Time for a Mid-”Pandemic” Correction

An important rule of medicine is that when you’ve properly treated the patient and they are still not improving, then you may have the wrong diagnosis. Furthermore, dogmatically persisting in the wrong diagnosis ultimately results in injury or death to the patient.

We are now nearly two years into the “pandemic” and all we have heard from our leaders is the monotonous drumbeat – social distance, wear masks, get vaccinated. In the beginning, they said that masks were dangerous and COVID-19 testing was key to ending the pandemic. Now, municipalities seek to muzzle us all and testing is becoming difficult to find.

While federal, state, and local elected leaders and health “officials” boast about the record number of vaccinated, there is little evidence that this has translated into a reduction in the number of cases of COVID-19 or a realization of the promised halt to the “pandemic.” While we have seen outbreaks among fully vaccinated populations, our leaders blame the unvaccinated, and dogmatically persist in their bloodletting of America.

The symptoms of COVID-19 published by the CDC include fever, cough, fatigue, headache, and myalgia. Amazingly, this is the same list of influenza symptoms which include fever, cough, fatigue, headache, and myalgia. These lists of symptoms likely came from the same bio-terrorism preparedness planning document. In order to make it believable, they did add of one other COVID-19 symptom – loss of taste and smell. This is very non-specific since many people who don’t have COVID have the same complaint.

My experience with treating COVID-19 reveals a different list of symptoms: profuse sweating, frequent urination with deep yellow-colored urine, weight loss, fatigue, headache, and a salty or metallic taste in the mouth. Research indicates that high fever (> 101.5 F) only occurs in 15 percent of patients, but profuse sweating occurs in 52 percent.

Pathophysiology is the study of pathological processes that give rise to human disease. Disease is managed by finding points of intervention that interrupt the pathologic process and return to normal function. By contrast socialized medicine ushered in the era of “evidence-based medicine” which was merely mapping a treatment to an identified disease. This top-down command and control of medicine allows our leadership to halt any treatment by merely declaring that there is no evidence, or defunding or canceling research that might show promising treatment.

The beauty of “evidence-based medicine” is that the person wearing the white coat really doesn’t need to understand what they are doing. They are merely peddlers of drugs, matching symptoms to treatment without understanding the physiologic implications. Success for these “providers” can only be measured by compliance to established rules. Since population effects are rarely measured, thousands can go unnecessarily to the grave while our leaders take credit for a job well done. Why do our leaders impede the flow of information from other countries who have been able to control the disease?

Viruses cannot replicate on their own but must hijack the cellular apparatus. This is similar to the replication of mRNA strands and antigenic proteins by the next generation of COVID-19 vaccine we can expect to come our way, self-amplifying mRNA.

The COVID-19 virus is a corona virus with a spike protein with a high-binding affinity to the human ACE II receptor. Human engineering of such a virus was described in Nature magazine by Ralph Baric, et al, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel, and funded by the National Institute of Health. Ironically, one of the co-authors of the paper, Shi Shengli-Li, later became the director of virology at the Wuhan Institute. Hmmm!

In retrospect, the words in their paper are chilling: “Together, these data and restrictions represent a crossroads of GOF (gain of function) research concerns; the potential to prepare for and mitigate future outbreaks must be weighed against the risk of creating more dangerous pathogens.” Has the risk of creating more dangerous pathogens been realized?

Two important findings from the paper: (1) The mice inoculated with the Franken Virus displayed rapid weight loss similar to what we see in the current COVID-19. (2) Vaccination increased the mortality of aged mice.

Currently, there are many people wanting to stockpile Ivermectin in case they get COVID-19. Contrary to the FDA’s description of the drug, they know that it's more than a horse de-wormer. Most people today are taking Zinc, Vitamins C and D, and other supplements despite the CDC’s assertion that they confer no benefit. These are all “evidence-based guidelines” morphed into mandates which are only supported by lopsided studies which the CDC controls.

The pathophysiology of COVID-19 involves five important choke points which need to be interrupted: viral replication, sodium dysregulation, inflammation, clotting activation, and respiratory failure. With each infected individual, there is a race between viral and neutralizing antibody replication. If the virus replicates faster than the body produces antibodies, the virus wins and we lose.


Pay Attention to the Sodium

Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, Remdesavir, and other agents have been shown to slow the replication of the disease in Vivo. Furthermore, early treatment with these agents gives the body time to produce neutralizing anti-bodies against the virus. Early is the key. Once the virus spreads widely, "the genie is out of the bottle," and we need to affect the other choke points.

ACE II is a protein produced in response to low blood pressure and is responsible for sodium retention in the urine, sweat, tears, the gastrointestinal tract, etc. Viral infection of the cells which contain these receptors disable the bodies ability to retain sodium and results in excessive urination and weight loss, profuse sweating, and all of the real symptoms of COVID-19. This can result in hypotension and death just like with Baric’s lab mice. Sodium dysregulation in the lungs can lead to sodium and water in the alveoli of the lungs and difficulty breathing. Early salt intake may positively affect the course of the disease by reducing the number of ACE II receptors on cell surfaces and by limiting viral entry.

As the viremia progresses inflammatory cells proliferate and cause damage to vital body organs such as lungs and kidneys. Many anti-inflammatory drugs have shown a positive therapeutic response by reducing the effects of the inflammatory response called “cytokine storm”.

If left unchecked, the inflammatory response results in blood clot formation which can cause organ failure. Pulmonary emboli are blood clots which lodge in the lungs and prevent oxygen exchange. These are life threatening. Fortunately, anti-coagulants such as heparin significantly reduce the mortality of COVID-19.

The government mantra is that there is no cure for COVID-19. However, early treatment of COVID-19 can significantly reduce hospitalization and death. Early on, the government focused on the end point of the disease by making sure there were enough ventilators. Simultaneously, they destroyed the reputation of scientists and physicians who focused on early intervention and treatment of the disease. The result is to return the state of science to a time when Galileo was silenced for daring to declare that the Earth was round; Semmelweis was professionally destroyed for identifying the micro-organism of purpureal fever before we had germ theory, and demonstrating the importance of hand washing; and Servetus was burned at the stake for dissecting the dead and giving us our contemporary understanding of the closed circulatory system.

America has an abundance of intelligent and resourceful people, and our knowledge has been built upon the free exchange of ideas, and the right to challenge false theories. Our network of intelligence transcends the mind of any one individual and offers our society the best opportunity to overcome the adversity we face. On the other hand, reliance upon central authority based upon claims of hidden knowledge and suppression of all opposing thought condemns our nation to Paleozoic intelligence and an inability to overcome the negative forces of nature.

If America desires to rid itself of COVID-19, protect us from the fate of Baric’s lab mice, and prevent further outbreaks, we must protect free speech, and the expression of scientific thought.

Dr. David Hartsuch, a former Iowa State Senator, is an emergency medicine physician practicing in Iowa and operates a telemedicine clinic treating patients with COVID.

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