Last updated: Jan 28, 2021
I focus on nutrition because I fully believe that food is medicine. Sure, we may initially need some support in terms of medicine or supplements, especially if we’ve done a lot of damage to the body. But with time, the right nutrient-dense foods and a bit of faith and hope can help us get back to optimal health (or as close to it as possible).
First of all, this is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner, this research is for educational purposes only.
I fully believe that getting healthy and eating the right foods is the best defense against COVID-19. Of course, not everyone has the luxury to do this, especially the immunocompromised. But people that have Type II diabetes, for example, can absolutely change their diet, reverse diabetes, and their overall risk profile with COVID-19.
I don’t buy into terminologies and labels. These labels are intentionally created with a negative connotation. As an example, if I believe that an animal-based diet is nutritionally better than a plant-based diet, am I really a conspiracy theorist?
Why do we consider something different from status quo as a conspiracy or theory?
According to Wikipedia, “A conspiracy, also known as a plot, is a secret plan or agreement between persons (called conspirers or conspirators) for an unlawful or harmful purpose, such as murder or treason, especially with political motivation, while keeping their agreement secret from the public or from other people affected by it. In a political sense, conspiracy refers to a group of people united in the goal of usurping, altering or overthrowing an established political power. Depending on the circumstances, a conspiracy may also be a crime, or a civil wrong. The term generally implies wrongdoing or illegality on the part of the conspirators, as people would not need to conspire to engage in activities that were lawful and ethical, or to which no one would object.” [emphasis added] (Source)
I’m sorry, but I don’t share about meat’s healing powers because I’m conspiring to harm the public. In fact, I’m trying to do just about the opposite. Meat gave me a second chance at life. Meat helped to properly fuel my body and pulled me out of depression and a crippling eating disorder. Now I dedicate my life to giving back, hoping no one has to go through any semblance of my darkest days.
I also want to share that this has nothing to do with if the virus is real or what the bigger meaning is from a governmental mandate-perspective. There are way more people that have done extensive research during this virus to make a better, more-informed opinion and so I am not discussing any of that here. This is just to talk solely about the touted solution, the SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 vaccine.
My last disclaimer is that like with the labels above, I do not consider myself an anti-vaxxer. I hate that word. Anti- just sounds negative. Sure, there are risks to vaccines and there are populations of people that should be very wary of them. In Carnivore Cure, I share some of the ingredients in standard vaccines from the CDC and the vaccine manufacturers. No opinions were added. Just the facts were shared.
I also tried to be as honest with citations as possible. My former editor told me to always use well-established citations as fact (since it’s the status quo). So in this writing, I share citations mostly from mass media outlets or studies from well-regarded journals.
What’s in a Vaccine
So have you taken a peek into the CDC’s list for vaccine ingredients? The adjuvants and ingredients have aluminum and mercury, dead fetus cells, monkey brains, and animal cells.
I believe that the immunocompromised babies should be wary of vaccines and possibly space them out or only get the critical ones. (Maybe there are no critical ones.) I have not done enough research because I frankly just don’t need to. My kids are both vaccinated. My oldest has all the vaccines up to the age of four and is current on the U.S. schedule for vaccinations.
Would I have made the same decisions as I did prior?
Probably not but I have not done enough research to say either way. I don’t know if today, I would have chosen zero vaccines. I honestly don’t know.
But I Do Have Questions About Vaccines. A Lot of Them.
For example, we are told not to give our babies eggs because of the high food sensitivity, anaphylactic risks. (Source)
Okay, so no eggs.
But why did my son get a flu shot with egg whites in them at the age of 6 months? Some babies don’t even try solids at that age.
Per the CDC “LAIV4 Contraindications and Precautions
- History of severe allergic reaction to any vaccine component or after previous dose of any influenza vaccine;
- ACIP recommends that persons with egg allergy of any severity receive influenza vaccine (see Persons with Egg Allergy, above).
- Information about vaccine components is located in package inserts from the manufacturer.
