Growing concern about Lockdown from doctors in Belgium

19th September 2020

In order to make you aware that there are a growing number of doctors in Europe who feel that Lockdown has been an unmitigated disaster, I have downloaded an open Letter from doctors in Belgium. It can be seen here. https://docs4opendebate.be/en/open-letter/

Doctors in other countries e.g. Germany have done much the same thing. I am putting this on my blog so that as many people as possible read it.

 

Open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to all Belgian authorities and all Belgian media.

We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in the decision-making process and in the compulsory implementation of corona-measures. We ask for an open debate, where all experts are represented without any form of censorship. After the initial panic surrounding covid-19, the objective facts now show a completely different picture – there is no medical justification for any emergency policy anymore.

The current crisis management has become totally disproportionate and causes more damage than it does any good.

We call for an end to all measures and ask for an immediate restoration of our normal democratic governance and legal structures and of all our civil liberties.

‘A cure must not be worse than the problem’ is a thesis that is more relevant than ever in the current situation. We note, however, that the collateral damage now being caused to the population will have a greater impact in the short and long term on all sections of the population than the number of people now being safeguarded from corona.

In our opinion, the current corona measures and the strict penalties for non-compliance with them are contrary to the values formulated by the Belgian Supreme Health Council, which, until recently, as the health authority, has always ensured quality medicine in our country: “Science – Expertise – Quality – Impartiality – Independence – Transparency”. 1

We believe that the policy has introduced mandatory measures that are not sufficiently scientifically based, unilaterally directed, and that there is not enough space in the media for an open debate in which different views and opinions are heard. In addition, each municipality and province now has the authorisation to add its own measures, whether well-founded or not.

Moreover, the strict repressive policy on corona strongly contrasts with the government’s minimal policy when it comes to disease prevention, strengthening our own immune system through a healthy lifestyle, optimal care with attention for the individual and investment in care personnel.2

The concept of health

In 1948, the WHO defined health as follows: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or other physical impairment’.3

Health, therefore, is a broad concept that goes beyond the physical and also relates to the emotional and social well-being of the individual. Belgium also has a duty, from the point of view of subscribing to fundamental human rights, to include these human rights in its decision-making when it comes to measures taken in the context of public health. 4

The current global measures taken to combat SARS-CoV-2 violate to a large extent this view of health and human rights. Measures include compulsory wearing of a mask (also in open air and during sporting activities, and in some municipalities even when there are no other people in the vicinity), physical distancing, social isolation, compulsory quarantine for some groups and hygiene measures.

The predicted pandemic with millions of deaths

At the beginning of the pandemic, the measures were understandable and widely supported, even if there were differences in implementation in the countries around us. The WHO originally predicted a pandemic that would claim 3.4% victims, in other words millions of deaths, and a highly contagious virus for which no treatment or vaccine was available.  This would put unprecedented pressure on the intensive care units (ICUs) of our hospitals.

This led to a global alarm situation, never seen in the history of mankind: “flatten the curve” was represented by a lockdown that shut down the entire society and economy and quarantined healthy people. Social distancing became the new normal in anticipation of a rescue vaccine.

The facts about covid-19

Gradually, the alarm bell was sounded from many sources: the objective facts showed a completely different reality. 5 6

The course of covid-19 followed the course of a normal wave of infection similar to a flu season. As every year, we see a mix of flu viruses following the curve: first the rhinoviruses, then the influenza A and B viruses, followed by the coronaviruses. There is nothing different from what we normally see.

The use of the non-specific PCR test, which produces many false positives, showed an exponential picture.  This test was rushed through with an emergency procedure and was never seriously self-tested. The creator expressly warned that this test was intended for research and not for diagnostics.7

The PCR test works with cycles of amplification of genetic material – a piece of genome is amplified each time. Any contamination (e.g. other viruses, debris from old virus genomes) can possibly result in false positives.8

The test does not measure how many viruses are present in the sample. A real viral infection means a massive presence of viruses, the so-called virus load. If someone tests positive, this does not mean that that person is actually clinically infected, is ill or is going to become ill. Koch’s postulate was not fulfilled (“The pure agent found in a patient with complaints can provoke the same complaints in a healthy person”).

Since a positive PCR test does not automatically indicate active infection or infectivity, this does not justify the social measures taken, which are based solely on these tests. 9 10

Lockdown.

If we compare the waves of infection in countries with strict lockdown policies to countries that did not impose lockdowns (Sweden, Iceland …), we see similar curves.  So there is no link between the imposed lockdown and the course of the infection. Lockdown has not led to a lower mortality rate.

If we look at the date of application of the imposed lockdowns we see that the lockdowns were set after the peak was already over and the number of cases decreasing. The drop was therefore not the result of the taken measures. 11

As every year, it seems that climatic conditions (weather, temperature and humidity) and growing immunity are more likely to reduce the wave of infection.

Our immune system

For thousands of years, the human body has been exposed daily to moisture and droplets containing infectious microorganisms (viruses, bacteria and fungi).

The penetration of these microorganisms is prevented by an advanced defence mechanism – the immune system. A strong immune system relies on normal daily exposure to these microbial influences. Overly hygienic measures have a detrimental effect on our immunity. 12 13 Only people with a weak or faulty immune system should be protected by extensive hygiene or social distancing.

Influenza will re-emerge in the autumn (in combination with covid-19) and a possible decrease in natural resilience may lead to further casualties.

Our immune system consists of two parts: a congenital, non-specific immune system and an adaptive immune system.

The non-specific immune system forms a first barrier: skin, saliva, gastric juice, intestinal mucus, vibratory hair cells, commensal flora, … and prevents the attachment of micro-organisms to tissue.

If they do attach, macrophages can cause the microorganisms to be encapsulated and destroyed.

The adaptive immune system consists of mucosal immunity (IgA antibodies, mainly produced by cells in the intestines and lung epithelium), cellular immunity (T-cell activation), which can be generated in contact with foreign substances or microorganisms, and humoral immunity (IgM and IgG antibodies produced by the B cells).

Recent research shows that both systems are highly entangled.

It appears that most people already have a congenital or general immunity to e.g. influenza and other viruses. This is confirmed by the findings on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which was quarantined because of a few passengers who died of Covid-19. Most of the passengers were elderly and were in an ideal situation of transmission on the ship. However, 75% did not appear to be infected. So even in this high-risk group, the majority are resistant to the virus.

A study in the journal Cell shows that most people neutralise the coronavirus by mucosal (IgA) and cellular immunity (T-cells), while experiencing few or no symptoms 14.

Researchers found up to 60% SARS-Cov-2 reactivity with CD4+T cells in a non-infected population, suggesting cross-reactivity with other cold (corona) viruses.15 Most people therefore already have a congenital or cross-immunity because they were already in contact with variants of the same virus.

The antibody formation (IgM and IgG) by B-cells only occupies a relatively small part of our immune system. This may explain why, with an antibody percentage of 5-10%, there may be a group immunity anyway. The efficacy of vaccines is assessed precisely on the basis of whether or not we have these antibodies. This is a misrepresentation.

Most people who test positive (PCR) have no complaints. Their immune system is strong enough. Strengthening natural immunity is a much more logical approach. Prevention is an important, insufficiently highlighted pillar: healthy, full-fledged nutrition, exercise in fresh air, without a mask, stress reduction and nourishing emotional and social contacts.

Consequences of social isolation on physical and mental health

Social isolation and economic damage led to an increase in depression, anxiety, suicides, intra-family violence and child abuse.16

Studies have shown that the more social and emotional commitments people have, the more resistant they are to viruses. It is much more likely that isolation and quarantine have fatal consequences. 17

The isolation measures have also led to physical inactivity in many older people due to their being forced to stay indoors. However, sufficient exercise has a positive effect on cognitive functioning, reducing depressive complaints and anxiety and improving physical health, energy levels, well-being and, in general, quality of life.18

Fear, persistent stress and loneliness induced by social distancing have a proven negative influence on psychological and general health. 19

A highly contagious virus with millions of deaths without any treatment?

Mortality turned out to be many times lower than expected and close to that of a normal seasonal flu (0.2%). 20

The number of registered corona deaths therefore still seems to be overestimated.

There is a difference between death by corona and death with corona. Humans are often carriers of multiple viruses and potentially pathogenic bacteria at the same time. Taking into account the fact that most people who developed serious symptoms suffered from additional pathology, one cannot simply conclude that the corona-infection was the cause of death. This was mostly not taken into account in the statistics.

The most vulnerable groups can be clearly identified. The vast majority of deceased patients were 80 years of age or older. The majority (70%) of the deceased, younger than 70 years, had an underlying disorder, such as cardiovascular suffering, diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease or obesity. The vast majority of infected persons (>98%) did not or hardly became ill or recovered spontaneously.

Meanwhile, there is an affordable, safe and efficient therapy available for those who do show severe symptoms of disease in the form of HCQ (hydroxychloroquine), zinc and AZT (azithromycin). Rapidly applied this therapy leads to recovery and often prevents hospitalisation. Hardly anyone has to die now.

This effective therapy has been confirmed by the clinical experience of colleagues in the field with impressive results. This contrasts sharply with the theoretical criticism (insufficient substantiation by double-blind studies) which in some countries (e.g. the Netherlands) has even led to a ban on this therapy. A meta-analysis in The Lancet, which could not demonstrate an effect of HCQ, was withdrawn. The primary data sources used proved to be unreliable and 2 out of 3 authors were in conflict of interest. However, most of the guidelines based on this study remained unchanged … 48 49

We have serious questions about this state of affairs.

