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CovidRespondersGMO Cornflakes is a questionable treatment option for a pandemic requiring a more organic response.

If compromised immune systems and poor sanitation are the root causes of the virus’s lethality and spread, then responders ought to be helping people protect themselves in those areas. Oftentimes interventions can end up multiplying the spread.

 

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Covid-StayHomeRather than mocking Trump for suggesting that sunlight can kill Covid-19 (it can), a more enlightened press corps would be analyzing the harm (to society) of ‘progressive’ NY style (“kiss my ass”) activism — that helped to usher in Covid-19 (through filth and weakened immune systems) and make its impact far worse here than anywhere else in the world. An example of that can be found in the NYC Health document: Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). Probably thought by some to be an enlightened prescription, but in fact a manifesto for self-destruction. Going forward, reforms to thinking — and being, oriented to truth (not just data) — need to accompany the reopening of society.

CovidBreakThe data indicate that Covid-19 has run its course in New York City. One pharmacologist at Elmhurst Hospital told LE that those who have been exposed to the virus, but not come down with it, are less likely to show symptoms with each passing day. Also several healthcare workers at the hospital told LE that various treatments, including hydroxychloroquine (when prescribed early on), are working — and helping Covid patients to recover and walk out of the hospital.

The plan by New York elected officials to subject citizens to widespread testing, tracing, and isolation — before reopening the state  — is, at this stage of the virus cycle, absurd and even abusive. One need only look at the the State’s running of nursing homes and the recent carnage in ‘quarantine hotels’ to realize that political leaders are incapable of true Covid mitigation or patient care. The decrease in Covid cases in recent days has more to do with the virus having already run its course, through the population, and less to do with mandated social distancing policies. In fact, the (contemptuous) policies of Messrs Di Blasio and Cuomo likely made the situation worse — increasing the death rate and undermining society. If the federal government decides to help New York State with its precarious finances, it should do so while insisting the State abandon its plans for widespread: testing, tracing, and isolation of citizens — actions which might have been useful during the first week of March (although not in Westchester County), but which today can be abusive and likely to do more harm than good. Going forward, any virus testing should lead to “early treatment” (not just isolation) for those who contract Covid-19. Which is what worked so well for South Korea — while keeping that society open and the death rate down.

 

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A man pulls up, get out of his car and leaves a rock formation in front of Elmhurst Hospital today. Perhaps to remember the workers and patients who passed through there in recent weeks.

Woodside-CVCV-ElmhurstWe hear Hydroxychloroquine is in fact helping Covid-19 patients at Elmhurst Hospital, and continues to prove itself to be a legitimate treatment option for patients with Covid-19. But it has to taken early in treatment not at the end of life.

The greater threat to America during this pandemic comes from state governors and local officials, who are perversely plotting, testing, tracing and destroying persons and society, in their machinations for federal dollars.

Progressive (“muck-you-up,” “kiss-my-ass”) policies helped to create the conditions for Covid-19 to ravage NYC in the first place — and now progressive leaders are doubling down on interventions that will ravage the people and society in the aftermath. Denying vulnerable people access to parks on sunny days goes against common sense and science and is likely contributing to the spread of Covid and death.

Covid19-NYC1CV-JacksonHeightsOn Monday New York’s Governor Cuomo doubled down on social distancing, by adding to the amount of potential fines for violators and extending the time that New York State would be closed for business — out to April 29. He did so while saying he wanted to avoid a South Korea situation in New York. Which is odd, given that S. Korea, a nation of 50+ million people, has only 10,000 Covid-19 cases and 192 deaths as of April 6. A tiny fraction of New York’s case and fatality rates. They did so, while not shutting down their society the way New York has.

