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ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Jabs safe – but don't you DARE eat carrots or take vitamin D...
Who are these blighters, creeping around the internet, watching us and discrediting every post?
By Alice Jones, News Uncut columnist
IF THIS doesn’t make you scratch your head a little, I’m not sure what will. Many heads need a lot more than scratching right now – although I’m not sure that even if knocked together in grand unison it would be sufficient to break the current delirium. Enough said.
I didn’t think I’d ever see the day when a harmless post about carrots required to be reported as ‘partly false information’ by independent fact checkers – these spurious spirits in the sky who have come to plague our social media posts like a nasty rash. Who are these blighters, creeping around in the internet, watching us, pouncing on us and discrediting every post which appears to link natural medicine or food to potential health benefits?
Not to obsess with the gnarly orange vegetable, but the post actually goes on to say that carrots were originally grown as medicine (in ‘fact’ they were…) and that eating three carrots will sustain you over a three-mile walk. Utterly harmless information – one could argue that a fast three-mile walk may require a fourth carrot, or perhaps an added courgette, but let’s not split hairs here.
The bottom line is that if I put a post out saying three Covid jabs would help you run a marathon because they are of course ‘safe and effective’, the independent fact checkers would nod smugly like the bulldog in the well known insurance company adverts and rub their little paws in sanitiser because THIS would be appropriate content. Carrots be damned – they’re far too good for you.
What has concerned me greatly since this virus has come to light is the absolute dearth of public health messaging encouraging people to stay healthy. Surely it’s a no brainer? All viruses attack the immune system – decades of unhealthy eating, processed food, a true pandemic of obesity, alarming levels of diabetes, high blood pressure and fitness levels below par, leave millions of people open to more severe illness.
Meera Senthilingam asks what this increased urgency has done to boost action against this other epidemic.
“Studies in the United States have shown that having a BMI over 30 – the threshold that defines obesity – increases the risk of being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 by 113 per cent, of being admitted to intensive care by 74 per cent and of dying by 48 per cent. Public Health England reported similar numbers for mortality, with the risk of death from Covid-19 increasing by 90 per cent in people with a BMI over 40.
1 This is irrespective of age, as being overweight or obese is associated with worse outcomes in younger populations as well. People under 60 years old with a BMI between 30 and 34 are twice as likely to be admitted to intensive care with Covid-19 than those with a lower BMI.
2. A report from the World Obesity Federation published on March 4, 2021 showed further trends, emphasising that death rates from Covid-19 have been 10 times higher in countries where more than half of the population is obese.
3 And as the world becomes optimistic about vaccines helping us return to some form of normality, a preprint published in February reports that obesity might correlate with a lower immune response to the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 jab, although the study was small and is yet to be peer reviewed.
4 These worrying developments have brought much needed attention to the world’s obesity epidemic.”
(BMJ 04/21) full article here https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n411 It’s worth a read.
While billions has been spent globally on the production and messaging associated with forcing untested jabs on the entire world population, next to zero has been done to promote healthy living – the absolute basics. Our bodies are incredible machines, designed to fight viruses daily (and they do) but the less healthy we are, the less able people are to sport their Rocky gloves and punch those spiky things out of the ring. Stay home, watch TV, go out for one hour a day and hope the sun shines to administer even one iota of Vitamin D, isolate and nurture depression but please don’t worry, MacDonald’s will open again soon… and it did.
As just one example, they knew early days that Covid was more severe in people who were lacking in Vitamin D but many of the early comments on this were promptly removed from public view. And then, hiding quietly in a corner of the NHS website, I find this…
Oh yes, they knew. Did you? Were you aware of free Vitamin D supplements for the “clinically extremely vulnerable” and did you know that we might all benefit from an uptake? Populations in Northern countries have notoriously low levels of Vitamin D at any time, so it makes me wonder why everyone was not encouraged to increase their dosage, or in fact given this for free?
Apparently it was easier to brainwash the public into sticking cotton buds up their noses and down their throats – a veritable avalanche of free testing kits for the sick and paranoid would surely beat persuading the masses to pop a vitamin tablet which may help abate symptoms or a decline in health.
Proper dosage of Vitamin C/D3/Zinc and Quercetin, exercise, better attention to diet, positive social interaction, proper sleep. How about this for a healthy ‘nudge’ from the notorious nudge unit – supposed experts on behavioural science and human behaviour. The smart Alex team who appear to be able to get under the skin of entire populations. Why no effort into encouraging better health? An apple a day and all that…
It appears all efforts go towards telling us to stick our carrots where the sun don’t shine and if you still can’t see the irony of this advice, I truly despair. What’s up Doc, may be your next phone call.
(Link to BMJ article - https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n411)