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November 2020 News
Dispelling the Unecessary Myths of the Oldster: It doesn't really matter which late decade you are about to turn - sixty, seventy, eighty or ninety - there seems to be a dangerous and possibly self-fulfilling misconception about a decade birthday and especially the eightieth birthday. Recently I have actually heard people say things like "All hell broke loose when I turned 80!" and "I was really healthy until I turned 80." and "I am going to be 80 soon and I hear it's all downhill after that."
Really. You MUST stop this type of thinking right now. It does you no good at all and it's setting you up for agreeing with and fulfilling your fearful thoughts/wishes and actually making them come true. I do believe the old "Thoughts are Things" philosophy, so turn it around and when you find yourself fearful about aging, see if it helps to say something like this: "Yes, I am turning 80 (pick your decade) and that is a cause for celebration! I am healthy now and I will be healthy and vigorous until I choose to leave this lifetime's body to rest in my immortal spirit for awhile until I decide to do it all over again".
I particularly like the way Abraham says it: "What makes people decline is that they start forking in the direction that doesn't allow them to be the receivers of the never-ending Stream of Well-Being. You don't have to decline... Happy, healthy, happy, healthy, happy, healthy, happy, healthy, dead. That's Esther's plan." (NB. Esther is the channel for Abraham.) I personally don't think that I am going to get out of this alive, however I was mildly disappointed to hear that the world's oldest woman recently died at 117.
What I can do, and what you can do is CHOOSE to live vigorously, joyfully and courageously as you age: Don't be afraid of the sixties, the seventies, the eighties - the decades that seem to be flying by - and consciously do everything you can do to stay as healthy as you can be (eg. Keep your appointments with me!) and then depart this lifetime as Abraham suggests we do, "happy, healthy, dead."
Oldsters and Cholesterol: I get a bit inflamed when I see the MDocs trying to foist statin drugs on anyone over 60, especially when their cholesterol levels aren't all that high. I hear of MDocs trying to manipulate their patients into statin drugs through fear and intimidation even if the levels are a decent 250. Who said that levels have to be under 200? The statin drug manufacturers? In the 1960's and 1970's a total cholesterol of 300 was considered to be normal.
I had an MDoc tell me years ago (when he noticed that my levels were 310 and I had refused statins) "You know, these are stroke numbers. Do you want that?" Another MDoc said to a patient who had recently had stents placed and had a cholesterol level of 240: "You really need to be on statins, because we can't keep putting stents in your arteries and your next step would be opening your chest and doing bypass surgery." And I have more stories. Two fish oil gel caps a day plus a healthy dose of CoQ10 can go a long way in preventing all of this.
Cholesterol is actually part of the body's plan to protect us from inflammation, infection and cancer. With a few exceptions, nothing in the body is a mistake, including "high" cholesterol. As we age, our cholesterol levels become naturally elevated to take care of all the environmental stressors our aging bodies have endured and continue to endure. Higher cholesterol is an adaptive response. If pharmaceutically lowered this may make us more susceptible to inflammatory and infectious illnesses plus, for many of us, cognitive decline. Even the vilified LDL is protective. However, elevated triglycerides levels (over 150) are not great and should be lowered naturally. (High triglycerides usually have to do with sugar and carbs.) And low HDL's (under 50) are not good either. We can work to normalize both without statins.
Nine COVID Facts and Something for us to think about: These 9 COVID facts were released by the Ron Paul Institute on October 28, 2020 and I will be quoting them with comments of my own in italics after:
1) The PCR test (nose thing) is "practically useless" as the PCR cannot determine the viral load in the sample. The patient could have a viral load that is so miniscule that it poses no threat to anyone else. There is a lot wrong with the PCR testing and I have read that there are as many as 50% false positives which renders the PCR test results as chancy as a roll of the dice. If you come up with a positive PCR this could mean that you have .00006 % viral load (nothing) or be sick as a dog with symptoms galore. (There is some controversy now about asymptomatic carriers.) If you have symptoms AND a positive PCR then you probably have COVID and should be considered a "case."
