My latest thinking on Covid-19
- Created on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 05:23
I apologize if I seem to be obsessed with this, but I am very troubled by it, and not just because of the tragedy of it all but because I am truly baffled by what we are being told. Yesterday, I learned that a nurse in Florida started having symptoms of Covid last Tuesday, and she was dead by Saturday morning. To go from A to Zed that fast, meaning from A to Dead, seems impossible. How can you start coming down with this and then be dead from it in less than 4 days when most people experience either no symptoms or a mild cold symptoms and that's it? Plus, she was home, where she lived alone, and if she was deteriorating that fast, why didn’t she get herself to the hospital? She was a nurse, so she had to know the trouble she was in. Why did she just stay home and die?
In Iceland, they have tested a lot of their people, and among those testing positive, there are just as many who are asymptomatic as symptomatic. And there is so much faith in that Corona test, that they assume that those who test positive without having symptoms are just as infected and dangerous to others.
But, I have to wonder: what is going on in the bodies of those who are infected without getting sick? How are they fighting the virus? It’s the body’s fight against the virus that produces the symptoms, such as fever, inflammation, and mucorrhea, right?
So, I have been looking into this about what they think is happening in the bodies of the "asymptomatic infected," and it is that these people are experiencing some reaction, such as some inflammation, but they just aren’t aware of it. They’re just not feeling it, even though there is a struggle going on inside. But, wait a second; that is entirely presumptuous. If it’s true, then there has got to be some evidence for it. For instance, do they have higher levels of inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein? They can’t just claim that that is going on. They have to prove it. If the person looks well, and feels well, and is reporting no symptoms, no one has the right to claim that they are actually in the throes of a struggle with a pathogen If there isn’t SOMETHING concrete, such as an abnormal blood test or perhaps an abnormality on physical examination, then there is no basis to make that claim. And the one thing they refuse to consider is false positive test results, even though the Chinese concluded that most of the asymptomatic positives are false positives.
Iceland has tested a larger percentage of its population than any other country, and they found that, among those testing positive, that 50% were symptomatic and 50% were asymptomatic. To me, that suggests the possibility that the test is producing noise. However, it depends on what percent of those tested were symptomatic.
But, there is a town in Northern Italy, Vo Eugenio, with a population of 3300, and they decided to test everyone in the town. They got a 3% positive rate; so right around 100 people infected. “But, the majority of them were asymptomatic.” The majority.
So, what are we supposed to make of this situation where a deadly disease, with a fatality rate that is said to be many times higher than the flu, affects a lot of people without causing any sickness at all?
I dare say that the widespread occurrence of all these “asymptomatic positives” should be making people question the accuracy and validity of that test.
David Crowe's voice should be heard about Corona
- Created on Monday, 23 March 2020 06:24
How accurate is the Corona virus test?
- Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 16:08
What troubles me most about the Corona crisis is the assumption that the new PCR test that they whipped up to detect the virus is infallible. By symptoms alone, the disease is indistinguishable from flu. You can't tell the difference, and neither can your doctor. That sputum test is the ONLY thing that makes the call. So, the accuracy and reliability of the test is crucial.
But, nothing is being said about possibility of the test failing. The possibility of false negatives has been suggested, but not on the basis of the test failing, but rather, on the basis of it being too early for the infected person to have enough virus to show it. The implication is that, in time, the person will test positive.
But, what about the possibility of false positives? The guy who invented the test and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for it, Kary Mullis, denied that the PCR test can be used to determine "viral loads" at all. He objected to the use of the PCR test to determine who has HIV and Ebola. Unfortunately, Kary Mullis died last August of pneumonia at the age of 74.
The test involves taking a single strand of RNA, converting it to DNA with the enzyme "reverse transcriptase" and then applying the enzyme "polymerase" to cause billions of duplications. But, Mullis said you can't use it to quantify, since you're only taking one nucleic acid strand from the person, and others besides him have questioned using the PCR test this way.
It's being reported that for the vast majority of people (80%) the illness from Corona virus is mild and short. And for some reason, children are largely not getting sick from it. In China, less than 2% of the victims have been children. It's been suggested that children have more "innate immunity" but that is just a rationalization because children tend to get respiratory infections very easily.
