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Fact-Checking a 'Fact-Checker' on Covid-19: A Response to HealthFeedback.org

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On July 12 an organization called Health Feedback posted a review of my and Patrick Corbett's July 2 OffGuardian article on the bombshell revelations of Bulgarian Pathology Association President Dr. Stoian Alexov. They stamped it "inaccurate."

This article is a refutation of Health Feedback's so-called fact-checking. I show why Dr. Alexov's statements, in fact, fit the evidence, and punch plenty of other holes in Health Feedback's claim that our article is "clearly wrong" and has "very little credibility."

Health Feedback's review is fatally faulty right off the top, when the review's unnamed author mistakes my co-author Patrick Corbett for James Corbett of The Corbett Report: the screencap at the top of the review is from James Corbett's June 16 interview with me.

The review also takes a swipe at outlets that reposted our article: it notes Media Bias/Fact Check dubs GlobalResearch.ca and Australian National Review "conspiracy websites."

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Lithium-laced drinking water could be curbing suicide rates, scientists say

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For communities with a low rate of depression and suicide, there may be something in the water, according to a new study.

A comprehensive analysis of findings from previous studies has revealed that regions where the public drinking water contains a high level of naturally occurring lithium — a mineral used most often for the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder — also boast a lower rate of suicide than other areas. The review included all prior research on the effects of lithium, as well as regional water samples and suicide data from 1,286 locales in Austria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the UK, Japan and the United States.

"Naturally occurring lithium in drinking water may have the potential to reduce the risk of suicide and may possibly help in mood stabilization, particularly in populations with relatively high suicide rates and geographical areas with a greater range of lithium concentration in the drinking water," the authors concluded in their report.

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Mexico state bans sale of sugary drinks and junk food to children

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Mexican lawmaker Magaly López Domínguez said the coronavirus pandemic had spurred colleagues to ban soft drink sales to children and improve the country’s health.
The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children - a measure aimed at curbing obesity.

The bill to reform the state's children and adolescents' rights law proposed fines and the possible closure of stores for selling soft drinks and sweets to children. It in effect puts sugary items into the same category as cigarettes and alcohol.

"It's important to finally put the brakes on this industry, which has already sickened our country and our children," said Magaly López Domínguez, the Oaxaca lawmaker who presented the bill. "[The industry] gets into the most remote corners of the state" - known for its mountainous topography - "where there's often not even medicines, but there's Coca-Cola."

Comment: Considering Covid-19 is more or less harmless unless there are existing conditions, taking steps to mitigate existing conditions, like improving the diet, is really the only protective step that makes any sense. While the rest of the world tramples over the rights of its citizens with useless measures that do nothing but virtue signal, at least one state in Mexico seems to be taking steps to actually protect one of its vulnerable populations.

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EU numbers show correlation between flu vaccine and coronavirus deaths

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The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic shows startling variation, some countries having rates of less than ten per million, while western Europe and the USA are in the hundreds. Among the likely reasons are ecological (high population density and urbanisation), demographic (ageing and multicultural societies) and clinical (obesity and chronic disease such as diabetes mellitus). Also, there are significant differences in diagnostic practice and recording.

However, a factor that hasn't been considered is the flu vaccine, which is widely administered to the elderly. Some correlation with Covid-19 mortality, although not necessarily causal, is readily apparent. The medical establishment tends to cast any critic of vaccination as an extremist, but we are not 'anti-vaxxers'. We present our case tentatively, and leave it to readers to decide whether this is a reasonable line of enquiry.

Influenza is a contagion that strikes every winter, with symptoms of headache, fever, chill, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, nasal congestion and cough. Severe cases lead to pneumonia, a common cause of death in the elderly. The first vaccine against influenza was produced by Ernest Williams Goodpasture at Vanderbilt University in 1931, and vaccination became widely available after the Second World War.

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CDC warns parents to be on lookout for acute flaccid myelitis in children

Polio-like illness known as acute flaccid myelitis
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Polio-like illness known as acute flaccid myelitis leaves healthy, active toddler paralyzed.
Parents and pediatricians need to be on the lookout in the coming months for a rare, paralyzing condition that affects young children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

The polio-like condition, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, tends to peak every other year, and the last surge of cases was in 2018, when 238 cases were diagnosed across the US, the CDC said.

This year is likely to see another upsurge but things will be complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

"AFM is a priority for CDC as we prepare for a possible outbreak this year," Dr. Thomas Clark, deputy director of CDC's Division of Viral Diseases, told reporters."

We are concerned that, in the midst of a Covid pandemic, that cases might not be recognized as AFM, or we are concerned that parents might be worried about taking their child to the doctor if they develop something as serious as limb weakness," Clark added.