It’s become apparent that New York style ‘social (stay-at-home) distancing’ is in fact adding to community spread and the death rate — making every home a nursing home. In affirming their stay-at-home policy, Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio said today that “hospital admissions are down.” Well, according to one official at Elmhurst Hospital, that’s because, at this moment, all their ICU “beds are full” (with Covid-19 patients). And none are expected to survive. Many who show up at NYC emergency rooms are being sent home, with 200+ cases dying at home on an average day. Sadly, the policies of De Blasio and Cuomo have only hastened the spread and lethality of Covid-19 — in hospitals and at home — and made it harder for individuals to defeat the virus themselves (with their immune system), which is the best hope for society. Denying access to parks (and critical sunlight) is just one example of wrongheaded local and state policies that do more harm than good.

 

Facemask-NYCPlayground-NYCAt the center (of the epicenter) of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s worth noting the role that “dirtiness,” at various levels, has played in the spread of coronavirus in Queens, NY and beyond. Commentators like pointing to poverty and inequality as dominant factors in the high numbers of Covid-19 cases in certain NYC neighborhoods. And yet in Queens — from Jackson Heights to Elmhurst, Corona and Flushing — one can’t underestimate the effect of decadent behavior, by those residents, in driving community spread. Iniquity more so than inequality.

Roosevelt Avenue, running through the epicenter is lined with spas—featuring Chinese prostitutes servicing ‘poor’ Central American day laborers—day and night, next to dozens of abortion mills, gay bars and strip joints — all for people acting within the laws of the land, but not within Natural Law or Divine Law.

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The FDA is approving Hydroxycloroquine for “critical Covid-19 patients.” But experience from the front lines says, Covid patients need to be given Hydroxycloroquine and Azithromycin (along with zinc) early on in the process, to be effective — before they are critical and intubated.

A nurse at Elmhurst Hospital told LE: that “no” intubated Covid patient (on a ventilator), on his floor, has recovered or survived. So, the obsession of public officials with acquiring more ventilators seems less than pure and perhaps even perverse — with ventilators ushering in death rather than saving lives. If the goal truly is saving lives, they ought to be making Hydroxycloroquine and Azithromycin available to anyone with symptoms as early as possible.

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On a day that saw 13 deaths, from Covid-19, in their ICU, Elmhurst Hospital is still allowing patients to die, without receiving meds such as hydroxycloroquine. The drug is efficacious and safe when dosed properly and used in concert with arithromycin. The manufacturer, Novartis, has even offered to donate 130 million tablets to treat Covid-19 patients.

To really flatten the curve, patients with symptoms should be getting hydroxycloroquine and azithromycin, early-on, while still at home — in the hope of avoiding a trip to the emergency room, where their likelihood of survival diminishes daily.

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Covid-19 busters shouldn’t be society busters. The health care system, at least in NYC is already overwhelmed by the virus. Further interventions to slow the spread and “flatten the curve,” in order to save the healthcare system are likely to be self (society) defeating  — killing society to save society. New Yorkers live cheek by jowl, asshole to belly button — which certainly increases the likelihood of community spread. But shutting everything down will do more harm than good, especially in a population that is said to be already 100% exposed to the virus. Perhaps a better way to overcome Covid-19, and still have a society, is to let it play out organically — with the government intervening only to help expand health care services, while letting individuals maintain there own social distance. Efforts in Italy, in recent weeks, to shut that country down and make people stay at home, seem only to have made the situation worse, while killing a lot of old people (exposed to the virus by younger family members), who otherwise may not have gotten the virus.Covid-19

 

AIDSFoundation-Christie'sAIDSFoundation-Christie's2With a spotlight on works by Ansel Adams, Christie’s NY will be holding an auction of photography, April 6, to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This at a time of renewed interest in the role played by American biological warfare researchers, at Fort Detrick in the late 1970s, in manufacturing and spreading the AIDS virus during genetic engineering experiments.

Reflecting on an Ansel Adams photograph, one can experience the splendor of truth to be found in nature, but also the nature of reality itself, and be terrified of the cost of contradicting that “beginningless and endless, primordial ground.”

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StreetArt2016ggWould that NYC officials included and reported on EMF risks in their Air Flow Study.

Yoga2016fYoga2016cHoping to leave her peeps “calm but focused,” Larissa Hall Carlson, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, led a Detox Yoga session at Yoga Journal Live, 4/10.