And it also appears that plenty of adults can contact the virus without catching it. The wife of Prime Minister Trudeau tested positive, and I presume she was tested because she showed symptoms. But, they have insisted that she is not terribly sick and mostly fine. And he isn't sick at all. So, either he didn't catch the virus from her despite being in an intimate relationship with her OR he caught it, and it's just not making him sick.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz shook hands with people who had it, and he immediately went into self-quarantine. It was on February 29 that he interacted with persons who went on to test positive, and this is March 17. So far, he hasn't gotten sick. Has he even tested positive?
The British actor Idris Elba announced yesterday that he has tested positive, and he is not sick. He has no symptoms. So, why did he test? It's because he shook hands with somebody who apparently has it. But, he is not sick so far, and his wife, who lives and sleeps with him, is not sick.
So, the idea has been raised that the symptoms of Corona virus infection are sometimes nothing, that some people simply don't get sick from it, even though they have it. And that's not a new idea because it's reported that 80% of Americans test positive for Epstein-Barr virus, even though very few of them have mononucleosis or other conditions attributed to Epstein-Barr. So, Epstein-Barr makes you sick- except when it doesn't.
Let's note that the Epstein-Barr test is an antibody test, and that is very different from the test they are using to determine Corona, the PCR test. The following is by Jon Rappaport, and it was written in regard to using PCR to detect Ebola.
Life imitating art
- Created on Saturday, 14 March 2020 05:55
In the movie, No Country For Old Men, the monstrous killer Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, has his latest victim, Carlson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson, at gunpoint, and before he shoots him, he asks, “If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”
I am reminded of it because I got a call from a man who said he is in heart failure, and his cardiologist prescribed three drugs for him to take, but for quite a few years, he’s been seeing this cardiologist who has been treating his high blood pressure with drugs. So, after placing the care of his heart with this cardiologist, the outcome after some years is that he wound up with heart failure.
So, my question is: “If the medical advice you followed brought you to this, of what use was the medical advice?”
Am I saying that the way the cardiologist has been treating his hypertension caused his heart failure? I strongly suspect that that is the case, yes. We know that some of the drugs used to lower blood pressure do so by weakening the heart, such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers. And other drugs that are used likely contribute to it as well.
Unless his blood pressure was so high that he was on the verge of a catastrophic event, he never should have agreed to take any of this man’s drugs. He should have sought to bring the pressure down by improving his diet, cutting out all bad habits, including caffeine, shedding any excess body fat he may have had, and then taking perfectly safe supplements that may help coax down blood pressure, such as magnesium, CoQ10, resveratrol, Vitamin D3, and more. None of that is disruptive. None of it involves causing abnormalities to fix an abnormality. And even if it took a while to work, such as many weeks or even a few months, it would have been worth it because he would have fixed his problem right. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and the stuff Medicine prescribes for high blood pressure is the wrong way to go- even if it works.
And this guy was athletic his whole life, a weight lifter. He was used to being physically active. I’m sure that the situation he is in now is a nightmare for him.
But, what is the doctor thinking? He treats this guy for years for blood pressure, and then the guy winds up with heart failure, and he doesn’t feel responsible?
Conventional cardiology, occasionally it does some good things, such as fixing holes in kid’s hearts, and when valves go bad replacing them. But, most of what it involves, especially drug-wise, is counterproductive, in my opinion, and that’s putting it mildly. I wouldn’t want it even if it were free.
More on the Corona virus
- Created on Friday, 06 March 2020 05:22
First, it’s very strange that they are calling the disease “corona virus disease.” A disease is a pathological manifestation, and even if you think a virus is the cause of it, the cause isn’t the disease. The symptoms, the departures from normal in structure and function, that’s the disease.
So, what are we talking about here? It seems to me that we are talking about a respiratory flu. Symptomatically, it’s the same as the flu, and like the flu, it occurs in all different degrees of severity. I began to wonder why they aren’t calling it SARS, a sudden acute respiratory syndrome. But then I saw that in communications to doctors, they are calling it SARS. Be aware that the original SARS was a corona virus. The full name was SARS-cov. So this one, they are calling SARS-cov19 to doctors, but the 19 just refers to 2019.
So basically, it’s the same thing. It’s SARS which started in 2019.
So, why don’t they call it SARS to the public? Because: they want to frighten the public.
