An Interesting Case

 

Here’s an interesting case,  a lady I saw for a first visit today.

February 2021, enjoys her 42nd birthday in good health, no medical problems.  Weight 155#.  Receives Moderna #1.

March 5, 2021, receives Moderna #2.  Has a sudden illness two days later with myalgias, fever, loss of taste, weakness.  Takes a week off work.  Negative Covid PCR nasal swab.

March 12 +/-, hand tremors begin and steadily worsen.  Fever and loss of taste resolve.

March 31, unable to drink a glass of wine due to tremors.  Stops going to the gym due to weak legs.

April-early August, continued tremors, unexplained weight loss.  Does not seek medical help.

Mid August, consults primary care nurse, weight 129#, pulse 100 at rest, advised to stop drinking alcohol, no further evaluation.

Sept 2, feels her pulse racing, worsening weakness, re-consults primary care nurse.  Weight 120#.  Resting pulse 111. Continued tremors, weakness, mild fever.  Pain, tenderness in the front of her neck.

Is this obvious yet, all you MDs?

September 2, thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4) are 3x upper limit of normal, TSH undetectable, ultrasound shows a very enlarged gland with hyperemia.  PCN nurse advises patient by email, “it looks like this may be thyroid related” and makes appt for endocrine consult 0n October 11.

Sept 9, pulse 190 after mowing lawn, developing shortness of breath, agitation, fever to 101.  Resting pulse 112.  I am called by an MD friend of hers for an informal consult.  After I put the brains back in my exploded head, I send her right to the ER where diagnosis of Grave’s hyperthyroidism is made.  Perfect management with fluids, beta-blocker, anti-thyroid therapy. Endocrinology consult agrees.  Hospitalization deferred as she promises to see me on Sept 14, per a promise made by the friend who consulted me.

Sept 14, my office, pulse 85 on beta-blocker, still has 4+ reflexes, neck pain.  A tender goiter appx 5 times normal thyroid size is visible across the room.  Management tweaked, detailed counseling.  Because I will be away next week, I sent her to our local hyperthyroidism king (the very Doc she was to see on Oct 11)  but get the appt moved up to next week.

There is so much to talk about here, including patient’s stupidity in waiting so long, the incompetence of the PCN, the negligence of the endocrinologist who read her thyroid US and did not reach out to her, etc etc, but I want to discuss root causes.

This is the sort of Covid vaccine-related immune phenomenon of which I have been warning.  I think this lady had cryptic Covid before February.  Her (therefore inappropriate) Moderna #1 re-sensitized her immune system to the virus.  Moderna #2 led to a full-out immune attack on the viral spike proteins and thus the classic Covid symptoms including loss of taste.  Nasal swab was negative because she was not infected.

The immune hyperactivity either caused or brought forward anti-thyroid antibodies, causing a slow-burning Graves’ hyperthyroidism. This was utterly and egregiously missed in mid-August, incompetently ignored on Sept 2, and only appreciated when brought to my attention on the phone.  She was thyrotoxic and perhaps entering thyroid storm when she hit the ER; prompt and correct actions there, including fluids, control of pulse (to prevent high-output cardiac failure–note the shortness of breath), shutting off of thyroid hormone synthesis, consulting a specialist, all this saved her from a potentially lethal course.

I ask you: is this a vaccine-related event?  Hell yes, I say.  I will be very interested to see the course of her illness.

FWIW, Mrs Doc Robert and I suffered moderate cases of Covid in December.  We both work with very ill hospitalized patients, many of mine are on ventilators.  To avoid administrative difficulties we chose to receive JJ vaccines (the only one I countenance) in August, quietly using aspirin to avoid cerebral thrombosis and prednisone to avoid Guillan-Barre.  We both suffered Covid symptoms for 3-5 days after. Mrs Doc missed two days of work.  Also, a driver at her hospital took the Pfizer in July-August, and developed Bell’s Palsy shortly after dose two.

That’s four vaccine-related illnesses, two of them very serious, in the experience of one MD.

