QOTD: Napoleon on the Bankers

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When a government is dependent on bankers for money, they and not the leaders of government control the situation. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole obligation is gain.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

After I read that, I thought about the US’s Federal Reserve System of banks, the Russia-Ukraine war, the US’s raging inflation problem, the World Economic Forum, Blackrock and Vanguard, income and wealth inequality, recent US shortages of infant formula and tampons, covidiocy, and predictions of basic food shortages and famine. Is it all masterminded by the banksters, to enrich them?

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Steve Parker, M.D.

COVID-19 Link Dump: Vax Causes Myocarditis and Pericarditis, Vax—->Death, Will Docs Ever Admit They Were Wrong?, Dr Malone on Biden’s Treatment With Paxlovid, Novella: Excessive Deaths NOT Caused By the Vax, Vax Safe and Effective?

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From William M. Briggs:

Remember how the woke and super-concerned and awfully caring and, most of all, ignorant (I use this word in its technical sense) censors at YouTube, Twitter and all the rest quashed accounts that said myocarditis was likely a prominent side effect of the mRNA viruses? Which, as we’ll see below, it surely was?

Censoring the unwashed is their natural inclination, yet that happy duty was strengthened by Experts in the bureaucracy whose policy was the Noble Lie. Yes—the “L” word. For do you also remember when CDC Director Rachel Walensky, a physician, announced in her most serious voice, “Vaccinated people don’t carry the virus, don’t get sick.”


From Wayne Allen Root:

33 Dead and Sick Friends From Our Wedding Only 8 Months Ago …all of them vax’d. Anecdotal? Yes, of course. But still….

But it has nothing to do with our wedding. Open your eyes. This is happening everywhere. Non-COVID-19 deaths are up dramatically in the United States (and all over the world). Life insurance companies report non-COVID-19 deaths are up 40% or more among young, working-age Americans. Lincoln National reports death benefit payouts are up over 163% in the year since COVID-19 vaccines came out. These are death increases not seen during World War II.

Read the headlines: Every day a new celebrity, actor, rock star, athlete or CEO is dropping dead “suddenly and unexpectedly.” Most of them are way too young to die or suffer strokes or heart attacks. I’m betting they all have one thing in common: they are VACCINATED.


Steve Kirsch asks:

Will physicians EVER speak out?

Or will they continue to shrug their shoulders and refuse to look at the data showing that these vaccines are the biggest scandal in medical history?

Three young doctors at one Canadian hospital die in same week soon after getting the vax.


Dr Robert Malone on “President” Biden’s treatment with Paxlovid. Listen from 17:55 to 26:20 minutes.


Steven Novella says excessive non-COVID deaths in the U.S. were NOT caused by the vaccines:

These proximate causes likely relate to a few more fundamental causes. For example, delayed or deferred hospital admission or medical care likely resulted in increased deaths from heart disease and stroke. People were simply reluctant to go to the ER for fear of catching COVID there, and because hospitals were overwhelmed. Having experienced the ER during the pandemic I can tell you it was full of a lot of unhappy patients, waiting for beds in overcrowded conditions.

Other deaths are deemed “death of despair”, due to increased alcoholism and drug overdoses. Increase in motor vehicle deaths is interesting, attributed to more fast and reckless driving provoked by relatively empty roads. Increase in homicides was similarly attributed to increases in anxiety and restlessness during the pandemic.

Of course, many of the usual suspects have tried to link excess mortality to vaccines. This has been debunked, however, and in fact the evidence shows a beneficial effect of vaccination on excess mortality.


Another from Steve Kirsch:

The “safe and effective” narrative is falling apart

Here is my list of over 40 leading indicators that the momentum is moving in our favor. I’d be surprised if the narrative doesn’t fall apart soon. It’s now unravelling quickly in the UK.


Steve Parker, M.D.

Weight-Loss Pill Plenity: Does It Work?

“With this raging inflation, I may need to cut back on food and beer.”

Dr Harriet Hall wrote a brief review of the new weight-loss drug Plenity at Science-Based Medicine. Her conclusion:

So far, effectiveness has been shown in only one placebo-controlled trial. Diet and exercise must be continued. It doesn’t work well for everyone: 6 out of 10 users lost at least 5% of their body weight; the other 4 didn’t. It appears to have fewer side effects than other weight loss products. Not a way to achieve ideal weight, but probably worth trying for patients who understand that it is only an aid and not a final solution. I hope they will be encouraged enough by a 22-pound weight loss to continue losing weight with or without Plenity.


Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: Overweight or obese? I can help. No pills or surgery needed.

Recipe: Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana

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DJ Foodie has come up with a low-carb version of zuppa toscana, my wife’s favorite soup at Olive Garden restaurants. We haven’t tried it yet but post a link here for future reference. 9.4 net carbs per 330 calorie serving.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Keto Versus Mediterranean Diet: Which Is Best for T2 Diabetics and Prediabetics

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Effect of a Ketogenic Diet versus Mediterranean Diet on HbA1c in Individuals with Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: the Interventional Keto-Med Randomized Crossover Trial

Right off the bat, I don’t like that they studied both diabetics and prediabetics. There were only 40 original study participants, with complete data on only 33. Why lump the two together?

Participants followed each diet for 12 weeks then lab data and body weight were assessed.

The researchers conclusions:

HbA1c [a measure of blood sugar control] was not different between diet phases after 12-weeks, but improved from baseline on both diets, likely due to several shared dietary aspects. WFKD [ketogenic diet] was beneficial for greater decrease in triglycerides, but also had potential untoward risks from elevated LDL-C, and lower nutrient intakes from avoiding legumes, fruits, and whole intact grains, as well as being less sustainable.

Triglycerides dropped more on the keto diet, no surprise. Body weight dropped the same for both diets, 7-8%. HDL-cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”) rose 11% on keto and 7% on Mediterranean diet. HgbA1c dropped the same on both diets, about 8% from baseline. Both diets lead to eating ~300 calories less per day than baseline consumption.

Dr Bret Scher addressed the increased LDL-cholesteral (aka “bad cholesterol”) over at DietDoctor.com:

The authors reported that LDL “dangerously” rose 10% on the keto diet. But was it really a dangerous change? Triglycerides went down on the keto diet, as we would expect. And as we saw in 2018 with the Virta Health trial, on average, LDL went up 10%. However, the calculated cardiac risk score went down 12%. 

In terms of answering the headline question, Keto Versus Mediterranean Diet: Which Is Best for T2 Diabetics and Prediabetics, the answer really depends on long-term data concerning longevity and various diseases. This study doesn’t answer the question.

What say you?

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: Can’t decide between Keto and Mediterranean? Why not combine the two? The best of both worlds!

It’s True: Olive Garden Restaurant Won’t Blow Your Ketogenic Diet

A healthy diet has room for grapes

Lisa MarcAurele authored an article about eating at Olive Garden even though you’re on a ketogenic diet:

Whether you are traveling and can’t cook or you are celebrating something special with people you love, Olive Garden has some low-carb options that are simply delicious!

They might be known for their endless breadsticks and overflowing plates of pasta, but there are some keto-friendly choices on the menu, too. You just have to know where to look. 

Olive Garden is also known for its large portions, so you will have to think ahead before eating everything on your plate. 

When you don’t have time to cook or just want to dine out, Olive Garden can be an appealing option for people on a ketogenic diet. Thankfully, there are ways to eat a keto meal at Olive Garden – you just have to be a little creative with a custom order!

Thank you, Lisa.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: The Advanced Mediterranean Diet (2nd Ed.) includes a ketogenic option.

QOTD: Vanderleun on Retirement Planning

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My personal long-term care plan is the penitentiary.  What’s yours?

Vanderleun

How to Avoid Foodborne Illness From Leafy Greens

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Periodically there are outbreaks of illness caused by eating contaminated leafy greens. The contaminants are usually bacteria such as E coli and Salmonella. The illness is typically diarrhea, sometimes with belly cramps, nausea, and vomiting. And rare deaths.

Cathe Friedrich published an interesting article about this phenomenon. Here are a few bullet points (I haven’t independently verified):

  • Leafy greens such as lettuce are linked to 22% of food poisoning outbreaks over over the last 10 years
  • The riskiest leafy green is bagged, ready-to-serve lettuce

A few ways to avoid foodborne illness:

  • Avoid pre-packaged leafy greens
  • Avoid sprouts
  • Keep the produce refrigerated and dry
  • Consume before the expiration date

Click for leafy green food safety tips from the Canadian government.

