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Should I get the vaccin against COVID-19 or not? On vaccines, ivermectin, paracetamol and fever
By late April most older adults in the Netherlands will have received an invitation from the government or their physicians to get vaccinated. My own invitation came in this past week, quite a bit earlier than expected.
To be honest, it took me much longer to decide than anticipated. And no, it wasn't just because of all the health scares around the AstraZeneca vaccin due to rare thrombosis incidences.
In general, I'm a fan of vaccinations. As a child I received all of the vaccins that were given to us, with no questions asked.
When travelling to Brazil in 2002, I also followed the guidelines to get vaccinated against yellow fever and hepatitis B.
Like most people, I've also been in awe about the speed at which vaccines were developed for COVID-19. Unlike some, I'm also not as concerned about the use of new mRNA technology to develop the Moderna and Pfizer vaccins. What does appal me though is the high cost for these vaccins, that run in to almost €20 for those high tech vaccins as opposed to just about €2 for a traditional vaccin like Oxford AstraZeneca.
What's worse is that those vaccins don't even offer absolute protection and people may be reinfected with a newer virus strain. Or they may require yearly booster vaccins.
While I was pondering whether or not to get vaccinated, a Youtube video passed by in which dr. John Campbell interviewed dr. Pierre Kory.
A little background on dr. John Campbell: this is a former nurse in the UK, who obtained a PhD in his field, and has been teaching future nurses for well over 20 years. Ever since COVID19 reared its ugly head, he's been vlogging almost daily on the developments around COVID19. A lot of statistics, lots of research articles being explained as well as interviews.
One such interview in two parts was with Pierre Kory, who is not just a teacher like dr Campbell but also still actively treating patients in hospital.
While the first part dealt with the use of steroids and anticoagulants, the second part was about ivermectin.
Over the past year, lots of information has shown up on the amazing results of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19, yet virtually zero reached the general audience by way of the mainstream media.
When I shared the information with friends on my own Facebook timeline, a 'fact check' appeared stating the information was false. Amazingly, the source of that statement wasn't a medical one, but political! Apparently we are not supposed to know ivermectin may be a cure since .. vaccines are seen as the only way out!
Most information on Youtube in regards to ivermectin is either actively taken off the platform by means of censorship or is very hard to find. Even reputable sources like MedCram, John Campbell or drbeen have been subject to censorship.
Yet, thanks to the profound efforts of e.g. drBeen who also reports daily on medical developments, people do get informed. More information on how they try to discredit the usefulness of ivermectin in a two part interview of drBeen with dr Kory: part 1 and part 2. The tactics of Big Pharma is exactly the same as used by BigTobacco. This is why ivermectin shows such tremendous results in practice as opposed to crappy results in faulty research.
At the same time the effect of higher dosed vitamin D is being ignored. The vast majority of people who became severely ill , had a huge vitamin D deficiency. Yet, people are discouraged to take a higher dosage of vitamin D.
The combination of this total neglect of effective measures to prevent contracting severe COVID19 while enforcing people to get the vaccin because of a treat to refuse entry into a country when you can't present a vaccin passport, made me decide to not be vaccinated.
At least not in the next few months unless there's a sign the virus is mutating and causing a mortality rate that's higher than the current estimate of 0.2%.
While doctors are warned not to treat their patients with hydroxychloroquine or ivermectine or else risk punishment, the only remedy people are universally told to take is... paracetamol to treat a fever.
Sounds harmless enough, isn't it? Not entirely.
Fever is not the enemy, it is your friend!
A fever is your body’s way of ridding itself of unwanted invaders. Its job is twofold: to stimulate the immune system and to create an untenable environment for undesirable organisms. The first line of defense against an invading microbe is a cell called a macrophage, which devours the virus. Macrophages then mobilize other immune system cells and make Interleukin One (IL-1).
IL-1 is one of several parts of your body that raises the alarm and lets your body know your temperature needs to be turned up.
What happens during a fever?
Most viruses and bacteria prefer a temperature lower than the human body; a higher temperature vanquishes bugs.
Your good army of white blood cells is multiplied and mobilized to fight the exact kind of invader that’s attacking your body. It creates a barrier around iron, which bacteria feast upon.
More antibodies are produced, like special agents trained to fight a very specific enemy- more efficient than any pharmaceutical drug!
Interferon production is stepped up, which blocks the spread of viruses to healthy cells.
When to seek medical attention?
It is encouraged to support a fever except under the following conditions. Seek medical attention immediately if fever involves:
I: a baby under one month old with a temperature greater than 38°C. While waiting for care, breastfeed: mother’s milk has antibodies created “on demand” at the breast as it encounters pathogens in the baby’s mouth.
II: infants between one and three months old with a temperature greater than 38°C, if they appear ill (lethargic, listless, nonresponsive). Breastfeed as often as baby desires while seeking a practitioner’s care.
III: Children between 3 months and 36 months, with a temperature above 39°C, if they appear ill.
IV: Anyone with a temperature over 40,3°C.
Support, don't suppress a fever
A fever of 38,5-39,5°C is considered the optimal defense against microbial marauders. Supporting a fever means to work with it. Save the pharmaceuticals for emergencies.
Digestion and peristalsis are slowed down during a fever. Therefore, drinking liquids such as broths, coconut water and water with electrolytes till the fever breaks is a useful strategy. A 2002 Dutch study found that fasting might help the body fight certain types of fevers — ones caused not by viruses, but by bacterial infections. The human subjects who only drank water had increased levels of interleukin-4, which helps B cells produce antibodies that attack bacteria hiding outside cells.
Viral infections may require more sustenance: in the same study, six hours after human subjects consumed a meal, their levels of gamma interferon increased.
Gamma interferon helps trigger the killer T cells that destroy cells invaded by viruses. In a comparison group who drank only water, gamma interferon levels fell slightly. Bone broths and chicken soups are an effective, hydrating, easy-to- digest nutritional base.
Akin to a duck paddling furiously underwater while appearing to float serenely on the surface, your body is working hard even while you are lying down. Sleep is a valuable tool in helping a fever do its job.
Abstain from exercise and activity so that the immune system can function optimally. Support the body’s defenses; don’t suppress them by exercising or working while your fever is active.