Covis 19: Unanswered Questions

KEY POINTS

  • Modern medicine fails to heed call for vitamin D supplementation; deficiency harms dark-skinned individuals who have the lowest vitamin D levels.
  • Where did the forgotten flu go this year? It’s actually 6.2% of respiratory infections.
  • Patients with pre-existing autoimmune diseases should be considered high risk and given nutrients that normalize the immune response (vitamins A, D, resveratrol and zinc).
  • Is COVID-19 coronavirus man-made? The evidence points in that direction.
  • In COVID-19 coronavirus infection the 480 million alveoli in the lung that facilitate transfer of oxygen to the blood circulation are blocked. Therefore, poorly oxygenated blood is in circulation, resulting in heart, brain, kidney problems and micro-clotting in the blood itself. So COVID-19 looks like many diseases but is actually one with consequent multi-organ failure.  Financially-strapped hospitals shift their insurance billings for pneumonia and influenza treatment to COVID-19 for which there is higher reimbursement.
  • In comparison with 1967-68 Hong Kong flu, which killed 6 out of 10,000 Americans, COVID-19 coronavirus is reported to kill 2 out of 10,000. There was no lockdown in 1967-68.

Vitamin D to the rescue not!

Both the WHO and CDC ignored a plea published in the British Medical Journal on February 28, 2020 by researcher Robert Brown, for widespread vitamin D testing and vitamin supplementation to head off a growing pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus.  It is widely known that dark-skinned people produce far less vitamin D from solar UV radiation.

Brown noted Somalis in Stockholm, Sweden, only represent 0.84% of the population but 40% of the COVID-19 deaths there were among Somalis.

Brown also noted that among hundreds of women age 60-80 years tested in Italy, vitamin D blood levels were lower than 5 nanograms/milliliter blood sample in 27% and lower than 12 nanograms in as many as 76%.  Twenty (20) nanograms is the lowest level of normal.  Italy is a hot-spot for COVID-19 deaths.

His call for urgent action has, so far, gone ignored.   Sunlight is such a strong preventive against infectious disease of any kind that one researcher calls it “heliovaccination.”

ZeroHedge.com published a report showing there are 34 countries where a single case of COVID-19 coronavirus infection has yet to be reported.  Most are island nations near the equator where solar UV intensity is high and therefore vitamin D blood levels are also elevated.

How many more studies have to be published before the obvious becomes health policy?  Screen vulnerable populations (dark skin, nursing home, hospitalized) for vitamin D deficiency and correct with food supplements.

Louisiana State University researchers report 85% of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (100% under age 75) were vitamin D-deficient compared to 57% of patients in normal hospital beds.

Sunlight therapy is reported to have reduced deaths among hospital patients from 40 per cent to about 13 per cent in the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.  But this is a forgotten lesson.

Where did the flu go this year?

A Stanford University study answers that question.  The Center For Infectious Disease Research Policy(CIDRAP) cites a Stanford University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., mouth swab study of patients that exhibited symptoms (cough, ever, shortness of breath) that revealed among 1217 specimens taken from 1206 patients, only 116 (9.5%) were confirmed to be COVID-19 and 318 (26.1%) for non-coronavirus pathogens (rhinovirus, enterovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and non-SARS coronavirus).  What caused symptoms among the other 64.4% of patients goes unexplained.

In other words, 90.5% of patients with symptoms were NOT COVID-19.  Influenza A&B represented 69 of 1101 symptomatic patients (6.2%).  But one can imagine many of these patients feared they had COVID-19.  These numbers reveal only a small percentage of sick patients have lab positive influenza (6.2%) but over 100 million Americans get flu shots.  COVID-19 is only slightly more prevalent than the flu (9.5% vs. 6.2%).

Autoimmune individuals = high-risk for COVID-19 death

Researchers report autoimmune antibodies were prevalent in 91.9% (10 of 11 cases) of COVID-19 patients who required intensive care unit care, but in only 36.4% (4 of 11) patients with mild symptoms.  Autoimmunity is indicative of severity in COVID-19 cases.  Vitamin AVitamin Dzinc and resveratrol normalize the immune response, contrary to immune suppressant drugs that increase vulnerability to infection.

Is COVID-19 man-made

A frequent question received in my email box is whether the COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made or a natural mutation (act of God)?  Members of the Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response Program list clues that an epidemic is a terrorist attack.  Among the 17 clues are “an unusual or unexplained illness” that affects a “disparate population” with an “unusual pattern of death,” illness in “non-contiguous areas,” (Iran, China, U.S.), with large numbers of death, deadly strains, failure of patients to respond to treatment.  The current pandemic meets all 17 criteria described.

There is record that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated: “This matter is going forward…. We are in a live exercise here to get this right,” referring to a war-game like practice for a pandemic.  The CDC also advertised for “quarantine managers” in November of 2019, months before there was a lockdown in the U.S.   Oddly, by 2004 SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus vanished completely, with no explanation as to why?  The WHO takes credit for this.  Was it being distributed to infect populations and then withdrawn by a bioterrorist?  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s infectious disease specialist, says this coronavirus (COVID-19) “doesn’t just disappear.”  He should know.