- Concomitant aspirin or salicylate-containing therapy in children and adolescents;
- Children aged 2 through 4 years who have received a diagnosis of asthma or whose parents or caregivers report that a health care provider has told them during the preceding 12 months that their child had wheezing or asthma or whose medical record indicates a wheezing episode has occurred during the preceding 12 months;
- Children and adults who are immunocompromised due to any cause, including but not limited to immunosuppression caused by medications, congenital or acquired immunodeficiency states, HIV infection, anatomic asplenia, or functional asplenia (such as that due to sickle-cell anemia);
- Close contacts and caregivers of severely immunosuppressed persons who require a protected environment;
- Persons with active communication between the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the oropharynx, nasopharynx, nose, or ear or any other cranial CSF leak;
- Persons with cochlear implants (due to the potential for CSF leak, which might exist for some period of time after implantation. Providers might consider consulting with a specialist concerning risk of persistent CSF leak if an age-appropriate inactivated or recombinant vaccine cannot be used);
- Receipt of influenza antiviral medication within the previous 48 hours for oseltamivir and zanamivir, 5 days for peramivir, and 17 days for baloxavir, due to potential for interference with replication of live vaccine virus. Influenza antivirals may also interfere with the action of LAIV4 if given within 2 weeks after vaccination.
- Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever;
- Guillain–Barré syndrome within 6 weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine;
- Asthma in persons aged ≥5 years;
- Other underlying medical conditions that might predispose to complications attributable to severe influenza; e.g., chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular (excluding isolated hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus).” (CDC Source)
Egg whites are known to have high sensitives because of the avidin protein. Not only that, once eggs are laid, they cannot run from their predators, and so just like plants, they have protective mechanisms to protect the unhatched chick. These protective proteins are all in the egg whites in the forms of avidin, lysozyme, and other proteins. (Source).
Interesting fact, while less than 5 percent of Americans are intolerant to egg whites (often due to the avidin), lysozyme causes sensitivities to mostly everyone, risking chances of leaky gut. If you have gut imbalances, you may want to stay away from egg whites while healing. (Source).
Back to the topic, I’m glad my son didn’t have a sensitivity to eggs because I proceeded to get three more flu vaccines up to the age of two (I didn’t know any of this. I’m just going by his chart above).
I also am an 80’s child, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. We were the perfect patients and did as the doctor instructed. I got my vaccines, all eight of them before the age of 2, and never with more than two shots per visit. In 1940, some children received four shots before the age of 2 but never more than one shot per visit.
So why is my child, in 2014, getting forty-nine doses of 14 vaccines by the age of 6? (and again, yes, my son received every single one of these).
What changed so drastically in 30 years that we need all these extra vaccines and their boosters?
And why did they make a chickenpox vaccine in 1995?
What was so wrong with getting chickenpox (varicella)? Each year, an estimated 100–150 people died from chickenpox.
Per the CDC:
There are even clear warnings on the CDC site about those that should not get the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine. (Source)
“Some people should not get chickenpox vaccine or they should wait.
- People should not get chickenpox vaccine if they have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of chickenpox vaccine or any ingredient of the vaccine, including gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin.
- People who are moderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled should usually wait until they recover before getting chickenpox vaccine.
- Pregnant women should not get chickenpox vaccine. They should wait to get chickenpox vaccine until after they have given birth. Women should not get pregnant for 1 month after getting chickenpox vaccine.
- People should check with their doctor about whether they should get chickenpox vaccine if they:
- Have HIV/AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system
- Are being treated with drugs that affect the immune system, such as steroids, for 2 weeks or longer
- Have any kind of cancer
- Are getting cancer treatment with radiation or drugs
- Recently had a transfusion or were given other blood products
- Immune Conditions in Family Members
People should check with their doctor about whether they should get chickenpox vaccine if they have immune conditions in first degree relatives (parents, siblings) that can be inherited (called immunodeficiencies).
Most children who have family members with immune system problems can safely get varicella vaccine, as long as they themselves have a healthy immune system.
Generally speaking, anyone with a damaged immune system should not get live vaccines, such as chickenpox vaccine. But most immune system problems are not related to the patient’s family. They come from illnesses such as cancer, or from medications such as chemotherapy drugs.
