vitamin D3 can regulate immune responses and cytokine production to prevent COVID-19 from creating a “cytokine storm” (the main problem with Sepsis) that can destroy the body’s organs, leading to death.
Typical doses available in retail stores are about 1,000 IU and this is enough to stop rickets, but nowhere near enough to build immunity. I have taken 5,000 IU daily for 11 years and have never had a cold or flu in that time. More recently I have taken 10,000 IU 3 days a week. I also get as much sunshine as I can get (without turning pink) in the middle of the day from a clear blue sky to increase D3 and also reap the many other benefits of sunshine such as Cholesterol Sulfate. This is the complete opposite of advice given by the Cancer authorities who say that the sun is our enemy and we must avoid sun, especially in the middle of the day. Why is it then that more office workers die from melanoma than construction workers?
Be wary of lies about Vitamins from the big drug companies who are desperate to sabotage sales of vitamins that are eroding their expensive and dangerous drugs. Read about the lies CNN News tell about life-saving Vitamin D:
Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin (actually not a true vitamin, but a Steroid Hormone) so we do not need to take it every day, but should be taken with a meal containing some healthy fat (Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Olive Oil, etc). Some doctors give Vitamin D3 by IV as a monthly dose of 40,000 IU to 100,000 IU.
D3 Blood Tests: Doctors say healthy D3 levels mean over 75 nmol/L (30 ng/ml). This level was only 60 nmol/L recently but doctors finally realised that this was still way too low. If D3 test results come in at over this threshold, the doctor will say you are fine.
However, true experts in this field say that truly optimum for a normal healthy person for immunity to disease, is between 125 and 175 nmol/L (50 – 70 ng/ml) and these levels are almost impossible to obtain unless we live outdoors or supplement.
For those recovering from cancer or other serious disease, optimum should be 175 to 250 nmol/L (70 – 100 ng/ml).
NOTE: Because Vitamin D3 increases Calcium absorption, we should ALWAYS take Vitamin K2 MK7 that helps place Calcium into the bones and teeth where it belongs, and keep it out of the blood where it can form clots. I recommend at least 200mcg of and up to 300mcg Vitamin K2 MK7 in conjunction with 5000 IU Vitamin D3. Note that the MK7 version of Vitamin K2 is twice as beneficial as other versions, and taking high doses over 300mcg daily does no harm, but offers no extra benefits.
As we age, our ability to absorb Vitamin D3 decreases, which is partly why more seniors have worse outcomes with Coronavirus. Generally, over 50’s need 5,000 IU daily, and over 80’s need 8,000 IU daily. Always ask for a D3 test with an annual blood test to ensure your sunshine and/or supplementation is sufficient.
Read more about Vitamin D3 in my article:
Also read how Vitamin D3 reduces severity and risk of death from Coronavirus:
African Americans are 3 to 6 times more liable to suffer COVID-19 infections AND to dying from those infections, and also Hispanics to a lesser extent. Doctors look at socio-enomic, housing, crime rates, existing obesity, other health issues and other factors, but overlook the real reason: Low Vitamin D3 because they do NOT absorb enough D3 from sunlight and should ALWAYS supplement with Vitamin D3.
Vitamin A increases immunity, and works well in conjunction with Vitamin D3. Both can be toxic when taken at very high doses, but when taken together, the toxic level is doubled, which really means the toxic level of one really means a deficiency of the other.
Vitamin C powder is a cheap and effective way of improving immunity, also Liposomal Vitamin C that the body retains better. The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service says “The Coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and Coronavirus in particular.”
Vitamin C is antiviral, antitoxin, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, works as an antibiotic, even an antidepressant!
High doses of vitamin C, typically over 9,000 mg daily, can upset the stomach, but hospitals should be using the safe high doses given by IV (direct into the blood), often doses from 20,000 mg to 50,000 mg or more, with proven success rates for serious Coronavirus cases.
NEWS Announcement: Chinese Government now recommends Vitamin C for Coronavirus treatment.
Read more about Vitamin C:
Read more in Rhona Patrick’s article on Vitamin C:
Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate
Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate Spray is a topical spray, used on the skin where it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Also Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate Flakes can be used to soak in a bath.
