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Coffee Talk

No, we are not going to discuss the hilarious Saturday Night Live skits where comedian Mike Myers portrayed a TV host, Linda Richman. (That topic would likely be more fun). I’ll cover some pros, cons and factoids about what is apparently the most popular source of the world’s most widely-used drug, caffeine. I may also cover an alternative caffeine source and runner up in US popularity—tea.

I don’t pretend that these are exhaustive lists, but they give a general idea. (I’ll bet most people pick and choose in the points to justify continuing to do what they have been doing).

Coffee Pros:

  • It smells fantastic. In fact, on a hunch, I just did an internet search for “coffee scent air freshener”, and yes there are tons—candles, diffusers of various types, sprays, and some to hang in your car. Not enough? There is even coffee scented perfume and aftershave.
  • It tastes good. I remember NOT liking my first cup. I was a senior in high school working a summer in my dad’s office. I wanted to be like the adult staff and said “yes” when someone took orders. The second time, I asked for mine with cream and sugar but it was still disgusting. Now I love it black.
  • It wakes up our brains. It increases mental activity and alertness and even has anti-depressant effects.
  • No calories. It may also cause you to eat less.
  • Stimulates metabolism. That is why coffee is often a part of diet plans.
  • Contains antioxidants. Some of the many health benefits of coffee are likely because antioxidants (phenols) are among the 1000 substances it contains. Studies show that daily coffee consumption protects against Alzheimer’s, cancers, diabetes, gallstones, gum disease, heart failure, liver disease, neck pain, Parkinson’s, suicide and deaths from all causes. (The studies were done pre-pandemic, but who knows?)
  • Removes floor wax. Years ago, when I got to my office (as Operations Manager at Goodwill Industries) and I started up the communal coffee pot and walked down the hall. When I returned, it was obvious that I had not put the pot in place! The coffee, which was now on the floor, cleaned the tile…including removing most of the wax. This is not a widely recommended procedure. (I guess I needed to drink coffee to be awake enough to be trusted to make coffee.)

CONS and Questions:

  • Over stimulation. Some people don’t handle the caffeine in coffee well and become nervous, anxious, or irritated. However, we probably all know someone who is irritated before and until they have their coffee. Coffee is more likely to interfere with sleep if consumed late in the day, but everyone is different, and it can take 24 hours to totally clear caffeine from the liver.
  • Diuretic? I’ve seen science on both sides of this issue. Perhaps the usual quick trip to the restroom is simply the water intake and that the caffeine may make nerves in the urinary tract more sensitive.
  • Causes hairy warts. Certainly, it does not. I totally made that up just to see if you were still paying attention.
  • Interfere with intermittent fasting? Moderate amounts of black coffee do not interfere, but adding cream and sugar do.
  • Causes calcium loss. Coffee does stimulate the urinary loss of calcium but adding milk to coffee can offset that. Besides dairy products, many foods such as kale, broccoli, almonds and fortified cereals are rich in calcium.
  • Migraines? Some people think that coffee triggers their headaches. Others think it provides relief. Excedrin thinks so because their pain relievers contain caffeine.
  • Vitamin B1 loss. As Bill Sardi has taught us, coffee (along with alcohol and sugar consumption) interferes with our use of critically important vitamin B1. Don’t take your B supplements within a couple of hours of having coffee. To be safe, supplement the vitamin.
  • Cardiovascular effects? Coffee does not seem to increase blood pressure at least for most people. Anyone with irregular heartbeat should check with their doctor and perhaps experiment to see if cutting caffeine helps.
  • Fake energy. If you have no energy without your coffee fix, it is not a caffeine deficiency. It is probably time to review the health basics and identify the real problem.
  • Haters. I was given a book by some anti-coffee activists. It did not mention any benefits and blamed coffee for everything from low birth weight babies and preterm labor to climate change (well, almost). I don’t think there was science to back up their assertions. Decades ago when I had health food stores, there were  coffee substitutes such as Dacopa made from Dalia root. At the time, nutrition lore was basically that since it was enjoyable, it must not be good for us. (Same thinking as carob to replace chocolate.)
  • Read the labels. It is quite possible that the worst problem with coffee beverages is what else they contain…i.e., sugar. Here is an example: A Starbucks’ venti size Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème contains 78 grams (about 20 teaspoons) of sugar or more than 2 full size Snickers® bars!


