I check on conspiracy site to find out details behind rumors censored or under reported in the MSM. Much of them are deliberate disinformation that are lies at worse or just exaggerations of facts taken out of context, as I pointed out in my previous essay.
But sometimes you find hints of stories that are not being reported that later turn out to be true.
So what are some of the stories that I have run across recently?
Well, that part about Herd Immunity is probably true.
And if a previous Covid infection makes you immune, why are we wasting our precious vaccines on low risk folks who are immune to the virus? Yes, there are breakthru second cases, but these are rare (as are break thru cases after the shot: Often because the person has problems with their immune system, or maybe the shot was given wrong or not stored correctly).
The lastest on how those who had a mild or even asymptomatic infection and are now immune:
his summary: immunity could last up to 2 years. and the youtube site includes links to the medical literature.
This is not only important because it will free up vaccine for high risk people, but because it means you might not need the shot.
If so, it means all those "Vaccine passports" need to be updated to include those who have antibodies from previous infections and don't need a shot.
Healthy folks will have the choice of being sick or getting a shot: sort of like how healthy folks often didn't get the Influenza vaccine, which was mainly given to old folks until recent years, or how parents sometimes just let their kids get chicken pox instead of another shot that doesn't last that long.
the next "conspiracy theory" coming out is the use of drugs to treat of prevent infection.
The most notorious one was Hydorxychloroquin: Which did work but not well, but was met immediately with a huge publicity scare of how dangerous it was (because one woman used fishtank cleaner to suicide her husband, with no one noticing that this method was pushed by pro suicide sites in the past as a way to kill ourself).
Other Studies used the drug late in the course of the disease, when any anti viral medicine wouldn't stop the hyperimmune problem that caused the fatal pulmonary collapse, and another study used 3 times the usual dose and voila, some people died.
But there are other drugs out there that similarly have been found to work but are underused.
The big one for the third world is Ivermectin: Because it is cheap and available in poor countries.
Here is a video from Dr. C from 5 months ago.
He links to this study here
Anecdotes on outlier sites say it is now being used in Mexico and India and has lowered their infection rate.
Daily COVID-19 cases in India decreased in the days before May 17 — but only after a nearly vertical rise that started in April and peaked May 8. The Indian government has recommended limited use of the two drugs for COVID-19, but there is no evidence that their use led to the drop in cases.
Latin America’s embrace of an unproven COVID treatment is hindering drug trials Unchecked ivermectin use in the region is making it difficult to test the anti-parasite drug’s effectiveness against the coronavirus.
there are other ways to figure out if it works: You do epidemiological studies. This is how using masks and quarantine has been shown to cut the rate of spread.
and again, the problem needs to be put into three categories:
1> does it work as prevention, using it early when symptoms first appear or you have been a contact with a case.
or 2> and giving it to you in the hospital, in the late stage of the disease (when cutting the viral load may not stop the pulmonary complications due to hyperimmune system).
so follow the science? Ah, but what about when the gatekeepers of scientific journals stop you from publishing?
Or how about the phrase: follow the experts?
But this is the big question: the experts were wrong in the past, so why should we believe them now?
One problem here is that the experts are often the same experts who denied that a lab leak (probably accidental) probably resulted in the outbreak. And now more rumors are actually being printed saying: Hey, maybe that did happen, ya think?
But of course, they will gaslight us and say: You didn't read that. You are crazy. Nothing here, folks just move along.
as for not using medicine that hasn't gone thru trials:
Remember the story of Balto and the Nome run to get diphtheria anti toxin serum to Nome Alaska?
February 2, 1925 was a day of life-saving (and, dare we say, dogged) determination, for that was the day a dog sled team with Balto in the lead entered Nome, Alaska with an emergency supply of diphtheria serum.
Child after child in the small and isolated town had fallen ill with the potentially deadly disease. With ice blocking the harbor, and winter weather grounding planes, a more than 600-mile-long dog sled relay was the only hope.
On January 27, the first team of dogs set off, while the rest of the nation held its breath. For six long days, a series of dog teams battled blinding blizzards and bitter sub-zero cold to get the serum through.
Though more than 150 dogs in all took part in the record-breaking run, it was Balto who led the final 53-mile stretch, and wound up getting most of the glory.
the back story of that race is that the doctors who first used the anti serum never finished the "double blind" scientific study on the treatment, because they saw it saved lives of those treated, and they didn't have the heart to deny the lifesaving treatment from the control group.
In contrast, in the notorious Tuskegee syphilis study, the men in the control group to see if they did better without the then toxic and not always successful treatment for syphilis, were never offered the newer, much less toxic treatment of penicillin when it was found to cure that disease.
One wonders if a similar scandal will be in the history books on Covid, especially when the story was essentially censored from the main sites of news.
my point is that if people think something works, they will take it, and get angry if you prevent them from doing so.
We were told a story in medical school about Onion poultices.
In the good old days, they used onion pou;tices for pneumonia, and so during the Spanish Influenza epidemic, one husband asked if he should use an onion poultice to help his sick pregnant wife. The doctor of course said no: it wouldn't work.
The problem? The mortality of pregnant women during that epidemic was very high and nothing worked.
The husband didn't use the onion poultice, and of course the poor woman died of influenza. But to the day he died, the husband would come up to that physician and accuse him saying: She would have lived if you let me use that onion poultice.
semi related item: AnnAlthouse admits she bought a gun last year: and wonders why this MSM article didn't figure out that the upsurge in gun ownership was due to riots and crime and defunding police rather than due to being crazy and paranoid from the quarantine.
I shudder at this: Because the dirty little secret is that if you don't train with weapons, and don't know how to use them, you will freeze and the bad guy will shoot you with your own gun. Or you might accidentally shoot someone, or your kid might accidentally shoot his friend when playing with the gun.
I had a waiver not to carry a gun when I was in the Nat Guard, but Lolo, who served at the end of WWII here, did know how to shoot and always kept a weapon in his bedside table when we lived in the USA in case addicts would break into the house looking for drugs.