This by-passes the digestive system, which can be a problem for high doses of magnesium taken orally that may cause loose bowel motions.
There are many different magnesium salts available, but Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate appears to work best for immunity to viral infections, as well as the traditional Magnesium benefits to Heart, Bones and over 280 biochemical reactions in the body. Most magnesium supplements will help, aim for 400mg per day, or use a cup of Epsom Salts in a bath for direct absorption through the skin.
Note that Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and Magnesium work in a synergistic manner, that is, when combined, work better than each one work alone.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B Complex contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12 which are all important for health.
Read more about Vitamin B1:
Zinc is essential for the immune system. A 30-mg dosage of zinc in one study showed a significant increase in levels of infection-fighting T cells.
Zinc is used up faster when we have an illness, so supplementation is essential. See more under the Diet heading.
Read more about zinc:
Selenium is an antioxidant that lowers oxidative stress in the body, reducing inflammation and improving immunity to viruses, bacteria and parasites.
At the same time, Selenium protects against heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other “Modern” diseases.
Read more about selenium:
Glutathione is the body’s “Master Antioxidant” but is used up by stress and bad diets.
Glutathione is also clobbered by Paracetamol (Panadol), also called Acetaminophen or Tylenol in the USA despite being advertised as “Safe and Effective”, and impacts liver health and substantially reduces immunity. The worst side-effect is reducing body temperature, when the best way of killing off any virus is to raise body temperature (or allow a natural fever when fighting infection).
Glutathione supplements are not well absorbed, as much is lost in the digestive process, so the above supplement that is dissolved in the mouth gets straight into the blood through the mucous lining of the mouth, bypassing the digestive system. It is also the “reduced” form that is already in the beneficial form and does not have to be converted, unlike other non-reduced forms.
An alternative is precursors (building blocks) of Glutathione:
– NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)
These 3 will increase Glutathione levels naturally.
NAC is used in hospitals as a first-line treatment for Paracetamol overdose.
Read more about treatment of Coronavirus and Influenza with NAC and Reduced Glutathione:
Iodine has been used for centuries to treat infections and disease.
It is still one of the very few weapons to destroy viruses as well as bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa and more.
Iodine increases immunity, but in modern times, people are becoming more deficient in Iodine, because:
- Chlorine in drinking water displaces iodine in the thyroid, causing thyroid problems
- People are reducing salt intake, so getting less iodine
Dr. Brownstein from Detroit tested 7,000 patients and found 97% were deficient in Iodine.
Few researchers test for Iodine. If they did and treated those deficient with supplemental Iodine, there would be far fewer diseases in the world, and far fewer outbreaks of mutated viruses.
Lysine is a natural amino acid, and studies have demonstrated that Lysine can reduce infection rates of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) Chicken Pox virus, so I recommend everyone take Lysine supplements. Only 1/4 teaspoon daily is cheap insurance for viral infections. Also helps prevent Shingles which is becoming an epidemic because of effects of the Varicella vaccine that reduces immunity to Shingles, which has now reached epidemic proportions, but only in those who have had the Chicken Pox vaccine.
Quercetin has long been a valuable ingredient found in many foods such as Red Onions, Elderberries, Kale, Apples, Spinach, Red Grapes, Raw Black Plums and many more.
Already famous for health in Cancer, Cardiovascular, Kidney and other diseases, studies are now under way for the effect on Coronavirus which is already showing promising results.
See the study on Quercetin for Coronavirus:
Quercetin also helps the body cells take in zinc. Read more:
Melatonin is a hormone synthesized in the pineal gland and many other organs, best known as a natural sleep regulator, but has many other benefits.
Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant with the rare ability to enter the mitochondria, where it helps prevent mitochondrial impairment, energy failure and apoptosis of mitochondria damaged by oxidation.
Also helps recharge glutathione, vital for COVID-19 resistance, and important in cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, brain, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health, and boosts immune function.
The Cleveland Clinic found patients who used supplemental melatonin had a 28% lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19. African Americans using melatonin were 52% less likely to test positive for the virus.
