Thursday, April 30, 2020

Welcome to DaTwilight Zone-DaInmates are now fully in charge!

If you can keep your head while those about you are losing their minds……..maybe you are the one that is insane? If Coronavirus has done one thing – it has exposed our national religion – FEAR! How so? Easy – we are told that in order to stay alive – we must stop living – with a serious face, no less! And most of us comply.


How in the world did all those generations before us survive without having such smart people in charge as we have now? Are we delusional?

It is not only Corona. We are told that American troops need to be stationed in 800 + bases around DaWorld to fight tyranny and communism – and spread democracy!

What is taught in most educational institutions – NOW – in America? WeADOPTED tyranny and communism!

Communism was never able to close Christian churches around the world – America did and DaChurches kneeled in obeisance – to DaState!

Congress – as usual – holds an emergency session and throws more money at DaProblem which goes mostly to guess who? Those who CREATED it! Can’t let Wall Street down, eh?
Question – where does that $$$$$$ come from? Don’t even bother asking – FEDONOMICS!
(Folks – you gotta read the list in this article with comments by Stockman. The best one: That’s right, folks. A cool $Billion. Do you have any idea how stupid your Congressman thinks you are? – CL)

Honest confession – Twenty years ago I was just as DD&B (deaf, dumb&blind) as most others are today – that’s the trouble with reading. In fact, since only 5 years ago when I started this Crush Limbraw website and DaLimbrawLibrary, I have had to change some more of my ingrained presuppositions and false premises. Discovering truth is a process – not an end state!

Unfortunately, most folks I encounter on the internet are still fighting DaLastWar – even if it ended decades ago – and they insist I catch up to what they learned half a lifetime ago and which they ASSUMED was DaTruth forever.
Furthermore – they refuse to look at any evidence which might disturb their present delusions.
That is WILLFUL ignorance! Broad is the way to destruction………

Finally – I am burned out by this Coronavirus Mania. If you look at the right column Link List, you will see some of my primary sources for information. Lately, when I read Drudge, I am ready to run and hide in DaCloset.  On the other hand, Vox Day, Lew Rockwell and Unz are my primary leads to insights by some very good writers. You should check them out and others you find.

It you’re serious about our future as a society and culture, you need to become the solid, stable member of your community who is not swayed by every shift of wind that comes along. America has descended into comfort and conformity – those days are over, folks.
That is history – no exceptions!
 Get to work – NOW!

By Jim Quinn:
My views on trust remain exactly as they were two years ago. I despise the ruling class, constituting the financial mafia family of the Wall Street cabal and their Fed puppets, powerful corporate interests, crooked captured politicians, military industrial complex warmongers, shadowy billionaires, and Deep State surveillance state operatives. Now is the time to determine who you really can trust as we enter a period of vital decisions and harrowing danger.

I do not trust my government. I do not trust the puppet politician front men for the Deep State. I do not trust the mega-corporations who dominate our economy. I do not trust central bankers and their Wall Street owners. I do not trust the fake news corporate media. I do not trust the military industrial complex. I do not trust the leaders of organized religion. - by Jim Quinn

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Pandemic Isn’t the Threat – the Paradigm Is - By Bretigne Shaffer

“For centuries, people have been aware that being out in public carries certain risks – among them, the risk that one might contract a disease from another person. Never before have people widely asserted that they have the right to demand that everyone around them take all possible precautions at whatever cost to themselves to make this environment absolutely risk free. If, as the mandatory vaccination proponents contend, we can demand that everyone around us take every conceivable precaution against every communicable disease, what else can we demand of them?
“What are some other risky practices Americans should no longer tolerate from each other? Going out in public with a cold?”
I wrote this almost exactly five years ago. I was trying to come up with extreme examples to illustrate the absurdity of the demands made by those who would force vaccines on everyone, based on the premise that not taking every possible precaution against being infected by a pathogen constitutes an aggression against those around you.

