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AAPS News July 2021 – Surfside & Weimar: Metaphor & Prologue

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Volume 77, no. 7  July 2021

More than 100 residents were sleeping comfortably in their $600,000 apartments in the 12-story Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, when the building suddenly collapsed, burying the residents in the rubble. There had been indications of problems for a time—such as exposed rebar in concrete columns, or a balcony that looked slanted (https://tinyurl.com/xxcjptd6). The town is built on a barrier island, which is made of a loose mixture of sand and mud.  Geologists have long warned that these islands cannot be developed responsibly (tinyurl.com/5yfvxjf2). The building was sinking at a rate of about 2 millimeters a year in the 1990s (https://tinyurl.com/32h74hvx). We don’t know exactly why the collapse occurred when it did—or the risk to the other $3 trillion worth of similar developments.

Is this a metaphor for the U.S., whose moral foundations, industry, and currency have been eroding and sinking for decades?

As the Fed is creating trillions of dollars out of nothing, and people are beginning to notice rising prices and a declining standard of living, the specter of Weimar hyperinflation looms. But there was much more to Weimar—and we must not forget that it was Weimar that led to the rise of Hitler.

Past Is Prologue

The American musical Cabaret portrays a highly sanitized version of Weimar craziness and debauchery. The German public became fed up with filth under the pretext of “sexual freedom” and voted for a party that promised a return to moral sanity.

 In the opinion of a German immigrant who has extensively read the history of the era, most Americans never learned the truth about Weimar because the American historians who wrote about it were the refugees of the Weimar Regime or their descendants. Arguably, Cultural Marxism, which has become the ruling ideology in academia and other institutions, is Weimar’s toxic gift. 

Weimar was not an enlightened pure democracy that was destroyed by fascists. Paul Bookbinder is one of the few American historians to acknowledge the bad choices made by Weimar politicians and elites (https://tinyurl.com/234ufrh8).

Although he was publishing in liberal post-war Germany, Karl Dietrich Bracher (Die Auflösung der Weimarer Republik: eine Studie zum Problem des Machtverfalls in der Demokratie) was able to point out the inconvenient  truth that the German people were simply appalled by Weimar politicians who pushed fringe liberal ideas (like degenerate arts and the normalization of perversions) while promoting big liberal government as “solutions” to the many economic and cultural crises. For instance, archetypal Weimar leader Heinrich Bruning responded to increasing poverty by increasing taxes, freeing violent offenders from prisons, and calling for legal protection of pedophilia and transvestitism.  These things had no mass support but pleased the German liberal elites. One can argue that by enacting so many fringe policies Bruning was an unwilling helper of Hitler’s rise to power.

Historian Fritz Fischer gained popularity in early West Germany with a theory that provided an excuse for Nazism as an “inevitable event caused by fate” (Sonderweg). Even he presented the Weimar Republic as an asylum run by the inmates.

Hans-Ulrich Wehler, one of the founders of the Bielefeld School of Historical Analysis, aggressively promoted the Sonderweg theory, but uniquely noted that Weimar was a Potemkin Village or façade from behind which the Elites were ruling the “peasantry” mercilessly, while pretending to embrace “modern ideas.”

Hans Mommsen and Fritz Stern, although Cultural Marxists, are good sources of facts about the Weimar establishment. Both confirm the existence of the movement within the Weimar penitentiary system to literally coddle sexual predators, since they were considered to be “true victims of society.”

Does any of this sound familiar?

If the American Republic collapses, will there be a Sonderweg theory to excuse those passive, well-off, open-minded persons who could have done something, but didn’t?

Phony War of the Elites

American “peasants” may be in the streets or at rallies, but are they truly represented by either political party?

It appears that Democrats want to change decorations (get new flag and new anthem, destroy old monuments and possibly replace them with St. George Floyd, etc.); change ideology (replace the American Way with Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ cult); change religion (from Christianity—when Islam didn’t work out, replace it with Wokeism); expand entitlements but not work opportunities; and defund police. Republicans would keep the decorations and possibly add trendy new ones; replace ideology with hypocrisy (outwardly keep American Way but block industry and upward mobility); maintain pseudoreligion (keep some outward forms but abandon the faith and tolerate the intolerable, such as seduction of children); cut entitlements without allowing work opportunities to desperate people; and militarize the police.

The left-wing upper middle class, mostly the professional managerial class, and the right-wing upper middle class both expect to preserve the economic status quo for themselves. Those not in the commanding heights are deeply divided: those who revere the old Republic vs. those who oppose or are uninterested in its restoration.  Angelo Codevilla asks, “Is it possible to rescue and re-found our Republic?” (https://tinyurl.com/yy9ye2mp).


Re-founding a Nation

If a large enough proportion of a people is alienated, the body politic loses the capacity to act as a whole. Resetting the country on its original principles—or outright resuscitation—amounts to re-founding a nation, and as Machiavelli wrote that is much more difficult than founding one in the first place. Codevilla (ibid.) notes the enormity of the problem:

“The changes that have taken place in the bipartisan ruling class that controls nearly all our institutions have explicitly denied and denigrated what had made America itself. Today’s ruling class leads and even forces Americans to act, speak, and think as if all that they had thought good were bad, and vice versa. Almost as if a vengeful power had conquered the country.”

There are historical examples of nations rescued and re-founded, most of which involve overthrowing the dominion of foreigners rather than of mutated ruling classes. [Americans might recognize an external threat even if the current Administration has deep ties to it. China, for example, is apparently building 100 new ICBM silos (https://tinyurl.com/2k6w7xm5).]

But “rescuing disrespected constitutions has always required …undoing any number of enemies.” And “lost civic virtue is almost as unrecoverable as lost virginity.”

Silent secession by alienated individuals, the tacit hemorrhage of legitimacy, dooms regimes—but does not by itself re-found.

“Federalism as never before” is key to successful restoration.


The Fed’s ‘Doom Loop’

America is in the throes of virulent underlying inflation, writes David Stockman (tinyurl.com/5adpma3w). In financial markets, it has already fostered huge asset bubbles and a massive shift of wealth to the tippy-top of the economic ladder. Now, soaring prices for everyday goods and services threaten main street jobs, incomes, and hard-earned savings. With unbridled furious money printing, the Fed’s balance sheet has ballooned from the historic 3-5% of GDP and post-dotcom crash of 6.5% to 37%. There is roaring inflation in stocks, bonds, housing prices,  baseball cards, and other collectibles. Through financial fraud, the Fed is the most profitable private company in the world. Over three decades, the financial assets of the top 1% increased 9.5 times, while that of the bottom 50% only 4.3 times, with most of the paper gains trapped in their homes.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell insists that the Fed’s money-pumping madness has nothing to do with America’s rapidly metastasizing wealth disparities, but that is blatant sophistry, Stockman says. The coming inflation will hurt the poor far more.

“The Fed’s perverse redistribution of wealth to the top will also elicit a populist revulsion against the rich, which, in turn, threatens punitive taxation of the very producers and risk-takers who make capitalist prosperity possible. Indeed, Washington is threatening the golden goose like rarely before.”


“For several decades political arrests were distinguished in our country precisely by the fact that people were guilty of nothing and were therefore unprepared to put up any resistance whatsoever…. A person who is not inwardly prepared for the use of violence against him is always weaker than the person committing the violence.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelagotinyurl.com/55mujy8n


Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee submits the following slate:

President-elect: Sheila Page, D.O., Aledo, TX

Secretary: Lawrence Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY

Treasurer: Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D., Venice, FL

Directors: Richard Dolinar, M.D., Phoenix, AZ; Chandrasekhar Doniparthi, M.D., Yuma, AZ;  Martin Dubravec, M.D., Cadillac, MI; Kristin Held, M.D., San Antonio, TX; and Erika LeBaron, D.O., Manassas, VA.


Resolutions

To be considered at the annual meeting, resolutions must be received in writing by July 31. Send to aaps@aapsonline.org. Prior resolutions are found at: https://tinyurl.com/25a99fw2.


‘Even North Korea Was Not This Nuts’

Yeonmi Park, who fled North Korea at age 13, says that she  found the anti-Western sentiment, collective guilt, and suffocating political correctness at Columbia University deeply disturbing. She points to the lack of critical thinking and the erosion of the rule of law and morality. She thinks that America’s progressive influencers want “to destroy every single thing and rebuild into a communist paradise.” If we continue on the current path, our future is “as bleak as North Korea” (tinyurl.com/2hcweu6b).


AMA’s Population Health Priorities

Gender Affirmation: Physicians need to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients. One suggestion is to incorporate asking about pronouns as part of your greeting (https://tinyurl.com/ydss84fu).

Remove Sex from Public Part of Birth Certificates: Board Report 15 recommends removing sex as a legal designation lest it lead to “discrimination or unnecessary burden on individuals whose current gender identity does not align with their designation at birth” (tinyurl.com/f4njrbwb).

Prioritizing “Health Equity.” AMA launched its Center for Health Equity in April. It will embed equity throughout its processes  and actions. It celebrates “diversity” in its leadership, including its first openly gay chair of the AMA Board of Trustees. Initiatives will “shine a light on structural racism” and highlight national efforts “using equity lens to curb the COVID-19 epidemic” (tinyurl.com/4sx7e5ad). AMA urges “appropriate placement of transgender prisoners” (tinyurl.com/2d5zcezx).


AAPS Calendar

Sep 30. Board meeting; welcome reception

Oct 1-Oct 2. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA – https://aapsonline.org/2021am


‘Surprise’ Billing Rules Published

Interim final rules for the bipartisan No Surprises Act have requirements for opting out of the balance billing ban, which is only allowed in certain non-emergency situations, beginning at  the bottom of page 124 of 411 (tinyurl.com/m3j7kdkd). The rules go into effect in 2022.

HHS claims that it is “important that these consumer protections do not present a barrier to obtaining out-of-network care, when an individual knowingly seeks out such care.” However, the requirements are quite detailed and must be presented at least three hours before a service is rendered. Consumers must be made aware that “payment made by the individual might not accrue toward meeting any limitation that the plan or coverage places on cost sharing, including an explanation that the payment might not apply to an in-network deductible or out-of-pocket
maximum under the plan or coverage.”

Providers and facilities will need to translate the standard notice-and-consent documents into the 15 languages most common in the area. If the patient prefers oral communication, a qualified interpreter must be provided.

As an article in the Buffalo News points out, the required form tells patients, “If you sign this form, you may pay more because you are giving up your protections under federal law.”

Dr. Lawrence Huntoon writes: “Regardless of the exact process that will be used to determine a ‘fair’ price for services, fees will undoubtedly be pegged to the Medicare Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) system via some percentage, as HMOs do now. RBRVS, of course, is based on Marxist labor theory.

“Insurers already discriminate against out-of-network physicians by covering substantially less of the bill. Now that insurers will essentially have complete control over all fees, this discrimination will likely be enhanced.

“I strongly suspect that HHS will judge all patients who presents to an ED as ‘emergencies’ so that the waiver will not apply.  But its use will cause undue delay in treatment or put the physician at high risk of termination of privileges if he abides by the required delay of three hours before treating the patient.

“This new law was absolutely designed to eliminate independent practice by out-of-network physicians.”


‘By Any Means Necessary’

The Florida law, SB 2006, which prevents companies and organizations operating there from requiring “vaccine passports” also contains this provision: “If the individual poses a danger to the public health, the State Health Officer may subject the individual to isolation or quarantine. If there is no practical method to isolate or quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.”

“Any order of the State Health Official given to effectuate this paragraph is immediately enforceable by a law enforcement officer under s. 381.0012” (https://tinyurl.com/ypkvtv77).


Canadian Physicians Persecuted

Physicians insisting on informed consent for giving COVID jabs to children and adolescents are having their ability to work terminated by organized medicine—despite the World Health Organization’s statement that children under 18 should not get the shot. Five physicians are interviewed by Dr. Sam Dubé (https://tinyurl.com/upnr5cf8). Of special interest at the end of the video is a secret audio recording of the inquisition of Dr. Francis Christian, who is being urged to take advantage of “physician health” resources to cope with the distress he must be feeling as his professional life is being destroyed. Remember the history of Soviet psychiatric “hospitals.” 


