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Discover 10 dangers of statin drugs

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Discover 10 dangers of statin drugs

(NaturalHealth365) With over 25 percent of American adults over age 40 currently taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol, it’s clear to see that these medications are capable of yielding astronomical profits for Big Pharma. In 2019 alone, for example, Lipitor (atorvastatin) generated a stunning $2 billion dollars in revenue for its manufacturer, Pfizer.

While statin medications are lavishly endorsed and prescribed by Western medicine, natural health experts have long cautioned of toxic side effects – and clinical research exists to back them up.  Let’s take a look at ten unwanted adverse effects from statin drugs, along with some nutrients that can help manage cholesterol naturally.

Cholesterol: Villain or hero?

Most conventionally-trained physicians believe that a specific type of cholesterol known as LDL is a primary risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of mortality in the United States.  Statin drugs – which include fluvastatin, simvastatin and pravastatin – are touted as lowering LDL cholesterol while raising levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol.

Undeniably, these medications can lower cholesterol drastically.  But, at what price to the body?

Research has shown that cholesterol is essential to the proper functioning of cells – and is also converted into vital hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.  An increasing number of integrative doctors maintain that LDL cholesterol is actually necessary for body function – and that heart disease is really triggered by unaddressed infections, a lack of physical activity and, of course, a poor diet of processed foods and toxins.

In addition, too little cholesterol, they note, can be just as harmful as too much!

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In fact, an eye-opening 2005 study from Columbia University found that people with the very lowest total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels were twice as likely to die within three years, compared to those with the highest levels.

Statin-induced muscle stress causes muscle pain, weakness and fatigue

Muscle and joint pain are among the most common adverse effects reported by statin users. Sharp cramps, a nagging, aching sensation, persistent tenderness, muscle fatigue and even tendonitis are all on the “menu” of possible effects.

Disturbingly, experts say that these adverse effects of statin drugs may be only partially reversible.

These muscle problems can progress to myositis (an inflammation of the muscles) and, in severe cases, to rhabdomyolysis -a potentially fatal condition that can cause severe inflammation, muscle damage, muscle cell death and kidney failure.

Keep in mind, reports clearly indicate that statin drugs can cause toxic stress on the mitochondria, the “energy power stations” in the cells – thereby inhibiting the birth of new mitochondria.  In addition, statin drugs can worsen symptoms of other muscle disorders such as myasthenia gravis and muscular dystrophy.

Double whammy: Statin drugs may promote muscle injury while reducing mitochondria after exercise

One of the physical benefits of exercise is to raise the quantity and function of the mitochondria. But statin use seems to cause mitochondria to decrease with exercise – meaning these drugs not only negate an important benefit of exercise, but actually reverse it.

And, being in optimal physical condition seems to offer no protection. Marathon runners and elite athletes have higher levels of muscle injury with statins compared to those not taking statins.

One study even showed that animals that exercised on statins had an astonishing 226 percent more muscle damage than those not receiving statins – a troubling finding by any standards.

Health ALERT: Statin drug “therapy” increases risk of type 2 diabetes

Statin drugs increase insulin in the blood, which can trigger insulin resistance and set the stage for type 2 diabetes.  In a 2014 meta-analysis of 137,000 patients published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found a “moderately increased” risk of new-onset diabetes in patients given higher potency statins after cardiovascular events or procedures.

In the face of this powerful evidence, the FDA has been forced to acknowledge that statins can occasionally cause diabetes.

Warning: “Brain fog” ahead! Statin drugs can cause memory loss, impaired concentration and mood changes

Not only can statin drugs cause pain and muscle damage, but they can harm something that is arguably even more important – our memories and cognitive abilities. In various studies, statin drugs have been associated with forgetfulness, impaired concentration and diminished ability to remember words.

They can also cause disturbances in mood.

In 2008, Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego – conducted a $5 million dollar statin drug study funded by the NIH.  Dr. Golomb notes that a substantial 30 percent of statin drug users report experiencing mood changes including anxiety, irritability and depression.

Statin drugs can promote obesity

Although the mechanism is unclear, statin drugs seem to lead to overeating and weight gain.

One 12-year study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that statin users increased their calorie intake by 9 percent, their fat consumption by 14.1 percent and their body mass index measurement by a hefty 1.3 – when compared to non-statin users.

It should be noted: two thirds of American adults are currently overweight or obese – a primary risk factor for heart disease.

Statins are associated with heightened cancer risk

In an extensive review of studies published in BMC Cancer, the authors reported that prolonged use of statins was associated with significantly increased risk of colorectal, bladder and lung cancers.

And, the bad news just keeps on coming.

Medical authorities warn: Watch for liver inflammation and injury

Statin drugs raise the liver’s production of enzymes, which can cause liver damage and inflammation. In fact, the Mayo Clinic specifically warns statin users to be vigilant for signs of liver damage, such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin) dark-colored urine and fatigue.

This is common sense, everything we consume must be filtered (processed) through the liver.  Unfortunately, many people have no idea that they are harming their liver health.

Statins contribute to atherosclerosis

Ironically, there is some evidence that statin drugs may damage the very arteries they are supposed to protect!

In a study of 6,673 subjects published in Atherosclerosis, researchers found that statin drugs increased amounts of dangerous calcified plaque in coronary arteries -thereby raising risk of coronary heart disease.

Statin therapy causes nerve damage

Statin use is associated with higher incidence of nerve degeneration and pain.

Caution: Drugs for high cholesterol can reduce levels of antioxidants and essential nutrients

Finally, statin drugs can interfere with the production of disease-fighting molecules like glutathione – an important antioxidant that is strongly correlated with health and even longevity.

They also impair production of CoQ10, a vitamin-like antioxidant compound vital for heart health, normal blood pressure and muscle function.

Statin drugs are also associated with reduced blood levels of alpha-tocopherol (a natural form of vitamin E) and beta-carotene, an antioxidant natural plant pigment.

Support heart health with natural supplements and proper diet

Many natural healers strongly endorse CoQ10 supplementation for those taking statin drugs. Integrative healthcare providers may advise typical dosages of 100 mg to 300 mg a day, but (as always) check first with your own doctor.

For maximum benefit, your doctor may advise combining CoQ10 with vitamin E and L-carnitine.

In addition, curcumin from turmeric – a potent antioxidant that helps muscle fiber repair – and creatine, a compound needed to build muscle, can also help support mitochondrial activity. You can boost dietary levels of creatine by eating grass-fed beef, wild-caught salmon and cage-free organic chicken.

And, don’t forget the importance of proper nutrition for managing cholesterol levels.

Harvard Medical School advises avoiding trans fats, refined sugars, simple carbs and alcohol – along with eating healthy amounts of oatmeal, beans, eggplant, okra, soy, nuts, cold-water fatty fish and pectin-rich fruits such as apples and strawberries.

Clearly, statin drugs come with a lot of harmful “baggage.” While you should never reduce or eliminate prescribed medications unless advised to do so by your integrative physician, it might be time for you and your doctor to take a second look at statin drugs – and have an honest talk with your doctor about the risk to your health.

Sources for this article include:

Statista.com
Harvard.edu
MayoClinic.org

Study: Diabetics on Statins More Likely to Die From COVID


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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola      Fact Checked      November 25, 2020

COVID-19 and diabetes

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • People with diabetes who also take statins have a higher risk of mechanical ventilation and death when hospitalized with COVID-19
  • According to the researchers, “… the potentially deleterious effects of routine statin treatment on COVID-19-related mortality demands further investigation”
  • Statins do not protect against cardiovascular disease and increase your risk of other health conditions, including heart disease, liver and muscle damage and cataracts
  • Consider making lifestyle choices to balance your cholesterol ratios, which are more important to evaluate your risk of heart disease. Include changes to control your blood sugar to reduce or eliminate the need for medication

Type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 And, it is clear that people with diabetes have a much higher risk of death within the first week of hospitalization for COVID-19 than people without diabetes.2 However, recent data from two different studies analyzing the association between statin use, diabetes and severity of disease with COVID-19 have found conflicting results.3

Researchers believe there is a relationship between statins, diabetes and an increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19. But there was a relationship between the drug and the health condition that predates the current pandemic.

Statin drugs are one of the most prescribed medications.4 According to a study in JAMA Cardiology, the number of people using statins jumped from 21.8 million in 2002-2003 to 39.2 million in 2012-2013, the most current data available.5 Annual prescriptions rose from 134 million to 221 million during the same time, which represented a 64.9% increase.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. in 2018 was 10.5% of the population or 34.2 million people.6 In this group, 26.8 million had a diagnosis of diabetes and 7.3 million were as yet undiagnosed. Every year, 1.5 million more people are diagnosed with diabetes.

The numbers are overwhelming and it’s likely you know someone who has diabetes, takes statin drugs or both. Thankfully there are ways to help reduce or eliminate your use of medication and subsequently lower your risk of severe disease from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Statin Use by Diabetics With COVID-19 Raises Mortality Rate

From the beginning of the pandemic, experts have recognized there were groups of individuals who had a higher risk of experiencing severe disease and death. The CDC maintains a list of health conditions that increase a person’s risk that includes obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart conditions.7

Many of these health conditions are also risk factors for other infectious diseases as they significantly impact your immune response. In March 2020, a group of scientists from Nantes University Hospital in France listed a study on Clinical Trials called COVID-19 and Diabetes Outcomes (CORONADO), to measure the prevalence of severe COVID-19 in hospitalized patients who had diabetes.8

The study included children, adults and older adults. Initial results were published in Diabetes and Metabolism,9 in which researchers analyzed data gathered from participants in 68 hospitals in France with the primary outcome of intubation or death within seven days or 28 days of admission.

The researchers analyzed 2,449 patients with Type 2 diabetes, of whom 48.7% were using statins before they were admitted to the hospital. Without adjustment of confounding factors, patients who were taking statins had similar primary outcome measures to those who did not take statins.

However, the data also showed that mortality rates were significantly higher within seven days and 28 days compared to people who were not using statins. The researchers acknowledged those taking the drug were older, more frequently male and often had more comorbidities, including high blood pressure, heart failure and complications of diabetes.

They found the results surprising since other observational studies had found a potentially beneficial effect of statin medications in people who had COVID-19. They wrote a potential explanation was their focus on people with a known risk factor for severe disease, Type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, patients in the CORONADO study who were taking statin medications had a higher number of comorbidities than nonusers. However, despite the limitations, the researchers found enough evidence in the over 2,400 participants to conclude:10

“… our present results do not support the hypothesis of a protective role of routine statin use against COVID-19, at least not in hospitalized patients with T2DM (Type 2 diabetes mellitus).

