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Scientists mystified by the obvious: Africa avoids COVID disaster despite not having vaccines

Harare market Africa Zimbabwe
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People are seen at a busy market in a poor township on the outskirts of the capital Harare, Monday, Nov, 15, 2021. When the coronavirus first emerged last year, health officials feared the pandemic would sweep across Africa, killing millions and destroying the continent’s fragile health systems. Although it’s still unclear what COVID-19’s ultimate toll will be, that catastrophic scenario has yet to materialize in Zimbabwe or much of Africa.
At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly unmasked, jostled to buy and sell fruit and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheets. As in much of Zimbabwe, here the coronavirus is quickly being relegated to the past, as political rallies, concerts and home gatherings have returned.

"COVID-19 is gone, when did you last hear of anyone who has died of COVID-19?" Ndou said. "The mask is to protect my pocket," he said. "The police demand bribes so I lose money if I don't move around with a mask." Earlier this week, Zimbabwe recorded just 33 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths, in line with a recent fall in the disease across the continent, where World Health Organization data show that infections have been dropping since July.

When the coronavirus first emerged last year, health officials feared the pandemic would sweep across Africa, killing millions. Although it's still unclear what COVID-19's ultimate toll will be, that catastrophic scenario has yet to materialize in Zimbabwe or much of the continent.

Comment: So much mental gymnastics to avoid the obvious: natural immunity is better than vaccine derived immunity in every conceivable way. One hopes for Africa's sake that the "help" from Western nations is delayed as much as possible. They're doing just fine on their own.

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Fauci says all adults should 'go get boosted'

Fauci
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Dr. Anthony Fauci
President Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Thursday night urged those 18 and older to get a booster shot for added protection against COVID-19.

Fauci said on MSNBC's "All in with Chris Hayes" that he has believed "for some time now" that boosters are effective and should be recommended for all adults in the U.S. who received their vaccine six months ago or longer.


Comment: "For some time now" apparently means less than 4 months. See: Fauci says, based on current data from CDC, FDA, there's no need for booster shot


"If you're 18 or older, go get boosted," Fauci said.

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Health

Saturated fat is innocent of health crimes

Healthy Fats
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It's a mystery that has confounded nutrition scientists.

People who have high levels of cholesterol in their blood — especially LDL cholesterol, a.k.a. the "bad" kind — are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease.

Meanwhile, foods high in saturated fatty acids — including eggs, full-fat dairy products, and red meat — raise blood levels of cholesterol, including LDL cholesterol.

It stands to reason that eating these foods would increase a person's risks for cardiovascular disease, which is the number-one cause of death in the U.S. and around the world. This logic has led both the World Health Organization and U.S. health authorities to recommend that people limit their intakes of saturated fat.

But there's a problem: People who eat these foods don't seem to develop cardiovascular disease at elevated rates (CVD).

A 2019 research analysis in the journal Nutrition Reviews looked at the findings of both observational studies and randomized controlled trials. It found no consistent associations between dietary intakes of saturated fat and heart disease — the most common and deadly form of CVD.

What explains this disconnect? A new hypothesis, published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, may provide the answer.

"I think we have been grossly wrong about saturated fats," says Marit Kolby, first author of the AJCN paper and a nutritional biologist at Oslo New University College in Norway. "In my opinion, saturated fat has been blamed for what refined carbohydrates do."

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Alarming Increase in Mortality Rates in 2021: Why COVID Shots Are Disproportionately Affecting Young Males (For Now)

Florian Dagoury

Florian Dagoury
Shortly after receiving his 2nd dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine earlier this year, professional diver Florian Dagoury, who is among the world's leading record-holders in static apnea (holding one's breath under water), noticed strange changes in his resting heart rate and breathing capacities. Four weeks later, after visiting a cardiologist he received a diagnosis of myocarditis and trivial mitral regurgitation. With no previous history of cardiovascular illness, he concluded that these effects were produced by the Pfizer vaccine.

Professional mountain-biker Kyle Warner was also recently diagnosed with pericarditis, along with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which both began shortly after receiving his Pfizer shot. Kyle has shared his experience on his YouTube channel, and also participated on a roundtable discussion at the US senate on vaccine reactions in early November.

Former West Ham United soccer player Pedro Obiang was hospitalized for 10-15 days shortly after receiving his COVID vaccine in July. The 29-year old was also told that he had myocarditis and, as a result, was unable to engage in any sporting activities for at least 6 months.

Likewise, the 2016 Olympic gold medal cyclist Greg Van Avermaet was forced to quit this year's world championship after suffering injury from the Pfizer vaccine in June.

Olympic gold medal cyclist Greg Van Avermaet
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Olympic gold medal cyclist Greg Van Avermaet
This is a small fraction of the total number of high-profile athletes who have suddenly been afflicted with cardiovascular disease in 2021 so far. Since myocarditis is an extremely dangerous condition of the heart with the potential to cause permanent damage, this may mean that these athletes never return to professional sporting activity again.

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Can anything about the Pfizer vaccine trial be trusted?

Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine
In a recent article in the BMJ, a whistle-blower exposed serious problems she had observed first-hand in the Pfizer vaccine trial in Texas.
A regional director who was employed at the research organisation Ventavia Research Group has told the BMJ that the company falsified data, unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators, and was slow to follow up on adverse events reported in Pfizer's pivotal phase III trial. Staff who conducted quality control checks were overwhelmed by the volume of problems they were finding. After repeatedly notifying Ventavia of these problems, the regional director, Brook Jackson, emailed a complaint to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ventavia fired her later the same day. Jackson has provided the BMJ with dozens of internal company documents, photos, audio recordings, and emails.
Another Ventavia employee said of the data the company generated for the Pfizer trial:
"I don't think it was good clean data. It's a crazy mess."
The six-month trial results for the Pfizer vaccine have now been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. These findings, the researchers note, "contributed to the full approval of BNT162b2 [the Pfizer vaccine] in the United States". A close inspection of the study, however, reveals a number of problems that raise serious questions about the reliability of its findings, as well as about the safety of the vaccine.

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German physician says Corona vaccines are 'programmed self-destruction of the body'

German doctor warns Corona vaccines are toxic...each booster become increasingly dangerous...tantamount to self-destruction.

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When you ask COVID vaccine proponents how these mRNA type vaccines work, most either don't know, or give you the wrong answer. Very few really understand how the spike protein interacts with the immune system and thus accept the vaccine based on faith.

German site "Lawyers for Fundamental Rights" has a post by Dr. Christian Fiala, a general practitioner, specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, with training in tropical medicine presents very clearly how the mRNA type "vaccine" works and its very real risk.

Syringe

Sudden cardiac and unexplained deaths among FIFA athletes increased by 500% in 2021

Fifa
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The Israeli
Real-Time News Tuesday reported a 500% increase in sudden cardiac and unexplained deaths among FIFA players in 2021.

Since December, 183 professional athletes and coaches have suddenly collapsed, with 108 dead.

A Real-Time News investigation revealed that most of the athletes were males, with only 15 females, and the vast majority being 17-40 years of age. Only 21 are older (5 aged 42-45, six aged 46-49, 7 aged 51-54, and 3 others aged 60-64). 23 were teenagers, aged 12-17, of whom 16 died.

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Your vaccination status is temporary - boosters are shifting the goalpost

Booster Shot

Fully vaccinated? Think again! The never ending booster shots are coming to a country near you...
In recent years, and especially after the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, major health organizations across the world have changed several definitions of medical terms, which in turn have a significant impact on everyday life. In fact, were it not for the World Health Organization changing its definition of "pandemic" back in 2009, we wouldn't even be in this mess.

Like the swine flu before it, SARS-CoV-2 would not have qualified as a pandemic were it not for the WHO erasing a few key words from the definition. Pre-2009, the official definition of a pandemic was:
"... when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in several, simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness."
Then, in 2009, the WHO removed the severity and high mortality criteria ("enormous numbers of deaths and illness"), leaving the definition of a pandemic as "a worldwide epidemic of a disease."

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Good question: Is vaccine efficacy a statistical illusion?

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Improving public understanding of probability and risk with special emphasis on its application to the law. Why Bayes theorem and Bayesian networks are needed

To evaluate the risk/benefit of a vaccine for treating a virus, such as covid-19, we can compare the all-cause mortality rate of vaccinated against unvaccinated people on a periodic basis. If the mortality rate for those vaccinated is consistently lower than that for unvaccinated then we might conclude the vaccine must be beneficial.

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Second person overcomes HIV without extra medical assistance

Micrograph of HIV-1 virus aids
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Micrograph of HIV-1, colored green, budding from a cultured lymphocyte
An Argentinian woman has become the second-ever HIV-infected person whose immune system helped defeat the virus without requiring additional medical treatment. She was first diagnosed with the AIDS-causing infection in 2013.

Scientists have dubbed the 30-year-old mother the "Esperanza patient," after her hometown. The word 'esperanza' translates to 'hope' in English. Publishing their findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal on Monday, the researchers said the discovery boosts hope for a "sterilizing cure" for the estimated 38 million people with the life-long infection.

Comment: RT reported earlier on research being done with people who possess 'elite controller' immune systems:
Extraordinary breakthrough research has indicated that a small group of HIV-infected people, dubbed "elite controllers," have the power to rid themselves of the virus without any medical help.

Numerous previous studies, carried out over the course of several years, had found that a very small number of the 38 million people infected with the dreaded virus were able to suppress it without any treatment.

The remarkable new finding has found that an even smaller subset of "elite controllers" appear to be able to eliminate HIV from their bodies entirely without taking medicine at all.

The discovery is astonishing because HIV is a lifelong condition for which there is no medical cure. In the vast majority of cases, sufferers require daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) to control the virus and stop the development of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

"What happens with these individuals, whom we call elite controllers, may shed light on a HIV-1 cure and also help us understand how a person with HIV might control virus and avoid HIV-associated comorbidities," explained veteran HIV researcher, Keith Hoots, who is the director of the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

In the new study, experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied more than 1,500 elite controllers. Their research discovered that these people achieved virus elimination results which had previously only been seen following years of intensive medical treatment.

The authors say that elite controllers are the closest thing to a possible "natural cure" for the virus, which has claimed more than 33 million lives since the epidemic emerged in the early 1980s.