Raw Beer comments

Posted in: U.S. health panel says Merck pill can prevent grave COVID infections See in context

But the report, from an FDA advisory panel, cautioned that pregnant women should not use the drug, known as molnupiravir, saying the potential benefits do not outweigh the risks for those patients.

Yeah, the potential mutagenic effect can appear rapidly in that case. But I worry about the potential long term effects that such a molecule may have on the patients, such as cancers, which will show up years later.

We should stick with those repurposed drugs that are at least equally effective, but have excellent long term safety profiles.

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Posted in: Diet-related illness increases with availability of red meat: study See in context

I'm suggesting they do this intentionally to drive their agenda.

An agenda that was likely discussed during COP26.

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Posted in: New Omicron variant stokes world fears; triggers travel bans See in context

nobody can legitimately say that it is undoubtedly more dangerous...

Well, since nobody is saying it you are discussing against an imaginary argument.

What?!!!

You wrote "The current variant is undoubtedly more dangerous..."

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Posted in: New Omicron variant stokes world fears; triggers travel bans See in context

There has been a sharp rise from the recent very low numbers, but the cases and deaths in South Africa are still very much lower than they were a few moths ago. We are still at the very early stages, nobody can legitimately say that it is undoubtedly more dangerous...

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Posted in: New Omicron variant stokes world fears; triggers travel bans See in context

The current variant is undoubtedly more dangerous...

It is? Based on what? The experts are basically saying that because of all the mutations, anything is possible.

Instead of relying on the wild speculation, I prefer listening to someone who has a deep understanding of the structure of the previous variants and explains why he believes variants more contagious than delta are unlikely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBm1BKL4zlg&t=1166s

(It's in French, so you might need subtitles)

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Posted in: New Omicron variant stokes world fears; triggers travel bans See in context

The youngest person to die from covid in my country was aged "UNDER 10". The fallacy that children are somehow immune to covid is another misleading narrative.

No, the narrative is that healthy children are immune to it. The almost 500 kids (under 18) who died in the US from covid essentially all had other serious issues (cystic fibrosis, diabetes, cancer, obesity,...). For healthy children, the vaccine is more dangerous than the virus.

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Posted in: Nikkei plunges on concerns over new COVID-19 variant See in context

To claim the vaccine doesn’t work on the new variant is more than a little premature as we simply don’t know yet.

Well the vaccines, based on the original Wuhan variant, are pretty useless at preventing the spread of delta. So I don't have much hope that it will be any better for this new "highly mutated" variant.

The quicker we get the majority of the world vaccinated and close down the avenues for the virus to mutate the quicker we all will get out of this

We would also need to take care of all the animal reservoirs. I think experts have pretty much given up on the idea of herd immunity.

The vaccine strategy is failing. Its time to look more seriously at preventing hospitalization through medications like Pfizers proposed tablet and much, MUCH more seriously at very cheap natural alternatives, like appropriate supplements (ie Vit D, Zinc, Quercetin etc), general fitness, sleep routines etc

Very well put.

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Posted in: Flash mob thefts terrorize U.S. retailers ahead of Christmas See in context

looting

noun [ U ]

UK /ˈluː.tɪŋ/ US /ˈluː.t̬ɪŋ/

the activity of stealing from shops during a violent event.

... also known as "peaceful protest".

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Posted in: The distribution of counterfeit or defective products may lead to health problems. See in context

what has been approved as of November 2021 was Remdesivir, Baricitinib, Casirivimab, and Sotrovimab.

Yes, I know that expensive treatments were rapidly approved, even when shown to be ineffective and dangerous (e.g. Remdesivir).

Thanks to regulatory capture, cheap treatments will not be approved.

"but but but dexamethasone......"

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Posted in: Many environmentalists back Biden's move to tap oil reserve See in context

I thought "strategic reserves" were to be used in real emergencies like war, not to address low popularity...

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Posted in: Chinese fashion photographer in Dior controversy apologizes See in context

Can we see the pic or is it censored here too ?

One of the pics is here:

https://supchina.com/2021/11/23/chinese-fashion-photographer-chen-man-apologizes-for-past-unthoughtful-work-amid-dior-controversy/

I don't see the big deal...

