Vitamin D3 and the Chinese-virus #coronavirus

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

This column does not constitute medical advice. Check with your doctor. Many nostrums are being recommended, with varying justification, to reduce the harm from the Chinese virus. Some, like hydroxychloroquine, have side-effects and should only be taken if prescribed; others, like remdesivir, work (if at all) only during the early stages of disease; others, like the BCG virus against TB, have not yet been subjected to clinical trials.

However, early studies showed an interesting result, which the Marxstream media lazily attributed to capitalism’s imagined failures: the darker your skin, the more your risk from the infection. In Britain, all of the first ten doctors to die from Covid-19 were dark-skinned.

The pandemic has struck most severely above 35°N (editorial in Aliment. Pharm. Therap., and Marik et al. 2020), just as flu tends to end as summer comes. When the skin is exposed to the sun, the body makes Vitamin D3 more efficiently than through diet: salmon, tuna, mackerel, milk, some cereals, mushrooms and eggs all contain Vitamin D.

Vitamin D, used by the body to absorb calcium and grow bones, increases the production of antiviral proteins and decreases cytokines, the immune molecules known to cause a storm of dangerous inflammation, particularly in Chinese-virus patients. A shortage is linked to rickets, cancers, heart disease and weight gain. It is efficacious against many diseases:

Vitamin D deficiency is common not only in dark-skinned people, whose pigment blocks sunlight, but also in obese people, where the vitamin gets sequestered in fat cells; in those with Type 2 diabetes, where Vitamin D improves sensitivity to insulin; in the elderly, who avoid the sun and eat less; city dwellers, who see less of the sun; and men, who have lower Vitamin D levels than women in the winter. All of these groups are more likely to suffer severely if infected with the Chinese virus.

A recent study in Manchester found that average levels of vitamin D were 30% higher in summer than in winter and three times as high at all times in white people as in South Asians, who had less than a quarter of the 25 nanograms per milliliter that is regarded as sufficient.

Vitamin D3, in the form of gel tablets, is inexpensive and available without prescription, There are very few side-effects. A daily dose of 1000-4000 international units (25-100 micrograms) will maintain a sufficient Vitamin D level in most patients. The lower dosage is suitable for whites; darker-skinned people may need higher doses.

As already reported in this series, deficiency of Vitamin D3 is a long-proven risk factor for respiratory infections. The Chinese virus chiefly attacks the lungs. As Martineau et al. (BMJ 2017) showed in a meta-analysis of clinical trials involving more than 10,500 patients, rectifying Vitamin D3 deficiency reduces the risk of respiratory infection by 70%.

Recently, several commenters, notably William Astley and my good friend Dr Pat Frank, have provided additional evidence touching upon the efficacy of Vitamin D3 in keeping the pandemic at bay. Here is a summary.

Vitamin D supplementation could possibly improve clinical outcomes of patients infected with COVID-19, a preprint by Dr Mark Alipio of Davao Doctors’ College, Philippines (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3571484), reports retrospectively on 212 Chinese-virus cases. The Vitamin D level was found to be lowest in critical cases and highest in mild cases. Most of those infected had Vitamin D deficiency.

For each standard-deviation increase in serum 25-hydroxy-Vitamin D, the risk of a severe outcome was reduced eightfold, and the risk of a critical outcome was reduced 20-fold.

My noble friend Lord Ridley, reporting this result in The Times a couple of days ago, wrote: “Of 49 patients with mild symptoms … only two had low levels of vitamin D; of 104 patients with critical or severe symptoms, only four did not have low levels of vitamin D.”

Several doctors wrote to the BMJ last week drawing attention to Dr Alipio’s results: “Vitamin D biology is a mature well-researched field, dating back 100 years. Doses, and risks, within clinical parameters, are established and well quantified. Governmental intake guidance exists. Vitamin D deficiency is a medically accepted condition, requiring treatment.” In Britain, one in five are deficient in Vitamin D, which is why Public Health England recommends that everyone should take supplementation during the lockdown.

Evidence that Vitamin D supplementation could reduce risk of influenza and COVID-19 infections and deaths (Grant et al., Nutrients, April 2, 2020) found that “through several mechanisms, vitamin D can reduce risk of infections. Those mechanisms include inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates and reducing concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines that produce the inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs, leading to pneumonia, as well as increasing concentrations of anti-inflammatory cytokines.”

The paper provided some interesting evidence that Vitamin D reduces Chinese-virus risk: “The outbreak occurred in winter, a time when 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations are lowest; the number of cases in the Southern Hemisphere near the end of summer are low; that vitamin D deficiency has been found to contribute to acute respiratory distress syndrome; and that case-fatality rates increase with age and with chronic disease comorbidity, both of which are associated with lower 25(OH)D concentration.”

Interestingly, the paper recommends much higher dosages than usual: “To reduce the risk of infection, it is recommended that people at risk of influenza and/or COVID-19 consider taking 10,000 international units per day of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to rapidly raise 25(OH)D concentrations, followed by 5000 international units per day.”

The paper also recommends doubling what had been regarded as the minimum threshold concentration of Vitamin D in the blood: “… raise 25(OH)D concentrations above 40-60 nanograms per millilitre (100-150 nanomoles per liter). For treatment of people who become infected with COVID-19, higher vitamin D3 doses might be useful.”

Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality and Vitamin D: An Indonesian Study (Rahasurun et al., April 26, 2020: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3585561) looked at 780 patients. “… the majority of the death cases were male and older and had pre-existing conditions and below-normal Vitamin D serum levels … with increasing odds of death. When controlling for age, sex, and comorbidity, Vitamin D status is strongly associated with COVID-19 mortality outcome …”

Vitamin D insufficiency is prevalent in severe COVID-19 (Lau et al., doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.24.20075838) found that 11 of 13 intensive-care patients were deficient in Vitamin D, compared with only 4 of 7 not requiring intensive care. All Chinese-virus patients under 75 had Vitamin D deficiency.

Prevalence and correlates of Vitamin D deficiency in U.S. adults (Forrest & Stuhldreher, Nutr. Res., January 2011) studied almost 5000 patients and found that 42% were deficient in Vitamin D, but that 69% of Hispanics and 82% of black patients were deficient. “Vitamin D deficiency was significantly more common among those who had no college education, were obese, with a poor health status, hypertension, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, or not consuming milk daily.”

Order now while stocks last. Some weeks ago, my lovely wife ordered a year’s supply from the United States, which never came. She ordered it from the UK instead and, at a small cost, now has enough to see her through until this time next year. I have been taking a 1000 IU (25 microgram) Vitamin D supplement every day for some years, and have had not so much as a sniffle in all that time.

Today’s charts show Sweden’s case-growth rate at zero for the first time, in line with the mean growth rate for the world excluding China and occupied Tibet. Aside from Canada, estimated active cases are declining in all the countries we are following.

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Fig. 1. Mean compound daily growth rates in estimated active cases of COVID-19 for the world excluding China (red) and for several individual nations averaged over the successive seven-day periods ending on all dates from April 8 to May 3, 2020.

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Fig. 2. Mean compound daily growth rates in cumulative COVID-19 deaths for the world excluding China (red) and for several individual nations averaged over the successive seven-day periods ending on all dates from April 15 to May 3, 2020.

Ø High-definition Figures 1 and 2 are here.

259 thoughts on “Vitamin D3 and the Chinese-virus #coronavirus

  1. Dr John Campbell has been harping endlessly about Vitamin D in his videos. I happen to think he’s right.

    • Either way, it’s not going to do you any harm to take it as a supplement. And it is not expensive.

      • Almost impossible to get now online in the UK. Just over a week ago I managed to get a year supply of D3 @ 3k IU for myself and the wife, for the three younger members of family six months @ 2k IU. If any of us gets even mildest symptoms all of us will up the dosage to 6k IU/day

          • There are all sorts of people selling stuff on Amazon and Ebay, ok for shirts or books, not sure about medicines. I’m talking of the legitimate high street chemists e.g. Boots, Lloyds ph. etc.

          • I recognize several of the brands – Rite-Flex was the first one in the non-advertisement selections. (I take their chondroitin supplement, which I had checked out. Probably their D3 is also legitimate.)

          • Cod liver you get there too

            In France smoked cod-liver is available in small tins like sardine tins. Great on toast or crackers. Tin contains the oil produced in cooking: which is a fair bit of the contents.

            Don’t touch farmed salmon : it’s toxic ! Look it up if you are not aware.

            This is a useful article on D3, largely posted here in comments recently but sadly CofB then goes back to more spurious misreading of his own graphs. Why he is not capable of reading what is in front of remains a mystery.

            Today’s charts show Sweden’s case-growth rate at zero for the first time, in line with the mean growth rate for the world excluding China and occupied Tibet. Aside from Canada, estimated active cases are declining in all the countries we are following.

            Firstly thanks for finally getting Sweden right, yesterday he was claiming Sweden was showing “no decline” despite dropping 8% to near zero.

            But now we read “all countries” plotted are declining when in truth three are showing marked and sustaining increases in the last two or three weeks. Australia, Taiwan and S. Korea.

            The two asian countries are exactly the ones which he has been applauding for their authoritarian lockdowns being a great success. Australia has also imposed strict quarantine on incoming travellers and thus avoided large scale infection.

            What his graph actually shows is that this strategy has a downside: you have not beaten the virus, you can run but you can’t hide. They are forever at risk of a flare up in their still largely naive populations.

            Once again, CofB sees what he wants to see and changes the facts to fit his preconceived ideas.

            Yes, I’ll stop “whining” when you stop BS-ing everyone.

          • The two asian countries are exactly the ones which he has been applauding for their authoritarian lockdowns being a great success.

            Be fair. Monckton of Brenchley has been applauding them for their authoritarian track-trace-isolate policies that avoided authoritarian lockdowns.

            Whether they can maintain that level of invasive monitoring and intervention to an effective degree remains to be seen.

          • PJF, I see the point you are trying to make but they have been using authoritarian control AND lockdowns, just in a more selective manner so as not to shut down the entire economy.

            The aim of not writing off your own economy is great but a strategy heavily suppressing infection, while attractive at the hospital gate, is not long term viable. A society cannot live in perpetual fear of an epidemic hanging over their heads, day after day.

            It is not clear from the CofB “active” graph what the up tick in S.K. , Taiwan and Aus means. Is it good news : so few cases that firm reductions are fading back towards zero, or is it bad: a pick up in infections. If your metric does not tell you whether changes are good or bad, what use is it?

            Better just look at daily new cases:
            https://climategrog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/2019-ncov-log-growth-spitswnor.png

            We can see that nothing bad has happened in Spain or Italy since they started relaxing confinement. That should be being closely watched by UK and USA as they struggle to work out which foot to put forward. Look at western countries which have been through it and played the crash test dummy , instead of yet more non validated models with speculative parameter tweaking.

            My weekly averaging of rate of change of daily cases makes the Italian experience even clearer.
            https://climategrog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/2019-ncov-weekly-filter-italy.png

        • My cardiologist says that more than 4,000 IU/day could damage liver. He recommended 4k, I am taking 3k.

          • George
            I take 1000IU D3 with every meal due to little exposure to sun. For many years. My “pill” is a tasty gummy with 2.5 grams of fiber, and 500IU D3 — two with every meal. I paid for the fiber and the D3 was a surprise bonus.

            I ordered 500IU D3 pills for the wife a month ago but more expensive 5,000IU pills showed up. She decided to take three 5000IU pills a week.

            My reading suggests more D3
            than we take could be too much.