In the US, a group of doctors in the field, who see patients on a daily basis, united in “America’s Frontline Doctors” and gave a press conference which has been watched millions of times.21 51

French Prof Didier Raoult of the Institut d’Infectiologie de Marseille (IHU) also presented this promising combination therapy as early as April. Dutch GP Rob Elens, who cured many patients in his practice with HCQ and zinc, called on colleagues in a petition for freedom of therapy.22

The definitive evidence comes from the epidemiological follow-up in Switzerland: mortality rates compared with and without this therapy.23

From the distressing media images of ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) where people were suffocating and given artificial respiration in agony, we now know that this was caused by an exaggerated immune response with intravascular coagulation in the pulmonary blood vessels. The administration of blood thinners and dexamethasone and the avoidance of artificial ventilation, which was found to cause additional damage to lung tissue, means that this dreaded complication, too, is virtually not fatal anymore. 47

It is therefore not a killer virus, but a well-treatable condition.

Propagation

Spreading occurs by drip infection (only for patients who cough or sneeze) and aerosols in closed, unventilated rooms. Contamination is therefore not possible in the open air. Contact tracing and epidemiological studies show that healthy people (or positively tested asymptomatic carriers) are virtually unable to transmit the virus. Healthy people therefore do not put each other at risk. 24 25

Transfer via objects (e.g. money, shopping or shopping trolleys) has not been scientifically proven.26 27 28

All this seriously calls into question the whole policy of social distancing and compulsory mouth masks for healthy people – there is no scientific basis for this.

Masks

Oral masks belong in contexts where contacts with proven at-risk groups or people with upper respiratory complaints take place, and in a medical context/hospital-retirement home setting. They reduce the risk of droplet infection by sneezing or coughing. Oral masks in healthy individuals are ineffective against the spread of viral infections. 29 30 31

Wearing a mask is not without side effects. 32 33 Oxygen deficiency (headache, nausea, fatigue, loss of concentration) occurs fairly quickly, an effect similar to altitude sickness. Every day we now see patients complaining of headaches, sinus problems, respiratory problems and hyperventilation due to wearing masks. In addition, the accumulated CO2 leads to a toxic acidification of the organism which affects our immunity. Some experts even warn of an increased transmission of the virus in case of inappropriate use of the mask.34

Our Labour Code (Codex 6) refers to a CO2 content (ventilation in workplaces) of 900 ppm, maximum 1200 ppm in special circumstances. After wearing a mask for one minute, this toxic limit is considerably exceeded to values that are three to four times higher than these maximum values. Anyone who wears a mask is therefore in an extreme poorly ventilated room. 35

Inappropriate use of masks without a comprehensive medical cardio-pulmonary test file is therefore not recommended by recognised safety specialists for workers.

Hospitals have a sterile environment in their operating rooms where staff wear masks and there is precise regulation of humidity / temperature with appropriately monitored oxygen flow to compensate for this, thus meeting strict safety standards. 36

A second corona wave?

A second wave is now being discussed in Belgium, with a further tightening of the measures as a result. However, closer examination of Sciensano’s figures (latest report of 3 September 2020)37 shows that, although there has been an increase in the number of infections since mid-July, there was no increase in hospital admissions or deaths at that time. It is therefore not a second wave of corona, but a so-called “case chemistry” due to an increased number of tests. 50

The number of hospital admissions or deaths showed a shortlasting minimal increase in recent weeks, but in interpreting it, we must take into account the recent heatwave. In addition, the vast majority of the victims are still in the population group >75 years.

This indicates that the proportion of the measures taken in relation to the working population and young people is disproportionate to the intended objectives.

The vast majority of the positively tested “infected” persons are in the age group of the active population, which does not develop any or merely limited symptoms, due to a well-functioning immune system.

So nothing has changed – the peak is over.

Strengthening a prevention policy

The corona measures form a striking contrast to the minimal policy pursued by the government until now, when it comes to well-founded measures with proven health benefits such as the sugar tax, the ban on (e-)cigarettes and making healthy food, exercise and social support networks financially attractive and widely accessible. It is a missed opportunity for a better prevention policy that could have brought about a change in mentality in all sections of the population with clear results in terms of public health. At present, only 3% of the health care budget goes to prevention. 2

The Hippocratic Oath

As a doctor, we took the Hippocratic Oath:

“I will above all care for my patients, promote their health and alleviate their suffering”.

“I will inform my patients correctly.”

“Even under pressure, I will not use my medical knowledge for practices that are against humanity.”

The current measures force us to act against this oath.

Other health professionals have a similar code.

The ‘primum non nocere’, which every doctor and health professional assumes, is also undermined by the current measures and by the prospect of the possible introduction of a generalised vaccine, which is not subject to extensive prior testing.

Vaccine

Survey studies on influenza vaccinations show that in 10 years we have only succeeded three times in developing a vaccine with an efficiency rate of more than 50%. Vaccinating our elderly appears to be inefficient. Over 75 years of age, the efficacy is almost non-existent.38

Due to the continuous natural mutation of viruses, as we also see every year in the case of the influenza virus, a vaccine is at most a temporary solution, which requires new vaccines each time afterwards. An untested vaccine, which is implemented by emergency procedure and for which the manufacturers have already obtained legal immunity from possible harm, raises serious questions. 39 40 We do not wish to use our patients as guinea pigs.

On a global scale, 700 000 cases of damage or death are expected as a result of the vaccine.41 If 95% of people experience Covid-19 virtually symptom-free, the risk of exposure to an untested vaccine is irresponsible.

The role of the media and the official communication plan

Over the past few months, newspaper, radio and TV makers seemed to stand almost uncritically behind the panel of experts and the government, there, where it is precisely the press that should be critical and prevent one-sided governmental communication. This has led to a public communication in our news media, that was more like propaganda than objective reporting.

In our opinion, it is the task of journalism to bring news as objectively and neutrally as possible, aimed at finding the truth and critically controlling power, with dissenting experts also being given a forum in which to express themselves.

This view is supported by the journalistic codes of ethics.42

The official story that a lockdown was necessary, that this was the only possible solution, and that everyone stood behind this lockdown, made it difficult for people with a different view, as well as experts, to express a different opinion.

Alternative opinions were ignored or ridiculed. We have not seen open debates in the media, where different views could be expressed.

We were also surprised by the many videos and articles by many scientific experts and authorities, which were and are still being removed from social media. We feel that this does not fit in with a free, democratic constitutional state, all the more so as it leads to tunnel vision. This policy also has a paralysing effect and feeds fear and concern in society. In this context, we reject the intention of censorship of dissidents in the European Union! 43

The way in which Covid-19 has been portrayed by politicians and the media has not done the situation any good either. War terms were popular and warlike language was not lacking. There has often been mention of a ‘war’ with an ‘invisible enemy’ who has to be ‘defeated’. The use in the media of phrases such as ‘care heroes in the front line’ and ‘corona victims’ has further fuelled fear, as has the idea that we are globally dealing with a ‘killer virus’.

The relentless bombardment with figures, that were unleashed on the population day after day, hour after hour, without interpreting those figures, without comparing them to flu deaths in other years, without comparing them to deaths from other causes, has induced a real psychosis of fear in the population. This is not information, this is manipulation.

We deplore the role of the WHO in this, which has called for the infodemic (i.e. all divergent opinions from the official discourse, including by experts with different views) to be silenced by an unprecedented media censorship.43 44

We urgently call on the media to take their responsibilities here!

We demand an open debate in which all experts are heard.

Emergency law versus Human Rights

The general principle of good governance calls for the proportionality of government decisions to be weighed up in the light of the Higher Legal Standards: any interference by government must comply with the fundamental rights as protected in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Interference by public authorities is only permitted in crisis situations. In other words, discretionary decisions must be proportionate to an absolute necessity.

The measures currently taken concern interference in the exercise of, among other things, the right to respect of private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association, the right to education, etc., and must therefore comply with fundamental rights as protected by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

For example, in accordance with Article 8(2) of the ECHR, interference with the right to private and family life is permissible only if the measures are necessary in the interests of national security, public safety, the economic well-being of the country, the protection of public order and the prevention of criminal offences, the protection of health or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others, the regulatory text on which the interference is based must be sufficiently clear, foreseeable and proportionate to the objectives pursued.45

The predicted pandemic of millions of deaths seemed to respond to these crisis conditions, leading to the establishment of an emergency government. Now that the objective facts show something completely different, the condition of inability to act otherwise (no time to evaluate thoroughly if there is an emergency) is no longer in place. Covid-19 is not a cold virus, but a well treatable condition with a mortality rate comparable to the seasonal flu. In other words, there is no longer an insurmountable obstacle to public health.

There is no state of emergency.

Immense damage caused by the current policies

An open discussion on corona measures means that, in addition to the years of life gained by corona patients, we must also take into account other factors affecting the health of the entire population. These include damage in the psychosocial domain (increase in depression, anxiety, suicides, intra-family violence and child abuse)16 and economic damage.

If we take this collateral damage into account, the current policy is out of all proportion, the proverbial use of a sledgehammer to crack a nut.We find it shocking that the government is invoking health as a reason for the emergency law.

As doctors and health professionals, in the face of a virus which, in terms of its harmfulness, mortality and transmissibility, approaches the seasonal influenza, we can only reject these extremely disproportionate measures.

We therefore demand an immediate end to all measures.

We are questioning the legitimacy of the current advisory experts, who meet behind closed doors.

Following on from ACU 2020 46 https://acu2020.org/nederlandse-versie/ we call for an in-depth examination of the role of the WHO and the possible influence of conflicts of interest in this organisation. It was also at the heart of the fight against the “infodemic”, i.e. the systematic censorship of all dissenting opinions in the media. This is unacceptable for a democratic state governed by the rule of law.43

Distribution of this letter

We would like to make a public appeal to our professional associations and fellow carers to give their opinion on the current measures.We draw attention to and call for an open discussion in which carers can and dare to speak out.

With this open letter, we send out the signal that progress on the same footing does more harm than good, and call on politicians to inform themselves independently and critically about the available evidence – including that from experts with different views, as long as it is based on sound science – when rolling out a policy, with the aim of promoting optimum health.

