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The “Deadly” Hydroxychloroquine Publishing Scandal

July 1, 2020

by Elizabeth Woodworth, OffGuardian

As the COVID – 19 pandemic continues to dominate the news and defy the efforts of researchers to understand its many mysteries, including its origins and why it affects people who contract the virus in wildly different ways, one thing we have learned for certain so far is the extent to which the Pharmaceuticals manufacturers cartel (colloquially Big Pharma,) exercise a pernicious influence over medical research and healthcare. Cast you minds back to early in the pandemic and one of the pronouncements of President Trump on the disease. The Donald recommended as a preventative daily doses of cofveve, a drug with the tongue torturing title Hydroxychloroquine and speculated that it might also provide a cure.

Mainstream media went into meltdown: how dare a politician with no qualifications offer his opinion on medical matters, use of the anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat Covid 19 would be totally irresponsible it had been shown to have very serious, possibly fatal side effects and there was no proof it worked to alleviate cases of COVID-19, to start prescribing it wholesale could kill more than  it cured. All of which, apart from the last bit about killing more than it cured is true … or at lest partly true.

The whole truth is that the drug, like many commonly used drugs, does have side effects that make it unsafe for some people but has also been around for a long time and those side effects and the previous or pre – existing conditions that make it unsafe for some people are well known.  Known commonly as quinine and chloroquine, it is on the WHO list of essential medicines. And yet the WHO was among those establishment organisations briefing against quinine as a treatment for COVID – 19organisations

Brought to Europe by Roman Catholic missionaries in the 17th century the drug, first known as The Jesuit’s Bark. is derived from bark of the South American quina-quina tree and has been used to treat malaria for 400 years. Quinine, a generic drug costing pennies a dose in rare cases it can cause dizziness and irregular heartbeat, but can be purchased online and therin lies the problem. However, had the medical professions which are in the pockets of Big Pharma which collectively saw the pandemic as an opportunity to redistribute wealth via the tax system from the peoples’ pockets into their own overflowing coffers, and the bulk of the media which simply saw an opportunity to attack Donald Trump.

Convenient Lies and Inconvenient Truths

The two leading medical journals in the economically developed world are UK publication The Lancet and USA’s New England Journal of Medicine

In May, 2020,  a report credited to four authors and claiming that HCQ used in hospitals to treat Covid-19 had been shown conclusively to be a high risk for patients with  for heart conditions and could easily cause  premature death. The data allegedly covered 96,000 patients in 671 hospitals on six continents.

At the height of the campaign of fear and panic about COVID – 19 the article remained in the headlines for two weeks, as scientific objections, contradictory evidence and accusations of bad practice emerged, then on June 5 three of the authors retracted it.

While the controversy raged, covered with the usual pro = establishment bias by the media, a clandestine meeting involving senior staff from The Lancet and NEJM held sometime in May was leaked to journalists in France. The Lancet and NEJM editors also discussed how financially powerful pharmaceutical players were “criminally” corrupting medical science to advance their interests.

At that meeting the gathered experts discussed the pandemic and the their suspicions about the reliability of the damning report on HCQ. Comments regarding the Lancet article were leaked to the French press by a well-known health figure, Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, who felt compelled to blow the whistle.

The Fear And Panic Effect

On May 22, 2020, the Lancet had published the stunning claim that 671 hospitals on six continents were reporting life-threatening heart rhythms in patients taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for Covid-19.   Although increased use of the drug as a treatment for the Wuhan Coronavirus had been requested in a petition signed by nearly 500,000 French doctors and citizens, the WHO and other health agencies responded to the article by immediately suspending the clinical trials that may have cleared it for use on Wuhan Coronavirus patients.

Headlines in the American media decided not to mention that HCQ was none other than quinine, the time honoured treatment for malaria which is not simply cleaded from general use under medical supervision but has been on the WHO list of essential drugs since that list was launched in 1977. Nor did they mention that the bad press hydroxychloroquine had been getting prior to May 22 was influenced by organisations which had financial interests in persuading governments and health agencies to favour the new, more expensive drug, Remdesivir.  as an investigative report published on May 21st revealed

More COVID Statistics And Lies

As someone who has a qualification in statistics, not a degree but earned long before degree level qualifications were about as commonplace as confetti at a wedding, I have long understood that far from being a science, the study of statistics is more akin to a branch of the dark arts, I am well placed to see how statistics are being presented in ways intended to convey a false impression of what data really means. As the saying goes, I can make statistics tell me anything except the truth.

