In the last few months I have written about a woman speaking before a school board in Tennessee and claiming that masks decrease the amount of oxygen to the brain and a family practitioner who testified before the Ohio Legislature that Covid-19 vaccines caused people to become magnetized.
As the late Ron Popiel used to say, “But wait, there’s more!” More Covid madness, that is.
A recent paper published as a preprint analyzed 77 YouTube videos—viewed over 10 million times—about Covid-19 and vitamin D. More than 85% of the videos contained misleading information suggesting vitamin D could prevent or cure the virus. Vitamin D is not an “immune booster.” More bad advice included recommending increased sun exposure or taking excessive doses of the vitamin. Sadly, most of the videos were posted by medical professionals.
Pharmacist Aubree Houston, tweeting as @pharmersOnly_, wrote that she had googled a doctor who had written a prescription for Ivermectin. The doctor is a pediatrician practicing adult “functional medicine.” This (right) is from the her website:
As you may know, ivermectin is a medication used for the treatment of parasitic diseases in animals and humans. From the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews on July 28, 2021: “Overall, the reliable evidence available does not support the use ivermectin for treatment or prevention of COVID-19 outside of well-designed randomized trials.” Ivermectin can also be dangerous as documented in this story about a patient in Mississippi who was hospitalized after purchasing the drug at an animal feed store.
Kaiser Health News recently reported that some patients are declining life-saving blood transfusions from donors who have been vaccinated. Dr. Julie Katz Karp, a blood bank director in Philadelphia, said, “We are definitely aware of patients who have refused blood products from vaccinated donors.” Donated blood is not tested for the presence of Covid-19 antibodies and probably never will be. There is no evidence that vaccines and respiratory viruses (or microchips) can be transmitted through blood transfusions.
Staten Island University Hospital in New York City was the target of protests by its nurses, medical technicians, infection control officers, and others who are refusing vaccinations and mandatory testing for the virus. According to the New York Times, some workers were shouting, “I am not a lab rat!” It is no wonder that Staten Island has the highest rate of Covid-19 infections in New York City. The hospital staff does not believe in the vaccines. A Florida emergency medicine physician was removed from his position for advertising on an anti-masking website that he would provide medical exemption letters for $50. USA Today said the hospital took action after many on social media pointed out the issue. I can’t believe a doctor would risk his career for $50.
Now for some good news. Travel nursing has become quite lucrative. Here is one of numerous high-paying jobs:
I’ll do the math: $7245 X 13 weeks = $94,185!
Thanks to @GruntDoc and @tnicholsmd for the tip about the doctor selling ivermectin prescriptions and @medicalaxioms for the travel nursing story.
Skeptical Scalpel is a retired surgeon and was a surgical department chair and residency program director for many years. He is board-certified in general surgery and a surgical sub-specialty and has re-certified in both several times. For the last 9 years, he has been blogging at SkepticalScalpel.blogspot.com and tweeting as @SkepticScalpel. His blog has had more than 3,700,000 page views, and he has over 21,000 followers on Twitter.