With concern, hope and in a personal capacity.

 

1: https://www.health.belgium.be/nl/wie-zijn-we#Missie standaard.be/preventie

2: https://www.who.int/about/who-we-are/constitution

3: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/human-rights-and-health

4: https://swprs.org/feiten-over-covid19/

5: https://the-iceberg.net/

6: https://www.creative-diagnostics.com/sars-cov-2-coronavirus-multiplex-rt-qpcr-kit-277854-457.htm

7: President John Magufuli of Tanzania: “Even Papaya and Goats are Corona positive” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=207HuOxltvI

8: Open letter by biochemist Drs Mario Ortiz Martinez to the Dutch chamber https://www.gentechvrij.nl/2020/08/15/foute-interpretatie/

9: Interview with Drs Mario Ortiz Martinez https://troo.tube/videos/watch/6ed900eb-7459-4a1b-93fd-b393069f4fcd?fbclid=IwAR1XrullC2qopJjgFxEgbSTBvh-4ZCuJa1VxkHTXEtYMEyGG3DsNwUdaatY

10: https://infekt.ch/2020/04/sind-wir-tatsaechlich-im-blindflug/

11: Lambrecht, B., Hammad, H. The immunology of the allergy epidemic and the hygiene hypothesis. Nat Immunol 18, 1076–1083 (2017). https://www.nature.com/articles/ni.3829

12: Sharvan Sehrawat, Barry T. Rouse, Does the hygiene hypothesis apply to COVID-19 susceptibility?, Microbes and Infection, 2020, ISSN 1286-4579, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micinf.2020.07.002

13: https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)30610-3?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0092867420306103%3Fshowall%3Dtrue

14: https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2020-08-11/9-manieren-om-corona-te-voorkomen/

15: Feys, F., Brokken, S., & De Peuter, S. (2020, May 22). Risk-benefit and cost-utility analysis for COVID-19 lockdown in Belgium: the impact on mental health and wellbeing. https://psyarxiv.com/xczb3/

16: Kompanje, 2020

17: Conn, Hafdahl en Brown, 2009; Martinsen 2008; Yau, 2008

18: https://brandbriefggz.nl/

19: https://swprs.org/studies-on-covid-19-lethality/#overall-mortality

20: https://www.xandernieuws.net/algemeen/groep-artsen-vs-komt-in-verzet-facebook-bant-hun-17-miljoen-keer-bekeken-video/

21: https://www.petities.com/einde_corona_crises_overheid_sta_behandeling_van_covid-19_met_hcq_en_zink_toe

22: https://zelfzorgcovid19.nl/statistieken-zwitserland-met-hcq-zonder-hcq-met-hcq-leveren-het-bewijs/

23: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/08/asymptomatic-coronavirus-patients-arent-spreading-new-infections-who-says.html

24: http://www.emro.who.int/health-topics/corona-virus/transmission-of-covid-19-by-asymptomatic-cases.html

25: WHO https://www.marketwatch.com/story/who-we-did-not-say-that-cash-was-transmitting-coronavirus-2020-03-06

26: https://www.nordkurier.de/ratgeber/es-gibt-keine-gefahr-jemandem-beim-einkaufen-zu-infizieren-0238940804.html

27: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-banknotes/banknotes-carry-no-particular-coronavirus-risk-german-disease-expert-idUSKBN20Y2ZT

  1. Contradictory statements by our virologists https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K9xfmkMsvM

30: https://www.hpdetijd.nl/2020-07-05/stop-met-anderhalve-meter-afstand-en-het-verplicht-dragen-van-mondkapjes/

31: Security expert Tammy K. Herrema Clark https://youtu.be/TgDm_maAglM

32: https://theplantstrongclub.org/2020/07/04/healthy-people-should-not-wear-face-masks-by-jim-meehan-md/

33: https://www.technocracy.news/blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-to-the-healthy/

34: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200315/Reusing-masks-may-increase-your-risk-of-coronavirus-infection-expert-says.aspx

35: https://werk.belgie.be/nl/nieuws/nieuwe-regels-voor-de-kwaliteit-van-de-binnenlucht-werklokalen

36: https://kavlaanderen.blogspot.com/2020/07/als-maskers-niet-werken-waarom-dragen.html

37: https://covid-19.sciensano.be/sites/default/files/Covid19/Meest%20recente%20update.pdf

38: Haralambieva, I.H. et al., 2015. The impact of immunosenescence on humoral immune response variation after influenza A/H1N1 vaccination in older subjects. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26044074/

39: Global vaccine safety summit WHO 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJXXDLGKmPg

40: No liability manufacturers vaccines https://m.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20200804_95956456?fbclid=IwAR0IgiA-6sNVQvE8rMC6O5Gq5xhOulbcN1BhdI7Rw-7eq_pRtJDCxde6SQI

41: https://www.newsbreak.com/news/1572921830018/bill-gates-admits-700000-people-will-be-harmed-or-killed-by-his-covid-19-solution

42: Journalistic code https://www.rvdj.be/node/63

43: Disinformation related to COVID-19 approaches European Commission EurLex, juni 2020 (this file will not damage your computer)

44: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30461-X/fulltext

45: http://www.raadvst-consetat.be/dbx/adviezen/67142.pdf#search=67.142

46: https://acu2020.org/

47: https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0049384820303297?token=9718E5413AACDE0D14A3A0A56A89A3EF744B5A201097F4459AE565EA5EDB222803FF46D7C6CD3419652A215FDD2C874F

48: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31180-6/fulltext

49 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31324-6/fulltext

There is no revival of the pandemic, but a so-called casedemic due to more testing.

50: https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/crucial-viewing-understanding-covid-19-casedemic1

51: https://docs4opendebate.be/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/white-paper-on-hcq-from-AFD.pdf

183 thoughts on “Growing concern about Lockdown from doctors in Belgium

  1. KJE

    Yahbut, no one ever made any money from: “healthy, full-fledged nutrition, exercise in fresh air, without a mask, stress reduction and nourishing emotional and social contacts.” And what government is going to admit it destroyed its country’s economy for nothing? No the UK, for start – they are all having far to much fun making us jump through hoops.

    Reply
    1. Binra (@onemindinmany)

      Why think in terms of selfish predatory models of ‘economy’?
      We profit from health and in health, as a whole and therefore together.
      The word profit – like all words is corrupted by the system or mindset of its usage.

      The mindset of ‘control’ is revealing itself as a cognitive dissonance – that CAN also be seen as a predator or psychopath in reaction to – and generation of – threats – by which to ‘boost’ or bolster its identity. Because it crowns or identifies itself sovereign, yet depends upon the very thing it masks in, subverts or denies as an attempt to replace a true Identifier.

      A driven identity may seek joy within its own pain – but operates hollow – by masking in social virtues to deflect exposure as lacking foundation or substance.

      Yet open honest acceptance of not-knowing is the WAY to open to that which does – which in the world’s terms is a process of looking and listening for truth from which real questions are followed to real answers as a process or relational endeavour of communication – both speaking and listening.

      The pretence to know (Wizard of Oz syndrome) runs a system of fronting out the presentation that operates self-preservation as the defence against deeper fears that are by design, cast into narratives of dissociation and displacement.

      To be ‘trapped in our own mindset’ is a tragic absurdity. But such is the nature of thought that runs as if autonomous – and from which we take our identity, by reaction or framed response.

      It is up to you what you give your mind (attention and value) to. What does it profit a man to gain a world he judges over, if it costs him his Whole?

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  2. JohnC

    How do we proceed? Whilst the “governments” of the U.K. and the three devolved nations continue with their doom laden rhetoric, the populous will continue to follow the rules, no matter how bizarre. There are universities that are sanctioning students if they break the rules. Schools are sending whole year groups home if even one has a slight cough or temperature.
    There needs to be a concerted effort to educate people. The concept that as individuals we are sentient, autonomous people has been thrown under the bus of CovidMania.
    Yesterday, I saw an 8 year old with a sore throat and a productive cough. Her temperature was normal and had been for the duration of the sore throat. I diagnosed it as a viral upper respiratory tract infection with absolutely no need to get tested. Her mum was quite sensible and did appear to be against masks, taking off her own mask during the consultation.

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    1. merrilie2015

      Educating the people is not going to be easy when anything put on social media that contradicts the Official agenda is taken down with speed. Several times I have looked for something to forward to an interested friend, only to find that it had been taken down. How can we spread the word or even get those in authority to listen?

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      1. Binra (@onemindinmany)

        You can save to disk when you find anything you would rather retain access to.
        But education needs redeeming from a process of conforming or stuffing according to some social narrative, so as to lead out the curiosity within as its own unfolding of integrity.

        In other words respond to the willingness to learn and cultivate such conditions by being with people as they are. This of course is our re-education if we find we are so charged or driven as to be reactively hitting on others for not seeing what we cant understand why they would not see.

        This is also why I always write as an inner and outer balance of responsibility rather than mask over and discard the inner to seeming outer facts. Content and context are one – and to run in shortcut language can of course be practical and necessary – but there is a territory of being that we ultimately refer back to and derive meaning from.

        How can I invite you to open to the true authority within you?
        If you live from who you are, you resonate others at that level or in that quality – even if they are unaware of such. You can do no more and so you need do no more.

        There is the freedom in life to experience the result of our choices as part of learning, growing and participating in our existence. We cannot save our children from their own lives – or indeed our parents! We can grow in wisdom as a result of recognising our own choices.

        I’m not sure if by social media you mean twitter, facebook etc, but if so these are extremely gated and proprietary ‘communities’. So is the computer internet as a whole – but the process of switching from free sweets to locking the car doors with the capture inside is not complete.

        That pattern is simply the same old pattern as has always deceived.
        Its global human repercussions are insane – excepting within the frame of a control narrative that justifies itself by holding the end as a means to subjugate all else. Is that what the fight-flight response does? Excepting, this is as if locked into trauma patterns and unable to release.

