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October-December 2019: Strange new 'influenza' kills 56 people in Iran

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Iran's Health Ministry has said that an ongoing swine flu epidemic in the country has claimed the lives of 56 people.
Iran's Health Ministry has said that an ongoing swine flu epidemic in the country has claimed the lives of 56 people since its outbreak more than two months ago.


Comment: I.e., October 2019, the same time period as Italy first began noticing 'strange flu/pneumonia cases'.


"Due to influenza, 273 individuals have been hospitalized and 19 have lost their lives" in the past week alone, said Alireza Raisi, the Health Deputy of the Iranian Health Ministry.

The health deputy added that all of the disease's victims have so far been among aged individuals or people which had been suffering from underlying disorders.


Comment: Sound familiar?


"As the Health Ministry had previously announced, not all individuals need to be vaccinated for the disease and only people with underlying disorders such as diabetes, lung disease and pregnant women are advised to do so," Raisi said.

"This wave will continue for another two weeks during which it may even become more widespread, but it will diminish afterwards," he added.

Health

Obesity is major COVID-19 risk factor, says French chief epidemiologist

Jean-Francois Delfraissy
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French immunologist Jean-Francois Delfraissy addresses the media in the courtyard of the French Interior Ministry in Paris, France March 13, 2020.
Being overweight is a major risk for people infected with the new coronavirus and the United States is particularly vulnerable because of high obesity levels there, France's chief epidemiologist said on Wednesday.

Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the epidemic, said as many as 17 million of France's 67 million citizens were seriously at risk from the coronavirus because of age, pre-existing illness or obesity.

"This virus is terrible, it can hit young people, in particular obese young people. Those who are overweight really need to be careful," Delfraissy told franceinfo radio.

Comment: See also: Why is New Orleans' coronavirus death rate twice New York's? Obesity is a factor


Brain

Just say no! Being stubborn, rigid may lower your Alzheimer's risk

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Here's the study all you grumps have been waiting for: A truly fascinating new piece of research finds that being just a little stubborn and argumentative may just protect against dementia and Alzheimer's.

Before you go and pick a fight with the next person who looks at you funny, that lack of agreeability would be most effective if accompanied by a healthy dose or curiosity and an aversion to conformity. According to researchers at the University of Geneva, people with that personality combination showed better preservation of brain areas that usually deteriorate and lose volume during the aging process and lead up to an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

The research team had been studying a group of elderly people for several years, through the use of both brain imaging and psycho-cognitive evaluations, to make this discovery. They had theorized that certain personality traits may be able to protect the brain against degeneration, and were proven correct.

Comment: Very interesting. It does seem that certain diseases seem to correlate with particular personality types. That this seems to be the case with Alzheimer's makes sense. However, one wonders if the rigid, argumentative personality type is more susceptible to other diseases - their brains may stay functional, but what of other body systems?

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Health

Doctors treating Covid-19 patients note mysterious lung problems, see need for a new approach

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Some doctors are questioning the way ventilators are being used for people with serious cases of COVID-19. Why? More data shows a high death rate for patients treated under current ventilator practices.

At the same time, these doctors are saying their patients behave more like they have high altitude sickness than a viral infection. They talk about two different types of COVID-19 patients with differing severe lung problems.

While some patients respond to treatment as expected, doctors also describe patients whose lungs seem relatively fine, but who still can't get enough oxygen into their blood. These patients may make up the majority with severe infections.

This is why some are asking other doctors to consider changing how they treat some people in severe condition from COVID-19.

This conflict in treatment approaches shows in real time how doctors are adjusting their tactics against a novel and dangerous infection.

And it shows the persistence and diligence necessary to shift the medical establishment's practices once a treatment protocol has been established, even when evidence begins to show that treatment is less effective than once believed.

Comment: Many doctors have noted a variety of other mysterious symptoms. Researchers in China have released a study noting that Coronavirus patients may suffer neurological problems such as dizziness, headaches and impaired consciousness. According to the study about a third of all patients studied (both severe and non-severe cases) had some neurological symptoms. Nineteen patients in the study experienced sensory impairment, such as loss of taste and smell.

Other patients have been reporting a symptom that produces a strange buzzing sensation throughout their body; it's been described as 'fizzing'. Doctors treating the patients note that it may be one of the last sensations patients feel as their bodies fight the disease. Patients have described the feeling as 'an electric feeling on the skin' or a burning feeling so severe that the 'skin felt like it was burning.' Doctors have said the symptom is not common, and may be part of an autoimmune response that effects patients' nervous system. The feeling may be the result of disease-fighting 'antibodies interfering with the way nerves work,' but neurologists still aren't sure if it's the body's response to the virus or the virus itself causing the feeling.

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Syringe

A vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 by autumn?

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There appears to be a consensus opinion among leading public health authorities that a coronavirus vaccine for COVID-19 would take at least 12-18 months to develop, test and be ready for market distribution. The projection assumes that an aggressive development schedule would produce a licensed vaccine proven safe and effective for use in humans no earlier than March-August 2021.

On Feb. 11, 2020, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, said that the first vaccine for COVID-19 could be ready within 18 months.1 A week earlier Thomas Breuer, MD of British pharmaceutical corporation GlaxoSmithKline plc had noted that even if development of a vaccine for COVID-19 were to be done at an accelerated pace, approval of the vaccine would "take at least 12 to 18 months."2

Brain

Nearly half of severe COVID-19 cases showed neurological symptoms

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Some coronavirus patients may suffer neurological problems such as dizziness, headaches and impaired consciousness, according to a study released Friday.