Have you seen the movie V for Vendetta? In it, the High Chancellor of the UK tells his Cabinet that they need to make the citizens realize “how much they need us.” And that led to news broadcasts about the spread of deadly viruses. So, life is imitating art.
They have swiftly developed this reverse transcriptase test for the cov-19, but the truth is that all these reverse transcriptase tests, including the one for HIV, are notorious for generating false positives and false negatives.
So, what’s happening is that people are getting flu symptoms, and they are seeing their doctors, and the doctors are taking swabs and sending them in to the CDC, and then a result follows saying whether they have the flu or corona virus. But, some people who are having no symptoms, who don’t appear to be sick, are testing positive for the cov-19. And there are also people who are only mildly sick, and who seem to be recovering spontaneously, who test positive for cov-19.
Reportedly, we were already in the midst of the worst flu season in years, with 14,000 Americans killed by the flu so far this season.
Now, I want you to think about something. Have you gotten the flu this season? I haven’t. And if you haven’t, what do you think the reason is? Do you think it’s because you were lucky enough not to come in contact with the virus? I don’t think that. Why should I? I’m around people. I wait on lines at the post office and in the supermarket. I attend my grandson’s soccer games where I am in close proximity to adults and children. And I operate a retreat where people come from all corners. I don’t assume I haven’t contacted the flu virus. I assume that I have. And I assume that the reason I haven’t gotten sick is because my nutritional state, my immunological state, and other aspects of my general health have protected me. It’s already established that many people who were exposed to the corona virus have not gotten sick from it.
I didn’t react to the first SARS outbreak, or to Ebola, or to MERS, or to Swine flu. And what I mean is that I didn’t get sick, and I also didn’t react mentally- I ignored it all. To me, personally, it was just noise. I don’t engage in viral paranoia.
So, what am I going to do? I will not get vaccinated- no matter what. I don’t have any travel plans outside the U.S., but I am planning to fly to California in July, and I am going to make that trip, unless they shut down the flights. Will I wear a face mask? Who knows, they may require it. They may say you can’t go out in public or enter a store without one. And if so, I’ll wear it because that isn’t going to hurt me. You have to pick your battles, and I am not going to fight over that.
I’ll leave you with this: the whole paradigm of: you contact a virus, and because of its virulence, it makes you sick, is nowhere near the whole truth. I am sure the etiology of acute illnesses is never as simple as that. And in this case, you and I have no ability to determine the validity of anything they are telling us about this, and I am wary of everything they are saying. I am not saying that I don’t believe there have been real deaths. But, there are deaths from acute respiratory infections each and every year. And I will tell you, honestly, that the Brave New World reaction to the corona virus scares me more than the corona virus.
- Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:29
There seems to be quite a bit of panic being generated by government and media lately over the Corona virus, with trillions shaved off the stock exchanges in the last few days because of it. I realize that people have died, and that’s tragic. I am paying attention to it, but I am not in a panic, and I do not fear that I am going to succumb.
I’d like to remind people that we have been through this before and many times. I recall 1976 with the Swine Flu epidemic. They quickly came up with a vaccine. Millions took it, and many wound up with Gullain-Barre Syndrome- from the vaccine, not from the disease- and tied to iron lungs for the rest of their lives. I didn’t take the Swine flu vaccine. And guess what? I’m not going to take the Corona vaccine either, if they come up with one.
I want you to realize that fear sells. And it’s also good for business, the government business, including the CDC business. I am reminded of the line from V for Vendetta, when the despotic High Chancellor tells his Cabinet, “They (the people) need to be reminded, again and again, why they need us.” And you should also think about the fact that every time there is an outbreak, some people get sick and some people don’t. And that was true even in the worst pandemic of the 20th century, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Back then, there were so many people who were traumatized, depleted, and malnourished from World War 1, that they had no resistance. I have to think that the state of your nutrition, the state of your vitality, and just your overall health has a huge bearing on whether or not you get sick. And frankly, I feel vigorous. So, I am not losing a wink of sleep worrying that I am going to succumb to this virus.
But, let’s talk about the people who are probably going to be more vulnerable than I am, and it consists of millions of people. For instance, there are the millions of people who take drugs every day to destroy their stomach acid. Do you realize that stomach acid is meant to be a sterilizer? That one of its purposes is to kill microbes and to protect your system from infections? So, all these people who take Nexium or Prevacid or other acid-blocking drugs are tampering with a powerful protective mechanism. The truth is that stomach acid is something that you need. I realize that when it rises up into your esophagus and throat that it’s a problem, but it certainly does belong in your stomach, and to solve the problem of acid reflux by destroying your stomach acid is the wrong approach. Doing that has unintended consequences, and increased susceptibility to infections is one of them.