Melatonin reduces inflammation, oxidation, cytokine storms, acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Patients given 36 mg to 72 mg of intravenous melatonin per day improved, especially in combination with vitamin C and vitamin D. Melatonin improves vitamin D signaling, working synergistically to enhance mitochondrial function
Thyme has been used for centuries to fight infections, and is now known to halt COVID-19. Read more:
The gut is responsible for 80% of our immune system, so we must look after our 100 trillion friendly microbes, usually totaling about 2 kg of our body weight.
Of course, taking antibiotics destroys a large proportion of the friendly bacteria, compromising our immune system.
Antibiotics also have no effect on viruses, so antibiotics will only have a negative effect on any virus condition and increase the risk of microbes becoming resistant to antibiotics.
We must also avoid a “leaky gut” where imperfections in the gut lining allow raw food to directly enter the bloodstream, causing allergies.
Eating fermented foods can significantly lower risk of death from Coronavirys. Read more:
Seaweed substantially out-performs Remdesivir which is an antiviral drug used in most Hospitals to treat Coronavirus.
This could explain why Japan has had far fewer serious cases or deaths from Coronavirus than other countries.
In spite of headlines about pandemic problems coming up to the Olympic Games in Japan, the cases per million people and deaths per million people are not as good as Australia, but far better than most similar countries.
Read more about Seaweed:
Hydrogen gas is a treatment that improves lung function, but not many hospitals have it available or use it.
Because hydrogen is the smallest atom (1 proton, 1 electron) it can go everywhere in the body, nothing can stop it. Hydrogen can cross cell membranes and the blood-brain barrier. It can protect DNA and mitochondria from damage due to free radicals (unstable molecules that tear other molecules apart to gain stability). Read more about Hydrogen and it’s effect on Coronavirus:
Hydrogen supplements are available. Drop a tablet into a glass of water and drink.
Hydrogen Peroxide has been used for decades to fight viruses. In fact, the body normally makes hydrogen peroxide, but because this is a natural product, the Drug companies are not interested because they cannot patent it or make money from it. Read more in this article:
Healthy foods build our immune system. Bad foods bring it down.
Processed foods, sugar, bad fats (margarine, canola oil) and anything with unpronounceable ingredients or numbers on the ingredient list.
Always eat fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. Buy organic and grass-fed meat when you can, use plant-based foods more than animal products.
Some immune-boosting foods include garlic, onion, leek, ginger, broccoli sprouts, reishi and shiitake mushrooms, green tea, cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, bitter melon, stevia.
Citrus, berries of all kinds, broccoli, peppers all have Vitamin C.
Walnuts, almonds and other nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, avocados all have Vitamin E.
Walnuts in particular can help maintain the length of telomeres, which maintains health and immunity in seniors. Read more about walnuts: www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/eating-walnuts-preserves-youthful-telomere-strands
Seafoods, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, lentils, chickpeas, eggs, grass-fed beef, Cacao or Cocoa, yogurt, kefir, dark chocolate, dairy (especially ricotta cheese), mushrooms, avocados, chicken are some of the best sources of Zinc which is essential for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Zinc is used up at a much higher rate if we have an illness or suffer stress, so supplementation should be considered if sick or if we cannot get enough through our diet.
Fish, flaxseed, walnuts have high levels of Omega 3.
Fermented foods, yogurt, kefir are high in Probiotics.
Dysfunction of our mitochondria, the tiny energy packs inside every cell in the body, is always a problem for our general health and immune function.
Supplements to support mitochondrial function include:
Herbs are best known for increasing flavour in cooking, but many herbs have natural ability to fight viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Echinacea has antiviral properties, containing echinacein that inhibits bacteria and viruses from penetrating healthy cells.
Elderberry contains anthocyanidins with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant properties.
Andrographis has antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Garlic, especially raw garlic, but also as an Odorless Supplement, is well-known for antiviral properties, as well as being used for tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush, herpes, eye infections, ear infections, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular health and even hair loss.
Astragalus Extract, has powerful antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, used to boost the immune system, for HSV (herpes simplex virus), coxsackie B virus, wound care, and is an adaptogen for lowering cortisol.
Olive Leaf Extract has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties due to the polyphenol ingredient oleuropein, a potent antioxidant that helps in blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Pau D’Arco is used for arthritis, pain, inflammation, parasites, prostate health, fever, dysentery, boils, ulcers and cancers.