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It turns out my attempts to outdo the absurdity of this argument did not go nearly far enough. It turns out that probably nothing ever could. The past five weeks have made this clear.
Just to recap:
Vast swathes of the world’s economy have been ordered to come to a standstill–the impact of which will be devastating for millions of people around the globe who stand to lose their jobs, their businesses and possibly their food supplies–all because of modeling that warned of as many as 2.2 million deaths in the US and 500,000 in the UK if those governments did not impose drastic restrictions on the people of those countries.
But when data scientists have actually examined the results of the lockdowns that were imposed, they have found no evidence that they have helped to contain the spread of Covid-19, or indeed, to “flatten the curve”, while those places that did not imposelockdowns are not faring any worse than the ones that did.
In the US, with the exception of a very few cities like New York City, hospitals are anything but overwhelmed. Many are actually shutting down or furloughing staff because of the sudden drop in elective procedures. China’s lockdowns have ended, and the government of Iran is beginning to lift lockdowns there. But here in California, instead of simply declaring the lockdown over, Governor Newsom has assembled a task force to examine the question of how best to end it.
Why? Did he need a task force to implement the lockdown? No. Nor will he ever be made to pay for the human and economic (are the two really separate?) costs of these unprecedented authoritarian moves.

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But that is the nature of political systems: The people making the decisions are not the ones who will suffer their consequences. Government entities are–by design–not accountable for their actions. And that is the whole problem. What we are facing right now is not the threat of a deadly pandemic. We are facing the threat of a deadly paradigm.
It is a paradigm that tells us that the best way to deal with threats–especially big, scary threats that could impact us all and potentially kill a lot of people–is for a central authority to make decisions that are then imposed by force on everyone else. (The pushers of this paradigm like to leave out the whole lack of accountability thing.)
To a panicked population, this might sound reasonable. “Freedom and individual rights are all well and good when things are fine,” people may tell themselves, “but this is an emergency! We need the parental figure of the state to step in and do something!”
Don’t laugh. It’s how a lot of people actually think. Or rather, it’s how they don’t think. Because if they were thinking, they would notice the catastrophic results all around them of allowing central authorities to make decisions in crises like this.
They might also remember that we all learned an important lesson about this in the Twentieth Century. You remember: That was the century when a bunch of places “experimented” with totalitarian regimes that did exactly this: Imposed by force, decisions for everyone living under them about what they could buy, what they could sell, what work they could do, how much they could be paid for it, and on and on.
What humanity learned from those experiments was precisely what economists such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek told us we would learn: That centralized decision-making not only “doesn’t work”, it leads to disastrous and brutal results in every imaginable way–and some unimaginable ones. Again: Results for which the perpetrators never have to pay.
But there is another paradigm. One that respects as inviolable the rights of individuals to make their own decisions over their own lives and their interactions with others. Both history and theory have demonstrated time and time again that this is not just the best, but really the only way for decisions to be made in a way that meets everyone’s (as opposed to a few people at the top of everyone else) needs and wants.

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“But this is a pandemic!” The people who buy into the first paradigm will scream. “Don’t you understand??? This is a terrifying pathogen that knows no national boundaries, and no individual boundaries! This is a threat to all of us, and so we must all respond as one!”
Not only does this flawed thinking not hold up in the realm of political economy (basic economic principles do not magically disappear during a crisis–if anything, our adherence to them is even more critical in those times). It is also not true that we need to “all respond as one” in the realm of infectious disease.
To understand this, it is helpful to go back more than a century to what was then a vigorous debate between two French scientists: Louis Pasteur, and Antoine Bechamp.
Pasteur is well known for his role in laying the scientific groundwork for “germ theory”, the idea that it is pathogens–bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.–that make us sick, and that our efforts at wellness are best focused on combatting these pathogens. Whether through drugs that kill them (antibiotics, etc.), protective measures such as masks and disinfectant to prevent them from reaching us, or vaccines to artificially stimulate the production of antibodies against them, the focus is on the germs.
Bechamp had a different view. He believed that it was not the presence or absence of a particular pathogen that made a person ill or well, but the underlying conditions of that person’s own body, or, as he put it “the terrain.” What was then known as “terrain theory” we might today call a “holistic” approach to medicine and healing. The focus is not so much on repelling outside invaders, as it is on strengthening the body’s own systems for fighting off anything that might be a threat.
How is this relevant to the totalitarian nightmares of the Twentieth Century?

