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Fact-Checking "Plandemic" [Part 3]

covid-19 May 08, 2020

This is part 3 of a 3 part series fact-checking the claims made in the 26-minute preview of the film Plandemic. Quick reminder, this series was compiled by two integrative health clinical researchers [Jessie Hawkins, PhD and Christy Hires, MPH]. We are not being paid to write this and obviously we have no agenda against the natural community as we ourselves are integrative health professionals.

You can find part one here and part two here....

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Fact-Checking "Plandemic" [Part 2]

covid-19 May 07, 2020

This is part 2 of a 3 part series fact-checking the claims made in Mikovots' 26-minute preview of the film Plandemic. Quick reminder, this series was compiled by two integrative health clinical researchers [Jessie Hawkins, PhD and Christy Hires, MPH]. We are not being paid to write this and obviously we have no agenda against the natural community as we ourselves are integrative health professionals.

At the end of the first part, we...

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Fact-Checking "Plandemic" [Part 1]

covid-19 May 07, 2020

Introduction

This series is a point-by-point fact-checking response to Mikovits' viral 26-minute movie preview of the film Plandemic. The film makes many implications, leaving the viewer to fill in the blanks and create a narrative. Rather than taking an overarching approach of responding to the implied storyline, we are taking the time to explain why each piece of this confusing puzzle is problematic. 

The review is...

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Speculative Medicine: What Can it Hurt?

covid-19 public health Mar 16, 2020

Uncertainty is difficult. In a situation where the entire planet is facing the threat of a brand new virus, we want solutions. And perhaps this is worsened in the Information Age. We expect answers to exist somewhere if we only Google long enough. 

This creates the perfect environment for the incubation of disinformation–a dangerous foe in times like this. During a global public health crisis, factual information–or...

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Epidemiology Primer for COVID-19

covid-19 public health Mar 15, 2020

Epidemiology is the study of the spread of disease. The field began in the mid-1800s as medicine transitioned from a belief in the miasma theory to a more evidence-informed model of practice. 

Thanks to the significant advancements made in the field of public health and epidemiology, combined with advancements in medical treatment and knowledge, the world experienced a shift in the mid 1900s. No longer was infectious disease the...

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Vitamin C and COVID-19

covid-19 public health Mar 12, 2020

Global pandemics are infrequent–thankfully–but there are certain characteristics that stand the test of time:

1. People who are unaffected in the early stages almost always underestimate the threat, increasing the overall risk, and

2. People come out of the woodwork claiming they have exclusive knowledge of secret cures that "they" are hiding from you. 

The first is dangerous. As we know, prevention is worth far...

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Elderberry and COVID-19

covid-19 public health Mar 11, 2020

As the lead author of the only meta-analysis on elderberry for viral infections, my inbox has been exploding with questions and full-text requests related to the potential use of elderberry for COVID-19. I’m enthusiastic in my support of elderberry during the flu season. While the body of scientific evidence supporting elderberry for the flu definitely needs to grow, what does exist in the literature indicates that the botanical, if...

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COVID-19 is not the flu.

covid-19 public health Mar 10, 2020

One of the greatest threats to effective containment of an infectious disease is widespread underestimation of the disease itself. For coronavirus, this takes the form of equivalency claims between the virus and the seasonal flu.

Prior to community spread of this virus, when discussing risk assessment, public health officials stated that the seasonal flu was a greater threat to the American public. At the time, that was factual. Somehow...

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