Others are Goldenseal, Japanese honeysuckle, Stinging Nettle.
For more reading on herbs, read:
If we are confined due to isolation or quarantine directives, staying in bed or watching TV all day is bad for our brains as well as our health and immunity. If we have a back yard, balcony or other ways to get fresh air and sunshine, get outside and get some exercise.
For more reading on exercise benefits:
Read how staying at home can lower Vitamin D levels and increase risk of infection and death from Coronavirus:
Confining ourselves indoors is detrimental to our immune system. Getting outdoors as much as possible is one way to maintain or improve our immune system. This is proven by Nursing Home procedures that lock people in their rooms, and cruise liners that confine people to their cabins, both situations causing major outbreaks and deaths from the virus. Read more here about the report from two doctors that was banned on YouTube:
What NOT to do
Do not take NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aspirin) or other anti-inflammatory drugs that impact immunity, as the body’s normal response to a pathogen is to increase fever and inflammation.
Normal body temperatures are 36 to 37 degrees C, and normally varies. Body temperature will usually be at its lowest just before dawn and highest in the afternoon, and will be higher after exercise. If fever goes over 40 degrees C (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in a child or adult, it can become dangerous, and may cause seizures at 106 degrees F, and potentially deadly at 108 degrees F. It can be reduced naturally by sitting in a bath of cool to lukewarm water and sponging the water over the body, and no side-effects! Note that infants have much less tolerance to fevers. See a doctor immediately.
Do NOT get a flu shot. The diet and supplements above will help with Coronavirus, the Flu, Colds and almost everything else. Read moere uder the Flu Shot heading below.
Do not touch your face, especially near eyes, nose, mouth and even ears. The average person touches their face 23 times every hour. Medical masks can help in stopping touching of mouth and nose. If no masks are available, a clean super-size handkerchief will help. Looking like a cowboy should not bother anyone unless you are walking into a bank…
Do NOT eat Sugar because, blood lab tests show a lowered immune system function within 30 minutes of eating sugar, causing a 50% reduction in the ability for white blood cells to kill pathogens!
Read more about how sugar and insulin resistance causes Coronavirus deaths:
Governments keep telling us to get an influenza vaccination. They claim it will reduce risk of the flu (doubtful) and free up hospital beds for Coronavirus patients.
In fact, the flu shot INCREASES risk of acquiring not only Coronavirus, but almost all other viruses, especially those related to respiratory infections.
- A January 2020 US Pentagon study (Wolff 2020) found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference… ’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…”
- A 2018 CDC study (Rikin et al 2018) found that flu shots increase the risk of non-flu acute respiratory illnesses (ARIs), including coronavirus, in children
- A 2011 Australian study (Kelly et al 2011) found that flu shots doubled the risk for non-flu viral lung infections
- A 2012 Hong Kong study (Cowling et al 2012) found that flu shots increase the risk for non-flu respiratory infections by 4.4 times
- A 2017 study (Mawson et al 2017) found vaccinated children were 5.9 times more likely to suffer pneumonia than their unvaccinated peers
- A study on the Coronavirus deaths in Italy show a 36% INCREASE in Coronavirus infections in those who have had the Flu shot. The Flu shot is known to be only slightly effective in preventing 2 or 3 strains of the Flu, but increases risk of contracting hundreds of other strains and probably almost all other viruses. Read more on this study:
- Viral Shedding is common after receiving a flu shot. Simply by breathing, without coughing or sneezing, a flu-vaccinated person with no symptoms can spread the virus and infect others nearby. Read more:
I have already discussed the benefit of having a fever, but there are easy ways to create a fever if the body is not automatically doing it.
- Exercise heavily enough to sweat
- Use an infra-red Sauna. Infra-red heat penetrates deep into the body, increasing the white blood cells and immunity
I rarely use hand sanitisers, only when there is no opportunity to wash hands, but I regularly wash hands because I work hard and get dirty a lot!
Grime on hands can hide many unknown bacteria and viruses, so washing hands regularly is important, but not too much, as the natural protective oil (sebum) in skin is depleted, allowing pathogens to enter the blood directly through the skin.
