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Massive peer-reviewed mask study shows 'little to no difference' in preventing COVID, flu infection

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A massive international research collaboration that analyzed several dozen rigorous studies focusing on "physical interventions" against COVID-19 and influenza found that they provide little to no protection against infection or illness rates.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, is the strongest science to date refuting the basis for mask mandates worldwide.

Comment: More on the study here: Cochrane study shows that the debate is over: Masks do NOT work

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How safe really is 5G?

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Few of the general public I speak to have any awareness of the possible health harms of radio-frequency radiation such as 5G or Wi-Fi. Could this be because Government and mainstream media have colluded to ignore these risks? In fact, the Court of Appeal has recently given permission for a judicial review challenging the Government for "failure to give adequate information to the public about the risks of 5G and to explain the absence of a process for investigation of any adverse health effects". This hearing, led by Michael Mansfield QC will take place on February 6th and 7th in London.

Politicians, however, are undeterred in continuing with the proliferation of electronic communication, now in the form of 5G. The Government states that it has a "clear ambition for the U.K. to be a global leader in the next generation of mobile technology, 5G", and that there is "enormous potential to boost productivity and grow the economy" through it. It's worth noting that almost all independent commentators on 5G suggest that the motives for its launch are entirely economic, not humanitarian. Certainly I don't know anyone who is enthusiastic about smart cities, smart motorways, driverless cars or the intensification of electronic communications in healthcare settings, for example.

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It's a start: New rules would limit sugar in US school meals for first time

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The new seven-year plan that will mean donuts and muffins can only be served twice a week

New guidelines will significantly reduce the amount of sugar and sodium US children are consuming in their school lunches and breakfasts. Nutrition standards for school lunches proposed Friday will limit the amount of added sugars in cafeteria meals. It is the first time these types of restrictions will be put in place.

New standards will go into place in the 2025-26 school year. It will reduce sugar in goods such as chocolate milk, cereal and yogurt. It will also limit the number of times per week sweets such as pastries will be made available for breakfast.

Officials say that more than 15million children eat breakfast and 30million eat lunch at school each day. They want these meals to meet national food guidelines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 19.7 percent of US children are obese, as many experts have described it as a crisis


Vitamin D cuts COVID-19 risk of death in half, new study finds. So why isn't it recommended?

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Vitamin D cuts the risk of death from COVID-19 by 51% and the risk of ICU admission by 72%, a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials has found. The new study, published in Pharmaceuticals, is titled "Protective Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on COVID-19-Related Intensive Care Hospitalisation and Mortality: Definitive Evidence from Meta-Analysis and Trial Sequential Analysis". Here's the abstract, summarising the study's method and results.

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Cochrane study shows that the debate is over: Masks do NOT work

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The new Cochrane Review on Masks proves beyond doubt that the misinformation spreaders were right and the ENTIRE mainstream medical community is now discredited (except for UCSF Professor Vinay Prasad who spoke out about masks).

So now we are down to just one credible mainstream scientist for advice on COVID mitigation strategies: Vinay Prasad.

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Getting Pfizer's Covid booster and flu vaccine on the same day may raise the risk of a stroke, FDA says


Getting Pfizer's Covid bivalent booster and a flu shot on the same day may raise the risk of a stroke, a small official analysis suggests
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the preliminary link while scouring vaccine injury databases after a separate safety concern was raised about Pfizer's jab.

Earlier this month, one of the country's vaccine surveillance systems flagged a possible association between the Omicron-specific shot and an elevated risk of an ischemic stroke among seniors over 65.

FDA officials who have been investigating the link said most of the patients had also received their flu shot on the same day, which might be a factor.

Millions of Americans got both shots at the same time this winter following a major public health push by the White House. In September, Dr Ashish Jha, White House Covid Response Coordinator, said: 'I believe this is why God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the other for the Covid shot.'


MIT expert on drug safety calls for immediate withdrawal of mRNA vaccines: "Clearly the most failing medical product in history, causing unprecedented harm"

Professor Retsef Levi
Covid mRNA vaccines are "clearly the most failing medical product in the history of medical products, both in terms of efficacy and safety" and should be withdrawn immediately as they cause "an unprecedented level of harm including the death of young people and children", a top drug safety expert has said.

Professor Retsef Levi, an expert in analytics, risk management and health systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, released a video this morning where he set out the alarming findings of his investigations and how they have been completely ignored by the Israeli Government. The video was tweeted by leading cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra.

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FDA advisers vote to replace original COVID vaccine with bivalent boosters despite lack of clinical trial data

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Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday voted unanimously to replace the original Pfizer and Moderna primary series mRNA COVID-19 vaccines with the bivalent boosters designed to target Omicron variants.

The bivalent mRNA boosters — authorized in September with no human clinical trials — contain components of the original COVID-19 ancestral strain plus the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. They are currently available for children as young as 6 months old.

The recommendation by the 21-member Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) moves the FDA one step closer to its goal, announced Monday, of creating a single annual COVID-19 shot.

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Covid deaths in Canada almost doubled in 2022 with a 85% vaccinated population

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Covid deaths in Canada almost doubled in 2022 with a 85% vaccinated population
Data shows Canada had way more Covid deaths in 2022, with a 85% vaccinated population and a less deadly Covid variant than in 2020, with 0% vaccinated.

Health Canada reports Covid deaths week-by-week, starting from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

In 2020, the total Covid deaths reported to the Public Health Agency Canada by provinces and territories was 9,225.

In 2021, as vaccines became accessible to Canadians between January and July, Covid deaths didn't decrease over the year. Instead, the figure slightly increased to 9,934.

And, in 2022, with an approximately 85% vaccinated population in January and a less deadly Covid variant dominant, Covid deaths increased again.

Over 2022, Health Canada data shows 15,844 deaths occurred due to Covid - almost double the number of deaths in 2020 when citizens were "unprotected."


Whooping cough outbreak in children declared in Canada

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Pertussis outbreak spans several communities with low childhood immunization rates
Alberta Health Services has declared an outbreak of pertussis — commonly called whooping cough — in parts of southern Alberta.

Pertussis is a bacterial infection that can cause severe coughing that can last for weeks. It's most dangerous to infants, who are at risk of serious complications, including pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage and death.

The outbreak spans the County of Lethbridge, Coaldale, Taber, Vauxhall, Grassy Lake and Bow Island — all communities that have significantly low childhood immunization rates, AHS said.

The health authority says that by age two, children should have received four doses of the pertussis vaccine — but in some of these areas, only a third of two-year-old kids have had the shots.

Comment: How many of those children suffering from pertussis were fully vaccinated against it? That should help confirm whether vaccination is implicated.

Comment: It remains to be seen just what has caused the surge in cases; is it the low vaccination rates that are to blame?Or were the children's immune systems weakened by the extreme, 2-year long lockdowns? Or is there another factor that has yet to come to light?