These vaccines are much more dangerous than we admit.  I believe (but cannot prove) that they are especially dangerous to people who have had WuFlu.

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  1. James Salerno Coolidge
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    Natural immunity from prior infection needs to be discussed. It isn’t even allowed to be discussed and you’re ridiculed, censored or kicked out of the public square for even bringing it up. We have antibody tests now. It’s perfectly reasonable to factor both of these things into the equation before we start injecting everyone regardless of their age or health.

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  2. Sandy Member
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    Thank you for sharing this. It seems to me that situations like this are exactly why it is important to put off FDA approval until we have the full vaccine studies, and why we need the control group, which I have read is no more.  

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  3. Flicker Coolidge
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    @Flicker

    I think now discussing this is cause for loss of board certification and delicensure.

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  4. Fritz Coolidge
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    I know two young people, one with epilepsy, and another with a prior autoimmune history as a teen, so I am very concerned with the rush to mandate the jab. Articles like this one expose the dark side of the rushed vaccines, in my opinion, introduction of which was distorted by massive government money, protection from any liability, and suppression of therapeutics so the Pharmas are assured big bucks. Has America ever been subjected before to such a massive grift? Makes the “robber barons”small fry.

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  5. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    I know two young people, one with epilepsy, and another with a prior autoimmune history as a teen, so I am very concerned with the rush to mandate the jab. Articles like this one expose the dark side of the rushed vaccines, in my opinion, introduction of which was distorted by massive government money, protection from any liability, and suppression of therapeutics so the Pharmas are assured big bucks. Has America ever been subjected before to such a massive grift? Makes the “robber barons”small fry.

    In the past Americans were asset stripped of their money and financial wealth. (One example: prior to the  Civil War, each American had a worth of $ 45. By the mid 1880’s, an American was worth a mere $ 16 and change.)

    Now we are being asset-stripped of our health.

    One other comment: I have watched more regular old Tv in the past 4 days than in the past 6 months. Viewing Big Pharma’s commercials, I see the new “drug of the month” is a drug to help people with Graves’ disease deal with the problem of bulgy eyes.

    Call me a cynic, but I doubt this drug coming out at a time when thyroid issues will increase exponentially due to the vaccines, especially as they impact people who survived a natural infection of COVID,  is certainly not a coincidence.

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  6. David Carroll Thatcher
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    @DavidCarroll

    Thank you, @doctorrobert.  With the political pressure to get the a vaccine, it is good to know which you recommend prefer, if forced.  That was a real horror story.

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  7. hoowitts Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    I think now discussing this is cause for loss of board certification and delicensure.

    This. (I so appreciate @flicker ability to redline the sarcasm meter)

    Also see @drbastiat Helpful email from Blue Cross 

    The level of professional intimidation toward physicians by administrative and governmental organizations is at an obscene level. A close friend of mine, local pediatrician, expressed this veiled, or in his opinion not so veiled, threat to his board certification and license from AAP, if he discussed vaccine issues prior to local school openings. His word- fascism. I would accuse him of hyperbole but being Jewish he might have a perspective I should appreciate.

    How did we get here? Centralized power-players (CDC, NIH, AMA, AAP, et. al.) including many hospital administrations, interfering with practicing physicians’ patient diagnoses and recommended treatments? Who the hell do they think they are? It’s easy to throw many physicians under the bus for ‘going to get along’, but they too feel the pressure from cancel culture and possibly losing a career. Unfortunately the collateral damage includes individual patient safety as well as a growing distrust of the profession when physicians choose the path of least resistance. (Full disclosure – the lovely Mrs. hoowitts is a practicing clinical oncologist of 16 years)

    Thank you @doctorrobert for presenting this case. Far from being anti-vax, this discussion needs to happen now.

    Welcome to single-payer/socialized medicine. Hope you enjoy your Obamacare.

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  8. Flicker Coolidge
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    hoowitts (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I think now discussing this is cause for loss of board certification and delicensure.