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One of these medical paradigms aligns itself very nicely with the notion that a dangerous pathogen is a matter of “public health” requiring government intervention. While germ theory does not require an authoritarian response to the perceived threat of pathogens, it is far more amenable to one than is the world view that our own individual “terrain” is what matters most for protecting our health.
If every other person around us is seen as a threat, because any one of us could be carrying a deadly germ over which we have no control, then it is that much easier for governments to justify imposing sweeping restrictions on everyone’s activities. All of a sudden, our most ordinary interactions are considered fraught with danger because of this new and very scary germ against which not a single one of us can possibly defend ourselves. We need someone to protect us, and the state is very conveniently close at hand.
Bechamp would see it quite differently. Focus your efforts on the terrain, he would say. Build up your own individual underlying environment, and we will see that we do indeed have tools to defend ourselves against the bacteria and viruses that surround us in nature.
What are some of those tools? For Covid-19, Vitamin C in particular has shown itself to be a powerful treatment when given intravenously in high doses. It is part of the official protocol in Shanghai, along with both Western and Chinese medicine, for treating Covid-19 patients in China and has been given to Covid-19 patients there since February. Even some hospitals in the US are beginning to use it.
That traditional Chinese herbal medicine is part of that protocol is also interesting because Chinese medicine tends to focus more upon supporting different organs and elements within the body, rather than killing pathogens. It also does not offer “one-size-fits-all” treatments to patients with the same diagnosis, but tailors a combination of herbs to each individual, based on the specific presentations of each individual.
There is also evidence that Zinc, and Vitamin D may be helpful in strengthening our “terrain” against threats from the outside world, including Covid-19 in particular. So why don’t we hear about these treatments in the media? And why have US media outlets and social-media platforms like FaceBook and YouTube been censoring information about Vitamin C in particular for Covid-19?

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Because to acknowledge (as Chinese scientists have) that something as simple as Vitamin C can be an effective treatment for the Scariest Pathogen of our Time is to undermine the entire paradigm.
That paradigm is already under assault. Doctors, and epidemiologists around the world are pointing out that throughout our history, human beings have had a symbiotic relationships with the pathogens in our environment, and that the way we cope with them is to develop herd immunity to them. Says former head of the department of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, Knut Wittkowski:
“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity… so it’s very important to keep the schools open and kids mingling to spread the virus to get herd immunity as fast as possible. And then the elderly people, who should be separated… can come back and meet their children and grandchildren after about four weeks…”
Likewise, Professor Johan Giesecke, former State Epidemiologist for Sweden (the position now held by Anders Tegnell), and currently an advisor to the Swedish Government, says that most of the policies imposed by other governments are not evidence based. And as two California doctors argue in a video that has gone viral, the lockdowns go against the very nature of our immune systems, which develop and become stronger by exposure to pathogens.
Meanwhile, plans to create a vaccine for Covid-19 are fraught with problems–not least of which are the serious safety problems that have arisen in past attempts to develop SARS-related Coronavirus vaccines. These problems included lung pathologies in animal testing, which mirrored similar, earlier, results with infants given vaccines for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), who experienced enhanced disease effects when exposed to the virus.
“As a consequence,” says a report published in Immunologic Research,  “there is currently no licensed RSV vaccine and detailed studies directed towards prevention of vaccine-associated disease are a critical first step in the development of a safe and effective vaccine.”

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Some are alarmed by the fact that manufacturers have been granted immunity from liability by the recently enacted Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). Others, including the director-general of the International Vaccine Institute, Jerome Kim, have expressed serious concern about the speed with which Covid-19 vaccines are being developed.
Kim says that this speed is “unprecedented.” Normally, he told CNBC earlier this month, the process takes between five and ten years. “We don’t know that a vaccine that’s developed in four months—or I guess 12 to 18 months, which is the current estimate—is really safe.”
This all comes at a time when the “vaccine safety” narrative is already showing significant cracks. Back in December, leading vaccine scientists with the World Health Organization revealed that the evidence in support of vaccine safety is not as solid as that organization publicly claims it is. And in March, when the CDC was required by a Federal court to produce evidence in support of its claim that “vaccines do not cause autism,” it was unable to do so.
If we can, in fact, strengthen and support our “terrain” such that it can withstand assault from the germs we encounter as we go about our lives, then the whole narrative starts to collapse. We need no longer be locked up in our homes; we need no longer wear masks when we do dare to venture out; we need no longer view our fellow human beings as existential threats.
More than that: Maybe we do not in fact need the promised vaccine that the followers of Pasteur tell us is our only possible hope for surviving this most deadly of threats.
Germ theory lends itself very easily to the authoritarian visions of Bill Gates, the World Health Organization, and the petty dictators across my country who would destroy the livelihoods of everyone beneath them in order to appear to be “doing something” (and coincidentally expanding their own power.)