Another intriguing online report emanates from American author Nathan Rich, who asks why a mysterious lung syndrome linked with vaping, which has the same symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus symptoms, suddenly boomed the moment COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S.

Rich wonders if COVID-19 leaked out of a military lab in Maryland, a lab that was closed down by the CDC.  Two nursing homes located nearby the military laboratory reported lung disease deaths in the summer of 2019.  It is a very compelling report.

There is criticism of the World Health Organization of its early handling of the coronavirus outbreak.  No travel bans and no human-to-human transmission (Jan. 14).  But the US allowed Chinese-born U.S. citizens to fly back home to the U.S. and careful monitoring showed the virus didn’t spread beyond immediate family members.  There was confirmation of human-to-human transmission by Beijing on January 20.  The FDA withheld imported testing kits in port and CDC-issued testing kits were contaminated (intentional), so the early stages of COVID-19 spread could not be ascertained.  Intentional?

Everything is COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control guidance, “Where a definite diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as ‘probable’ or ‘presumed.’  …. “It is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate without this confirmation (testing) if the circumstances are compelling with a reasonable degree of certainty.”

Because, in severe cases of COVID-19 coronavirus lung congestion a gooey substance called hyaluronan is being produced in excess, the forced pressure of oxygen from the ventilator further presses hyaluronan into the alveolar space where oxygen is transferred to the blood circulation.  There are ~480-million of these alveoli.

Once blocked the blood is being pumped without sufficient oxygen which induces small blood clots (disseminated intravascular coagulation) that can then induce strokes, heart and kidney damage.  This phenomenon appears to be puzzling to physicians.  This is not heart, kidney, lung disease per se – it is COVID-19 resulting in an over-healing response in the lungs that blocks entry of oxygen into the circulatory system resulting in damage to these organs.

What appears to be happening is that hospitals are in a world of hurt financially as the public is avoiding hospitalization for fear becoming infected and because elective surgery is not being scheduled.  To make up for this financial crisis, everything is being up-coded to ICD U07.1 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases), a code for insurance billing purposes.  It is cited that hospitals are reimbursed $13,000 for pneumonia and ~$40,000 for COVID-19 when the U07.1 code is documented on the death certificate.

In fine print, the CDC offers this caveat regarding classification of lung disease:

Deaths due to COVID-19 may be misclassified as pneumonia or influenza deaths in the absence of positive test results, and pneumonia or influenza may appear on death certificates as a comorbid condition. Additionally, COVID-19 symptoms can be similar to influenza-like illness, thus deaths may be misclassified as influenza. Thus, increases in pneumonia and influenza deaths may be an indicator of excess COVID-19-related mortality.

I would hope this doesn’t give license for the CDC to play fast and loose with these mortality numbers.  It appears it does.

If this is proven to be true in post-epidemic audits, America is experiencing a great travesty as hospitals plunder insurance pools via diagnostic miscoding in an attempt to survive financially.  The public is then misled into believing a great many people are dying of this COVID-19 monster virus and remain frightened and in self-quarantine for no good reason.

More or less deaths?

Researchers at Yale School of Public Health report increases in death rates from diagnosed pneumonia and influenza are indicative of unreported COVID-19 deaths.  These researchers claim increases in all-cause death are indicative of ~1.5 times higher death rate for COVID-19 than presently reported.

Yes, there is lag time as death certificates are filed late and aren’t immediately compiled by CDC.  Some people may die at home and their death certificate is not immediately forwarded electronically as they are by hospitals.  There just may be a lag in reporting, not in actual deaths.  So much for Yale stoking the coals of fear.

Coronavirus is widely spread but results in only a 3/10ths of one-percent mortality rate (Los Angeles county April 21, 2020),  around the mortality rate of the flu.

Let this almost harmless virus have its way, the healthy infected develop natural antibodies without the need for a vaccine, and we go on living our lives.

Focus on high-risk groups to save lives (blacks, hospital workers, nursing home patients).  For the healthy, infection breeds antibodies and possible life-long protection.  Locking down the entire populace in a futile attempt to spare the lives of high-risk individuals while leaving the masses totally dependent upon an imagined future vaccine to avoid infection is complete folly.  The more lockdown, the greater the chance of COVID-19 returning in November.  The virologists know this.  They are priming the demand for a vaccine.  Don’t be their victim as they experiment with the entire US population.

Hong Kong flu 1967-68

The Hong Kong flu killed an estimated 100,000 Americans out of a population of 175 million (almost 6 out of 10,000) compared to ~60,000 US deaths* for COVID-19 (almost 2 out of 10,000) so far among a population of 327 million.  *Many of these deaths are questioned as to whether they died with or of COVID-19).  There were no lockdowns, no quarantines.

Kent State: The End of the 1960’s and the Beginning of Something Far Worse

 

Shifts in worldviews take time even though single events seem to mark their transition period. Seemingly unrelated events and thoughts work their wizardry to produce unfathomable results. Once the shift has taken place, only a retrospective look will reveal the philosophical ebbs and flows that erode worldview landscapes.