WoundedWarrior2015WoundedWarrior2015cWoundedWarrior2015aWoundedWarriors2015The Wounded Warrior Project held their Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner at the Waldorf Thursday evening.

WWP seeks to honor and empower wounded warriors with services and programs to meet the needs of service members, especially in cases where the VA and family supports have broken down.

One speaker said the challenges going forward are for “long term care and quality mental health care.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

ServiceDogThis is a Service Dog (not to be confused with a Compassion Dog or an Emotional Support Dog) at the Chambers Street subway station this week—looking a bit run down, perhaps from Wi-Fi exposure.

WiFiThe decision by New York officials to make NYC, including subways, a big WiFi hot spot is misguided, and will lead to negative health consequences for New Yorkers of all persuasions.

The day is coming when “Wi-Fi Free” will be more desirable than “Free Wi-Fi.”

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SuzanoTea2015We found this concoction to be helpful in dealing with cold and flu symptoms.

Boil 2″ Ginger (shredded) in 6 oz. water, combine with 1 Tablespoon of Honey, 1 Tablespoon Suze (apertif from France) and 1 Tablespoon Amaro Lucano (liqueur of Italy). Boil together, strain and enjoy.

FeelingSick (2)With all the disease causing viruses going around—from influenza to ebola—it’s surprising and troubling that hospital workers in NYC routinely wear their hospital garb on public transportation.

Superman-girlGot a vaccine for that?

“The job of the school is difficult. our goal is to take every girl, no matter how antagonistic she may be, and within six to eight months rehabilitate her so that, with the guidance of a parole officer, she will be able to stay out of further serious trouble in the community. Naturally, we do not succeed with everyone, but we do with about 80 per cent of the girls. Operating essentially with an indeterminate commitment, we have permission to keep seriously irresponsible girls longer if we feel it is necessary; only a few, however, are kept over one year. Although girls who commit serious crimes such as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, or armed robbery are held at the school for one year, these commitments can be reduced if they show signs of earlier rehabilitation.” William Glasser, M.D., Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry, (Harper & Row, 1965)

Photograph: Stephen Wise

NooTelligenceOn a recent afternoon in New York’s Washington Square Park, NYU students were offered samples of Nootelligence “Focus”, a supplement claiming to promote “focus, memory and cognitive function.”

LE asked the marketing guy about the obscure ingredients in Noolelligence, like ALCAR (which doesn’t require FDA approval). He said “ALCAR is given to European Alzeimers patients.”

Supplement companies are employing psychopharmacologists to produce potions that significantly alter brain chemistry, are addictive, expensive, and will likely contribute to Alzheimers one day for those who take them.

One reason for the widespread use of energy drinks and supplements is to counter the debilitating effects of WiFi and EMF (associated with digital devices) on the brain’s functionality.

StPatricksGreenwichVillage (2)Our bold digital age, driven by egos and algos, is producing an endless stream of patients and perps — inverted and empowered. The resulting pathology needs healthy doses of truth, charity, and human solidarity.

If the St. Patrick’s Parade organizers are truly guided by the spirit of St. Patrick, they might consider letting the LGBT community march openly in next year’s parade.

It takes a village to recover reality, and advance the healing (of persons and society), so needed in the US.

BelenGarijo2014 (2)Belen Garijo, President & CEO Merck Serono, addressed the recent BIO CEO & Investor Conference in NYC.

Merck Serono is an $8 billion (2013 revenue) specialty PHARMA company, that sees itself as a leader in personalized medicine. The German company is trying to position itself in the Immuno-oncology sector (estimated at $30 billion). “We’re all looking for the same thing — late stage oncology (compounds),” said Ms. Garijo.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

FartsAroundTheWorldMany in the U.S. are obsessed with kittens, pre-K, being gay and matters related to one’s bowels.

Covering the Olympics in Sochi, New York Daily News reporter Filip Bondy wrote in his column today: “You’ll definitely want to know about how another reporter walked in on me while I was pooping at the Olympics.”