          • My cardiologist approves my taking calcium citrate with D3. I take 1000mg of each a day. I have been doing this for several years. I buy mine at Walmart, with prices of about $4 to maybe $8, depending on the size of bottle. I feel that at my age, 81, I probably need the extra calcium and the D3 makes it available for my body. I also take a multivitamin, again available at Walmart. They are all available at their internet sit.

          • That’s almost certainly utter nonsense. If you are mostly naked for two or three hours in the summer even at the sort of sunshine levels you get in the UK your body will generate 10 to 20,000 IU

          • RDA for supplements is set at the barest minimum to prevent death in most cases.
            my rheumatology professor supplie me with a dry powder form of Vit D that was 20,000iu once a week
            sure helped the aches and improved the mood.
            another couple of things a hell of a lot of people are low in is Iodine(people dont remember the old goitres) and dont know to buy IODISED salt
            the thyroid and related systems will uptake the fluorines if iodines not found, not a good outcome
            magnesium is like VitD entire body needs for many processes,
            and selenium
            2 to 4 brazil nuts a day is plenty to sort that out
            I dont know anyone who eats enough “proper food” a day to ensure adequate vitamin or mineral intake, no one has the time -OR money to afford it either

          • I’ve been taking 10000 IU D3 for a couple of years — my last blood test in Ireland showed >100 (not sure of the units; I think that they’d like to see at least 40, and past 100 they don’t quantify it) and my liver and renal function was great. Sadly I’ve got Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma — totally indolent at this stage, would never have known except for the blood tests — and my IgM antibody level is 0. I’m sure hoping the D level helps!

        • You can get over 15,000 IUs of D3 equivalent free by spending 10 minutes or so out in the sun without sunsreens/blockers/etc. (it’s a body process involving skin, liver and kidneys). All it needs is cholesterol and sunlight. If you’re on statins, it will still work. The only caution is to be sure not to sunburn since that’s cancer causing over time. After all, humans evolved walking around naked under the Sun.
          If you need to, put on the sun blockers and screens AFTER you’ve got your dose of D.
          Or go to a tanning booth. The full naked body only needs about 5 to 7 minutes.
          Increasing Vit D3 via oral supplements takes weeks. Sunlight is quicker, the D3 produced is already “absorbed”.
          Oh, and remember, word is that no healthy person, ever, ever died of an overdose of any vitamin.

          Lots of studies on line since you should confirm anything diet/medical/etc., to your satisfaction including the pathways, the bio-med, etc.

          And on those in CA, looks like your Governor may have stock in the vitamin industry by not recommending using the beach.

          • Good answer, with the exception of the bit about sunblockers. I don’t know about the US, but the majority tested in Europe actually contain carcinogens. If you’re going to use some blockers search out the ones which don’t of course.

          • Sun bathing is risky if you spend 6h per day stretched out a beach towel for 14 days on your previously unexposed skin.

            No one is going to get skin cancer from 10min per day needed for vitamin D production.

          • “Oh, and remember, word is that no healthy person, ever, ever died of an overdose of any vitamin.”
            That statement is wrong. There are cases. You have to be careful with lipophilic vitamins cause those can accumulate and the body doesn’t remove them fast enough when overdosed.

            Vitamin D is a lipophilic one.

          • IIRC early Arctic explorers were poisoned by the very high levels of Vitamin A in polar bear, seal and walrus liver. A pound of polar bear liver can contain 9 million I.U.s of Vitamin A which is about 30 times a lethal dose.

          • “Oh, and remember, word is that no healthy person, ever, ever died of an overdose of any vitamin.”

            Word is, eh?

            That is how all the very best medical and nutritional advice is obtained, no doubt.
            *rolls the eyes*

            It sure would be dumb to think that if something is good, as much as possible must be better.
            Get the right amount.
            And make sure you get all the nutrients you need.
            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986531/

          • Oh and that link was to only one of many studies pointing out what having too much vitamin D and calcium might do.

            “Vitamin D in Vascular Calcification: A Double-Edged Sword?
            No one has ever demonstrated that taking a vitamin d pill is as good as getting it from the Sun.
            It is better than not getting any, is all one can say.

        • Vuk:
          If you have a Wilko store near you pop in there (after waiting in line of course). I picked up a tube of VitD + calcium just yesterday. Seemed to have no shortage of all the usual vitamin tablets and cod liver oil capsules. The store staff at the door , checking people in one at a time , were also busy wiping down all the baskets with sanitizer.

    • I have stated this elsewhere, but it bears repeating: zinc is one of the other vital components to fight this virus. And there is no greater source of zinc than oysters. Three ounces contain 7 times the minimum daily requirement. And they’re sooooo delicious!

      • In addition to taking zinc one should also be sure to get zinc ionophores, or nutrients that move xinc from the bloodstream into the cells where it can work. Epigallocatechin-gallate (ECGC, abundant in green tea) and quercetin (abundant in onions and other some vegetables) are two you can get from a normal diet. Quinine is another, but there is not much quinine in commercial “tonic” and chloroquine &/or hydroxychloroquine require a prescription (besides having risks).

        It seems to be pretty easy to take too much zinc (it has a months long half-life and can accumulate in the body) so one should be careful with it. Those like me who take eye vitamins should read the label, you are probably already taking some zinc.

    • Milk — It does a body good. I drink a gallon or more a day. Always have and always will. But it don’t mix well with beer!

      I’ll up the intake when the tomatos start coming in. A couple of tomato sandwiches and a BIG mug of milk is heaven!

      • So wish I could like I use to, but I’m severely allergic to dairy. Live in a northern climate and have darker skin tone that can go very dark with sun in summers.
        Which in the last few decades I’ve avoided to the max, think now I’ll start going into the sun directly without so much fear or sunscreen.
        I was told to take calcium – so I have for most of my adult life; but I got osteoporosis anyway.
        No one explained that I needed Vit D to absorb the calcium – now taking both in the last couple of years, but I will now increase my Vit D IU per day to 4000 up from 2000 recommended on the bottle.

        • In addition to your calcium supplement you need to do load bearing exercises…some weights perhaps,
          Without load bones wste away

    • Dr Roger Seheult also promotes vitamin D in his Medcram videos.

      Actually, the only medical professional who I haven’t heard mentioning vitamin D is the UK CMO.

    • they are all …all over the map with this
      I don’t care what it is…there’s always someone saying the opposite

      May 1, 2020
      Vitamin D: A rapid review of the evidence for treatment or prevention in COVID-19

      VERDICT
      We found no clinical evidence on vitamin D in COVID-19. There was no evidence related to vitamin D deficiency predisposing to COVID-19, nor were there studies of supplementation for preventing or treating COVID-19.

      https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/vitamin-d-a-rapid-review-of-the-evidence-for-treatment-or-prevention-in-covid-19/

      • I think I would ignore this web site. They said they looked at the medrxiv site. If they did they should have seen the study referred to in the post yesterday.

        • I think this a case where you need to look carefully as what they say and what those terms mean medically.

          ” There was no evidence ” and “nor were there studies of ” probably means there were no clinical, randomised , double-blind studies of COVID vs D3. That may be factually correct.

          It’s bit like similar claims about HCQ. They have studiously avoided doing any tests which fulfill these criteria, so they can still claim there is “no evidence” it works, despite widespread use in Spain and Italy: two countries with the best proportion of recovered COVID-19 patients.

          • Don’t think you’re being paranoid because you think they’re out to get us. They are!

          • I did not say they were not seeking to mislead. I said you have to look carefully at what they are saying to interpret what it means. Most people will not look closely and will be mislead. They can always claim to have made technically factual statements.

      • They recommended vitamin D supplementation in any case, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, as we all know.

    • This is of course anecdotal but here goes. For 3 consecutive winters beginning with Dec. 2016 through December 2018, by late January early February I developed a form of bronchial infection that seemed to hang on for weeks and had to take a 10 day course of antibiotic. Somewhere I read that Vitamin D helped support the immune system and began to supplement with D3. I am 77 and now understand that my skin is less likely to produce as much of the vitamin and because of squamus cell skin cancers and pre-cancerous spots I avoid sunshine in summer wearing sunscreen and sun sleeves when golfing. I took a 5000 IU capsule once a day until October 2019, when I doubled that, taking one in the morning and one in the evening. I still do and my research indicates this dosage is tolerated in healthy individuals. I have maintained high aerobic fitness for over fifty years adding resistance exercises for the last 35. When Covid-19 seriously came to light in late February this year it dawned on me that for the first time in 4 years I had no bronchial issues and only one brief cold since the last occurrence in 2019. With all the talk about anti-bodies I wondered if my bouts with bronchitis had given me protection. Not so. Based on the information here and a previous post on WUWT, I believe that vitamin D3 does support the immune system. Additional D3 was the only significant change in my diet, supplementary or lifestyle practices in the last year. Not taking any chances though. I wear the mask and maintain physical distance, going out only when necessary.

    • My dermatologist, when I asked him 15 years ago for any nutritional recommendation, without hesitation said “Vitamin D”. It was years later when D appeared on my yearly blood panel, and my personal physician ordered 4000 IU per day. Since then I have avoided recurring moderate depression, and stopped catching colds once or twice per year. Here in in Nevada, skin cancer is a plague, and direct sunlight on the skin to be avoided.

      • PS buy your Vitamin D from a reputable source. My doctor refers to ConsumerLab for testing of supplements, and recommends Costco or Trader Joe’s generally. I buy Kirkland (Costco) 600 count 2000 IU D3 gel caps.

      • Depends on your skin and family history. I get about an hour a day in the sun here in Henderson. No sunscreen. I started a couple of months ago when we had the first spell of warm weather, at 10 minutes per angle. Now I’m up to at least 30 minutes front and 30 minutes back. Feels good.

    • Reading your article about hypokalemia, it seems that they are citing low potassium as a biomarker. Perhaps the low potassium is an effect of kidney function, not a direct cause of the severity of infection. It does say that, hypokalemia being identified, supplementation is effective.

  2. Either way, it’s not going to do you any harm to take it as a supplement. And it is not expensive.

    • It may do you some harm if you believe it will save you, and you fail to do the things that will actually save you.

      Vitamin D level is probably a very good indicator of cardio-vascular fitness, which is generally obtained only by exercising outdoors in daylight, so maybe the advice should be to get fitter, rather than to pop another pill.

  3. Dear Lord Monckton, please write about Corona and smoking. Smoker were 5% (between 3 and 11%) of Corona-hospitalized in France and China. Non-smokers around 95% of infected. There seems to be a low cost prophylaxis is leaving the house with 1 cigaret smoked. The smoker record should be available from patients hospital admission records.
    Maybe even marihuana smoking may be beneficial in lung protection – this would be a surprise.
    Lots to check out.

      • In that respect there’s been no comment about vaping nicotine along with vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol in the e-juice where nicotine is the common element. It would be ironic if it’s the smoke from burnt vegetable matter that offers some added protection.

    • Smoking likely causes involuntary social distancing and masks some symptoms, cough, loss of smell and taste. (I am a smoker)

      • A diet rich in beans would accomplish the same thing, and most likely be healthier…

        Smoker here, too, although oddly enough it doesn’t particularly affect my sense of smell or taste very much, if at all.

        Except at the onset of allergy season, when it is other things. The entire family has the full set of symptoms for CoViD-19 – except fever. Sigh…

      • Is there an inverse correlation between smoking and obesity? Isn’t weight gain common when someone stops smoking? Smokers may also spend more time outside in the sun.