    This. (I so appreciate @ flicker ability to redline the sarcasm meter)

    Also see @ drbastiat Helpful email from Blue Cross

    The level of professional intimidation toward physicians by administrative and governmental organizations is at an obscene level. A close friend of mine, local pediatrician, expressed this veiled, or in his opinion not so veiled, threat to his board certification and license from AAP, if he discussed vaccine issues prior to local school openings. His word- fascism. I would accuse him of hyperbole but being Jewish he might have a perspective I should appreciate.

    How did we get here? Centralized power-players (CDC, NIH, AMA, AAP, et. al.) including many hospital administrations, interfering with practicing physicians’ patient diagnoses and recommended treatments? Who the hell do they think they are? It’s easy to throw many physicians under the bus for ‘going to get along’, but they too feel the pressure from cancel culture and possibly losing a career. Unfortunately the collateral damage includes individual patient safety as well as a growing distrust of the profession when physicians choose the path of least resistance. (Full disclosure – the lovely Mrs. hoowitts is a practicing clinical oncologist of 16 years)

    Thank you @ doctorrobert for presenting this case. Far from being anti-vax, this discussion needs to happen now.

    Welcome to single-payer/socialized medicine. Hope you enjoy your Obamacare.

    Yes.  I’ve said for years that trends in health insurance companies and changes in US laws and regulations have culminated under 0bamacare in almost entirely removing physicians from being professionals (that is, licensed independent practitioners of a unique field with its own body of knowledge and professional standards) to being employees, regulated and administered by corporate managers who are not themselves in the professions they direct.

    Once professionals become employees, their specialized field of activity is no longer maintained and regulated internally within the profession but externally.  And so the government through its subordinate corporations and professional organizations maintains absolute control over standards of practice.

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  9. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    hoowitts (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    I think now discussing this is cause for loss of board certification and delicensure.

    This. (I so appreciate @ flicker ability to redline the sarcasm meter)

    Also see @ drbastiat Helpful email from Blue Cross

    The level of professional intimidation toward physicians by administrative and governmental organizations is at an obscene level. A close friend of mine, local pediatrician, expressed this veiled, or in his opinion not so veiled, threat to his board certification and license from AAP, if he discussed vaccine issues prior to local school openings. His word- fascism. I would accuse him of hyperbole but being Jewish he might have a perspective I should appreciate.

    How did we get here? Centralized power-players (CDC, NIH, AMA, AAP, et. al.) including many hospital administrations, interfering with practicing physicians’ patient diagnoses and recommended treatments? Who the hell do they think they are? It’s easy to throw many physicians under the bus for ‘going to get along’, but they too feel the pressure from cancel culture and possibly losing a career. Unfortunately the collateral damage includes individual patient safety as well as a growing distrust of the profession when physicians choose the path of least resistance. (Full disclosure – the lovely Mrs. hoowitts is a practicing clinical oncologist of 16 years)

    Thank you @ doctorrobert for presenting this case. Far from being anti-vax, this discussion needs to happen now.

    Welcome to single-payer/socialized medicine. Hope you enjoy your Obamacare.

    There are carrots, too. Speaking of single-payer/socialized medicine, this is from the UK’s NHS:

    The Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 injection is now being given to children over the age of 12 who are classed as vulnerable or live with others classed as vulnerable, and a Daily Expose Investigation can reveal that all GP’s are to be paid £22.58 for every dose given to a child as an incentive, the search engine Google is trying to hide itand the NHS is advising vaccinators that parental consent is not required.

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  10. hoowitts Coolidge
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    Ontheleftcoast (View Comment):

    There are carrots, too. Speaking of single-payer/socialized medicine, this is from the UK’s NHS:

    The Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 injection is now being given to children over the age of 12 who are classed as vulnerable or live with others classed as vulnerable, and a Daily Expose Investigation can reveal that all GP’s are to be paid £22.58 for every dose given to a child as an incentive, the search engine Google is trying to hide itand the NHS is advising vaccinators that parental consent is not required.