Health statistics are no exception. Developed to serve different purposes in different contexts, causing them to exist in isolated data bubbles, for example in a previous article I described how the UK’s method for recording death statistics had been deliberately manipulated to ensure each from coronavirus, with coronavirus or simply coronavirus >realted, had been counted several times. Prior to the pandemic any death, whether it occurred in hospital, at home or in a public place or place of work had to first be certified by a doctor and then notified, along with personal details of the deceased to the nearest Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths office. Once the details had been verified they were forwarded to the National Statistics Office to ensure each death was only counted once.

Ostensibly to make life easier in the pandemic, certification by a medical professional was no longer required, death statistics were to be collaged by hospitals, medical practices and funeral directors as well as the National Statistics Office and numbers of reported from causes related to the pandemic were based on the numbers ‘reported’ on any given day by all sources. It has been confirmed that similar practices were in operation in Italy, resulting in inflated figures, while Germany, where the medical professions refused to deviate from their reliable and safe method to anything like the chaotic data gathering procedures used in UK, has throughout the pandemic reported much lower kill rates for the virus.

Another thing that jumped out at me as I read of the fraudulent attempt to discredit the efficacy of quinine in this crisis was how could 671 hospitals worldwide, including some of the most backward nations of Asia and Africa, report comparable treatment outcomes for 96,000 COVID patients so quickly? These things usually take years to organise

The Lancet is a leading authority on public health policy and must surely suspected have found the alacrity with which this major study was completed somewhat suspect. Its editor-in-chief, Dr. Richard Horton, has been in his job since 1995 so cannot be accused of lacking experience in the ways Big Pharma have manipulated information in trials and studies..

There were huge question marks over the ease with which claims from various sources casting doubt on the usefulness of HCQ in treating COVID – 19 were so readily accepted? There were, but they were not being asked by politicians who are tasked with defending our interests, academics whose job description includes scrutinizing new work and questioning its authors on any apparent weakness or errors.

Throughout the pandemic, since the virus reached the USA and Europe the only serious questioning of ‘the science’ has occurred in alternative media, for example in this article.

The Empirical Evidence Strikes Back

The benchmark for verification of scientific research has always been the ‘peer review’ process and though this is largely dicredited after it wass revealed that the pcrocess had been preverted by corporate money since the days colleagues in the same field operated a kind of honour system and could be relied on to provide an honest and impartial review of research projects presented to them. Now peer review is pal review in which a sympathetic colleague wil provide a favourable review in return for ‘hospitality’, the guarantee of career enhancing opportunities or a direct cash bung.

In the case of the unfavourable HCQ study an open letter from 200 scientists to the authors and The Lancet asked for the study’s data to be made available for independent audit. The letter was signed by clinicians, medical researchers, statisticians, and ethicists, (full text here.)

In a move reminiscent of Mike (Hockey Stick) Mann, the now discredited climatologist whose ‘hockey Stick Graph kicked off the climate change scare, the HCQ report authors refused to reveal their data, or even the names of hospitals they claimed had taken part in their study. Meanwhile, investigative analysis was showing the statistics to be deeply flawed.

If this were not enough, the lead author was found to be in a conflict of interest because of links to HCQ’s rival drug, Remdesivir:

Dr. Mandeep Mehra, the lead co-author is a director at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, co funder of the study according to its own press department.

Dr. Mehra and The Lancet failed to disclose that Brigham Hospital has a partnership with drug manufacturer Gilead and is currently conducting two trials on Remdesivir, the prime competitor of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, the focus of the study.”

How did this fraud get accepted for publication by The Lancet? you might well ask.

The answer emerges from a French television interview, although it has been quoted in the alternative media.

On May 24, a closed-door Chatham House expert meeting (sic) about Covid included the editors-in-chief of The Lancet and the NEJM. Comments regarding the article were leaked to the French press by a well-known doctore and medical pundit, Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy,[xvii] who felt compelled to blow the whistle.

His resulting BFM TV television appearance was posted to YouTube with English subtitles on May 31, but the potentially sensational story was not picked up by the mainstream media in the anglosphere.

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Lancet editor Dr. Richard Horton, quoted by Dr. Douste-Blazy said:
If this continues, we are not going to be able to publish any more clinical research data because pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful today, and are able to use such methodologies as to have us accept papers which are apparently methodologically perfect, but which, in reality, manage to conclude what they want to conclude.”