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Terrain theory does not. It lends itself instead to a vision of humanity in which people are free to make their own decisions about the risks they are willing to take, about the activities they engage in, and the interactions they have with others.
What we in the US are living through at this moment is the near-perfect expression of germ theory taken to its extreme: Human beings driven away from each other by fear of a pathogen; economic activity strictly controlled by the state; normal human interaction outside of families practically forbidden. If you believe wholeheartedly in germ theory, in the idea that the state of our health is wholly at the mercy of the pathogens that surround us, then you might even think it makes sense. While this belief does not by itself justify state intervention, it does make it a lot easier to sell it to a frightened public.
It is of course also entirely possible to imagine a purely private, free society, where individual property owners buy into the idea of germ theory and impose restrictions on what people may do on their property accordingly. Such a society might even end up looking very much like the dystopia we are living in now, if enough people buy into the fear.
But it is difficult to imagine the inverse. It is difficult to imagine a society that embraces terrain theory that also imposes medical authoritarianism. Why? Because terrain theory is a paradigm of individual empowerment, and individual sovereignty. To the extent that I am responsible for the state of my own wellness, and you are responsible for yours, it is that much harder for me to perceive you as a threat, and that much harder for the state to rationalize intervening to protect me from you.
As our experience with Covid-19 plays out, as we start to get a glimpse of the tremendous costs that government-imposed lockdowns are going to have on all of us, and as we see other countries ending their lockdowns, or indeed, never imposing them in the first place, a lot of Americans are starting to question the paradigm of top-down decision making that got us here.
As we look forward to what the technocratic heirs of Louis Pasteur are dubbing “the new normal”, if we find ourselves thinking that it is both unlivable and unnecessary, then perhaps we will also find that it is time to start questioning that authoritarian paradigm’s counterpart in the world of medicine.
Bretigne Shaffer [send her mail] was a journalist in Asia for many years. She is the author of Annabel Pickering & the Sky Pirates, and Urban Yogini (A Superhero Who Can’t Use Violence). She blogs at

Dr Brownstein | We Must Wear Face Masks? Show Me the Science Behind That! (Maskology 101 - CL)

Folks, I have been writing to you about COVID for over a month. It is been a painful time period for all of us. What is really sad is that too many political dictates are being fostered on us without any good scientific evidence to back them up. One of those requirements that has me irritated is the use of face coverings that I see so prevalent out there. When I go to Costco, 95% of the people in the store are wearing face masks. Why is that?

The Governor of Michigan recently released an edict requiring that citizens wear a face covering when in any enclosed public space. It specifically states, “Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space.” Later in the edict, it states, “Supplies of N95 masks and surgical masks should generally be reserved, for now, for health care professionals, first responders and other critical workers who interact with the public.”

It should be well known that cloth masks, bandanas, or handkerchiefs will do very little to stop the spread of coronavirus. In fact, they may actually increase your risk of becoming ill from corona and other influenza-like illnesses. A 2015 study found cloth masks, when compared to surgical masks, increase the rate of influenza-like illnesses 13x! (1) Cloth masks are probably best avoided and should not be reused without properly sanitizing them.

Regular surgical masks are not much better in this situation. The COVID-19 virus is 0.125 µm in size. Surgical masks have been shown to not adequately filter against aerosols measuring from 0.9-3.1 µm. (2) Other researchers have shown that particles from 0.04-0.2 µm can penetrate surgical masks. (3)

A 2020 study in Seoul, South Korea looked at the effectiveness of surgical and cotton masks in blocking COVID-19 in a controlled comparison of four patients. (4) The COVID-infected patients were put in negative pressure isolated rooms. The scientists compared disposable surgical masks (3 layers) with reusable cotton masks. Patients were instructed to cough 5 times while wearing no mask, surgical mask, or cotton mask. Interestingly, all swabs from the outer masks—including surgical masks—were positive for COVID-19. Inner masks were also found to be contaminated. That means the mask did not effectively filter out the COVID virus since it is too small. The authors state, “Neither surgical nor cotton masks effectively filtered {COVID-19} during coughs by infected patients.”

