Monday, September 27, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXVI
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

 

September 27, 2021 update Part 26
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 5 of 5)
A Recap

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my understanding of the 5 phase stages of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have, as we are experiencing the next increase of incidence in the USA. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are: 

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. 
A piece on effective natural therapies
4. A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with the last piece, a short recap.

As I write this, I think about last night, when Amy and I and some friends were making homemade pizza, outside on the deck, when one of them said that she felt so sad that her friend’s brother, in his early 60’s, suddenly, unexpectedly, was in the ICU, on a machine, unconscious, fighting for his life with this infection. At the same time, I thought about all the anxiety that exists, still, and the weariness, confusion, anger, and pretty much any difficult emotion you can think of. So, perhaps to cheer you up, or rather to shed some light on what the future holds, I wanted to start with a statement that I have been telling my patients. And even though it sometimes raises eyebrows, please hear me out here. I would like to describe a sort of framework for your consideration, that I think will help explain the news as it unfolds over the next months. 

 

The pandemic will be over sometime between middle December to early May! I say this with some confidence, so let me explain why. As we recognized from the start, this germ is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. This concept has not changed. But how do we go from where we are now to a more normal life when the pandemic designation will come to an end. I would like to describe how this is going to occur and what to expect. During this time frame, at some point we as a species will decide that the pandemic is over. Yes, there will be different justifications, here or there, but basically we are going to call it over. This means the mandates, rules, restrictions, as a species, will stop. This has to do with the numbers vaccinated, and the numbers who survived the infection and developed natural immunity. The more vaccinated, the closer we are to the December date. If we stop vaccinations completely, the date gets pushed to May. But basically, enough people will have enough immunity to the bug, in whatever mutation arrived at, we are going to stop calling this a pandemic. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXV
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

 

September 10-20, 2021 update Part 25
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 4 of 5)
A piece on drug therapies

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my understanding of the 5 phase stages of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have, as we are experiencing the next increase of incidence in the USA. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are:

 

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. 
A piece on effective natural therapies
4.
A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with the fourth piece, a piece on pharmaceutical therapies:

As I start discussing this topic, I reflect that I am about to attend a funeral in a few hours, which will have many people in attendance. And tomorrow, a wedding with 8 people present. How completely opposite these two events are in my mind. As I think about it, if one is lucky they get to have a very long, productive, useful, joyous life. And by the time they pass, most of the people they know may have already passed. And so, the funerals are lightly attended. We know this, and expect this. But when a younger person passes, the funeral tends to be more heavily attended, as family, friends and colleagues are still around. 

 

And then there are the weddings. Where in the best of all worlds, it is the community that comes to celebrate that union. It does not really matter to me what the actual celebration is, but that there is  community, and it comes together to celebrate the future. Here, we expect many. So, you can see my reflection, of how completely opposite these events are, where people die all too young. And others celebrate great joys, but with only a few in attendance. It should not be this way. More on this period of time in the next post. For now, let’s begin.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXIV
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

 

September 1, 2021 update Part 24
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 3 of 5)
A piece on effective natural therapies

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my understanding of the 5 phase stages of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have, as we are experiencing the next increase of incidence in the USA. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are:

 

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. A piece on effective natural therapies
4. A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with the third piece, a piece on effective natural therapies:

 

Before I start discussing natural therapies, I would like to comment on an email I received. It was a kind, short, email, that said why am I equivocating on having people get the vaccine. I was a bit taken aback by this email, given the fact that I have been so clear about this, since even before vaccines were available. And also, from the hate mail, death threats, and insults I received (as well as the many, many, many, kind words and thoughts). I would say that I was pretty clear about getting the first shots last winter. I think the writer of that letter felt like I was not clear enough in the last post. She lost family members to this virus, and I think she believed I should perhaps not give any thoughts or word to those that were not vaccinated.

 

I feel deeply for her loss, and the losses in so many families, and it brings to light the difficulty in this epidemic where it is challenging to pay attention to all the different facets and easy to make errors in perception. My goal in the last post was less about people that are caught up in some political, or uneducated or misinformed moment, but rather to bring up important topics that may give people pause. And if we can actually have a reasonable conversation, I think we would all be better for it. I would like to give you one example of what I mean, to show some of the complexity.

Monday, August 30, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXIII
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

 

August 30, 2021 update Part 23
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 2 of 5)
A piece for those who have not been vaccinated

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my understanding of the 5 phase stage of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have, as we are experiencing the next increase of incidence in the USA. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are:

 

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. A piece on effective natural therapies
4. A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with the second piece, for those that have not been vaccinated:

While this seems like a simple category, it is far from simple. There are many reasons why someone has not gotten vaccinated. Here are some: Individuals who have a religious prohibition to all vaccinations, those who have had severe adverse events from prior vaccines, people younger than 12 years for whom the vaccine is not yet tested, those undergoing medical treatment where vaccination is not recommended at this time, people who cannot afford the vaccine, people living in regions of the world where the vaccine is not widely available, people who are too old or too infirm to mount a proper response, those who have a philosophical opposition to all vaccinations, people who do not want to be forced by the government to get vaccinated, people confused by a variety of misinformation and are therefore afraid of getting vaccinated, people who already caught the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and people who are averse to anything new.