The CDC released results of a study done after the last outbreak in 2018. It put almost all the affected children into the hospital. Patients were 5 years old on average.

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Statins may not slash the risk of dying from heart disease: Controversial study claims the cheap cholesterol-busting pills offer no 'consistent benefit'

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Scientists analysed 35 previous studies into the effects of drugs which lower 'bad' LDL cholesterol, finding that the pills have no consistent benefit.
Statins are not particularly effective at reducing the risk of dying from heart disease, a study claims.

Scientists analysed 35 studies into the effects of the drugs which lower 'bad' LDL cholesterol and found the pills have no consistent benefit.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found three quarters of all trials reported no reduction in mortality among those who took the drugs.

And half of all studies suggested that cholesterol-busting pills did not prevent heart attacks or strokes.

Comment: Leave it to the mainstream press in an article about a study finding statins to be garbage to dedicate half of it to bought-and-paid-for shills defending statins. Anyone even moderately paying attention has known for years that statins do not do what they advertise and cause a great deal of harm besides. But it may be too much to expect the Daily Mail to give us an honest look at statins, after they smeared Harcombe, Malhotra and Kendrick as 'dangerous statins deniers' only a year ago.

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Painkillers such as aspirin 'do more harm than good' for chronic primary pain

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Painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and opioids can do "more harm than good" and should not be prescribed to treat chronic primary pain, health officials have said.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said there was "little or no evidence" the commonly used drugs for chronic primary pain made any difference to people's quality of life, pain or psychological distress. But the draft guidance, published on Monday, said there was evidence they can cause harm, including addiction.

Chronic primary pain is a condition in itself that cannot be accounted for by another diagnosis or as a symptom of an underlying condition, Nice said. It is characterised by significant emotional distress and functional disability with examples including chronic widespread pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

The chairman of the guidance committee, Nick Kosky, said that, while patients expected a clear diagnosis and effective treatment, the complexity of the condition means GPs and specialists can find it very "challenging" to manage.

Comment: While guidelines may help, diligent research is recommended.

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Objective:Health - The Strange Push to Suppress Hydroxychloroquine

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Dr. Simone Gold, a board certified emergency physician who was recently fired after 20 years as an emergency room physician for participating in the America's Frontline Doctors press conference, where medical professionals from across the country were touting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, said in a recent series of tweets:
Why are social media company employees with no medical degree or clinical experience censoring the perspectives of practicing physicians? Why are journalists claiming hydroxychloroquine is ineffective when there are numerous studies showcasing its efficacy against COVID-19? Why are state governors restricting physicians from prescribing an FDA approved medication for 65 years and empowering pharmacies to over-rule your doctor? These actions are unprecedented and have never happened before in medicine.
It is indeed unprecedented. We have never witnessed a mainstream pharmaceutical medication be the victim of such widespread smearing - it's usually the opposite, with drugs having their dangerous side-effects buried while being promoted as a miracle cure. While it's unlikely that HCQ is benign (no pharmaceutical drugs are), is it really deserving of the treatment it's getting? Does it need to be banned?

On this episode of Objective:Health, we dive into the apparent coordinated disinformation campaign against hydroxychloroquine, trying to get to the bottom of what the heck is going on here.


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WHO admits: No direct evidence masks prevent viral infection

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According to the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, life will not be returning to your old normal anytime soon. What's more, things will only get worse unless the public follow health advice such as wearing masks and social distancing. The somber announcement came during a July 13, 2020, press conference (below).

This, despite the fact that the WHO's June 5, 2020, guidance memo1 on face mask use states there's no direct evidence that universal masking of healthy people is an effective intervention against respiratory illnesses.

What's more, people are being urged to use cloth masks or bandanas (ostensibly to prevent shortages among health care staff), none of which conform to any kind of quality standards, and according to what little scientific evidence is available have been shown to provide only about half of what little protection you may get from a surgical mask.

Comment: Any government that was truly interested in the protection of their citizens would not make the wearing of masks mandatory. There is no evidence to back up their effectiveness and plenty of evidence showing their harm. It needs to be up to the individual to determine for themselves whether virtue signalling and showing compliance to the state is a worthy trade-off with decreasing one's oxygen levels.

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The disturbing push to discredit HCQ

I have no position on the effectiveness of any drug. But the censorship surrounding HCQ is very disturbing. Seven years ago, Dr. Fauci supported experimental medicines to fight a deadly novel coronavirus.
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Fifteen years ago, Fauci's NIH said HCQ was a potent inhibitor or coronaviruses.