  • Espresso. The caffeine content of a shot of espresso (resist the temptation to pronounce it eXpresso) is 63 mg per ounce. You might expect that to be higher than coffee but read on.
  • Brewed. Depending on the bean and how it is brewed, according to Consumer Reports (CR), coffee contains about 12 mg caffeine per ounce…therefore, an 8-ounce cup would contain 96 mg. Again according to CR, a tall Starbucks Pike’s Place Medium Roast has 160 mg caffeine. Starbucks “Tall”, of course, translates to “short”. (You sometimes see a person ask for a shot of espresso to be added to their cup of coffee…you do the math on that.) Starbucks (30 ounce) Iced Coffee contains 280 mg of caffeine.
  • NoDoz® tablets / Mountain Dew. Just as a frame of reference, the pills that one might take to stay awake driving across West Texas each contain 200 mg. A 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew soda contains 91 mg. of caffeine and 77 grams of sugar (19 teaspoon) from high fructose corn syrup.
  • Decaf. Decaf is not without caffeine, depending on brand and preparation may contain from 1% to 20% as much as regular.
  • Organic is better. Lots of pesticides are used on coffee. In fact, it may be one of the most chemically treated crops in the world.


  • This blog is getting too long, so I think I’ll write about tea another time. In closing, let me just note that white and black tea also have benefits, not just green tea. (They all come from the same plant but are processed differently.) I hear good things about Macha, but personally, I think it tastes like it must have been scraped from under the lawnmower. If you were particularly interested in tea info and don’t want to wait for me, this website seems to be a useful reference.

Useful Notes About This and That

Note: [brackets like these containing italics when in quotations from others are just me putting in my two cents.]

  • A listener asked if Bill Sardi would give us a protocol for Epstein Barr Virus and Herpes. His reply: supplement quercetin = 250 mg or so, Vitamin C = 1000 mg 3x/day [I’d take Formula 216 at least before bed so that you can have vitamin C working for you around the clock], Vitamin D3 = 8,000 IU/day, Zinc = 30 mg, Selenium = 200 mcg (for one reason, selenium unbinds zinc [Note that Molecular Multi contains the full 30 mg of zinc and a head start on vitamin D with 2,500 IU and 100 mcg of selenium]. Take the amino acid L-lysine = 500-1000 mg / day [Consider taking two of the 500 size because the 1,000 tablets are HUGE.] Avoid eating chocolate and nuts [because they are high in the amino acid arginine which does the opposite of L-lysine.] [Learn more in the Library about the care and feeding of your immune system.]
  • Most people are not aware that 70% or more of our immune function is in the gastrointestinal tract. Much of that benefit is due to the work of our friendly bacteria. As I point out in my book, The Probiotic Cure: Harnessing the Power of Good Bacteria for Better Health, our microbes perform over 20,000 biochemical functions in the body and they carry 1,000 times more genetic information than is in our own cells. It appears the bacteria are a much-neglected part of our natural “Instruction Manual”. Eating vegetables and other fibrous foods and spices helps them. Chemicals and antibiotics hurt them. It is smart to supplement with Ohhira’s Probiotics.]
  • I just added this text to the Library page on Vaccine Pros and Cons: MYTH = Clots caused by the shots are RARE. This short video of Dr. Charles Hoffe, a Canadian physician, explains quite clearly how the clots form due to the vaccine. He has shown by testing his patients that 62% of those vaccinated have recently developed blood clots. What he explains tracks with what we’ve heard from Bill Sardi and Peter McCullough, MD and other experts. However, the news agency Reuters’ “fact checkers” disagree, But, what if the checkers are lazy, uninformed, brainwashed and/or too easily impressed by fancy job titles? Part of the confusion is likely that while major heart attack and stroke-inducing clots shortly after vaccines may be rare, the insidious, long-acting, system-wide MICRO clots seem routine.
  • Check out the vaccine side effects and deaths in this database that sorts and analyzes CDC reports. The New York Times has a good reference page on covid disease stats and keeps it updated. It would be logical and handy if the government would let us in on the secret of which vaccines work better and how many cases of covid-19 occur in the fully vaccinated. But at least the NBC network did a survey that can give us an idea. July 19, 2021, they reported that in 27 states surveyed, there were more than 65,000 breakthrough cases. Those fully vaccinated who became seriously ill or died were typically elderly and had other health problems…hmm…those are the same folks strongly encouraged to get the vaccine. (Gets a little confusing doesn’t it.)