But there are some rare immune conditions that can run in the family. So children whose parents or brothers or sisters have one of these conditions should be screened before getting chickenpox vaccine to make sure they haven’t inherited it. Children with a family history of these conditions can get the chickenpox vaccine if they are found not to have the conditions themselves.” (Source)
These warnings seem scary when the death rate for chickenpox is only about 100-150 people per year. The U.S. population is currently estimated at 332,000,000.
In the quick 10 minutes we have with standard care, how will a doctor know if I’ve used steroids or ascertain these other risk factors? My doctor never asked me if my son had risks or exposures to any of these. Well, I used Cortaid (hydrocortisone), a corticosteroid on my son before for insect bites, rashes, and hives. Thankfully, again, he didn’t have an adverse reaction.
Additionally, there seems to be an inverse relationship between having a history of chickenpox and the risk of brain cancer (glioma). One study found a 21 percent reduced risk of developing brain cancer (glioma) if you’ve had a history of chickenpox. (Source)
Did I just compromise my children’s future health by getting the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine?
Again, these are questions that I do have and remain today. Why was I never told these risks?
Weighing the Risks
Every single mother, father, and person, should have the right to decide what is right for themselves and their family with all the information at the table. I am not anti-vax (maybe) but I am absolutely anti-withholding information. I don’t think the doctors do it out of malice. It’s what they were taught and what they believe without question is right.
If doctors follow the Hippocratic oath, which is swearing to uphold ethical standards including first and foremost of doing no harm (non-maleficence), then doctors must understand that every single person is different and that every single medication will not work the same for every single individual. (Source)
We don’t need a degree to understand that simple logic. If we know this to be true, then we must know that just as some medications will help some, some will also hurt some. It’s just simple probability.
Infants and Vaccines
In Carnivore Cure, I also brought up that our infant mortality rate in the U.S. is abysmal.
There are many possible reasons why our infant mortality rates are bad compared to the rest of the world (e.g., planned cesarean sections discussed in Carnivore Cure) but it may also be due to vaccines.
One study showed that the U.S. requires 26 vaccine doses before an infant is a year old. In fact, we have the most in the world yet 33 countries have lower infant mortality rates. They grouped vaccine counts per country and found a statistically significant correlation (using the Tukey-Kramer testing method with linear regression analysis). (Source)
“In 2009, five of the 34 nations with the best [infant mortality rate] IMRs required 12 vaccine doses, the least amount, while the United States required 26 vaccine doses, the most of any nation.” (Source)
Can our aggressive vaccine schedule have anything to do with our infant mortality rate? You can see the full table below. (Source)
Now I want to be as transparent and balanced as possible in my writing. One of the authors of this study had a vaccine-injured daughter. Still, I don’t think this impacts numbers. There’s certainly a motive but it doesn’t make facts lie. Facts like:
- The U.S. has the most aggressive vaccine schedule for newborns.
- The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate compared to 33 other countries.
- Other countries with fewer vaccines (vaccines that are intended to shield us from disease) have less infant mortality rates.
- Wealth is not a factor as the U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries per GDP and has more accessibility to sanitation and health care.
What’s more concerning is that based on a recent CDC study, vaccine rates in May of 2020 fell by almost 50% for infants five months and younger (compared to May 2016 in the Michigan area).
The CDC also reported that between March and April of 2020, 2.5 million-doses were not taken of standard childhood vaccines and that there was a 250,000-dose decline in measles vaccines. These numbers don’t even include the flu vaccine. (Source)
COVID-19 has increased the child mortality rate, globally. But between February and August of 2020, in the U.S., the infant mortality rate decreased. (Source)
U.S. infant deaths under the age of 1, decreased by 12.3% (compared to 2018), and U.S. children between the ages of 1-4, decreased by 9.1%. (Source)
Yes, maybe it’s because kids were home with their parents. Maybe there were fewer freak accidents. Maybe kids were sick less because they weren’t exposed to illness at care centers. But if kids were frequently dying because of schools and daycares, we’d frankly be hearing about it.