        For a start don’t listen to them – unless they extend a sense of worth or acknowledgement to you.
        If you meet such manipulative communications – don’t let them run – don’t get emotionally involved, look AT what they are set to DO – and ensure your own responsibilities to your self – and through that to those you share life with – are not being sold down the river by narrative manipulation of outcomes that put forth plainly you would not accept, endorse or support.

        The top-down centrally orchestrates narratives are a collective hypnosis to systemic control as the ONLY option, as a result of seeing all things through the lens of power struggle – or predator and meat (etc). Binary mind-control is reductio ad insanum. We cant use the mind that makes the problem to solve itself – but we can look AT the mind of the problem as a means to recognise and release what doesn’t work in terms of who re recognise ourselves to be. That last is the context of all else. Everyone follows self-interest – according to what and who they accept as true in the moment of their actions.

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  3. tonyP

    Come on English doctors – rally round and join your Belgian colleagues. Make sure Boris and Dominic et al hear you load and clear!

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  4. Ken Garoo

    There is a UK legal challenge underway. The case is led by Simon Dolan who has set up a crowdfunding site for pledges of support. I have made a contribution – the sites looks legitimate with plenty of supporting documentation. Time to put our money where our mouths are;

    Best supporter comment (not me, but I wish I had thought of it)

    “I believe this is an extremely important matter. Why did we go to war in 1914 and 1939 if we are willing to tolerate this?”

    https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/lockdownlegalchallenge/

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    1. Steve B

      I don’t really understand what you are saying. Are you blaming those dastardly foreigners for the coronavirus?
      Stop living in the past for God’s sake

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      1. KJE

        No. The legal challenge is that lots of things the govt have done are probably illegal under civil law (which is what they are using) They could have used criminal law but that would have required parliamentary scrutiny. I hope it succeeds and that there are huge fines for those who ruined the livelihoods of millions and killed the elderly in their care homes. Anyone who gave the nod to this farce needs to be prevented from ever standing for public office again. We can’t take this for another 6 months – it’s enough to turn you into a terrorist.

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  5. Jeanie

    What a wonderful realistic post dr k.I as an ordinary mother grandmother and great grandmother wholeheartedly agree with everything these humanitarian professionals have said in such an eloquent easy to read post.
    We have refused right from the start of this farce to comply with all the life limiting restrictions they tried to force on us and I’m far from elderly by the way ,even as a great grannie lol.
    I was a granny at 42 and a great granny at 60.We are older but relatively fit and well and have no more fear of this Covid than we do of catching the flu,we are quite capable of taking sensible precautions to try and avoid catching either but if we do we will deal with it in a sensible way as we’ve done with flu,s etc for so many years.
    Thank you for passing this on I thoroughly enjoyed reading it on what is a beautiful hope filled sunny day today x

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  6. hugso

    What an excellent letter. It (or a precis of it) should be forwarded to TPTB, sadly most of whom are too stupid to understand it. Or, more likely, are getting financial kick-backs from the virus scare.

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  7. Kathy

    I don’t know about elsewhere, but that level of sanity will never fly here in the US. The general population is too quick to turn over their health to the “authorities”, who don’t give a rat’s ass about anything but staying in power.

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    1. LA_Bob

      Hi, Kathy,

      Up to a point I agree. But, even among the “silent majority”, there is the capacity to grow weary of something that doesn’t work. It happened during the Vietnam War. It happened during Watergate. It happened over taxes. It can happen here.

      A one-month lockdown with a big drop in cases and deaths would have convinced almost everybody. A six-month lockdown with the threat of more and “the virus” still at large increasingly raises eyebrows. Politicians eventually take note of these concerns and respond accordingly (for their own good). It just takes so damn long.

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    2. David Bailey

      Kathy,

      The question is are they even getting help from the experts any more? My partner had a painful knee and asked for a doctor’s appointment fairly urgently. She got a telephone consultation in a week’s time!

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  8. Ken Garoo

    How SAGE and the UK media created fear in the British public

    https://evidencenotfear.com/how-sage-and-uk-media-created-fear-in-the-british-public/

    “Psychological techniques for behavioural change – options for increasing adherence to social distancing measures, was drafted by SPI-B, the behavioural science sub-group for SAGE.”

    “In the document, SPI-B focused on the methods most relevant to their stated goals and set out ten options that were evaluated on six criteria, … under the acronym APEASE:” [My comment: you couldn’t make this up if you tried]

    Acceptability
    Practicability
    Effectiveness
    Affordability
    Spill-over effects
    Equity

    “A key part of SPI-B’s behavioural change strategy that seems to have been adopted was to ‘persuade through fear.’ The Persuasion section of the document states: A substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened.”

    “Appendix B of the document lists ten options that can be used to increase social distancing in the public. Option 2 advises: Use media to increase sense of personal threat.”

    Other options:
    ” Option 6: Use and promote social approval for desired behaviours
    Option 7: Consider enacting legislation to compel required behaviours
    Option 8: Consider use of social disapproval for failure to comply”

    The SPI-B document is available at:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/options-for-increasing-adherence-to-social-distancing-measures-22-march-2020

    People have committed suicide after being (apparently deliberately) scared to death. Some people have blood on their hands.

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  9. AhNotepad

    Thank you for that. Brave people to call out the government. I wonder if there will be an admission they got it wrong, or if the MSM will keep chanting the mantras.

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    1. LondonGal

      Andrew, don’t bank on it being rolled out, even in Belgium! I’m Belgian and I can assure you that the appetite for more lockdowns and other restrictive measures is as high among the general public here as it is in the UK. There is currently a timid movement afoot to stop the social bubble nonsense, but it looks as if it’s going to be at the expense of more shutdowns of restaurants and other social venues. The problem is the same in most European countries, with the exception of Sweden: every government has so terrified its populace that they’re all convinced the virus is deadly. The UK government has just made a better job of it than most.

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  10. Jeff Cable

    Brilliant! This is much needed. Thank you Malcom! I have copied the open letter link to many Covid-19 YouTube channels including those overseen by Boris Johnson and Sr Keir Starmer. I have also linked the letter to many tweet destinations including several NHS mediated ones. If more of your readers d o the same, it is unlikely that the media will ignore it for very long. Thank you once again Malcolm for performing a much needed public service.

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  11. Lorrie Pearson

    IS there a hidden agenda that we don’t know about led by environmentalists? So much damage has already been done, we have to stop the madness before we reach a point of no return.

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  12. Rio

    Utterly brilliant. At last ! Lets hope doctors worldwide unite in a similar way and that the truth will be told and reason will prevail. Thank you for your endeavours, you have been a beacon of light throughout this storm.

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    1. Janet Love

      The word / title “Doctor” is derived from the idea ‘To Teach’, which pre-supposes adequate knowledge AND a disposition & training towards imparting said knowledge.
      On that basis alone, many of the world’s medical doctors have failed miserably.
      – Doctors Kendrick & Rushworth are two brilliant exceptions !

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  13. Laura Matthews

    Really interesting and has confirmed much of what I suspected.
    I have posted it on a forum I am a member of. Suspect it may be taken down by the moderator.

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    1. Jeanie

      Hi Laura ,Daisydot here lol,it wouldn’t surprise me as you say if that particular forum removes the post we all know how blinkered they are.
      I so hope this brilliant letter gets the recognition it deserves and Dr K has been right from day one about this whole farce of a virus.
      Stay well xx

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    1. Frango Asado

      “Why no names?”

      Why indeed? After all, a letter from a doctor on a medical subject gains considerable extra weight if the doctor gives his name and qualifications.

      There can be only one explanation – justified fear of reprisals. A doctor may have a conscience, yet still feel the need to go on feeding his family.

      The root of all the trouble is that, somehow, people who know nothing of medicine or science – in many cases, people who can barely add up – have been allowed to dictate to doctors how they shall or shall not treat their patients.

      Perhaps, following similar logic, we should hand over the government to a committee of bartenders and fishermen.

      They could hardly do worse.

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    2. Allen

      If you access the letter via the link, the website lists all persons who signed. Approx 1800 doctors and healthcare professionals

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    3. Laura Matthews

      There are names.
      Use the link at the top of the blog. Then there is a link to the signitories at the top of the page.

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    4. anglosvizzera

      If you look at the actual letter, there is a tab called “Signatories” at the top with a very long list of doctors and others who have signed it. You can also sign it.

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  14. Frango Asado

    How many such convincing, heavily documented, authoritative statements will it take, from real scientists and doctors around the world, to break through the “glass bubble” that surrounds those who have passed themselves off as our government?

    “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.

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    1. Janet Love

      Frango,
      ‘There is nothing new under the sun…’
      Reminds me of some religious leaders Centuries ago, setting up a disabled person to tempt Christ into healing him – on the Sabbath, the day when no “work” was permitted.
      After he did as expected in front of them, they immediately conferred as to how they might destroy him. !
      “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.

      Human nature hasn’t changed in 2020 years, and doubly so for those in Power.

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  15. Larry C Burton

    Thank you, Dr. Kendrick, for this letter, along with it’s many informative attachments. I have forwarded it to friends and relatives, all of whom are in a lock-down of some sort, and some of whom blame this whole thing on President Trump.
    The arguments in the letter seem very persuasive. I sincerely hope it has some impact, but have my doubts. I’m skeptical because, in my humble opinion, the citizens of the world are too irrational, self centered and gullible and the powers that be (media, governments, etc.) have too strong a political agenda. Hope I’m wrong.
    Larry Burton
    State College, PA USA
    PhD Physics

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    1. David Bailey

      I am not quite so pessimistic, I have spoken to quite a few “ordinary” people in recent times, and I often get the reply that COVID is a scam, and nobody actually knows anyone who has had COVID as a disease.

      I sure am not complacent, but I have felt for a log time that “Ordinary” people are less easily fooled than more educated folk. We are so used to dealing with all sorts of abstractions, like the structure of DNA, black holes, etc, that I think this partially blinds us to the obvious.