Peter A. McCullough, MD

Our revered leader in the fight for truth and for early treatment of covid-19 always provides so much good information that it seems only fair to share notes from the show so that listeners don’t miss anything. This review is from the August 28, 2021 HBN interview. (I did my best, but if you didn’t hear the show, you might want to listen to the archive I just linked to.)

Overview. Dr. McCullough started with an overview of the current situation, stating that we are at the apex of the Delta variant outbreak. (Meaning that hopefully cases and hospitalizations will begin to wane soon and it seems to be the case.) Dr. McCullough is one of the few experts you will see in the media who actually treats covid patients. He says that the Delta variant is indeed more contagious, is affecting young folks, sickens the vaccinated as well as the unvaccinated and is harder to treat. There may be greater numbers of unvaccinated patients in the hospital, but interestingly, most of the vaccinated people who end up in the hospital are elderly. The CDC’s Aug 23 report was that at least 11,050 fully vaccinated persons have been hospitalized or died due to covid-19 shots since mid-December 2020. While seniors are more at risk for covid, they are also more easily harmed by the vaccine. (It also doesn’t work as well for them).

Vaccinated spreaders. Studies have shown that vaccinated people getting infected with Delta can spread the disease. They may carry viral loads more than 250 times greater than unvaccinated persons who were infected with the original covid variant. Remember that if they are exposed, vaccinated parents can transmit the disease to their children.

Unusual results. The “standard” to decide what is an acceptable vaccine is that protection must last one year or more and have an effectiveness of at least 50%. Real world results (e.g. in Israel) show an effectiveness of 39%. We are now being told to get boosters at only 6-8 months.

Treatments. When Dr. McCullough had covid last fall, he was in a study and received hydroxychloroquine . It worked.  He is now immune because of that and, in spite of direct exposures, has remained covid-free. He and his colleagues are now also enthusiastically recommending infusions of monoclonal antibodies. (Official government monoclonal antibody website. The call center for information on receiving monoclonal antibodies is 877-332-6585.)

Increase in children being hospitalized. Part of the problem is that there is another respiratory illness circulating, RSV. Also, unfortunately, kids with covid are not receiving treatment at home and so they can become worse. Dr. McCullough said they need asthma inhalers, perhaps an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. [I’d add child-sized doses of our nutrient helpers.]

Positive tested parents of a newborn. In answer to a listener question, Dr. McCullough said that if parents of a newborn test positive, what they do for the infant is give it fresh air (sunshine for vitamin D) and supportive care as needed for symptoms such as tylenol for a problematic fever and Pedialyte® for hydration. He said to open the windows even if it is hot and reduce the parents’ viral shedding as explained in the next section below. (That is probably a good idea for parents of a newborn even if they have been vaccinated.)

New tool. Dr. McCullough said there is increasing interest in his network in using povidone iodine mouthwash, gargle, and nasal spray to reduce nose and throat viral load in patients with covid-19. He cautioned not to swallow the solution. You can make your own by diluting this drug store product or betadine skin cleanser. Dilution = a few drops in a juice glass (4 ounce) of water. This solution sterilizes the mouth and if used on a Q-tip or as a spray, the nose. A study showed efficacy for this idea but noted that persons with thyroid problems may need to use extra caution. For those who are allergic to iodine, Dr. McCullough says diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide will work, or, if all else fails, original yellow Listerine. Swish and spit. [Don’t forget about what Dr. Levy told us about nebulizing hydrogen peroxide.}

Nutrition deficiencies. McCullough says that nutrition deficiencies (e.g. vitamin D and zinc) set you up for a poor outcome with covid-19. (Thank you, Bill Sardi, for teaching us that long ago.)

FDA final approval? Apparently, FDA’s so-called “final approval” of the Pfizer vaccine took place without the normal safety and disclosure steps. It was also based on data about the original, not the new, now pervasive, Delta variant! There was also some slight of hand wherein the agency didn’t actually approve the Pfizer vaccine that has been in use but another one, Comirnaty, by BioNTech. That one hasn’t even been manufactured yet and therefore is not available. This situation has caused confusion about the legality of corporate vaccine mandates and about Pfizer’s liability. Oddly, all the warnings about possible heart side effects, pregnancy, etc. will be in the Comirnaty product package insert, NOT the shot everyone is receiving.