Tip of the Month: Granting multiple medical exemptions from the COVID vaccine can result in unfair harassment by medical boards, and the medical exemptions may not be accepted by employers and universities. One state medical board is already harassing a good physician about this, and demanding medical records about the patients. This retaliation occurs despite reports that the second dose of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s products has caused heart inflammation in college-aged students. The religious exemption is more difficult for an employer or college to reject.


Largest Healthcare Union Fights Mandatory Jab

The president of 1199SEIU,  which represents hundreds of thousands, announced that the organization would fight mandates for COVID-19 injections, whether by a legal or a purely organizational challenge. New York-Presbyterian Hospital is mandating employee jabs. The New York State Nurses Association also issued a statement opposing mandates (tinyurl.com/3vfrhdzp).


French, UK Groups Call for Stopping Jabs

A regional independent drug assessment center, the CTIAP (Centre territorial d’Information indépendante et d’Avis pharmaceutiques), has stated that COVID jabs were submitted to insufficient clinical testing, and that the quality of the active substances, their excipients, and the manufacturing processes are problematic.

“Prudence would even dictate that, in all countries where these vaccines against COVID-19 have been marketed, all the batches thus ‘released’ should be withdrawn immediately; and that these [marketing authorizations] that have been granted should be suspended, or even canceled, …until further notice.”

All are “subject to further studies that reach as far as 2024 and even beyond, and these will be almost impossible to be completed because of the way the vaccines are now being distributed,”  said the CTIAP report. Releasing these products is like launching a car manufacturing line without testing quality of the parts, such as the brakes (https://tinyurl.com/32s2tyys).

The Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy based in the UK, in a report to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), states the MHRA now has more than enough evidence from the Yellow Card system “to declare the COVID-19 vaccines unsafe for use in humans” (tinyurl.com/wdn25nt2).


Are Colleges, Employers Liable?

The William J. Olson law firm requests colleges to commit to assume financial liability for death, disability, or illness of students being required to take the COVID jab. While manufacturers are immune from product liability, those who coerce students or employees to receive it may not be (tinyurl.com/2jmjpefm).


Correspondence

 Vaccine Pass. Originally supposed to be “optional and voluntary,” to cost $2.4 million, and to become obsolete, New York’s  Excelsior Pass has already been used to restrict access to sporting events. The highly secretive “Phase 2”  has shocked even the left-biased Buffalo News. Apparently, it will include “health records, proof of age and driver’s licenses” and create a “new, inescapable web of geolocation tracking, building out a map of our most intimate moments.” The state’s 3-year contract with IBM requires IBM to develop a road map to expand the pass to all 20 million New Yorkers. The total cost could end up being $17 million.

 Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY


Crit Theory and the Hate America Left. Reflecting on the Frankfurt School, postmodernism, and crit theory, Michael Walsh writes: “Wielding their pseudo-intellectual doctrine of Critical Theory,” men who at first seemed like “a bunch of nutty professors with Dr. Strangelove accents” undertook to “undermine every legal and social American institution, from the family, to traditional sexuality, to academe, pop culture, government, and even the military.” Everything is seen as a “construct,” a plot by the “privileged” against the “oppressed” (https://tinyurl.com/ddwtep9r). Whenever you hear words like “systemic,” “struggle,” “structural,” “change,” “fundamental transformation,” etc., you know you’re dealing with Marxists.

John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Brownwood, TX


A Foreign Enemy? According to a 2015 dossier produced by the People’s Liberation Army, uncovered by the U.S. State Dept.,  China was preparing for a Third World War with biological weapons, including coronavirus, 6 years ago. Notably, China was the only G20 member whose GDP showed growth in 2020, expanding by 2.3% (https://tinyurl.com/55jwm7d5).

 Willie Soon, Ph.D., Salem, MA


Domestic Enemies. Branded and sold as Democratic Socialism, American Marxism is the fight between corporate technocrats and Americans who love their country. The former are aided by corrupt congressmen and bureaucrats and the woke military, police, teachers, professors, administrators, and media. At the bottom rung are activists and useful idiots. Half of America bought the lie and empty promises of “free stuff,” while the rest get lawlessness, protests, burning, and looting. History shows that law and order disappear prior to the complete societal takeover by tyrants, who  present it as a necessity to quell the lawlessness.

Ileana Johnson, Ed.D., https://tinyurl.com/aretufwx


Government Buys ‘Fresh’ Flesh. The Food and Drug Administration has been caught buying tissue from aborted babies who could have survived as preemies. Recent emails uncovered by Judicial Watch between FDA employees and Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) prove the agency spent tens of thousands of dollars between 2012 and 2018 buying aborted babies up to 24 weeks gestation. Body parts were used to “humanize” mice and test biologic drugs (https://tinyurl.com/2yzkz858).

Joseph Scherzer, M.D., Paradise Valley, AZ


Dr. Fauci’s Agency Spends $61 Million on Baby Parts. Experiments funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) include implanting fetal scalps onto mice at the Univ. of Pittsburgh (https://tinyurl.com/5bp5xdxd).

Dianne Irving, Ph.D.


‘Mild’ Myocarditis. Give the risk of terrible outcomes, we should have a low threshold to evaluate any young person after COVID injections, with ECG and troponin values.  See these narratives (tinyurl.com/hzy296ww, tinyurl.com/5pvc46mb) from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Peter A. McCullough, M.D., Dallas, TX


Remdesivir v. HCQ. FDA has warned that concurrent use of hydroxychloroquine might reduce the effectiveness of remdesivir (RDV).  In a study published by NEJM, 27% of the patients received HCQ, and had lower mortality than those who did not. (Table S-3, https://tinyurl.com/46brebv7). FDA officials and Gilead colluded to prevent the use of HCQ for COVID-19 in order to sell RDV (https://tinyurl.com/sttt7u7n).

Leo Goldstein


Open Letter to AMA. How dare you join the…camouflaged communists who furtively…conflat[e] equity with equality? Ours is a nation built on the premise of equal standing under the law and only that…. Equity, on the other hand, is achieved by fiat, by taking from some and giving it to others at the point of a gun. Few better ruses exist for the state control of the means of production than through the illusory promise of achieving equity.

Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D., Venice, FL, tinyurl.com/3tkw4hb2


Insolvency. Medicare Part A will be insolvent by 2024—2 years sooner than trustees predicted. To make up the shortfall, $750 billion is needed. Suggestions include cutting Medicare Advantage payments or increasing taxes on high earners (JAMA 1/26/21). By January, nearly $3 trillion had already been spent on COVID.

Albert L. Fisher, M.D., Oshkosh, WI
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AAPS News June 2021 – COVID: Fauci, NIH, et al.

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Volume 77, no. 6  June 2021

The best and perhaps only government oversight mechanism available to the American people—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—has yielded more than 3,000 emails sent and received by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) for decades.

Dr. Fauci is the highest paid of 4 million federal employees including the President, (tinyurl.com/3jnx2jt5), and probably the most revered. Howard Bauchner, M.D., then editor-in-chief of JAMA Network, called him a “national treasure” in September 2020 (https://tinyurl.com/4jp9eyuf). 

Even after the email release, the Biden Administration press secretary Jen Psaki said that Dr. Fauci has been an “undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response” and there was no intention to “relitigate emails from 17 months ago.” She did not need to circle back when asked whether there was any circumstance under which Biden would fire Fauci: “No!” (https://tinyurl.com/2hdyfyka). Chris Wallace of Fox News was quick to defend Dr. Fauci, claiming that he sees no actual “smoking gun” in the emails and saying that it’s important to “take the politics out of this” (https://tinyurl.com/24tf7rwf).

Donald Trump asserted that the emails show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus came from the Wuhan lab and demanded that “China should pay Ten Trillion Dollars to America, and the World, for the death and destruction they have caused!” (https://tinyurl.com/jwfjfar8). This misses the main point: what did Dr. Fauci and NIH know about research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), and did they help to fund it?

China probably covered up early cases and destroyed evidence. But the Chinese Communist Party was not in charge of the American pandemic response. That would be the responsibility of American officials, acting on NIH “guidance” supported unquestioningly by academics, medical journals, organized medicine, media, Big Tech censors, and corporate-owned hospitals. Firing the 80-year-old mouthpiece, who was busily appearing on television or answering emails after midnight, would accomplish little.

Laura Ingraham’s “Medicine Cabinet”—Harvey Risch, M.D., Ph.D., Peter McCullough, M.D., M.P.H., and Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D.—discussed what Dr. Fauci and NIH got wrong on many issues, and the disastrous results (tinyurl.com/2ba7wamh).

Their policies assured maximum casualties by suppressing early at-home treatment with false claims about dangers of hydroxychloroquine, and recommending therapeutic nihilism based on alleged lack of “adequate” evidence. Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci threw evidence-based medicine and cost-benefit analysis overboard in his gyrations on destructive lockdowns and controversial masks, betting the country on an unprecedented vaccine.

Natural or Laboratory Origin?

The idea that SARS-CoV-2 might have escaped from a laboratory was “strongly condemned” as a “conspiracy theory” in a letter to The Lancet on Feb 19, 2020, drafted by a group of virologists led by Peter Daszak, who declared that they had “no competing interests.” Daszak is, however, president of EcoHealth Alliance, which funded research at WIV. EHA received more than $123 million in grants from the federal government from 2017 to 2020, some from NIAID. The Pentagon funneled almost $39 million to the group since 2013 (tinyurl.com/64249kch).

For 20 years virologists have been creating viruses more dangerous than found in nature. Genetic engineering and “gain of function” research is what their laboratories do. Newer methods of cutting and pasting viral genomes, called “no-see-um” or “seamless” approaches, leave no tell-tale marks of manipulation.

At WIV, scientists led by Shi Zheng-li or “Bat Lady” were using methods taught them by Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina to engineer bat coronaviruses to attack other species, often under Biosafety Level 2 conditions—about as stringent as in a U.S. dental office. It is quite plausible to think that SARS-CoV-2 escaped from this lab, although it can’t be proved because records of Dr. Shi’s work have been sealed, writes Nicholas Wade (Bull Atomic Sci 5/5/21, https://tinyurl.com/4rbswx5d).

The most damning evidence for a laboratory origin is the presence of a double CGG code for arginine in the cleavage site of the SARS CoV-2  spike protein. This coding sequence is rare in nature, but common in the lab, and has not been found in any other coronaviruses (https://tinyurl.com/3xs6z7dt).

Emails showed that Dr. Fauci helped to “debunk” the lab leak theory (https://tinyurl.com/w4c5hbm). In 2012, Dr. Fauci said that the benefit of manipulating bat viruses was worth the risk of a pandemic (tinyurl.com/cj6c5rz7). According to Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, NIH tried to block his department’s investigation of WIV research. Then-acting undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, Chris Ford, reportedly was also hostile to an investigation. In a January 2021 memo he wrote: “I would also caution you against suggesting that there is anything inherently suspicious…about People’s Liberation Army (PLA) involvement at WIV…. [I]t would be difficult to say that military involvement in classified virus research is intrinsically problematic, since the U.S. Army has been deeply involved in virus research in the United States for many years” (Daily Mail 6/8/21, https://tinyurl.com/ver6urrn).

  Dr. Fauci brands the furor over the emails as “nonsense” and told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “it’s really very much an attack on science” (https://tinyurl.com/32em8j3f).


Early Warning Signals

Early warning systems work only if they are turned on—and only if there is a response.

Vaccine Breakthrough: A total of 10,262 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections had been reported to CDC as of Apr 30, 2021; among these, 995 patients were known to be hospitalized, and 160  died.  Beginning May 1, CDC transitioned to monitoring only cases involving hospitalization or death (https://tinyurl.com/3m2j4p8s). As of Jun 1,  2021, 3016 hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases had been reported (tinyurl.com/2utarf79).

