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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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YouTube Blanks Another Video for Questioning Coronavirus Narrative

May 29, 2020

YouTube has cancelled a video called ‘The Case Against The Lockdowns’ – featuring journalist Toby Young and Nobel-Prizewinning scientist Michael Levitt – because it fails to support the correct, World-Health-Organisation-approved narrative on Chinese coronavirus.

Young is founder of the Free Speech Union, which campaigns against censorship. Levitt – who doesn’t speak but can be seen nodding in approval at Young’s remarks – is a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. But none of this has cut any ice with YouTube which has taken down the video claiming it ‘violates’ its ‘community standards.’

This follows a directive  issued in April by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, who has promised to ban any content that goes against WHO recommendations.

Speaking on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Wojcicki said that the Google-owned video streaming platform would be “removing information that is problematic”.

 She told host Brian Stelter that this would include “anything that is medically unsubstantiated”.

“So people saying ‘take vitamin C; take turmeric, we’ll cure you’, those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy,” she said.

“Anything that would go against World Health Organisation recommendations would be a violation of our policy.”

Eminence and expertise are no defence to this ruling. Earlier this month, YouTube took down an interview with leading epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski, for similar reasons.

As the NewYork Post reported:

Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus that had racked up more than 1.3 million views.

Wittkowski, 65, is a ferocious critic of the nation’s current steps to fight the coronavirus. He has derided social distancing, saying it only prolongs the virus’ existence, and has attacked the current lockdown as mostly unnecessary.

Wittkowski, who holds two doctorates in computer science and medical biometry, believes the coronavirus should be allowed to create “herd immunity,” and that short of a vaccine, the pandemic will only end after it has sufficiently spread through the population.

“With all respiratory diseases, the only thing that stops the disease is herd immunity. About 80% of the people need to have had contact with the virus, and the majority of them won’t even have recognized that they were infected,” he says in the now-deleted video.

This is part of a troubling onslaught against free speech by Silicon Valley. It’s not just YouTube which is censoring coronavirus sceptics but also Twitter.

As western democracies descend into tyranny and dystopian despotism there are a couple of question I would like clarified. The first regards the viral infection. Can virologist genuinely distinguish between all other viral infection and the Chinese virus many call SARS-COV2 or quite loosely, Covid 19 or Corona virus? I know a lot of people have tested positive when they are only suffering from asthma and hay fever. This has caused them to be quarantined from the workplace. Secondly, can the deaths from Corona virus or Covid 19 be identified as being caused by the Chinese SARS or caused by other comorbidities and not the Chinese SARS the WHO told the world about? If it is the case that other infections caused respiratory death or heart attacks then the entire Government response is highly questionable. It is interesting that the Office of National Statistics state this paragraph: “Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our regular weekly deaths release now provides a separate breakdown of the numbers of deaths involving COVID-19: that is, where COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, including in combination with other health conditions. If a death certificate mentions COVID-19 it will not always be the main cause of death but may be a contributory factor. This new bulletin summarises the latest weekly information and will be updated each week during the pandemic.”
I wonder what the real mortality rate is due to the Wuhan flu and not the suspicion of a medical practitioner. YouTube won’t let you know.

The hard left is pushing for total control. It is making the same blunder as before: forcing humanity into “egalitarian” shape, in the deluded belief that humanity will retain that shape when the oppressive means to this end fall away. Of course, they never do; they rise to genocide and sink to stagnation. And what really happens is an exercise in brutality and torture and loss, massively damaging the genuine good which arises from the spontaneous forms of life. Orwell skewered them in the figure of Winston’s tormentor-in-chief, O’Brien. How nauseatingly absurd that they are at it again!

The hard left is pushing for total control. It is making the same blunder as before: forcing humanity into “egalitarian” shape, in the deluded belief that humanity will retain that shape when the oppressive means to this end fall away. Of course, they never do; they rise to genocide and sink to stagnation. And what really happens is an exercise in brutality and torture and loss, massively damaging the genuine good which arises from the spontaneous forms of life. Orwell skewered them in the figure of Winston’s tormentor-in-chief, O’Brien. How nauseatingly absurd that they are at it again!

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