In his work, Sigmund Freud endeavoured to “show the connection between the actual facts of infantile sexual life and the actual facts of the sexual perversions” — vis-a-vis the bowels/anus. For Freud “the criterion by which we judge whether a sexual activity is perverse is if it departs from reproduction in its aims and pursues the attainment of gratification independently. You will understand therefore that the gulf and turning-point in the development of the sexual life lies at the point of its subordination to the purposes of reproduction.”

“Through the mouths of their scientific spokesmen they (homosexuals) lay claim to be a special variety of the human race, a ‘third sex,’ as they call it, standing with equal rights alongside the other two. We may perhaps have an opportunity to critically examine those claims. They are not, of course, as they would gladly maintain, the elect of mankind.” Sigmund Freud, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Perhaps the Pussy Riot changed their name when they realized that their infantile audience in the U.S. (gay and straight) was more interested in anuses than pussies. However, both groups share a desire for self-creation and self-glorification — that is ultimately self-defeating for individuals and nations.

“No man may glory in himself.” St. Francis

WilliamD.KennerStephen Grosz, bestselling author of “The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves,” addressed the 2014 National Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association today in NYC.

Mr. Grosz’s clinical writing distills 50,000 hours of clinical practice, over 25 years, into a jargon-free book that delivers a ‘being there’ experience—that he hopes will help people get at the truth of the ‘inner-world.’

Photograph (top): William Kenner, M.D.

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MTA2013The recent Metro North train derailment was caused by a drowsy/disoriented engineer. A contributing factor may have been prolonged exposure to wireless network devices (especially Wi-Fi).

Trains, planes and automobiles are no place for Wi-Fi.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

FP102713cThe Obama administration is counting on healthy and financially well off young people (overpaying for insurance they don’t need) to make Obamacare work. And yet it’s increasingly difficult to find young people who are healthy and financially well off in America today.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

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BuonicontiFund2013Sports legends, celebrities and business leaders turned out to support NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti’s Fund, which aids spinal cord injury research—done by scientists at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

According to their press release: “The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Our FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, the only one of its kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.”

The problem is the Schwann cell transplantation trial uses harvested hESC (human embryonic stem cells) which undermines the moral integrity of society. A better approach would be to use stem cells from umbilical cord (placenta) blood.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

SickChildThe American ‘way of life’ is killing people and making it increasingly difficult for children to be healthy and safe, let alone flourish.

Especially problematic is the 24/7 harm coming from elecromagnetic radiation associated with Wi-Fi, cell towers and digital devices.

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SarahEvansMtSinaiWhy are today’s children suffering from diseases that were virtually unheard of a generation ago?

“America’s children are at risk of becoming the first generation to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.” So says the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai in NYC.

Sarah Evans, PhD, of The Children’s Environmental Health Center, spoke recently to a gathering of mothers and bloggers at Sprout in Manhattan. Her talk: How to Read a Product Label focused on ingredients in personal care products that should be avoided, especially by pregnant women, because of suspected bad outcomes in children.

Dr. Evans said the average woman puts 12 personal care products on her body. For teens it’s 17. Her list of ingredients to avoid: phthalates (not on the label–avoid fragrance/parfum), triclosan, parabens, formaldehyde, compounds ending in ‘eth’ (ie sodium laureth) and PEG, as well as nano-particles. She also suggests that those who use nail polish should buy brands labeled “three free.”

Because of the lack of government oversight in this area, Dr. Evans advocates for people educating each other and supporting companies that are reducing toxic chemicals in their products.

Suggested link: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Pride2013k (2)Nursing Care

“When an individual suffers from arrested psychosexual development, his total personality is affected. Thus the nurse can expect immature behavior in many areas from an individual who utilizes a sexually deviant means of expressing sexual needs. He may sulk demand special attention, display many dependent needs, utilize provocative behavior, blame others for his situation, or become sarcastic and hostile toward the hospital staff.