Now to be fair again, some of the countries with the least amount of vaccines also showed a decrease in child deaths, but the source, the Human Mortality Database included all kids aged 0 to 14 and between 2019 to 2020. I wonder how different the numbers would look if it only included the prime ages of getting vaccines (ages 0-1 and then 2-4). (Source)
Could it be that with fewer infant vaccinations, the overall infant mortality decreased? After all, the CDC reported that in March and April of 2020, 2.5 million-doses were not taken of standard childhood vaccines. (Source)
I don’t know all the reasons, but I’m left with even more questions.
My parents are 69 this year. My mother had a history of Type II diabetes and had issues with asthma—a complication from diabetes. She took metformin to help balance her blood sugar levels but it wasn’t until she went keto carnivore that she reversed all her conditions.
She would wake up nearly every hour and had to use an asthma inhaler in the middle of the night to stop incessantly coughing. Two years into the diet, she rarely ever wakes up and she doesn’t own an inhaler or take metformin.
It was my healing (mental health) and her healing (physical health, metabolic disease) that got me passionate about nutrition and why I become a nutritional therapy practitioner. The fact that both of our very different diseases were bettered with a simple change in food was so powerful.
Again, why were we never told this?
Why was I never told to change my diet when I was suffering from severe post-partum depression and my mom was suffering from diabetes and related complications? (She was told to cut added sugars but also recommended to eat lots of whole grains).
Again, so many questions.
My mom lives in Los Angeles. The fear there is quite rampant. I get it, the death rate is higher there but I don’t understand the extent of the fear. My mom has now canceled her flight to visit us and we have been told to not visit unless we self-quarantine and get PCR-tested.
As my mom has taken care of herself over the years, she’s healthier than ever. I can’t help wonder why she is worried when per the CDC, her survival rate is 99.5% (ages 50-69) or 94.6% (ages 70+). (Source, Source, Source)
(Per the CDC) COVID-19 Risk Related to Underlying Medical Conditions
“Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.
Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of many underlying medical conditions on the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus”
My mom does not fit any of these categories. If she eats off-plan, she may have pre-diabetic numbers but she is not a Type II diabetic. But she’s still scared.
(In)effectiveness of Flu Vaccine
What I really find perplexing is that the common cold is a virus.
The flu is too.
We have never successfully been able to find a vaccine that can take care of the common cold. We have a lackluster success rate with the yearly flu shot, maybe 30 percent.
No, it’s worse than that. During the 2018-2019 flu season, the flu shot to prevent influenza A (H3N2 strain) was only 9 percent effective among all age groups. Between 50-64-year-olds, it’s negative and only 13 percent effective for older than 65-year-olds. (Source)
For influenza B virus, it was 34 percent effective for all age groups. (Source)
So if we know these things to hold true—that we can’t even get the annual flu shot right—how can we be so sure about the new mRNA vaccine?
mRNA is gene-based technology (note: Oxford-AstraZeneca uses a traditional vaccine approach). The basic difference is that conventional vaccines uses weakened forms of a specific virus in a chicken egg or certain mammalian cells (human and animals) whereas RNA vaccines use the pathogenic’s genetic code.
“As Pfizer notes, RNA is “injected into the body and enters cells, where it provides instructions to produce antigens,” or a piece of the virus. The cell then “presents the antigens to the immune system, prompting T-cell and antibody responses that can fight the disease.” (Source)
In conventional vaccines, an antigen is injected into the body. The immune system then produces antibodies to this antigen, so if the body ever comes across this specific pathogen in the future, it’s already armed with tools to fight it off. (Source)
So while mRNA doesn’t rewrite your DNA, it introduces a messenger RNA molecule that causes cells to make a protein that resembles a viral protein from COVID-19. The thought is that the immune cells will then create an immune response to that (viral) protein.