  4. From what I remember, possibly wrong, 25 nanograms per milliliter is a bare minimum for sufficiency, and 40-80 is preferred. I take 4000 IU daily and can barely keep my annual test results above 40.

    • I take 4000 IU daily, and my NG / ML is 43.0. I’m 65 years old, not obese, live in sunny NV but avoid direct sunlight as much as is practical.

  5. There is a distinction between Vitamin D supplements and Vitamin D3 supplements. D3 is safer in large doses.
    As an aside, Sarasota County opened the beaches last week and the adjacent parking lots today.
    I spent a couple of hours there this afternoon, sunny and warm with a steady breeze coming in off the 80F turquoise blue Gulf waters.
    Not a bad way to get your Vitamin D.

    • In Putin’s Russia, Vitamin D gets you!!

      sorry- couldn’t resist.

      The bigger question: do we trust anything coming out of China or Russia?

    • Vladimir Putin’s popularity slumps as coronavirus ravages Russia and country sees more than 10,000 new infections for second day in a row

      • Putin has finally run into an opponent that an assignation squad can’t take care of.

      • My wife is in Russia at the moment caring for her mother. She is in Tula (approx 500K people). I think that Putin’s popularity slump is also caused by increasing costs of many items particularly food. I have asked her how many cases of Covid19 have been seen in Tula. She says very few but doesn’t have more definitive numbers. Never the less there is social distancing and masks by govt decree.
        I have asked her in the past what people think about Putin meddling in the middle east, Iran etc when there are huge problems in Russia. She wont comment perhaps from fear of being overheard. When I have been in Russia people will complain about Putin and the govt in private if they trust you.

    • Russia has exposed people to UV light for years, especially in Siberia. I remember a NatGeo article 30 years ago showing them zapping young kids in a remote Siberian town in the middle of winter.

      That’s not to say everyone partakes there now with light, especially with pills as options, but they were addressing the issue.

    • And malt extract fortified with Cod Liver Oil. I still take Cpod liver Oil in capsule form.

  6. Thanks, my vitamin d was low last time I had blood work. Dr recommended vitamin d supplement. I started then stopped. I think I will start again.

  7. It is good to have this discussion about vitimine D, but it in a way is old news.
    Below is what my Dr. read to me back in March.

    •Vitamin C 500 mg BID and Quercetin 250-500 mg BID
    •Zinc 75-100 mg/day (acetate, gluconate or picolinate). Zinc lozenges are preferred. After 1 month, reduce the dose to 30-50 mg/day.
    •Melatonin (slow release): Begin with 0.3mg and increase as tolerated to 2 mg at night
    •Vitamin D3 1000-4000 u/day

    The real story is how the WHO/CDC et all fostered an incorrect treatment on the world that killed a lot of people. From evms…

    Our long-standing and more recent experiences show consistently successful treatment if traditional therapeutic principles of early and aggressive intervention is achieved, before the onset of advanced organ failure. It is our collective opinion that the historically high levels of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 is due to a single factor: the widespread and inappropriate reluctance amongst intensivists to employ anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant treatments, including corticosteroid therapy early in the course of a patient’s hospitalization. It is essential to recognize that it is not the virus that is killing the patient, rather it is the patient’s overactive immune system. The flames of the “cytokine fire” are out of control and need to be extinguished. Providing supportive care (with ventilators that themselves stoke the fire) and waiting for the cytokine fire to burn itself out simply does not work… this approach has FAILED and has led to the death of tens of thousands of patients.

    The systematic failure of critical care systems to adopt corticosteroid therapy resulted from the published recommendations against corticosteroids use by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) amongst others. A very recent publication by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and authored one of the members of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) group (UM), identified the errors made by these organizations in their analyses of corticosteroid studies based on the findings of the SARS and H1N1 pandemics. Their erroneous recommendation to avoid corticosteroids in the treatment of COVID-19 has led to the development of myriad organ failures which have overwhelmed critical care systems across the world.

    I have tracked down data to support all this and posted here before. This is the story that no one wants to cover. Down load from
    evms.edu/covidcare
    Above is from page 9/10

    • I just watched an hour long interview with Dr. Marik. I’d post it here, but the interviewer was too annoying. His protocol makes a lot of sense. If you have a good video post it. He’s apparently a very accomplished doctor in critical care with more published papers on the topic than anyone in the US.

      • Hey,
        Where did you find video?
        Came across a very disturbing report of a death where I want to move jackson wy, sounded like nyc

        • It was a video about Dr Marik’s treatment for sepsis. He mentioned that sepsis patients in ICU are not tested for serum vitamin C level, but those that have been had scurvy levels. The interviewer was ZdoggMD; highly annoying.

      • Sure wish some one would do full blown article on his protocol here.
        I trust my Dr’s reference
        It is very hard to get traction on it anywhere I have tried.

        • Just keep hammering away with facts. Look how long it took to get an article on vitamin D. It takes time to overcome conditioning and embrace a paradigm that includes epigenetics and iatrogenic disease.

      • To the moderators on this site, what the hell does it take to get the fiasco in NYC and the solution as a top story on this site….

    • one reason for not using the cortisols was that they do lower the immune respone ie how they stop cytokine storms
      they were worried they stop the immune response to fight the virus as well
      fine line between whats going to kill you really
      far of lawsuits is also a huge factor
      follow the written protocols is what they do regardless of what they see, too often
      like the massive hate against IV Vit C in spite of evidence it saved lifes for H1N1 patients

  8. Several years ago, the University of Toronto did a study of the Vitamin D levels in its students at the end of the winter.

    Every single non-white student tested was significantly Vitamin D deficient. Every single one! (Many white students were deficient as well at this time of year.)

  9. Please remember that vitamin D is NOT safe in overdose – it is the most effective rat poison on the market !

    • For more information on that, see
      https://vitamindwiki.com/Name+a+rat+poison+crucial+to+health+and+safer+than+water
      “Humans need about 4,000 units of vitamin D a day (from all sources). Ten times that amount, 40,000 units, is very safe in a single dose”
      https://www.rootcausemedicalclinics.com/blog/is-your-vitamin-d3-supplement-toxic/
      “The danger lies in the need to balance your vitamin K2 level with D3.”
      https://www.drugs.com/answers/cholecalciferol-is-main-ingredient-in-rat-poison-336757.html
      danger to cats and dogs too
      “4,000,000 IUs (4 million IUs) given to a human. According to research, that amount could endanger your health, but not kill you.”

      • Years ago, my GP gave me a D3 presciption.. 7 weeks, 1 dose a week, 50,000 IU. It brought me up into the normal range.

        Here in Texas, the Walgreens carries 5000 IU gelcaps, very inexpensive, and in moderate quantities. From that, possible to manage to any specific serum concentration desired.

        This weekend, I cut bamboo on the property. No supplements required 🙂

    • Which is why people should take the precursor D3. Then the body will regulate the amount that is converted into Vitamin D.

    • Susan
      There is nothing that is not poisonous if taken excessively. Fraternity pledges periodically die from drinking too much water. Pure oxygen can be dangerous; It will be fatal if one is using an oxygen re-breather and go too deep. Even breathing pure nitrogen will kill you; there has to be some oxygen along with it.

      “The poison is in the dose.”
      Paracelsus

    • I have been and still do take between 8K IU and 10 thousand IU every day. For like the past seven plus years. ALSO , Please, vit K complex . High dose D 3 needs the K complex. I started at 37 and now is 80. Took over five years and testing. Actually to get to 80 I took more than 10k iu with k complex. Before my 80 level it was 67. Six months between test. I would guess , only 4iu would test less than 50 on the Hydro scale. I use to really suffer with cold, and flu. I still cycle cold bugs. Very mild. Five thousand with K complex is really the starting point. Testing important but do not fear taking too much. Dr Mercola and The Life Extension, are two good information sources . LifeExtension.com (can buy on Amazon) is the brand I trust. Been using LEF products over fifteen years. They test what they sell. Do not take D3 without the K complex.

      • You make an important point. D3 should be accompanied by K2 which apparently regulates calcium in the blood. I think it has to do with spurs and calcification of the arteries in old people of which I am one. (A comment here by an MD who knows what he’s doing would be good.)

        • quite a few cardiologists have warned about taking too much calcium leading to hear issues.
          800mg a day MAX and 600 for women
          if you do any weight bearing excersize then bones will draw in calcium and strengthen,
          no excersise and lesser uptake of course.
          women often get handed calcium for osteoporosis or pre osteop
          excersize would be the better option

  10. Willaim Astley’s posts drew my attention to Vitamin D3. I looked into them, and they seemed credible.

    In doing so, I checked the literature for correlation of Vitamin D3 and Covid-19. Several papers turned up connecting infection and death rates with low serum Vitamin D3, especially 25(OH)D, see here and here.

    My thanks to Chris Monckton for putting it all together. His series of posts on the progress of the pandemic and inter-country comparisons are a tremendous service, and have been a lamp of rational sanity of a world driven half-mad by fear-mongering.

    • JOIN THE REVOLUTION!!!
      This one, brilliant article will, on its own save many lives.
      We must spread it far and wide, starting with family and friends. If enough people do this we will flatten all the curves. Then, the few people that catch the China Virus (CV) can be treated and the rest of us can get back to work, back to normal.

  11. The effects of vitamin D on the renin-angiotensin system
    “Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is an enzyme attached to the outer surface (cell membranes) of cells in the lungs, arteries, heart, kidney, and intestines. ACE2 lowers blood pressure by catalysing the hydrolysis of angiotensin II (a vasoconstrictor peptide) into angiotensin (1–7) (a vasodilator).”
    “Angiotensin II leads to increased water and sodium reabsorption in the kidney and vasoconstriction. Mounting evidence indicates that vitamin D regulates the renin-angiotensin system. An inverse relationship between the blood pressure and serum 25(OH)D levels has been documented in a number of the epidemiological studies (4,5). In a cross-sectional study, Forman et al. explored the relation between 25(OH)D and the renin-angiotensin system in 184 individuals with normal blood pressure (6). Compared with vitamin D-sufficient individuals, those with vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency had greater plasma angiotensin II levels and a trend for higher plasma renin activity. In addition, the activity of the renin-angiotensin system in the kidney, as measured by the renal plasma flow in response to angiotensin II infusion, was greater in vitamin D-deficient than in vitamin D-sufficient individuals. These results suggested that decreased plasma 25(OH)D levels were associated with increased activity of the renin angiotensin system. Resnick et al. investigated the relation between the plasma renin activity and calcium-regulating hormones including calcitonin, 1,25(OH)2D3 and parathyroid hormone in 51 individuals with essential hypertension (7). An inverse relation of the serum 1,25(OH)2D3 level to the plasma renin activity (r= −0.65, P< 0.001) was observed. This study corroborated a link between calcium homeostasis, vitamin D metabolism and the renin-angiotensin system."

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3999581/

    • Prophylactically, I recommend melatonin at a dose of 6 mg / day for people over 50 years of age. Melatonin as the peak hormone regulates the endocrine system and is an extremely powerful antioxidant.

    • Coronavirus deactivates the ACE2 enzyme in the lungs, which leads to narrowing of the blood vessels in the lungs and pneumonia.

  12. Thanks, Christopher. I’m a D3 user myself, currently 3000 units. Your articles are always informative and a pleasure to read.

  13. This is absolutely unbelievable. We have found the biggest scandal in scientific history.

    So in three weeks, looking for a solution to the covid virus, we have found…

    The ‘cure’ for Covid virus…

    IS to correct our population’s deficiencies, using drug store available supplements .

    In the US (and in almost all developed country) more than 40% of the population is Vitamin D deficient.

