Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
March 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to the month of spring which is usually one of the wettest months in Colorado. One day 2 feet of snow, the next day sunny and 50. That’s what drew me to Colorado when I landed here on April 4, 1986 to a pile of snow that fell the day before and the sky was clear and 50-degree temperature. It never did that when I was a kid back in the Midwest!
Spring also brings melting snow and lots of mountain runoff into our drinking water. This is when we usually find parasites in our tap water. All spring long, (I prefer all year long) be sure to drink filtered water or bottle water that says it was purified. The cheap pitcher filters don’t seem to get out the parasites so don’t use those. If you get parasites, they may not give you any digestive upset but they will pull your immune system down and you can get sick with the flu or a cold.
This is the latest scary bug to come out of a foreign land that the media warns may be the next pandemic that will kill millions. It’s too early to tell whether that is true or not. We have heard all of this before with the Swine, Bird, West Nile, SARS, H1N1, Swine 2, Zika and influenza viruses. None of those turned into the pandemic they predicted.But they did develop vaccines for them.
You may have heard statistics that 50-60 thousand people in the US die from the flu every year. Fortunately, that isn’t really true. According to the CDC stats I just looked up, in 2017 they recorded 55,672 deaths from influenza and pneumonia. Then they break it down further to show 6516 died from influenza and 49,175 died of pneumonia. (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr68/nvsr68_09_tables-508.pdf) The media usually only gives you the first combined stat to scare you into getting a flu shot each year. The real stat isn’t quite as impressive. I also read that China averages 300,000 pneumonia deaths per year with their bigger population.
Any death is too many when it’s you or your loved one but it seems immoral to scare healthy people into injecting themselves with toxic, barely tested fast-tracked vaccines based on faulty data. I had a patient in the late 80’s who was partially paralyzed from developing Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) after the Swine Flu shot.
The CDC says: GBS is a rare disorder where the body’s immune system damages nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. While its cause is not fully understood, the syndrome often follows infection with a virus or bacteria [Dr R-or vaccination]. Each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent nerve damage.https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/guillain-barre-syndrome.html
What to Do
Dr. Brownstein stated in his blog: A little over two weeks ago, I wrote to you about the corona virus (COVID-19) epidemic in a blog post titled, ‘Corona Virus: What to Do.’ In that post, I suggested that corona virus, like most flu-like viruses, can be effectively managed with a holistic approach of eating a diet free of refined sugar, taking vitamins and minerals—particularly vitamins A, C, and D as well as iodine [vitamin D at 10,000 IU’s for adults and 3-5k for kids. Vits A & C in your multi-vit with iodine-Dr. R comment], and avoiding the flu shot.
Why avoid the flu shot? The flu shot is approximately 1-2% effective in preventing the flu—that is the absolute risk difference which is much more reliable than relative risk difference. That means the flu shot fails to protect the vast majority who receive it. And, there are studies that found those who get the flu shot are MORE susceptible to similar non-flu-like viruses including, you guessed it, corona virus. Getting the flu shot and increasing one’s risk to other flu- and non-flu-like illnesses was first written about 60 years ago by Thomas Francis, Jr., M.D. (1) Sixty years of an expensive, lousy medical intervention is enough; the flu vaccine should be pulled from the market.But, I digress.
The new corona virus, COVID-19 is still spreading in China and elsewhere. As of 2.14.20, the data indicates that 1,400 have died and over 64,000 are infected. Although those numbers are grim, I would like to put them in perspective. These numbers correlate to a 2% death rate (1,400/64,000). In other words, 98% of those infected survive. Keep in mind, those are the reported numbers. I am certain there are many more infected people who are staying home convalescing on their own. Factoring those individuals in the total numbers would lower the death rate.
Any death is a tragedy, but the death rate from this new corona virus strain is not severe. I think we will see a significant amount of corona virus infection in the US but I think our death rate will be lower. We do not live in as crowded nor as polluted conditions as the Chinese do in the affected cities.