The outbreak of the present pandemic due to the coronavirus must be one of the most frightening occurrences that any of us has ever experienced.
The mounting number of deaths has induced feelings of panic and urgent cries for a vaccine to be found to protect the public from, Heaven forbid, a recurrence of this aggressive virus. But wait, the only thing that will conquer fear is clear thinking. When the pandemic first began, the public was often informed of the numbers of those who had recovered from the disease and indeed shown interviews with some, many of whom compared the illness to a mild or at worst, nasty attack of flu, but nevertheless they were quickly back to full health. This rarely happens now, and instead television pictures show hospitals full to overflowing of patients in intensive care, thereby pressing home the need for a vaccine. I am not in any way suggesting that the pandemic is not an extremely serious outbreak of a virulent disease which, tragically, can have a deadly outcome for many, many people. The dedicated nurses and doctors in the health services are working tirelessly to save lives and deserve a huge amount of praise for their efforts against all odds.
UNDER-LYING HEALTH PROBLEMS
To get the situation into perspective, a brief investigation into the medical background of the people who succumbed to the coronavirus reveals that the majority had underlying health problems such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, cancer and obesity. The UK is recognised as being one of the most obese countries in western Europe. Sadly, many of them would have died soon anyway. There is also confusion over whether victims died WITH or OF coronavirus. In Italy, for instance, where the death toll was particularly high, it has been reported that among those who died, fewer than 1% were previously healthy, 10% were aged over 90 and 90% were over 70 years of age.
The number of deaths reported each day strikes fear into every heart but it is not generally realized that the average annual death rate from all causes in the UK, for example, is over 600,000 and in France approximately the same. The actual figures from the ONS (Office of National Statistics UK) are: 607,172 in 2017 and 616,014 in 2018. The figures published can be accessed by anyone.
MISTAKES IN DIAGNOSIS
The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) at the University of Oxford claims ‘the lethality of COVID-19, (IFR. Infection fatality rate) is between 0.1% and 0.36% (i.e. in the range of a severe influenza). In people over 70 years of age with no serious preconditions, the mortality rate is expected to be less than 1%. For people over 80 years of age, the mortality rate is between 3% and 15%, depending on whether deaths so far were mainly with or from the disease.’
The cause of death on death certificates is often inaccurate and incomplete, particularly for conditions such as pneumonia which can sometimes be falsely recorded as coronavirus. A personal friend, now thankfully recovered, was indeed wrongly diagnosed with coronavirus when in fact it was a serious chest infection.
RISKS OF RUSHING THROUGH A NEW VACCINE
These figures beg the question, is fear being used to press home the urgent need for vaccination? Who stands to gain from developing the vaccine? Are we being told the truth when we are informed that the only way to control the virus is by vaccination? What are the dangers of rushing through a vaccine against a new virus that we still do not yet fully understand? Normally, a new vaccine has to be thoroughly tested for a number of years before it is considered ‘safe’ for widespread vaccination.
It is suggested that the new vaccine being developed at the moment may be ready for use as soon as the second half of next year, 2021, or earlier and tests are already under way using volunteers. However, no one will forget the experience of Rob Oldfield who in 2006 signed up for a drugs trial at an independent clinic at Northwick Park Hospital, London, run by Parexel, a company which conducts drug trials for pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, the trial went disastrously wrong, leaving Oldfield and five other healthy men fighting for their lives.
GAINS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES
There is no doubt that the previously cash-strapped pharmaceutical industries stand to gain the most. In April this year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave a five billion US dollar grant to pharmaceutical company Inovio Pharmaceuticals to speed up testing and production of a portable device to deliver a DNA-based coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine. According to the latest reports, the UK Government has made available £2.2 million ($2.6 million) to bankroll preclinical studies, and the manufacturing and clinical testing of a vaccine. Dr.Mercola, a retired GP, reveals on his web site ‘there is evidence suggesting the WHO (World Health Organization) is acting as little more than a Big Pharma front group’. ‘Only 25% of WHO’s funding comes from member states. The remaining 75% comes from voluntary contributions. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — the investments of which include junk food manufacturers, alcohol and drug retailers — is the biggest funder.'
Once a new vaccine has been approved, this could be the first step to mandatory vaccination for everyone, as is already the case for childhood diseases in most countries in the European Union. Profits for the pharmaceutical companies producing the vaccine would thus be ensured in perpetuity.
LOW LEVELS OF VIT.D AND ZINC
On the other hand, we already possess a powerful weapon against diseases of all kinds and that is our own immune system. The coronavirus pandemic has revealed that many patients had very low levels of vitamins D, C and zinc which left them vulnerable to the infection. The BMJ (British Medical Journal) suggests testing all COVID-19 patients in hospital(s) at a given point in time for Vitamin D, then follow up and report the results.
To boost the immune system and beat the virus, one of the best strategies is first to get any underlying chronic conditions under control; even diabetes and high blood pressure can often be reversed via a healthy diet and lifestyle. Initially, supplements of vitamins D, C and zinc can help to make good the shortfall that many people suffer from, but ultimately a diet containing a wide variety of good, unrefined, fresh food, especially green, leafy vegetables should be the goal. "Take-aways" and pre-prepared food which often contain sugar and chemical additives should be avoided as well as sugar-laden breakfast cereals, and polyunsaturated seed oils (eg sunflower oil etc).
WISE WORDS FROM THE PAST
Many years ago Dr Lendon H.Smith observed, ‘I have been able to accept the fact that new evidence from valid research indicates that Mother Nature is a better doctor. She is cruel but fair. Modern drugs and vaccines have proven to be a hoax in attaining health. They have brought false hopes. Soap and water*, thank goodness, are still appropriate, however. We are able to understand the immune system and how, with the proper nutrients, we all, child and adult alike, can attain an optimum level of health with our own white blood cells and immunoglobulins, despite bad genes from whatever side of the family.
Contracting and recovering from a disease normally gives lifelong immunity, whereas a vaccine does not and booster doses frequently have to be administered.
* The fat-like substances in soap are structurally similar to the lipids found in the virus membrane, so the soap molecules compete with and replace the fats in the membrane. In so doing, the "fatty glue" holding the virus together dissolves.
Published 22nd April 2020