The twentieth century began on an optimistic note but quickly lost its idealism as war engulfed the world. World War I “shattered much of Europe’s already fading optimism, and the advent of Nazis and fascists shook men’s confidence in their present and their past.” [1]

Despite a bloody world war, belief in evolutionary progress had not lost its luster. In 1920, the English novelist H.G. Wells wrote The Outline of History, described as “a song of evolutionary idealism, faith in progress, and complete optimism.” [2] Before too long, Wells began to lose hope in what he believed would be the inevitabilities of evolutionary advancement and social enrichment.

By 1933, when he published The Shape of Things to Come, he could see no better way to overcome the stubbornness and selfishness between people and nations than a desperate action by intellectual idealists to seize control of the world by force and establish their vision with a universal compulsory educational program. [3]

An elite class of social engineers would be needed to force the “good society” on people whether they wanted it or not. “Finally, shortly before his death, [Wells] wrote an aptly‑titled book, The Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945) in which he concluded that ‘there is no way out, or around, or through the impasse. It is the end.’” [4]

The outlook in America was different. A form of secular optimism prevailed after World War II that even a police action in Korea in the 1950s could not dampen. America had never known defeat in war, and her countryside had not been ravaged by incendiary bombs or nuclear fallout. She was on a roll.

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The post‑war optimism continued with the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1960 and dreams of Camelot. “The phenomenon we call ‘the Sixties’ did not begin at 12.01 A.M. on January 1, 1960. It is not a chronological entity so much as a cultural or mythic one. Even if we identify the myth with the decade, it would be more accurate to say that it began on November 8, 1960, with the election of John F. Kennedy, and ended May 4, 1970, on the campus of Kent State” when National Guardsmen killed four students as a crowd gathered to protest escalation of United States military policy in Vietnam. [5]

The students were not only unarmed; most didn’t realize that the guards’ rifles held live ammunition. Four students were killed: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder. Nine others were injured. After 50 years, we still don’t know why the guard turned and fired.

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Looking back, 50 years later, we can also see clear but less tangible effects. Along with cultural touchstones like the Manson family murders and the concert at Altamont, Kent State marked the symbolic end of the 1960s, stretching from the optimism of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration through the March on Washington to the long hot summers of riots, assassinations and radical activism. If, as the sociologist Todd Gitlin noted, the decade was marked by both hope and rage, then the events of May 4 brought the sober recognition that neither could overcome the will of a militaristic state and a conservative political backlash. (New York Times)

Images of Kent state shooting victims May 4, 1970

Modernism was running full throttle in the early 1960s with its great scientific advances — man was about to conquer the heavens and put a man on the moon — and official judicial statements of atheism with prayer and Bible reading removed from America’s public schools. The theistic house cleaning was now nearly complete. Since 1859, the year that Darwin’s Origin of Specieswas published, modern man had been trying to rid the universe of God and the supernatural. America was about to show the world what man could do without God.

On November 22, 1963, gunfire put an end to the euphoria. As one child of the 1960s put it, “When Kennedy was killed is when America changed.” [6] As if overnight, everything seemed to change. “Tennessee‑born photographer Jim Smith, who describes his experience of the Sixties as ‘having my world view torn apart with nothing to replace it,’ says that ‘the Kennedy assassination really was the trigger.’” [7] The following social chaos was hardly encouraging to an idealistic generation:

Lyndon Johnson’s skillfully and ruthlessly imposed legislative substance — the final culmination of the old Progressive optimism — soon turned to dust in the mouths of his followers. The Vietnam war, race riots, and the deficit‑induced price inflation broke the spirit of the age. Johnson could not be re‑elected in 1968, just four years after he was elected President. [8]

From visions of Camelot to chants of “Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids didja kill today?” America was abandoning what little faith it had in the secular religion of modernism. As if tens of thousands of dead young men were not enough to destroy the worldview of modernism, the murder of two cultural icons confirmed the disintegration of society. “With the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy, we lost our last hope of combating racism or ending the war through the System, and the System lost our consent.” [9]

A crisis of secular faith had emerged. The new generation questioned the orthodoxy of rational neutrality. The guardians of modernism had sent young men and women to the rice paddies of Vietnam, and more than 58,000 of their names grace the Vietnam War Memorial in our nation’s capital. A break with the past was unavoidable. People were calling for “revolution.” They “wanted apocalypse, Utopia,” [10] a world transformed. Transformed by what to what? That was the question.

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Drugs, sexual experimentation, Eastern philosophy, and the occult were all viable options. The counterculture of the 1960s wanted something more than the impersonalism offered by a sterile rationalism. In fact, the best and the brightest of the rationalists had sent America’s youth to Southeast Asia to die. [11] For the first time in her history, America had lost a war. It is no wonder that George Will called the 1960s “the most dangerous decade in America’s life as a nation.” [12]

Postmodernism is the logical outworking of modernism. Stephen Connor says that the “concept of postmodernism cannot be said to have crystallized until about the mid‑1970’s….” [13]Modernism had received some strong criticism, and it was becoming more tenable to assert that the postmodern had come to stay, but it took some time before scholarship really jumped on the bandwagon. [14] Events, violent events, forced the hands of the academic community.