    “Vitamin’ D is a proteohormone that turns genes on and off in 200 processes , in our body, which we are aware of now. 80% of our Vitamin D comes from sunlight. In Northern countries 6 months of the year it is not possible to make Vitamin D from sunlight.

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3585561

    Vitamin D status (OR=7.63; p<0.001). When compared to cases with normal Vitamin D status, death (William from the covid virus) was approximately 10.12 times more likely for Vitamin D deficient cases (OR=10.12; p60 ng/ml being most protective.

    https://www.grassrootshealth.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/grh-lappe-cancer-journal.pone_.0152441.pdf

    Other studies have found a similar reduction in risk for individual cancers [3–13]. Lowe et al. demonstrated in a hospital-based case control study that women with serum concentrations of >60 ng/ml had an 83% reduction in breast cancer risk compared to women with concentrations <20 ng/ml (P30 ng/ml compared to women with concentrations 29 ng/ml compared to women with concentrations <18 ng/ml (OR = 0.45, 95% CI: 0.250.81) [12].

    This single graph, summarize this key issue.

    https://www.grassrootshealth.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/disease-incidence-prev-chart-051317.pdf

    Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality and Vitamin D: An Indonesian Study
    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3585561

    Roughly ball park = 60% reduction in total country health care costs. (We need also to correct the population’s Zinc and Magnesium deficiency)

    It appears that our cells, when we are at sufficient Vitamin D levels, use the Zinc to stop the covid virus from connecting to the ACE-2 connection in our cells. That stops replication.

    Where deficient means the entire population, must take Vitamin D supplements of 4000 UI/day to reach the 40 ng/ml to 60 ng/ml level which has been shown along with calcium supplements to reduce the incidence of cancer by 70%.

    82% of the Blacks in the US are Vitamin D deficient. That explains why more than twice as many Blacks in the US die of HIV and of Covid, than white people.

    https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/racialethnic/africanamericans/index.html

    HIV and African Americans
    Blacks/African Americansa account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnosesb and people with HIV, compared to other races/ethnicities. In 2018, blacks/African Americans accounted for 13% of the US populationc but 42% of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas.d

  14. In the meantime 200000 old people and others with preconditions like cancer influenza ect, die EACH DAY and we have closed the whole world for a nothing burger virus my view anyway. This virus should have been left to do its thing!. By doing lockdowns yes many very old people with preconditions will die but by extending this many more will die for economic reasons estimated world unemployment now about 2,000,000,000 BILLIONS. Deaths from this will superpass the virus dramatically this has been the most ignorant stupid human response ever again Eistein was correct. Sweden seems to be doing OK with no lock down. I aint worried about Vitamin D live in Central South America years ago plenty of Sun heat and Vit D. I think Mockton would be correct about Black people living in countries with NO SUN such as Britain may suffer a severe deficiency and make them susceptible because they are in an environment not suitable for their physiology. People should not be living outside the subtropics a very basic premise thats why half the USA wants to live in Florida, Texas or Brazil! cheers my 2 cents worth

    • I have been saying all along that although I understand the desire to protect the healthcare systems from being overloaded, we are going to pay a heavy price for this somewhere down the line. There will be increases in mental disorders, (there have already been suicides here in the UK), depression, economic consequences, as well as the disgusting, communist style ‘informant’. I also wonder just how many of our freedoms will be held back? I’m not suggesting everywhere will suddenly become North Korea of course, but politicians do like power, and they do so hate giving it up…

  15. “others, like the BCG virus against TB, have not yet been subjected to clinical trials.”

    Good that you mention that. The BCG vaccine has been in use except in Italy, the US, and Canada. Some countries that did no longer do. There was a study which found that the difference in incidence and mortality of covid-19 was ten fold.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWsgbgz5euc&t=19m34s

    https://www.urotoday.com/recent-abstracts/covid-19-and-genitourinary-cancers/120475-bcg-vaccination-policies-make-a-ten-times-difference-in-covid-19-incidence-mortality-new-study.html

    • I think you can think of voluntary vaccinations for medical staff with BCG to stimulate the immune system.

    • bcg was stopped for aussie kids in the 80s
      nurses in highrisk areas etc still get it
      presently a 4k nurses trial running in aus with the bcg bax
      nothing on results etc yet
      the vax has around a 20yr effective rating

  16. I tailor my D3 capsule intake with annual climate change phenomena. At least in the annual global warming periods, I can save a couple of cents by taking less.

    D3 is inexpensive-a cheap experiment, which reminds me, it is time to walk up to get some more after the rain that Tim Flannery said would never fall again ends later today.

    Vitamin C is also a cheap experiment, but avoid the cheap unbuffered ones. Chewing too many with the direct ascorbic acid can erode the hell out of your teeth. Had such a case a number of years ago-atypical pattern of tooth erosion. The patient was mortified that so much damage was done in the quest to be more healthy.

    • Ask the pediatrician first, of course. I wonder why the kids are so resistant to COV-19. Is it because they’re not D3 deficient?

      • Well, you could require that all kids play outside in sunlight for couple days getting average of two hours of sunlight per day or if they not been outside, give them some D3 or have them drink some milk with d3 added, or eat eggs for breakfast.
        Probably most kid are not deficient in D3, but don’t want there to be, say, 5 to 10% who might be- also fat kids could be more deficient than others. And probably don’t want to focus on just fat kids.

  17. UV-B is required to convert cholesterol to Vitamin D in the skin. Since UV-B has a tough time getting to the surface of the Earth through the atmosphere and clouds, exposure with the Sun high in the sky and no clouds is the best time. The more skin you expose, the more Vitamin D is produced. One study showed in Oslo, Norway during June 30 minutes of exposure created from 10,000 to 20,000 IU’s. Since it is fat soluble, a few days a week is all you need in the high summer. After that, it takes longer until the Sun is so low you get no benefit. Living in the lower latitudes extends the time.

    So take it all off and lay out when the opportunity presents. Just be a little careful with anything you don’t want to get overexposed, if you know what I mean.

  18. Now I know why I feel so good when sailing in the sunshine at my favourite beaches in Thailand in January/February. It has to be all that Vitamin D!

  19. In re Codfish liver oil, read the history of Rowell Laboratories now manufacturing NatureCare skin care products. Their first product, Rowell Fisheries, was Burbot Pout eel liver oil. Taking 500,000 pounds(!) of Burbot livers per year in the Thirties.

    Now Burbot ‘Lawyers’ are a whitefish by catch, but prized as ‘Poor Man’s Lobster’ by we Islanders, customers of Kenny Koyen Fisheries of Washington Island, Wisconsin.
    https://washingtonisland.com/kk-fiske-restaurant-the-granary/

    Burbot are called ‘Lawyers’ for the propinquity of the heart and anus.

  20. I was looking for Vitamin D3 on the Walmart website yesterday, and was surprised to see many items “not available” although there was Vitamin D3 available from some dealers.

    I also noticed some of the meat products were not available at this time.

    • That’s a good sign because it means word is getting out and people are interested in taking care of their health. From my experience, Amazon has a bigger selection and less items out of stock than Walmart does lately.

  21. 250 ml of milk has about a quarter of your daily vitamin D requirement. It’s a wonderful reason excuse to have a few cappuccinos or lattes.

    • commieBob,

      Your info is out of date and is wrong.

      The US and Canada recommended daily Vitamin D allowance which you quoted is obsolete.

      This chart shows the Vitamin D levels and some of the studies. Vitamin D is prohormone that our body needs to operate 200 microbiological processes which we know of.

      https://www.grassrootshealth.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/disease-incidence-prev-chart-051317.pdf

      A glass of milk been fortified with 110 UI of Vitamin D.

      Correcting Vitamin D deficiency requires a minimum of 4000 UI/day.

      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531710002599?via%3Dihub

      Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults

      Mounting evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its correlates to test the hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency was common in the US population, especially in certain minority groups.

      The overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was 41.6%, with the highest rate seen in blacks (82.1%), followed by Hispanics (69.2%). Vitamin D deficiency was significantly more common among those who had no college education, were obese, with a poor health status, hypertension, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level

        • Dissolve vitamin d3 capsules in the mix.

          Or wash them down with latte.

          For zinc, oysters are best, but dark chocolate is also a good source. A 100-gram (3.5-ounce) bar of 70–85% dark chocolate contains 3.3 mg of zinc, or 30% of the DV (39). However, 100 grams of dark chocolate also contain 600 calories. So use stevia or Splenda to cut back on the calories in your latte, so as to make it more mocha.

          Health chocolate, washed down with red wine for vitamin C and minerals!

          • I am a chocoholic and eat a prodigious quantity of it every day.
            I make my own Keto chocolate now to get my fix and not gain any weight. My milk chocolate is over 60% cocoa and my dark is over 90% cocoa.
            Maybe that’s why I haven’t had a cold for about 8 years or the flu for decades.

          • I have a good Devil’s Food Cake (chocolate) recipe, and a cold glass of milk always goes well with chocolate cake. Looks like there are enough health benefits to warrant seconds at dessert time. 🙂

  22. What am I missing? Is there any other interpretation of the facts?

    These are the key links to papers

    There is a 19 times great chance of dying from covid, for those who are Vitamin D deficient.

    That is not acceptable. We need to at least warn the population of this problem.

    The Vitamin D deficiency adversely affects who have dark skin.

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3585561

    Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality and Vitamin D: An Indonesian Study

    With reference to normal cases, Vitamin D insufficient cases were approximately 12.55 times more likely to die (OR=12.55; p<0.001) while Vitamin D deficient cases were approximately 19.12 times more likely to die from the disease (OR=19.12; p<0.001).

    ABSTRACT

    This is a retrospective cohort study which included two cohorts (active and expired) of 780 cases with laboratory-confirmed infection of SARS-CoV-2 in Indonesia. Age, sex, co-morbidity, Vitamin D status, and disease outcome (mortality) were extracted from electronic medical records. The aim was to determine patterns of mortality and associated factors, with a special focus on Vitamin D status. Results revealed that majority of the death cases were male and older and had pre-existing condition and below normal Vitamin D serum level.

    Descriptive Statistics

    The demographic and clinical characteristics of two cohorts (active and expired) are presented (Table 1). Mean overall age was 54.5 years, mean age for expired cases was 65.2 years, higher compared to active cases (46.3 years). Of the 780 sample, majority (58.8%) aged below 50 years, most of the them (83.0%) are still admitted in the hospital. Of the 321 samples aged 50 years and above, majority (66.6%) died due to the disease. Females (51.3%) outnumbered males (48.7%); however, there were more male cases who died (66.6%) than female (33.4%). Patients with existing condition (84.9%) comprised majority of the death cases. Interestingly, majority of the cases had normal Vitamin D status (49.7%), most of them (93.0%) are still hospitalized. Of the 213 cases with insufficient Vitamin D status, majority (49.1%) died. The same distribution was observed in Vitamin D deficient cases where majority (46.7%) died due to the disease.

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.24.20075838v1.full.pdf+html

    Vitamin D Insufficiency is Prevalent in Severe COVID-19

    Interestingly, Vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 share prevalence patterns for hypertension, diabetes, obesity, advanced age, and male sex (Table 3).

    Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to our understanding of COVID-19 health disparities: is highly prevalent in dark-skinned persons (82.1% of African Americans vs. 41.6% overall).

    In contrast, although U.S. homeless persons are generally considered to have poor health and decreased access to micronutrients that confer immune benefits, they usually have more exposure to sunlight, a key source of vitamin D production.