Vaccinating younger children? Dr. McCullough says we have no way of knowing the appropriate dose for kids. Also, the genetic mRNA mechanism is of concern because younsters’ organs are still developing. We don’t know the effect of the mRNA collecting in them. It looks like the risk of harm is much greater than the chance of benefit. He says that one study prevented only 18 cases of the sniffles and made the kids sick as dogs. Young people (over 4,000 known so far) are suffering hard-to-treat heart inflammation, myocarditis, from the shots. [That potentially leads to heart failure and death]  BioNTech is on notice by the FDA to do more studies on this problem and use of their upcoming Comirnaty product and to include warnings in the package insert. Plus, Dr. McCullough says that the shots do not provide much offsetting benefit from serious covid disease.

Which vaccine is best? Dr. McCullough believes we will reach herd immunity and pointed out that we’ve now had about as many covid deaths since the vaccine as before it. Vaccination has not affected the scope of the pandemic. It is disconcerting that we are flying blind because we haven’t gotten any CDC reports about which of the 3 vaccine brands is performing better and is safer. He has seen science showing that Moderna contains more than 3 times the dose that Pfizer does and is 72% effective. By comparison Pfizer is now 42% effective. J & J we just don’t know. He noted that if a corporation is going to mandate a vaccine, wouldn’t they want to use the best one? [I want to know if Moderna causes 3 times the side effects!] He predicts an increase in reports of harm and lawsuits.

Booster shot for the immune compromised. Dr. McCullough thinks that we need better metrics to know how the vaccines are working and that better tests are coming. As for the idea of boosters for everyone after full vaccination (5, 6, or 8 months after depending on who is talking), It is suspicious that 2 high level FDA vaccine reviewer staffers  suddenly resigned apparently at least in part because of the way that recommendation came about.

Novavax. He is positive about the Novavax vaccine, but it will not be available until 4th quarter.

Why not vaccinate during a pandemic? Because that generates more variants.

Ivermectin. Pay no mind to the press about Ivermectin. E.g. Media called attention to Hydroxychloroquine calls to the Poison Control Centers but didn’t mention that they were mostly just to ask about dosage, not report trouble. Ivermectin should be taken with a meal or right after. Take all the prescribed tablets at one time rather than splitting. Avoid using veterinary Ivermectin products because of the difficulty translating animal dosage to human scale. Check this Library page for info on getting a prescription.

Monoclonal antibodies. This effective therapy is underutilized, especially by elders with health problems. Use them EARLY, as soon as possible after infection. If you go to the ER to get them, don’t let them “admit you as a hospital patient” because then for some bizarre reason you are no longer eligible. (!) For more information, visit the official government website. The call center for information on receiving monoclonal antibodies is 877-332-6585. Does not have side effects but is not a standalone treatment. It should be followed by the multi-drug and nutrient protocol we have discussed.

  • The way that the US government behaved in response to the swine flu “pandemic” of 1976 and the fallout from its vaccine pressure should give us serious pause about their pressure to get today’s covid-19 vaccines. A vintage 15-minute video clip of Mike Wallace from 60 Minutes is enlightening because that was back when the news media did real investigation and reported even uncomfortable facts…rather than just repeating government propaganda. Watch the video.
  • This Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance website is a great resource.

Does SCIENCE support Mask Mandates?

* buy the pictured mask (for fun, not health)

The controversy about masks has become contentious, even violent at the extremes. Once minds are made up, they do not seem to change—on either side of the debates. The advice to “follow the science” sounds like an excellent idea, but people too often assume that the policy makers have done that when making the rules. Sometimes the establishment has not used science to advance their agenda, they just chose to stick to their position and shame skeptics. As with much of the pandemic lore, we must investigate for ourselves. Fortunately, Dr. Joseph Mercola did a thorough review on masks to make that part easy for us. Because of frequent censorship and government pressure, this popular journalist has started to pull down his content after 48 hours. Therefore, by repeating his information here, we are helping to keep his important message available. The bullet points below are a quick review that Dr. Mercola provided in his longer, detailed writeup. It includes 27 citations of studies and his sources. Click here to read the whole article.

An analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

(BTW, Dr. Mercola’s new book is: The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal)

The article at-a-glance

[Spoiler alert…the science does NOT show that they help, at least not the ones commonly in use. A well-fitting N95 and KN95 may have some benefit..]