If May 4, 1970, was the day that the war between the generations and classes of white America became a war in earnest, in retrospect it was also the day that war began to end. It was as if the rising tensions had needed to climax in the taking of life. After the strikes in the wake of Kent, the energy of confrontation began to ebb. [15]

But little was resolved. The four young people who were killed at Kent State University by National Guardsmen, through no will of their own, put an end to a misguided revolution. The worldview of modernism was buried with them. The campuses in the 1970s, and even through the 1980s, remained eerily quiet. The silence, however, was not a sign of inaction. A new worldview was being developed without fanfare — a quiet revolution impacting our nation today.

Saul Alinsky, the architect of today’s leftist politics, special interest groups, and the deep State, boldly outlined the needed tactics in his silent revolution primer Rules For Radicals that would establish the New World Order’s marching orders:

Do one of three things. One, go find a wailing wall and feel sorry for yourselves. Two, go psycho and start bombing — but this will only swing people to the right. Three, learn a lesson. Go home, organize, build power and at the next convention, you be the delegates.

Coupled with the earlier directives of Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937) of a “‘long march through the institutions’—the arts, cinema, theater, schools, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, magazines, and the new electronic medium [of the time], radio,” [16] they’ve nearly succeeded.

  1. Gary North, Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism (Tyler, TX: Dominion Press, 1986), 22.[]
  2. Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, [1983] 1993), 2.[]
  3. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 2.[]
  4. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 2.[]
  5. Annie Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?: The Second Coming of the 60’s Generation (New York: Random House/Times Books, 1987), 17).[]
  6. Quoted in Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 17.[]
  7. Quoted in Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 18.[]
  8. North, Unholy Spirits, 23.[]
  9. Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 47.[]
  10. Quoted in Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 18.[]
  11. David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest (New York: Random House, 1972).[]
  12. George Will, “1968: Memories That Dim and Differ,” The Washington Post (January 14, 1988), A27.[]
  13. Stephen Connor, Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary (Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, 1989), 6. The fall of communism in 1989 drove the nail into the coffin of modernism.[]
  14. It is important to distinguish between postmodern and postmodernismPostmodern refers to a period of time, whereas postmodernism refers to a distinct ideology. As Veith points out, “If the modern era is over, we are all postmodern, even though we reject the tenets of postmodernism” (Gene Edward Veith, Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994), 42).[]
  15. Gottlieb, Do You Believe in Magic?, 138.[]
  16. Patrick J. Buchanan, Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (New York: St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2001), 77.[]

The Rise of the Divine State in a Time of Crisis

Apr 27, 2020 by Gary DeMar

A crisis can lead people to make bad decisions. In a time political crisis, the people of Israel chose Saul as their savior-king even after being told what tyranny he would bring on the nation (1 Sam. 8). The Jewish leadership, when given the opportunity to embrace Jesus as their king, the cried out, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15). That choice had a devastating effect on the nation before their generation passed away (Matt. 24:34).

When a great tribulation manifested itself against the Christians in the lead up to the destruction of Jerusalem during Nero’s reign, the were warned not to seek a messianic solution, a new Moses in the wilderness or a savior from the religious establishment from the inner rooms of the temple (24:21-26).

The crisis of the First World War led to the rise of Adolf Hitler. The Great Depression led to the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and increased power and authority of the national government.

Herbert Schlossberg’s masterful study of power in his book Idols for Destruction is both prophetic and frightening:

Rulers have ever been tempted to play the role of father to their people. . . . The state that acts like a wise parent instead of a vindictive judge has been an attractive image to many people. They include ecclesiastical authorities who have completely missed the point of the gospel warning to “call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9). The father is the symbol not only of authority but also of provision. “Our Father who art in heaven…. Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:911). Looking to the state for sustenance is a cultic act [an act of worship]; we rightly learn to expect food from parents, and when we regard the state as the source of physical provision we render to it the obeisance of idolatry. The crowds who had fed on the multiplied loaves and fishes were ready to receive Christ as their ruler, not because of who he was but because of the provision. John Howard Yoder [1] has rightly interpreted that scene: “The distribution of bread moved the crowd to acclaim Jesus as the new Moses, the provider, the Welfare King whom they had been waiting for.” [2]

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Power is most dangerous in the hands of people who believe what they are doing is for our well being because they contend that their intentions to help the less fortunate are righteous and just. It’s the intention to do good things that matters not the actual results. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the power of the ring is not something to be desired even by good people. Even Gandalf and the elves shun the power of the ring. Tolkien is doubtful that any person has the ability to resist the temptation of absolute power promised by the ring, even if that power is used for good. Schlossberg continues:

The paternal state not only feeds its children, but nurtures, educates, comforts, and disciplines them, providing all they need for their security. This appears to be a mildly insulting way to treat adults, but it is really a great crime because it transforms the state from being a gift of God, given to protect us against violence, into an idol. It supplies us with all blessings, and we look to it for all our needs. Once we sink to that level, as [C.S.] Lewis says, there is no point in telling state officials to mind their own business. “Our whole lives are their business.” [3] The paternalism of the state is that of the bad parent who wants his children dependent on him forever. That is an evil impulse. The good parent prepares his children for independence, trains them to make responsible decisions, knows that he harms them by not helping them to break loose. The paternal state thrives on dependency. When the dependents free themselves, it loses power. It is, therefore, parasitic on the very persons whom it turns into parasites. Thus, the state and its dependents march symbiotically [in close union with one another] to destruction. [4]