Do you realize how much energy it takes for the body to concentrate acid in the stomach? It takes a lot of energy, and that’s why young people, who are more energetic, have more stomach acid than old people.
You should think of your stomach like a battery. What happens when your car battery runs out of acid? You have to get a new battery; that’s what happens.
Saliva is another protective agent. There are anti-microbials in saliva, and plenty of people take drugs that cause “dry mouth” as a side effect, and that increases their risk of infection too. Taking mucus blockers does the same thing because the mucus that lines the respiratory tract, from top to bottom, is also protective. And then people are taking a lot of other drugs that are immune-suppressive, including steroids, plus all these new “biologics” that are prescribed to treat auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Then there are the cancer chemotherapy drugs that are also immune-suppressive.
So, there are a lot of vulnerable people out there, but I am not one of them. I’m not doing anything to hurt my immune system, and I’m doing plenty to support it, nutritionally and otherwise. I apologize if that sounds cocky, but I am just telling you honestly that I am not worried for myself about the Corona virus. And I am going to be 70 years old on my next birthday.
And, there is a very important point here, and it is that susceptibility arises from weakness, and weakness results from what people do to themselves, and what doctors do to them- with their prescription pads. And there is plenty more of the latter going around than most people realize.
Beware the Benzodiazepines
- Created on Friday, 21 February 2020 17:18
When benzodiazepine tranquilizers came along in the 1960s, they were hailed as a big improvement over the heavy-duty barbiturates that they replaced, such as the ones Marilyn Monroe took. Benzos were easier to take, and they really seemed like kinder, gentler drugs. But, it was a delusion. Benzos are a trap. They are so highly addicting. They are physically addicting as well as psychologically addicting. And getting off of them can be shear hell. And the irony is that they seemed to be less toxic. But, we know now that there are people who, even after a short course on a benzo such as Xanax and Ativan, never get completely over it. They are left with an edge of anxiety or panic that lingers permanently. The cerebral and neurological axis that it affects remains permanently damaged.
It often starts casually. The patient sees their doctor complaining of stress, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. So, the doctor suggests they take a low dose of Xanax or Ativan. It’s bad advice. Its bad medicine. It’s bad everything. It is a road you don’t want to go down, and that’s true even if it seems like a godsend at first. What’s likely to happen is that, at first, a tiny dose seems to work wonders. It eases you into sleep at night, and you bask in it for a while. But then, you get so used to it, you have to raise the dose to get the same effect. And then serious psychological dependency sets in, where you can’t wait until it’s time to take it again. It’s as strong as any drug addiction that is out there. Then, at some point, you realize that you need to get off this stuff, and that’s when you discover how trapped you are because even lowering the dose causes in tolerable withdrawal symptoms.
The track record on these drugs is well known. The danger that they pose is well documented. So, why does any medical doctor today prescribe them? Now, to be fair, not all do. There are doctors who won’t give them, who prescribe newer drugs with less dependency. But, there are still plenty of doctors who dispense these “brain candies” as though they are harmless. And I really think that it constitutes malpractice. I think the only ones who should be given benzos are perhaps people who are dying, who are terminal, who are nearing the end of their lives, and the only consideration is to try to make them comfortable. But, anyone who has a prospect for living should not be given these drugs. And there really is no excuse for giving them- with all that we know about their harms and dangers.
And frankly, I’m not enthused about the drugs that followed the benzos, such as the z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, etc.) for sleep and BuSpar for anxiety, and I don’t care for SSRIs and the SNRIs either. I like SAM-e for depression. I like some of the stress-relieving herbs, such a lemon balm. I like L-Theanine, which is an amino acid from green tea which makes it relaxing. I like the amino acids glycine and taurine, which act as inhibitory neurotransmitters. These things are all safe. But, whether a person takes them or not, the most important thing is: don’t get started on benzos because you are sure to regret it. It’s like the Pied Piper, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Here are some videos on Youtube by regular people who got caught in the benzodiazepine trap. It’s just a bad decision to start taking them, and I hope you believe that.