The Current Coronavirus Pandemic: It’s Likely Caused By More Than One Pathogen And There Is A Missing Antidote
By Bill Sardi
In December 2019, a lower respiratory tract (lung) illness accompanied by fever of unknown origin was reported in a cluster of patients in Wuhan, China. Because of prior outbreaks of coronavirus infections in China, coronaviruses were initially suspected and a newly mutated strain was identified that human populations had no immunity towards. This infectious disease was coined COVID-19 and is usually diagnosed by symptomology (dry cough, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, with chest x-rays revealing pneumonia (fluid in the lungs) and an accompanying ground-glass appearance in the lungs being a hallmark sign).
The reality is that most of the cases of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infection have been diagnosed without confirmation by laboratory testing. And, so, doctors end up finding what they are looking for – COVID-19. The singular mind-set of modern medicine continues to be practiced today. COVID-19 fits a script that was created prior to this current epidemic. That is because “they” want to develop a single-component vaccine and inoculate the entire Planet at one time (the dream of a billionaire philanthropist). So, better get sick to make his dream come true, he would say. Somehow, vaccine makers were reportedly making a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine long before the first outbreak in China at the end of 2019.
Similarly, most virologists collectively believe that the Spanish flu of 1918 was caused by an influenza virus, with some level of certainty maybe even the H1N1 variety.
By the way, the U.S. had a population of 103 million at the time and an estimated 675,000 Americans died of the Spanish flu, which is about a 0.65% death rate (just over half of one percent). Today the U.S. has a population hovering around 325 million and a 0.65% death rate would result in 2,112,500 deaths. But let’s recall that 1918 was in an era before chlorinated water (which eradicated cholera, typhoid, and dysentery), and before nutrient-fortified foods. Today, we also have more older adults (12+ million over age 80), the primary at-risk group for COVID-19 mortality.
So, let’s test your logic. Maybe you can think a little less narrowly than doctors do. If a youngster runs across the road wearing tennis shoes and gets hit by a car and dies, and when we study this type of accident, we find that 83.5% of kids who died in pedestrian accidents were wearing tennis shoes, it might be concluded as obvious that the tennis shoes were a causal factor in these deaths, right? Obviously, that is flawed reasoning. The tennis shoes were involved (associated with) these deaths but not causal. This type of flawed reasoning is precisely what is going on today with the COVID-19 fiasco. We have bumbling politicians managing a major disease. And doctors with blinders on making decisions lacking logic.
What Caused the 1918 Flu Pandemic?
Demographers at UC Berkeley went back and analyzed the facts surrounding the 1918 Spanish flu. They found that the age group that was the primary target and the male/female composition of deaths fit the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB), not influenza. They claim tuberculosis along with influenza were behind the many millions of deaths, not H1N1 influenza alone.
So, molecular biologists dug into the Alaskan permafrost to obtain samples from human bodies with the flu strains in circulation in 1918 and determined they were the closest to avian strains of the flu as well as swine strains. But that didn’t answer why the 1918 epidemic was so virulent, nor did it answer why young males were its predominant victims.
Age specific death rates for influenza and pneumonia combined, 1917-1918. Males (solid line); females (dotted line).
The above profile more aptly fits the epidemic now underway in Italy where younger immigrants (age 18-44) are dying of what obviously is not COVID-19 but tuberculosis that was latent and erupted due to low Vitamin-D blood levels from the cold winter weather and the fact that these migrants were dark-skinned and don’t synthesize Vitamin D in their skin as Caucasians do.
But in Italy we also have massive death among the very old. This is explained by age and health habits, with many 80+year-old Italians being wine drinkers and smokers, which destroy the immune system. They had co-morbidities.
Here is the chart showing the death rate of males in 1920, two years after the Spanish flu pandemic.
Chart interpretation: male death rate for tuberculosis plunged in 1920 because the flu had vanished. Americans had developed antibodies to the flu.
So, demographers think TB and influenza interacted in 1918. Demographers think TB rendered it easier to contract the flu. In other words, there is a non-singular understanding of the 1918 pandemic.
In the words of UC Berkeley demographers:
“We conjecture that many influenza deaths in 1918 took place among the tuberculous—persons with clinical disease or latent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. That the 1918 influenza virus, known to be atypical, should interact pathologically with M. tuberculosis seems likely… Excess male flu mortality is consistent with the differential incidence of TB by sex. The fact that flu deaths had a mode in the 25–34 age group is also strongly indicative of a TB interaction; TB is a disease of adulthood, not of old age.”
“…The link between influenza and TB may include a third pathogen. Tuberculosis infection causes lung cavities to form, which become a breeding ground also for non-TB bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus. This would have had the effect of priming tuberculous individuals for S. aureus superinfection in the event of co-infection with influenza.”
Now that current singular mind-set approach (one disease, one pathogen) to the current COVID-19 pandemic needs to be brought into question. We don’t want to figure out this deadly infectious disease 100 years later like the UC Berkeley demographers did, we want to save lives today.
So, let’s continue in our pursuit of a multi-factorial cause of the current pandemic.
We know there are still no trademark clinical features of COVID-19 infection. That is why diagnosis is so difficult. COVID-19 tests are notoriously inaccurate. In fact, unreliable tests are used to confirm COVID-19 coronavirus.