Indeed, the potentially deleterious effects of routine statin treatment on COVID-19-related mortality demands further investigation and, as recently highlighted, only appropriately designed and powered randomized controlled trials will be able to properly address this important issue.”

Statins, Diabetes and COVID-19

On the other hand, a second observational study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found results that were similar to past studies, linking statins with lower mortality in people hospitalized with COVID-19.11

While the two studies appear to find contradictory evidence, Dr. Daniel Drucker from Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, commented that it was not uncommon for data to reveal different results in observational studies, making it a challenge to find meaningful, causal inferences.12

The second study,13 led by Dr. Omar Saeed from Montefiore Medical Center in New York, gathered data from 4,252 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. In this study, only 53% had diabetes and 32% had been treated with statins, as compared to 100% of patients in the CORONADO study who had diabetes.

The data from Saeed’s study showed patients taking statins had a 23% chance of dying in the hospital, versus 27% in those who were not taking statins. The data also showed people with diabetes who had been taking statins had a 24% chance of mortality versus 39% in diabetics who were not taking statins.

Data from the CORONADO study published earlier in the year14 revealed 10% of people with diabetes who were hospitalized with COVID-19 died within a week and nearly 33% required mechanical ventilation. The data showed an individual’s:15

“… body mass index (BMI) was independently associated with death or intubation at 7 days, while A1c and use of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockers and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors were not.”

The scientists in the CORONADO study were encouraged by the fact there were no deaths in people with Type 1 diabetes who were under the age of 65. One scientist from the team, Dr. Samy Hadjadj, spoke with Medscape Medical News about the results, saying:16

“Before the CORONADO study it was ‘all diabetes [patients] are the same.’ Now we can surely consider more precisely the risk, taking age, sex, BMI, complications, and [obstructive sleep apnea] as clear ‘very high-risk situations.'” 

He further cautioned:

“… even in diabetes, each increase in BMI is associated with an increase in the risk of intubation and/or death in the 7 days following admission for COVID-19. So let’s target this population as a really important population to keep social distancing and stay alert on avoiding the virus.”

Statins Are a Waste of Money and Resources

Whether statins raise the risk of mortality in severe COVID-19 or not, they do not protect you against cardiovascular disease as intended and do increase your risk of other negative health conditions. Since there are strategies you can use at home to reduce your risk of severe disease and protect your health, it is typically unnecessary and likely dangerous to seek out statin drugs.

In 2014, Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D., produced a documentary, “Heart of The Matter: Dietary Villains.”17 The film exposed the cholesterol and saturated fat myth that Big Pharma uses to bolster the prescription rate of statin medications and the financial links that support the pharmaceutical industry.

Ultimately, ABC TV expunged the documentary under pressure from Australian Heart Foundation and the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists Collaboration (CTT).18 ABC stopped Demasi from writing opinion pieces, talking to journalists or going to medical conferences. By 2016, she and her colleagues were out of a job.

Although cholesterol and saturated fat have been the villains of heart disease for four decades, studies do not support the claim. Since the release of the documentary, the evidence against statins and the theory that cholesterol is the foundation of heart disease has only continued to grow.

In a recent scientific review of the literature in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, researchers found lowering LDL cholesterol does not lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, writing: “Decades of research have failed to show any consistent benefit for this approach.”19 In other words, billions of dollars are spent on medications that are ineffective and potentially harmful.

Since the commercialization of statin drugs in the late ’80s (lovastatin was the first one that gained approval in 1987),20 total sales have reached nearly $1 trillion.21,22 Lipitor — which is just one of several brand name statin drugs — was named the most profitable drug in the history of medicine to date.23,24

Yet these drugs have done nothing to derail the rising trend of heart disease, which remains the leading cause of death.25 The BMJ study authors argue that since dozens of randomized controlled trials looking at LDL-cholesterol reduction “have failed to demonstrate a consistent benefit, we should question the validity of this theory,”26 going on to say:

“In most fields of science the existence of contradictory evidence usually leads to a paradigm shift or modification of the theory in question, but in this case the contradictory evidence has been largely ignored, simply because it doesn’t fit the prevailing paradigm.”

They concluded:27

“The negative results of numerous cholesterol lowering randomised controlled trials call into question the validity of using low density lipoprotein cholesterol as a surrogate target for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.”

Statins Sabotage Your Health and Raise Diabetes Risk

In addition to not being helpful in preventing or delaying heart attacks and strokes, statins are dangerous to your long-term health. A stunning review of statin trials published in 2015 found that in primary prevention, the median postponement of death in those taking statins was a mere 3.2 days.28

As damaging, the study found in those using statins for secondary prevention to reduce the risk of second heart attack, the median postponement of death was 4.1 days. While taking a pill to potentially extend life by three to four days already seems questionable, those taking statins are also at increased risk for the following, adding even more controversy to their use:

Diabetes29,30,31 Dementia, neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety and aggression32,33
Musculoskeletal disorders34 Osteoporosis35
Cataracts36 Heart disease37
Liver damage38

Consider Making Dietary and Lifestyle Changes

Using simple strategies at home may help normalize your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. I believe a total cholesterol measurement has little benefit in evaluating your risk for heart disease, unless the total number is over 300.

In some instances, high cholesterol may indicate a problem when your LDL or triglycerides are high, and your HDL is low. You’ll be better able to evaluate your risk by looking at the two ratios below, in combination with other lifestyle factors such as iron level and diet.

  • HDL/Cholesterol ratio — Divide your HDL level by your cholesterol. This ratio should ideally be above 24%
  • Triglyceride/HDL ratio — Divide your triglyceride level by your HDL. This ratio should ideally be below 239

You may lower your risk of heart disease by following suggestions that affect your lifestyle and exposure to environmental toxins. In my article, “Cholesterol Managers Want to Double Statin Prescriptions,” I share a list to help minimize your toxic exposure and improve your body’s ability to maintain good heart health.

Additionally, in my article “Nearly Half of American Adults Have Cardiovascular Disease,” I summarize further strategies to improve microcirculation in your heart. I also talk about mitochondrial function and insulin resistance, which are related to strong heart health.

It is difficult to control Type 2 diabetes when you rely strictly on medication and do not change the underlying lifestyle factors that have caused the problem. If properly addressed, Type 2 diabetes can be entirely reversible in most people.

The reason is because Type 2 diabetes is a diet-derived condition rooted in insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling. Because of this it can effectively be treated and reversed through dietary and lifestyle means. I discuss this further, with suggestions for changes, in “Diabetes Can Increase Complications of COVID-19.”

– Sources and References

Study of Heart Attack Victims Showed Most Had Normal LDLs


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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/08/26/cholesterol-levels-in-people-who-had-heart-attacks.aspx
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola     Fact Checked     August 26, 2020

cholesterol level test result

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A review of information on 136,905 people who had a heart attack showed that 72.1% had LDL cholesterol levels within the normal range
  • The theory that cholesterol increases heart attack risk may be the work of pharmaceutical companies chasing a bigger return on statin drugs
  • Vegetable oils have been promoted in place of saturated animal fat, which has been vilified. Righting this wrong is a powerful way of reversing chronic disease
  • Cholesterol levels are not as reliable as the omega-3 index, cholesterol ratios, fasting insulin levels and fasting blood sugar levels in predicting risk

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease, is a term that refers to several types of heart conditions. Many of the problems associated with heart disease are related to atherosclerosis. This term refers to a condition in which there’s a buildup of plaque along the walls of the artery, making it more difficult for blood to flow and for oxygen to reach the muscles, including the heart.

This can be the underlying problem in cases of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Other types of CVD happen when the valves in the heart are affected or there’s an abnormal heart rhythm.1

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and it contributes to other leading causes including stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.2 It also ranks as the No. 1 cause of death around the world: Four out of five deaths are from heart attack or stroke.3

Heart disease accounts for 25% of deaths in the U.S. with a $219 billion price tag, based on data from 2014 to 2015.4 Scientists believe some of the key contributing factors are high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use.

Cholesterol Levels in People Who Had Heart Attacks

There is ongoing disagreement over the levels at which cholesterol presents a risk for heart disease and stroke. Added to this, many doctors and scientists continue to recommend lowering fat consumption and using medications to lower cholesterol levels.

A national study from the University of California Los Angeles showed that 72.1% of the people who had a heart attack did not have low-density (LDL) cholesterol levels, which would have indicated they were at risk for CVD. Their LDL cholesterol was within national guidelines and nearly half were within optimal levels.5

In fact, half the patients admitted with a heart attack who had CVD had LDL levels lower than 100 milligrams (mg), which is considered optimal; 17.6% had levels below 70 mg, which is the level recommended for people with moderate risk for heart disease.6

However, more than half the patients who were hospitalized with a heart attack had high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in the poor range, based on a comparison to national guidelines.

The team used a national database with information on 136,905 people who received services from 541 hospitals across the U.S. They were admitted between 2000 and 2006 and, while they had their blood drawn upon arrival, only 59% had their lipid levels checked at that time.

Of those who were checked, out of everyone who was admitted with a heart attack but didn’t have CVD or Type 2 diabetes, 72.1% had LDL levels less than 130 mg/dL, which was the recommended level at the time of the study (2009).

In addition to this, researchers found the levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) had dropped compared to statistics from earlier years, with 54.6% having levels below 40 mg/dL.7 The desirable level for HDL is 60 mg/dL or higher.8

The findings led researchers to suggest that the guidelines for prescribing cholesterol medication should be adjusted — to lower the number at which drugs should be administered. In other words, they are suggesting that more people be put on cholesterol drugs. As explained by Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, lead investigator:9

“Almost 75 percent of heart attack patients fell within recommended targets for LDL cholesterol, demonstrating that the current guidelines may not be low enough to cut heart attack risk in most who could benefit.”

The study was sponsored by the Get with the Guidelines program that’s supported by the American Heart Association, which promotes the use of statins for lowering LDL cholesterol.10 Fonarow has done research for GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, and has consulted for, and received honoraria from Merck, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott — all of which manufacture cholesterol drugs, including statins.