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        1. Jillm

          Dr Kendrick, as well I am thankful we have children in our lives. We listen carefully to what they say. Also, I believe they help to keep our immune systems healthy.

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  16. abamji

    This letter echoes the considered opinions of a number of UK scientists and clinicians. There are two omissions which, if it is to be forwarded to our science monitors here, might be appended.

    1. The statistical evaluation of the prevalence and false positive rate of the PCR test indicate that there is in reality no major surge, with the small caveat that hospital numbers have risen over 1000

    2. Steroids are an effective treatment. A recent Dutch study implies that IL-6 levels are not as high as would be expected, but the study was in very sick patients so the levels might have peaked and dropped already (see my blog for details: https:bamjiinrye.wordpress.com).

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    1. shirley3349

      Surely, if someone has a normal Autumn flu, and at the same time tests falsely positive to SARS-Cov-2, they may become willy-nilly a symptomatic Covid-19 case, and if sick enough to be admitted to hospital, may mistakenly become part of this second wave the authorities seem so desperate to conjure into existence.

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    1. Frango Asado

      Newspapers and the other mainstream media would not publish such a document – or indeed even mention its existence.

      They know which side their bread is buttered, and it is the side of doing whatever government wants them to do.

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    2. anglosvizzera

      If you look on the page linked to in Dr K’s blog, it takes you to the actual letter, and by clicking on the “Home” tab you will find this: “Open letter from medical doctors and health professionals to all Belgian authorities and all Belgian media.”

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  17. gillpurple

    Brilliant. There are more members of the public who are now starting to question the narrative of terror and this week I have noticed more medics who have something to contribute to a sensible debate getting some more air time. How I wish our BMA would read this letter and give some thoughtful consideration to it’s contents. Have passed on and will continue to do so.

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  18. Sue Richardson

    Almost a book there rather than a letter. I read it right through because I could see where it was going, and was with it all the way. As someone has already said though, the ones who made all these disastrous decisions do not want to be unmasked and thereby revealed as the Emperors with no clothes – aka the ones who made such terrible choices that they ruined their people and their country. Here, in the UK, Boris will go blundering on. How can he not? Bottom line : Is there anything at all we can do? Anything to get those in charge to read this letter and swallow their pride to save their people.

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  19. alexadobree

    Thank you for sharing this – it’s going to be very hard for all the governments involved to change their views and I fear they are fast losing any trust they may have enjoyed. Responsibility for our own bodies seems to have been forgotten by so many in the collective need to be ‘looked after’ -and I wonder how much death and disaster could be avoided if we all questioned more, researched more and behaved more like adults instead of blindly following whichever next craze or panic fires the collective imagination …

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  20. fusspot57

    Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. At last a lucid account of what on earth is going on.
    I cannot see this appearing in the mainstream media and it will probably be binned by those in authority who cannot or will not back out of their agenda/narrative without being covered in serious amounts of egg!
    We really have become so divided now, any questioning as to what is happening and you get labelled a murderous conspiracy theorist. I’m getting sick of it, to be honest.

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  21. Cheezilla

    Thank you, Dr Kendrick, for posting this.

    Very interesting that it could have been written by UK doctors, German, French or Australian doctors, or just about anywhere in the Western world you care to mention.

    My son noted way back at the beginning of April, that all countries were using exactly the same vocabulary about the virus.

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    1. The Wizard

      Would you recommend working for the 77th? I mean, are they a good employer? How many years service have you given? Do you work from a script or a menu?

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  22. Trusting what exactly?

    I think there are many valid points in this writeup, and I do question many things about the response we’ve had to covid. That said, let’s add some perspective. Belgium has 34,834 physicians (Belgium govt source, 2016). Apparently 1800 doctors and healthcare professionals signed this (another responders comment, so not all 1800 are physicians)… Not bad, but only about 5 percent, not exactly a quorum.

    On a very quick read, a number of things just seemed thrown out there. One thing that specifically caught my eye was this line.
    “In the US, a group of doctors in the field, who see patients on a daily basis, united in “America’s Frontline Doctors” and gave a press conference which has been watched millions of times.21 51”
    These people are crackpots. Was this supposedly a positive reference? That makes we wonder how many other references are shaky.

    I think anyone who immediately throws their support behind this letter is as guilty of bias as the people who insist that even one death from covid is too many. This looks cherry-picked to me.
    This should be viewed as skeptically as any other source of information we’re getting these days.

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    1. Martin Back

      I’ve read the letter carefully, top to bottom, twice over, and I see nothing to be skeptical about.

      Would you care to elaborate as to your concerns?

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      1. Trusting What Exactly

        Try googling. Keep your eye out for Stella Immanuel and the words “demon sperm”. It should answer itself from there.

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        1. AhNotepad

          Trusting What Exactly, you probably should keep taking the tablets for a while. Make another appointment for six weeks.

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        2. Steve-R

          Care to have a crack at Dr Didier Raoult while you are at it? He probably fits your scheme of how to decide if a medical treatment – a successful medical treatment as it happens – should be used and reported to the masses, or not. He isn’t a woman, or black, or particularly culturally religious, but he is French, has a beard, and was born in Senegal – so, nudge nudge, wink wink is he really not African “only sayin”.
          And, exactly who or what are you? Do you have any sort of academic qualifications that entitle you to smear qualified medical practitioners for their race, looks, or cultural beliefs?

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        3. David W

          Yes Stella Immanuel may have her opinions on ” supernatural forces”
          But I believe that she is telling the truth about the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine and zinc and the patients and she has treated with excellent outcomes.

          If her beliefs concern you what about the practising doctors that believe:

          “There’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
          But He loves you. He loves you,…..”

          George Carlin

          Do you only use doctors that are atheist I wonder?

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          1. KJE

            I suspect many doctors believe in a sky fairy of one sort or another. It only sounds crazy if it’s not your sky fairy.

          2. Madge Hirsch

            I certainly would prefer to. I would be very uncomfortable consulting a doctor who openly proclaimed their religious beliefs and am glad that I live in a country where that is legislated against. Here in France medical professionals are public employees and like teachers and other civil servants are not allowed to wear ostentatious signs of religious affiliation.

    2. Barzini

      Thanks, I agree that was a weird thing to include – was almost expecting them to recommend watching Plandemic after that

      What else did you find strange? Don’t want to share it yet……

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      1. Trusting What Exactly

        Here’s one:
        “Most people who test positive (PCR) have no complaints. Their immune system is strong enough. Strengthening natural immunity is a much more logical approach. Prevention is an important, insufficiently highlighted pillar: healthy, full-fledged nutrition, exercise in fresh air, without a mask, stress reduction and nourishing emotional and social contacts.”

        It sounds great, and I generally “believe” that’s true. So I’m on-board (even though they provide no data or study to back this up), except for the first sentence… Where’s the data for that? So 50% of people with positive PCR tests have no complaints. What’s a complaint? That sounds rather unscientific. Now this is crappy data, but I’ve met about 10 people who tested positive with PCR, and they’ve ALL had significant symptoms and illness. It’s too small of a data set to count, so how do I square that with this article’s comment?

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        1. KJE

          “Complaint” is probably a translation, but it is often used in medicine (eg a GP appointment) to mean “what is wrong with you” or disease or symptoms. So they are saying that most people who test positive don’t have any symptoms of anything being wrong with them.

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    3. Joe Dopelle

      “These people are crackpots”.

      That is exactly the kind of arbitrary opinion, completely unsupported by the slightest evidence, that immediately lights up my troll-detection circuits.

      Why would anyone accept your personal assertion that “America’s Frontline Doctors” are “crackpots?

      I might just as well say that you are a crackpot. Perhaps more plausibly, as you do not give your name or qualifications – so we can conclude that you are not even one doctor or scientist.

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    4. Dr. John H

      “Trusting what exactly?” is a troll.

      I have seen quite a few posts like this here lately.

      Dr. Mercola wrote about it recently:

      “UN Unleashes Army of Trolls to Shut Down Opposition”

      “The United Nations has enlisted 10,000 “digital volunteers” to rid the Internet of so-called “false” information that’s supposedly worsening the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign, dubbed the Verified initiative, amounts to an army of trolls engaging in censorship in an attempt to shut down opposition or opinions that run counter to the status quo. If you sign up, you’ll get a daily briefing full of information the U.N. wants you to share. The information will come in easy-to-share formats optimized for social media ”

      https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/07/21/un-unleashes-army-of-trolls-to-shut-down-opposition.aspx

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        1. KJE

          Amazingly enough, the Beeb actually quoted Carl Heneghan and various others saying that the lockdown is counterproductive. I wonder if they’ll censor themselves for fake news.

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  23. Martin Back

    To put things in perspective, since January 9, i.e. over about eight months, there have been 953,000 deaths from Covid-19 worldwide.[1]

    385,000 babies are born every single day in the world.[2] So the total Covid deaths to date will be replaced in about 2 1/2 days.

    1. https://www.devex.com/news/covid-19-a-timeline-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-96396
    2. https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/nearly-386000-children-will-be-born-worldwide-new-years-day-says-unicef

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  24. Herb

    While there’s portions of this letter I concur with the absence of any discussion of the enormous numbers of people who have suffered long-term severe consequences from COVID-19 is unconscionable.

    For those who believe that COVID -19 is little more than a flu for most people please read this column by an eminent and courageous ER doctor in the US.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/covid-slow-recovery-long-hauler-complications–/2020/09/18/73c2fd20-f45c-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

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    1. Hilary Wallace

      Post-viral fatigue and conditions are nothing new. There are many, many sufferers or CFS/ME who feel that a virus caused their illness. Very little support has been offered to these people who have had to struggle, often for many years, and have often been told that ‘it is all in your head’. I know, I have had CFS for 40 years. This appears to be another case where somehow a death or illness brought on by COVID seems to be more worthy of note than any other health condition! Can anyone explain to me why this has arisen?