VAERS: Data entry into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is severely backlogged. Over a few months, the number of entries related to platelet problems increased 17-fold, from 370 to 6290 (jpands.org/vol26no2/merritt.pdf). Data entry and retrieval in the antiquated system is very difficult and time-consuming.  One person working with the system estimates that nonetheless 100,000 adverse events are being entered every month (https://tinyurl.com/yrnfddxm). Today, openvaers.com/covid-data lists 5,185 deaths, 571 miscarriages,  3,994 disabled.

Infertility: Infertility from vaccinating the college-age population would not be seen for years. The earliest effect would  appear in infertility clinics. After a previously successful egg donor got the COVID shot, zero of 30 embryos from her fourth donation survived past 5 days, and sperm from vaccinated donors were also nonviable (https://tinyurl.com/vk27vedj).


Precedent for Grooming

The term “grooming” is often used for victims of pedophiles.  But one member suggested that the Gleiwitz Sender (radio-station) incident might be applied to compulsory vaccination.

German operatives needed dead bodies dressed in enemy (Polish) uniforms as a prop in staging their false-flag Gleiwitz radio-station attack. Those corpses were supposed to serve as “proof” that an enemy assault had occurred and many attackers had been  killed by the brave defenders. The problem was how to procure so many dead bodies. Historical accounts are contradictory and mixed with propaganda. Medical details are buried in obscure, difficult-to-access German journals. The corpses were prison inmates, who had reportedly been accustomed to receiving periodic injections of vitamins mixed with low-dose amphetamines and morphine. They learned that those injections didn’t harm them and even made them feel better. On the day of the operation, a toxin was added (likely a mixture of acetonitrile and acetone, resulting in delayed production of hydrogen cyanide). Dead prisoners (“canned goods”) dressed in enemy uniforms were shot to imitate combat wounds. All was done quickly and efficiently with minimal personnel.

Children, parents, and physicians have experience with multiple vaccinations that have (mostly) been harmless. They trust the government and our scientific experts. We are not, after all, prison inmates in a totalitarian country.


“Violence does not always and necessarily lunge straight for your throat; more often than not it demands of its subjects only that they pledge allegiance to lies, that they participate in falsehood.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Biodistribution of Vaccine Components

The mRNA vaccines contain mRNA coding for SARS-CoV-2 spike protein enveloped in lipid nanoparticles. According to the European Medicines Agency, (only) one biodistribution study, for a different (“surrogate”) type of mRNA that produces luciferase protein, has been carried out in male Sprague-Dawley rats. EMA reviewers stated that “No traditional pharmacokinetic or biodistribution studies have been performed with the [Pfizer] vaccine candidate BNT162b2” (tinyurl.com/5m3wj44m).

Low levels of surrogate mRNA were found in all examined tissues except kidney, including brain, “indicating that the mRNA/LNP platform crossed the blood/brain barrier, although to very low levels” (https://tinyurl.com/483686y3). The virus itself cannot do this. One may ask, what is to stop the immune system from attacking cells such as brain cells that express spike protein? A substantial fraction of VAERS reports involve neurological manifestations.

A FOI request showed that TGA (Therapeutic Good Administration), the Australian drug regulator, did not even request Pfizer raw data (tinyurl.com/fbrph7xa).


Incentive to Diagnose and Treat

Medicare pays hospitals 20% more for patients with a COVID diagnosis. This includes a  20% increase in the average Medicare payment for a respiratory system diagnosis with ventilator support for greater than 96 hours, which was $40,218 (tinyurl.com/v49tpfum). Additionally, hospitals get more money when they treat inpatients with drugs (such as remdesivir) or biologicals approved by FDA for COVID-19 (tinyurl.com/pm4vdrb8). The extra cash helps to sustain the big chains’ buying sprees as they scoop up weakened competitors and physicians’ practices (https://tinyurl.com/4pr6n9s).


Connections

Fauci’s Wife: Christine Grady, M.S.N., Ph.D., chief of bioethics and head of human subjects research at the NIH Clinical Center, and her husband have been described as “a medical power couple leading the fight against the virus” (tinyurl.com/u27t3xdj).

USAMRIID: China has infiltrated the U.S. military biodefense program at Fort Detrick, long an espionage target. China fuses military and civilian research (https://tinyurl.com/h23ejwdb).

Moderna: CEO Stéphane Bancel, now a billionaire, is former CEO of bioMérieux, whose founder was instrumental in building the Wuhan P4 lab (tinyurl.com/45t8vwj8).


AAPS Calendar

Jul 10. Missouri Chapter meeting,  Lake Ozark, MO – https://mailchi.mp/aapsonline/july-10-2021

Sep 30. Board meeting; welcome reception

Oct 1-Oct 2. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA


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Citizens’ Petition to Block Premature Approval

On June 1, a number of prestigious physicians and scientists petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to  require that the vaccine manufacturers provide extensive safety data including “at least 2 years of follow-up of participants originally enrolled in pivotal clinical trials, even if the trials were unblinded and now lack a placebo control,” before approval of any COVID-19 vaccine [emphasis added]. Also needed are:

·  Thorough safety assessment of spike proteins produced in-situ by the body, and their full biodistribution and pharmacokinetics;

  • Studies of vaccine biodistribution from the administration site;
  • Thorough investigation of all severe adverse reactions reported in the U.S. and global pharmacovigilance systems;
  • Inclusion of gene delivery and therapy experts in the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC);
  • Enforcing stringent conflict-of-interest requirements. 

Prominent signatories include Peter Doshi, Ph.D.; Peter Gøtzsche, M.D.; Tom Jefferson, M.D.; Joseph Ladapo, M.D., Ph.D.; and Peter McCullough, M.D. (tinyurl.com/s6ezvx8).


Employees Sue Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist, a seven-hospital system, is being charged with wrongful discharge and violating a federal law dictating “that where a medical product is ‘unapproved’ then no one may be mandated to take it.” The 117 plaintiffs, including nurses, receptionists, technicians, and administrators, are asking for a temporary injunction against the firings. Employees can apply for religious or medical exemptions, but none of the 12 requests were granted. “It is unfortunate,” said CEO Marc  Boom, “that the few remaining employees who refuse to get vaccinated and put our patients first are responding in this way” (tinyurl.com/mc6dc9j8).

Plaintiffs include Jennifer Bridges, R.N., who has become the  voice of workers who object to mandatory vaccination, and Bob Nevens, the hospital’s former director of corporate risk. Nevens says the hospital was requiring him to be vaccinated even though he doesn’t treat patients and has been working from home for most of the past year. “My right to protect myself from unknown side effects of these vaccines has been placed below the optics of ‘Leading Medicine’” (https://tinyurl.com/3rnj8aup).


TRO Requested to Stop Vax in Children under 16

America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS), former Minnesota  state senator Scott Jensen, M.D., and others filed for a temporary restraining order in federal court for the Northern District of Alabama against the emergency use authorization (EUA) permitting use of the COVID-19 “vaccines” in children under the age of 16.

AFLDS founder Simone Gold, M.D., J.D., said that these products are not vaccines but are experimental biological agents “whose harms are well-documented (although suppressed and censored) and growing rapidly, and we will not support using America’s children as guinea pigs.”

Plaintiffs will file suit arguing that EUAs should never have been granted and should be revoked immediately, and that numerous laws have been broken in the process of granting these EUAs and pushing the injections on Americans (tinyurl.com/zsmfvyyw).


Indiana Univ Mandate Called Unconstitutional

In a press release and letter to The IU Family for Choice, Not Mandates, the Bopp Law Firm of Terre Haute, IN, states that it believes that IU’s mandate in an unconstitutional violation of students’ rights to bodily integrity and is considering litigation. Students are invited to see the “What Do I Do Now?” section on the group’s website (tinyurl.com/fd389bxm).


Duty to Snitch

Effective May 31, 2021, Ohio MDs, DOs, and DPMs will be required to complete one hour of CME prior to license renewal on the topic of the duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. “Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to, sexual misconduct, impairment, practice below the minimal standards of care, and improper prescribing of controlled substances.” Failure to report a colleague’s misconduct carries a fine of $20,000.


Italy Declares COVID Jab Mandatory for All

An administrative decree of Mario Draghi’s government  has been approved by the Sanitary Dictatorship and enacted into law by parliament, making COVID jabs mandatory for all, regardless of religious beliefs. Those who refuse will be denied all medical assistance, in all hospitals and clinics, public and private. Poor people are being denied welfare checks. Any resistance can be deemed violent, and violence deemed a sign of insanity. In past weeks political dissidents have been threatened with or received TSO’s (being taken to a mental asylum) for refusing to comply with Sanitary Dictatorship decrees (tinyurl.com/6ynsw838).


Is Fauci a Distraction?

On May 28, Brian Gerrish, founder of UK Column, gave testimony before the Stiftung Corona Ausschuss, the German-based extraparliamentary inquiry into the medical establishment’s and public policymakers’ handling of the COVID crisis internationally. This was opened to initiate an international class action lawsuit led by attorney Reiner Füllmich.

Gerrish suggested that the Fauci story distracts attention from the critical questions the public is beginning to ask about the fear-based measures that are destroying the world’s middle class, and the dangers of the vaccination campaign—along with the massive urgency to vaccinate children who are at minimal risk from the disease  (https://tinyurl.com/pp86p5t9).


Solzhenitsyn’s American Millstone

Millstones grind grain into flour, and the focus in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book Between Two Millstones: Exile in America, 1978-1994 is on how the two great political systems of the mid-20th century grind the human soul into dust. The millstone of Western democracy, he warns, simulates the Soviet tyranny. “Western apparatchiks sold their souls to an ideology just as communists did—but without the cynicism” and with confident sanctimoniousness (https://tinyurl.com/c486xetx).


Correspondence

Freedom Is Expendable. The very day we learned of the Houston Methodist lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) came out with guidance telling employers they can legally require their employees to get a COVID vaccination (WSJ 5/29/21). The article states: “And employers that are administering vaccines to their employees may also offer incentives as long as the incentives aren’t coercive.” The “incentive” being offered to the plaintiffs is that if they submit to taking the vaccine, they will be allowed to continue earning a living, paying their bills, and feeding their families.  How is that not coercive?

Minions at the FDA are currently working hard and fast to provide formal FDA approval of the jabs. That will moot some of the plaintiffs’ arguments. Operation “warp approval” will cut corners and take shortcuts like never seen before. In the meantime, this EEOC proclamation is clearly designed to discourage the flood of lawsuits that they recognize is coming, and to demoralize people to believe there is no hope.

In the lawsuit, David Bernard, CEO of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is quoted as saying: “100% vaccination is more important than your individual freedom. Every one of you is replaceable. If you don’t like what you are doing you can leave and we will replace your spot.”

 Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY


Immunity. While vaccine advocates assert that only the vaccines work in the end, the huge Israel study shows that previous infection (average 7 months in the past) cuts infection rate by 90% just like vaccination (https://tinyurl.com/89rey4c6). And we know that plasma memory B cells generally last years. And just because second cases of COVID can occur does not mean that they do occur with any frequency. The constant misinformation being promulgated today is overbearing.

Harvey Risch, M.D., Ph.D., New Haven, CT


Fruitless Bat Search. China has tested more than 50,000 animals, including thousands of bats, to find evidence of COVID-19’s origins—amid a renewed international focus on whether the virus actually leaked from a laboratory (tinyurl.com/y74x9cny).

Willie Soon, Ph.D., Salem, MA


Boom for Billionaires. On Jan 21-24, 2020, the World Economic Forum met in Davos, Switzerland, and Moderna representatives, business leaders, and World Health Organization (WHO) director Dr. Tedros were there, discussing the mRNA jab. On Jan 30, WHO declared a public health emergency. A huge increase in wealth followed immediately. Michel Chossudovsky, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Ottawa, explained how the “killer virus” fear campaign and global lockdowns redistributed the losses of ordinary people from their pension funds, mutual funds savings, and investments to the rich who profited greatly from the “fore-knowledge.” The combined wealth increase of the 15 billionaires with the greatest growth in absolute wealth was $563 billion or 82%. Billionaires will buy out  bankrupt assets for pennies on the dollar. The “engineered destabilization of the global economy” would not have been possible without the constant fear promulgated by mainstream media, COVID-19 medical czars, and compliant medical professionals.

