Healthcare

Are COVID 19, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder linked?

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This HND piece discusses how COVID-19 might be better understood if it is considered as at least exacerbated by immune dysfunction and excessive viral load. Those two conditions have been demonstrated in the case of the other two diseases. What's more, immune cascades are quite possibly what makes COVID-19 not act strictly as another sort of viral pneumonia.

Maybe it's time to remove the politics from how all of these diseases are treated. At stake here is nothing less than the very future of how public health operates in this country. After all, with supposedly more than 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, the status quo is not exactly something to be proud of.

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Lockdowns and vaccines

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This HND piece takes a look at some little known facts about COVID-19 inspired lockdowns and the vaccines. The basic point here is that our reaction to the pandemic is now a bigger story than the pandemic itself.

As to the lockdowns, we trace the idea behind this to 2007, and actually show you what this famous "curve," of "Flatten the curve" the fame is all about. Too bad no one has ever covered that before. Oh, and all the "science" behind the lockdowns is based on some very sketchy modeling courtesy of Bill Gates and his foundation. Spoiler alert: It's garbage.

On the vaccine side, we discuss some nasty issues that might occur with pregnant women who get the shots. As it is, there was never enough data on pregnant woman to even assess the effects, although simple in vitro tests that should have been done...weren't.

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COVID-19 quick takes--part three

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This HND piece continues on from the previous week, this time looking at a ridiculous mask study from the CDC; Pfizer deciding not to pursue the India market for its vaccine; and the WHO inspection of the Wuhan Lab.

We reveal a serious issue with that CDC, that is hiding in plain site, and was missed by almost every single media outlet that covered it. One has to wonder why Pfizer would bail on the world's second most populated country, to sell more of its vaccines. And as to the WHO inspection, let's just say that it was...flawed.

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COVID-19 quick takes—part two

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This HND piece continues the tradition started last November, in which we discuss a few current topics in the world of COVID-19. In this article we look at:

♦ What really happened to the mysterious Placer County, CA person who died hours after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

♦ The pernicious politics keeping your kids from returning to in-person school.

♦ The epic failure of the technocrats in handling the COVID-19 response, and how this was eminently predictable. (Thanks, F.A. Hayek)

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A look at COVID-19 testing

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This HND piece spotlights the serious accusations against the current PCR-based COVID-19 test. A group of 22 distinguished scientists have demanded that the original paper describing the test be withdrawn. Among other things, they point to a host of major flaws in the methodology, and contend that the paper was not even peer-reviewed. There are also significant conflicts of interest in that a few of the authors are affiliated with a lab that does the testing.

You would think that a test that has been run on tens of millions of people worldwide would have been subject to more scrutiny; but you would be wrong. Sadly, just like almost everything else connected with the COVID-19 pandemic, the official response has been mind-beggingly, and shockingly wrong.

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Taking a shot...or not

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This HND piece examines the rather large resistance to taking the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to the universal acceptance of the polio vaccine program of the 1950s and early 1960s. It might be hard for people to understand today that even a horrific incident in which tainted polio vaccine CAUSED thousands of cases of polio barely slowed the momentum.

But, remember that back then, people were far less skeptical of the government, even if there were ample reasons to be skeptical. Watergate and the tragedy of Vietnam were still years away. And, the public was still basking in the promise of Science.

We include some very revealing survey data. Spoiler: 47% of those surveyed will probably not get the vaccine.

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Infection control in the age of COVID-19

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This HND piece examines specific infection control procedures that are used in areas exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While the term "infection control" is most often applied to healthcare facilities, any time we don a mask or maintain social distancing, every one of us is practicing infection control.

The CDC has established detailed procedures for cleaning up COVID-19 affected areas, and most facilities outside of the healthcare industry would be well served to use professional services. We do mention a respected clean-up outfit, based in Seattle.

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California COVID dreamin’ and more

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This HND piece examines the paradox whereby California has the most COVID-19 cases, along with the tightest lockdown rules. Moreover, on a per capita basis, California's active cases are about 30 percent higher than that of Florida, which has virtually no restrictions.

About the only places where lockdowns seem to work are under extremely draconian circumstances, and then in island nations. Still, one wonders how New Zealand can claim that they have no new cases, unless they are testing every citizen every day. Since a "case" seems to be defined as testing "positive," and this is a virus that is asymptomatic in up to 80% of cases, how can such a "finding" be proclaimed?

We then segue into the work of Donald Henderson, a giant in disease control and mitigation. Would it surprise you that his recommendations for how to handle pandemic flu are mostly being ignored or contradicted by our current policy?

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A look at Howard Bauchner's wish list for 2021

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This HND piece examines the wish list put forth by Bauchner, the editor in chief of JAMA. We try to be kind, but the virtue signaling and platitudes are too much to ignore. He does come up with one good idea, but offers no specifics on how he would accomplish it. We offer a rather obvious suggestion.

Unfortunately, Bauchner's point of view reflects the sorry state of academic medicine, and serves to illustrate just how far removed the AMA is from the needs of most practicing physicians.

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COVID-19 mass hysteria and questions

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This HND piece takes a look as to how science does not matter in the least to many of our dictatorial leaders, in the wake of COVID-19. New York State's own contact tracing data names restaurants as a location with a very low rate of infections. Yet, they are closed in NYC and possibly other cities. Likewise, the governor of Michigan continues on with her crusade to destroy the state's economy.

And, wait to you hear what self-anointed genius Melinda Gates has to say about lockdowns. As the cliché goes, you can't make this stuff up.

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