Monday, August 23, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXII
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

 

August 23, 2021 update Part 22
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 1 of 5)
A piece for those who have been vaccinated

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my 5 phase stage of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients, and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are:

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. A piece on effective natural therapies
4. A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with a piece for those that have been vaccinated:

I include here all people who have been vaccinated with one of the four vaccines, produced by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca. I have some experience with several other vaccines, but my experience is too limited to discuss here. I am not avoiding those other vaccines, or being western-centric. I just do not have enough personal, clinical experience to discuss them in a practice-based fashion. For those who have taken one of those other vaccines, I hope that this discussion may still be of use to you. Also, I am leaving out adverse effects here, as that is a different topic that I have covered exhaustively for the past 30 years, and specifically again in April, May, and June of 2020, almost a year before the vaccines became widely available. Please refer to that previous writing to read about how both viruses and vaccines impact people based on underlying susceptibility. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

A Broader Conversation About Vaccines - Part #5


2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXI
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

February 1, 2021 update Part 21 (Vaccines - Part #5)
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 


This COVID-19 Update #20 is the companion piece to COVID-19 updates #17, #18, #19 and #20 all of which focus on vaccines.

What Can I Do in Preparation for the Vaccine? And Some Questions and Answers 

What follows are some very basic principles and procedures. None of this is tested with COVID-19 in any formal fashion, and it would be great if it were. Nevertheless, instead of doing nothing, it may be possible to diminish harm from following these basic principles. You do not have to take up any of these recommendations in order to receive the vaccine, but these are my recommendations for my patients. Please consult your own physician on any decisions you make.

1.     Every single person should get tested for the virus before they get vaccinated to make sure they are not actively ill with COVID-19, in order to lessen the burden on the immune system.

2.     Advocate for quantitative COVID-19 testing instead of the dichotomous yes/no testing we are receiving today. If your titres are high, consider allowing others to receive the vaccine ahead of you for now, people who have no protection at all.

3.     After a few weeks, ask for antibody titres to be drawn post-vaccination, to see if the vaccine took.

4.     The WHO continues to oscillate regarding the vaccination of pregnant women, at least with the mRNA vaccines. But the natural question that follows is, who is pregnant? In other words, female bodied individuals who are of childbearing age and sexually active with male bodied individuals should probably take a pregnancy test before getting these vaccines.

5.     The below are reasonable steps to take, and based on basic naturopathic concepts, and mirror what we do on the other side of the equation to support an optimally functioning immune system. We want a response to the vaccine, while limiting harm, and here is what we suggest:

Sunday, January 31, 2021

A Broader Conversation About Vaccines - Part #4

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XX
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:

January 29, 2021 update Part 20 (Vaccines - Part #4)
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Hello and good day to you and yours. 


This COVID-19 Update #20 is the companion piece to COVID-19 updates #17, #18, #19 and forthcoming update #21 all of which focus on vaccines. I focus here on vaccine reactions, leaving other pieces aside for now.


Lastly, I will soon write about what you, your loved ones and patients/clients can do to help prevent side effects from the vaccine if taken and to mitigate side effects that may arise. 


Let me begin with the following statement:


“On the one hand, we have the current medical establishment showing statistics that demonstrate that by vaccinating children, we are able to either immunize the population or at the very least diminish the severity of the infections. On the other side is the (alternative) community that counters with pointing to the countless children who are sicker since being vaccinated. These two sides are so far apart that there is no room for compromise or even civil discussion. The facts are so obvious, so glaring, to both sides, that conflict is inevitable. This conflict does not help the concerned parent or thoughtful physician one bit. Conscientious parents are stuck in turmoil, trying to do the right thing, but not being clear on what the right thing is. Passions rule instead of reason.


What I would like to do is avoid the conflict part. I would like to begin with observations, and then see if this model of mine can explain the observations in a clearer way. Can the model help us understand not just what happens in vaccinations, but tell us what happens in epidemics, why some people get sick while others do not. It is time for a dispassionate delving into as many facts as possible to see the reality before us. With a clearer understanding of the real issues, we are more able to make decisions appropriate for ourselves, our families and our patients.”


In written form, I wrote the above in 1995 and then again in 1999. Not much has changed, except that these two poles have gotten further apart, and the current discourse caricatures reality more and more. The added layers of social media and less civility do not help.


What follows is a very short discussion on virus, vaccines and general reactions. I italicize very short because it is a part of a much larger description that I published 20 years ago which is itself part of a much larger topic that I have taught for the past 30 years. That said, I write this so that everyone could understand complex science easily. 


Generally speaking people tend to think of vaccines as good or bad things, in a very dichotomous way. But really, vaccines present a much more complex topic. Everyone has a sort of belief and an agenda. What I would like to describe here, though, is less about that and more about what actually happens, and why, from a conceptual model that I have held since I was still in school. While it fits within the world of classical homeopathy, it also fits within the larger world of observational science. First on bugs, then on vaccines. What I write below is not in dispute by scientists or vaccine manufacturers or legal settings. The debate is the percent in question. 


Please hang in there, as I have a very important request at the end. 


Here goes.