Once the State gains power, its rulers work relentlessly to maintain power. Since the State gained power by promising the masses security, it must offer more security to maintain its power. Power replaces justice, the true role of civil government:

When the provision of paternal security replaces the provision of justice as the function of the state, the state stops providing justice. The ersatz [artificial and inferior substitute] parent ceases executing judgment against those who violate the law, and the nation begins losing benefits of justice. Those who are concerned about the chaos into which the criminal justice system has fallen should consider what the state’s function has become. Because the state can only be a bad imitation of a father, as a dancing bear act is of a ballerina, the protection of this Leviathan of a father turns out to be a bear hug. [5]

Politicians pick up on the desire for security and dependency and use them for political gain: “The idol state uses the language of compassion because its intention is a messianic one. It finds the masses harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, needing a savior.” [6]

  1. John Howard Yoder, The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Angus Noster, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1972), 34–35.[]
  2. Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, [1983] 1993), 183.[]
  3. C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock, ed. Walter Hooper (Grand Rapids, MI: Erdmans, 1970), 314.[]
  4. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 184.[]
  5. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 184.[]
  6. Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, 185.[]

Beware a Government of Fear

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

One of my Fox colleagues recently sent me an email attachment of a painting of the framers signing the Constitution of the United States. Except in this version, George Washington — who presided at the Constitutional Convention — looks at James Madison — who was the scrivener at the Convention — and says, “None of this counts if people get sick, right?”

In these days of state governors issuing daily decrees purporting to criminalize the exercise of our personal freedoms, the words put into Washington’s mouth are only mildly amusing. Had Washington actually asked such a question, Madison, of all people, would likely have responded: “No. This document protects our natural rights at all times and under all circumstances.”

It is easy, 233 years later, to offer that hypothetical response, particularly since the Supreme Court has done so already when, as readers of this column will recall, Abraham Lincoln suspended the constitutionally guaranteed writ of habeas corpus — the right to be brought before a judge upon arrest — only to be rebuked by the Supreme Court.

The famous line above by Benjamin Franklin, though uttered in a 1755 dispute between the Pennsylvania legislature and the state’s governor over taxes, nevertheless provokes a truism.

Namely, that since our rights come from our humanity, not from the government, foolish people can only sacrifice their own freedoms, not the freedoms of others.

Thus, freedom can only be taken away when the government proves fault at a jury trial. This protection is called procedural due process, and it, too, is guaranteed in the Constitution.

Of what value is a constitutional guarantee if it can be violated when people get sick? If it can, it is not a guarantee; it is a fraud. Stated differently, a constitutional guarantee is only as valuable and reliable as is the fidelity to the Constitution of those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping.

Because the folks in government, with very few exceptions, suffer from what St. Augustine called libido dominandi — the lust to dominate — when they are confronted with the age-old clash of personal liberty versus government force, they will nearly always come down on the side of force.

How do they get away with this? By scaring the daylights out of us. I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime, though our ancestors saw this in every generation. In America today, we have a government of fear. Machiavelli offered that men obey better when they fear you than when they love you. Sadly, he was right, and the government in America knows this.

But Madison knew this as well when he wrote the Constitution. And he knew it four years later when he wrote the Bill of Rights. He intentionally employed language to warn those who lust to dominate that, however they employ governmental powers, the Constitution is “the Supreme Law of the Land” and all government behavior in America is subject to it.

Even if the legislature of the State of New York ordered, as my friend Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who as the governor, cannot write laws that incur criminal punishment — has ordered, it would be invalid as prohibited by the Constitution.

This is not a novel or an arcane argument. This is fundamental American law. Yet, it is being violated right before our eyes by the very human beings we have elected to uphold it. And each of them — every governor interfering with the freedom to make one’s own choices — has taken an express oath to comply with the Constitution.

You want to bring the family to visit grandma? You want to engage in a mutually beneficial, totally voluntary commercial transaction? You want to go to work? You want to celebrate Mass? These are all now prohibited in one-third of the United States.

I tried and failed to find Mass last Sunday. When did the Catholic Church become an agent of the state? How about an outdoor Mass?

What is the nature of freedom? It is an unassailable natural claim against all others, including the government. Stated differently, it is your unconditional right to think as you wish, to say what you think, to publish what you say, to associate with whomever wishes to be with you no matter their number, to worship or not, to defend yourself, to own and use property as you see fit, to travel where you wish, to purchase from a willing seller, to be left alone. And to do all this without a government permission slip.

What is the nature of government? It is the negation of freedom. It is a monopoly of force in a designated geographic area. When elected officials fear that their base is slipping, they will feel the need to do something — anything — that will let them claim to be enhancing safety. Trampling liberty works for that odious purpose. Hence a decree commanding obedience, promising safety and threatening punishment.

These decrees — issued by those who have no legal authority to issue them, enforced by cops who hate what they are being made to do, destructive of the freedoms that our forbearers shed oceans of blood to preserve and crushing economic prosperity by violating the laws of supply and demand — should all be rejected by an outraged populace, and challenged in court.