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    2. Martin Back

      The question becomes, to what extent do you penalize the many to benefit the few? If the pandemic is to all intents and purposes over, as the Belgian doctors assert, the question becomes moot, as there won’t be any more long-haulers.

      If you suspect there will be more infections, the question then becomes, what do you do to minimize them? Lockdowns don’t seem to help. The age-old remedy of isolating the vulnerable is the only sensible strategy. That means determining who will become a long-hauler, research which I don’t think is being done. In any case, is it caused by Covid? It looks like what we used to call Yuppie Flu, which has been around long before Covid.

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      1. AhNotepad

        Martin, the thing is, you can see from the things governments have done, and continue to do, benefitting the few has not been the intention. They have deliberately done things which not only harm the few, but harm everyone else as well. And they are continuing to escalate all of this too.

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  25. Steve-R

    Boris is now going to bring in £10,000 fines for a failure to self-isolate.

    That is the price we are paying for letting the scientifically illiterate idiots elect one of their own.

    Still ploughing through Hope-Simpson’s ‘The Transmission of Epidemic Flu’ and if SARS-CoV-2 transmission is anything like influenza the have destroyed the country for precisely nothing.

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    1. KJE

      Well, good luck getting 10 grand off those who have lost their jobs and are now on UC. At least they’ll get fed in the nick. Sieg Heil Boris

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    2. Barzini

      The whole plan is to destroy yje country and wrar down the people until they accept the new normal – this isn’t incompetence it’s a well thought out plan

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      1. fusspot57

        I hate that expression “new normal”. The first time I heard it uttered I thought, ‘That sounds a bit permanent to me’.
        Quite frankly I think this is sailing very close to fascism.
        The MSM are in thrall. Just looking at the photos from yesterday’s protest in Trafalgar Square they were most careful to have close-up photos of some of the more wild looking participants and labelled them conspiracy theorists (yawn). However general crowd shots showed people of all ages, ethnicities. Just normal people who have had enough of all these “rules” that seem to contradict themselves.

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  26. Barzini

    Slightly weird…..

    I imagine when writing this kind of thing – convincing highly skeptical people and protecting one’s reputation is key

    And yet to support their 700,000 – their citation leads to a Natural Health article – the scientism fanboys will be rubbing their hands in glee at attacking this

    Why not provide something more robust? And why mention that Frontline doctor YouTube video? Another easy target….

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  27. johnplatinumgoss

    A lot of sound commonsense from these doctors and shortly from our doctors too.

    Just back from Trafalgar Square where some 30,000 plus protesters listened to good people who really care about those who often do not care for themselves, who rather than doing the research choose to believe the fake news which is bombarded at them from all main media outlets on a daily basis.

    The pyramid from top to bottom is a fraternity of global bankers (IMF) and the top corporations (Microsoft, Google, Amazon). Then come governments who are instructed what laws to implement by the top echelon. Mainstream media is an arm of the governing process (NEWSPEAK if you’ve read 1984) with its perpetual propaganda. Big businesses (including huge ones like airlines) which also have to comply with the narrative are controlled. Authorities to enforce the narrative (Police, Armed Forces, National Security Forces) are at a similar level in the pyramid. We at the bottom, like those below the top level, are to be modified with vaccines containing artificial proteins to alter our RNA/DNA and give each and every one of us a traceable built-in unique code. That is the end plan.

    This week a bill is being rushed through parliament (in five days) which will exonerate vaccine and drug producers from liability should anything go wrong with the untested vaccines the top tier want to make mandatory. Anybody remember Thalidomide? That was tested and went wrong.

    There is a march and demonstration next week. People need to be there. Otherwise the controllers at the top will get the slave society they seek and future generations will be no more than ‘factors of production’ and expendable – in all senses of the word.

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    1. KJE

      Any company should be liable for the safely of its products, right up to corporate manslaughter, otherwise there is no incentive to produce safe, effective products

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  28. Hilary Wallace

    I also live in Belgium and was really pleased to read this letter but do wonder how much difference it will make. Some friends I try and speak to still think that strict enough measure are not being taken. Why do I feel that many politicians are so scared of being blamed for any deaths that they will do almost anything to avoid being blamed. If anyone had told me a year ago
    what would be going on now, I just wouldn’t have believed it. I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure that I’m not living through a bad nightmare.

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  29. Linda Jane McLean

    I do wonder very seriously about the damage Governments are doing, and whether it can be ever be rectified. Intelligent people I know are no longer listening to the news. Many people now do not want to hear what Governments have to say.
    There appears to be a complete breakdown of trust between Administrations and the public. It may end very badly.

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      1. AhNotepad

        PS, I should have said your comment was a waste of time, not necessarily whatever post you referred to, though you haven’t said which one.

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  30. anonym

    Impressive.

    Truly, doctors must be the ones who take care of patients. Anyone else: journos, statisticians, politicos, technologists, advertisers, must shut their stupid mouths up for ever.

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    1. Fran Hedonia

      Here in the US, we have been informed that our doctors won’t see us in person any more unless we are very sick. If we are very sick with anything that looks like CV19, they will definitely not see us. Their new motto appears to be: First, see no patients. It’s quite heartwarming.

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      1. KJE

        Should be suspended on no pay until they start seeing patients. No poin in them, if they are not doing their jobs. A few months on welfare would concentrate their minds

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  31. Steve

    If you were to forward this article to as many people as you can including your MP it would possibly be one of the most important actions that you ever take. As the main stream press are not interested in real facts it is up to us all to spread the truth in our own way.
    Thank you Dr Kendrick for your time given researching and disseminating such vital material.

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    1. Joyce

      Better not send a copy to Jacob Rees-Mogg, as it appears he has actually signed the petition as “Dr. Jacob Rees-Mogg.” Unless of course there are two of them! Heaven forbid! 😉 Let’s hope the others are all authentic.

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  32. Tish

    I have a question about vitamin D blood testing. How reliable is it and what does it actually tell us?

    Vitamin D is stored in our fat. Wouldn’t levels of it circulating in the blood fluctuate according to particular body needs at the time? Would a low level in the blood necessarily equate with levels in storage?

    Am I missing something?

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  33. JDPatten

    Very interesting and definitive stance. And stance it is.
    But, not any one of us, much less any group of us has a crystal ball, though we like to think we do. Pride?
    We know only some of how this virus works, and we know some of how we work in response – some that benefits us . . . some the virus.
    No one, no group, has a full grasp of the whole picture. (I might now say “Yet”, but maybe not, our human abilities being limited as they are.)

    So, bookmark this page and come back to it annually. Get a good perspective on where our minds were at this time. Learn for the future. I’m fairly sure there’ll be one.

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  34. David W

    Thank you Dr. Kendrick for reprinting the letter. Many have possibly sacrificed their careers by pointing out the almost criminal response of governments to this flu outbreak.

    Lets not forget :

    Dr Martin Feeley. Clinical director of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group: “Covid-19 is much less severe” than the average annual flu and current “draconian” restrictions are no longer justified – Resigned from his post.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/doctor-resigns-from-hospital-group-after-comments-on-draconian-covid-19-curbs-1.4356244

    Irish Doctor Speaks Out About Covid-19 Lies – Video

    When rules were changed around Death Certificate coding, as happened in North America and beyond, it was the first time in her professional career that she had witnessed this. It meant that COVID data could not be compared to previous outbreaks, it couldn’t be compared to “what had happened before”.
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-many-they-few/5723938

    “We Have a Lot of Evidence that It’s a Fake Story All Over the World” – German Doctors on COVID-19
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-have-lot-evidence-that-fake-story-all-over-world-german-doctors-covid-19/5723723

    12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/12-experts-questioning-coronavirus-panic/5707532?utm_campaign=magnet&utm_source=article_page&utm_medium=related_articles

    John P. A. Ioannidis – ” COVID-19 has a similar infection fatality rate as seasonal influenza”

    Michael Levitt – with regards to lockdown measures, that “the level of stupidity going on here is amazing.”

    Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi – one of the most cited research scientists in German history is also part of Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee.
    ” Implementation of the current draconian measures that are so extremely restrict fundamental rights can only be justified if there is reason to fear that a truly, exceptionally dangerous virus is threatening us. Do any scientifically sound data exist to support this contention for COVID-19? I assert that the answer is simply, no.”

    And many more of course.

    So many doctors and researchers putting their future careers on the line – many just hope that world governments will ‘U’ turn and see sense.

    But the people running this exercise are of a certain ilk. Here is the clue to who they are;

    “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.”

    Lets write some more pithy letters to our Prime Minister, WHO, CDC, et el, that should do it!

    Wakey Wakey people! – Now lets get ready for the recession and more fun and games!

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  35. JohnC

    There is one issue with letters like this that may make them more difficult to be accepted, and that is the parallel with some of the discredited organisations associated with the events of 11th September 2001 (e.g. pilots for 911 truth and others). There’s also a parallel with the climate change controversy.

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    1. AhNotepad

      JohnC, ”the parallel with”? That seems a leap in imagination to me, and I would never have connected the things you suggest. By that logic we could connect anything to anything.

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      1. JohnC

        Following the events of 11th September different groups of professionals started to question who was behind the attacks. Part of their campaigns was to write letters pointing out the “evidence” from their professions viewpoint, as experts.
        That’s the only parallel I’m drawing.
        People may be wary of such communications irrespective of the validity of the information.
        “Experts say”

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    2. David Lilley

      “There’s also a parallel with the climate change controversy”.

      There is indeed a parallel, but not in the way you are thinking. I could write a long post giving multiple lines of evidence showing that the establishment stance on climate change is wrong but I doubt whether Dr Kendrick would allow it to be posted on his medical blog. So I will just give you a quotation from the German physicist and meteorologist, Klaus Eckart Puls :

      “Ten years ago, I simply parroted what the IPCC told us. One day I started checking the facts and data – first I started with a sense of doubt but then I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it.”