Oh, and here's another one:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/andre_erdan/14954730086

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Posted in: South Africa detects new COVID variant with many mutations See in context

The fact is, if you are fully vaccinated you are less likely to end up in the ICU or dead.

Yeah, within a few months after the vax.

The fact is, if you receive early treatment you are much less likely to end up in the ICU or dead.

BTW, in South Africa, Dr. Shankara Chetty has had great success treating covid patients.

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Posted in: South Africa detects new COVID variant with many mutations See in context

Unfortunately, the boosters are just extra doses of the vaccine made for the original COVID strain. Good protection, but not as good as it could be.

Exactly. And much of the more impressive data being thrown around about its effectiveness is mainly based on pre-delta infections. With delta, they just give a few months of reduced symptoms. I wouldn't be surprised if the vaccines don't even provide that protection against this new highly mutated South African variant.

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Posted in: South Africa detects new COVID variant with many mutations See in context

I just got a booster a few days ago. However, a variant with a high number of mutations may not be covered by any of the current vaccines. We’ll have to wait and see.

Indeed, aren't the vaccines and boosters based on the original Wuhan strain?

I guess they're becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes by.

Having said that, if someone (in Japan) wants to get vaccinated and if there is no plan of updating the mRNA sequence, then now might be a good time as the cases are extremely low (to avoid escape mutants).

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Posted in: South Africa detects new COVID variant with many mutations See in context

There is no evidence that the new variant is as pathogenic as past variants either. If it has mutated to a version that is just like a common cold then it should be allowed to roam free!

Yeah, strange that there is no mention of it's lethality compared to previous variants. I suspect it's probably just an escape mutant resulting from mass vaccination during the pandemic. The cases are still about 30X lower than they were a few months ago.

I saw a great presentation by someone studying the structure of the spike protein in the different variants. He believes variants worst that delta, in terms of spreading, are unlikely.

It's in French, so you might need subtitles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBm1BKL4zlg&t=1166s

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Posted in: After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring See in context

No. Myocarditis, Pericarditis, blood clots and strokes are not "supposed to happen". They are what fills the VAERS and EUDRA registers. Expected side effects like a sore arm and headache are not registered there.

Yes they are, mild and uninportat expected side effects are also included, by the way all of the importants side effects you mention are much more frequently presented in people infected by COVID than those receiving any of the approved vaccines.

Are you suggesting that if you complain to your doctor that you got a sore arm from the vaccine, he/she will go through the time and trouble to submit it to VAERS? I think not? Also, when you search the database, you can specify the adverse effects, and the serious effects like myocarditis are off the charts...

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Posted in: The distribution of counterfeit or defective products may lead to health problems. See in context

Poor headline. Counterfeit or defective products ...

Indeed, counterfeit or defective gives the impression they are produced in someone's basement and sold in a dark alley. But we can buy them legally online and they go through customs openly. They are produced by legit Indian manufacturers of generic drugs. Of course, I would feel much safer using one prescribed by a doctor, but I think it is still better than having no treatment at all...

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Posted in: The distribution of counterfeit or defective products may lead to health problems. See in context

Also @Raw Beer. You seemed to be very confused between the Japanese Ministry of Health and the Tokyo Medical Association - just for good order.

No, I am not confused between the document sent country wide by the Ministry of Health in 2020 allowing off-label use of IVM and the press conference in August (?) 2021 where the chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association outlined the evidence of its effectiveness and issued a recommendation for its use to confront the spike in cases.

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Posted in: The distribution of counterfeit or defective products may lead to health problems. See in context

@ theResident

There is difference between an approved treatment for covid and allowing off-label use to treat covid. The Japanese Ministry of Health issued a statement a while back allowing the latter for IVM.

And a number of doctors are using it to treat covid. As far as I know, none of them got in trouble for doing so.

By censoring this information, more people will resort to the "counterfeit" version, which "may lead to health problems".

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Posted in: The distribution of counterfeit or defective products may lead to health problems. See in context

A doctor would not prescribe it for Covid19 as there are no benefits to taking it for such use.