These challenges are best filed in federal courts, where those who have trampled our liberties will get no special quarter. I can tell you from my prior life as a judge that most state governors fear nothing more than an intellectually honest, personally courageous, constitutionally faithful federal judge.

Fight fear with fear.

Gunnison, Colorado: the town that dodged the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

A century on, what can we learn from how US mountain community dealt with viral outbreak

Spanish influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, Kansas, US in 1918.
 Spanish influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, Kansas, US in 1918. Photograph: Associated Press

In late 1918 the world’s greatest killer – Spanish flu – roared towards Gunnison, a mountain town in Colorado.

The pandemic was infecting hundreds of millions of people in Europe, Africa, Asia and across the United States, overwhelming hospitals and morgues in Boston and Philadelphia before sweeping west, devastating cities, villages and hamlets from Alaska to Texas.

Gunnison, a farming and mining town of about 1,300 people, had special reason to fear. Two railroads connected it to Denver and other population centers, many badly hit. “The flu is after us” the Gunnison News-Champion warned on 10 October. “It is circulating in almost every village and community around us.”

What happened next is instructive amid anew global health emergency a century later as the world struggles react to the emergence of a new coronavirus. Gunnison declared a “quarantine against all the world”. It erected barricades, sequestered visitors, arrested violators, closed schools and churches and banned parties and street gatherings, a de facto lockdown that lasted four months.

It worked. Gunnison emerged from the pandemic’s first two waves – by far the deadliest – without a single case. It was one of a handful of so-called “escape communities” that researchers have analysed for insights into containing the apparently uncontainable.

“Gunnison’s management of the influenza situation, one hallmarked by the application of protective sequestration, is particularly impressive when one considers that nearly every nearby town and county was severely affected by the pandemic,” the University of Michigan Medical School said in a 2006 report for the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency. “The town of Gunnison was exceptional.”

Now it is the turn of coronavirus to race around the world, rattling governments and stock markets and prompting a desperate scramble to contain and control. Tourists stuck in Spanish hotels, Italian streets eerily empty, schools shuttered in Japan, pilgrimages to Islam’s holiest sites banned, international sporting fixtures suspended – a multiplying list of measures amid confusion over how to respond.

The experience of a small town in the Rockies at the end of the first world war does not provide a failsafe blueprint for a different disease in a far more populous, and far more interconnected era. It does however offer tantalising nuggets about about eluding a cataclysm that infected about a third of the global population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people.

Instead of face masks and anti-bacterial hand gels, Gunnsion relied on the guidance and authority of local newspapers, doctors and police – a trust in institutions that may now seem quaint – and on people’s capacity for patience. And on luck.

According to the state health board, influenza arrived in Colorado on or about 20 September 1918 when 250 soldiers from Montana – 13 of them seriously ill – arrived in the city of Boulder. The deadly flu – mistakenly sourced to Spain – swiftly spread.

On 5 October health officials issued a warning and on 16 October the governor, Julius Gunter, issued an executive order banning public and private gatherings across the state. By then towns near Gunnison were already reeling.

Gunnison moved swiftly thanks partly to the News-Champion, which from late September carried at least one front page article on influenza, including practical advice on avoidance and treatment, in each weekly edition.

Dr FP Hanson, the county physician, took a leading role. “An epidemic, terrible in proportions and resultant deaths, is sweeping over the country,” he wrote. “I have caused a strict quarantine to be placed on Gunnison county against the world. Barricades and fences have been erected on all main highways near the county lines.”

Lanterns and signs warned motorists to drive straight through or submit to quarantine. Train passengers who disembarked were quarantined. “Any person may leave the county at his will; none may return except those who will go into voluntary quarantine,” said Hanson. Any violators would be be “dealt with to the fullest extent of the law, and to this we promise our personal attention”, he added.

Officials fortified defences by giving another physician, Dr JW Rockerfeller, “entire charge of both town and county to enforce a quarantine against all the world”. He meant business. When residents reported two motorists and a rail passenger who tried to evade quarantine the sheriff jailed them. “This little instance should show outsiders what Gunnison county’s stand is. We have no flu, and we do not intend to have any,” said Rockerfeller.

The screws tightened. Quarantine was extended from two to five days. Several train stations around the county were shut, facilitating monitoring.

By early February, with state-wide flu cases ebbing, Gunnison lifted restrictions. It was premature: a third wave in March infected about a hundred people in the town. The cases were mild and all survived.

Other “escape communities” in the US included Princeton university, a New York tuberculosis sanatorium, Yerba Buena island in San Francisco bay and the Vermont town of Fletcher. The Michigan Medical School study attributed Gunnison’s feat to strict measures, low population density and luck – no infected person arrived before quarantine.

But a mystery endures: how did residents endure the cabin fever? Those currently under quarantine in Spain, Italy, China and elsewhere could benefit from tips but Gunnison does not appear to remember. Little documentation exists, leaving an information void. “The issue still remains of how to keep up morale and cooperation at a time of heightened stress,” said the study. In 2015 the Guardian appealed to readers of the Gunnison Country Times – a descendant of the News-Champion – for any letters, journals or folk memories about the lockdown. No one replied.

