Take control of Covid the easy way
Remember the creepy chorus lines of TS Eliot from The rock?
They constantly try to escape
Darkness outside and inside
Dreaming of systems so perfect that no one needs to be good.
This seems to be the strategy adopted by the authorities and experts supposed to get us out of the pandemic. They wish to bring society together in such a way that we the people would only have to surrender our free will, suspend our skepticism and secede from humanity for all to be taken care of.
But their system is far from perfect. The data shows that the authority’s holy trinity of lockdowns, masks and even vaccines is unfortunately not working as well as advertised. Several studies looking at more than 100 countries have found that the severity of lockdown is not associated with disease death rates. The latest randomized controlled studies of masking have shown that it has virtually no effect. Even vaccines are not as effective and long-lasting as promised.
The Omicron strain is dozens of times more transmissible than Delta and is sweeping the world at breakneck speed – bypassing vaccinations. Despite this, health experts can offer nothing but repeating “lockdown, vaccination and masks” leaving much to be desired in their handling of the pandemic.
We have known for a long time that the virus largely kills the infirm. A comprehensive study of more than 500,000 adults hospitalized with Covid in America found that nearly 90% of those cases had at least two underlying medical conditions (48% had more than six underlying conditions). Another study found that 63.5% of more than 900,000 Covid-related hospitalizations were attributable to diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart failure. So why, two years into the pandemic, have none of the authorities made recommendations on cardiovascular health or obesity? Instead, they keep pushing mandates that will increase those underlying health conditions. A study has shown that people in America gained 0.27 kg every ten days during lockdowns.
Same with vitamin D. It was in November 2020 that this writer wrote a blog post about the evidence that vitamin D was protective against Covid. Indeed, an expert commentary published in August 2020 in the prestigious The Lancet suggested that the company would do well to “enthusiastically promote efforts to achieve dietary reference intakes of vitamin D, […] there is nothing to lose in their implementation, and potentially much to gain”.
A systemic review published in December 2021 examined 54 studies involving 1.4 million people and found that low and low levels of vitamin D were significantly associated with higher risks of Covid infection, hospitalization, d admission to intensive care and mortality.
More than a year after the Lancet comment, with a small mountain of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing the significant link between vitamin D and Covid, there still hasn’t been a single recommendation to ensure adequate levels of vitamin D from the supposed institutions take care of our health.
This is not surprising for those who have paid attention to their behavior over the past two years. The myopic and neurotic fixation on lockdowns, masks and vaccines has been done at the expense of everything else, revealing an obvious but understated truth – that the so-called experts, as the late Christopher Hitchens liked to remind us, are just “simple mammals”. ‘ too much.
But good luck, dear reader! There are lots of silver linings. The latest research suggests that Omicron is just as dangerous a fraction as Delta. Infection with the milder strain has been shown to increase immunity against Delta fourfold. Still, there are risks associated with even this milder version of Covid, but adequate vitamin D levels and exercise can be two simple ways to drastically reduce the already declining risks.
What may not be obvious is that a large proportion of the population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Even in sunny Australia, it is estimated that more than a third of adults are deficient. during the winter months. A 2011 US study found that 41.6% of adults surveyed had deficient vitamin D levels, which were particularly low in darker-skinned people like POCs (82.1%) and Hispanics (69. 2%). Sunlight is free and supplements are inexpensive, while vitamin D supplementation remains very safe.
If you choose the great outdoors, you might as well exercise. A Korean study found that adequate exercise reduced the risk of death from Covid by more than 80%, which is almost as effective as vaccines. And don’t forget that the side effects of adequate vitamin D and exercise can include better mental health, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of dementia, and maybe even that beach body.
A big lesson from the pandemic is that it is unwise to surrender our responsibilities to ourselves to people who don’t even know us, let alone care about us. As William F. Buckley joked, one should “rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the phone book than by the faculty of Harvard University.”
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