In Japan, doctors do prescribe ivermectin to Covid patients. Here is one such doctor who appeared on Japanese TV a couple of months ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBrLTjodOUc

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Posted in: Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what's next See in context

The kid is not a hero, he even said so...

All heroes say that.

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Posted in: Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what's next See in context

Rittenhouse has hinted he may bring defamation claims of his own

Yes, I hope he goes after CNN and others (including Biden). They didn't learn their lesson and had to pay millions to Nick Sandmann. What they did to Rittenhouse was much worse, so this could get interesting...

During the Tucker interview, Rittenhouse said:

"Mr. President, if I could say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial and understand the facts before you make a statement."

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 77 See in context

I don't know what to say. Somehow Japan has the magic formula. This needs to be studied and emulated. Ghosh bress us all.

Dr. John Campbell talks about the "Miracle in Japan". Interesting video, though I don't agree with it all...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1GF0H9V_1g&t=803s

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Posted in: Should everyone get a COVID booster? Experts divided See in context

The man is a leading expert in the field. Who are you to diss him? He makes more sense than anyone.

No it is not, he is a cardiologist without any treaining on infectology, epidemiology, statistics, etc.

It's not the virus itself that kills, it's the body's response. There is no reason why a cardiologist would not be qualified to comment about Covid-19, which is basically an inflammatory thrombotic disease...

Anyway, a quick PubMed search shows that he has authored/coauthored at least 4 Covid19-related papers...

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Posted in: Poor diets imperilling people and the planet: report See in context

Consumption of harmful foods is on the rise, the report found, with red and processed meat already at almost five times the maximum recommendation of one serving a week.

Wow, another article combining red meat and processed meat.

Higher-income countries had the highest intake of foods with harmful health impacts like red meat, dairy and sugary drinks.

There is nothing wrong with red meat. The main problems are sugar, processed carbs, and seed oils.

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Posted in: Europe battles COVID surge as WHO warns of 700,000 more deaths See in context

Those who are clogging up the hospitals and dying are mostly the unvaccinated. The facts speak for themselves.

In Europe that isn't really the case any more, that is why some countries are asking people to get the booster.

But something that has been true from the start, and will continue to be until people wake up, is that those who are clogging up the hospitals and dying are mostly those who did not get early treatment.

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Posted in: After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring See in context

I heard the Moderna is a bit more effective than the Pfizer and that is why the side effects are a bit more extreme,

Yeah, they are similar "vaccines", but the Moderna is given at a higher dose (3x higher?).

So if you just want to get a "vaccine" for travel or for keeping your job, then you should get the Pfizer. If you actually want a "vaccine" that offers more than a few months protection from symptoms, then get the Moderna, but you should expect more side effects...

Of course, if you are healthy you should avoid both, you don't need them...

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Posted in: Diet-related illness increases with availability of red meat: study See in context

Plenty of people are doing very well on a carnivore diet:

https://www.youtube.com/c/ShawnBakerMD

But of course, as Fuzzy and Menov mentioned, that does not mean a diet of salami and hotdogs.

Regarding oils, margarine and seed oils should be avoided as much as possible. Olive, coconut, and avocado oils are great, but I see nothing wrong with butter and animal fat, depending on the source and what else you eat.

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Posted in: Relatives of virus dead question Japan's stay-at-home policy See in context

The government has blood on their hands. By refusing (until recently) to allow off-label use of certain cheap and safe medications that have proven themselves to be effective at both preventing this disease and curing it if given in the early stages, they have needlessly condemned thousands to death or terrible illness.

Exactly, thousands have died needlessly, because of the governement's insistence on more and more studies. But for the new (expensive) drugs, single small-scale studies (data not made public) are enough for the government. But there are never enough studies for the repurposed drugs, which already have amazing safety profiles and have been shown to be highly effective.

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Posted in: Should everyone get a COVID booster? Experts divided See in context

What concerns me is the lack of education on the treatment side of the virus.

When will the media start talking about available treatments?

Exactly, doctors throughout the world have been using safe, cheap, and effective repurposed drugs for over a year. And during that time, western MSM have only mentioned them to try to discredit them. And they also refuse to talk about certain simple health measures that people can take to greatly increase their chances of survival, more so than any vaccine ever will.

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