Caring for neighbors during epidemics has long Christian history

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St Thecla praying for plague victims/Tiepolo, 1759

Acting on the Gospel message of charity, Church has been on front lines since early times.

The current pandemic of COVID-19, the lung infection caused by a new coronavirus, has naturally summoned up thoughts of medieval plagues. For at least one commentator, it has also been a reminder that while the world has been through terrible epidemics before, the Church has been at the center of the response to them as well.From the earliest days of Christianity, the community of believers has by and large been motivated by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to not run away from by persevere in the midst of suffering and take risks in the interest of charity.

To be fair, Christians don’t have a monopoly on public service and charity, writes Lymon Stone, a research fellow at the Institute for Family Studies and an advisor at the consulting firm Demographic Intelligence, in Foreign Policy. But, he says, “while people of all faiths, and none, are facing the disease, the distinctive approach to epidemics Christians have adopted over time is worth dusting off.”

Stone provides an insightful overview of Christians’ response to plagues through the centuries, focusing in particular to his own religious tradition, that of the Lutheran Church.

There was, for eagle, the Antonine Plague of the Second Century, which, Stone says, might have killed a quarter of the population of the Roman Empire. It also might have led to the spread of Christianity, some historians suggest, as “Christians cared for the sick and offered an spiritual model whereby plagues were not the work of angry and capricious deities but the product of a broken Creation in revolt against a loving God.”

The Third Century Plague of Cyprian, which might have been related to Ebola, helped set off the Crisis of the Third Century in the Roman world, Stone notes. “But it did something else, too: It triggered the explosive growth of Christianity,” he writes. “Cyprian’s sermons told Christians not to grieve for plague victims (who live in heaven), but to redouble efforts to care for the living. His fellow bishop Dionysius described how Christians, ‘Heedless of danger … took charge of the sick, attending to their every need.’”

The pattern repeated a century later, when the “actively pagan” Emperor Julian would complain bitterly of how “the Galileans” would care for even non-Christian sick people, ….

…while the church historian Pontianus recounts how Christians ensured that “good was done to all men, not merely to the household of faith.” The sociologist and religious demographer Rodney Stark claims that death rates in cities with Christian communities may have been just half that of other cities.

This habit of sacrificial care has reappeared throughout history. In 1527, when the bubonic plague hit Wittenberg, Martin Luther refused calls to flee the city and protect himself. Rather, he stayed and ministered to the sick. The refusal to flee cost his daughter Elizabeth her life. But it produced a tract, “Whether Christians Should Flee the Plague,” where Luther provides a clear articulation of the Christian epidemic response: We die at our posts. Christian doctors cannot abandon their hospitals, Christian governors cannot flee their districts, Christian pastors cannot abandon their congregations. The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.

“For Christians, it is better that we should die serving our neighbor than surrounded in a pile of masks we never got a chance to use,” Stone sums up. “And if we care for each other, if we share masks and hand soap and canned foods, if we ‘are our brother’s keeper,’ we might actually reduce the death toll, too.”

Stone notes that early Christians created the first hospitals in Europe as hygienic places to provide care during times of plague. Attention to hygiene, he says, was important early on, as Christians were well aware of the fact that serving the afflicted was limited by concern for not infecting the healthy at the same time.

The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seemed to second what Stone said this week, when he was quoted by the Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

“I have witnessed firsthand the impact of the faith community’s work in global disease outbreaks,” said Dr. William Redfield, director of the CDC, in a statement. “The same compassion, counsel and care will be just as important as we confront this new virus and as many Americans and others around the world experience disruption in their daily lives.”

The Catholic Review article was about Redfield’s life as a Catholic. “The faith community has always stepped in to enhance response efforts where our public health and clinical settings lack the capacity or expertise to comfort patients, families and whole communities,” he said.

Virus Fearmongerers Prevail

This is the optimistic position (Ed).

 

Lockdowns, Quarantines, Travel Restrictions Are All That Politicians Have To Quell An Infection That Is Far Less Deadly Than The Seasonal Flu. Politicians Are Misled By Health Authorities Who Fail To Inform Better Than 9 In 10 Have Mild Or No Symptoms & Will Not Require Future Vaccination

While Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns millions of people will be infected by a mutated coronavirus, public health authorities fail to inform politicians and the public that most (80+%) healthy people exhibit mild or no symptoms, develop natural antibodies that will provide life-long immunity and will not require future vaccination.

If we had a vaccine that is as effective as the natural immunity that is now being exhibited, we would call it a miracle vaccine.  The typical efficacy of flu vaccines ranges from 30-50% with almost total ineffectiveness among high-risk groups (elderly and young children).

Harvard professor says up 70% of the global population will be infected with coronavirus within the next year.  That is actually a positive because most will naturally develop antibodies.  If one were to say 70% of the world just got vaccinated against coronavirus that would be considered a major achievement but if 70% were naturally immunized against coronavirus without a needle and syringe that would be considered a dire problem.  Why?

For the first time the public is witnessing what happens when there is no vaccine available for an infectious respiratory tract infection.  Millions of people are being exposed to a wintertime pathogen (virus and/or bacterium) in addition to the seasonal flu.  Better than 9 in 10 experience mild or no symptoms and develop natural life-long antibodies to these infectious germs without the aid of a vaccine.  This equates to massive over-vaccination for seasonal influenza.

