Covid-19: The Story Behind the Story

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a damaging impact around the world. It has changed all of our lives in many ways, ranging from subtle to tragic. Many factors are involved, including some behind the scenes. I don’t pretend to understand all these factors, but I’m writing to share what I have learned.

The speed with which Covid-19 vaccines were developed was impressive. I had reservations because it takes several years to complete safety tests and trials. Yet, after a quick review of initial tests, the FDA released vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) provisions.

The EUA label means they did not meet the criteria for full approval but were approved on a temporary basis because of the emergency situation. Virtually all Covid meds and vaccines approved by the FDA were released on a similar EUA basis.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are called mRNA vaccines. Research on this new kind of vaccine has been going on for years, but this is its first public use. The J&J vaccine is not an mRNA vaccine but is also a novel vaccine.

Despite my reservations, I agreed to the J&J shot from my doctor’s office, only to learn they didn’t have it yet. By the time they got it, I had decided against taking it because I was very concerned about the long-term safety of the Covid-19 vaccines.

This pandemic is complicated and not easy to manage. The more I have learned about the management of Covid-19, the more concerned I have become. The FDA and CDC provide data to show they are on top of it. Yet, when you dig deeper into the data, a troublesome picture emerges.

Confusing treatment protocols

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was the first medication approved for Covid treatment by the FDA. It was an anti-malarial medication used by millions of people for over 65 years with a good safety record. It was found to be effective against Covid-19 when used early in combination with zinc and azithromycin.

In May 2020, Dr. Harvey Risch, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University, concluded that the evidence favored early treatment with the HCQ cocktail. Clinicians around the world found it to be effective when used as early treatment. It was not as effective when given after the first week. The official treatment protocols mandated waiting to give HCQ later in the disease process.

The FDA revoked its approval of hydroxychloroquine in June 2020, citing a lack of adequate efficacy in clinical trials. In May 2020, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine published articles showing HCQ to be ineffective and dangerous. Based on the studies in these highly regarded medical journals, the FDA withdrew its EUA approval for HCQ.

More than 100 independent scientists questioned the authenticity of the database in those studies. The errors in them were so blatant that many others commented on them. Three of the coauthors of The Lancet study finally requested that their paper be retracted because they could not confirm the data. Both The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine withdrew their articles. The databases used in those articles turned out to be faulty.

The Guardian expressed the shock of the scientific community at the defective data in these pillars of scientific publishing. Although those HCQ studies were deeply flawed, the FDA never changed its position against HCQ.

A similar story exists regarding Remdesivir, a drug the FDA approved on May 1, 2020. The FDA said Remdesivir was effective in shortening hospital stays. It remains a medication to use in the FDA treatment protocol. In reviewing the data from Remdesivir trials, many questioned its safety.

Despite widespread scientific concern about its safety, the FDA continues to recommend Remdesivir.

Vaccine-related information

Recent CDC data from its Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows 4,812 deaths associated with Covid-19 vaccine reports in one year, compared to 5,039 deaths associated with all other vaccine reports since July 1990. VAERS reports are not verifiable and are inadequate in many other ways, but the pattern difference in sheer number of reports is striking.

In January 2022, responding to a freedom of information filing, district judge Mark Pittman ordered the FDA to publicly release all the Pfizer documents within eight months at a rate of 55,000 pages a month. The first batch of 55,000 was released on March 1, 2022. Pfizer had asked to shield these reports for 75 years.

Trial Site News released an initial investigative report by Sonia Elijah on March 7. After carefully reviewing Case Report Forms (CRFs) originating from trial sites run by Ventavia, she found that the CRFs had many errors. (Ventavia is a clinical research group under contract by Pfizer to conduct the Covid-19 vaccine trials.) These obvious errors indicated poor data management by Ventavia at the trial sites.

These findings echoed claims made to The British Medical Journal by a former Ventavia regional director who had turned whistle-blower. She gave The British Medical Journal many documents and photos revealing poor management by Ventavia.

More information will come from several hundred thousand documents to be released by Pfizer over the coming months. It may take 10 years or more for the management of this pandemic to become better understood.

Evidence shows natural immunity from Covid infections is better than first thought. The FDA still advises getting boosters every few months. Is there any other alternative? Yes. Here is a different protocol:

1.) Trust God.

2.) Be a caring friend to yourself and others.

3.) Eat nutritiously, minimizing sugar and highly processed foods.

4.) Be active, not a couch potato.

5.) Live harmoniously with the universe.

Each of these steps boosts your immune system. That’s positive living in a nutshell. Does this help with Covid-19? Yes. Lifestyle makes a big difference! Dr. Beth Frates, on the Harvard medical faculty, summarized the basics of lifestyle medicine recently in Newsweek. She concluded: “By embracing the potential of lifestyle medicine now, we can reduce lifestyle-related chronic disease, protect ourselves from the most severe effects of COVID-19 and be better prepared to withstand pandemics of the future.” (Newsweek, March 1, 2022)

Living positively protects from many chronic diseases, including severe effects of Covid-19. This does not promise Covid prevention, but the danger of serious complications is minimized. A positive lifestyle offers many benefits. I recommend it highly!