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      1. David Bailey

        David,

        I very much agree, and I will confine myself to two links that illustrate this point:
        http://www.climatedepot.com/2011/09/14/exclusive-nobel-prizewinning-physicist-who-endorsed-obama-dissents-resigns-from-american-physical-society-over-groups-promotion-of-manmade-global-warming/

        http://www.mediatheque.lindau-nobel.org/videos/34729/ivar-giaever-global-warming-revisited/laureate-giaever

        However, I put this in a larger context. I feel that scientific research has become progressively weakened over the years by research institutions, such as universities – together with individuals – that have become far more interested in PR and money flowing in, that they are in sound science.

        Clearly this has helped to foster bogus science, where for example, people can claim to isolate viruses, when in reality their samples still have impurities from DNA/RNA from other sources. This sloppiness has infected many areas of science far outside medicine – I was staggered to read that by one estimate the data from 10^12 particle collisions has to be filtered on the fly by hardware to detect one Higgs particle! If the data stream is filtered imperfectly, that is just too bad, because only ‘interesting’ events are stored. We all paid billions for this research!

        Now we are seeing the true, tragic, price for what has happened to science. If we ever escape this mess, I hope everyone will reflect on the fact that this was a science lead panic, and take steps to reform the entire academic system.

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      2. David Bailey

        BTW,

        Malcolm is aware of this parallel, and has mentioned it here himself, but clearly it won’t help to let this conversation be diverted onto “Climate Change” – a name coined to replace “Global Warming” because the Earth’s temperature is remarkably constant right now.

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  36. Terry Wright

    of course when Dr K published the first article by Dr Rushworth, folks said he must be a fake; well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?

    To see that he is a real person, and practising ED doctor, here he is speaking to an australian skynews programme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVmh10_7JPs&t=156s

    and here is an article he did on Vit D:

    https://sebastianrushworth.com/2020/09/11/can-vitamin-d-cure-covid-19/

    Vit D was well covered on this (Dr K’s) blog too.

    I see he provides a good description in the above blog of himself;

    Author: Sebastian Rushworth, M.D.
    I am a practicing physician in Stockholm, Sweden. I studied medicine at Karolinska Institutet (home of the Nobel prize in medicine). My main interests are evidence based medicine, medical ethics, and medical history. Every day I get asked questions by my patients about health, diet, exercise, supplements, and medications. The purpose of this blog is to try to understand what the science says and to translate the science in to a format that non-scientists can understand.

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  37. LA_Bob

    Here’s what happens when you move too fast:

    From Wikipedia, the 1976 swine flu outbreak.

    In 1976, an outbreak of the swine flu, influenza A virus subtype H1N1 at Fort Dix, New Jersey caused one death, hospitalized 13, and led to a mass immunization program. After the program began, the vaccine was associated with an increase in reports of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which can cause paralysis, respiratory arrest, and death. The immunization program was ended after approximately 25% of the population of the United States had been administered the vaccine.

    Richard Krause, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1975 to 1984, writes that the government response to the swine flu outbreak was considered to be too fast and the response to AIDS too slow.

    We’ve already had paralysis from the lockdowns. Let’s hope we don’t get more paralysis from the vaccine.

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  38. jonny thrombosis

    Hi Malcolm! Thanks for sharing this, I had seen it earlier in the day & thought of sending a link to you but you’d already seen it & beat me to it. In the last few days I’ve come across several leading epidemiologists who’ve been writing vocalising against lockdown measures, there are at least 3 items in today’s Sunday Telegraph critical of lockdown & Sunetra Gupta actually appeared on BBC1 Question Time on Monday night voicing her concerns about the adverse effect its having/had.

    Just came across this:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.aier.org/article/the-2006-origins-of-the-lockdown-idea/amp/

    which I thought you might find interesting.

    Keep up the good work, your posts are helping cope with the madness & I’ve shared everyone on Covid so far.

    Friendliest regards,

    John Thornborrow

    On Sat, 19 Sep 2020, 14:31 Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, wrote:

    > Dr. Malcolm Kendrick posted: “19th September 2020 In order to make you > aware that there are a growing number of doctors in Europe who feel that > Lockdown has been an unmitigated disaster, I have downloaded an open Letter > from doctors in Belgium. It can be seen here. https://docs4ope” >

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    1. AhNotepad

      Interesting that one of the originators of this forced human isolation (I’ve escalated the “separation”) was a certain Dr Richard Hatchett.

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  39. Terry Wright

    well said; LA_Bob “We’ve already had paralysis from the lockdowns. Let’s hope we don’t get more paralysis from the vaccine.”

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  40. elizabethhart

    On the coronavirus front, things are going from worse to desperate in Victoria, Australia…

    Check out this article in the Spectator Australia:

    Daniel Andrews’ plan for indefinite detention – and more
    https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/09/daniel-andrews-plan-for-indefinite-detention-and-more/

    The Victorian Labor government has introduced a bill to parliament that coupled with other measures is one of the most egregious attacks on civil liberties seen in war or peacetime.

    The Bill would allow people to be detained indefinitely and give sweeping powers to untrained people to become “authorised officers” with sweeping powers to arrest and detain fellow Victorians.

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      1. elizabethhart

        It is awful David, I’m looking on in horror at what is going on in Victoria, an appalling abuse of power. But there are over six million Victorians, many of whom seem to be in thrall to Dictator Daniel Andrews. It’s bizarre, full on Stockholm Syndrome.

        As for the Federal Government, absolutely useless. Technically I’m not sure they can do anything, but they could lead in condemnation, but not a peep out of Prime Minister Scott Morrison that I am aware of.

        Of course the Federal Government has its own draconian legislation, which was slipped through the Parliament with the Australian people unaware, i.e. the Australian Biosecurity Act 2015, which has the potential to sentence people who refuse coronavirus vaccination to five years imprisonment and/or a $66,600 fine…

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        1. AhNotepad

          “Biosecurity”, that must be one of the most misused words in existence. There is absolutely no biosecurity when it comes to vaccines.

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  41. Martingale

    Great to see this open letter, also signed by non-Belgians as I see the name of Didier Raoult as one of the signatories.
    To address the contradiction that the epidemic is over, there have been no excess deaths in Europe for months but we’re still acting as if vast numbers of people are dying, I’ve found a simple way of showing it at a glance. I took the mortality curve from Euromomo.eu for France, where I live, and the French Govt Covid19 positive figures, available as a graph and superimposed them, adjusting the Covid19 positive time axis to fit the mortality figures (see my DropBox link below). Everyone I’ve shown it to sees right away that the epidemic is over and the number of Covid19 positive increase of “cases” currently to far more than in February and March can’t be showing a real epidemic because there are zero excess deaths. I encourage you to try it. My main problem is that some simply refuse to believe what they are seeing…

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  42. Dillinger

    What about the suggested treatment in that letter being HCQ (hydroxychloroquine), zinc and AZT (azithromycin) when for hydroxychloroquine there is no convincing evidence at this time of significant clinical efficacy and for AZT also there is no evidence for its use and it is not FDA approved, for instance, in treating COVID-19?

    On what basis are the Belgian doctors making that statement that this combination is effective?

    The reference article in The Lancet has been retracted but is essentially saying that “Each of these drug regimens (Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine) was associated with decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias when used for treatment of COVID-19.” It was retracted as the author wouldn’t provide sufficient supporting evidence for a proper peer review. A retraction of a negative view does not equate with a positive view though.

    What is the clinical situation with regard to this treatment regime?

    Lastly, can the mortality rate quoted at “close to that of a normal seasonal flu (0.2%)” be supported? I can’t find other reports confirming that?

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    1. KJE

      Why would anyone in the UK care about the FDA? Many doctors in several countries have used HCQ with great benefit in their own clinical practice. I suspect the FDA, like NICE, do more to hinder progress than to help it. These days, dodgy, badly designed and implemented studies carry more weight than empirical observation and no one is going to make money out of HCQ – who cares if a few elderly people die as long as they are not part of NOCE or the FDA (or the government). I bet all of them are taking something that we are told is not approved. Not of the official bodies are trustworthy any more. If I could deregister from the NHS (and not pay the tax for it), I would.

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    2. Martin Back

      The developers of the HCQ/zinc/AZT protocol specifically state it is to be used early, at known safe dosages, at the first sign of symptoms. While it is not a cure for Covid-19, it will substantially reduce the need for hospitalization.

      HCQ has been condemned based on tests on patients in hospital at an advanced stage of Covid-19, using massive doses of HCQ. Tests that were pretty much guaranteed to fail because HCQ was given to patients too late and in dangerous doses. The worrying thing is, those conducting the test must have known that failure was the inevitable outcome. Their motives have to be suspect.

      The argument against giving the protocol early is that many of the people receiving HCQ would not have gone on to develop full-blown Covid-19. A similar argument has not stopped doctors prescribing statins to patients who will probably never have a heart attack, so why condemn HCQ on these grounds?

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    3. Martingale

      Dillinger You can check the mortality rate, compared with past Winter seasons yourself by using published figures such as with euromomo.eu. Looking at the cumulative graphs we can see that the 2019-2020 Winter was clearly well over a 0.2% difference compared to seasons going back to 2016-2017, which I would consider “normal” ones. So I think we can say that “close to that of a normal seasonal flu (0.2%)” is not supported by Euromomo figures. At the same time, the figures do not show an extremely dangerous epidemic either. Previous years show considerably worse epidemics in the UK, like the ones in 1950-51 and 1968-69, although a quick look shows data is given in deaths per 100000, rather than total deaths. While last Winter’s season had a very marked spike from the epidemic, it was actually quite short-lived. So if one takes the whole season’s figures and compares them with previous seasons, the totals are not extremely different.