The study also reported greater contamination on the outer than the inner mask (both surgical and cotton) surfaces. The authors claim that the mask is either allowing the virus to cross from the inner to the outer surface because the virus is too small or the aerodynamic feature of a mask could explain this finding. A turbulent jet due to air leakage around the mask edge could contaminate the outer surface.

We have made far too many political decisions in the COVID crisis based on fear and not on reliable data. Here is a perfect example of another one: everyone must wear a mask when inside any public place.

Should you wear a mask? If you are coughing or sick, my answer is yes. A surgical mask, and to a lesser extent a cotton mask, will block large droplets from being spread. However, should we dictate to healthy people that they are required to wear a mask—cotton or surgical—when in any public enclosed space? Someone show me the science supporting the Executive Order by the Governor of Michigan. And Governor Whitmer wonders why so many of us are annoyed.

To All Our Health,

Addendum: A further annoyance is my lack of success in getting masks—both N95 and surgical masks– for my staff to use when we are treating COVID patients. Perhaps the Governor should release an executive order helping us get the PPE equipment we need. We have had masks, gowns and face shields on order for over two months. That is beyond annoying.

(1) BMJ Open. 2015:5:e006577.
(2) Am. J Infect. Contol. 2008:36:276-282
(3) Ann.Occup. Hyg. 2008:52:177-85
(4) Annals of Int. Med. Letter. IBID. April 6, 2020.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Epidemiology - By George Giles

Epidemiology is the medical discipline that is keeping the world and more specifically the American economy on lockdown. From WikipediaEpidemiology is the study and analysis of the distribution (who, when, and where), patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations. It is a cornerstone of public health, and shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare. Governments throughout history have distorted and destroyed economies thru war, regulation and sheer incompetence. The more typical problems are created by laws and regulation designed for some policy goal like full employment, lower interest rates etc. This is the first time in history where governments have deliberately cratered their own economies on purpose. The stated goal this time around is to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus called ‘covid-19’. Epidemiology is a medical specialty and this essay will discuss what is missing in this data that is presented non-stop by the mainstream media everywhere on the planet.
All animals die that is mortality. Morbidity are conditions that take an animal from the normative healthy state to a state of illness. Some illnesses are recovered from completely like a common cold, some are always fatal like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Some diseases have full recoveries and also derive future immunity such that the particular disease will be prevented in the future. If we consider the human body to be a computer then the acquired immunity is the software programming telling the hardware what to do. We program our immune system by getting sick and then recovering. Any parent of young children is all too familiar with this software paradigm.

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Modern science has sought to improve on the human immune system by providing vaccinations. Vaccinations seek to trigger the immune response but without the often unpleasant step of getting sick first. Wikipedia provides a good introduction to vaccine science:
vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and to further recognize and destroy any of the microorganisms associated with that agent that it may encounter in the future. Vaccines can be prophylactic (to prevent or ameliorate the effects of a future infection by a natural or “wild” pathogen), or therapeutic (e.g., vaccines against cancer, which are being investigated).
The administration of vaccines is called vaccination. Vaccination is the most effective method of preventing infectious diseases; widespread immunity due to vaccination is largely responsible for the worldwide eradication of smallpox and the restriction of diseases such as poliomeasles, and tetanus from much of the world. The effectiveness of vaccination has been widely studied and verified; for example, vaccines that have proven effective include the influenza vaccine, the HPV vaccine, and the chicken pox vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that licensed vaccines are currently available for twenty-five different preventable infections.
The terms vaccine and vaccination are derived from Variolae vaccinae (smallpox of the cow), the term devised by Edward Jenner to denote cowpox. He used it in 1798 in the long title of his Inquiry into the Variolae vaccinae Known as the Cow Pox, in which he described the protective effect of cowpox against smallpox. In 1881, to honor Jenner, Louis Pasteur proposed that the terms should be extended to cover the new protective inoculations then being developed.