mRNA can change the expression of our genes. In fact, a study released in January 2020 (right before COVID-19 became a pandemic), shared how in areas where RNA binds to one DNA thread (where there is only one sole thread) the DNA stability will change if the RNA is chemically modified. (Source)
Fertility and the mRNA Vaccine
The virus is known to do damage to the syncytiotrophoblast. This epithelial covering of the embryonic placenta villi ensures nutrients pass between the embryo and the mother. The risk with the mRNA vaccine is the possible risk to the syncytiotrophoblast. With the actual virus, it can damage this epithelial covering (the syncytiotrophoblast) but the damage will stop once the virus goes away. (Source)
The risk with the vaccine is that with an active immune (COVID-19) response in the body, the body may forever adversely impact the placenta (the syncytiotrophoblast). This is probably why women of the child-bearing age group are less inclined to get the vaccine. (Source)
The reality is that the vaccine is so new that we just don’t know what the effect on the placenta will be long term. And a possible risk can be fertility issues.
We just don’t know.
Liability and the PREP Act
In 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) which provides immunity from liability to all vaccine manufacturers. At least with these childhood vaccines, there is a Vaccine Adverse Effect Registry and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program where there are some compensatory measures for vaccine injuries.
Now with the roll out of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act), all vaccine companies are not liable for adverse vaccine effects (removing even further liabilities).
“The PREP Act authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary) to issue a PREP Act declaration. The declaration provides immunity from liability (except for willful misconduct) for claims:
- of loss caused, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from administration or use of countermeasures to diseases, threats and conditions
- determined by the Secretary to constitute a present, or credible risk of a future public health emergency
- to entities and individuals involved in the development, manufacture, testing, distribution, administration, and use of such countermeasures.
A PREP Act declaration is specifically for the purpose of providing immunity from liability, and is different from, and not dependent on, other emergency declarations.” (Source)
Additionally, the mRNA vaccine makers have applied for investigation use status, meaning in an adverse event, the legal standard will be as experimental medications (meaning fewer legal ramifications) and with the PREP Act, the liability is even less. (Source)
In fact, Bill Gates told CNBC that the flu vaccine isn’t effective in the elderly (video clip 2:45), and that “there may be 700,000 people that may have to suffer the adverse consequences of the vaccine for the mRNA vaccine solution and that governments will have to be involved because there will be some risk and indemnification needed…” (Source)
I don’t want my parents to be part of that 700,000.
No one should be.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a large investor of vaccine companies. They invested in Pfizer (2002), $52M in CureVac (2015), Vir Biotechnology (2016-2017), and $55M in BioNTech in September 2019. Gates has also donated $100M to COVID-19 treatments and prevention efforts. (Source, Source)
How Vaccines Get Approved for the Public
Vaccines have a strenuous proecss to make it to the public. There are many phases and stages of testing (you can see some below and in the source links). Vaccines can take anywhere from 10 to 20 years before they go public. This assumes that they pass each stage and even make it to market. (Source)
Per the CDC,
“Development of New Vaccines
The general stages of the development cycle of a vaccine are:
- Exploratory stage
- Pre-clinical stage
- Clinical development
- Regulatory review and approval
- Quality control
Clinical development is a three-phase process. During Phase I, small groups of people receive the trial vaccine. In Phase II, the clinical study is expanded and vaccine is given to people who have characteristics (such as age and physical health) similar to those for whom the new vaccine is intended. In Phase III, the vaccine is given to thousands of people and tested for efficacy and safety.
Many vaccines undergo Phase IV formal, ongoing studies after the vaccine is approved and licensed.
Vaccine Product Approval Process
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.
The sponsor of a new vaccine product follows a multi-step approval process, which typically includes
- An Investigational New Drug application
- Pre-licensure vaccine clinical trials
- A Biologics License Application (BLA)
- Inspection of the manufacturing facility
- Presentation of findings to FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committeeexternal icon (VRBPAC)
- Usability testing of product labeling
After approving a vaccine, FDA continues to oversee its production to ensure continuing safety. Monitoring of the vaccine and of production activities, including periodic facility inspections, must continue as long as the manufacturer holds a license for the vaccine product.
FDA can require a manufacturer submit the results of their own tests for potency, safety, and purity for each vaccine lot. FDA can require each manufacturer submit samples of each vaccine lot for testing.