Ileana Johnson, Ed.D., https://tinyurl.com/33hns3w


Herd Immunity—Before and After. “Herd immunity is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when  a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.” Now the corrupt WHO has changed the definition: “‘Herd immunity,’ also known as ‘population immunity,’ is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached.”

Joseph Scherzer, M.D., Paradise Valley, AZ


It’s about Population Control. Socialism is misanthropic to the core. The “Great Reset”—the Deep State Globalist “destructionism” and power grab—is really just another iteration of leftist tyrannical ambition. Thomas DiLorenzo (https://tinyurl.com/4er52wnc) exposes the eugenicist totalitarians of the present like Bill Gates, Jr., and Klaus Schwab, the ideological heirs of Frederick Engels and Karl Marx. “Transhumanism,” strongly promoted and funded by Gates, is the new name for eugenics. It would involve integration of nanotechnology into the human body so that humans can be controlled remotely by the state. Klaus Schwab’s books go into excruciating detail about the digitalization of life—the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Robert Ehrlich, one of their ideological forebears, suggested putting sterilizing agents into food and water. Gates said that  if “we” do “a really great job on vaccines…, we could lower [world population] by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.”

John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Brownwood, TX



Dr. Fauci a Key Player. Because there IS effective COVID treatment, which Fauci opposes, the vaccine EUAs are fraudulent.  Most of his recommended and at times mandated interventions are worse than futile. It’s the greatest medical disaster in history.

Bose Ravenel, M.D., Winston-Salem, N

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AAPS News May 2021 – Getting to Zero

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Volume 77, no. 5  May 2021

“Zero” is a politically correct preoccupation. Zero population growth—which will turn negative as we approach the demographic cliff. “Net zero” CO2 emissions—which will spell “negawatts” and serious energy poverty if we try to replace affordable, reliable fuels with wind and solar. Zero disparities—even at the cost of eliminating advanced placement physics and mathematics, and not achievable even with the bed of Procrustes. Zero tolerance (AAPS News, July 2001)—which enables totalitarian suppression of dissent, coupled with zero accountability for government. Zero new COVID cases—which enables endless suppression of liberty.

The logic supporting leftist causes, with the ultimate end of zeroing out capitalism, individuality, and loyalty to entities other than the state, defines truth as whatever the Party says. The Party can claim that 2+2=4 is just a white supremacist decree. Someone devised a mathematical “proof” that 2+2=5 (tinyurl.com/nv97wzx8), which works just as well for any other number. Finding the fallacy is left as an exercise for the audience. Hint: If it is possible to divide by 0, mathematics is null.

A world with zero viruses is possible only if there is zero life. Every living creature coexists with and is surrounded by a microbiome. But if we want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 to nearly zero, we should consider the experience of physicians who treat it. In addition to American physicians previously cited by AAPS, Dr. Jackie Stone tells of her experience in Zimbabwe, where a devastating outbreak was brought under control (tinyurl.com/2zkuv6v4), primarily with ivermectin.

In case Twitter and YouTube zero out her full interview, a summary (tinyurl.com/6y4evs5x) states that: “In patients with oxygen saturations of 39-90% there was a 3.8% death rate amongst patients cared for by the Hospital at Home scheme compared to the State hospital that has a 35% death rate…. In Zimbabwe at the moment, covid is very much under control.” Dr. Stone is concerned that people might become complacent and discontinue regular prophylactic doses of ivermectin…. Zimbabwe tends to follow Kenya where a third wave is occurring.”

“Everyone in Zimbabwe now has ivermectin at home and [knows] the correct protocol for prophylaxis and treatment. Informal communication via WhatsApp usually ensures that important information is rapidly disseminated throughout the country.”

Dr. Stone credits decisive leadership by the Health Secretary. “People who [want to] follow the WHO guidelines can do so but if we follow them we are going to go back to 70 deaths a day.”

“I honestly believe that doctors…have become more scared of the regulators and the lawyers than they are of losing a patient.”

The American Medical Association is focused on “systemic racism” as a major public health priority and a cause of disparity in COVID mortality in black and white patients. What about the disparity in outcome between patients treated by a white, British-trained physician in poor, black Zimbabwe compared with both black and white Americans treated under the National Institutes of Health philosophy of therapeutic nihilism, which denies treatment not backed by adequate randomized controlled trials?

  The disparity of official U.S. concern is that blacks and Hispanics are not getting their proportionate share of vaccines despite their disproportionate mortality (https://tinyurl.com/at6exzv6).

Right Answers

In the 1950s, early in the “progressive education” vogue, we started hearing that there were “no right or wrong answers”—for questions about opinions or attitudes. For everything else, you needed to get it right: U.S. Constitution, history, geography, and especially problems in math, physics, and chemistry. Wrong answers cause real-world consequences: plane crashes, explosions, structural collapses. But things are now reversed.

According to the “Equitable Math” instructional manual funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a focus on the correct answer manifests “white supremacy.” Rutgers University recently determined that speaking and writing English correctly is also racist, and is altering its grammar standards to “emphasize ‘social justice’ and ‘critical grammar’ over correct spelling and grammar” (https://tinyurl.com/m73mkxrb).

In the pass/fail system on proper anti-racism and other key political attitudes, however, a passing grade is 100%, and the real-world consequences of failure include expulsion from school, ruination of a career, exile from society—and potentially worse. All answers are on your permanent record, and the correct answer could change 20 years later.

As long as we are not at COVID-19 zero, the correct answers are determined by public health authorities: suppress early treatment, and get to zero unvaccinated. And we are being monitored.

An American got a prescription for ivermectin from a telehealth practitioner to keep “just in case” and had it filled at Walgreens after a CVS pharmacist told him it was “toxic” when used for COVID. It turned up in his medication record at Mayo Clinic and was noted by the nurse at his annual visit, although he had not informed the pharmacist that he was a patient there. He asked AAPS whether a HIPAA violation had occurred. Americans  think that HIPAA protects privacy—it really facilitates disclosure.

Our goal should be getting to zero violations of the U.S. Constitution and of officials’ oath to uphold it—and restoring medical ethics with the protection of the patient-physician relationship, patient confidentiality, autonomy, and respect for objective truth.


Re-Primitivization

Jack London’s 1912 novella The Scarlet Plague isn’t about the plague itself but about the dystopian aftermath when most of the population—and civilization—had been wiped out. Mark Steyn calls it “re-primitivization” in introducing his reading of the tale (tinyurl.com/3xha53uf). This occurred in the implosion of once functioning states such as Somalia after the withdrawal of law and order enforced by colonialists. Steyn says we are no more immune than Somalia. With mob rule, class warfare, educational decline, and the loss of fully expressive speech, we are well on the way.


Control Groups Ditched from RCTs

As of April 16, 2021, VAERS had received 86,080 adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination, including 6,282 hospitalizations and 3,186 deaths. There were 115 reports of miscarriages, 606 of Bell palsy, and 420 of thrombocytopenia (openvaers.com/covid-data). Nevertheless, the mainstream narrative is that these products are so safe and effective that it would be unethical to deny them to participants in the placebo group. Pfizer sent a letter to its trial participants one week after its vaccine was authorized on Dec 10, telling them that, on request, they could learn whether they were in the placebo arm so they could receive the vaccine as it became available. To get full  approval the FDA requires two years of follow-up data. “The data are now likely to be scanty and less reliable given that the trials are effectively being unblinded” (tinyurl.com/j6yr8rrm).

FDA’s Philip Krause, M.D., stated, “Placebo-controlled trials in general do depend to some degree on the altruism of the people in the study.” Although RCTs are the gold standard, he said that as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available,  “conducting placebo-controlled trials to assess safety and efficacy will become progressively more difficult….. There’s no doubt that in the long run, we’re going to have to rely increasingly on observational data” (https://tinyurl.com/ynukv4hs).


Prior Infection Reduces COVID Risk by 93% 

An UK observational study of 25,000 NHS hospital workers compared workers with a positive antibody or PCR test at the beginning of the study with those who tested negative, with frequent testing and checks for symptoms. The initially positive group had a relative risk reduction of 93% for developing symptomatic, test-positive COVID over a period of 113 days (https://tinyurl.com/596c9tp6)—comparable to that claimed for Pfizer and Moderna jabs. That’s not far from the difference in lung cancer rates between smokers and nonsmokers, writes Sebastian Rushworth, M.D. (https://tinyurl.com/m4zu35by).

Dr. Rushworth notes that antibodies are surrogate markers for infection but not necessarily measures of immunity.


“All that was lost must be discovered over again [such as the alphabet]. It is what enables me to know the meaning of fine markings, whereas you boys know only rude picture-writing. In that dry cave on Telegraph Hill, where you see me often go when the tribe is down by the sea, I have stored many books. In them is great wisdom. Also, with them, I have placed a key to the alphabet, so that one who knows picture-writing may also know print.”

Jack London, The Scarlet Plague, 1912


History Rhymes

On Sep 18, 96 A.D., a fairly obscure and elderly politician named Marcus Cocceius Nerva was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by the Senate, writes Simon Black (tinyurl.com/yrbvuzc6). Rome was in chaos at the time after years of turmoil, economic decline, and oppression. Most of the last several emperors had been extremely destructive… plundering the treasury, waging expensive wars, and dismantling individual liberty. Nerva was seen by many as the “safe choice”: he was old, frail, sick, and not expected to last very long. He was also completely unremarkable, having spent his entire life in government service without major achievement. They thought he would be a break from the chaos. But the long-term trends were unstoppable. Rome was slowly going bankrupt, destroying its currency, and rejecting the basic principles of its civilization that made it so powerful and prosperous to begin with. Core values of integrity, civic-mindedness, and hard work had given way to corruption and entitlement.

Today, there’s an entire school of economics called “Modern Monetary Theory,” which poses that governments can simply print as much money as they want without consequence: classic empire arrogance. The mob of enraged Marxists who are  indoctrinating our children have even reinvented science, history, and mathematics to conform to the principles of critical race theory. And they have a list….

[Will the value of the dollar get to zero?]

Israel’s Mass Vaccination Experiment

A summary of the April Report of Adverse Events from the Pfizer COVID jab, by the Israeli People’s Committee, with translations into many languages, is now posted (https://tinyurl.com/4taxwyye). The IPC,  “an independent organization relying on publicly available information from official publications and social networks,” claims that the Israeli government “has  systematically shut down all monitoring and tracking systems, which are designed to identify and alert of adverse events that occur in proximity of receiving the vaccine.” Israel is purported to serve as a global model for nationwide vaccination, chosen by Pfizer because of its universal healthcare system and the advanced technological records of its HMOs. IPC finds an “inconceivable gap between the existing reality and the information published by the Israeli Ministry of Health and by the Israeli media.” It reports  “a high correlation between the number of people vaccinated per day and the number of deaths per day”; “a relatively high rate of cardiac-related injuries,” with 26% in persons below the age of 40; and a frequent relationship of adverse events and coagulopathy. “Never has a vaccine injured so many!” it concludes.


AAPS Calendar

Sep 30. Board meeting

Oct 1-Oct 2. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA


Liability Warning to CVS and Rite-Aid

Private corporations engaged in population-level blanket vaccination may face liability for indiscriminately injecting persons who are naturally immune or recently infected with COVID-19, writes Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D., in a letter to the CEOs of CVS and Rite-Aid. First, “vaccination of the naturally immune is simply an unnecessary medical treatment in the vast majority of such persons…. Any complications resulting from a medical treatment that is unnecessary, no matter how ‘rare,’ fit under the category of ‘unreasonable harm.’” Second, “CDC guideline indicates that persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 should wait for 3 months before getting vaccinated—this is an implicit acknowledgement that such persons are at risk of harm.” Since many infections are asymptomatic, many persons will not know that they are infected at the time of their vaccination. Dr. Noorchashm recommends consulting attorneys about the need to screen vaccine candidates with a proper history and tests for anti-viral antibodies and viral antigens (tinyurl.com/anm2pcwb).