Sexually deviant individuals, like all other patients, deserve a friendly, accepting climate where they are treated with respect and consideration. In addition they require the establishment of firm limits that are fairly and consistently enforced.” The Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing (The C.V. Mosby Company, 1970)

BPA2013BPA, a compound found in plastic bottles, aluminum cans, dental sealants, baby products and even on receipts, is more pervasive and harmful than previously thought. This according to Dr. Frederick vom Saal, Professor of Biological Sciences University of Missouri, who spoke on the subject today at the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center.

With the FDA and EPA on the $ideline$, Dr. Vom Staal advocated for “citizen action” to compel American companies to find safe alternatives to BPA. The Europeans have.

bernardnathanson1 (2)“If I were writing today, I’d have to assert that human life begins even earlier (than the womb), with the complex process of fertilization — a miracle in chemistry, physics, and molecular biology occurring within the fallopian tube. By the time the fertilized egg, dividing and beginning to organize itself, enters the womb, life has been in action for at least three days.”

After overseeing or performing 60,000+ abortions — “I did my last abortion in 1979. I had come to the conclusion that there was no reason for an abortion at any time; this person in the womb is a living human being, and we could not continue to wage war against the most defenseless of human beings.”

“I am no longer alone. It has been my fate to wander the globe in search of the One without Whom I am doomed, but now I seize the hem of His robe in desperation, in terror, in celestial access to the purest need I have ever known.” Dr. Bernard Nathanson (1926-2011), The Hand of God (Regnery, 2001)

After running the largest abortion mill in the world — in New York City, Bernard Nathanson had a change of heart. He spent his final years advocating against abortion and was baptized into the Catholic Church in 1996.

Psychoanalysts2013Mental health is a growing concern in the United States. The question is can mental health professionals be counted to guide people to mental health? Is there a model for mental health? Is there even a definition for ‘person’ in the mental health community.

In the recently published: Psychoanalytic Terms & Concepts, we looked up the word ‘person’ and found this: “The word person has not found much theoretical place in psychoanalysis.”

In psychiatry the lack of a coherent understanding of the human person (mind, body and soul) invariably results in a failure to properly diagnose and deal with the root causes of mental illness, resulting in remedies that can do more harm than good.

RothSilwanThe American Psychoanalytic Association 2013 National Meeting included a session called: The Application of Psychoanalytic Thinking to Social Problems: Frontline Mothers at a Trauma Vortex.

Dr. Judy Roth (left), clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, presented her psychoanalytical and ethnographic work with Palestinian mothers on the frontline of political violence and terror.

In describing case-after-case of Palestinian suffering, dehumanization, disintegration, and crushing loss of property and life, Dr. Roth bore witness (and invited everyone in the room to bear witness) to the evil visited on the Palestinian people by the government of Israel. She hopes to rally the mental health community to confront the causes of ‘psychic death’ — that she says will continue in the Palestinian Territories, as long as they are under Israeli occupation and colonization.

Commentary: A similar case can be made for the psychic death — within and among Israelis — petrating injustice against their Palestinian neighbors.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

MedicalStudentThis medical student at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens told LE, 1/12, that he had not received a flu vaccine this year — nor any other year. A registered nurse we spoke with, on the #7 subway, said the same thing.

Commentary: The (health care professionals) opting-out of getting a flu vaccine seem more knowledgeable and trustworthy than those who are compelling people to take it.

ProzacNation1 (2)Commentary: No analysis of the Newtown shooting will be complete without serious consideration given to the role antipsychotic drugs may have played. The worst thing you can do to someone is take away their consciousness. And yet millions of Americans with developmental disabilities (some as young as 1 year old) are being forced to take consciousness altering drugs, with adverse effects. “Monster drugs” as one vet put it. It’s been reported by a family friend that Adam Lanza was on meds.

On this the 25th anniversary of Prozac’s introduction to the U.S. market, it is worth noting the suspected link between antidepressants, taken by pregnant women, and autism spectrum disorders in their children.

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