  • “Driving the irrational and unscientific narrative about mask wearing is the censoring of truthful and factual information by tech platforms. YouTube recently banned a video by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in which he stated that masks don’t work
  • In a 2020 email obtained via a freedom of information act request, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated, “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material”
  • February 25, 2020, U.K. health authorities published guidance discouraging the use of masks even for health care workers in residential care facilities, as there’s no evidence that they prevent viral spread
  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have long been regarded as the gold standard in medical research, yet RCTs are now ignored when it comes to mask wearing
  • Of 14 RCTs that have tested the effectiveness of masks in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses, 11 suggest masks are either useless or counterproductive. The remaining three suggest masks may be useful, but not to a statistically significant degree.”

Click here to read the whole article.

Peter McCullough, MD Update – PART 2

August 7th On HBN, we were honored to welcome back Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASN, FNKF, FCRSA (click for bio), to discuss current covid-19 topics. Last week’s blog reviewed key points that he made in the first part of the show. This one covers the balance of that show.

Flying blind with vaccines. We really cannot determine the effectiveness of the vaccines, especially against the Delta variant, because back in May, 2021, the CDC put us on notice that they were not even going to keep track of breakthrough cases of covid-19 among the vaccinated (unless they were hospitalized or died.) In mid-July, NBC polled 27 states (states apparently do keep track) and identified a total of 65,000 breakthrough cases. In Israel, of the total covid cases, 80% have been vaccinated. In the UK, 42% of those with the Delta variant had already been vaccinated. Dr. McCullough estimates that, in the US, the number of covid cases that are vaccinated is around 50%. Do the vaccines reduce severity of the disease? We can’t very well measure that either because we don’t know which patients got treatment and which have not. In Dr. McCullough’s experience, the Delta variant is milder and much more easily treated.

Waning effectiveness / booster? Pfizer said that at 6 months their shots were only 39% effective and continue to drop. After 8 months, Dr. McCullough estimates that there may now be very limited effect. Dr. McCullough will be in the HBN studio on 8/28 and will be able to answer calls. I will ask him about boosters.

Vaccine or gene delivery? The covid-19 “vaccines” are quite unlike any previous vaccine. They are gene delivery therapies which trick the body’s cells into producing the covid virus spike protein (which is toxic). The spike proteins do alert the immune system, but also cause mischief.

Vaccine Risks. Keep in mind that you are not likely to come in contact with the covid virus. Age groups over 70 and certainly 80 are most likely to die from covid, but also to die suddenly from vaccine side effects. The cardiovascular side effects (such as heart inflammation and blood clots) as well as paralysis seem more likely to affect young people. Dr. McCullough noted that in the Moderna testing, animals had fertility problems and he does not think the vaccines have been shown safe during pregnancy. A whistleblower lawsuit seeking to stop the vaccinations, claims that a more careful analysis of CDC statistics shows 45,000 side effect deaths among the vaccinate. The spike protein on the surface of the virus enters the lining of blood vessels and causes clotting, both short term and long term (micro-clots). The spike proteins made by our vaccinated cells do the same thing as the disease and is more dangerous. Some serious vaccine nervous system side effects (including paralysis) don’t present until 6 months later. For more details on the vaccines, check out our Library’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pro / Con page.

Treatment. No other viral or bacterial disease is “managed” by asking the diagnosed patients to just go home and wait until they are sick enough to require hospitalization. Doctors use the “precautionary principle”—treat early even if there is not ideal evidence for the treatments. The EARLY treatments do work and two (and soon to be 3) published studies show that the multi drug (4-6) approach saves lives against covid. Also, the drugs used have been FDA approved as safe for other purposes. The much-maligned Hydroxychloroquine has 200 studies supporting is benefit for covid-19. One recent journal article showed that any type of multi-drug treatment for seniors in nursing facilities reduced mortality by 60%.  (Dr. McCullough has not had a single patient get worse and need to go to the hospital.) Do not forget about the natural approach, which many people have successfully used as their only remedies.

Pushback. Sadly, there has not been any of the usual scientific debate—just censorship. Dr. McCullough received letters criticizing his groundbreaking journal article, Multifaceted highly targeted sequential multidrug treatment of early ambulatory high-risk SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). The critiques were based on fear and lack of knowledge and did not cite any evidence for their objection. We are grateful for Dr. McCullough’s pioneering courage and are sorry that he has paid a stiff personal and career price. (The “no good deed goes unpunished” principle at work?)