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As of March 12, 2020, only 37 coronavirus deaths have been reported in the U.S., an unusually low number compared to deaths from wintertime influenza that are frankly over-stated by the Centers for Disease Control every year in an attempt to scare the masses to vaccinate.

Quarantines counterproductive

Coronavirus outbreaks on ocean liners are instructive – hundreds of passengers, largely older vacationing adults, were initially found to be infected but the death rate was under 1%. (Note: news agencies are burying these early reports and re-linking to more recent updates).  An analysis of elderly vacationers on board an ocean liner reveals a quarantine resulted in infection of 619 passengers rather than the predicted 70 if the quarantine was not mandated.

Quarantines are not likely to quell the epidemic as the more the public spends time indoors, often breathing air that is commonly shared in homes and offices, the more likelihood of vitamin D deficiency.

Hospitalization completely deprives patients of their primary source of vitamin D – – the sun, with no supplementation to normalize vitamin D blood levels.  Modern medicine is averse to vitamin therapy.

Vaccination questioned

The public should not be clamoring for a vaccine.  While at least a dozen biotech companies have coronavirus vaccines in development, an experimental study ended up killing laboratory animals.

No vaccine will ever be highly effective in high-risk groups (diabetics, obese, smokers, etc.) against ANY infectious disease because, due to nutrient shortages, these individuals cannot adequately produce life-long T-cell generated antibodies against pathogenic bacteria or viruses.

Given that vaccination IS the disease (so-called live or attenuated viruses), vaccination among immune-compromised individuals appears unwise, but is modern medicine’s only preventive. An analysis by this author reveals universal vaccination would result in more infections and deaths than no vaccination at all.

Deaths from weakened immunity, not germs

The number of people dying are not succumbing to potentially pathogenic viruses and bacteria, they are dying because of a weakened immune system.  The pathogens are always there.  Weakened immunity in winter allows pathogenic bacteria and viruses to replicate.

Smokers, diabetics, obese, alcohol abusers, prescription or illicit drug users, and nutrient deficient individuals are at greatest risk for a mortal outcome and should be advised to supplement their diet with vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc.

Is it only COVID-19?

The precise origin of these respiratory tract infections is in question as health authorities do not have a sufficient number of testing kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus and use mouth swabbing, x-rays and clinical symptoms to diagnose this infectious disease that appears to spread in households but not into the community.  Simultaneous co-infection may be in play, complicating any planned vaccines.

Health authorities didn’t tell you the tests for this virus have a lot of (47%) false positives.  Authorities were saying the tests weren’t even available.  In one study, among 1460 cases of unexplained respiratory illnesses reported to the Centers For Disease Control, only 2% were laboratory confirmed coronavirus.

Targeted prevention

The goal should be to target high risk groups and boost their immunity with vitamins and trace minerals like vitamins C and D and zinc – – zinc being required to produce T-cells that produce life-long memory antibodies.

Sunshine is the cure to ward off werewolves and coronavirus

The obvious escapes public attention.  Public health authorities are remiss to advise the public to take vitamin D pills to ward off symptoms of a wintertime virus that will likely subside as the earth turns on its axis towards the sun (from wintertime to spring solstice) and will restore sunshine vitamin D levels in northern climates.  There are no coronavirus outbreaks reported among countries that are located near the equator where sunshine vitamin D blood levels remain high.

Hand washing, face masks ineffective

Handwashing and face masks are not likely to be effective as the primary problem is weak immunity.  The same germs are in circulation in summer months, but sunshine vitamin D protects from infection.  An analysis of published studies reveals adequate vitamin D blood levels reduce the risk for pneumonia, the end-point in all infectious lung diseases.

ACE inhibitors

Hundreds of millions of prescriptions are generated for ACE inhibitors to control blood pressure.  ACE is particularly high in lung tissues.  A receptor (doorway) for coronaviruses enter living cells is angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE2).  Once inside the cell, these viruses utilize the genetic machinery of the cell to replicate.  ACE-inhibiting drugs would close that cellular doorway.

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However, ACE-2 depends upon zinc and helps to activate white blood cells in their germ-killing.     ACE inhibitors (Lisinopril) operate to control blood pressure by depletion of zinc.   Over-production of ACE has been shown to demonstrably quell bacterial infections.  Anyone taking ACE-inhibiting drugs to widen their blood vessels in order to control blood pressure should supplement their diet with zinc to ensure antibody-producing T-cells are adequately produced.

America is healthier to begin with

Because of water chlorination and food fortification, the American public is not as likely to exhibit the same level of mortality as in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak was reported to have begun.

What the public is not learning from public health officials is that whatever potentially pathogenic germ (virus or bacterium) that is infecting world populations, it is not particularly deadly and over 9 in 10 healthy adults recover.

An analysis indicates a different germ may be in play (not what hit Wuhan).  The people who flew back to the U.S. from China did not spread the disease beyond their immediate families.  Death rates inside the Wuhan, China area are low but much higher than the rest of the world.  Italy is another hotspot.  But these infectious hotspots are actually believed to be caused by a mycobacterium that causes a different lung disease – tuberculosis.