    So let me get this straight…pharmaceutical perks to physicians, lunches/meals, freebies/merchandise, entertainment and events are unethical but direct compensation to administer an under-patent drug is A-OK?  This is maddening

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  11. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Doctor Robert: Mid August, consults primary care nurse, weight 129#, pulse 100 at rest, advised to stop drinking alcohol, no further evaluation.

    Holy crap.

    Doctor Robert: Sept 2, feels her pulse racing, worsening weakness, re-consults primary care nurse.  Weight 120#.  Resting pulse 111. Continued tremors, weakness, mild fever.  Pain, tenderness in the front of her neck.

    Holy crap!

    Doctor Robert: September 2, thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4) are 3x upper limit of normal, TSH undetectable, ultrasound shows a very enlarged gland with hyperemia.  PCN nurse advises patient by email, “it looks like this may be thyroid related” and makes appt for endocrine consult 0n October 11.

    HOLY CRAP!!!

    Doctor Robert: Sept 9, pulse 190 after mowing lawn, developing shortness of breath, agitation, fever to 101.  Resting pulse 112.

    She’s lucky she made it this far.

    Unbelievable.  I’m always amazed at stories like this.  But they keep happening.

    Free advice, everyone:  Find a competent doctor, and stay with them.  Unfortunately, those appear to be increasingly rare these days…

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  12. Flicker Coolidge
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert: Mid August, consults primary care nurse, weight 129#, pulse 100 at rest, advised to stop drinking alcohol, no further evaluation.

    Holy crap.

    Doctor Robert: Sept 2, feels her pulse racing, worsening weakness, re-consults primary care nurse. Weight 120#. Resting pulse 111. Continued tremors, weakness, mild fever. Pain, tenderness in the front of her neck.

    Holy crap!

    Doctor Robert: September 2, thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4) are 3x upper limit of normal, TSH undetectable, ultrasound shows a very enlarged gland with hyperemia. PCN nurse advises patient by email, “it looks like this may be thyroid related” and makes appt for endocrine consult 0n October 11.

    HOLY CRAP!!!

    Doctor Robert: Sept 9, pulse 190 after mowing lawn, developing shortness of breath, agitation, fever to 101. Resting pulse 112.

    She’s lucky she made it this far.

    Unbelievable. I’m always amazed at stories like this. But they keep happening.

    Free advice, everyone: Find a competent doctor, and stay with them. Unfortunately, those appear to be increasingly rare these days…

    I hate to say it, but especially Nurse Practitioners.

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  13. Theodoric of Freiberg Member
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    What’s happening with this totally incompetent PCN? Have you, the patient or anyone else filed a complaint?

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  14. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Doctors, if one of your un-vaccinated patients asked you for a prescription for Ivermectin, would you write it?

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  15. Doctor Robert Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert: Mid August, consults primary care nurse, weight 129#, pulse 100 at rest, advised to stop drinking alcohol, no further evaluation.

    Holy crap.

    Doctor Robert: Sept 2, feels her pulse racing, worsening weakness, re-consults primary care nurse. Weight 120#. Resting pulse 111. Continued tremors, weakness, mild fever. Pain, tenderness in the front of her neck.

    Holy crap!

    Doctor Robert: September 2, thyroid hormone levels (T3 and T4) are 3x upper limit of normal, TSH undetectable, ultrasound shows a very enlarged gland with hyperemia. PCN nurse advises patient by email, “it looks like this may be thyroid related” and makes appt for endocrine consult 0n October 11.

    HOLY CRAP!!!(–Dr B, I have a photo of the email)

    Doctor Robert: Sept 9, pulse 190 after mowing lawn, developing shortness of breath, agitation, fever to 101. Resting pulse 112.

    She’s lucky she made it this far.

    Unbelievable. I’m always amazed at stories like this. But they keep happening.

