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Saturday 25 April 2020

Coronanvirus COVID-19 & Immunosuppression. Who are these people with 'underlying health conditions' who are dying?

At the time I started writing this blog (yesterday) there were 191,900 deaths associated with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Yet few of these deaths have been the result of the virus itself, but the "underlying health conditions" that most of the people who died suffered from prior to contracting it. So what exactly are these "underlying health conditions"? And what have caused them?

There are two broad ways of dealing with an infection. One is to rely on pharmaceutical medicine to kill the bacteria, or the virus causing it. This is what conventional medicine tries to do, but with the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic it is struggling. It has no effective preventative or treatment options. In any future epidemics it will struggling again, because of the impending demise of antibiotic drugs; and the ineffectiveness, and many serious side effects, of antiviral drugs.

The other way of dealing with infections is to rely on the body's own natural immune system, boasting and supporting it in a variety of ways. This is what all natural medical therapies seek to do.

The difference between these two medical strategies is important, because it is what differentiates conventional medicine and natural medicine.

Underlying health conditions are often mentioned on national media, but not often described or listed. I have gleaned the following information from various websites on the internet.
  • Blood disorders, for example, sickle cell disease. 
  • Chronic kidney disease, including patients who are receiving dialysis.
  • Chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis.
  • Current or recent pregnancy.
  • Endocrine disorders such as diabetes mellitus.
  • Metabolic disorders such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders.
  • Heart disease, including congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease. 
  • Lung diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , includingchronic bronchitis or emphysema, and other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function. 
  • Neurological, neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions, which include brain disorders, and disorders of the spinal cord, the peripheral nerves and muscle, such as cerebral palsy, all seizure disorders including epilepsy, stroke, intellectual disability, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury. 
  • Compromised immune system, including those being treated for cancer with chemotherapy or radiation, and those who have had an organ, limb or bone marrow transplant.
Everyone who suffers from any of these "underlying health conditions" will have been receiving pharmaceutical medical treatment, most of them for many years, and many for decades. In the wake of this epidemic some patients have been advised to come off these drugs to protect them from COVID-19. If we look at the health conditions listed above it is not unreasonable to ask whether pharmaceutical drugs have played an important causal role in their development of the 'underlying conditions.
  • Blood disorders. Apparently this term applies to any of the many patients who are now taking pharmaceutical blood thinners, like Warfarin, Predaxa, Plavix, Elequis, Xarelto, Plavix, Prasugral, Brilinta, Cilostaxol, Aggrenox, and even Aspirin. 
  • Chronic kidney disease. Patients are apparently are being told to avoid, or reduce the dose of pharmaceutical drugs they have been taking for kidney disease, and/or for kidney dialysis.
  •  Chronic liver disease. Cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis patients have been told to avoid, or reduce, the dose of drugs taken for liver disease.
Yet it is the mention of "compromised immune systems" that should really attract our attention in this context - but this is (perhaps predictably) being ignored.
Anyone who receives an organ transplant must take immunosuppressant drugs. Otherwise the immune system will view a transplanted organ as a foreign object, and will try to reject it, causing serious damage to the new organ. Pharmaceutical medicine has now developed many immunosuppressant drugs for this purpose. The initial objective of these drugs was to develop transplantation. Little attention was paid to the importance of the immune system in maintaining our general health.
And there was certainly no recognition that the need for organ (and limb) transplantation is the result of pharmaceutical failure - the failure to treat diseased organs (and painful limbs) safely and effectively in order to avoid the need for replacements!

But then conventional medicine came up with an extraordinary notion - that there were certain diseases that were caused by the immune system ‘turning in on itself’, and actually harming its own tissues. There are now over 100 of these 'autoimmune diseases. They include lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Inflammatory bowel disease, Diabetes mellitus, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Psoriasis - and many of these 'underlying health conditions'.

So immunosuppressant drugs have been used increasingly to treat all these diseases, and so they are now prescribed to an ever-increasing number of patients.

So why does the immune system ‘turn in on itself’? Conventional medicine does not appear to understand this. The American College of Rheumatology talks about “when our immune system gets confused, it can mistakenly target normal tissue causing damage and disease”. So it is all about confusion, a mistake! The Health Line website says that “doctors don’t know exactly what causes the immune-system misfire”.

The mystery might be solved if time was taken to look at the pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines that are known to cause these autoimmune diseases through their side effects (check for yourself here).

So autoimmune diseases might be, and probably are, diseases caused by pharmaceutical medicine. And when these diseases are created by drugs, more drugs are then used to ‘treat’ them. And these drugs
  • close down our natural immunity to dangerous infections
  • make us more susceptible to infections, such as coronavirus COVID-19!
Immunosuppressant drugs may be capable of doing what they are intended to do, to prevent the immune system rejecting a transplanted ‘foreign’ organ. But the conventional medical establishment understand full well that they make patients vulnerable to serious infections. This is what the Very Well Health website says about immunosuppressant drugs:

               “Immunosuppression means that your immune system is not functioning as it should. This can be caused by disease, but it is more often induced by medications such as chemotherapy and immunosuppressants (my emphasis). Some (medical) procedures can cause immunosuppression too..... Without an intact immune system, infections can become very aggressive, and may even be fatal (my emphasis). Immunosuppression also increases the risk of cancer, because the immune system helps protect the body from cancer.”
As a result, doctors are advising anyone taking immunosuppressant drugs to take great take care to avoid an infection. Patients are advised to avoid close contact with other people, and to wash their hands frequently. Does this sound familiar?

When someone’s health has declined to the point when one or more of their organs can no longer function, or sustain life, conventional medicine can now transplant a new organ. This appears at first glance to be a wonderful thing, but is actually the result of conventional medical failure, the failure over many years to return deceased organs to health.

Similarly their use as a treatment for autoimmune disease also arises from a failure properly to identify the cause of these illnesses. And as the most likely cause is pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines it might be safer, and more effective, to withdraw or ban these drugs rather than to introduce immunosuppressant drugs treat them. But this is not how conventional medicine works, or why pharmaceutical companies are so profitable!

All forms of natural medicine recognise the importance of the immune system, each, in their own way seeking to support and boost it. They do this, ultimately, because they recognise that it is our immune system that is the only thing that will keep our body healthy, fight off infections, to overcome infections illness if we succumb to it, and to recover.

Pharmaceutical, or conventional medicine is the only medical discipline that actually seeks to interfere, to tamper with our immune system, and in the case of immunosuppressive drugs (often called immunotherapy), actually tries to shut it down. It can only do so at extreme cost to our health, our ability to ward off infection and disease.

So COVID-19 has not been the direct cause of death in most cases; the virus has merely been able to gain hold of someone whose health has already been seriously compromised - by pharmaceutical medicine. "Underlying health conditions" have been the cause of most deaths; but most of these have themselves been caused by years of failed conventional medical treatment.

When I finished writing this blog there were 197,859 deaths, worldwide, associated with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic - increase of over 5,000 in just one day. No doubt the underlying reason for most of these additional deaths is not the virus itself, but the 'underlying health conditions', and the pharmaceutical drugs people have be prescribed which have compromised their immune system, leading directly to their inability to deal with it.