Final approval of the vaccines. Currently the vaccines are being used under an “Emergency Use Authorization.” To give final approval, the FDA will have to ignore the many petitions from health care professional organizations (supported by thousands of doctors and nurses). Then the agency must require a package insert listing all the safety warnings. The drug makers must be happy with the current situation because the government is pretending the shots are safe and doing their marketing for them. Dr. McCullough believes that whole vaccine program should be and ultimately will be shut down because of the safety concerns and lack of efficacy. He also predicts that the virus will degenerate into a mild, routine common cold type disease. (The common cold is also a coronavirus.)

Novavax vaccine? Dr. McCullough is concerned that the Novavax, which many folks are hoping for, may not be a match for the new virus variants that will keep coming along.

Useful links. A printable guide to home-based medical treatment for the virus. If you have trouble getting the medications, sign up with Also, from the HBN Library, check out this reference which discusses natural and nutritional approaches—they can be used along with medicines.

Peter McCullough, MD Update – PART 1

We were honored last week to welcome back Peter A. McCullough, MD (click for bio), MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASN, FNKF, FCRSA to discuss current covid-19 topics. This blog is the first half of a review of points he made. I mentioned on air that Dr. McCullough is paying a heavy price for speaking the truth. Recently, the Dallas Morning News reported that Baylor Scott & White medical system is suing Dr. McCullough for one million dollars! They apparently want to silence him and are using the excuse that some interview hosts failed to mention that the doctor was no longer associated with Baylor after February 2021. Adding insult to injury, Texas A & M then abruptly stripped him of his professor status. We are very grateful that Dr. McCullough is willing to continue helping the public despite such enormous and unfair pressure.

If the scare tactics and bullying to get vaccinated seem coordinated among all major news outlets, that is because they ARE! According to the BBC, “The Trusted News Initiative (TNI) was set up last year to protect the public from “disinformation” and promote only the narrative that the vaccines are safe and effective…no matter what the research and statistics show. “Fact checkers” use only the facts that suit their purpose and routinely contradict and belittle any statements that run counter to the narrative.

Dr. McCullough says it is unusual and very concerning that the government has not been holding press briefings on vaccine safety and effectiveness. There have been 400,000 reports of vaccine harm and the CDC has acknowledged 11,000 deaths. A whistleblower lawsuit using information from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, (a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS) claims the number of deaths is more like 45,000. Read more. Even that larger number is still a small percentage of the vaccines given, but it is quite significant. In contrast, the swine flu vaccine was taken off the market after only 53 deaths. We need to know what kinds of problems the vaccine is causing. For example, are those cases of paralysis permanent?

What about effectiveness? Looking at the big picture, including here and other countries, 40%-50% of the people in hospitals with covid-19 have been fully vaccinated! That is not what the CDC has misleadingly chosen to report. A study in Israel shows that the Pfizer shot is now just 39 percent effective against preventing infection but still strong at preventing serious illness. A careful broad-based study in California revealed that something like 7 times more people have had covid-19 as previously thought. That should help reach herd immunity.  Dr. McCullough and others report that those who have recovered from covid are immune even to variants; do not benefit from the vaccine; and under no circumstances should take it.

As we discussed previously, the push to spread panic used statistical hanky-panky to exaggerate the case numbers and death statistics. It would also have helped their goal that, according to the CDC, the typically used PCR test was not able to distinguish between covid and the flu.

Dr. McCullough is also not yet convinced that the Delta variant spreads faster. It was tested on cell cultures in the lab, but in real life, some countries, such as Israel, are not experiencing a faster spread compared to the original type. The increase may be due to widespread changes in behavior. The mortality rate has not gone up. It is less than 1% of those hospitalized. NYTimes charts.

Those who have recovered from covid are immune even to variants; do not benefit from the vaccine; and under no circumstances should take it.

Next week, I will cover the balance of the interview. Meanwhile it is very important to be aware that covid is treatable. Here are some useful links: Dr. McCullough’s journal article Multifaceted highly targeted sequential multidrug treatment of early ambulatory high-risk SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). Here is a printable guide to home-based medical treatment for the virus. Also, from the HBN Library, this reference which discusses natural and nutritional approaches that can be used in combination with medicines.

Bill Sardi Says, “Don’t Panic!”

