Medical Science: COVID-19 - How Does It Kill You?

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After more than a year, SARS-CoV-2 is still killing people. The long-term damage of this silent, diabolical enemy are just becoming known and medical professionals are learning more about how it does its lethal damage.

Although COVID is thought of as a respiratory disease, many victims have damage to their heart and other organs, plus neurologic symptoms such as headaches, impaired consciousness, hallucinations, loss of smell and taste, and stroke. Yet the virus does not seem to invade the heart or the brain directly.


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What researchers do find is blood clots, both microscopic and large.

The whole virus may not be needed to cause harm. The spike protein alone can evidently damage the lining of blood vessels, leading to blood clots. Spike protein injected into mice crossed the blood-brain barrier, caused neurologic signs (thirst and stressed behavior), and was taken up by other tissues.

The COVID vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca contain genetic material that induces the vaccinated person’s own cells to manufacture spike protein, which then stimulates production of antibodies intended to attack the virus.


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In a Dec 8 submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), pediatric rheumatologist J. Patrick Whelan, M.D., Ph.D., expressed concern that mRNA products, through spike proteins, have “the potential to cause microvascular injury [inflammation and small blood clots called microthrombi] to the brain, heart, liver and kidneys in ways that were not assessed in the safety trials.”

In an urgent open letter to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), physicians and scientists called for responses to a number of issues, including blood clots due to the binding of the viral spike protein to platelets. Unless their safety concerns are adequately addressed in studies, the signatories demand that approval of use of gene-based vaccines be immediately withdrawn.

“There are serious concerns…that the approval of the COVID-19 vaccines by the EMA was premature and reckless, and that the administration of the vaccines constituted and still does constitute ‘human experimentation,’ which was and still is in violation of the Nuremberg Code.”


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More than a dozen countries suspended administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine when fatal blood clotting disorders were reported, but resumed use when EMA declared it safe and effective. The vaccine was said not to increase the overall risk of clots.

An Israeli organization, Anshei Emet, has filed suit in the international Criminal Court in the Hague, claiming that the government’s coercive mass vaccination campaign is a human experiment, violating the Nuremberg Code, which requires informed consent. People have to prove they have been vaccinated even to enter a bar. The lawsuit claims that the Ministry of Health has admitted to a 41% incidence of severe side effects in medical and police personnel.


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In the U.S., people are supposed to sign a consent form to receive the vaccine. The form for the Moderna product reads: “I voluntarily elect to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at […] after carefully considering the risks and benefits.” It might not be entirely clear that you take the vaccine at your own risk as manufacturers have no legal liability for adverse effects.

 

 

Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer. She authored books for school children, Professor Klugimkopf's Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf's Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. 

More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and non-hazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

If you would like to discuss these issues, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (520) 323-3110. Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

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