Ban Lifted on Fetal Tissue Research

The Trump Administration’s ban on use of tissue harvested from elective abortions has been lifted (tinyurl.com/n62d76ay). The International Society for Stem Cell Research applauded HHS’s move, calling the tissue “essential” for health research. It has been used to develop vaccines and study viral infections including HIV and COVID-19 (tinyurl.com/x582mk93). Scientists who had previously worked with fetal tissue before the ban will have their projects “reinstated without further review,” making taxpayer dollars immediately available for fetal tissue purchase and experimentation (tinyurl.com/xhhkkz94). There is no longer any ethical oversight of such research (tinyurl.com/wph9yrz5). Material allegedly may be obtained from illegal trafficking of fetal body parts. Former California attorneys general Kamala Harris and Xavier Becerra filed criminal charges against journalist David Daleiden for making undercover videos of Planned Parenthood personnel (tinyurl.com/2y5u5ndj). U.S. District William Orrick has issued a permanent injunction blocking release of some 200 hours of footage obtained at a National Abortion Federation conference (tinyurl.com/2h385tfb).


FTC Acts against Marketing Vitamin D

In its first action under the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act passed in January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged St. Louis-based chiropractor Eric Nepute, D.C., and his company Quickwork, doing business as Wellness Warriors, for marketing products containing vitamin D and zinc as proven to treat or prevent COVID-19. Its videos have been viewed millions of times. The agency is asking a federal court to impose civil monetary penalties, a remedy not previously available to FTC, asserting that consumers are suffering substantial injuries (https://tinyurl.com/5rj9j45e). This enforcement action is authorized on pp 5513-5515 of the longest bill ever passed by Congress (tinyurl.com/93pzwzk). A Department of Justice press release quotes Acting FTC Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter: “The defendants’ claims that their products can stand in for approved [sic] COVID-19 vaccines are particularly troubling: we need to be doing everything we can to stop bogus health claims that endanger consumers…. With this case, the Commission has quickly put to use its new authority to stop false marketing claims related to the pandemic” (https://tinyurl.com/2zpzvwwt).


Tip of the Month: HIPAA Compliance Scam. The nightmare of receiving a postcard notice from HHS about a HIPAA compliance assessment triggers fear of massive fines and permanent scars on a physician’s record.  Full compliance with HIPAA is difficult, perhaps nearly impossible, for small practices.  Large practices benefit from the too-big-to-fail favoritism.  But fortunately many of these notices are not official, and HHS is even warning physicians not to be misled by unauthorized attempts to take money (https://tinyurl.com/sncwcw89).


Weimar Judge’s Home Ransacked by Police

After prohibiting the mandates for masks, distancing, and testing imposed in two schools in Weimar, Germany, District Court judge Christian Dettmar was raided by police. His office, private premises, and car were searched, and his cell phone was confiscated. This was the first time that evidence on the reasonableness and necessity of the anti-COVID measures had been presented before a German court.  The complaint was brought by a mother, who said that “the children are harmed physically, psychologically and pedagogically and their rights are violated, without this being offset by any benefit for the children themselves or third parties.” The judge concluded that “100,000 elementary school students would have to put up with all the side effects of wearing masks for a week in order to prevent just one infection per week. To call this result merely disproportionate would be…wholly inadequate…. Rather, it shows…a factual disconnect that has reached historic proportions” (tinyurl.com/4f7x7tb7).


AAPS Files Brief in Case against ABMS

AAPS v. American Board of Medical Specialties, originally filed in April 2013, is finally ready for review by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, after being dismissed by the district court.

ABMS insists that its costly proprietary Maintenance of Certification (MOC®) product is “entirely voluntary,” and it is merely the fortunate beneficiary of requirements by others to purchase its product. AAPS alleges that ABMS plays an active role in having others require MOC®, without which physicians may be excluded from hospital medical staffs or insurance networks. Agreements that would unlawfully restrain trade are not posted on public websites and can only be revealed through discovery.

“By insisting on dismissal without discovery, ABMS implicitly seeks a special exemption from the Sherman [Antitrust] Act available only to the lucky few like Major League Baseball,” writes AAPS general counsel Andrew Schlafly (tinyurl.com/cyj2m7jt). “As a commercial entity having no accountability to government, customers, or the public, ABMS is not entitled to an exemption from judicial review of how it compels purchase of its unwanted product.” He notes that when conduct compelling purchase of MOC®  restrains trade so perniciously that state legislatures prohibit it, judicial review is warranted. “Medical services are highly personal and not fungible as widgets…are, and antitrust injury occurs when patients are denied access.”


Correspondence

Skeptics’ Thought Processes. The New York Times describes a study done by Dr. Saad Omer et al. from the Yale Institute for Global Health to determine the thinking behind “vaccine skepticism” (https://tinyurl.com/4hcyffcd). Apparently, going into the study the prevailing concept was that those who do not defer to government claims of the safety of vaccines simply need to be “educated” because they are uninformed and ignorant. Though not specifically stated in the article, the same prevailing concept among liberals/progressives/socialists may apply to socialism. If only the socialists could provide more education (indoctrination), people would see that socialism is the most “equal” system to ensure prosperity for all.  But the study found that the issue was gut beliefs or moral intuitions. “Skeptics were much more likely than nonskeptics to have a highly developed sensitivity for liberty —the rights of individuals—and to have less deference to those in positions of power.” This understanding potentially provides  “new tools for public health officials scrambling to try to persuade people to get vaccinated.” Informed consent, like liberty and individual rights, is something that just has to go so that the liberal/progressive/socialist agenda can advance. However, a  substantial percentage of people in this country do not want to be “cured” of what progressives view as a “disease.”

 Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY


Goalposts Changed. For monitoring “breakthrough” infections post-vaccine, CDC will be sequencing specimens that have a positive PCR at a cycle threshold (Ct) value of ≤ 28 (tinyurl.com/ne9ybehv). As Alex Berenson points out, that threshold would exclude more than 90% of COVID “cases” (tinyurl.com/dfde83n4). Anthony Fauci said in a July 2020 videotaped interview that tests of asymptomatic individuals run at a Ct of 37 to 40—which has been standard for CDC and others up until now—have an average false positive rate of 97%. Yet he and the CDC have continued to call them cases—until now. This seems to me to demonstrate a willful plan to dramatically reduce the percentage of positive test results, using a test whose Nobel-laureate discoverer warned could and should never be used to diagnose any infection. Think of all the things that are shut down by a test without disclosing the Ct. I think it is the greatest manipulation in history. Worse than useless tests are creating the very “pandemic” itself, along with the devastating consequences of the response, including more deaths than from the virus itself. This manipulation, perhaps the greatest in history, now threatens our way of life and our country’s very survival.

Bose Ravenel, M.D., Winston-Salem, NC


Full-on Psychotic over COVID. On Apr 16, Ontario premier Doug Ford announced stronger enforcement of COVID restrictions. Police and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require all individuals to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. Checkpoints at all the interprovincial borders are being set up to restrict travel. The labor minister said: “For our employers and employees, take note—this is your last warning” (youtu.be/KjLZ5pTdRsM). There are currently only 86,763 cases of COVID in all of Canada, of which only 1,089 are serious or critical. This is so crazy that there must be a reason other than health.

Joseph Scherzer, M.D., Paradise Valley, AZ



What Happened to Romania. My people were taken over by Bolsheviks after World War II and convinced that they needed social justice, which would be delivered by the newly formed Communist Party. Many fell for the lies, but large numbers did not. To convince them, the new regime confiscated their guns and took their land, their homes, their freedom of speech, press, and  assembly, until there was nothing else to take except their personal freedom. To escape prison, the rest had to comply. Once they were all securely controlled, the tyranny lasted five decades until the army had had  enough and decided to rebel alongside the oppressed masses and to provide guns to them (https://tinyurl.com/6z4xfw2w). Now, in America, youth are indoctrinated by academics who professed acceptance of divergent opinions but espouse zero tolerance for anyone who disagrees with their talking points. Typically, “liberals” have zero ability to engage unless one bows to them (https://tinyurl.com/8nz3t8wc).

Ileana Johnson, Ed.D.


Fauci Admits to Lies. When called out by Ross Douthat of the NY Times for shifting the goalposts for herd immunity, Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged that he had deliberately done so based partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks (https://tinyurl.com/hpdycx8).

John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Brownwood, TX



A National Public Health Problem. The Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” (tinyurl.com/7pzwy44c) is sobering and scary. It shows how artificial intelligence and sophisticated algorithms are employed by social media to shape and prompt information specifically designed to be attractive and addicting to individual users. It’s analogous to heroin dealers giving out free samples. It contributes to radicalization and segmentation of people, isolation, and misery, and is especially dangerous to children.

Lee Beecher, M.D., Maple Grove, MN



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AAPS News April 2021 – Transhumanism

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Volume 77, no. 4  April 2021

The desire of certain human beings to conquer the world and to mold other humans to conform to their will began at the dawn of history. In Aristotle’s time, the worst possible form of government was “tyranny”—defined as the rule of one person, or of a small group of people, in their own interests and according to their will. Totalitarianism only became possible after the emergence of modern science and technology. Herodotus recounts that in Persia it was considered illegal even to think about something that was illegal to do, but the Persians were not able to enforce this, writes Larry Arnn (Imprimis 12/20, tinyurl.com/3tphn3r4).

The totalitarian dystopian novel, featuring constant spying, pervasive indoctrination, and psychological manipulation often supplemented with drugs, is a 20th century phenomenon—which the real world increasingly resembles. In the 21st century, some seek to transcend humanity entirely.

The anticipated Great Reset would bring a world in which giant corporations and government would seamlessly merge. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, predicts a “fusion of our physical, digital, and biological identities” in his book Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Microchip and other technology will “lift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness.” It will allow authorities to “intrude into the hitherto private space of our minds, reading our thoughts and influencing our behavior” (Whistleblower, November 2020).

COVID-19: Facilitating the Transition

Pandemic fears have led people to embrace a 2,000-year-old discovery that forcing people to cover their nose and mouth broke their will and began to delete their individuality. As AAPS past president Lee Hieb Merritt, M.D., points out, rituals of the old religion (Satanism) involve wearing masks, washing hands, and standing in a circle 6 feet apart. Masks are traditional occult symbols of obedience, submission, and transformation.

French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas theorized that human relationship and responsibility spring from an epiphany that occurs primarily in the face-to-face encounter. We dehumanize the enemy by seeing him as faceless (tinyurl.com/y4dhe9tb).

In his 1932 dystopian novel The Worker, Ernst Jünger predicted ubiquitous face masks to enforce conformity. As Thomas Crew explains in his article “The Dystopian Age of the Mask,” our “readiness to obscure the face reflects the dehumanising tendencies that…underlie the modern period, [which]…has a habit of reducing the human being to a functional object. Everything “non-essential”—everything…that makes us human—is blithely discarded.” In 1984, George Orwell described the masses as “[300] million people all with the same face” (tinyurl.com/3wzyxusr).

 Human-Digital Interface

Big Tech aims to have everyone interfaced with its computer  technology. Tracking that is rationalized as a means of pandemic control can be used to control all contacts. The health or social-credit pass is now in smart phones in Israel, Los Angeles schools, and China. This could be replaced by an implantable microchip, which could contain financial information as well as vaccination and other health data. It could be like an advanced wearable health-monitoring device, or a swipe card that you cannot lose. Members of a Swedish transhumanist community are experimenting with it (https://tinyurl.com/e9yha9e4).

Such technology, which can turn humans into digital assets in the new order, enables a cashless society. One’s ability to buy and sell could be instantly cancelled (tinyurl.com/26apce8m).

To prevent forgeries of “immunity licenses,” Govind Persad and Ezekiel Emanuel suggest cryptographic or biometric-based features (JAMA 5/6/20, https://tinyurl.com/2396xm4f).