    In Europe, COVID-19 has been severe in Italy, Spain and Greece, but much less so in Scandinavian countries – this precisely recapitulates Vitamin D deficiency data showing that Italy, Spain and Greece have Vitamin D deficiency rates of 70-90%, vs. Vitamin D deficiency rates of only 15-30% in Norway and Denmark.1

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531710002599?via%3Dihub

    William: Vitamin D deficiency is the similar for other developed countries.

    Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults

    Mounting evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its correlates to test the hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency was common in the US population, especially in certain minority groups.

    The overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was 41.6%, with the highest rate seen in blacks (82.1%), followed by Hispanics (69.2%). Vitamin D deficiency was significantly more common among those who had no college education, were obese, with a poor health status, hypertension, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level

  23. Regarding hydroxychloroquine, this item seems curious:

    “Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose “expert” advice to President Trump has resulted in the complete shutdown of the greatest economic engine in world history, has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses.”

    https://onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2020/04/27/fauci-knew-about-hcq-in-2005-nobody-needed-to-die

    I’m in no position to verify the article, but the hostility towards chloroquine treatments does seem rather excessive given the research.

  24. So, what have we learned in this thread:

    * take a moderate daily dose of vitamin D3
    * make sure you are getting enough potassium
    * insure that your selenium intake is sufficient, … and
    * smoke heavily

    Oh, and from a previous thread,

    * don’t worry too much about real pollution — it couldn’t possibly be a factor.

    I will add one further recommendation: Do not grow old.

    … awaiting CM’s string of poetic descriptors to describe my current display.

    • Bob!!! What the heck???

      . . . sheesh . . . really???

      Did you have a specific credible objection to any of the EVIDENCE MoB cited here? Or are you just mad that he got on to you in other threads??

      Hey, he called me a Free Speech Denier elsewhere, but you don’t see me getting all mad about it and bustin’ his chops where it ain’t proper do you?

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/04/22/communist-censorship-and-the-chinese-virus-coronavirus/#comment-2975012

      Well DO YOU MISTER?!?!

      You best straighten up and fly right son ‘fore your entire head blows off it’s hinges, hear? You ain’t much at 6’, 155lbs . . . I mean dang . . . I’m already skeert you might sneeze and blow yerself over into the neighbor’s yard.

      What if they have a dog?

    • Um, there is only one known way to not grow old…die.

      Are you suggesting I die in order to not catch CovID-19? That seems…a little…extreme.

      • Robert:

        You’re correct of course. But try not to be too hard on Bob. He’s been a little out of sorts with this whole COVID thing and the good Lord’s (as in, “Monckton,” not the real One) approach for a while now.

        I asked him to call me but, well you know the old proverb, “you can lead a horse to water,” etc . . .

  25. I’m under the impression vitamin K complements and balances vitamin D. It seems many individual items that make up complete nutrition work best in pairs (or more). Calcium / magnesium and potassium / sodium come to mind. I believe selenium refreshes vitamin E and helps prevent that vitamin from becoming a free radical. I believe it’s been demonstrated that Beta-carotene alone can be downright harmful, yet is beneficial when part of a carotene salad. The same, I think, is true of alpha-tocopherol, the main component of vitamin E. I think we’re better off with a supplement that contains the range of tocopherols, the whole being better than the mere sum of the parts..
    I’m sure other commenters here could speak more definitively to my assertions, especially my main one, that vitamin D ought to be paired with vitamin K.

    • Maybe not the best treatment as intravenous immunoglobulin promotes thrombosis and the evidence this is a major contributor to severe and deadly outcomes in COVID-19 is increasing in a fast pace.

      • Yea it is still at the petri-dish stage (invitro) so next up mouse and lab rats. Maybe then we can see any potential negative effects.

    • Funny thing happened when reading this link. I was confronted by a massive image of Dr. Fauci scowling disapprovingly. It made me feel good.

  26. Two questions for those who know more about this issue than me.

    How much does sunscreen block out the beneficial effects of sunshine in the production of VitD ?

    I’m told the body needs cholesterol to produce the Vit D in the body –is this the so called good cholesterol or the bad one or both ? If it is the bad one or both do those that take statins to regulate the cholesterol quantities have a “side effect” of having Vit D production limited ?

    • See my partial reply below, because my significant other was clinically vit D deficienent despite being a white in Florida (too much cover up/sunscreen).
      1. Sunscreen absolutely does block D synthesis.
      2. Cholesterol is not necessary for synthesis. Vits D and E need blood fats to be transported to cells. A fat poor diet will result in vit D and E deficiency no matter how much is supplemented. That is why vit D in whole milk is such an effective D supplement. Vegans need ghee or fatty yogurt to achieve the same vitamin transport result.

  27. If true, it would be very counterproductive to force people to stay indoors as much as possible. Particularly if they live with elderly relatives, such as in Italy.

    They say people catch colds/flu in winter months because that’s when people stay inside more, rather than the lower temperatures.
    I know in Australia where I live, every flu I have ever had is in Summer, when I stay inside more often (in aircon), because it’s too hot outside. Winter is wonderful outdoors and we’re able to soak up the sun.

    Worldwide there was certainly a jump in cases after the lockdowns came into effect. I would assume there will a similar jump down now that people are allowed outside. Also the ending of lockdowns will coincide with their summer, which is about as pleasant as an Australian (Queensland) Winter.

  28. Some D3 data, not linked to CoViD-19. My significant other has suffered for several years from diagnosed anxiety disorder, subset PSTD, occasioned by a near death anaphylactic shock experience. Among the various formal medical ‘solutions’, she underwent $3k worth of blood tests. The only thing that came back abnormal was low D. She was one thingy from clinically deficient. Makes sense, since she protects from sun with coverups/sunscreen here in Fort Lauderdale thanks to her permanently damaged skin from an overly sun exuberant youth.

    Separately, she suffers from a generic skin problem called senile pupura, an abnormal dark splotch bruising just below the skin on the arms, especially forearms, caused by ‘stretched’ easily bruised capillaries, diagnosed by a very senior dermatologist via biopsy.

    Supplementing D helped resolve both problems. No senile purpera since now almost two years. The only other supplement ‘drug’ she now takes is tumeric derived curcuminoids plus peppercorns (6% by weight black pepper doubles curcumin bioavailability), which a clinical study showed is as potent against anxiety disorder as fluoxetine (Prozac); her psychiatrist had been prescribing milder/ less side effect sertraline (Zoloft). Both Rx drugs are prescription SSRIs she no longer uses despite significant clinical improvement (my judgement) since discontinuing the Rx stuff now 18 months ago. She is functional, can again travel, and does not easily bruise.

    Fauci: ‘only anecdotal’. Me: works for us. Try it. Cannot hurt but might help.

  29. Well, the University of Washington’s Dr. Murray came out the other day and said his new estimate of the number of deaths from the Wuhan virus was 72,000 as of Aug. 4, 2020. Everyone who saw this figure questioned it, saying it was way too low, and it turns out it *was* way too low.

    The Univeristy of Washington came out today with a new number and that number is 134,000 Wuhan virus deaths by Aug. 4, 2020.

    I don’t know where they got that 72,000 figure but it wasn’t a misquote because I personally heard Dr. Murray and one of his colleagues on another channel say the number 72,000, and that number was printed in a number of places.

    So, the only thing I can figure is they must have meant an “additional” 72,000 deaths on top of the number of deaths already reported. That would make more sense. But this was never emphasized.

    Anyway, the new death figure from the University of Washington is 134,000 dead by Aug. 4, 2020.

    If that turns out to be the case, then the initial virus computer model of mitigated deaths from the University of Washington, which was a range from 100,000 to 140,000. is right on the money.

    • Tom
      Print out your 5:46 pm comment, stick it on your bulletin board, and get back to us in August. I’m expecting that sunlight and fresh air will drive down infections. Who knows, I might even be right.

    • I’ve been listening to some of the comments about the new 134,000 Wuhan virus deaths estimate in the next three months.

      The “Talking Heads” on Fox News and CNN have no idea what they are talking about. One commentator Laura Ingraham said this revision showed all the virus computer models were wrong, and Don Lemon acts like this number is a surprise to him and should be a surprise to everyone, which means he is unaware that the initial virus computer models estimate of mitigated deaths from the Wuhan virus was from 100,000 to 140,000.

      So this “refined” estimate is now saying 134,000 deaths.

      Unlike the initial virus computer model estimate which was based on educated guesses and not much else, since there was no data about the Wuhan virus at the time the initial projection came out, this 134,000 estimate is based on data and educated guesses, and the data and educated guesses do not show that the computer models were wrong (Laura) but just the opposite, the computer models made a pretty darn good guess considering thei information they had available at the time.

      So this 134,000 figure comfirms the virus computer models, it doesn’t undermine them. And an additional 72,000 deaths should not be a surprise, certainly not now, with the actual data coming in.

      So every talking head of tv, other than one epidemiologist on CNN who actually described the situation properly, has gotten these new numbers completely wrong. The confusion is great.

      There’s also a lot of people thinking they know more about this subjec than they really do (Laura). Some of these people are influential media people and when they undermine the virus models, they are undermining the Trump administration’s Plan and they are undermining confidence in our leaders (some of whom are doing a pretty good job of undermining themselves with their dictates), and they are doing this undermining based on a basic misunderstanding of what the virus computer models really are.

      These people have a flawed understanding of this subject and they are passing it along to their listeners, and agitating them further by implying that the virus computer models are the source of their current lockdown problems because they are inaccurate and have caused unnecessary panic among our leaders. It’s wrong, Laura. You are misleading your listeners. I know you talk to a lot of doctors. That’s isn’t a guarantee that you understand every aspect of this subject. You obviously don’t understand some of it. But I do like it when Laura promotes hydroxychloroquine.

      I would like to know how many people died of Wuhan virus after receiving the hydroxychloroquine treatment beginning in day 10 or less of their infection. They say the sooner the better, for the treatment. So how soon is soon enough?

  30. At some point someone SOMEWHERE will start a rumor that eating your broccoli will save you from this virus. I am sorry, but eating yucky vegetables is where I draw the line – unless they can turn it into a spicy drink (V8 – Spicy Hot) and add it to vodka to make a delicious Bloody Mary – in which case I am full on board!

    Now where did I put that vodka?

    (Darn, nothing in my Bloody Mary seems to contain D3…I’ll drop a D3 Supplement Gummy into it – by the time I get to the gummy I won’t care what it tastes like!)

  31. When things have settled down, it might be a good study if the strict lock down accelerated or aggravated the infection and death rate from COVID. When the infection started to climb and decision makers abandoned the herd immunity for herd mentality, did the infection and death rate went up? How about areas where the infection rate was allowed to go up but did not do any lock down ? There are various degrees of lock down. Some lock down was so severe, people were not even allowed to get out of their houses to get some fresh air and exercise in the public to lock down where people were allowed to get to the beach provided they maintained social distance. There should enough data to dig and analyze for years. WHO has been throwing advice left and right and withdrawing it right and left within a few days.

  32. The lack of social distancing on a beach matched up against Vit D production due to sunlight exposure.

    • What most non beach goers do not realize is that we NEVER want to be close to someone else on the beach. Smelly bodies, loud talkers, kids, drinkers, old fat men in speedos, old fat ladies in two piecers and New Yorkers are all natural reasons to stay away from others.

    • The micro-thrombi are likely due to severely destabilized RAS homeostasis, that becomes heavily skewed towards the ACE/AngII/AT1R inflammatory, pro-thrombotic axis. When the virus infects a cell it deactivates the cell’s ACE2 which counter-regulates ACE.

      JoNova really should do more research and get up to speed. Nick Cordero’s wife said the blood clot was caused by the ECMO machine he was attached to. That is a common problem with those devices.

  33. Sorry to report that the FDA and CDC have just today banned Vitamin D. The supporting evidence was anecdotal only; no peer reviewed double blind randomized longitudinal trial by approved researchers in a clinical setting.

    Please remain in your abode with the blinds drawn until Bill Gates develops a vaccine in 2-8 years.

  34. Why does everyone keep claiming that dark skinned people are more susceptible? According to the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm white people account for 52% of the us deaths but are only 40% weighted distribution of the population (weighted for the demographics of the areas in proportion to the deaths in those areas). Blacks account for 21% of the deaths and 18% of the population, Asians 6% of the deaths and 12% of the population, and Hispanics (not a race, but the cdc still separates them, and I suppose in America at least there is a larger percentage of Native American lineage) 17% of the deaths and 27% of the pop.

    If there is any conclusion to be made here it is that whites are most at risk, followed by blacks, then “Hispanics” which most likely means Native American/European mixed race, with Asians the least susceptible.

  35. Michael F. Holick, PhD MD, Boston University Medical Center gives an energetic talk on the positive impacts of sunlight on your health. Also discusses supplementation with D3.

    • That is a good lecture. I have read Holick’s book which I would also recommend.

      This is link to a lecture from Bruce Hollis who is one of the lead Vitamin D researchers in the US.

      As Hollis notes in his lecture, Vitamin D supplements of 1000 Ui/day are not sufficient to correct the population’s vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D supplements of 4000 UI/day is required.

      The research has shown there were no health issues of any kind with Vitamin D supplements from 1000 UI/day to 10,000 UI.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrU1yrmNIqc

      Results of a Prostate Cancer/Vitamin D Trial: Effectiveness Safety Recommendations

      Bruce H Hollis

  36. You don’t hear this on the BBC. It doesn’t fit their propaganda narrative.

  37. Would be nice to see a study into the categorisation of co-morbidities to rule out iatrogenic components.

    For example those on statins are mostly men who are mostly over 50, so are they counted as having a ‘co-morbidity’ if on this precautionary drug?

    • It would be nice. In fact, it is essential if we are going to get to the bottom of this.

  38. “taking a 1000 IU (25 microgram) Vitamin D supplement every day”

    Be careful!
    Synthetic vitamin products may contain funny ingredients like Carrageen and PEG, that do not even have to be declared. You might be ok with viruses, but what about cancer, your kidneys and liver?

    Your body produces more than enough natural D3 when you walk everyday in the sun and take good food.
    I know, you have big problems with food in the U.K.
    (OMFG, what you eat over there! I would not survive a day on that)

    Forget Fish&Chips and Co.

    Diversify your food.
    Meat, carefully prepared fish, fresh vegetables, olive oil…
    Take a mediterranean diet!
    Look at the Greece and Balkans. They have no problems with COVID19 at all.

  39. Carnosine can help neutralize free iron in oxidative stress.
    “The potential physiological roles of carnosine extend beyond its function as a proton buffer. Previous research has suggested that reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are produced at an elevated rate during exercise [33], may contribute to muscle fatigue and exercise-induced muscle damage under certain circumstances [34, 35]. Carnosine has been shown to act as an antioxidant by scavenging free radicals and singlet oxygen [36, 37], thereby reducing oxidative stress. Carnosine can further reduce oxidative stress by chelating transition metals, such as copper and iron [37]. In doing so, these transition metals are prevented from reacting with peroxides in the Fenton reaction, which results in the production of free radicals. Carnosine is abundant in human skeletal muscle, and may influence these contributors to fatigue and oxidative stress by buffering excess protons [28], scavenging free radicals [36, 37], and chelating transition metals [37]. As the rate-limiting precursor to carnosine synthesis, beta-alanine supplementation has been shown to consistently elevate carnosine in a variety of populations, and may therefore improve performance during high-intensity exercise and/or enhance the quality of training in athletes participating in strength and power sports [38].”

    Beta-alanine works by enhancing muscle carnosine concentrations.
    https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-015-0090-y

  40. All we need to know is Corona mostly effects the old and ill and weirdly 92% of deaths were in 11 , mainly, 1st world countries.

    • so all those darker skinned in the rest of the world, well only 8% of deaths were in the other 185 countries.

      Seems the darker skinned are not so vulnerable.

      • richard
        You opined, “Seems the darker skinned are not so vulnerable.” Not if they are living in the latitudes for which their dark skin is an adaptation.

    • Most of those deaths were in large, dirty overcrowded cities. But politicians are ignoring that fact.

    • People in the developed countries are Vitamin D deficient.

      People in third world countries spend their time outside and are not Vitamin D deficient.

      42% of the US population is Vitamin D deficient.

      ….with the highest rate of Vitamin D deficiency seen in blacks 82.1%, followed by Hispanics who as a group are 69.2% Vitamin D deficiency.

      (William: which explains why blacks in the US are twice as likely to die of covid that whites.)

      Vitamin D deficiency is worse for those how have the darkest skin.

      When corrected for age, sex and pre-existing medical conditions…

      … Vitamin D deficient people are 10 times more likely to die from Covid than Vitamin D normal people.

      https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3585561

      Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality and Vitamin D: An Indonesian Study

  41. Lord Monckton
    Thanks for the excellent Vitamin D3 review.
    A review of the vaccine research progress would be welcome by the interested readers.
    David States, chief medical officer of the US health technology company Angstrom Bio, said some two weeks ago:
    “If you’re hoping a vaccine is going to be a knight in shining armour saving the day, you may be in for a disappointment. Sars-Cov-2 is a highly contagious virus. A vaccine will need to induce durable high level immunity, but coronaviruses often don’t induce that kind of immunity,”

    • This is the truth and even huge sums will not help. More can you trust a vaccine against tuberculosis.

    • terry May 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      “•Vitamin C 500 mg BID and Quercetin 250-500 mg BID
      •Zinc 75-100 mg/day (acetate, gluconate or picolinate). Zinc lozenges are preferred. After 1 month, reduce the dose to 30-50 mg/day.
      •Melatonin (slow release): Begin with 0.3mg and increase as tolerated to 2 mg at night
      •Vitamin D3 1000-4000 u/day

      The real story is how the WHO/CDC et all fostered an incorrect treatment on the world that killed a lot of people. From evms…

      Our long-standing and more recent experiences show consistently successful treatment if traditional therapeutic principles of early and aggressive intervention is achieved, before the onset of advanced organ failure. It is our collective opinion that the historically high levels of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 is due to a single factor: the widespread and inappropriate reluctance amongst intensivists to employ anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant treatments, including corticosteroid therapy early in the course of a patient’s hospitalization. It is essential to recognize that it is not the virus that is killing the patient, rather it is the patient’s overactive immune system. The flames of the “cytokine fire” are out of control and need to be extinguished. Providing supportive care (with ventilators that themselves stoke the fire) and waiting for the cytokine fire to burn itself out simply does not work… this approach has FAILED and has led to the death of tens of thousands of patients.”

  42. All the claimed benefits of vitamin D supplements may well be true but I don’t think it explains why so many UK BAME doctors and nurses have died from COVID 19 compared with their white European colleagues. Both BAME and white medical staff would have lived in the same climate (sunlight exposure) and eaten mostly in the same hospital canteens. Surely, there must be some other factor at work causing more deaths among BAME medical staff.

    I read somewhere that it is not so much the coronavirus that kills but rather the reaction of the body’s immune system to the virus (cytokine storm) that is often lethal. Also, white european’s have about 2% of neanderthal genes that makes their immune systems less aggressive than the immune systems of people of African descent. Could this be the reason for higher death rates among the BAME population?

    Just a thought.

    • The fact that UK BAME and white medical staff would have similar amounts of sun exposure means that that BAME staff will have LESS vitamin D than their white colleagues. You have ignored the fact that people with darker skin need more sun exposure to get the same amount of vitamin D.

  43. Out of 9000 substances modeled on ORNL’s Summit supercomputer for effectiveness blocking covid from entering a human cell at the Ace receptor Cholecalciferol was in the middle of the pack.

  44. Thankfully in a few months or so this will all be yesterday’s chip paper and everyone will be desperate to move on.

    Everyone will wonder why it was taken so seriously by an alarmist media and those fooled by the numbers not understanding there was no confirmation of those that died “with” or “of”

    As the old saying goes, ” you can fool………”

  45. For those that suffer from pre-existing medical conditions. spoiler it is all about age.

    Very interesting stuff from England being reported by

    COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group
    @COVID19actuary

    NEW multivariate analysis of COVID-19 mortality experience. “Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using ISARIC WHO Clinical Protocol”
    More evidence of the relatively small impact of pre-existing medical conditions on fatality rate.
    https://medrxiv.org/content/10.110

    Reply by Paul Beresford MP
    (Best comment by an MP that I have read)

    Thank you! I think the presence of chronic health conditions in so many of the patients admitted is a function of them being older (in general) so more likely to have a chronic condition rather than the chronic condition being the reason that the virus impacted them badly

    From my understanding, as we age our immune systems become less efficient, so I suppose from this study we can (tentatively) draw the conclusion that the key determinant is strength of one’s immune system rather than general health of lungs and cardiovascular system

      • The Covid-19 testing process in Alberta takes so long that it is of negative value – it is little more than virtue signalling – it is not timely, practical health care.

        If one has possible early cold-or-flu symptoms one phones a Healthlink nurse who interviews you and then tells you that someone from Public Health will get back to you IN 4 to 7 DAYS and possibly test you and the results will come back IN ANOTHER THREE DAYS or so, for a total of up to TEN DAYS .

        Rapid early treatment is best for Covid-19 and that is impossible with the long system delays that have been built into the testing process.

        One could conclude that the province is not seriously interested in prevention or cure of this illness, because TEN DAYS is an unacceptably long delay if one is infected with Covid-19.

        The Alberta health system is apparently just going through the motions, spending lots of money to no benefit. No wonder we have very high death rates in old folks homes.

        The Alberta booking system for Covid-19 testing should be streamlined to get rid of the extra step(s) in the process – to just make one phone call to book tests.

    • The Covid-19 death rate in Europe varies from small-to-nonexistent to peaked-and-rapidly-declining in European countries, except it is still high-and-growing in England. Why the difference?

      Is it lockdown? Probably not – Sweden is only doing partial containment vs. the full lockdown in England, and has a lower per capita Covid-19 death peak.

      Is it population density? This possibly has an impact regarding rate of contagion.

      Is it mismanagement of contagion among the elderly? This is probably a major factor.

      Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a Scottish physician, recently wrote:

      “Unfortunately, it seems that COVID-19 has infected everyone involved in healthcare management and turned their brains into useless mush.

      [In my view, if we had any sense, we would lockdown/protect the elderly, and let everyone else get on with their lives].

      However, the hospitals themselves have another policy. Which is to discharge the elderly unwell patients with COVID directly back into the community, and care homes. Where they can spread the virus widely amongst the most vulnerable.

      This, believe it or not, is NHS policy. Still.”
      ____________________

      Europe – Total Mortality Data:
      https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps/

  46. But, every expert and politician wants us to stay inside and jobless this Summer. Just in case.

    So, to prepare for the coming second wave, we are to stay precisely unprepared. BTW, the next wave – if it materializes, will be without food.

  47. A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES – TRUMP ABIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION – TRUDEAU “THE LITTLE DICTATOR” TRIED TO SEIZE UNLIMITED POWER – CANADA IS FINISHED

    As it becomes increasingly clear that the Covid-19 “pandemic” was similar in total fatalities to a bad winter flu season like 2017-2018 and less dangerous than the Hong Kong flu of 1968-69, rational voices have suggested that the full lock-down of the economy made “the cure worse than the disease”. While this was a tough call based on limited data, that was the conclusion I published early in the lockdown on 21March 2020:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/21/to-save-our-economy-roll-out-antibody-testing-alongside-the-active-virus-testing/#comment-2943724
    [excerpt- posted 21Mar2020]
    LET’S CONSIDER AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH, SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF THE ABOVE CONCLUSIONS:
    Isolate people over sixty-five and those with poor immune systems and return to business-as-usual for people under sixty-five.
    This will allow “herd immunity” to develop much sooner and older people will thus be more protected AND THE ECONOMY WON’T CRASH.
    ________________

    https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/end-the-american-lockdown/comment-page-1/#comment-12253
    [excerpt- posted 22Mar2020]
    This full-lockdown scenario is especially hurting service sector businesses and their minimum-wage employees – young people are telling me they are “financially under the bus”. The young are being destroyed to protect us over-65’s. A far better solution is to get them back to work and let us oldies keep our distance, and get “herd immunity” established ASAP – in months not years. Then we will all be safe again.
    ___________________

    It is notable that Sweden sensibly rejected the full Covid-19 lock-down, and that strategy has been far more successful in total than the “full-gulag” adopted by Canada and many other countries and states.
    https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps/

    It is notable that President Trump, despite the urging of many politicians and media types, rightfully chose to abide by the Constitution of the USA and did not abuse his power, unlike many state and local officials who trampled citizens’ rights with impunity. Canada’s ‘enfant terrible’ Justin Trudeau, never one to let a good crisis go to waste, tried to seize unlimited spending power for two years, contrary to the essential principle that the House of Commons has authority over spending.

    Trudeau’s power-grab was an extremely bold and illegal move, especially for a minority government, but fortunately it was (mostly) shut down by the opposition. One can only imagine what further squandering of taxpayers’ money this would have enabled, complete with more Trudeau foolishness and corruption that make the Chretien Liberals look positively clean and scandal-free in comparison.

    In any case, I think Trudeau has destroyed Canada. His ignorant, destructive policies on energy and the environment, his out-of-control spending, and his demoralizing of the country with his outlandish scams will make economic recovery extremely difficult, if not impossible. It is painful for me to reach this conclusion , because my family was here long before there was a Canada; we fought, bled and died in WW1 and WW2, and probably even fought in the War of 1812.

    Canada is hamstrung by a national-welfare mentality, in which the wealth of Alberta is confiscated to finance the chronic underperformance of the rest-of-Canada. With nominal interest, Alberta has ‘donated’ a trillion dollars to support the other provinces and territories, amounting to one million dollars per Alberta family-of-four since 1961. This money was supposed to be a hand-up to the other regions, but instead has become a hand-out, with other regions choosing to stifle economic development and run bloated civil services rather than “get off the dole”.

    Another serious problem is failure of Rule of Law in Canada. The federal government appoints Justices in every Province and Territory, and often does so as a political favour to their fundraisers and other favorites. The result is a federal judiciary that is highly politicized and apparently ignorant of the Charter of Rights and Freedom, Rules of Evidence, Innocent Until Proved Guilty, etc., the very basics of Canadian Law. It is clear that on major decisions of policy the federally-appointed judiciary are not independent, but are beholden to Ottawa.

    I think that Alberta, with its world-class petroleum resources and strong work ethic, can recover, but Canada is finished. I also believe that is Trudeau’s intention – to drag Canada down into the Marxist morass like Venezuela and Zimbabwe, once-prosperous countries that bought the socialist lies and paid the price.

    Regards, Allan M. R. MacRae, B.A.Sc.(Eng.), M.Eng.
    Calgary
    _______________________________________

    TO DISMAY OF DEMOCRATS, TRUMP DECLINES ROLE OF DICTATOR
    Dustin Bass, May 3, 2020
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/to-dismay-of-democrats-trump-declines-role-of-dictator_3336532.html
    _______________________________________

    REX MURPHY ON COVID-19: THE POWER TO CENSOR SPEECH AND OTHER GREAT IDEAS FROM OUR LIBERAL OVERLORDS
    Let’s tap this serpent of an idea on its little head before its fangs emerge and it develops a real appetite
    Rex Murphy, April 17, 2020
    _______________________________________

    • Alan Macrae – a tip that will make your life, my life, and the life of moderators easier.

      You have this consistent (and annoying) habit of putting multiple URL links in virtually every comment you make.

      What this does is give the SPAM filter reason to put you in moderation, because putting in multiple URL links is what spammers do.

      As a result, we have to manually examine and approve every one of your comments.

      So, may I suggest that you NOT provide more that one link per comments, and save us all headaches?

      Thanks for your consideration. Anthony Watts

      • Glad I saw this reply Anthony. I did not realize that was the case but it makes sense. I was about to post a comment with a lot of links to ScienceDaily summaries on vitamin D3. I’ll rethink how to convey those summaries, possible as headlines and dates?

      • Will do Anthony – my “annoying” tendency WAS to support my statements with references.
        Final time, and one link only: 🙂

        REX MURPHY ON COVID-19: THE POWER TO CENSOR SPEECH AND OTHER GREAT IDEAS FROM OUR LIBERAL OVERLORDS
        Let’s tap this serpent of an idea on its little head before its fangs emerge and it develops a real appetite
        Rex Murphy, April 17, 2020
        https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-on-covid-19-the-power-to-censor-speech-and-other-great-ideas-from-our-liberal-overlords

        • Sweden is NOT a good example of no lockdown.
          They are a country of 10 million people, many of whom are single people.
          They only have one really densely populated city which is Stockholm and only 1 million live there.
          Compare them to the other Nordic countries and they come out vwry badly indeed.
          Compare them the the 10 million Czechians who wear home made masks and they come out very against them as well
          They alos come out very badly compared to asian countries, Australia & New Zealand.

          • ACO
            You remarked, “They alos come out very badly compared to asian countries, Australia & New Zealand.” Let’s see if that is still true about October.

  48. The Essentials for Corona-virus:

    ● Elderberry: 700-1000 milligrams per day of elderberry extract from syrup, capsules, or
    lozenges. When using a syrup, check the label or the manufacturer’s description to
    make sure the exact amount of elderberry extract is reported. With some syrups, this
    could be as little as two teaspoons, and with others, it could require as much as four
    tablespoons.

    ● Nutritional Zinc: Foods or supplements providing 7-15 milligrams of zinc taken four
    times per day, spread out as much as possible. Choose one of the following options to
    provide each dose of 7-15 milligrams of zinc: one or two oysters; oyster extract
    supplements providing the equivalent; any zinc supplement (including zinc methionine,
    glycine, gluconate, acetate, citrate, or sulfate) that isn’t oxide or picolinate. Take on an
    empty stomach unless that causes nausea. If you take it with food, avoid taking it with
    whole grains, nuts, seeds, or legumes.

    ● Ionic Zinc Lozenge or Spray: Choose one of the following options. Option 1: Life
    Extension Enhanced Zinc Acetate lozenges. Suck on one per day, allowing it to fully
    dissolve without chewing it or swallowing any pieces (this takes about a half hour).
    Option 2: Transfer a bottle of liquid ionic zinc (you should be able to calculate from the
    label that it has 900-1200 milligrams of zinc per ounce) into a fine mist spray bottle. Use
    two or three sprays per day, trying to get the tongue, inside the mouth, and the back of
    the throat. If you get sick: Upon the first sign of a cold (such as a sneeze, cough, or sore
    throat), or the first sign of what could be the coronavirus (such as a dry cough or a
    fever), increase the dosing to one lozenge or 2-3 sprays every two hours until the illness
    is gone. (And if you think you have the coronavirus, seek medical attention.)

  49. “Supporting the Immune System” Can Backfire:

    One way to approach this that doesn’t work is to eat foods or take supplements simply because
    they support our immune system.

    While this seems to make sense, it has a huge potential to backfire. Viruses often hijack things
    in our body that ordinarily make us healthy to find their way into our cells. The sneakiest viruses
    may then undermine our immune system and stop it from working, or, worse yet, hijack it and
    use it against us to make us get even sicker.

    For example, the coronavirus gets into our cells by hijacking a substance known as “ACE2”
    whose normal role is to keep our blood pressure from getting too high and to keep our lungs
    and heart healthy. Vitamins A and D are normally incredibly important to our immune systems.
    They help us make antibodies and other virus-busting weaponry. And they support our blood
    pressure and the health of our lungs and heart by helping us make more ACE2. Vitamins A and
    D are good for our lungs, good for our heart, and they support our immune system. Yet, by
    increasing the amount of ACE2 that the coronavirus can hijack in order to get inside our cells,
    supplementing with them may actually make us more vulnerable to infection.

  50. Copying What We Do for Colds and Flu Doesn’t Work;

    As with supporting the immune system, we can’t just copy and paste whatever we usually do for
    colds and flu.
    Sometimes this will work. For example, certain types of zinc lozenges can stop a cold dead in its
    tracks, and everything we know so far suggests that zinc offers strong protection against the
    coronavirus too. Elderberry is very effective against the flu, and it’s probably just as effective
    against the coronavirus.
    Yet, other times this doesn’t work at all. For example, vitamins A and D prevent colds from ever
    happening in the first place, but they have a strong chance of making us more likely to get the
    coronavirus. Umcka makes colds less severe, but has a good chance of making the lung
    damage from the coronavirus more severe.
    There’s simply no relationship between whether something works for colds and flu and whether
    it is likely to work for the coronavirus.

  51. MofB:
    HCQ side effects are miniscule. You and the USA Dems are killing people with your objections. I agree with your vit D efforts. Thanks for that. Perhaps it will turn out that vit D gains will counter the HCQ losses.

  52. Okay taking Anthony’s guidance on not putting in a lot of links in a posting, here are some science summaries and headlines from ScienceDaily on assorted key studies of vitamin D3.

    1) Innate immune system
    Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses
    Date:
    March 8, 2010
    Source:
    University of Copenhagen
    Summary:
    Scientists have found that vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin – the killer cells of the immune system — T cells — will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body. The research team found that T cells first search for vitamin D in order to activate and if they cannot find enough of it will not complete the activation process.

    Vitamin D study sheds light on immune system effects
    Date:
    April 17, 2019
    Source:
    University of Edinburgh
    Summary:
    Scientists have uncovered fresh insights into how vitamin D affects the immune system and might influence susceptibility to diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

    The University of Edinburgh team focused on how vitamin D affects a mechanism in the body’s immune system — dendritic cells’ ability to activate T cells.

    2) Arteries
    High doses of vitamin D rapidly reduce arterial stiffness in overweight/obese, vitamin-deficient African-Americans
    Date:
    January 2, 2018
    Source:
    Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
    Summary:
    In just four months, high-doses of vitamin D reduce arterial stiffness in young, overweight/obese, vitamin-deficient, but otherwise still healthy African-Americans, researchers say.

    3) Respiratory Infections
    Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections
    Date:
    November 16, 2016
    Source:
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    Summary:
    Vitamin D, scientists have discovered, reduces respiratory infections, a potentially life-saving discovery in older patients at high risk for these illnesses.

    Vitamin D can improve the immune system’s ability to fight infections because it bolsters the first line of defense of the immune system.”