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Cholesterol Myth May Be Kept Alive by Big Pharma

While scientists and physicians continue to investigate the level of cholesterol that may affect heart attack risk, the theory that dietary cholesterol is a contributor has long been proven false. In the 1960s it may have been a conclusion that researchers made based on the available science, but decades later the evidence does not support the hypothesis.11

Yet, as some researchers have pointed out, the move toward removing dietary cholesterol limits has been slow. In the past 10 years, some have modified recommendations to address certain negative consequences of limiting dietary cholesterol, such as the risk of having inadequate levels of choline. Unfortunately, others have continued to promote low-fat diets and that could have hazardous results.

Whether discussing cholesterol intake or serum cholesterol levels, the data do not support the hypothesis that it relates to heart disease. I believe it appears that the evidence supporting the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs is likely little more than the manufactured work of pharmaceutical companies.

This also appears to be the conclusion of the authors of a scientific review published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology.12 The team identified significant flaws in three recent studies: “… large reviews recently published by statin advocates have attempted to validate the current dogma. This article delineates the serious errors in these three reviews as well as other obvious falsifications of the cholesterol hypothesis.”

The authors present substantial evidence that total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are not indicators of heart disease risk. In addition, statin treatment is doubtful as a form of primary prevention. In their analysis, they point out that if high cholesterol levels were a major cause of atherosclerosis, patients with high total cholesterol whose levels were lowered the most by statin drugs should see the greatest benefit. However, evidence does not show that to be the case.

In another review of statin trials and other studies in which cholesterol was linked to heart disease, researchers could not find a correlation between cholesterol and the degree of coronary atherosclerosis, coronary calcification or peripheral atherosclerosis. They found no exposure response in which those with the highest level of cholesterol enjoyed the greatest benefit from reduction.13

These researchers propose the link between high LDL or total cholesterol and heart disease may be secondary to other factors that promote CVD, such as:14

“… lack of physical activity, mental stress, smoking, and obesity. It is generally assumed that their effect on cardiovascular disease is mediated through the high cholesterol, but this may be a secondary phenomenon.

Physical activity may benefit the cardiovascular system by improving endothelial function, or by stimulating the formation of collateral vessels; mental stress may have a harmful influence on adrenal hormone secretion, smoking increases the oxidant burden; in these all situations the high cholesterol may be an epiphenomenal indicator that something is wrong.”

Saturated Fat Is Crucial but Vegetable Oil Is Deadly

One of the reasons so many people are sick is that we’re constantly told that animal fats are unhealthy and industrial vegetable oils are not, and people believe it. The authors of a recent paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology admits the long-standing nutritional guideline to limit saturated fat is incorrect.

This is a tremendous step forward in righting a dietary wrong that started with Ancel Keys’ flawed hypothesis15 and has since had a significant impact on health and wellness. As the researchers note in the abstract:16

“The recommendation to limit dietary saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake has persisted despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recent meta-analyses of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing SFA intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total mortality, and instead found protective effects against stroke.

Although SFAs increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, in most individuals, this is not due to increasing levels of small, dense LDL particles, but rather larger LDL particles, which are much less strongly related to CVD risk. It is also apparent that the health effects of foods cannot be predicted by their content in any nutrient group without considering the overall macronutrient distribution.

Whole-fat dairy, unprocessed meat, and dark chocolate are SFA-rich foods with a complex matrix that are not associated with increased risk of CVD. The totality of available evidence does not support further limiting the intake of such foods.”

In a recent speech at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, titled “Diseases of Civilization: Are Seed Oil Excesses the Unifying Mechanism?” Dr. Chris Knobbe revealed evidence that seed oils, so prevalent in modern diets, are the reason for most of today’s chronic diseases.17

His research charges the high consumption of omega-6 seed oil in everyday diets as the major unifying driver of the chronic degenerative diseases so prevalent in modern civilization.

He calls the inundation of Western diets with harmful seeds oils “a global human experiment … without informed consent.” You’ll find more, including a video of his presentation in “Are Seed Oils Behind the Majority of Diseases This Century?

Your Omega-3 Index Is More Predictive Than Cholesterol

The combination of a diet high in omega-6 fats commonly found in vegetable oils and low in omega-3 fats, commonly found in fatty fish, is yet another risk factor for coronary heart disease. As the National Institutes of Health describes:18

“The three main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found mainly in plant oils such as flaxseed, soybean and canola oils. DHA and EPA are found in fish and other seafood.”

Each of the three fats plays a unique role in cellular health. The authors of one study analyzed the risk of a cardiovascular event while taking icosapent ethyl.19 The medication is a “highly purified omega-3 fatty acid” that is “a synthetic derivative of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).”20

Those who took the medication had a significantly lower number of ischemic events than those taking the placebo. An omega-3 deficiency leaves you vulnerable to chronic disease and lifelong challenges. The best way to determine if you’re getting enough is to be tested, as it’s a good predictor of all-cause mortality.21

The omega-3 index is a measure of the amount of EPA and DHA in red blood cell membranes. This has been validated as a stable and long-term marker because it reflects your tissue levels. An index greater than 8% is associated with the lowest risk of death, while an index lower than 4% places you at the highest risk of heart disease-related mortality.22

Your best sources of fatty fish are wild-caught Alaskan salmon, herring, mackerel and anchovies. The larger predatory fish, such as tuna, have much higher amounts of mercury and other toxins. It’s important to realize your body can’t convert enough plant-based omega-3 to meet your needs. That means that if you’re a vegan, you must figure out a way to compensate for the lack of marine or grass fed animal products in your diet.

If your test results are low, and you are considering a supplement, compare the advantages and disadvantages of fish oil and krill oil. Krill are wild-caught and sustainable, more potent than fish oil and less prone to oxidation. You’ll find more about the benefits of maintaining adequate levels of omega-3 fats in “Omega-3 Index More Predictive Than Cholesterol Levels.”

Know Your Cholesterol Ratios

The cholesterol myth has been a boon to the pharmaceutical industry since cholesterol-lowering statins have become some of the more frequently prescribed and used drugs. In a report by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published in JAMA, evidence showed that 250 people need to take a statin drug for one to six years to prevent one death from any cause.23

When measuring cardiovascular death specifically, 500 would have to take a statin drug for two to six years to prevent even one death. As the evidence mounts that statin drugs are not the answer and simple cholesterol levels may not help you understand your risk of heart disease, it’s time to use other risk assessments.

In addition to an omega-3 index, you can get a more accurate idea of your risk of heart disease using an HDL/total cholesterol ratio, triglyceride/HDL ratio, fasting insulin level, fasting blood sugar level and iron level. You’ll find a discussion of the tests and measurements in “Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease.”

New Research Confirms Statins Are Colossal Waste of Money


Reproduced from original article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/08/26/have-statins-reduced-heart-disease.aspx
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola    Fact Checked    August 26, 2020

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The food industry shifted away from saturated fat and cholesterol to improve public health, and the medical industry has massively promoted the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for the same reason. Despite that, the rate of heart disease deaths has steadily risen
  • Research has found that the more LDL (so-called “bad”) cholesterol is lowered, the greater the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • The Minnesota Coronary Experiment, published in 2016, found replacing saturated fat with vegetable oil increased mortality and cardiovascular events, even though total cholesterol was lowered by 13.8%. For each 30 mg/dL reduction in serum cholesterol, the death risk rose by 22%
  • Since the commercialization of statin drugs in the late ‘80s, total sales have reached nearly $1 trillion. Lipitor is the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. Yet these drugs have done nothing to derail the rising trend of heart disease
  • While there are studies claiming to show statins lower your risk of heart attack, many involve misleading plays on statistics. Statins also have many serious side effects

The lecturer in the featured video, Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D., produced the 2014 Australian Catalyst documentary, “Heart of the Matter: Dietary Villains,” which exposed the cholesterol/saturated fat myths behind the statin fad and the financial links which lurk underneath.

The documentary was so thorough that vested interests actually convinced ABC TV to rescind the two-part series.1 The Australian Heart Foundation, the three largest statin makers (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Merck Sharp & Dohme) and Medicines Australia, Australia’s drug lobby group, complained2 and got the documentary expunged from ABC TV.

Cholesterol and saturated fat have been the villains of heart disease for the past four decades, despite the many studies showing neither has an adverse effect on heart health.

The entire food industry shifted away from saturated fat and cholesterol, ostensibly to improve public health, and the medical industry has massively promoted the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for the same reason. Despite all of that, the rate of heart disease deaths continues to be high.3 That really should tell us something.

Statins Are a Colossal Waste of Money

Since the release of Demasi’s documentary, the evidence against the cholesterol theory and statins has only grown. As noted in an August 4, 2020, op-ed by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a general practitioner with the British National Health Service:4

“New research shows that the most widely prescribed type of drug in the history of medicine is a waste of money. One major study found that the more ‘bad’ cholesterol was lowered, the greater the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every other medical condition has been shoved onto the sidelines. However, in the UK last year, heart attacks and strokes (CVD) killed well over 100,000 people — which is at least twice as many as have died from COVID-19.

CVD will kill just as many this year, which makes it significantly more important than COVID-19, even if no one is paying much attention to it right now.”

According to a scientific review5 published online August 4, 2020, in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, lowering LDL is not going to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. “Decades of research has failed to show any consistent benefit for this approach,” the authors note.

Since the commercialization of statin drugs in the late ’80s (lovastatin being the first one, gaining approval in 19876), total sales have reached nearly $1 trillion.7,8 Lipitor — which is just one of several brand name statin drugs — was named the most profitable drug in the history of medicine.9,10 Yet these drugs have done nothing to derail the rising trend of heart disease.

Lowering Cholesterol Does Not Show a Beneficial Impact

According to a press release announcing the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine review, the analysis found that:11

“… over three quarters of all the trials reported no positive impact on the risk of death and nearly half reported no positive impact on risk of future cardiovascular disease.

And the amount of LDL cholesterol reduction achieved didn’t correspond to the size of the resulting benefits, with even very small changes in LDL cholesterol sometimes associated with larger reductions in risk of death or cardiovascular ‘events,’ and vice versa. Thirteen of the clinical trials met the LDL cholesterol reduction target, but only one reported a positive impact on risk of death …”

In their paper,12 the study authors argue that since dozens of randomized controlled trials looking at LDL-cholesterol reduction “have failed to demonstrate a consistent benefit, we should question the validity of this theory.”

In most fields of science the existence of contradictory evidence usually leads to a paradigm shift or modification of the theory in question, but in this case the contradictory evidence has been largely ignored, simply because it doesn’t fit the prevailing paradigm.