Brain-computer interface systems similar to Neuralink “will eventually become vital to the development of augmented reality products” such as “smartglasses,” states Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (https://tinyurl.com/dt9up7zh).

And what are the implications of “augmented” (virtual) reality? In 1984, Winston Smith believes that truth is grounded in reality. O’Brien corrects him: “…reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.”

The Human Genome

The mRNA vaccines do not affect the human genome, we are assured. However, Moderna’s chief medical officer, Tal Zaks, states in a TED talk that “we are actually hacking the software of life.” Moderna describes our genes and their transcription into proteins as “our operating system” (tinyurl.com/n9jys4zb) and its vaccine as a “computer operating system” (tinyurl.com/y3zjfcud). Genetic engineering, along with robotics, molecular nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence, is seen as a tool for transforming humanity into a post-human species. “The Covid-19 pandemic is providing gene-based vaccines a chance to break through into the global health market” (https://tinyurl.com/cnfjmzr4). China is in the forefront of the competition, and it reportedly already has the world’s largest database of genetic material—80 million profiles (https://tinyurl.com/539cfxvf). It is collecting more, with coronavirus test kits supplied by a firm financed by Bill Gates (https://tinyurl.com/n7t8z6hb).

What, then, is humanity? Or reality? Or ethics?


Anti-Lockdown Protests Sweep Globe

Greatly underplayed by the American media, protesters chanting  “freedom” in several languages took to the streets in some 40 countries on the first anniversary of coronavirus lockdowns. Dr. Simone Gold called it “one of the largest global protests in history” (tinyurl.com/8ruxpv7z). The largest occurred in London, where people were also protesting the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will crack down on demonstrations. One London protester said people may ask  what it achieves, but “resistance breeds resistance,” and the large numbers of ordinary people instilled a “feeling of hope” he thought many had given up (https://tinyurl.com/y3xb6sy5).


Vaccination Reports

$4 Billion Pledge: The Biden Administration has pledged $4 billion to the COVAX program to purchase 1.3 billion vaccine doses for poor countries and for a no-fault compensation program for vaccine injuries in 92 low- and mid-income countries (https://tinyurl.com/t7yhrn56).

Chinese Vaccine Gambit: Three companies are developing  inactivated whole-virus vaccines, and one is using an adenovirus vector to carry the spike gene. Since China now has too few cases to do efficacy testing, it has brokered deals to test in 14 countries.  It could probably turn out 1.5 billion doses within a year. “A strategic goal of the Chinese government is to achieve hegemonic influence in the bioeconomy within the next decade.” The vaccine program is helping to build good will for its Belt and Road Initiative, which has been called “ ‘debt-trap’ diplomacy that is a form of neo-colonialism.” (Science 12/11/20).

Mandates: Boris Johnson: “Care home workers will be required by law to have the vaccine.” Vladimir Putin: “Vaccination, of course, is a voluntary decision for every person.”

Ovarian Function: Studies of the effect of COVID vaccines on ovarian reserve are just now beginning. Completion is expected in February 2022 (clinicaltrials.gov).

Astra-Zeneca Product “Safe” despite Blood Clots: Countries

that suspended use because of a higher-than-expected incidence of clotting resumed it after the European Medicines Agency said its benefits continue to outweigh risk—although “causality cannot be excluded” (https://tinyurl.com/b2fetbyt).


W. Daniel Jordan, M.D.: R.I.P.

Dr. W. Daniel Jordan, a vascular surgeon who joined AAPS in 1966, died Mar 11, 2021, at age 86. He was president in 1978-79, treasurer from 2010-2020, and a member of the board of directors in some capacity almost continuously since 1975. He is the author of the AAPS Principles of Medical Ethics. For many years, he was our volunteer meeting planner. A tireless advocate for the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, his contributions are immeasurable.


“I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently.”

C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, 1943


Whom Can We Trust?

Johnson & Johnson: J&J has paid billions in criminal settlements and has never produced a vaccine before. Its history includes a “phantom recall” of Motrin 1B tablets; marketing Topamax, Natrecor, and Risperdal for unapproved uses; supplying opioid for making OxyContin (https://tinyurl.com/3ej84se5).

CDC: Screenshot from cdc.gov/nCoV dated 2/5/20: “DO NOT use facemasks” (emphasis in original). “Limited person-to-person spread, most associated with close contact with a patient with confirmed 2019-nCoV, has been seen outside of China.”

Pfizer:  In 2009, Pfizer paid $2.3 billion to settle the largest healthcare fraud case in history because of illegal marketing of Geodon, Zyvox, Lyrica, and Bextra, and submitting claims that did not qualify for payment. Bextra, promoted for uses and at dosages the FDA declined to approve owing to safety concerns, was pulled from the market in 2005  (tinyurl.com/jy8b7emt).

FDA: A whistleblower alleged that FDA “failed to address ‘biohazard nightmare’ at Merck vaccine plant.” It is not even clear whether FDA will require full inspections of manufacturing plants because transparency has been “notably absent in Operation Warp Speed” (https://tinyurl.com/fmpnnpej).

Gilead Sciences: The maker of remdesivir has “21 billion reasons” to discredit hydroxychloroquine, based on its share price. “In the history of medicine, no single drug has been so singularly attacked by the media, World Health Organization, government officials and institutional health experts,” writes James Todaro, M.D., who details Gilead’s influence on clinical investigations and the approval process (https://tinyurl.com/4w8ve2v4).

NIH: Judicial Watch (JW) has sued for records pertaining to grants provided to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (tinyurl.com/rfvwscz8). Previously, JW obtained 300 pages of emails of Dr. Anthony Fauci related to WHO’s support of China’s response to COVID (https://tinyurl.com/xhcknd34).

Merck: After praising its now-out-of-patent drug ivermectin (IVM) since the end of the 1970s, Merck issued a Feb 4 press release claiming there is no scientific evidence for its efficacy in COVID-19 (tinyurl.com/58z696da). Based solely on this press release, Le Moniteur des Pharmacies declared that “ivermectin is out” (https://tinyurl.com/yf6fp4n3). The release was instantly shared by lobbyists. Approval of IVM for COVID would cost the industry about €10 billion, and could disrupt the mass vaccination, tracking, and other globalist campaigns (tinyurl.com/3j85vs). On Jan 25, Merck announced that it was dropping two vaccine candidates because they were inferior to natural immunity, but it is  working on an oral antiviral (https://tinyurl.com/52nahcf4) and  helping to manufacture the J&J vaccine.


AAPS Calendar

Sep 30. Board meeting

Oct 1-Oct 2. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA


Suspicious Orders Report System (SORS)

A long list of entities, including practitioners (formerly known as physicians), pharmacies, labs, and narcotic treatment programs, are now legally required to report “suspicious orders” of controlled substances to a centralized database (tinyurl.com/vke329vk).  “The bar for ‘suspicious’ seems pretty low,” writes Dr. Lawrence Huntoon, “and I anticipate that this will become yet another ‘tool’ in the sham peer review toolbox.”        


Teachers Sue over Mandatory COVID Vaccine

Employees of the second-largest school district in the U.S. filed suit last week to prevent the district from mandating COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. Guidance from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) told employees that “You will provide proof of vaccination via the DailyPass.”

DailyPass is a COVID-tracking system developed by Microsoft that will scan employees and students using a barcode before they can enter school each day. It will coordinate health checks, COVID tests, and vaccinations. Data will be reported to public health authorities and LAUSD healthcare collaborators.

Employees were not informed that they must by law have the option to refuse products available only under an Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) (tinyurl.com/kkabt3tk).

The complaint filed by California Educators for Medical Freedom states that the right “to avoid the imposition of human experimentation is fundamental, and has its roots in the Nuremberg Code of 1947.” It is codified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and adopted by the California Legislature. “The standard is indeed so universally recognized that it constitutes a jus cogens norm under international law” (tinyurl.com/4rrchmth).


Doctors Destroyed by Criminal Justice System

A longtime urologist and renowned researcher Joseph E. Oesterling, M.D., was acquitted of all criminal charges, but at age 64 left medicine, trained as a mechanic, and bought an auto repair business. His nightmare began with a SWAT-style raid on his practice while he was preparing a patient for a procedure. At the same time, agents were shattering glass to break into his home. He had “helped out” by taking over a family practice until a replacement could be found; many of the patients were on chronic pain meds. After he won his acquittal, he faced new charges of placing false information in patient records, owing to the auto-population features of the electronic health record. At that point, he accepted a plea agreement (https://tinyurl.com/e395srn6).

Two Dallas spine surgeons were convicted, as almost always happens at trial. Dr. Michael Rimlawi was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison and Dr. Douglas Won to 5 years. These talented surgeons helped pioneer innovative techniques that cut the risk of infection and sped up recovery. They received  payment  for referrals to Forest Park Medical Center as part of an allegedly illegal bribery and kickback scheme (tinyurl.com/yhahh6ed). According to AAPS general counsel Andrew Schlafly, Dr. Rimlawi obtained a legal opinion confirming that the practice was lawful before he participated in it, but was prosecuted anyway. Previously,  2 to 3 years was a long sentence for a physician, but longer terms are increasingly common. Is success in medicine now a crime?


Tip of the Month: HIPAA and e-Prescribing. E-prescribing alone does not trigger HIPAA covered entity status because e-prescribing is not a covered transaction. HHS has not defined standards for e-prescribing. HHS provides a list of what it considers to be covered transactions (https://tinyurl.com/688jth6v). Generally, standard transactions are those that involve an insurance inquiry, transaction, claim, or authorization for payment. They do not usually include electronic transmissions unrelated to insurers. A 2014 publication from AmeriCares states: “Even though e-prescribing involves an electronic transaction that contains health information, it is not a standard transaction for purposes of HIPAA.” However, if the e-prescribing software you use is also used to electronically handle a prior authorization with the insurer, then it might trigger HIPAA because prior authorizations are a covered transaction type. But if insurance is not involved then that likely won’t be an issue. Or the doctor could perhaps not enter any insurance information into the e-prescribing tool and let the pharmacy handle that on its end.


Israel Sued in International Criminal Court

Anshei Emet (People of Truth) has filed suit in The Hague, asserting that Israel’s warp-speed vaccination campaign is a medical experiment that violates the Nuremberg Code and is a crime against humanity. It asks the court to demand an immediate stop to the vaccination campaign, a repeal of sanctions against those who do not take the vaccine, and a cancellation of Israel’s agreement with Pfizer. The suit even claims that “the Ministry of Health openly admitted that 41% of police persons, military, education and medical personnel who were vaccinated suffered severe side effects and life-endangering” (tinyurl.com/vnyph2xu).


Compensation for Vaccine Injuries

Medical countermeasures for COVID-19 are covered under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) of 2005.  The PREP Act provides immunity from legal liability for manufacturers, distributors, program planners, licensed health professionals, and others authorized to administer a vaccine, except for “willful misconduct.” It authorizes a Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP), distinct from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) that applies to FDA-approved products. CICP claims must be filed within 1 year of the injury, and are adjudicated by an administrative, not a judicial process. Available benefits include unreimbursed medical costs for serious physical injuries, lost employment income, and survivor death benefits—but not legal costs. The standard of proof for a vaccine-related injury is higher than in the VICP, and rests on results of blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trials.

The CICP received 494 claims related to a covered countermeasure in the 2009 influenza A/H1N1 epidemic; 450 claims were deemed ineligible for compensation. Since the program began, compensation has been provided for only 29 claims totaling more than $6 million (JAMA 2/23/21, tinyurl.com/35jdcdnh).

“To date, the authorized vaccines appear to be extraordinarily safe. People should understand that the benefit for individuals and for society far exceeds the risk of harm from a vaccine,” concludes author H. Cody Meissner, who is a member of two government advisory committees on vaccines.