Doust-Blazy made his own comments on Horton’s words and the editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine agreed. He even said it was ‘criminal’. The final words in Doust-Blazy’s interview were:
When there is an outbreak like Covid, in reality, there are people like us – doctors – who see mortality and suffering. And there are people who see dollars. That’s it.”

The scientific process of building a trustworthy knowledge base is one of the foundations of our civilization. Violating this process in pursuit of profit or power is a crime against both truth and humanity.

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Evidently the North American media does not consider this extraordinary crime to be worth reporting.

Originally published at Global Research. An interesting side note, before this fake study was published, Dr Wolfgang Wodarg theorised that use of HCQ may explain the higher death rate in patients of African ancestry – ed.

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Coronavirus is a dream come true for Bill Gates, who lives to vaccinate

April 17, 2020

In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire “philanthropist” Bill Gates is champing at the bit to implement his long-awaited mandatory vaccination agenda. And what better catalyst for making it happen than the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

Just months after his infamous Event 201, which was all about a hypothetical pandemic scenario, out pops the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) right on schedule to bring to life Gates’ fantasy dream of jabbing every person on the planet with one of his “philanthropic” vaccines.

And wouldn’t you know it, but Gates also recently stepped down from the board of Microsoft – just before the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) struck, it’s important to note – in order to focus more on his “philanthropic” endeavors, which we know from history actually center around his eugenics agenda.

With the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) being a ripe target for exploitation, Gates has already thrown billions of dollars into setting up multiple avenues for developing not just one, but seven, potential vaccines for it. He’s also calling for “digital certificates” to prove that a person has been vaccinated, allowing them reentry back into the world economy.

This is in addition to the $450 million that Gates contributed to the effort to “eradicate polio,” as well as numerous other endeavors he’s been a part of over the years that all have one thing in common: mandatory vaccination.

The guy lives to vaccinate, and it’s really the only thing he ever seems to talk about. Sure, he’ll occasionally mention pharmaceuticals as well – never nutrition, by the way – but vaccines are Gates’ thing, for which he almost has a bizarre type of fetish … Continue reading

Let Them Eat Cake, Drink Booze and Smoke Ciggies Says Libertarian Politician

May 11, 2019

Smoke, Drink And Eat Whatever You Want: Norway’s Public Health Minister

11 May 2019

For years we have been lectured and harangued by the bansturbators, (that is, the people who get off on stopping us doing things that give us pleasure,) their fingers wagging furiously in our faces as they tell us smoking will kill us, even looking at an alcpholic drink will destroy our livrers, a pinch of salt will cause heart attacks, strokes and acute asplaxification of the nurdlers, a cream cake or two will make us obese, a steak dinner or a burger will give us cancer, and driving our cars will destroy the planet. So it was a pleasure to come across a news item about a politician who believes adults can be trusted to behave sensibly and left make their own choices in life.

Norway’s new public health minister, Sylvi Listhaug is such a politician, she believes that adults don’t need the constant lectures and admonishments from government about what they put into their bodies – telling Norway’s state broadcaster NRK that “people should be allowed to smoke, drink and eat as much red meat as they like,” according to a report in the snowflakes favourite journal, the New York Times.

norwegian health minister sylvie listhaug
Norwegian Health Secretary Sylvie Listhaug – Picture: http://www.hegnar.no/

“The government may provide information, but I think people in general know what is healthy and what is not,” she added.

The interview – published a few days into her new role as head of the ministry, was “dotted with the kind of sharp, controversial comments Ms. Listhaug, deputy leader of the right-wing, anti-immigration Progress Party, is known for,” reports the Times – which promptly goes on to disparage the conservative politician for actually believing in individual freedom and personal responsibility, two of the basic principles of real liberalism, (we all know people who ‘identify’ as liberals do so only because hir sounds cuddlier and less threaening that if they were honest and called themselves fascistic authoritarians.

Ms Listhaug is no stranger to controversy, as immigration minister she made headlines in 2017 with disparaging comments about Sweden, saying that Norway should not become like its neighbor, which was accepting more refugeesnd African despite having experiences a huge rise in crome rates, especiall in sex crimed by middle – eastern a males against European women since abolishing border controls and letting all comers claim residency in the country. Last year, she resigned as justice minister after comments about terrorists
(which were in fact true,)
she made on Facebook threatened to bring down the government.