Click for a harrowing story at Consumer Reports about E coli poisoning from romaine lettuce.

Consumer Reports article on the safest ways to eat salad.

Steve Parker, M.D.

h/t Jan at The Low Carb Diabetic

COVID-19 Link Dump: Austrian Health Minister Blames Docs For Vax Damages; Sachs Says Virus Originated in U.S. Biolab; Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase Risk of Severe Disease & Death

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From Paul Craig Roberts:

In Austria the massive harm done to human life and health done by the Covid “vaccines” has resulted in the Austrian Minister of Health shifting responsibility to doctors who betrayed their medical responsibility to inform patients of the risks of the vaccine.

Of course, had doctors done so, they would have been punished for “spreading misinformation.” It was the Austrian government that tried to mandate coercive vaccination of every Austrian.

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The US death rate in the Covid year of 2020 was the same as in 2019. The death rate shot up after the vaccination campaign. 


Jeffrey Sachs thinks the virus originated in a U.S. biolab:

Covid-19 did not come out of some natural reservoir but rather “out of US lab biotechnology” in an accident, world-renowned economist and author Jeffrey Sachs has claimed, speaking at a conference hosted by the GATE Center think tank in Spain in mid-June.

He’s an economist. What does he know about virology and disease? IIRC, for a couple years he was chairman (I will not call him a chair) of the Covid-19 commission at the prestigious medical journal The Lancet.


From Joe Alcock MD:

A recent study by Lee et al has shown another surprising risk for PPIs: In this study out of South Korea, patients with COVID-19 who were taking PPIs had a 1.6x increase risk for severe disease and death. Another meta-analysis showed a similarly increased risk:

COVID-19 Mortality and ICU-level disease are higher in current PPI users.

Steve Parker, M.D.

#COVID-19 Link Dump: Pierre Kory on the Vax, Why Are So Many Working-Age People Dying, the De-Platforming of Dr Vernon Coleman, Dr Russell Blaylock On the Politicization of COVID-19, COVID-19 Hitting “Boosted” Folks More Than Non-Boosted, Lockdowns Didn’t Prevent Deaths, Vax Linked to Infertility

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A skeptical eye

Pierre Kory on the vax debacle:

I recently posted a deeply referenced compilation of evidence detailing the historic humanitarian catastrophe that has slowly unfolded within most advanced health economies across the world. Caused by a global mass vaccination campaign led by the Pharma masters of BMGF/WHO/CDC that illogically (but profitably) targeted a rapidly mutating coronavirus. They did it with what turned out to be the most toxic protein used therapeutically in the history of medicine. In vials mixed with lipid nano-particles, polyethylene glycol and who knows what else. 

I cited studies and reports showing massive increases in cardiovascular deaths and neurologic (and other) disabilities amongst working age adults, beginning in 2021 only. A disturbing signal screaming from the original clinical trials data , VAERS datalife insurance datadisability datareports of cardiac arrests of professional athletesrises in ambulance calls for cardiac arrests in pre-heart attack age young people, and the massive increases in illnesses and data manipulations in Department of Defense databases. 

As these events become more and more recognized by the average citizen (and occasional journalist), a new pathetic “Disinformation Campaign” was launched in response trying to blame all the young people dying as simply a need for increased awareness of the rare condition called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), rather than examples of the legions dying from the vaccines. The fact checkers also came out in support of this narrative, branding anyone who thinks the vaccines are the cause of SADS as a conspiracy theorist.


From Margaret Menge:

Five months after breaking the story of the CEO of One America insurance company saying deaths among working people ages 18-64 were up 40% in the third quarter of 2021, I can report that a much larger life insurance company, Lincoln National, reported a 163% increase in death benefits paid out under its group life insurance policies in 2021.

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This is according to the annual statements filed with state insurance departments — statements that were provided exclusively to Crossroads Report in response to public records requests.

The reports show a more extreme situation than the 40% increase in deaths in the third quarter of 2021 that was cited in late December by One America CEO Scott Davison — an increase that he said was industry-wide and that he described at the time as “unheard of” and “huge, huge numbers” and the highest death rates that have ever been seen in the history of the life insurance business.

I can’t imagine and insurance company paying out a death benefit without seeing a certified death certificate. So what’s the cause of death on those certificates? Folks 18-64 years of age are not often the ones who die from COVID-19. But many of them were “required” to take the vax. Is the vax killing them?