Correspondence

“Normal” Side Effects. A nurse volunteer in a phase 3 trial for the Pfizer vaccine experienced a fever of 104.9, the highest in her life, a splitting headache, and injection site pain so severe she could hardly move her arm. She said we need to fight vaccine misinformation and make people understand that what they may experience is normal. Clinicians “should reassure patients that the symptoms come because the body is training itself to fight the virus” (tinyurl.com/j2nkprwu). But there are many things that we don’t know, such as what effects the vaccine may have on people with autoimmune disorders. A fever of 105 could worsen an underlying condition, sometimes permanently. Remember that some patients subjected to the hot bath test to diagnose multiple sclerosis never recovered from the deficits it provoked. 

 Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY


Drop by Drop. “Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo” (a drop cuts through stone not by force, but by constant dripping), wrote Ovid. The tool used to replace capitalism with communism was disinformation, drop by daily drop, aided by a Marxist media, corrupt politicians, and corrupt teachers, over a long period of time, carving permanent holes, and building mighty stalactites and stalagmites, in cavernous darkness, away from the sanitizing sunlight. This was explained by Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest ranking Soviet Bloc defector to the West. Gen. Pacepa called disinformation the “bubonic plague” of our modern life. Stalin used disinformation to “dispossess a third of the world and to transform it into a string of gulags.” Unimaginable wealth had been confiscated and 100 million political dissenters and innocents killed to facilitate such theft of wealth and power. In America, communist disinformation has over many decades manipulated all religions, public education, politics, all levels of government, the military, mainstream media, books, magazines, Hollywood, and higher education. It will take generations to reverse the dangerous trend once the web of deceit has been spun so masterfully.

Ileana Johnson, Ed.D., https://tinyurl.com/2mwdckv6


Reduce Air-borne Spread.  Advice from Dr. Quinyang Chen, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue, editor-in-chief of Building and  Environment, and expert on HVAC systems: Most rooftop systems for small commercial buildings and unitary systems for hotels and dormitories could have 100% intake of fresh outside air; check your system. Install non-stop exhaust fans in toilets and waiting rooms—you certainly want those risk areas to have a lower pressure. Always close the toilet lid before flushing.

Laurence Marsteller, M.D., Tucson, AZ


Crisis of Confidence. If the major tech companies and the media were confident that their worldview could prevail over the conservative worldview, they would not be censoring the opposition and filtering the news…. If the socialists were confident that their program was palatable before the general public, they would not be trying to manipulate the election system so that fraud would be more easily committed (tinyurl.com/27tkxj7b)….

Joseph Guarino, M.D., Reidsville, NC


Nothing Happens Naturally Anymore. A line from a 1972 book entitled The Master, a collection of autobiographical stories by Bryan MacMahon, seems very applicable to life in 2021: “For the first eleven years of my life Ireland was part of the British Empire, with all the indignities that connoted. I then experienced the first fever of liberty; I now dread the new imperialism of materialism, its prime weapon manipulation. In my bones and brain I am convinced that nothing happens naturally any more, that everything and everyone is engineered by schemers and conditioned by image, projection, package, and presentation.”

John Littell, M.D., Kissimmee, FL



Warning Ignored. At age 94, during my months of quarantine in  my independent living facility, I am recording my reminiscences, my thoughts from the “old school.” In the 1970s, I was much criticized by my peers because I warned them that the insurance that was providing them income never before considered possible  was going to become their master. They were blinded by those incomes. They abandoned their leadership roles in hospitals and  national, state, and local medical societies. My recommendation to start a unified society of M.D.s and D.O.s to challenge government and corporate entry into medical care received no support. 

Lindsay Pratt, M.D., Sun City Center, FL


The mRNA Vaccines. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines insert genetic material into your cells, and as Bill Gates has described it, “you essentially turn your body into its own manufacturing unit”: you become a spike protein factory. You literally become a GMO. This approach will generate immunity, but could possibly result in long-term auto-immune reactions. We just don’t know.

GMO crops produce better yields, yet many people are suspicious and only buy foods that say “non-GMO” on their labels. I wonder whether those people will take a vaccine that turns them into GMOs, or will they remember the purple cow poem and think: “I never saw a GMO,/ I never hope to see one;/ But I can tell you, anyho’,/ I’d rather see than be one.”

Russell Kamer, M.D., https://tinyurl.com/jrzcknyx

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AAPS News March 2021 – Going Viral

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Volume 77, no. 3  March 2021

The wokeness mob’s attempt to cancel six popular children’s books by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) might push us toward a tipping point and an awakening. The motive is ostensibly to wipe out a virus of racism lurking in a few cartoons. These conceivably might be micro- (or nano or pico) aggressions.

An affiliate of the Southern Poverty Law Center declared the books racist, but Tucker Carlson says they were targeted precisely because they are not. Rather, they take a “race-neutral” approach. The Plain-Belly and the Star-Belly Sneetches’ ultimate “acceptance” of each other “doesn’t address the idea that historical narratives impact present-day power structures,” writes program associate Gabriel Smith (https://tinyurl.com/334sjhvp).

Ironically, Geisel was a leftist whose progressive views suffused his writings. “Generations of progressive activists may not trace their political views to their early exposure to Dr. Seuss, but without doubt this shy…genius played a role in sensitizing them to abuses of power,” writes Peter Dreier (tinyurl.com/yzne5aa7). Geisel was one of the earliest to fight anti-Semitism and racism.

Objections to implanting progressive or woke views into vulnerable children would be “fascist”—but they must be guarded against positive views of Western culture or American history.

The wokeness virus threatens to become incorporated into our cultural genome. Will persons born white be constantly trying to atone for “white privilege”? Will white physicians constantly have to document efforts to eradicate racial injustice in medicine (see JAMA 8/4/20)—originally perpetrated by the AMA?

Dr. Nathan Davis, considered AMA’s father, excluded women and blacks from the house of delegates. His bust has been removed from public view, and his name from an award, writes CEO James Madara (tinyurl.com/c7cnr3bf). Just recently, however, AMA honored Thomas Huxley (JAMA 8/18/20), though he once said that “no rational man…believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less the superior of the white man” (Lay Sermons, Addresses, and Reviews, New York, Appleton, 1871, p 20). But Edward Livingstone, M.D., “who is White,” had to resign as JAMA deputy editor over a February 2021 podcast in which he questioned the concept of systemic racism and said, “Many of us are offended by the concept that we are racist.” Editor-in-chief Howard Bauchner, M.D., called the podcast “offensive” and “hurtful” (https://tinyurl.com/wr4ewrty).

In the wokeness culture, sticks, stones, and broken bones might be tolerated, but not words that might give offense—or those who use them.  We must bid “goodbye to cultural icons, large and small—goodbye to all vestiges of the past, replete with their ‘bigoted’ value systems,” writes Ben Shapiro, so that individuals can “self-create” (tinyurl.com/4268zxtb).

 What Is a Human Being?

Disconnected from cultural moorings, atomized individuals  will not be liberated, but treated as vectors of literal or metaphorical viruses, who must be sufficiently vaccinated and tracked. Living a somewhat normal daily life is fast becoming a privilege. Will handing out electronic permission slips become a new function of physicians, asks Pat Conrad, M.D. (tinyurl.com/yrj7x5fc). Will medical boards or insurers require constant logging of a patient’s COVID status and documentation of vaccination counseling, as with controlled-substances data bases or smoking cessation? Will every communication be screened for subversive content?

Engineered  Language

Viral memes, like the genetically modified COVID-19 products, are engineered. Merriam-Webster altered the definition of “vaccine” for the occasion. On Feb 5, 2021, the definition was: “a preparation of killed microorganisms, living attenuated organisms, or living fully virulent organisms, that is administered to produce or artificially to increase immunity to a particular disease.” As of Feb 6, a “vaccine” is: “a preparation that is administered…to stimulate the body’s immune response against a specific infectious disease…. (b) a preparation of genetic material (such as a strand of synthesized messenger RNA) that is used by the cells of the body to produce an antigenic substance (such as a fragment of virus spike protein).” Vaccines are generally viewed as long-established and safe, though they are biologic agents, subject to a less stringent regulatory regime than drugs. The COVID products are novel, bioengineered, genetically modified biologic agents. They are vaccines only by a socially modified definition. As with vaccines, their manufacturers are immune from product liability.

Is There a Freedom (or Logic) Virus?

There are signs of resistance. When an Israeli airline forced a father and an 18-month-old off a flight because the child would not wear a mask, all the other passengers deplaned also in solidarity (tinyurl.com/rrssf7p6). Mask-burning rallies in many Idaho cities trigger woke activists (tinyurl.com/rwnpb2ps). With Lockdown 3.0 descending on Britain, “only dissent can save us now,” writes Irish science journalist Peter Andrews (tinyurl.com/nsnmx3yw). “It is time to draw a line in the sand.” Physicians, such as Dr. Mark Trozzi of Canada, are “surrendering personal income and security” to speak out (tinyurl.com/2zczz9eh).

Fortunately, Yertle the Turtle and Horton Hears a Who! are still acceptable. The small can bring down the mighty—if Jo-Jo, the “smallest of all” the Whos, speaks out to save the entire community. What if doctors and patients spoke out together?


Transmission of Respiratory Viruses

In an articled censored from ResearchGate but preserved elsewhere, Dennis G. Rancourt states that the seasonal pattern of excess respiratory-disease mortality can be explained quantitatively on the sole basis of absolute humidity. Influenza’s basic  reproduction number (R0) varies between humid-summer values of just larger than 1 and dry-winter values typically as large as 4.

He also argues that masks cannot work because the minimal  infective dose may be as low as one virion (tinyurl.com/wk7z75vc).


Profit before Science

Massive advertising revenues, reprint deals, and payoffs to the editors create near-complete corporate control of the only physician information source, writes Robert Yoho, M.D., in his 2020 book Butchered by Healthcare (tinyurl.com/mvandtw7). The “big five” most respected medical journals, Lancet, JAMA, BMJ, NEJM, and Annals of Internal Medicine, are all contaminated with this commercial bias, he states. 

A single positive trial may be reprinted in hundreds of different venues. Unfavorable reports are frequently concealed, e.g., the Australian studies that suggested Tamiflu™ was worthless.

The Annals lost more than $1 million in revenue when it published a study about drug advertising harms.

Profit margins at scientific publishing companies average a sensational 35%. Other successful publishers average 10%.


Vaccine Morbidity & Mortality

Typical narrative by nursing home worker: “Patient received COVID-19 vaccine 10 A.M. By 6 P.M. developed fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and labored breathing. Next morning at 7 A.M. found dead in bed.”

Personal anecdote: Ben Stein reports “wild” side effects for 5 days, including “extremely irrational thinking” after Moderna booster. “Beware,” he said (https://tinyurl.com/jardy5xs).

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Austria, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland because of blood clots, pending investigation (tinyurl.com/cnrypn53). This vaccine uses a nonreplicating chimpanzee adenovirus with instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein inserted into its DNA (https://tinyurl.com/3z8nz6cb).

German nursing homes: COVID-19 deaths were many-fold higher in the 2 months after vaccinations began on Dec 28 than in the entire prior year (https://tinyurl.com/5cek9uv7).

VAERS reports 1,637 deaths post-COVID vaccination as of Mar 8, about 90 times the rate reported after influenza vaccine (tinyurl.com/t4yc3sys). Temporal distribution of deaths, most in the first 72 hours after the COVID jab, fails to falsify the null hypothesis of no causality (https://tinyurl.com/29cu59zr).

Deaths from disease are assumed to outweigh those from the jab. But controversial Israeli data suggests the jab may be 35 times deadlier than the disease in the elderly (tinyurl.com/94exnhbs).


“It came burning hot in my mind, whatever he said and however he flattered, when he got me to his house he would sell me for a slave.”

C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, quoting John Bunyan


ACTION OF THE MONTH

If you offer early treatment for COVID-19 by protocol similar to the McCullough or Zelenko methods, please add your name to a list we are compiling to help patients at bit.ly/covidearlytx.