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      1. Martingale

        “close to that of a normal seasonal flu (0.2%)” Actually, looking at the open letter again, this seems to refer to the infection fatality rate, which is very different. So it’s quite likely correct, given that the UK didn’t get anywhere near the 500000 dead in Neil Ferguson’s prediction.

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        1. Dillinger

          There’s the rub; it seems very difficult to pin the mortality rate, whether CFR or IFR, as Dr. Kendrick has spoken on. Also, the rate changes through the population in terms at least of age, so at the very best any single figure would be an average. But it seems to me that it is the key piece of data; if you know it then you can respond accordingly. Try, as I did, googling ‘COVID mortality rate’ and see where it gets you…

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  43. Gemma

    Brilliant, good on them. Is anything like this happening in the UK? It’s how I viewed it all along yet all people seem to do is say “social distancing “ and “lockdown “ like it’s some sort of Hollywood movie without any real solid debate. The BBC has turned into a propaganda machine for The government, it’s appalling. It feels so so frightening living in this country at present. Not because of Covid at all, but by the loss of personal freedom daily. I am seriously frightened by it. I feel like we are heading towards a North Korea type dictatorship of our daily lives. It’s scary and yet still no debate, no argument.

    Thanks Dr Kendrick, excellent site, fantastic to read a different approach and open opinions and debate without political or financial agenda. Why can’t the idiots in charge have some common sense too?!

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  44. Amy Nicholls, LPN

    I am a nurse in a long-term and skilled nursing home in Maryland, USA. Six months of weekly testing yielded negative results for all staff and residents. Around September 1, 2020, administration changed labs to the University of Maryland from CIAN labs that we had been using all those months prior due to cost concerns. Suddenly within a few days time, we had 42 positive residents and 18 positive staff. We were forced to move positive patients from the rooms they had been in for years to rooms on another floor that were designated as Covid. Roommates were ripped apart and put in rooms with residents they did not know. staff was sent home to quarantine and agency nurses from foreign lands were brought in who did not know our patients and yet cared for them not knowing their tender needs and behaviors. The community turned on us on social media for bringing the virus to their loved ones. One patient in particular started spitting and coughing on staff stating that WE had made him ill so therefore he was going to make “damn sure” that we were all sick by the end of this… As if the isolation and quarantine and lack of visitors/families since the beginning of March had not already taken enough toll on these residents, the changing of rooms just worsened it. I have watched my beloved patients/work family go from relatively content people to depressed, decreased appetite or refusing to eat, depression, increased anxiety, crying spells, increased bad Behaviors… And for what? Staff remain strong at work but on our days off we find ourselves crying uncontrollably and having anxiety. The PPE is suffocating. I’ve never had such bad headaches, increased perspiration and shortness of breath in my life. Then we find out on the news, NOT through our employer, that the state is investigating the test that Governor Hogan was using at the University of Maryland and that they were the ones that his wife had purchased through South Korea. My facility will not comment on this but we fall right in the lines of what was reported which was facilities testing negative for months on end and then suddenly at the start of September dozens of positive results. This has caused finger-pointing among staff, Less educated staff calling Nursing who was positive “Little Miss Covid” only for those staff members to then become positive by the next weeks swab. Literally HELL on earth… I feel along with my coworkers that we have lost years of our life expectancy due to the stress and having no reprieve this entire time… When will administration, government officials and the public begin to listen to the CORRECT data?! Not sure how much longer I can continue in this manner at 52 years old, healthy, but aging dramatically on a daily basis due to this ridiculousness. Also I’d like to mention that out of the 42 positive residents , we did have 3 deaths. All had been in their 90s and declining steadily prior to the positive results. All other positive patients have been recovering from their “mostly asymptomatic positive test results”. This needs to stop NOW.
    https://www.wbaltv.com/article/coronavirus-false-positive-results-at-nursing-homes/34061283#

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    1. Judy Robinson

      I am a retired nurse and did work in long term care for 25 years. I COMPLETELY empathize with you and even though retired I think of you and your colleagues continuously, not to mention our elder clients that are literally locked up and isolated! No difference here in Oregon. The REAL scary part is the lack of pushback from the public! What is the MATTER with people that they are willing to lay down and take this stuff!. Just know our thoughts are with you all in these situations. This MUST end soon!

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      1. AhNotepad

        Judy, people don’t push back because, for example:

        Q: Why do you wear a mask?

        A: There’s something out there and iit makes me feel safe.

        No thinking required.

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        1. KJE

          Or is it because “if I don’t I’ll get fined”? The huge number of people wearing them under their noses or even chins suggests that they aren’t really scared of anything or they’d wear them properly

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    1. KJE

      Pfft! the BMA: an old boys’ club for those who’d rather be on the golf course than treating patients (notice that they don’t recommend shutting down golf courses). They should know that all the studies on masks show that they don’t help with viruses – and they really want people to eating junk food from takeways instead of decent home cooking? Dreadful!

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  45. Judy Robinson

    Without you and many others that are writing in a similar vein, I literally would feel like I could not take this “WORLD” any longer. To think this craziness has been put upon mankind the world OVER and no one is storming their government offices in protest is absolutely BAFFLING! Scary stuff this is!

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  46. elizabethhart

    In the UK a group of academics has forwarded an open letter to Boris Johnson and others challenging the UK government’s COVID-19 strategy. Authors include Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford.

    Quoting from the letter:

    In summary, our view is that the existing policy path is inconsistent with the known risk-profile of Covid-19 and should be reconsidered. The unstated objective currently appears to be one of suppression of the virus, until such a time that a vaccine can be deployed. This objective is increasingly unfeasible (notwithstanding our more specific concerns regarding existing policies) and is leading to significant harm across all age groups, which likely offsets any benefits.

    Instead, more targeted measures that protect the most vulnerable from Covid, whilst not adversely impacting those not at risk, are more supportable. Given the high proportion of Covid deaths in care homes, these should be a priority. Such targeted measures should be explored as a matter of urgency, as the logical cornerstone of our future strategy.

    The entire letter can be accessed in The Daily Mail, see: Thirty-two academics urge Boris Johnson to think twice about plunging Britain into a second lockdown – as critics question advisors’ suggestion that UK cases could DOUBLE every week without action. 21 September 2020.

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  47. philsmith502057167

    I got as far as the bit where the claim that lockdown didn’t really have much effect. The FACT is that lockdown certainly did have an effect if implemented early. Check out the facts for yourself – Greece, which implemented full lockdown very quickly has had a total of about 350 deaths (at the time of writing this). The UK, which waited, has had 42,000 deaths. I suggest the Belgian doctors look at reality and not supposition or invented figures.

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    1. KJE

      So what about Belarus? And if it worked so well in Greece why are cases there increasing? The UK deliberately killed the elderly so not surprising that figures are so high. It makes no difference, everywhere sees the same patterns regardless of what they do. Save the economy, save lives.

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    2. AhNotepad

      It’s like the needle is at the end of the record. THE FIGURES FROM THE UK WERE INACCURATE, even according to the arch-non-deliverer Hancock who had to do away with PHE for that function. The care home policy was incompetent

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  48. 1300Mash

    I posted this link to my FB feed and it has received a slapped wrist notification as being fact checked as false info. The main claim they are arguing is wrong is that masks cause hypercapnia. That is is not mentioned once in the Belgian article and they merely point out that wearing masks “is not without side effects”, a fair comment IMO. This just shows that there is a level of censorship that is clamping down on critical thinking.

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  49. SBlot

    Thanks Dr K. Posted to Facebook, where I have a very minimal presence, yet to see if any censorship happens- not that I give a damn . I’ll just email everyone with the link if it is taken down 🙂 Or take specific points from the letter and high-light them in separate posts.

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  50. con

    I had a very unpleasant experience the other day when I had to queue for some time masked in a shop. I am 68. MSM constantly says you don’t experience hypoxia wearing masks. Perhaps not if you are young and in perfect health which applies to few in my age group. It took me a bit of time to figure out it was hypoxia due to the success of the propaganda message. The issue appears to be suppressed. Few elderly wish to flout the rules as you then become a magnet for fascist-mask nutters. We have enough problems thank you. How masks are likely to be more detrimental to the older age group who are unlikely to have perfect lungs, respiratory system, heart and circulatory systems and full resilience has been ignored. – Yours faithfully, Dr Jeckyll, previously while shopping Mr Hyde.

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      1. con

        To – Ahnotepad. Thanks for that – in other words masks are useless if not used properly and most people don’t. Looks like l’ll have to go mask less, if I turn into the Incredible Hulk ( you won’t like me if I am angry) when I wear one.

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        1. KJE

          If you are worried about not wearing a mask, you can get free exemption cards to print from most public transport websites (your exemption being “severe distress”) or pay for a sunflower lanyard and card at https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com I have two cards on mine: one for my breathing problems and one for hearing disability so I can show it to the masked people in shops and banks that I can’t “hear”

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          1. con

            KJE – good idea. I am going to try to get in touch with my doctor. That mask experience might have exposed an undiagnosed health condition. Thank you.

        2. AhNotepad

          con, a little research for you. Look up arthur firstenberg’s article about studies on the use of masks in operating theatres. One study was done by Neil Orr at Severalls Hospital in Colchester in the 1980s. The findings were that patients had fewer infections when masks were not worn. Interesting

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  51. Ria Lloyd

    We are now a month later. I wonder if these Belgian doctors still stick their opinion? I suggest they read the Sunday Times report ‘A weeping nurse said ‘They are all going to die….’
    A very worrying report how many older patients were denied intensive care based on age and/or other medical conditions and were left to die at home or in wards.

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    1. KJE

      The only report I know of from a weeping nurse is in the USA and dates back to last April. I trust a bunch of practising doctors more than a newspaper. Since when was the Sunday Semite a reliable source of news? How about a weeping elderly lady saying we’re all going to die from the unsafe vaccine? I’m up for it.

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