Hospitals have hand sanitisers at the entrance, but it is best to use these on the way out to protect against MRSA and other infections that we pick up in hospitals because of the over-use of antibiotics and sterilising agents.
When we get home, forget the Sanitisers and wash hands in soap and hot water.
Commercial hand sanitisers have many problems:
- They almost always have toxic ingredients such as Tricoslan that can cause cancer, hormonal imbalance and can increase absorption of BPA (Bisphenol A) that introduce excess synthetic estrogens
- Most contain Phthalates and Parabens that damage the endocrine system, causing early onset puberty, obesity and cancer
- They are generally only 99.7% effective, but washing hands in soap and water is 99.2% effective anyway
- According to a 2013 FDA study, chemical-based anti-bacterial hand soaps/sanitisers have never been proven to be any more effective than washing with natural hand soap. The best soap is a non-toxic hand soap with natural ingredients like Eucalyptus Oil Soap
- Soap effectively kills COVID-19 and most other viruses by dissolving the fatty membrane that holds the virus together, causing it to fall apart and is washed off under running water
- We need good bacteria for a strong immune system, and grabbing a shopping trolley or doing some gardening is a good way to build the immune system
- Sterile hands are a recipe for infection as we need the good bacteria to help defeat the bad bugs
- Sanitisers are more effective against bacteria, and may have limited effect against viruses
- Intended to ward off bacterial infection, these products have backfired. Prolific use of sanitisers promotes bacteria becoming resistant such as MRSA
- Sanitisers are associated with allergy development in young children
- Sanitiser chemicals leach into the environment, ending up in our tap water, rivers, lakes and oceans
- One bottle of Witch hazel
- One bottle of Aloe vera Oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Glass spray bottle
- Vitamin E oil
- Add 20 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of lemon oil, and 5 drops of sweet orange oil to the glass bottle.
- Gently swirl the oils together. Slowly pour witch hazel into the spray bottle until it is about 2/3 of the way full.
- Add aloe vera until the bottle is full. If desired, add a few drops of vitamin E oil; it extends the shelf life and adds antioxidants.
- Put the lid on the bottle and shake it to mix the ingredients. Label the bottle and store it in a cool, dry place for up to two months.
- Use it before touching surfaces or when it is not possible to wash hands with soap and water.
Sanitisers can be valuable only if there is no soap and water available.
Face masks may help reduce transmission of disease in crowded areas, but given social distancing, there should be no need. One advantage of the masks is that they help prevent a person touching their mouth or nose. One study found that people on average touch their face 38 times per hour without being aware. However, the mask can trap water droplets allowing a build-up of the virus, so then touching the mask, then touching another object can trigger the disease in another person touching that object. Wearing a mask for long periods can cause itching and constant touching to re-position the mask or allow fresh air to enter from the side, and these actions can INCREASE virus transmission.
Caronavirus attaches to minute particles of water suspended in air. Any mask that allows movement of air, so we can breathe, also allows us to breathe in the virus.
The WHO finally admits that there is no hard evidence that a mask can help. Read more:
Read also a Danish study on masks:
Read also info on goggles and gloves:
Another danger from masks: Dentists in areas where mask-wearing is law, are now finding after extended lockdowns that tooth and gum disease has increased dramatically. Read more:
Home made masks are easy to make and work nearly as well as commercial masks. More mask info:
N95 Respirators, Regular Masks or Cloth Masks?
N95 masks are by far the most expensive and the best, able to filter particles as small as 300 nm, but are a disposable item and very uncomfortable to wear for extended periods. The Coronaviruses are typically about 100 nm in size, so N95 masks are not efficient in trapping viruses. Also the N95 masks have to be fitted to each individual person to get a good seal, and any facial hair (beard) prevents a good seal, so there is no point in a bearded person using an N95 mask.
Regular masks are less expensive, but will not trap a Coronavirus, and are a throw-away item so end up costing a lot to continually replace them. They may trap some significant water droplets that may contain viruses.
Cloth masks (see above how to make your own) are least efficient at trapping water droplets or viruses, but are less uncomfortable to wear, are washable and re-usable, allow colours to match clothing for the fashion-conscious, and are cheap to buy if you do not want to make one.