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Vaccines work at various levels of efficacy. Some like polio and measles work extremely well, but other like the annual flu or other viruses that mutate quickly have various levels of efficacy. Any chemical introduces to the sterile interior of the body may cause problems that are called contra-indications. In a population of seven billion people and no two people share the exact same chemical makeup except identical twins there will be someone who reacts negatively to almost anything. In college one of my professors told me about a strain of white rat that has been developed by genetic selection to be very susceptible to almost anything, to which he added writing on the skin with a graphite pencil can induce lesions. The point here is that there are trade-offs in choosing vaccines. Should we vaccinate school age children against the measles which can be a devastating illness to many at the risk of the rare death of a few. Yes, I would say, but as the efficacy wanes and the negative reactions increase the choices become less than yes or no. I sent all of my children to college vaccinated against meningitis which is rare but devastating largely based on how dirty I remembered college dormitories to be. This was my choice. How and when to force vaccination is a grey area and the subject of intense debate. My point here is that flu/coronavirus efficacy may very well fall into this area. At age 50 would I get the vaccine? No, should I live to 80 probably, but this is my choice not public policy.
There is a great deal of medical information, ideas and conjectures spewed by the mainstream media 24×7. Much of it is scientistic: information that looks scientific but in fact is not. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized because this sad occurrence may be causing a great deal of harm.
When someone dies in the United States a licensed allopathic physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) must sign the death certificate stating the cause of death. If the deceased is elderly and foul play is not suspected then an autopsy is not performed. The Center for Disease Control is the government agency that is charged with monitoring health of the American and World populations. It also collects and publishes the mortality data from death certificates. This data is published on their website and other locations. The data always lags the death events. In April 2020 the most recent data on their website is for 2017. From the CDC Fast Facts page:
Deaths and Mortality
Data are for the U.S.
  • Number of deaths: 2,813,503
  • Death rate: 863.8 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 78.6 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 5.79 deaths per 1,000 live births
Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
  • Heart disease: 647,457
  • Cancer: 599,108
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
  • Diabetes: 83,564
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

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Coronaviruses are not new. They like Influenza have been around a long time and like the flu also change from genetic mutation, that is changes, in their genetic chemical constituency. Some mutations result in a weaker disease vector, some stronger. Influenza in particular varies significantly from year to year and the annual flu vaccine attempts to guess based on previous year what this year’s vaccine should be. As we can see from the above table Influenza killed more than fifty-five thousand people in 2017. The CDC publishes retroactive data on flu efficacy. It can be found here. Flu vaccines do not work 100% of the time that is they fail to prevent the flu in some percentage that received the vaccine. The retroactive data publishes the fact that this particular government program failed and actually fails to some extent each and every year. Radical! If only the Department of Defense or the Department of State, or any other government branch admitted failure. Every day I hear reporters ask the experts when will the vaccine be available to save us from the ravages of the coronavirus. The clamoring is nearly continuous.
A superb best-seller published in 1994 was titled ‘How We Die’. Each chapter explained a different cause of death. The author made the superb point that we all ultimately die of the same thing: lack of adequate oxygen to the brain to maintain homeostasis which is a fancy word for health. He also explained how a single disease like heart disease can affect other organ systems like the kidneys and the downward spiral begins. Heart attacks can be very quick, other diseases like Alzheimer’s very slow. A disease condition that has concomitant other factors are called ‘co-morbidities’. Co-morbidities are veryvery important when considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
Back to the 2017 data we can see the along with Influenza there is an additional category title ‘chronic lower respiratory diseases’ that added an additional 160,000+ fatalities. These are things that can be known facts like a lifelong smoker that develop chronic obstructive pulmonary, and others can be suspected but not known for certain like tuberculosis, these could be just educated guesses. Some of us just have more vibrant cardiopulmonary capacity than others. Training like long distance running could certainly help, but judicious selection of parents (genetics) could be another. The truth is there is no such thing as a healthy eighty year old, not in comparison to a fifty year old. There will always be co-morbidities creeping like in.