The study, conducted by several researchers in Wuhan, China, examined the symptoms of 214 coronavirus patients, and found nearly half of those with severe cases had neurological issues.

About a third of all patients studied — both severe and non-severe cases — had some neurological symptoms.

Arrow Up

Half of Icelanders that tested positive for coronavirus had no symptoms - one-tenth of population tested

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The Sun Voyager sculpture in Reykjavik, is pictured on 3 April. A ban on gatherings of 20 people or more in Iceland is ongoing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Research has indicated that 50 per cent of the Icelandic people carrying the coronavirus are asymptomatic
Iceland has tested one-tenth of its population for coronavirus at random and found that half of people have the disease without realising.

They also discovered that 1,600 people have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak. Of these cases, there were only seven deaths, indicating a fatality rate of just 0.004 per cent, which is significantly lower than other countries, including the UK.

The findings were made during Iceland's rigorous testing campaign, conducted with the help of Reykjavik-based biopharmaceutical company deCODE genetics, which has seen 10 per cent of the 364,413 population swabbed, something yet to be achieved by any other nation.

Sun

COVID-19 and Vitamin D: We are losing something simple and very important by imposing lockdowns

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Are we doing more damage by keeping everyone indoors?
Briefly, the literature on Vitamin D's role in immune health has exploded in the past 10 years, particularly in relation to viral infections and autoimmune disorders. Approximately 80% of the literature is new in the past decade and much of it has been published overseas. There are studies showing that Vitamin D sufficiency is important to reduce mortality in ventilated patients. There is a large and growing literature on Vitamin D's role in preventing viral infections and reducing their severity.

The populations at highest risk of severe cases of COVID-19 (the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) and the timing of the outbreak (end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere when population Vitamin D levels are typically lowest) are consistent with deficient Vitamin D status being a risk factor for COVID-19. The relatively small percentage of infections in children may reflect children's higher milk consumption since milk is fortified with Vitamins A and D. Vitamin D is both a vitamin and a steroid hormone with hundreds of roles in our bodies.

A 2018 study based on NHANES data from 2001-2010 found that 28.9% of American adults were Vitamin D deficient (serum 25(OH)D<20ng/ml) and an additional 41.4% of American adults were Vitamin D insufficient (serum 25(OH)D between 20ng/ml and 30ng/ml). Americans who were black, less-educated, poor, obese, current smokers, physically inactive or infrequently consumed milk had higher prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency. Those with intestinal disorders (Crohn's or celiac) that reduce dietary uptake of Vitamin D and those with liver or kidney diseases that may reduce the body's conversion of Vitamin D to its active form may also be at increased risk of deficiency regardless of age. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid hormone that regulates over 200 genes in the human body.

Comment: Watch the following video mentioned in the article above:

There is a raging debate in our government. How should America respond to the Coronavirus crisis? With therapeutic drugs? Or with a vaccine? Dr. Anthony Fauci is predictably shining a spotlight on risky and uncertain coronavirus vaccines that may not be available for two years, rather than prioritizing the short-term therapies that patients need right now. In light of the immunity from liability guaranteed by the PREP Act during declared emergencies, fast-tracked vaccines are a sweetheart deal for both biopharma and government. Will Big Pharma and biotech companies be allowed to cash in on this catastrophe with speculative, patentable vaccines at the expense of the therapeutics needed to save lives now?



Pills

What is the best dose of zinc for COVID-19 prevention?

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On March 23, Dr. Zev Zelenko wrote an open letter "to medical professionals all around the world" about his treatment for COVID-19 using hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and zinc sulfate. Days before, he had addressed a YouTube video to President Trump about his success, which went viral and got picked up by many political commentators. This Wednesday Trump said at a briefing "you should add zinc" to any COVID-19 treatment, which has zinc all over the news right now.

I count myself among the advocates for zinc, and my protocol in The Food and Supplement Guide for the Coronavirus, supplies 46-78 milligrams of zinc per day, depending on how it's implemented, with an extra 36 milligrams of zinc around each potential exposure to the virus, and then additional zinc added for anyone experiencing any symptoms of cold, flu, or COVID-19. Someone who uses a typical zinc supplement and the recommended zinc lozenges, and goes out to the store once a day, would wind up getting 114 milligrams of zinc.

On the lower end, functional medicine mogul Dr. Mark Hyman recommends 20 milligrams per day of zinc. On the higher end, Zelenko's protocol includes 240 milligrams per day.

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Magnify

Covid-19 had us all fooled, but now we might have finally found its secret

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In the last 3-5 days, a mountain of anecdotal evidence has come out of NYC, Italy, Spain, etc. about COVID-19 and characteristics of patients who get seriously ill. It's not only piling up but now leading to a general field-level consensus backed up by a few previously little-known studies that we've had it all wrong the whole time. Well, a few had some things eerily correct (cough Trump cough), especially with Hydroxychloroquine with Azithromicin, but we'll get to that in a minute.

There is no 'pneumonia' nor ARDS. At least not the ARDS with established treatment protocols and procedures we're familiar with. Ventilators are not only the wrong solution, but high pressure intubation can actually wind up causing more damage than without, not to mention complications from tracheal scarring and ulcers given the duration of intubation often required... They may still have a use in the immediate future for patients too far to bring back with this newfound knowledge, but moving forward a new treatment protocol needs to be established so we stop treating patients for the wrong disease.