    Free advice, everyone: Find a competent doctor, and stay with them. Unfortunately, those appear to be increasingly rare these days…

    Doc B, Theodoric, I was going to call one of the two medical endocrinologists in her group to complain about the PCN’s incompetence.  Then I saw that he himself had read the thyroid US, which even to my eyes showed flagrant Graves’ disease, and had not picked up the phone nor sent an urgent text message.  That’s negligence.  It fell upon the good offices of a reproductive endocrinologist who had never met the patient to finally do the right and very obvious thing.

    I *have* reported the case to VAERS.

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  16. Doctor Robert Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Doctors, if one of your un-vaccinated patients asked you for a prescription for Ivermectin, would you write it?

    If that patient were ill, I suppose so.  Vaccine status would not matter to me.

    The chronic care facility at which I now work has 80 residents, 16 of them on ventilators, some of them brain dead.  We have had 8 cases of WuFlu in these very high risk patients.  Our staff used steroids and no exotic meds–no HCQ, no Ivermectin, no high dose vitamin D–and had no deaths.  Zero of 8 is still anecdotal (after all, the next 4 or 5 cases might all die), but it shows that very capable Docs and NPs and nurses and especially, respiratory therapists can get good results even in very high risk patients.

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  17. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Doctors, if one of your un-vaccinated patients asked you for a prescription for Ivermectin, would you write it?

    If that patient were ill, I suppose so. Vaccine status would not matter to me.

    The chronic care facility at which I now work has 80 residents, 16 of them on ventilators, some of them brain dead. We have had 8 cases of WuFlu in these very high risk patients. Our staff used steroids and no exotic meds–no HCQ, no Ivermectin, no high dose vitamin D–and had no deaths. Zero of 8 is still anecdotal (after all, the next 4 or 5 cases might all die), but it shows that very capable Docs and NPs and nurses and especially, respiratory therapists can get good results even in very high risk patients.

    In This The Age Of COVID, zero deaths among 8 patients is an extraordinary thing. Especially given their being in a high risk category.

    Personally, among friends and acquaintances, I have had only one friend whose COV case was serious enough that she required hospitalization. She and her husband asked the hospital doctors for ivermectin. So they offered it to her and her condition began to improve almost immediately.

    She is in her fifties, and that COVID situation was about the only thing wrong with her health-wise.

    These days I fully grasp why HCQ and ivermectin are for the most part not allowed for the general public, and that is because this is not an agenda related to our health and well being but is in fact the opposite of that. At this point I would actually  feel relieved if someone could convince me it is only about maximum profits for Pfizer and Moderna.

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  18. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    Thanks for the post, Doc.  

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  19. MarciN Member
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    Paging @doctorrobert  :-)

    What is happening in Massachusetts with so many breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths?

    More than 27,700 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 190 of them have died, according to the latest state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday.

    The Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 27,777 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the state to date and a total of 194 deaths.

    The breakthrough cases represent just a small percentage — about 0.61% — of the more than 4.7 million people who have been vaccinated and the deaths an even smaller percentage — just 0.004%

    In the last week alone, 3,919 new breakthrough cases — infections in people who have been vaccinated — have been reported. Health officials said 61 of the new breakthrough cases resulted in hospitalization, or about 0.02% of all fully vaccinated individuals.

    Breakthrough infections again accounted for about 40% of all cases reported in Massachusetts last week.

    The number of new breakthrough cases announced each Tuesday has climbed each week since DPH announced the initial batch of 7,737 breakthrough infections on July 31.

    I’m guessing here, but it seems the vaccine is holding the line against the alpha virus but losing against the delta variant.

    So when Pfizer and Moderna tweaked the vaccine in April 2020, the “security patch”-to borrow language from Microsoft :-)–did not hold or ever work or something.

    It seems to me that these numbers coming out these past two weeks in the face of Biden’s forceful vaccine-or-else policies is kind of crazy.

    What am I missing?

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  20. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    Paging @ doctorrobert :-)

    What is happening in Massachusetts with so many breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths?

    More than 27,700 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 190 of them have died, according to the latest state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday.

    The Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 27,777 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the state to date and a total of 194 deaths.