The de-platforming of Dr Vernon Coleman:

Privately and professionally, sharing the truth in 2020 was the worst thing I ever did. It has brought me and my beloved, hard-working and constantly loyal wife nothing but personal and professional pain. It has taken up nearly every minute of my life for two years.

The aim of the attacks was not, simply to destroy me – it was to stop people listening to anything I said, or reading anything I wrote. Before March 2020 I had many millions of readers around the world. I wonder how many I have left now. Precious few, I suspect. How do people know that the word ‘discredited’, plucked out of thin air and applied to my name by Google, is just a libel and not a fact? How many know that the ASA which is quoted is a private organisation funded by advertisers?

I was expelled from the Royal Society of Arts because ‘of my views and my recent involvement in the BBC Panorama programme’. That’s what they said. This seemed to me to be a bit like arresting someone because they’d been mugged. (I was never invited to appear on the programme they mentioned. The BBC boasts that it won’t ever give airtime to those questioning vaccination ‘whether they’re right or wrong’.)

The abuse on social media grew and grew. It isn’t normal, unpleasant social media abuse. It is a campaign of suppression and oppression, decorated with malicious lies, and threats (including death threats) invented to help keep the truth suppressed.

If my videos or articles are put on sites such as YouTube by other people they are taken down within minutes.

Look, I don’t even know what Dr Coleman wrote or said in 2020 about COVID-19. If you know, leave a brief summary in the comment section. Shouldn’t he be allowed to air his medical opinions, even if dead wrong?

He mentioned his LinkedIn account was shut down. Mine was, too. If I wanted to know why, I needed to send them a photo of my driver’s license, which I ain’t gonna do.


Dr Russell Blaylock writing in Surgical Neurology International:

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history, characterized by official lies in an unending stream lead by government bureaucracies, medical associations, medical boards, the media, and international agencies. We have witnessed a long list of unprecedented intrusions into medical practice, including attacks on medical experts, destruction of medical careers among doctors refusing to participate in killing their patients and a massive regimentation of health care, led by non-qualified individuals with enormous wealth, power and influence.

For the first time in American history a president, governors, mayors, hospital administrators and federal bureaucrats are determining medical treatments based not on accurate scientifically based or even experience based information, but rather to force the acceptance of special forms of care and “prevention”—including remdesivir, use of respirators and ultimately a series of essentially untested messenger RNA vaccines. For the first time in history medical treatment, protocols are not being formulated based on the experience of the physicians treating the largest number of patients successfully, but rather individuals and bureaucracies that have never treated a single patient—including Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, EcoHealth Alliance, the CDC, WHO, state public health officers and hospital administrators.


From McClatchy Washington Bureau:

Since late February, Americans who have gotten a booster shot appear to be testing positive for COVID-19 more often than those vaccinated without the extra shot, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

This is based on numbers up until the week of April 23, which is the most recently released CDC data comparing case rates of those boosted, vaccinated and unvaccinated against the coronavirus. Ultimately, the numbers, which are updated monthly, showed those unvaccinated had the highest case rates overall.

Meanwhile, about 119 out of 100,000 boosted individuals tested positive for COVID-19 during the week of April 23, according to CDC data. In comparison, 56 out of 100,000 individuals vaccinated with only a primary series tested positive.


Johns Hopkins researchers say the lockdowns didn’t reduce deaths from COVID-19:

The results of our meta-analysis support the conclusion that lockdowns in the spring of 2020 had little to no effect on COVID-19 mortality. This result is consistent with the view that voluntary changes in behavior, such as social distancing, did play an important role in mitigating the pandemic.


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COVID-19 vaccines linked to infertility:

Why is there a substantial decrease in births in Germany and Switzerland (and other countries) – nine months after the beginning of covid mass vaccinations?

Do covid vaccines influence male or female fertility? … new birth data out of Germany and Switzerland raises some serious questions. Specifically, both countries recorded a consistent 10% to 15% decrease (compared to expectations) in monthly births from January to March/April 2022 (the latest available data) – that is, precisely nine months after the beginning of covid mass vaccination in the general population in April/May 2021 (see charts above and below).

How can this substantial decrease be explained? Is it due to behavioral or biological factors?


Steve Parker, M.D.