Vaccines initially test on animals before they test on humans. In animal trials alone, there are many steps. Not only do they have to find the right test animal (and species), they have to find the right people that can handle the vaccine and the animal species. They also have to identify any specific controls and then be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure approval of animal care (Animal Welfare Act). (Source)
Human testing usually has three phases. The first phase starts with the healthiest people (20-100 people) and then by phase three they test on hundreds of thousands of people.
But most pharmaceutical drugs never make it to market. In one study, the fail-rate for vaccines was found to be 66.6%. Almost 67% of vaccines never make it past the three (phase) trials to get approved for public-use. In this particular study, the overall likelihood of success for all drugs and vaccines was 13.8%. (Source)
That’s less than 15% efficacy. (Source)
Additionally, the gold standard in studies is replicating studies. This is why in studies, they meticulously explain their approach and all controls. The goal is full transparency.
But most vaccines never make it out of the animal trials to test on humans. (Source)
Due to the pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccines did not follow many of these gold standards. They overlapped pre-clinical trials (animal testing) with the early phase of trials (the three phases of human testing) and no independently published animal studies of the vaccines were produced (no replication).
When the COVID-19 vaccine was first released to the public, there also had been no testing on specific populations such as pregnant women, the elderly or children. Essentially, phase 3 of human testing was never performed before the COVID-19 vaccine was released to the public.
And for full disclosure, sadly, most studies can’t seem to be replicated. I can’t help but wonder if published results are not completely honest outcomes. This is why in Carnivore Cure, I talk about the power (and danger) of studies. In some studies, “publications funded by companies were four to eight times more likely to have favorable conclusions about the company’s product.” And in this particular COVID-19 vaccine efficacy paper, the test was funded by Johnson & Johnson, the producer of the particular vaccine. (Source, Source)
(Paradoxical) Immune Enhancement – SARS-CoV(-1)
COVID-19’s technical name is SARS-CoV-2. The number 2 isn’t arbitrary. There is a SAR-CoV(-1) and even though they tried for decades, they never were able to create a successful coronavirus vaccine (oftentimes the animals died).
Studies for MERS and SARS-CoV(-1) initially showed promising results of a strong antibody response to the coronavirus. But once the animals were exposed to the real virus, they suffered overreactive immune responses. This immune enhancement was discovered while trying to develop the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine. (Source)
The Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE) is when a virus leverages antibodies to worsen the infection. So these vaccines’ antibodies worsen the infection rather than prevent the virus from spreading. This is why SARS-CoV(-1) never had a successful vaccine. They all failed in the animal trials. (Source)
In 1976, the government tried to vaccinate the population with the Swine Flu vaccine. But after 450 people came down with Guillain-Barre, they stopped the vaccination program. The issue was the Antibody-Dependent Enhancement. (Source)
This COVID-19 vaccine is so new that we don’t know if the people that have been vaccinated will have the Antibody-Dependent Enhancement if they come across the real virus. Hopefully, these COVID-19 vaccine antibodies prevent the virus from spreading and not worsen the infection.
FDA Approval Doesn’t Mean the Vaccine Works Well
When the FDA approves a drug or vaccine, it does not necessarily mean it works well.
It’s just the best pharmaceutical option available.
I talked about the seasonal flu vaccine. The (in)effectiveness of the flu vaccine table was pulled from the CDC’s website. The FDA knows the flu vaccine doesn’t work well. (Source)
There’s simply no pharmaceutical intervention and only time will tell the true efficacy of any drug or vaccine. (Source)
COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy
There is also no guarantee the vaccine will stop the virus. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the main goal of the COVID-19 vaccines are to stop severe cases and life-threatening complications. Preventing COVID-19 infections and transmissions is secondary. (Source, Source, Source)
So the vaccine is meant to help the really sick, but there is no guarantee of fewer transmission risks.
The irony is that the really sick or very immunocompromised are recommended not to get the vaccine. (Source)
Per the FDA, PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 Vaccine Handout:
“WHAT SHOULD YOU MENTION TO YOUR VACCINATION PROVIDER BEFORE YOU GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?
Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
• have any allergies
• have a fever
• have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
• are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
• are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
• are breastfeeding
• have received another COVID-19 vaccine
WHO SHOULD NOT GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?
You should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine if you:
• had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
• had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.” (Source)
Aren’t they the population that we are trying to help with this vaccine?
January 28, 2021 update: Germany has just announced that they recommend against the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over the age of 65. Now even more questions remain. Isn’t this the group of people we are trying to help with the vaccine? If it’s not recommended for age 65+ in Germany, is it safe for age 65+ everywhere else in the world? Will a similar announcement be made of the other COVID-19 vaccines? (Source)
And Merck, one of the largest vaccine companies, couldn’t produce a public-ready vaccine. They just announced that they are scrapping their two COVID-19 vaccine options. If Merck, a pharmaceutical company that plays heavily in the vaccine space cannot make a proper COVID-19 vaccine, can we trust these smaller, new players like BioNTech? Merck was founded in 1668 (57,000 employees) while BioNTech was founded in 2008 (1,323 employees). (Source, Source, Source).
Now my husband always recommends me to be balanced and so I looked for the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. So per the CDC, here are the top 8 facts about the COVID-19 vaccines. (Source)
I can review each one but for the sake of brevity, number 2 and number 8 are false (note that I’ve never made such a strong choice of words in my writing thus far). With Dr. Fauci’s statements and the statements from the vaccine makers, number 2 and number 8 are completely false.
The CDC last updated this page on January 5, 2021, so maybe the page is yet to be updated.
Prevention Is Key
I will always advocate for a nutrient-dense real food, low carbohydrate diet. This lowers the risks of comorbidity from the already high survival rate of 94.6%, 99.5%, 99.98% or 99.997%.
But even if you do get COVID-19, there are other options out there for support.
Hydroxychloroquine – HCQ
When COVID-19 was first spreading, doctors tried one medication, Hydroxychloroquine. This medication is often used as an over-the-counter product in many countries outside the U.S.
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is a drug that has been used by millions of people globally for the last 60 years. In Africa, the wholesale cost for HCQ is about $5 for 30 days of treatment. In the U.S., HCQ has been used since 1955. There are about 5 million prescriptions for HCQ annually for illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (both autoimmune illnesses), and malaria.
Fifteen years ago, Hydroxychloroquine was used to work against SARS-CoV(-1) I discussed earlier—the COVID virus that they were never able to successfully make a vaccine that could be tested on humans.
President Trump advocated for Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 until May of 2020. In May of 2020, the Lancet published an article that said otherwise.
In May of 2020, The Lancet published a study of 96,032 COVID-19 patients. Considering controls and confounding factors, the drugs Hydroxychloroquine with a macrolide, Chloroquine, and Chloroquine with a macrolide “increased risk in-hospital mortality” and “increased risk of de-novo ventricular arrhythmia during hospitalisation.” (Lancet 2020, Source)
The Lancet is one of the oldest and best known international medical journals. It was founded in 1823 and as a prestigious medical journal, has a highly-regarded, process to get published—they call it “Publishing Excellence.”
“As trusted sources of information, the Lancet journals set extremely high standards for publishing, and we are committed to ensuring that our editorial processes meet our standards of excellence. From peer review, through our in-house editing process, production, to publication and beyond, the entire Lancet team brings a wealth of expertise in scholarly publishing.
The Lancet journals follow best practice guidance on publishing excellence from the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and adhere to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. Our editors are members of the ICMJE and COPE.
The Lancet’s editorial policies will evolve in line with best practice in the sector as well as the changing nature of scientific research and scholarly publishing. When relevant, Lancet editors may publish updates to our policies – which may go beyond the requirements of the ICMJE – these have been included below.” (Source, Source)
With all the due diligence in place for Publishing Excellence, we should expect a level of authority and validity. And so it makes sense that the media outlets spread the journal piece, warning of the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 support.