They also cite the Minnesota Coronary Experiment,13 a double-blind randomized controlled trial involving 9,423 subjects that sought to determine whether replacing saturated fat with omega-6 rich vegetable oil (corn oil and margarine) would reduce the death rate from heart disease by lowering cholesterol.

It didn’t. Mortality and cardiovascular events increased even though total cholesterol was lowered by 13.8%. For each 30 mg/dL reduction in serum cholesterol, the death risk rose by 22%. In conclusion, the Evidence-Based Medicine study authors note that:14

“In most fields of science the existence of contradictory evidence usually leads to a paradigm shift or modification of the theory in question, but in this case the contradictory evidence has been largely ignored, simply because it doesn’t fit the prevailing paradigm.”

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Deception Through Statistics

If lowering cholesterol doesn’t reduce mortality or cardiovascular events, there’s little reason to use them, considering they come with a long list of adverse side effects. Sure, there are studies claiming to show benefit, but many involve misleading plays on statistics.

One common statistic used to promote statins is that they lower your risk of heart attack by about 36%.15 This statistic is derived from a 2008 study16 in the European Heart Journal. One of the authors on this study is Rory Collins, who heads up the CTT Collaboration (Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration), a group of doctors and scientists who analyze study data17 and report their findings to regulators and policymakers.

Table 4 in this study shows the rate of heart attack in the placebo group was 3.1% while the statin group’s rate was 2% — a 36% reduction in relative risk. However, the absolute risk reduction — the actual difference between the two groups, i.e., 3.1% minus 2% — is only 1.1%, which really isn’t very impressive.

In other words, in the real world, if you take a statin, your chance of a heart attack is only 1.1% lower than if you’re not taking it. At the end of the day, what really matters is what your risk of death is the absolute risk. The study, however, only stresses the relative risk (36%), not the absolute risk (1.1%).

As noted in the review18 “How Statistical Deception Created the Appearance That Statins Are Safe and Effective in Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease,” it’s very easy to confuse and mislead people with relative risks.

You can learn more about absolute and relative risk in my 2015 interview with David Diamond, Ph.D., who co-wrote that paper. Research questioning the veracity of oft-cited statin trials is also reviewed in “Statins’ Flawed Studies and Flawed Advertising.”

Statins Sabotage Your Health

A stunning review of statin trials published in 2015 found that in primary prevention trials, the median postponement of death in those taking statins was a mere 3.2 days. While potentially extending life span by 3.2 days, those taking statins are also at increased risk for:

Diabetes (if taken for more than two years, your risk for diabetes triples) Dementia, neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety and aggression
Musculoskeletal disorders Osteoporosis
Cataracts Heart disease
Liver damage Immune system suppression

Oftentimes statins do not have any immediate side effects, and they are quite effective, capable of lowering cholesterol levels by 50 points or more. This is often viewed as evidence that your health is improving. Side effects that develop over time are frequently misinterpreted as brand-new, separate health problems.

Crimes Against Humanity

The harm perpetuated by the promotion of the low-fat, low-cholesterol myth is so significant, it could easily be described as a crime against humanity. Ancel Keys’ 1963 “Seven Countries Study” was instrumental in creating the saturated fat myth.19,20

He claimed to have found a correlation between total cholesterol concentration and heart disease, but in reality this was the result of cherry picking data. When data from 16 excluded countries are added back in, the association between saturated fat consumption and mortality vanishes.

In fact, the full data set suggests that those who eat the most saturated animal fat tend to have a lower incidence of heart disease, which is precisely what other, more recent studies have concluded.

Procter & Gamble Co.21 (the maker of Crisco22), the American Heart Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) all promoted the fallacy for decades, despite mounting evidence that Keys had gotten it all wrong.

The AHA was issuing stern warnings against butter, steak and coconut oil as recently as 2017.23 That same year, Procter & Gamble partnered with University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute to promote heart health by lowering cholesterol.24

CSPI was also instrumental in driving heart disease skyward with its wildly successful pro-trans fat campaign. It was largely the result of CSPI’s campaign that fast-food restaurants replace beef tallow, palm oil and coconut oil with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are high in synthetic trans fats linked to heart disease and other chronic diseases.

As late as 1988, CSPI praised trans fats, saying “there is little good evidence that trans fats cause any more harm than other fats” and that “much of the anxiety over trans fats stems from their reputation as ‘unnatural.'”25

CSPI and AHA Omit Their Role in Heart Disease Epidemic

Today, you’ll have to dig deep to unearth CSPI’s devastating public health campaign. In an act of deception, they erased it from their history to make people believe they’ve been doing the right thing all along. Their historical timeline26 of trans fat starts at 1993 — the year CSPI decided to change course and start supporting the elimination of the same trans fat they’d spent years promoting.

trans fat timeline

Similarly, the AHA conveniently omits saturated fat and cholesterol from its history of “lifesaving” breakthroughs and achievements.27 It makes sense, though, considering the AHA’s and CSPI’s recommendations to swap saturated fat for vegetable oils and synthetic trans fat never resulted in anything but an epidemic of heart disease.

The idea that the harms of trans fats were unknown until the 1990s is simply a lie. The late Dr. Fred Kummerow started publishing evidence showing trans fat, not saturated fat, was the cause of heart disease in 1957. He also linked trans fat to Type 2 diabetes. You can click on this link to watch my interview with him. I traveled to his home in Urbana, Illinois, shortly before he passed away.

The Truth About Saturated Fat

In addition to the more recent studies mentioned earlier, many others have also debunked the idea that cholesterol and/or saturated fat impacts your risk of heart disease. For example:

In a 1992 editorial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine,28 Dr. William Castelli, a former director of the Framingham Heart study, stated:

“In Framingham, Mass., the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol. The opposite of what … Keys et al [said] …”

A 2010 meta-analysis,29 which pooled data from 21 studies and included 347,747 adults, found no difference in the risks of heart disease and stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat.

Another 2010 study30 published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a reduction in saturated fat intake must be evaluated in the context of replacement by other macronutrients, such as carbohydrates.

When you replace saturated fat with a higher carbohydrate intake, particularly refined carbohydrate, you exacerbate insulin resistance and obesity, increase triglycerides and small LDL particles, and reduce beneficial HDL cholesterol. According to the authors, dietary efforts to improve your cardiovascular disease risk should primarily emphasize the limitation of refined carbohydrate intake, and weight reduction.

A 2014 meta-analysis31 of 76 studies by researchers at Cambridge University found no basis for guidelines that advise low saturated fat consumption to lower your cardiac risk, calling into question all of the standard nutritional guidelines related to heart health. According to the authors:

“Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”

Will Saturated Fat Myth Soon Be Upended?

To learn more, be sure to listen to Dr. Paul Saladino’s interview with Nina Teicholz, previously featured in “Why Chicken Is Killing You and Saturated Fat Is Your Friend.”

Teicholz, a science journalist, adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the executive director of The Nutrition Coalition, is also the author of “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet,” which reviews the many myths surrounding saturated fat and cholesterol.

In the interview, Saladino and Teicholz review the history of the demonization of saturated fat and cholesterol, starting with Keys, and how the introduction of the first Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 1980 (which recommended limiting saturated fat and cholesterol) coincided with a rapid rise in obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease.

Teicholz also reviews a paper32 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, published online June 17, 2020, which actually admits the long-standing nutritional guideline to limit saturated fat has been incorrect. This is a rather stunning admission, and a huge step forward. As noted in the abstract:

“The recommendation to limit dietary saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake has persisted despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recent meta-analyses of randomized trials and observational studies found no beneficial effects of reducing SFA intake on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total mortality, and instead found protective effects against stroke.

Although SFAs increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, in most individuals, this is not due to increasing levels of small, dense LDL particles, but rather larger LDL which are much less strongly related to CVD risk.

It is also apparent that the health effects of foods cannot be predicted by their content in any nutrient group, without considering the overall macronutrient distribution.

Whole-fat dairy, unprocessed meat, eggs and dark chocolate are SFA-rich foods with a complex matrix that are not associated with increased risk of CVD. The totality of available evidence does not support further limiting the intake of such foods.”

How You’ve Been Misled About Statins


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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/03/11/demasi-statin-wars.aspx

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola     
March 11, 2020

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • More than 35 million Americans are on a statin drug, making it one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the U.S. Lipitor — which is just one of several brand name statin drugs — is the most profitable drug in the history of medicine
  • The “statin empire” is built on prescribing these drugs to people who really don’t need them and are likely to suffer side effects without getting any benefits
  • By simply revising the definition of “high cholesterol,” which was done in 2000 and again in 2004 in the U.S., millions of people became eligible for statin treatment, without any evidence whatsoever that it would actually benefit them
  • In 2013, the American College of Cardiology and AHA revised their statin guideline to include a CVD risk calculation rather than a single cholesterol number. This resulted in another 12.8 million Americans being put on statin treatment even though they didn’t have any real risk factors for CVD
  • Industry-biased research, the hiding of raw study data, deceptive statistical tricks, silencing of dissenters, censoring of critics and the use of fear-based PR are other strategies employed to manipulate public opinion and doctors to keep prescribing statins to an ever-widening population base

Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors; that is, they block the enzyme in your liver responsible for making cholesterol (HMG-CoA reductase). According to Drugs.com, more than 35 million Americans are on a statin drug, making it one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in the U.S.1

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data suggest 47.6% of seniors over the age of 75 are on a statin drug.2 Lipitor — which is just one of several brand name statin drugs — is the most profitable drug in the history of medicine.3,4

Collectively, statins have earned over $1 trillion since they were introduced.5 This, despite their being off patent. There is simply no doubt that selling them is big business with major financial incentives to distort the truth to continue their sales.

Statin recommendations have become fairly complex, as they’re recommended for various age groups under different circumstances, and whether they’re used as primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), or secondary prevention. Guidelines also vary slightly depending on the organization providing the recommendation and the country you’re in.6

In the U.S., the two guidelines available are from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF),7 and the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.8,9 The USPSTF guidelines recommend using a statin for the primary prevention of CVD when a patient:10

  • Is between the age of 40 to 75
  • Has one or more CVD risk factors (dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension or smoking)
  • Has a calculated 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event of 10% or greater

In secondary prevention of CVD, statins are “a mainstay,” according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.11 Secondary prevention means the drug is used to prevent a recurrence of a heart attack or stroke in patients who have already had one.