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Bill Sardi has written eloquently and at length about possible co-morbidities like tuberculosis causing covid-19 fatalities. Bill is not a doctor or even a scientist. He is an author, like yours truly, that reads, thinks, collates and presents information. He has made the point that natural immunity gets a boost from sunlight exposure and that Influenza is nearly wiped out every year when the winter wanes, the day gets longer, temperatures increase, and those of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere get out of the house and get some fresh air. He also says that most Americans have a Vitamin-D deficiency that should be boosted with supplements and sunlight exposure. Colds, flus, and viral infection do seem to me to be a lot less frequent when things are warm.
Sunlight creates vitamin-D in the skin which is supposed to boost immunity. Another factor is increased sunlight in terms of hours per day and a thinner atmosphere to pass-thru which means the intensity of ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases dramatically. Radiation from the sun radiates from the sun and is called radiation, it is not the same radiation from radioactivity which radiates from a decaying unstable nucleus. This is ionizing radiation and while the sun does produce some it cannot pass-thru the atmosphere. Ultraviolet radiation is just a higher energy form of light that we cannot see. UV plays havoc with organic chemical bonds which is why too much UV and we get sunburn! This also means that it destroys viruses and bacteria on surfaces quickly. Old school barbershops used to have a small device they left their scissors and combs in overnight that used UV radiation from a lamp to do the sun’s work. Lamps that produce invisible UV also produce some purple light which is visible light at the highest energy we can see. This is what a ‘black light’ does. Nature produces melanin which makes the skin brown; very brown in sub-saharan Africans and lighter shades of brown in other areas closer to the equator. Melanin protects the body from the ravages of UV to a significant degree. The body’s DNA genetic replication system has a specific enzyme that walks along the DNA molecule and repairs UV damage; without this animals would never have gotten to the multi-cellular stage of life!
This author has looked for data in parts of the world that are much warmer than North America. Mexico, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia have billions of people yet the detailed statistics and status of their populations with respect to the Covid-19 Pandemic are notably lacking. This could certainly lend or remove credibility from Bill Sardi’s opinions. It might also tell us about what our near future could be.
The crux of this essay can now be addressed quite simply that what is lacking in all the media data about the Covid-19 Pandemic is a simple histogram of Covid-19 fatalities by age. It is also quite possible that mortality statistics for lower lung co-morbidities are now being thrown into the Covid-19 category pumping the death statistics that CNN displays non-stop. The CDC has this data, yet it is not presented. Every death certificate has an age of the deceased so all that is needed to plot a graph of the number of Covid-19 fatalities by age. This is called a histogram and most of us can interpret one. This will tell a lot about the co-morbidity issue that is almost certainly present, we do not die of one thing but many, it is just a race to the end. Sadly, I believe this information is being withheld on purpose, but that is one man’s opinion. However, at some point in the future if the CDC provides us with this data if we see that during the periods of Covid-19’s pandemic that the lower lung category goes down then we have our answer.

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If the CDC presented this data, it would tell whether the reaction to this pandemic is justified. If 80% of all fatalities were under the age of 18 then it would, in my opinion, certainly be justified as protecting America’s future and the brutal economic toll exacted. On the other hand, if 80% of all fatalities were in persons 65 or older then it would certainly not be justified because most of us at that age are no longer working and are socially distanced already. If 80% of the fatalities are in persons 80 or older then we have punished ourselves mightily for no justifiable reason. Like almost all other government actions it punishes most those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, the poor. People without significant savings, vacation pay accrual or ability to borrow. History is clear that the human misery index of alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce and suicide all rise dramatically in every economic recession/depression. If this turns out to be the case this time around it is reasonable to see and hear Anderson Cooper Vanderbilt and his ilk present this needless tragedy long, loud and with lots of fancy graphics to make the point that the experts were wrong and to express sorrow and apology for their part in this needless world-wide human carnage. Only time will tell. Governments admitting fault to any extent do not exist.
In closing I would like to make the point that every doctor is considered a medical expert and their opinions are to be taken as scientific fact and that this is very dangerous. Thanks to my 20 years of working in academic and enterprise healthcare I learned that the majority of doctors do not have PhD’s and have not done published peer-reviewed research at the level of rigor of a hard scientist like a physicist, a chemist, biologist or a mathematician. Most physicians use the product of science but that does not make them scientists and they should not be treated as such. Talking heads that blither ‘scientistically’ just need to be ignored. If we as a society do not, then we do so at our own peril.
George Giles spent 15 years working at an elite private University and Medical Center. Mercifully he got early retirement for time served. In college in Detroit he worked in the meat processing industry. If you like sausage/healthcare then you do not want to see what goes on behind the scenes at the slaughterhouse.