But in June of 2020, The Lancet quietly retracted the paper. I’ve never really seen the Lancet retract a paper because of their status in the medical journal space. Unfortunately, the damage had been done. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has become a controversial drug. (Source)
Interestingly, one study showed the efficacy of preventing the SARS-CoV(-1) virus in a cell culture using HCQ. Preventing the spread is a pretty strong statement, even if it was for SARS-CoV(-1) and not today’s SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The COVID-19 vaccination can’t even claim it can prevent the spread of COVID-19, even after getting vaccinated. (Source)
One study showed that HCQ’s use in poor countries is showing an increase in survival rates by 80%. (Figure 4).
One website aggregates all studies that show HCQ’s response to COVID-19. Early treatment with HCQ has a 67% positive effect in treatment per 230 HCQ studies, which include 165 peer-reviewed studies. You can click on each study and you can view the data in various ways. (Source)
To be fair, I checked the NIH’s site on the official opinion of HCQ. They share a few studies but it’s not convincing. You can read the specifics on their site (last updated in Oct 2020). Their recommendations are below. (Source)
Another controversial support is Ivermectin. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug that is used for parasites, roundworms, malaria and commonly used for dogs.
In one study, Ivermectin showed that 100% of 60 COVID-19 patients got better in less than one week. (Source)
The previous website that had Hydroxychloroquine peer-reviewed studies for COVID-19 also has a page for Ivermectin. Of 53 Ivermectin studies (19 peer-reviewed), 84% of studies had an improvement with early treatment. (Source, Source, Source, Source, and Source)
Again, to be fair, I checked the NIH’s site on the official opinion of Ivermectin. Interestingly with Ivermectin, they don’t have a strong opposition but they still do not recommend it in the treatment of COVID-19. You can read the specifics on their site (last updated in Aug 2020). Their recommendations are below. (Source)
Studies on both Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin
Studies seem to be underway with both the use of Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. The results of the study were submitted but still have yet to be released. (Source, Source)
The aforementioned website also shares studies with other nutrients (not medications).
Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc
A sufficiency in vitamin D levels seems to have positive effects with COVID-19 treatment. Note that it says confounding factors may be significant. If you want to go the vitamin D route, make sure you optimize your diet. (Source)
Fear is a great way to control decision-making. But we need to question when the potential fear-makers are also the solution-makers. If anything, be informed before you make a decision. I hope that this paper helps you to do that.
I wrote this because I couldn’t understand the data I was finding on the increase in infant mortality rates. Then I got angry about my mom’s fear and how she’s voluntarily choosing to live life in fear and stay home. For nearly 10 months now, while she’s eating 95% only meat, she has never eaten in a restaurant or gone on a trip. And only because of fear.
And because of fear, she listens.
I was told her coming to visit us during the holidays was irresponsible. (So she didn’t.) That she shouldn’t even be going to the grocery store. (She rarely does with the second lockdown). I may not change my parents’ decision in the way they live their lives today but I’m hoping this writing will help them make a different decision.
Or at least be less scared.
I also share so that you and your loved ones can make a more informed decision. There may be other options. Options other than the new vaccines.
People ask me what I’d do if COVID-19 vaccines become mandatory to have freedoms—freedoms to travel, freedoms for schooling.
For now, I don’t plan to send my children to school. More and more, I just don’t have the same values of what’s taught in the school system (not just the education).
If the vaccine is required to travel, I may just stop traveling. Or travel where my car can take me. I just don’t know yet. I’m not spending a lot of time worrying about it. I don’t want to live in fear of what-ifs of the future that I have no control over.
Prepare for the future but spend your present mostly enjoying the now. Spend time with loved ones. Make each day count.
And like I tell every single client, turn off the news.
No point in seeing how many more COVID-19 cases are occurring in your city. And let’s not even get into PCR testing. (Check out the first source as it has a quick clip from the founder of the PCR test—Source, Source, Source, and Source).
Maybe the COVID-19 vaccines will prove to be effective in the end. But until then, if for some reason I need to get it, I’ll make sure to be the last one in line—but ahead of my children.
w️ith ♥ and hope for healing,
DISCLAIMER: The content is for educational purposes only. While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner, I am not providing medical advice. Whenever you start a new diet or protocol, always first consult with your trusted practitioner.