Vaccine Marketing

Authorities want every person in the world to be vaccinated, and “the sale of the century” is on. In Joe Biden’s first public address to the nation as President, he promised to double the number of daily jabs from 1 to 2 million, as part of our “war footing” to defeat enemy #1, the virus. We must all also wear a mask for 100 days. Then, we could look forward to a July 4 celebration of “independence from the virus”—in a small group.

The five selling techniques described by “Off-Guardian” editor Kit Knightly are: (1) Bribery. Everyone getting jabbed is the only way “back to normal.” (2) Celebrity endorsements. Biden said that he and Vice-President Harris and the first lady and first gentleman had all been vaccinated on camera. Queen Elizabeth also took her shots. (3) Forced scarcity. People feel so lucky  to get their dose. “If they were really running out of vaccines, the papers wouldn’t be advertising them.” (4) Fake “popularity.” The oldest trick for cultivating popularity is to pretend that it already exists; hence the dubious poll that claims that “94%” of Britons have taken or plan to take the jab. (5) Inevitability. Vaccine passports to daily life are said to be coming. Maybe. But “from a purely logistical point of view, making people think there are going to be vaccine passports is much, much easier (and cheaper) than actually introducing them.” If enough people refuse to take part, the program will never work, he states.

Knightly’s “not un-positive” takeaway is that the sales effort has an air of desperation, and that the resistance to the “new normal” is a lot more widespread than the establishment ever expected it to be (https://tinyurl.com/7vyzarwy).

Are worries about vaccine passports just “conspiracy theories”? Watch Israel (tinyurl.com/3f5ayxs3). Even Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had to cancel his visit because he is not fully vaccinated (tinyurl.com/4w4kt9v7).

Israel’s “green pass” leapfrogged China in implementing digital vaccine certificates. Biden is under pressure from airlines to be a “leader” on vaccine credentials. The real leader is the Commons Project, which released its CommonPass digital “health passport” in October 2020 for a trial run. The Commons Project was started in 2018, backed by the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Economic Forum (https://tinyurl.com/y8tv5yhh).

N.Y. Senate Bill 416 authorizes the quarantine of individuals or groups who “potentially pose a threat to public health,” including forced testing and vaccinations (tinyurl.com/8ts72ex4).

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already restricted travel so that it is difficult or impossible for New Yorkers to travel out of state, writes Dr. Lawrence Huntoon. If one leaves the state, one is required to stay housebound for 14 days upon return. Local health officials have been on television, strongly encouraging people to report on their neighbors if they are violating a state mandate.


AAPS Calendar

Sep 29-Oct 2, 2021. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA


Separate but Equal?

U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Gardephe denied a motion for preliminary injunction to end mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing for children to attend N.Y. schools. Plaintiffs in Aviles v. de Blasio complain that children whose parents who do not consent to in-school testing can have access only to remote learning. Nasal swab PCR tests, allowed under an “emergency use authorization” (EUA), are considered experimental and  require informed consent. The judge seems to have adopted the legal fiction from Plessy v. Ferguson that “separate is equal,” i.e. that in-person instruction is equal to “remote learning,” writes attorney Mary Holland (tinyurl.com/4k84s83y).


Iowa Physicians May Prescribe HCQ for COVID

On Mar 29, 2020, the Iowa boards of medicine, pharmacy, physician assistants, nursing, and dentistry issued a joint statement on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), to prevent its prescription for COVID-19.  This statement was issued without any formal board action and was transmitted to all licensees via email. There appeared to be a veiled threat of disciplinary action for licensees who prescribe or fill HCQ prescriptions. On Jul 8, Sen. David Hartsuch, M.D., filed a petition with the boards asking them to rescind their statement. Despite multiple board meetings, the matter was not formally considered for 2 months. A revised statement essentially granted his petition on Sep 11. However, the boards only posted the statement on their website, and have still not informed licensees of the change in policy by direct correspondence such as email. “The boards were created by the Iowa Legislature solely to determine the qualification of licensees, and certainly not to limit the availability of life-saving treatment to our citizens,” writes Dr. Hartsuch.  “I would ask the legislature to investigate this malfeasance… and take appropriate remedial action.”


Sovereign Immunity for Pfizer

While the Pfizer product is rolling out in much of Latin America, the company has still not reached an agreement with Brazil or Argentina. According to a report on Gravitas on WIONews, Pfizer demanded that the nations pledge sovereign assets—bank reserves, military bases, and embassy buildings—as collateral to indemnify Pfizer in case of litigation, even for negligence or fraud. While bullying poor countries behind closed doors, in public Pfizer poses as a messiah to the poor. CEO Albert Bourla claims that from the beginning Pfizer and BioNTech have been “firmly committed to working toward equitable and affordable access of COVID-19 vaccines for people around the world” (https://tinyurl.com/vb8awk5d).


Facebook v. Scientific Debate

About two dozen states have introduced bills that would permit lawsuits against Facebook (tinyurl.com/et2usahp). According to the Wall Street Journal’s  editorial board, social media giants have increasingly engaged in censorship under the guise of preventing the spread of misinformation––“vetting and stigmatizing the content of reputable publishers” while “increasingly adding phony fact checks and removing articles flagged by left-leaning users without explanation” (tinyurl.com/56×88598). One example was labeling a WSJ opinion piece by Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary as “Missing Context. Independent fact-checkers say this information could mislead people.” Dr. Makary had projected that the U.S. could reach herd immunity by April. This view could dampen enthusiasm for vaccine uptake and virus-related restrictions. Facebook linked the label to the third-party “fact-checking” website Health Feedback, a member of the World Health Organization’s “Vaccine Safety Net.”

As alleged in a lawsuit filed last August (Children’s Health Defense v. Facebook, Case 3:20-cv-05787, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division), CEO Mark Zuckerberg is working with the government to suppress unwanted critiques of government officials and policies:

The framers were familiar with the English struggle and enacted the First Amendment to establish and preserve the right of the People to full information about the doings or misdoings of their government…. This case mirrors the framers’ concerns. The government cannot accomplish indirectly what the Constitution forbids it to do directly [emphasis added] (tinyurl.com/7ywxu8wx).


AAPS Files Appeal in Case against ABMS

After court-mandated mediation that was unable to resolve the issues, the case that AAPS filed in 2013 against the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will finally be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Case No. 20-3072). AAPS brought this action to end ABMS’s antitrust law violations and deceptive trade practices concerning its controversial “maintenance of certification” (ABMS MOC®) product. AAPS alleged that ABMS has conspired with specialty board organizations, health insurers, and hospitals to compel physicians to purchase and spend unjustified time and money on its proprietary product. ABMS misleadingly denigrates physicians who decline to participate in its program, by falsely implying that such physicians are of inferior quality (https://tinyurl.com/jdjwf2w).

Board-certifying organizations are revenue-driven entities, AAPS writes, despite their “non-profit” (tax-exempt) status. Executives’ self-enrichment results in part from ABMS’s restraint of trade and deceptive trade practices. ABMS’s collusive practices exclude physicians who don’t buy their product from the market and reduce patients’ access to needed services.


Tip of the Month: Beware of scams. Amidst hard times, scams are getting more diabolical.  Fake phone calls can spoof legitimate phone numbers to appear on your caller ID. Scams can pretend to be your local power company threatening to shut off service, or a government office demanding that you pay money. A recent sophisticated scam in New York involved someone pretending to be from the state medical board, declaring that a physician’s license had been suspended and demanding a refundable bond of $15,600 in order to reinstate the license. Skilled scam artists practice until they are very believable. Never, ever, pay money to anyone based merely on a surprise phone call or an email without first confirming in multiple ways that it is not a scam.  Asking for a phone number so that you can return the call at a more convenient time is a good approach, and be sure to check independently whether the number is legitimate before calling it back.


Correspondence

Words. Some version of “vaccine passports” or “immunity passports,” first being tried in Israel, are being considered in various countries—and in New York State. An academic “disinformation expert,” Renee DiResta, worried that such an idea “might frighten

people into believing that the government is forcing an intervention on you,” according to a NY Times article (https://tinyurl.com/225vuut3). Isn’t it? She is aghast that California parents opposed removal of vaccine exemptions as “tyrannical government intrusion.” How dare they! The real disinformation is to equate insisting on informed consent with being “anti-vaccination.” Proponents of mandates view those who hold fast to individual freedom as “selfish nationalists” who, not acting for the globalist good, need to be punished by severely restricting where they can go. Chinese communists have perfected this approach with their “social credit score.” The late Madeleine Pelner Cosman, a medical lawyer, asked: “Who Owns Your Body?” (https://tinyurl.com/5f7urvjx). In communist China, clearly the government owns every citizen’s body.

We must insist that words be used correctly, and that true disinformation and those who distribute it be fully exposed.  

 Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY


Risk Reduction. The relative risk vs. absolute risk phenomenon is what pharmaceutical companies regularly use to deceive people legally, because both calculations are true. They use relative risk for “efficacy,” and absolute for “safety.” It is a huge issue. The only truthful “efficacy” statistic is the actual/absolute risk reduction figure (ARR), which, in the case of the two mRNA vaccines is 0.8%, a figure that would sink any vaccine if there were any honest investigative journalism. The ARR is needed to calculate the number needed to vaccinate (NNTV), the number who must be inoculated to benefit one person. To prevent a single case of COVID-19, 176–1370 people would need to get an mRNA jab.

Bose Ravenel, M.D., Winston-Salem, NC


Need to Save Lives NowIt is our responsibility as physicians not to wait for perfect evidence when making life-and-death decisions. Given the safety profile of vitamin D, the 40% prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S., and the fact that this season will likely be the deadliest phase of the pandemic to date, we need to act now. Identifying and eradicating vitamin D deficiency with early and aggressive supplementation in COVID-19 has the potential to save thousands of lives and should be one of our highest public health priorities (tinyurl.com/j4vfb23c).

Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H. 17th U.S. Surgeon General


Mask Benefit vs. Harm.  Let’s follow the science. In a new study, D.G. Rancourt, author of more than 100 research papers in leading peer-reviewed journals, found the adjusted risk of death from COVID-19 to be 0.002%, five times less than the risk of dying from a car accident, and any risk reduction from face masks is too small to be detected using usual and established statistical criteria. But prolonged mask wearing causes significant harm and disability to healthy individuals (tinyurl.com/4k4tv3yj).

Marilyn Singleton, M.D., Redondo Beach, CA


“Great Reset” Agenda. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its master planner, calls for the “building of trust” in the massive public relations campaign for the Great Reset (AAPS News, November 2020). He has striven to hide his own family background, which, according to investigative reporter Johnny Vedmore, included participation in Nazi and South African atomic-bomb programs and eugenics-influenced population control programs (https://tinyurl.com/sntawkws). Vedmore asks: “Is Klaus Schwab trying to create the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or is he trying to create the Fourth Reich?”

Willie Soon, Ph.D., Salem, MA 


Mask History. On Nov 9, 1918, San Francisco jails had standing room only as 1,000 were arrested for defying the mask mandate—apparently no social distancing required. Even Mayor Davie of Oakland was jailed. Those who couldn’t pay the $5 fine were jailed for 48 hours. In 1919, the U.S. Navy surgeon general wrote, “No evidence was presented which would justify compelling persons at large to wear masks during an epidemic.” In February 2020, Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted that people should stop buying masks, as they were not effective in preventing the public from catching coronavirus.

Twila Brase, R.N., P.H.N., cchfreedom.org


CQ in Africa. Once the most important therapeutic drug in the control of malaria, the use of chloroquine (CQ) had been compromised by the appearance of resistance in the deadliest strain, Plasmodium falciparum. At the end of last century, several countries of Africa followed a recommendation of WHO and officially discontinued the use of CQ, replacing it with artemisinin. But the resistance of P. falciparum to CQ rapidly declined, and its sensitivity to CQ re-emerged. An accurate analysis of household use of CQ in sub-Saharan Africa has shown that its consumption does not reflect the national policies of the African countries, as it continues to be used at high rates. Might this be related to the relatively low impact of COVID-19 (tinyurl.com/x6ux7wwe)?

Jeremy Snavely, Tucson, AZ



 

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