This week, opposition politicians and health advocates suffered collective apoplexy as they tried to outdo each other in denouncing in the strongest terms Ms. Listhaug’s comments on habits that are hyped as major risk factors for many serious diseases, all of which are big money spinners for Big Pharma

The secretary general of Norway’s Cancer Society, Anne Lise Ryel was shocked by the comments – saying in a statement: “I fear that this will set public health efforts back for decades, and that this will compromise the general understanding among Norwegians of the health consequences of tobacco and alcohol use.” It is notable that a way of preventing cancer (and some maverick doctors say a cure,) has been available since the 1960s but no public health charity or government department in the democratic world is promoting it. Could that be, perhaps, that no expensive drugs, therapies or surgery are involved, only self discipline.

Ryel has called for Listhaug to be removed from her post, adding that “she seems to lack understanding of what public health really means and what her role as minister in that area should be.” Perhaps she understands more than Ryel admits. This publication knows public health is about shovelling taxpayers’ money into Big Pharma’s coffers.

Listhaug stuck to her guns, fireing back in a Friday email to the Times, writing: “The government believes that people have to take responsibility for their own life, but the government has to make sure that everyone can make healthy and informed choices.”

“The number of daily smokers has declined sharply since 2000,” she added. “This confirms that the Norwegian tobacco policy and control strategy works.”

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2017, 11 percent of Norwegians aged 15 or older smoked daily, one of the lowest rates among the group’s 34 member nations. Norway has also had the steepest decrease of any of the countries since 2000, when the equivalent figure was 32 percent.

The Eurosceptoc Progress Party has been a junior partner in Norway’s center-right governing coalition since 2013. Its rise to prominence created unease, coming just two years after a far-right, anti-Muslim extremist who had once belonged to the party killed 77 people in a murderous rampage. It;s rapid rise has accompanied a crime wave in the immigrant communities of Noway’s cities, with turf wars between rival immigrant gangs for control of the drugs and sex trades often erupting into violence on the streeets of the capital city Oslo.

Governments around the world have stepped up campaigns to fight unhealthy habits usually be imposing punitive taxation. France recently told people not to drink every day; a soda tax in Britain has helped lower sugar levels in some drinks, and Australia’s graphic warnings on cigarette packages, considered a success, are being copied in other countries. –New York Times While governments claim success for their authoritarian attacks on personal liberty, the rise in contraband goods smuggled from nations were taxes on tobacco and alcohol are low or zero has risen astronomically and in Europe there have been cases of small factories being set up producing low quality cigarettes made with cheap tobacco in in healthy conditions, which are paked in fake reproductions of leading brand packaging and passed off as the real thing.

Listhaug also said that smokers in Norway are made to feel like “pariahs,” and that she would not be the “moral police” in government – echoing comments made by Austria’s far-right defense of freedom of choice in their oppostion of antismoking legislation.

Listhaug is a former regular smoker who told NRK that she is now just a social smoker.

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Infectious Diseases Will Not Wipe Out Humanity

June 19, 2016

fromThe Atlantic

by Amesh AdaljJun 17, 2016

“You’ll tell us when you’re worried, right?”

That was the question posed to me countless times at the height of the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. As an infectious disease physician, I was interviewed on outlets such as CNN, NPR, and Fox News about the dangers of the virus, and the answer I gave was always the same: “Ebola is a deadly, scary disease, but it is not that contagious. It will not find the U.S. or other industrialized nations hospitable.”

In other words, no, I wasn’t worried—and not because I have a rosy outlook on infectious diseases. I’m well-aware of the damage these diseases are causing around the world: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis; the influenza pandemic that took the world by surprise in 2009; the anti-vaccine movement bumping cases of measles to an all-time post-vaccine-era high; antibiotic-resistant bacteria threatening to collapse the entire structure of modern medicine—all these, like Ebola, are continuously placing an enormous number of lives at risk.

But when people ask me if I’m worried about infectious diseases, they’re often not asking about the threat to human lives; they’re asking about the threat to human life. With each outbreak of a headline-grabbing emerging infectious disease comes a fear of extinction itself. The fear envisions a large proportion of humans succumbing to infection, leaving no survivors or so few that the species can’t be sustained.

I’m not afraid of this apocalyptic scenario, but I do understand the impulse. Worry about the end is a quintessentially human trait. Thankfully, so is our resilience.

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