    The breakthrough cases represent just a small percentage — about 0.61% — of the more than 4.7 million people who have been vaccinated and the deaths an even smaller percentage — just 0.004%

    In the last week alone, 3,919 new breakthrough cases — infections in people who have been vaccinated — have been reported. Health officials said 61 of the new breakthrough cases resulted in hospitalization, or about 0.02% of all fully vaccinated individuals.

    Breakthrough infections again accounted for about 40% of all cases reported in Massachusetts last week.

    The number of new breakthrough cases announced each Tuesday has climbed each week since DPH announced the initial batch of 7,737 breakthrough infections on July 31.

    I’m guessing here, but it seems the vaccine is holding the line against  alpha virus but losing against the delta variant.

    So when Pfizer and Moderna tweaked the vaccine in April 2020, the “security patch”-to borrow language from Microsoft :-)–did not hold or ever work or something.

    It seems to me that  numbers coming out these past two weeks in the face of Biden’s forceful vaccine-or-else policies is kind of crazy.

    What am I missing?

    The vaccines cause the variants. One of the world’s top vaccinologists predicted this at least a year ago. VandenBossche, a European,  stated that those who were vaccinated would end up experiencing “break through” cases of COVID. And he also predicted variants wold be caused by the vaccines.

    Of course in our upside down “2 weeks to flatten the curve” world, the “official” authorities blame the unvaxxed. Because after all, if the vaccine’s protection doesn’t protect the vaccinated, we can’t possibly blame the vaccinated, can we? Doing so would cut into the massive profits made by Pfizer and Moderna. Pfizer is already looking to get some “Ca-ching” out of its major new drug to dissolve blood clots in news borms to 2 year olds, while they sit back & wait for COVID vax mandates for newborns to 2 year olds – most likely a done deal.

    Break through cases of the viral infection that an individual is vaccinated for occur quite often.  If the vaccine is ‘leaky” or if it is “imperfect.”

    He is not the only one who believes this. (Dr Robert Malone was mentored by VandenBossche and agrees with him on this issue.) Here is a published science paper by other researchers explaining the same thing:

    https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002198

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  21. Doctor Robert Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    Paging @ doctorrobert :-)

    What is happening in Massachusetts with so many breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths?

    More than 27,700 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 190 of them have died, according to the latest state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday.

    The Department of Public Health has tracked a cumulative 27,777 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the state to date and a total of 194 deaths.

    The breakthrough cases represent just a small percentage — about 0.61% — of the more than 4.7 million people who have been vaccinated and the deaths an even smaller percentage — just 0.004%

    In the last week alone, 3,919 new breakthrough cases — infections in people who have been vaccinated — have been reported. Health officials said 61 of the new breakthrough cases resulted in hospitalization, or about 0.02% of all fully vaccinated individuals.

    Breakthrough infections again accounted for about 40% of all cases reported in Massachusetts last week.

    The number of new breakthrough cases announced each Tuesday has climbed each week since DPH announced the initial batch of 7,737 breakthrough infections on July 31.

    I’m guessing here, but it seems the vaccine is holding the line against the alpha virus but losing against the delta variant.

    So when Pfizer and Moderna tweaked the vaccine in April 2020, the “security patch”-to borrow language from Microsoft :-)–did not hold or ever work or something.

    It seems to me that these numbers coming out these past two weeks in the face of Biden’s forceful vaccine-or-else policies is kind of crazy.

    What am I missing?

    The regional Medical Center to which I would transfer a critically ill patient now has their highest Covid census of all time, more than 100 patients, most of them elderly and/or obese, including 16 patients on ventilators and 4 on extracorporeal oxygenation.  These are incredibly sick people, some of whom have been  vaccinated.  These are legitimate Covid pneumonia patients, not people with gallstones and a positive nasal swab.

    This is not a joke.

    Neither is my supposition that the Wuhan lab is churning out new variants, although the cites in #20 suggest that a natural origin is possible.  I have both natural (infection-derived) and Jansen immunity, so I’m not worried for myself.

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