How to PREVENT covid-19. Now that we know that even fully-vaccinated people can spread the virus, it makes even more sense to avoid crowded indoor spaces. As for masks, unfortunately, they are not as effective as national and local governments, and the media would have us believe. This link to The Healthy American MASK Page lists studies and statistic proving that point as well as pointing out problems associated with wearing masks. (CDC suggestions to wear them outdoors are just nutty.) What does work is building up your immune system effectiveness. This linked Library page has details and doses, but in brief, we’re talking about vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, resveratrol, selenium, and L-lysine (it is anti-viral). Your immune system will take on any variant the virus changes into. It also makes sense to do what you can to eliminate other risk factors such as obesity. Vitamin B1, in the fat-soluble form (benfotiamine), prevents the deficiency disease, beriberi, which mimics symptoms and dangers of the coronavirus. Coffee, alcohol, and sugar interfere with B1, so allow 2-4 hours between consuming them and taking a B1 supplement

WHY the shots are a problem. The covid vaccines in use so far are not the same mechanism as vaccines we have been used to. In fact, they do not strictly even meet the CDC’s own definition of vaccine. This new approach delivers 40 trillion particles of messenger RNA (mRNA) genetic material that tells our cells to make the spike protein—just like what is on the outside of the covid-19 virus. It allows the virus entrance into our cells. If, as we were told, the vaccine stayed in the arm muscle and simply alerted the immune system to be ready for the covid threat, that might not be a big problem. However, young people (as young as 12), especially males, too often seem prone to myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) soon after the vaccine.

Of even more concern, 75% of the vaccine escapes and circulates through the body! Once this genetic instruction (mRNA) collects in the cells of, for example, the arteries, lungs or ovaries, the spikes it produces, which are toxic, cause small clots (micro-clots) and cause our immune system to attack that tissue. This article by Bill Sardi explains in more detail why it doesn’t make sense to recreate the damage that the virus causes. The spike protein generated by the vaccine makes it easier for the virus to gain access to cells which explains the huge number of breakthrough infections in the vaccinated. This mRNA seems to be imbedded in our cells permanently, so the biggest threat may be years down the road and includes high blood pressure and even heart failure.

Also, historically there have been concerns about the aluminum and mercury contained in other routine vaccines. It isn’t common, but people do die from an almost instant allergic reaction to the covid vaccine ingredients. Other vaccinated people (still relatively rarely) die within a couple of weeks from large clots that cause heart attack and stroke. A former Pfizer employee (whistle blower) discusses concerns with potential ingredients in the covid vaccines.

How to decline the vaccine shots. The linked page on the Healthy American website has useful information such as ”How to Say No to the Needle”, ”How to Get a Religious Exemption”, and ”How to Avoid the Mask”. Hopefully, you can stall because less dangerous vaccines may be available in coming months, e.g. Novavax and BCG.

How to prepare if you simply must take the vaccine. Use all the prevention nutrients because to work, the vaccines depend on a functional immune system. Also, start the anti-clotting recommendations listed in the next section.

What to do if you’ve already been jabbed. If you got one of the vaccines and are reading this, you didn’t die within 48 hours of one of the rare catastrophic allergic reactions…or within 2 weeks due to one of the rare cases of large blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. So far so good. However, you may still be rightfully worried about the long-term effect of the vaccine’s mRNA telling your cells to manufacture the toxic spike protein. Mr. Sardi says to keep your blood from being sticky by taking fish oil and garlic supplements. The fibrin micro-clots which form in the small arteries can be broken up with resveratrol and enzymes (e.g. bromelain or nattokinase). Bill’s article, Jab Remorse goes into detail including testing that can be done, but maybe should not be. Another cardio risk, lipoprotein a, is helped by vitamin C. These actions can help offset potential damage, but he says the surest thing is to avoid the shot and thereby not start the clotting process.

What to do when you are INFECTED with covid. The symptoms for most are headache, runny nose, and a sore throat but some report sneezing and fever. Fully vaccinated are more likely to report loss of taste and smell. The testing is getting more reliable but is still not 100%. Immediately take the nutrients and drugs that will keep your disease from becoming so serious that you end up in the hospital on a ventilator (which is a dangerous situation). Here is a printable guide to home-based medical treatment for the virus. Recovering from covid provides a stronger longer lasting immunity than the vaccines do and even the NIH agrees. The Cleveland Clinic Health System opined that if you have recovered from the disease, you don’t need the vaccine.