Confronting the new coronavirus infection known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is challenging and requires excluding patients with suspected COVID-19 who actually have other, pre-existing diseases. Due to unreliable tests for COVID-19 and the need to rapidly diagnose and treat patients in rapid physical decline, symptomology is paramount in hospital diagnosis.
There are two symptoms of interest that pertain to COVID-19:
The hallmark, but not universal, sign of COVID-19 are opacities in the lower lungs that appear like ground glass in a lung scan. These opacities represent fluid in the lung space which prevents oxygen from being transferred to hemoglobin in red blood cells, resulting in shortness of breath.
Ground-glass opacities were reported in up to 86.1% of 101 COVID-19 coronavirus cases of pneumonia. Patients with extensive ground-glass opacity (greater than 50%) are more likely to experience a longer hospital stay and suffer acute respiratory failure than those with less ground-glass opacity.
Here are what ground-glass opacities look like in a lung scan (inside red boxes).
Ground-glass opacities are linked to the use of toxic and non-toxic drugs. More than 600 drugs are known to cause lung toxicity. Many of the drugs used in the hospitals to treat infectious lung diseases are toxic to the lungs! Sedatives and tranquilizers may induce pneumonia. The more medicine doctors prescribe, the more likely you will run into one of these hundreds of lung-toxic drugs.
The appearance of ground-glass lung opacities is far more likely among dark-skin people who characteristically have lower Vitamin-D levels than Caucasians. It is also less common in Summer months when sunshine Vitamin-D levels are higher, and is generally 4.3 times more likely among individuals with Vitamin-D deficiency.
This is just one of several sound reasons why hospitalization should be avoided at all cost. Another reason is to avoid treatment errors and antibiotic resistant bacteria that live in hospitals, and frankly because hospital rooms are dark caves where Sun-starvation induces Vitamin-D deficiency. All patients with suspected infectious lung disease should be screened for Vitamin-D deficiency upon hospital admission. Sadly, this is not being done yet.
Crackling sounds in the lungs are the second major symptom of interest. By definition, crackles are the clicking, rattling, or crackling noises that may be made by one or both lungs of a human with a respiratory disease during inhalation. They are heard only with a stethoscope (“auscultation”). You can hear crackles in an online video.
Crackle sounds in the lungs are not specific for any particular infectious disease but they are widely associated with Vitamin B1 deficiency. Here is the evidence:
- Patients with beriberi (Vitamin B1 – thiamine deficiency) are known to have crackle sounds in their lungs.
- The World Health Organization lists lung crackles in the lower lungs as a sign of thiamine deficiency. Vitamin B1 deficiency is also known as beriberi.
- Many hospitalized patients are placed on water pills (diuretics) to control blood pressure with no regard for the fact that this class of drugs depletes Vitamin B1.
- Infections were reported among 35 of 68 patients who had pneumonia. Infection may be the confirming manifestation of Vitamin-B1 deficiency.
- Cases of pneumonia were frequently reported in prisoner-of-war camps when beriberi developed.
- A 73-year-old man with beriberi breathing had crackles in both lungs, which resolved with Vitamin-B1 therapy.
- Vitamin B1 helps to limit the growth of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.
- Patients with tuberculosis are more likely to have low Vitamin-B1 blood levels.
- One published scientific report refers to thiamine (Vitamin B1) as a “super antibiotic.”
Nicotine and alcohol use deplete essential nutrients like Vitamin B1 and Vitamin C. In China, 68% of men are smokers and 46% drink alcohol.
What may be missed by acute-care physicians is that fever with pneumonia among some patients may not be induced by a germ but may be induced by a Vitamin-B1 deficiency that results from loss of control of body temperature by the hypothalamus in the brain. Thiamine deficiency can result in high fever. Vitamin-B1 injections may eradicate infections. A fever accompanied by Vitamin-B1 malnutrition may emanate from dysfunction of the hypothalamus in the brain with accompanying lack of nitric oxide, a transient gas in the blood circulation needed to quell infections.
Many coronavirus-infected patients are alcoholics. Alcohol induces Vitamin-B1 deficiency. In many cases of pneumonia no bacterial or viral infection is identified. Vitamin-B1 therapy should be a standard therapy for any patient with lung disease and a history of alcohol or tobacco consumption should call for Vitamin-D testing upon hospital admission.
Chart shows demonstrable decline in fever with Vitamin-B1 therapy.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is the missing fever-buster, germ-killer, crackle-sound inducer that can be remedied with B1 supplementation, the superior forms in dietary supplements being benfotiamine or allithiamine preferred over thiamine hydrochloride. Note: refined sugar, alcohol, tea, coffee, carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cereal) all deplete Vitamin B1.
I anticipate criticism from the doctoring crowd. But I thought you said there aren’t enough ventilators, and hospital bacteria are resistant to the antibiotics, and there aren’t enough hospital beds! And, there is no vaccine. So, home care is the only alternative, right? I don’t want to be placed on some hospital ship.
If you read this report to the bottom, you have earned a junior doctor certificate. Practice self-care; and staying out of the hospital is the best way to survive this pandemic. The life you save may be your own. And no, I’m not shorting shares (betting that share price will decline) in the Hospital Corporation of America.
© 2020 Bill Sardi