An original May Gibbs drawing from 1919 which she drew for the Spanish Flu epidemic.
© The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2020
This image is under copyright and cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission.
Do Not Panic
Fear and Panic lowers our immunity and drives us to make irrational decisions.
Fear creates high levels of Cortisol and Adrenaline, which enables us to perform in “fight or flight” situations. This is a good thing if we are faced with immediate danger, but a bad thing if the levels do not return to normal in a few hours because our immune system will be compromised with consistently high levels.
For any healthy person, Coronavirus will be no worse than the common cold.
Good nutrition, clean air, clean water and some supplements above will either prevent infection or substantially alleviate symptoms. The only people who may die from Coronavirus are those with a compromised immune system, and if Coronavirus did not exist, the they would probably die from the flu, cancer, Alzheimer’s, vaccinations, cardiovascular events, or even the original Coronavirus or Rhinovirus (common cold) etc.
Danger of Lockdowns
Given that 99% of deaths are caused more from existing medical conditions and prescription drugs and false death records, and the fact that the seasonal flu kills as many or more, and that at least 10 times that many deaths are caused by medical mistakes, infections caught in hospitals, and almost all people who died from Coronavirus would have died anyway, is it wise to destroy the world’s economy and cause millions of people to lose jobs and possibly homes, more deaths from suicide, mental problems, marriage breakups and more; what is the real cost?
After five months of claiming the Coronavirus could spread via “asymptomatic carriers,” necessitating the lockdowns, mask policies, social distancing and mandatory vaccines, the WHO declared on 8th June “Spread of COVID-19 through asymptomatic carriers is very rare”.
This means that apart from known cases that should be quarantined, everyone else should go back to normal – no lockdowns, no masks, no social distancing and no vaccinations!
The next day, I believe due to pressure from the big drug companies who fear that this would damage sales of their yet undeveloped vaccines, the WHO backtracked on this statement and changed the wording from “very rare” to “unknown”. All of the science studies relating to these decisions has not been released. Read the story here:
Sweden decided to avoid the financial ruin of lockdowns and closing businesses and as of 2nd October, now have zero deaths and few infections, as most of the population has now reached “herd immunity”, while neighboring countries have financial ruin, thousands dying, and hospitals overwhelmed. Read the story here:
There are many conditions that are far worse than Coronavirus. 5 times more people die from the Flu than Coronavirus, but we have never had lockdowns for the Flu except some Nursing Homes, where all patients, staff and visitors have had compulsory Flu vaccinations, proving that the vaccinations do not work, because usually they all get the Flu anyway.
Hospitals all over the world are concerned with Candida Auris (C. Auris), a fungal yeast infection that is spreading and killing many people. Major anti-fungal medications do not work, and nearly half of all who contract it die within 3 months. The best place to acquire Candida Auris is in a hospital, especially hospitals that are over-run with COVID-19 patients, and having infections of both would place one in extreme danger of death, especially when the medical staff appear concentrated only on COVID-19!
First found in Tokyo in 2009, it has spread across Asia and Europe, and to the USA in 2016.
For general Candida Albicans infections, read my Candida Article.
Solutions for Candida Albicans may not work for Candida Auris, but will probably do no harm, and may help.
Of course, increasing immunity using natural methods for COVID-19 above should help. As the death rate for Candida auris is about 50% it pays to have a good immune system to have the best chance to be in the other 50%.
Another Swine Flu Virus
Yet another swine flu virus found in Chinese pigs, and also in people handling the pigs, has the potential to become another pandemic. The video below details a 60-minutes report regarding what happened when 46 million Americans were vaccinated with the Swine Flu vaccination in 1976:
We have to keep laughing to keep our sanity…
– They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the supermarket. Not true, everyone else had clothes on.
– Remember: No matter how much you eat in a lockdown, your earrings will still fit.
– The buttons on my jeans are social distancing from one another.
– I used to say “I would’t touch him with a six-foot pole”. Now it is Government policy.
– I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve. Partly to see the New Year in, but mainly to make sure the old year leaves.
– The Supermarket wanted me to wait on a big X – but I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that one.
A humorous video below about Covid restrictions: