Sunday, September 6, 2020

D Saves The Day


Dr. Marc sent me this scientific article, a comparative case series study where 2/3 of the patients admitted to a Spanish hospital this spring got vitamin-D and 1/3 did not. All got hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. They were not classified by BMI and did not have vitamin-D levels tested at all. (They got 25OH-vitamin-D3, calcifediol, but other forms are roughly interchangeable , as discussed in detail.)
How’d they do?
​  ​Seventy-six patients (45 men (59%) and 31 women) were enrolled in the study and randomized: 26 without calcifediol treatment, 50 with calcifediol treatment (Fig. 1). Mean age was 53 ± 10 (mean ± SD) years, being 54 ± 9 years for men and 51 ± 11 years for women. There was no significant gender difference in age between patients in each group (p = 0.09)…
​  ​At baseline, there was no significant difference in number of subjects with at least one risk factor. Patients assigned to calcifediol were slightly (not significantly) older, whereas the control group had a higher percentage of hypertension (Table 2).

​  ​Among 26 patients not treated with calcifediol, thirteen required ICU admission (50%), while out of fifty patients treated with calcifediol only one required admission to the ICU, whereas the other patients remained in conventional hospitalization…
​  ​Of the patients treated with calcifediol, none died, and all were discharged, without complications. The 13 patients not treated with calcifediol, who were not admitted to the ICU, were discharged. Of the 13 patients admitted to the ICU, two died and the remaining 11 were discharged.

​How do we take the joy out of fighting and looting and rioting in the streets of America? ("I Love the sound of Breaking Glass!")
​  ​We make it not fun by removing the thrill of the chase and the thrill of the fight – we contain the rioters and the night time looters – so that all that is left is the boredom of walking around and yelling into the wind all night. We accomplish this with numbers and curfews. We request the assistance of the National Guard – of course we request the assistance of the National Guard! – so that we have the sheer numbers of trained personnel to contain the bullshit looters and keep out the bullshit “militias”.
​  ​That’s how we work our way through this.
​  ​We accommodate protester voice through new elections/plebiscites, and we contain criminal tag-alongs with sheer numbers of trained public safety officers.
​  ​Together, these actions change the story that we tell each other about the crimes that are committed in the name of a just struggle, AND these actions change the story that the wannabe and the confirmed criminals are able to tell themselves.
​  ​That’s exactly how the May 1968 riots in France were defused.
​  ​De Gaulle, under pressure from his #2, Georges Pompidou, finally accommodated demands for government change by agreeing to new elections. At the same time, the Parisian police, backed by the French military, contained the protesting students by avoiding pitched conflict and preventing the takeover of government buildings.
​  ​But that’s not going to happen in 2020 America. In fact, the opposite of this is going to happen. Why?
​  Because it’s not just the Antifa/MAGA Militia goonies who are positively giddy with excitement at the prospects of this post-apocalyptic world. It’s not just these clowns and criminals and wannabe culture war heroes. It’s also every media organization that covers the night time “protests”. It’s also the Republican party AND the Democratic party, both their elected officials AND their party apparatchiks, who are intentionally amplifying the Ego whispers to their proxies through their MSM and social media platforms for a perceived electoral advantage.
​  ​It’s not the Russians or the Chinese doing this to us.
We’re doing this to ourselves.​..

​  ​So today, neither the Trump campaign nor the Biden campaign can see the United States through anything other than the lens of a pure competition game.
​  ​Neither campaign or party will take the necessary steps to defuse the growing violence in American cities...

​How many legal and constitutional rabbit-holes can the November 3 election go down? Here are all of the possible legal pathways, including how Mike Pence or Kamala Harris could be named president.

The Federal Reserve Banking System now owns almost 1/3 of all US mortgages (presumably the shakiest 1/3). That means the possibility of permanent government landlordism, like the USSR had, as well as massive debt forgiveness, a financial re-start, not just re-set.

5 Reason's the Fed's New Policy Won't Create Inflation: You can't actually create economic growth by adding more debt, even cheap debt, past a certain point, because the drain on the system from parasitic debt-service costs chokes any real growth. That debt-saturation point was crossed in the US between 1999 and 2000. Good graphs.

Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs​, David Graeber (who died last week)​  This is the "Bullshit Jobs" treatise.
It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.

​US CoronavirusDeaths are Projected to More than Double to 410.000 by next January​ (I am weary of this. Aren't you? Take 5000 IU vitamin-D every day and wear a mask in public and try to live a creative and constructive human life. Don't go to riots with an assault rifle, and stuff, too.)

The Russian coronavirus vaccine has a big lead, looks like it works, and should be ready for global prime-time around New Year's Day.
Finally, there is some reason for America's political elites to allow us to consider outpatient treatment of COVID,since nothing could be worse than the humiliation of a Russian vaccine that works for the rest of the world, while America's Vaccine-Manhattan-Project drowns in a flood of money. 

Here is the Coronavirus Pandemic Update series from Medcram, with critical-care-pulmonologist, and expert educator, Roger Seheult MD:

Still Taking Vitamin D


  1. thanks to you, got motivated and my wife and I had our vitamin D levels checked. came out to 40 and 47 ng/ml for us. That appears to be low optimal. I suppose some supplemental Vit D would improve our odds of minimal covid damage.
    Covid hasn't done anything in our town of 2000 people yet. The fact that most people here are farmers and ranchers working outdoors probably helps. Mask wearing is encouraged but few people bother and social distancing is minimal, given that family gatherings tend to be large. On the other hand, mask wearing, even outdoors is close to universal in nearby Guadalajara. My next project is to locate someplace where we can get straight Vit D, not as part of a multivitamin.

    1. Good research, Wolfgang!
      I don't know the Mexican retail economy. You are probably at about your yearly peak of vitamin-D with those numbers. Mine, in July 2017 was upper 70s, as I bike, garden and take 5000 units per day of vitamin-D3.