2). A positive test is NOT a case. Apparently in the counting of COVID "cases", they are actually counting the number of positive PCR tests. See item above #1 why this is really not a viable statistic. Now, in my estimation, a positive PCR test PLUS the COVID symptoms should be counted as a case. I think this may be why there are so many "cases" being reported now (scaring everyone silly) when it's actually a conflation of "case vs. positive PCR."
The Assoc of American Physicians and Surgeons is also questioning whether widespread testing is actually creating a "pseudo-pandemic" especially when it comes to false positives. (AAPS, 10/7/20) They also recommend that if you do get a positive test and you're not feeling sick then you should ask for a retest. "The dreaded second wave' might be a surge of false positive tests that are inevitable in mass screenings of healthy persons."
3). The CDC released new data that showed that only 6% of the deaths previously attributed to COVID were due exclusively to the virus. The vast majority - 94% - may have had preexisting conditions like heart disease, obesity and cancer and while they may have died WITH COVID, they did not die EXCLUSIVELY from COVID. I have no comment after these stats, as they speak for themselves.
4). The CDC updated information on Sept. 10th showing that over 99% of people exposed to the virus survived and the vast majority of deaths attributed to COVID were concentrated in the population over age 70, or less than 1% of positive cases are potentially life threatening. No comment from me needed except I wish I were younger.
5) CDC revealed in September that 85% of positive COVID cases wore face masks always or often. I am still going to wear my face mask like a good little citizen as I think it offers some sort of protection, if only to suggest that there is COVID out there and I need to be more careful than usual. So keep wearing those masks, wash them after a couple of wearings if you are choosing the cloth variety, and if you are wearing the pleated blue throw-aways like I do, change them often.
6). There are already inexpensive, proven therapies for COVID and we need to start using them. (Harvey Risch, M.D. Ph.D. Yale University School of Epidemiology) These are a combination of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc. Hear, hear! I am in complete agreement.
7). The death rate is NOT spiking. I have been researching and tracking death rates much more than case rates since March, because, really, the bottom line to me, is how lethal is this bugger? How many of us are dying? For example and randomly taken from my collection of stats, Boulder County on June 16th had a total pandemic death rate of 70. On October 26th - more than 4 months later - there were 85 deaths. If COVID were the lethal killer it's made out to be, one would reasonably expect to see a continual and significant spike in the number of deaths reported. Yes, the CASE rates are up and spiking in Boulder County right now but the death rates remain negligible.
8). Most COVID deaths occur at the end of a normal lifespan. According to the CDC, a little over 80% of the "suspected" COVID deaths have occurred in people over 65. (Remember, they could have died from their comorbidities...). And as we are all too well aware, many deaths occur in nursing and assisted living homes. I have noticed that the news showcases the younger people and the one or two children who have died from COVID, and I wonder what is that about? Is this part of the news marketing theory that "if it bleeds, it leads?" So showcase the most emotional COVID stories? Using the pandemic as media propaganda to paralyze us with fear?
9). CDC data shows minimal COVID risk to children and young adults. Or, to put it another way, the CDC data suggests that a child or young adult up to age 19 has a greater chance of death from some type of accident than they do from COVID. The IFR (Infection Mortality Rate) for children aged 0-19 was so low that 99.97% of those infected survived. For those ages 20-49 the survival rate was 99.98% and for those 70 years old and older, a survival rate of 94.6%. I would say that these stats are hopeful. Remember these numbers are collected not by Fox News or Sean Hannity or Qanon, but by Dr. Fauci and the CDC all of whom are reputable SCIENTISTS.
I mention the above 9 points because I think all these new stats are fodder for reflection into this mess we are in. However, I want to assure you that I have NO intention whatsoever of relaxing my many efforts to keep myself and you safe. I wear a mask, I run the ozonator on low in the office, I disinfect after every patient, I wash my hands a lot or use hand sanitizer. I will be continuing to open my office window when I can (wear your heavy sweater for your next appointment - it's winter out there!), I take supplements like zinc, vitamin C, Immuplex or Congaplex, and keep my diet as pure as I can. I don't eat out or entertain at home and I try to shop once a week. And as I have mentioned before, I am not afraid of COVID, but I do respect it.
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