Regulators’ Role Questioned

A February 2020 analysis12 in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine (paywall) brings up the fact that while the use of statins in primary prevention of CVD “has been controversial” and there’s ongoing debate as to “whether the benefits outweigh the harms,” drug regulators around the world — which have approved statins for the prevention of CVD — have stayed out of the debate. Should they? The analysis goes on to note:

“Our aim was to navigate the decision-making processes of European drug regulators and ultimately request the data upon which statins were approved. Our findings revealed a system of fragmented regulation in which many countries licensed statins but did not analyze the data themselves.

There is no easily accessible archive containing information about the licensing approval of statins or a central location for holding the trial data. This is an unsustainable model and serves neither the general public, nor researchers.”

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Have We Been Misled by the Evidence?

In her 2018 peer-reviewed narrative review,13 “Statin Wars: Have We Been Misled About the Evidence?” published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D., a former medical science major turned investigative health reporter, delves into some of these ongoing controversies.

“A bitter dispute has erupted among doctors over suggestions that statins should be prescribed to millions of healthy people at low risk of heart disease. There are concerns that the benefits have been exaggerated and the risks have been underplayed.

Also, the raw data on the efficacy and safety of statins are being kept secret and have not been subjected to scrutiny by other scientists. This lack of transparency has led to an erosion of public confidence.

Doctors and patients are being misled about the true benefits and harms of statins, and it is now a matter of urgency that the raw data from the clinical trials are released,” Demasi writes.14

While Demasi’s paper is behind a paywall, she reviews her arguments in the featured video above. Among them is the fact that the “statin empire” is built on prescribing these drugs to people who really don’t need them and are likely to suffer side effects without getting any benefits.

For example, some have recommended statins should be given to everyone over the age of 50, regardless of their cholesterol level. Others have suggested screening and dosing young children.

Even more outrageous suggestions over the past few years include statin “’condiments’ in burger outlets to counter the negative effects of a fast food meal,’” and adding statins to the municipal water supply.

Simple Tricks, Big Payoffs

Medical professionals are now largely divided into two camps, one saying statins are lifesaving and safe enough for everyone, and the other saying they’re largely unnecessary and harmful to boot. How did such a divide arise, when all have access to the same research and data?

Demasi suggests that in order to understand how health professionals can be so divided on this issue, you have to follow the money. The cost of developing and getting market approval for a new drug exceeds $2.5 billion. “A more effective way to fast-track company profits is to broaden the use of an existing drug,” Demasi says, and this is precisely what happened with statins.

By simply revising the definition of “high cholesterol,” which was done in 2000 and again in 2004, millions of people became eligible for statin treatment, without any evidence whatsoever that it would actually benefit them.

As it turns out, eight of the nine members on the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program panel responsible for these revisions had “direct ties to statin manufacturers,” Demasi says, and that public revelation sowed the first seed of suspicion in many people’s minds.

Skepticism ratcheted up even more when, in 2013, the American College of Cardiology and AHA revised their statin guideline to include a CVD risk calculation rather than a single cholesterol number. U.S. patients with a 7.5% risk of developing CVD in the next 10 years were now put on a statin. (In the U.K., the percentage used was a more reasonable 20%.)

This resulted in another 12.8 million Americans being put on statin treatment even though they didn’t have any real risk factors for CVD. Worse, a majority of these were older people without heart disease — the very population that stand to gain the least from these medications.

What’s worse, 4 of 5 calculators were eventually found to overestimate the risk of CVD, some by as much as 115%, which means the rate of overprescription was even greater than previously suspected.

Industry Bias

While simple revisions of the definitions of high cholesterol and CVD risk massively augmented the statin market, industry-funded studies have further fueled the overprescription trend. As noted by Demasi, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan cut funding to the National Institutes of Health, private industry moved in to sponsor their own clinical trials.

The vast majority of statin trials are funded by the manufacturers, and research has repeatedly found that funding plays a major role in research outcomes. It’s not surprising then that most statin studies overestimate drug benefits and underestimate risks.

Demasi quotes Dr. Peter Gøtzsche, a Danish physician-researcher who in 1993 co-founded the Cochrane Collaboration and later launched the Nordic Cochrane Centre:

“When drug industry sponsored trials cannot be examined and questioned by independent researchers, science ceases to exist and it becomes nothing more than marketing.”

“The very nature of science is its contestability,” Demasi notes. “We need to be able to challenge and rechallenge scientific results to ensure they’re reproducible and legitimate.” However, there’s been a “cloud of secrecy” around clinical statin trials, Demasi says, as the raw data on side effects have never been released to the public, nor other scientists.

The data are being held by the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists (CTT) Collaboration at CTSU Oxford, headed by Rory Collins, which periodically publishes meta-analyses of the otherwise inaccessible data. While the CTT claims to be an independent organization, it has received more than £260 million from statin makers.

Inevitably, its conclusions end up promoting wider use of statins, and no independent review is possible to contest or confirm the CTT Collaboration’s conclusions.

Tricks Used to Minimize Harms in Clinical Trials

As explained by Demasi, there are many ways in which researchers can influence the outcome of a drug trial. One is by designing the study in such a way that it minimizes the chances of finding harm. The example she gives in her lecture is the Heart Protection Study.

Before the trial got started, all participants were given a statin drug for six weeks. By the end of that run-in period, 36% of the participants had dropped out due to side effects or lack of compliance. Once they had this “freshly culled” population, where those suffering side effects had already been eliminated, that’s when the trial actually started.

Now, patients were divided into statin and placebo groups. But since everyone had already taken a statin before the trial began, the side effects found in the statin and placebo groups by the end of the trial were relatively similar.

In short, this strategy grossly underestimates the percentage of the population that will experience side effects, and this “may explain why the rate of side effects in statin trials is wildly different from the rate of side effects seen in real-world observations,” Demasi says.

Deception Through Statistics

Public opinion can also be influenced by exaggerating statistics. A common statistic used to promote statins is that they lower your risk of heart attack by about 36%.15 This statistic is derived from a 2008 study16 in the European Heart Journal. One of the authors on this study is Rory Collins, who heads up the CTT Collaboration.

Table 4 in this study shows the rate of heart attack in the placebo group was 3.1% while the statin group’s rate was 2% — a 36% reduction in relative risk. However, the absolute risk reduction — the actual difference between the two groups, i.e., 3.1% minus 2% — is only 1.1%, which really isn’t very impressive.

In other words, in the real world, if you take a statin, your chance of a heart attack is only 1.1% lower than if you’re not taking it. At the end of the day, what really matters is what your risk of death is the absolute risk. The study, however, only stresses the relative risk (36%), not the absolute risk (1.1%).

As noted in the review,17 “How Statistical Deception Created the Appearance That Statins Are Safe and Effective in Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease,” it’s very easy to confuse and mislead people with relative risks. You can learn more about absolute and relative risk in my 2015 interview with David Diamond, Ph.D., who co-wrote that paper.

Silencing Dissenters and Fear-Based PR

Yet another strategy used to mislead people is to create the illusion of “consensus” by silencing dissenters, discrediting critics and/or censoring differing views.

In her lecture, Demasi quotes Collins of the CTT Collaboration saying that “those who questioned statin side effects were ‘far worse’ and had probably ‘killed more people’ than ‘the paper on the MMR vaccine” … “Accusing you of murdering people is an effective way [to] discredit you,” she says.

Demasi also highlights the case of a French cardiologist who questioned the value of statins in his book. It received widespread attention in the French press, until critics started saying the book and resulting press coverage posed a danger to public health.

One report blamed the book for causing a 50% increase in statin discontinuation, which was predicted would lead to the death of 10,000 people. On this particular occasion, however, researchers analyzed the number of actual deaths based on national statistics, and found the actual death toll decreased in the year following the release of the book.

The authors, Demasi says, noted that it was “’not evidence-based to claim that statin discontinuation increases mortality,’ and that in the future, scientists should assess ‘real effects of statin discontinuation rather than making dubious extrapolations and calculations.’”

Trillion-Dollar Business Based on Flimsy Evidence

Statins, originally introduced three decades ago as secondary prevention for those with established CVD and patients with congenital and familial hyperlipidemias, have now vastly expanded thanks to the strategies summarized above.

Tens if not hundreds of millions of people are now on these drugs, without any scientific evidence to show they will actually benefit from them. As noted in the EBM analysis, “Statins for Primary Prevention: What Is the Regulator’s Role?”:18

“The central clinical controversy has been a fierce debate over whether their benefits in primary prevention outweigh their harms … The largest known statin usage survey conducted in the USA found that 75% of new statin users discontinued their therapy by the end of the first year, with 62% of them saying it was because of the side effects.

Regardless of what level of prevention statin prescription is aimed at, the proposed widening of the population to over 75s de facto includes people with multiple pathologies, whether symptomatic or not, and bypasses the distinction between primary and secondary prevention …

The CTT Collaboration estimates the frequency of myopathy is quite rare, at five cases per 10,000 statin users over five years. But others have contended that the CTT Collaboration’s work ‘simply does not match clinical experience’ … [Muscle-related adverse events] reportedly occur with a frequency of … as many as 20% of patients in clinical practice.”

Regulators Have a Duty to Create Transparency

Considering the discrepancy in reported side effects between statin trials, clinical practice and statin usage surveys, what responsibility do regulators have?

According to “Statins for Primary Prevention: What Is the Regulator’s Role?”19 regulators have a responsibility to “engage and publicly articulate their position on the controversy and make the evidence base underlying those judgments available to third parties for independent scrutiny,” none of which has been done to date. The paper adds:

“Regulators holding clinical trial data, particularly for public health drugs, should make these data available in searchable format with curated and dedicated web-based resource. If national regulators are not resourced for this, pooling or centralizing resources may be necessary.

The isolation of regulators from the realities of prescribing medications based on incomplete or distorted information is not enshrined in law but is a product of a subculture in which commercial confidentiality is more important than people. This also needs to change.”

Do Your Homework Before Taking a Statin

There’s a lot of evidence to suggest drug company-sponsored statin research and its PR cannot be trusted, and that few of the millions of people currently taking these drugs actually benefit from them.

Some of the research questioning the veracity of oft-cited statin trials is reviewed in “Statins’ Flawed Studies and Flawed Advertising” and “Statins Shown to Extend Life by Mere Days.”