    Ginde said in older people that first line of defense is often impaired. But vitamin D can reinforce it and prevent illnesses like pneumonia, influenza and bronchitis.

    4) ******Fundamental issue of taking vitamin D supplements*****
    Low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective
    Up to 50 percent of US population is magnesium deficient
    Date:
    February 26, 2018
    Source:
    American Osteopathic Association
    Summary:
    Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient. People may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t high enough to prevent the complication.

    “People are taking Vitamin D supplements but don’t realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, Vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, MBBS, PhD, a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Razzaque explains that consumption of Vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels even if they remain Vitamin D deficient. The problem is people may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t high enough to prevent the complication.

  53. I spent a lot of time calculating deaths and factors related to death. Interestingly, in the US, regions north of 38 degrees latitude (where it is still cold and people stay inside) the death rates are MUCH higher.

    https://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/uncommon-cold-doesnt-break-the-rules/

    Temp alone doesn’t explain the huge spike, nor does NewYork as it exists with or without New York included. This would correlate well with the premise of the article above.

  54. “It is essential to recognize that it is not the virus that is killing the patient, rather it is the patient’s overactive immune system.”

    This theme has come up several times. Death by covid is not just one thing. If you wanted to design a killer virus, you could not do much better than this one. It tricks or subverts the body’s systems in so many ways. To say the virus doesn’t kill is just playing word games. And it is not just the immune system. What the virus does to the body is too complex to summarize here. For those interested in the many details, the MedCram series of videos about the virus are excellent. There are 66 videos so far in the Coronavirus Pandemic series.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos/videos

    Regarding Vitamin D3, anything that you can do to help the innate immune system fight off this virus is good. It is the first line of defence, even before the adaptive immune system produces antibodies.

    The bottom line in this seems to be STAY HEALTHY.

    • PS. YouTube is aggressively taking down videos about HCQ, no matter how scientific the content.

      • All MedCram videos, including those that YouTube has censored, are available on medcram.com

  55. Why is a cure needed for the disease caused by the Covid-19 virus? Because in October a second wave of infections should be expected.

  56. Mr. Monckton:

    I agree about vitamin D, take it myself, and have for some time (well before this corona virus panic).

    But your statement about hydroxychloroquine is questionable.

    I submit the concerns about heart issues is overblown. I have seem multiple doctors state that in their practice where they treated fairly large numbers of patients, they have hardly seen this side-effect at all.

    In fact, one doctor suggested that EARLY treatment with hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and zpac while symptoms were MILD led to a resolution of the disease.

    Mr. Monckton, cheap store-brand tonic water often uses hydroxychloroquine instead of quinine. True, the dose is not as large as prescribed hydroxychloroquine pills, but a body of evidence suggests low doses of hydroxychloroquine & zinc work as a preventative.

    Why?

    Because hydroxychloroquine is a “carrier” molecule for zinc, it helps move zinc into cells where zinc stops viruses from replicating.

    Perhaps, your reporting has been insightful for Britain.

    But, with respect, your reporting has been terrible for what is happening in the United States.

    You have been a “useful idiot” for the scaremongers and those who want to keep us locked down.

    Sadly, (because you are a good man) Shame on you.

    • I think Remdisivir can be effective if it is given in the first phase of Covid-19 disease. Chloroquine similarly. When the lungs are damaged, the viral amount decreases.

      • “I think Remdisivir can be effective if it is given in the first phase of Covid-19 disease.”

        What makes up the first phase?

    • James
      You said, “… they have hardly seen this side-effect at all.” Might it be that the people receiving it previously were a different subset of the population, such as younger, and didn’t have the confounding factors that seem to characterize those becoming seriously ill with Kung Flu?

      Your beliefs are questionable.

      • Mr. Spencer:

        No. The doctor who described his treatment was giving care to elderly people at an old folks home in Texas.

        Second, this was the doctor who suggested EARLY treatment while symptoms were MILD and that such treatment resolved the disease.

        Mr Spencer, these are not my beliefs, they are what the doctor said about his treatment: No heart related issues occurred in ANY of his patients.

        You got a problem with that: Talk to the doctor.

        Mr. Spencer, do you say, “deny the patient hydroxychloroquine.”

        That’s what I want to know.

        Because if you do, then I think you’re being cruel and quite possibly causing people to die.

  57. Eat a large variety of non processed foods, including and especially a wide range of meats. (Have one processed item with your meals if you wish) Drink plenty of fresh water. Go outside every day and do something. Always wash your hands after you go wee. Never cross knives, swear at the moon nor step on a crack and you’ll be fine, right up to the day a dishwasher gets as accidentally dropped from a high rise during an argument over the tv remote.

    • TrueNorthist
      There is an old joke that Texans don’t pee on their hands and therefore don’t have to worry about washing them.

  58. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any nuttier:

    ” Exclusive: Government scientist Neil Ferguson resigns after breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover ”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/05/exclusive-government-scientist-neil-ferguson-resigns-breaking/

    “The scientist whose advice prompted Boris Johnson to lock down Britain resigned from his Government advisory position on Tuesday night as The Telegraph can reveal he broke social distancing rules to meet his married lover.”

  59. The useless , Imperial college, over-predicted Sweden’s deaths by a factor of 15.

    Clever, Sweden, played the right hand. Of course there is a lot of nonsense spouted by baggage handlers that lock down was necessary- it wasn’t.

  60. Looks like a massive propaganda effort is now underway by the crazed lefties/Dems. Note how Schumer spoke today about the supposed conclusion of a model that we will see 3K dead per day starting next month. The reality is that this tidbit of data was taken from a study which was not even completed. The author said that the information should have never been made public because the work was not finished. The media though has taken this new data weapon and is shoving it down everyone’s throat as the gospel truth.

    Reality as in the real numbers show that the new cases/daily death rate had been dropping in many nations around the world. The US numbers shows a nice decline over the last 3 days when of a sudden they spike today as if somehow confirming the dire warning of 3K/day lost. Now looking through the US states numbers I see some oddities which immediately made me think , “manipulation of numbers”.

    Here is the first example, Pennsylvania numbers. They fell for 6 days. The last 2 days saw 55, 19 dead The peak which was 6 days ago was at 294. Today the current read is 346 dead after 19 yesterday. The 346 number is a new state high, but where does it come from after 6 days of steadily falling? … https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/usa/pennsylvania/

    Then Ohio shows the same 5 times greater jump from the previous day after 6 days of falling numbers. … https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/usa/ohio/

    New Jersey does the same thing, and there are others as well, … https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/usa/new-jersey/

    I think that those are false/padded/propaganda numbers. To go along with all of the above The Hill started deleting many of my honest but pointed comments over the last several days. I must be viewed as a threat. Theo do peeve me greatly with their dishonest dailies.

  61. “Summary: We have developed an analysis pipeline to facilitate real-time mutation tracking in SARS-CoV-2, focusing initially on the Spike (S) protein because it mediates infection of human cells and is the target of most vaccine strategies and antibody-based therapeutics. To date we have identified fourteen mutations in Spike that are accumulating” https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.29.069054v1.full.pdf

  62. Thanks for the informative article. Very useful and helpful.

    I just want to point out something. I really don’t like the classification, “Chinese-virus”. Some people are making lots of noise about blaming China for the pandemic but, as the saying goes, when you point the finger, there’s three pointing back at you. The pointing finger directs your attention towards something but also AWAY from something else. What do those accusers of China want you to NOT notice? Their own culpability, perhaps?

    China’s accusers have made enough noise to elicit a response from the Chinese and the response is the claim that the CIA released the virus in Wuhan when the huge international sports event was staged there sometime towards the end of last year. There’s no way of knowing if this is true or not. But there is a very simple way of knowing if the WHO gave good advice or bad advice on how to deal with the pandemic; there’s a very simple way to know if Western governments around the world took bad advice and acted on it, and abdicated responsibility for understanding the socio-economic impacts of total lockdown; there’s a very simple way to tell if Western governments, in the light of any amount of information pointing out that lockdown is THE WORST POSSIBLE decision they could’ve made, are listening to this information and revising their strategies. They’re NOT. And this has nothing to do with the Chinese.

    Think about it …..

  63. 195 countries with Corona, 37 of these countries have had no deaths.
    11, mainly , 1st world countries have been responsible for 92% of deaths.

    The UK has been responsible for 11% of those deaths.

    So the Uk has had more deaths than 184 countries put together.

    I call absolute bullsh** on the figures in the UK.

    data from worldometer.

  64. on checking pneumonia deaths doctors in the US believe the earlies case may have been in November 2019
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/who-urges-countries-investigate-early-covid-19-cases-n1200521
    similarly in France
    A French hospital which has retested old samples from pneumonia patients discovered that it treated a man who had Covid-19 as early as Dec. 27, nearly a month before the French government confirmed its first cases.
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    Yves Cohen, head of resuscitation at the Avicenne and Jean Verdier hospitals in the northern suburbs of Paris, told French media that scientists had retested samples from 24 patients treated in December and January who tested negative for the flu.
    “Of the 24, we had one who was positive for Covid-19 on Dec. 27,”

  65. document in Chinese from Dec31st
    Wuhan December 31st – document – Viral pneumonia believed NO OBVIOUS PERSON TO PERSON
    Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on the current situation of pneumonia in our city
    Issuing authority: Wuhan City health committee | Published: 2019-12-31 13:38:05 | Hits: 74 631 | Font Size: Tai Zhong Small
    Recently, some medical institutions found that multiple pneumonia cases received were related to South China Seafood City. After receiving the report, the Municipal Health and Health Commission immediately carried out a case search and retrospective investigation in the city’s medical and health institutions related to South China Seafood City. Twenty-seven cases have been found , of which seven are severely ill, and the remaining cases are stable and controllable. Two cases are getting better and are scheduled to be discharged in the near future. The clinical manifestations of the case were mainly fever, a few patients had difficulty breathing, and chest radiographs showed infiltrative lesions of both lungs. At present, all cases have been treated in isolation, follow-up investigations and medical observations of close contacts are in progress, and hygienic investigations and environmental hygiene treatment of South China Seafood City are in progress.
    Wuhan organized the consultation of clinical medicine, epidemiology, and virology experts in Tongji Hospital, Provincial Center for Disease Control, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Infectious Disease Hospital, and Wuhan Center for Disease Control, etc. , Epidemiological investigation, preliminary laboratory analysis and other aspects of the situation that the above cases are viral pneumonia. The investigation so far has found no obvious person-to-person transmission, and no medical personnel have been infected. At present, the detection of pathogens and the investigation of the cause of infection are in progress.
    Viral pneumonia is more common in winter and spring, and can be sporadic or outbreaks. The main clinical manifestations are fever, body aches, a small number of breathing difficulties, and lung infiltration. Viral pneumonia is related to the virulence of the virus, the route of infection, and the age and immune status of the host. The viruses that cause viral pneumonia are commonly known as influenza viruses, and others are parainfluenza virus, cytomegalovirus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, coronavirus, etc. The diagnosis depends on etiological examination, including virus isolation, serological examination, and detection of viral antigens and nucleic acids. The disease can be prevented and controlled by preventing indoor air circulation, avoiding public places where there is no air circulation and places where people are concentrated, and wearing masks when going out. Symptomatic treatment is the main clinical practice, requiring bed rest. If you have the above symptoms, especially if your fever persists, you should go to a medical institution in time.
    December 31, 2019

  66. I’m not sure about the claims above that the liver can only handle 4000 iu a day as my doctor has me on quarterly top ups of 100,000 units

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