To learn more about the potential harms of statins, see “Statins Double Diabetes Rates,” “Statins Trigger Brain Changes With Devastating Effects,” and “5 Great Reasons You Should Not Take Statins.”

New Study Sheds Light on Stroke Recovery


Reproduced from original article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/03/05/stroke-recovery.aspx

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola     
March 05, 2020

Breaking NEWS: Vaccine-like injection touted as better than statins for “preventing” heart disease

Reproduced from original article:
www.naturalhealth365.com/heart-disease-injection-3276.html
by:  | 2nd February 2020

heart-disease-shot(NaturalHealth365) We’ve reported on the dangers of statins many times on NaturalHealth365.  From mood dysfunction to memory loss, the world’s top-selling drug – prescribed to lower blood cholesterol in the hopes of managing or preventing heart disease – comes with many questionable side effects. Now, doctors in the United Kingdom are rushing to test a new cholesterol-lowering drug – only this one is a pricey injection.The new “heart jab” is supposed to work like a vaccine. It contains a drug called inclisiran, and the National Health Service (NHS) of Britain seems extremely hopeful about its potential impact on patients’ heart health. But is it safe long-term?

So-called “wonder jab” alleged to slash cholesterol levels is expensive and lacks support from long-term data

Inclisiran is from a class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. PCSK9 inhibitors – including alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) – are very new to the British health market. They allegedly work by blocking the action of an enzyme called PCSK9; by inhibiting this enzyme, the liver can remove “lousy” LDL cholesterol from the blood more quickly.

Unlike alirocumab and evolocumab, however – which require a once or bi-monthly injection – inclisiran reportedly only needs to be injected once or twice per year. The drug works by turning off genes which normally make the PCSK9 enzyme. Reported side effects include back pain, aching muscles, diarrhea, headache, and fatigue.

Prior research on the drug revealed that inclisiran can decrease cholesterol by as much as 50 percent. Now, researchers, drug manufacturers, and the NHS seem so excited about this “wonder jab” that the NHS gave the green light for a new trial in Britain involving 40,000 middle-aged men and women who are taking statins and still have high cholesterol.

The very hopeful researchers claim that rolling out this drug onto the market could prevent as many as 55,000 heart attacks and strokes in the coming decade. Unfortunately, there are several valid points of contention with this new drug, and with the new trial that’s been shuttled so quickly down the pipeline:

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  • No one knows whether inclisiran and the other PCSK9 inhibitors are safe long-term.
  • Inclisiran is about 100 times as expensive as statin drugs.
  • The PCSK9 enzyme is involved in multiple bodily processes – and nobody yet knows what kind of widespread consequences there will be, if any, of shutting the enzyme down.
  • Inclisiran does appear to reduce cholesterol levels – but there’s no proof it reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • It’s not entirely clear that improving your cholesterol levels is the key to improving heart health anyway! Several recent papers provide evidence which challenges the long-held belief that high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. In fact, the true culprit appears to be chronic inflammation – which is something that inclisiran doesn’t influence.

Prevent heart disease and improve your heart health with these 5 nutrients

Does the world really need another expensive drug, anyway? If you’re of the millions of people around the world diagnosed with or at risk for heart disease, then be sure you’re getting these five nutrients into your diet regularly:

As we’ve previously reported, these and other nutrients work synergistically to optimize heart health. Studies show that these nutrients (from both food and supplements) decrease many risk factors associated with heart disease, including systemic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, heart failure, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure.

So before asking your doctor about the latest and “greatest” drugs, try evaluating your plate, first – a move that many health experts are urging the public to do.

Sources for this article include:

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CDC.gov
Dailymail.co.uk
AJMC.com
BMJ.com
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Updated 18th May 2021

Coronavirus updates for Australia and the World

Australia 18th May 2021,  10:02 pm  Australia Central time. States update their stats at different times.
3,183,324 COVID-19 Vaccinations: 83,187 today
29,988 Cases: 1 in NT, 2 in QLD, 3 in NSW, 4 in SA, 0 in other States today
Locally Acquired Infections:  0 today
910 Deaths: 35 days since last death, 0 today
25,790 Recovered: These numbers increasing daily
127 Active Cases: 0 in TAS, ACT
25 in Hospital, 2 in SA, 1 in WA, 2 in NSW, 6 in NT, 14 in QLD, 0 in all other States, 3 in ICU (NSW, WA, SA), 1 on Ventilator (NSW)
17,616,552 Tests: 35,511 so far today

As of 18th May 2021, Australia is 181st on the list sorted by total cases per million people, and 155th  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.


NEWS:
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/top-eight-covid-lies/


Johns Hopkins made a statement: COVID will be largely gone by April because half of U.S. has herd immunity.
Read more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/is-the-covid-casedemic-over


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: 14th May for results to 7th May:
192,154 (up from 157,277 last week)  reports of COVID Vaccine injury, including:
4,057 (up from 3,837 last week) Deaths
2,475 (up from 2,277 last week) Permanent Disabilities
3,548 (up from 3,282 last week) Life Threatening Conditions
69,939 (up from 58,352 last week) Hospitalised/Emergency Room/Doctor Visits
112 (up from 103 last week) Birth Defects
987 (up from 805 last week)  Adverse Reactions Affecting Pregnancy
297 (up from 235 last week) Miscarriages / Preterm Births
55,220 (up from 44,348)  Anaphylactic Reactions (38% Pfizer, 49% Moderna, 12% J&J)
1,950 (up from 1,597) Bell’s Palsy (50% Pfizer, 42% Moderna, 10% J&J)
181 (up from 162) Guillain-Barr Syndrome (40% Pfizer, 41% Modern, 23% J&J)
3,272 (up from 2,808) Blood Clotting Disorders (1,218 Pfizer, 1,034 Moderna, 1,000 J&J)

The average age of reported vaccine death reported is 74.8 with the youngest two at 15 and one at 16.
54% of deaths were male, 44% female, 2% undisclosed.

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 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 dying from one COVID Vaccination is 1 in 70,000 (or 142 times greater than winning that lottery).
Will I buy a lottery ticket? Yes
Will I roll up my sleeve? No
Will You? Your choice (not a Government mandate).


How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?
Health workers in France have stopped having the AstraZenica vaccine due to the serious side effects. Read more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/france-slows-covid-vaccine-rollout-for-hospital-workers-due-to-side-effects
Read how COVID-19 vaccines may destroy the lives of millions:
https://www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/side-effects-and-data-gaps-raise-questions-on-covid-vaccine

  • 29 elderly people died in Norway shortly after receiving Pfizer’s vaccination.
  • 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/covid-vaccine-may-not-prevent-infection-disease-transmission/


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***
 Guillain-Barré syndrome
 Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
 Transverse myelitis
 Encephalitis, myelitis, encephalomyelitis, meningoencephalitis, meningitis, encepholapathy
 Convulsions/seizures
 Stroke
 Narcolepsy and cataplexy
 Anaphylaxis
 Acute myocardial infarction
 Myocarditis/pericarditis
 Autoimmune disease
 Deaths
 Pregnancy and birth outcomes
 Other acute demyelinating diseases
 Non-anaphylactic allergic reactions
Thrombocytopenia Disseminated intravascular coagulation
 Venous thromboembolism
 Arthritis and arthralgia/joint pain
 Kawasaki disease
 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/miami-obstetrician-dies-after-getting-covid-19-vaccine



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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/why-did-a-covid-vaccine-turn-hiv-tests-positive/


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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/3150-people-experience-health-impact-events-after-covid-vaccination


COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Is Pfizer Vaccine really 90% Effective?
Read the full article here:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/first-covid-19-vaccine-90-effective?


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.


Statistics
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:
https://www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/breaking-news-data-suggests-covid-19-is-not-significantly-different-in-terms-of-deadliness-than-seasonal-flu

Normal Deaths

Normally, over 60 million people die every day 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/is-there-a-pandemic

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 150,000 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/mexico-tackles-covid-19-pandemic-with-junk-food-bans.
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.
4. COVID-19 spreads more easily in cool, dry air, typical of indoor heated air.

Ventilators

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/frontline-nurse-speaks-out-about-lethal-protocols
Read more about problems with ventilators such as increased risk of death:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/ventilators-may-increase-risk-of-death-from-covid-19
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/urgent-warning-about-ventilator-use-on-coronavirus-patients-new-research-study

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

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:
https://www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/social-distancing-may-worsen-epidemic-outcomes/

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/profound-implications-of-the-virome-for-human-health-and-autoimmunity

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/sars-cov-2-a-biological-warfare-weapon
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.

Symptoms

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:

  • Fever
  • 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.

Man-Made Coronavirus?

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/documentary-tracking-down-the-origin-of-the-wuhan-virus
Read why the Wuhan laboratory was shut down in October 2019:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/why-was-wuhan-lab-locked-down-when-outbreak-began

Also read this article on how Harvard University was involved in modifying Coronavirus AND the Spanish Flu viruses to make them more dangerous:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/sars-cov-2-a-biological-warfare-weapon


Also read article on PROOF of man-made viruses in Wuhan lab:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/did-u-s-and-chinese-researchers-collaborate-to-create-a-coronavirus-that-can-infect-humans-shocking-2015-scientific-paper-says-yes
Who is responsible for the COVID-19 virus? Read more:
https://www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-perps-behind-covid-19
“Smoking Gun” evidence of man-made virus:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-smoking-gun-proving-sars-cov-2-is-an-engineered-virus
Also read this article about how the US and China may have colluded in developing Coronavirus:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/covid-19-a-leaked-virus-jointly-created-by-us-and-china
Read how the Coronavirus was engineered:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/undetectable-engineering-methods-used-to-create-sars-cov-2

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/shocking-coronavirus-update-u-s-government-funded-virus-research-inside-china-with-a-3-7-million-grant

Read more about bio-weapons and Coronavirus at:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/bioweapons-expert-coronavirus
Read more about the Wuhan Bioweapon Virus Lab:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/bioweapon-labs-must-be-shut-down-and-scientists-prosecuted

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.

Fake News

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):
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/forbes-caught-in-blatant-censoring-act

WHO – World Health Organisation

The WHO receives much of it’s money from drug companies, but 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.

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 diet of processed foods, junk foods that are deficient in all of the things we need, 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 attacks hemoglobin in red blood cells. Hemoglobin molecules contain 2 oxygen molecules and 2 iron molecules, which hemoglobin needs to carry oxygen to every cell in the body.
Research shows that the virus targets hemoglobin, binding to the iron and breaking it loose from the hemoglobin molecule, stopping the hemoglobin from carrying oxygen. When enough hemoglobin is damaged, there is less oxygen carrying capacity, and the patient has respiratory problems. Lung cells become toxic and inflammatory, leading to pneumonia and cytokine storm. Inflammation causes capillaries to break easily and coagulant proteins rush in, forming tiny blood clots and further reducing oxygen absorption, leading to 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/want-to-defeat-coronavirus-address-diabetes-and-hypertension
Read how hospital-aquired COVID-19 infections account for 1 in 5 infections:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/20-of-covid-patients-caught-disease-at-hospital

Can I Catch Coronavirus from Food?

This is unlikely, but food hygiene is always important. Read the full story here:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/can-you-clean-coronavirus-off-your-food

Can babies catch Coronavirus from breast milk?

From a small study, it appears that breast milk from an 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

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/why-covid-19-disproportionately-affects-the-elderly
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/why-arent-we-promoting-health-to-combat-covid

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/astaxanthin-helps-alleviate-cytokine-storm.

3. Diet
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.
Read more about the dangers of processed food:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/ultraprocessed-food-makes-you-vulnerable-to-covid-19

4. Toxins
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 the virus, 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 :
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/siim-land-interviews-dr-mercola-about-emfd
And more about the dangers:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/5g-the-global-human-experiment-without-consent-most-censored-topic-of-our-time

Coronavirus Vaccination?

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/bill-gates-admits-700000-people-will-be-harmed-or-killed-by-his-covid-19-solution
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/historic-debate-rfk-jr-vs-alan-dershowitz-on-mandatory-covid-immunizations-for-all-americans

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/how-covid-19-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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-well-known-hazards-of-coronavirus-vaccines
Read how how the Gates/Oxford vaccine is making monkeys sick, but the truth is hidden and the trial is going ahead on humans:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/another-gates-vaccine-bites-the-dust-sick-monkeys-everywhere
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-intertwined-history-of-myelitis-and-vaccines

Read more about the dangers of rushing a vaccine to market:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/coronavirus-vaccine-being-rushed-to-market-by-skipping-usual-animal-testing
Read more in my vaccination article:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/do-we-need-vaccinations/
Want more info on vaccinations? Go here:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-part-9
Read more again about rushing a vaccine:
https://www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/fast-tracked-covid-19-vaccine-what-could-go-wrong

Moderna claims vaccine trial is “promising” with a 20% serious condition rate:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vaccine-trial-catastrophe-moderna-vaccine-has-20-serious-injury-rate-in-high-dose-group
Read about why the Governments continue the false narrative that the Coronavirus jumped from animals to humans in the Wuhan Seafood Market:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/why-is-protecting-covid-19-origin-narrative-so-important
Read about the crimes committed against humans by Big Pharma and Bill Gates:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/crimes-against-humanity-italian-member-of-parliament-demands-arrest-of-bill-gates
Read how the CDC lied about the dangers of vaccines, causing 1 in 16 boys in Ireland to have Autism:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/one-in-every-16-irish-boys-has-autism-crisis-worse-than-covid-19-and-nobody-cares
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/striking-decline-of-premature-births-and-sids-during-covid
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/lessons-from-the-lockdown-why-are-so-many-fewer-children-dying
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:

Coronavirus Cure?

Using old technology in a new way for a better, faster cure than any vaccination:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/did-this-scientist-develop-a-cure-for-covid-19


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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/was-the-covid-19-test-meant-to-detect-a-virus
And more recent testing information:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/are-public-health-decisions-based-on-inaccurate-covid-tests
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-folly-of-new-cases-war-deception-and-the-crux-of-covid-19

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/scandal-florida-covid-testing-labs-are-over-inflating-the-positive-results
And even more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/consistent-inaccuracies-in-covid-19-testing-and-reporting

Pregnant Women

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.


Medical Treatment

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/hydroxychloroquine-needs-zinc-to-be-effective-against-covid-19-infection-doctor-says

Read more about the benefits and dangers of Chloroquine at:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/antimalarial-medications-a-covid-19-treatment-option.

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 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/is-quercetin-a-safer-alternative-to-hydroxychloroquine

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/how-does-covid-19-compare-to-the-spanish-flu

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-for-covid-19

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vitamins-c-and-d-finally-adopted-as-coronavirus-treatment

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/breaking-news-covid-19-patients-getting-vitamin-c-therapy-in-n-y-hospitals

Ozone therapy has been used for a long time. Read more at:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/04/05/ozone-therapy.aspx

Coronavirus can increase risk of blood clots, which can be deadly.
Read about the natural treatment that is rarely seen in hospitals:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/might-enzymes-help-blood-clotting-associated-with-covid-19

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/breaking-news-medical-doctor-exposes-fraud-inside-who-cdc-and-led-by-dr-anthony-fauci

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/want-to-defeat-coronavirus-address-diabetes-and-hypertension
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.

Ultraviolet Light

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!

Sodium Bicarbonate

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/woman-believes-soda-saved-her-family-from-the-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/can-this-inexpensive-and-safe-treatment-combat-viral-infections

Vitamin D3

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vitamin-d-cuts-sars-cov-2-infection-rate-by-half
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/patients-low-in-vitamin-d-twice-as-likely-to-develop-severe-covid-19-symptoms-new-study
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vitamin-d-combats-viral-infections-and-boosts-immune-system
https://www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-most-important-paper-dr-mercola-has-ever-written

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/cnn-spreads-deadly-lies-about-vitamin-d-for-covid-19
Vitamin D3
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vitamin-d3
Also read how Vitamin D3 reduces severity and risk of death from Coronavirus:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vitamin-d-level-is-directly-correlated-to-covid-19-outcome

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

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

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.
Article: www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/coronavirus-solution-shanghai-government-recommends-vitamin-c-for-covid-19/

Read more about Vitamin C:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/dr-richard-cheng-discusses-optimal-daily-vitamin-c-intake
Read more in Rhona Patrick’s article on Vitamin C:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/rhonda-patrick-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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/vitamin-b1-is-vital-to-protect-against-infectious-disease

Zinc

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/how-to-improve-zinc-uptake-to-boost-immune-health

Selenium

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/top-six-benefits-of-selenium

Glutathione

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)
Glycine
Glutamine
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/potential-roles-of-nac-and-glutathione-in-covid-19-treatment

Iodine

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

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

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/breaking-news-can-quercetin-help-us-to-avoid-the-threat-of-coronavirus-infection

Quercetin also helps the body cells take in zinc. Read more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/is-quercetin-a-safer-alternative-to-hydroxychloroquine

Melatonin

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

Thyme has been used for centuries to fight infections, and is now known to halt COVID-19. Read more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/thyme-extract-helps-treat-covid-19

Gut

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/fermented-foods-may-lower-your-risk-of-covid-19-death

Seaweed

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 cases of Coronavirus than other countries. Read more about Seaweed:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/seaweed-for-sars-cov-2/

Hydrogen

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/how-molecular-hydrogen-can-help-against-covid-19

Hydrogen supplements are available. Drop a tablet into a glass of water and drink.

Hydrogen Peroxide

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/censored-by-the-media-this-at-home-remedy-knocks-out-viruses-safely-and-effectively

Diet

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, 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.

Mitochondrial Function

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

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, antifungal 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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/can-herbal-medicines-fight-wuhan-coronavirus

Exercise

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/how-exercise-may-reduce-your-risk-of-death-from-covid-19
Read how staying at home can lower Vitamin D levels and increase risk of infection and death from Coronavirus:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/are-stay-at-home-orders-decimating-vitamin-d-levels

Get Outside

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/two-california-doctors-issue-major-warning-about-shelter-in-place-orders

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/the-real-pandemic-is-insulin-resistance

Flu Shot

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…”
  • 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
  • 2012 Hong Kong study (Cowling et al 2012) found that flu shots increase the risk for non-flu respiratory infections by 4.4 times
  • 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:
    www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/prestigious-vaccine-journal-flu-vaccine-increases-coronavirus-infection-risk-36
  • 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:
    www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/flu-vaccination-associated-with-increased-viral-shedding

 

Heat

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.

  1. Exercise heavily enough to sweat
  2. Use an infra-red Sauna. Infra-red heat penetrates deep into the body, increasing the white blood cells and immunity

Hand Sanitisers

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

washing handsIf you still want to use a sanitiser, here is just one of the many recipes available that has no toxic ingredients:
Homemade Hand Sanitiser

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Gently swirl the oils together. Slowly pour witch hazel into the spray bottle until it is about 2/3 of the way full.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/benefits-of-wearing-masks-for-protection-from-infection.
Read also a Danish study on masks:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/why-wont-anyone-publish-the-danish-mask-study
Read also info on goggles and gloves:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/fauci-recommends-goggles-for-protection-from-covid-19
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/mask-mouth-dentists-issue-serious-health-warning

Home made masks are easy to make and work nearly as well as commercial masks. More mask info:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/benefits-of-wearing-masks-for-protection-from-infection
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.

May GibbsAn 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?
Read more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/lockdown-lunacy-2-0-second-wave-not-even-close
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/systems-biologist-speaks-out-about-covid-19-response

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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/world-health-organization-scrambling-to-save-credibility-recants-admission-that-asymptomatic-spread-of-covid-19-is-very-rare
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:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/sweden-spared-surge-as-sars-cov-2-infections-stay-low

Take a free 2-minute quiz to check your risk for COVID-19:

Other Infections

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:

Read more:
www.leanmachine.net.au/healthblog/are-they-serious-reports-suggest-a-flu-virus-with-pandemic-potential

Humour
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:

Fibromyalgia

Written by Brenton Wight, Health Researcher
Updated 10th September 2020, Copyright © 1999-2021 Brenton Wight. All rights Reserved.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, typically very painful, especially in response to pressure, and sometimes patients have symptoms like stiff muscles, joints and connective tissues.
Other symptoms often include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, difficulty swallowing, bowel and bladder problems, numbness and tingling, muscle spasms or twitching, weakness, nerve pain, palpitations,
cognitive dysfunction (“foggy thinking”).
Around 2% of the population are affected, usually between the ages of 20 and 50, although not all patients have all symptoms.
Women are nine times more likely than men to suffer from the condition, giving weight to the theory that hormones play a big part in the cause and treatment.
Diagnosis is difficult because there is no formal test. Symptoms are vague and similar to many other conditions.
Often patients with celiac disease are mistakenly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and do better on a gluten-free diet.
In fact, nearly everyone will do better on a gluten-free diet, or even better, a diet free from all grains, flour and any other product of grains, regardless of refined, wholemeal or any other form.
Some medical specialists say it is “all in the head” but few patients would agree with this!

Testing

Although there is no formal testing for fibromyalgia, the following tests should be arranged by the doctor to eliminate some factors that may indicate or aggravate Fibromyalgia:

  • Ferritin (Iron Study) – A serum ferritin level under 50 ng/ml means a 650% increased risk for Fibromyalgia
  • Thyroid Function – If autoimmune hypothyroidism is present, it should be treated first to see if Fibromyalgia symptoms subside
  • Other autoimmune conditions – Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and others can resemble Fibromyalgia symptoms and should be treated first
  • CRP (C-Reactive Protein) – An inflammation marker. Source of any inflammation should be treated first
  • The FM/a blood test (plasma and PBMC (Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells) – Tests cytokine concentration. Low cytokines may indicate Fibromyalgia

Treatment

Doctors say there is no known cause or cure. However, some approaches can be very effective in reducing symptoms, including:

Therapeutic options

  • Mindfulness Training reduces psychological distress and depression
  • Yoga, Tai-Chi and other stretching exercises are helpful as they stimulate the lymph glands, increasing our HDL (good cholesterol), improving waste product and toxin removal, also reducing pain, fatigue, mood, cortisol levels and improves coping ability

Diet

  • Raw Food has been shown in studies to significantly improve the majority of fibromyalgia patients
  • Vitamin C and Broccoli consumption in a study found that the combination of 100mg of vitamin C from food, plus a 400mg broccoli supplement reduced pain by 20% and decreased 17% in Fibromyalgia impact scores

Things to avoid

Exposures to toxins definitely increase fibromyalgia risk:

  • Breast Implants have been linked to cancer, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • Aspartame (an artificial sweetener) should be eliminated from the diet, as it turns into formaldehyde in the body, which can aggravate fibromyalgia.
    Natural sweeteners such as Erythritol, Xylitol and pure Stevia are healthy alternatives
  • MSG (MonoSodium Glutamate) should be eliminated from the diet. Known to cause headaches and fibromyalgia
  • Vaccine Adjuvants containing mercury or aluminium have been shown to cause musculoskeletal pain conditions like fibromyalgia
  • Fluoride comes from fluoridated tap water, foods irrigated with fluoridated water, toothpaste, dental treatments and antibiotics, and must be avoided. A fluoridated water supply should be switched to rainwater and/or install a Reverse Osmosis water system for all drinking and cooking. Ordinary water filters do not remove fluoride, and even boiling water makes little difference

Prescription Medications increase risk

Many prescription medications increase risk of fibromyalgia, or actually cause it.

  • Statin Drugs reduce CoQ10 and vitamin D3, causing hundreds of health problems, including fibromyalgia and muscle pain, vastly outweighing any benefit in many cases
  • Prescription antidepressants like Celexa (Citalopram), Paxil (Paroxetine) and Prozac (Fluoxetine) include fluoride which makes fibromyalgia even worse, and causes weight gain.
    Antidepressants increase risk of cancer by over 40%, and most of the time do not work any better than a placebo
  • Many drugs contain bromide, which is even worse than fluoride, and more easily displaces iodine from the thyroid gland
  • Antibiotics destroy many bad bacteria, but also much of the good bacteria as well, compromising our immune system, which can take up to two years to rebuild
  • Paracetamol, Panadol, Tylenol and other names for acetaminophen should be avoided as studies show them to start causing liver issues even at the recommended dose two 500 mg tablets four times a day (4000 mg) for a few days. Unfortunately, patients who experience a lot of pain invariably over-dose, and just a 50% increase starts causing severe liver damage. The advertising slogan “safe and effective” is one of the biggest lies of the drug industry, and the most common cause of liver poisoning in the Western world. The majority of all patients on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of Panadol overdose. Panadol also reacts with an enzyme in the body to destroy our natural glutathione, which is one of the body’s main defenses against pathogens, often called the “master antioxidant”. Less glutathione means more Fibromyalgia

Here is a list of some drugs commonly prescribed that contain Fluoride or Bromide, two halogens that displace iodine from the thyroid and cause hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, depression, weight gain, hair loss, cancer, and will aggravate Fibromyalgia:

  • Advair (fluticasone) – fluoride
  • Alphagen (brimonidine) – bromide
  • Atrovent (Ipratropium) – bromide
  • Avelox (moxifloxacin) – fluoride
  • Adovart (dulasteride) – fluoride
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) – fluoride
  • Celexa (citalopram) – fluoride and bromide
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) – fluoride
  • Clinoril (sulindac) – fluoride
  • Combivent (from the ipratropium) – bromide
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) – fluoride
  • Diflucan (fluconazole) – fluoride
  • DuoNeb (nebulized Combivent) – fluoride
  • Enablex (darifenacin) – bromide
  • Flonase (fluticasone) – fluoride
  • Flovent (fluticasone) – fluoride
  • Guaifenex DM (dextromethorphan) – bromide
  • Lescol (fluvastatin) – fluoride
  • Levaquin (levofloxacin) – fluoride
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) – fluoride
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) – fluoride
  • Lotrisone topical cream – fluoride
  • Paxil (paroxetine) – fluoride
  • Prevacid (lansoprazole) – fluoride
  • Protonix (pantoprazole) – fluoride
  • Prozac (fluoxetine) – fluoride
  • Pulmicort (budesonide) – fluoride
  • Razadyne (galantamine) – bromide
  • Risperdal (risperidone) – fluoride
  • Spiriva (tiotropium) – bromide
  • Tobra Dex (from dexamethasone) – fluoride
  • Travatan (travoprost) – fluoride
  • Triamcinolone – fluoride
  • Vigamox (moxifloxacin) – fluoride
  • Vytorin (from eztimibe) – fluoride
  • Zetia (eztimibe) – fluoride

An immune response to intestinal bacteria may cause some symptoms, so an alkaline diet with plenty of enzyme-rich raw vegetables and fresh fruit may help, along with a little cheese, yogurt, whey, fermented vegetables such as Sauerkraut, and/or supplemental probiotics such as Acidophilus
to build up beneficial intestinal bacteria. 75% of our immune system is in the gut, and this is where the immune system often first breaks down.

MSG (monosodium glutamate) has been shown to aggravate symptoms, so most processed food, which contains MSG, often hidden in the ingredients list by being called other names or chemicals, should be eliminated.

Eliminating yeast from the diet may also help. Yeast is a raising agent found in most breads and other flour-based baked foods, also Vegemite. Changing to a fresh food diet of vegetables and fruit can eliminate yeast, lose excess weight, build immunity and improve general health.

Casein from milk and other milk products may also help, although some people are sensitive to dairy products and do better with no milk or other dairy products.

Food allergies can be a problem and I would start by eliminating wheat, flour, bread, cakes, anything made from flour, sugar, soy, milk, corn, eggs and nuts for at least a week or two.
If that helps, introduce them back into the diet one at a time (except sugar, which should be omitted forever, and all flour products), until the culprit is found.

If that is not enough, see my Vaccinations article and read about the relationship between Panadol, Vaccinations, Glutathione and Autism.

Many Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and SLE or Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), but the above treatments can improve all of these conditions.
While these natural alternatives may not work for everyone, nearly all patients report improvement in their condition, and of course, these are all good for weight loss, fighting diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, better sleep, improved mood, reduced pain, better pain tolerance, building muscle and reduced cancer risk. Many patients are deficient in GH (growth hormone) so high-intensity exercise and weight loss will help by increasing natural production of Growth Hormone.

Copyright © 1999-2021 Brenton Wight and BJ&HJ Wight trading as Lean Machine abn 55293601285. All Rights Reserved.

The cancer fighting benefits of Coenzyme Q10

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(NaturalHealth365) Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a substance found in every cell of our body. It is in a variety of foods, and healthy people are not likely to develop a deficiency of this nutrient. But, you might want to think about taking in some extra CoQ10 – especially if you’re taking a statin to lower your cholesterol levels.

CoQ10 has many potential health benefits, including possibly lowering the risk of certain cancers. Women, especially, should take note, since recent research points to links between breast cancer risk and lower levels of CoQ10 in the blood.

Clearing up the confusion about CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is technically not a vitamin because your body can synthesize it, so you do not need to get it from food. However, its structure is similar to that of vitamins. Also like vitamins, it acts as a coenzyme functions in your body’s metabolic reactions.

CoQ10 also has powerful antioxidant properties. For example, it helps prevent harmful oxidation of LDL cholesterol, and it supplements the work of vitamin E, or tocopherol. When your blood levels of CoQ10 are lower, your body needs more vitamin E from the diet to carry out heart-healthy antioxidant reactions.

What are the health benefits associated with CoQ10?

Can a Coenzyme Q10 deficiency increase the risk of cancer?

Since the 1960s, researchers have noted associations between lower blood levels of CoQ10 and cancer. People with lymphoma, myeloma, and lung, head, neck, and prostate cancers tend to have lower levels of CoQ10.

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A recent study looking into links between CoQ10 and breast cancer examined data from nearly 1,000 women aged 40 to 70 in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study. Those who had serum levels of CoQ10 in the bottom fifth of participants had a 90 percent greater chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer than those whose levels were in the middle fifth.

“The current Shanghai Women’s Health Study, with relatively larger sample size and longer follow-up time suggests an inverse association for plasma CoQ10 levels with breast cancer risk in Chinese women,” according to study authors Robert V. Cooney of the University of Hawaii and colleagues. Based on these results, future research should investigate potential effects of supplementation on the risk of breast cancer.

The study also confirmed the association between low CoQ10 and higher risk of cervical cancer, myeloma, and melanoma. This makes the results relevant to men as well as women. This study is far from definitive, but it seems likely that there is a link between healthy CoQ10 levels and reduction in cancer risk.

CoQ10 is in a variety of foods, including meat, fish, and eggs, and organ meats, such as heart, kidney, and liver, are especially rich sources. You can also find CoQ10 in plant-based foods, such as cauliflower, peanuts, soybean oil, and strawberries.

Obviously, you can obtain additional benefits, with ease, by supplementing your diet with a high quality CoQ10 supplement.

Sources for this article include:

Healthline.com
NaturalHealth365.com