Supplement sources. For zinc, I recommend Molecular Multi which is the best multivitamin/mineral I’ve found. It has the right amount of zinc and in a good form as well as a good maintenance dose of B1. Resveratrol, (you do not want to stay in a safe range with it)—I take Longevinex which is the only resveratrol product that has been safety tested and researched. On that website you can also buy an excellent unique garlic product, Garlinex. Vitamin D—I prefer this one that combines D with balancing vitamin K, but it is often out of stock. Fish oil—Nordic Naturals and Carlson are good brands. Nattokinase = Jarrow. Jarrow also makes a good bromelain supplement, L-lysine, and the selenium that I take. Vitamin C? Nothing compares with Formula 216 because it is the first 24/7 stress-responsive C supplement.

Being skeptical is good for your health


Faith in the Lord is wonderful. Faith in mere mortals must be earned. We are expected to automatically take the word of our federal institutions and leaderse.g. just shut up and get the vaccination. Have they earned that faith? If you think the government could not possibly be mistaken or, worse yet, have a hidden agenda regarding the way it has managed various aspects of the covid-19 crisis, you may be just the kind of obedient follower they are depending on. Understand that there doesn’t have to be a grand evil conspiracy per se (but don’t be surprised if it turns out there was). Government entities and officials can go wrong simply based on human frailties such as: haste, carelessness, pride, lack of information, narrow mindedness, politics, stubbornness, power-hunger, and/or greed. Recently, I wrote a page for the covid section of the Library about the government’s abysmal track record regarding health. I’ve just added the two shocking items just below and at the bottom of this blog, I call attention to the FDA’s current move to limit your access to dietary supplements.

  • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study. In 1932, the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) enrolled 400 African American men from Tuskegee, Alabama in a “study.” The men were not told that the purpose was to see what would happen if they were not given any treatment for syphilis or were they even told that they had the disease. The subjects were recruited with misleading promises of “special free treatment,” which were actually spinal taps done without anesthesia [!!!] to study the neurological effects of the disease. The subjects received heavy metals therapy [???] but were denied antibiotic therapy even into the 1950s when that was the preferred treatment for syphilis. On several occasions, the USPHS actually sought to prevent treatment. Not until 1972, when accounts of the study first appeared in the national press, did the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) halt the experiment. At that time, 74 of the test subjects were still alive; at least 28, but perhaps more than 100, had died directly from advanced syphilis. In 1992, a class action lawsuit obtained some financial compensation for the remaining participants [victims!] and President Clinton publicly apologized on behalf of the federal government to the handful of study survivors in April 1997. This unethical and cruel government program lasted 65 years! I added the text in [these brackets] but I copied most of this disgraceful information from an online historical article.
  • Forced sterilization. “In 1907, Indiana became the first state in the country to successfully pass a mandatory forced sterilization law impacting the ‘feebleminded,’ a term used at the time to refer to the mentally handicapped. Some other states followed suit and even wanted to apply the principle to prison inmates and even the poor. 1970, the federal government “dramatically increased Medicaid-funded sterilization of low-income Americans, primarily those of color. While these sterilizations were “voluntary” as a matter of policy, anecdotal evidence later suggested that they were often involuntary as a matter of practice. Patients were frequently misinformed or left uninformed regarding the nature of the procedures that they’d agreed to undergo.” If you think that kind of cruel and bigoted practice could only happened in Nazi Germany, read the history: Eugenics and Forced Sterilization in the U.S.

Notice that in neither of those cases did people have informed consent. That is still going on today. We are not getting the full story regarding early home treatments for covid-19 or about the downsides of vaccines. We’ve  been able to protect and even treat ourselves with dietary supplements. However, neither the drug makers nor the FDA like that and so the supplements are being threatened. Please read on.

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Threatens Consumer Access to Preferred Supplements. The agency’s longstanding cozy relationship with big Pharma and its fundamental bias against dietary supplements seems headed toward endangering my health and yours. Quoting from this article by the nonprofit National Health Federation: “The 50% of Americans using dietary supplements will not be pleased to learn that Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are colluding to threaten consumer access to cherished health care – and during a pandemic when supplements rise in importance to save lives. Will you please oppose the unconscionable legislative and regulatory proposals for the FDA to place dietary supplements on a list for market elimination? … The FDA has stated it will finalize next year its draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs)…which would subject more than 30,000 “new” [new = any first marketed or changed after 1994] supplements to harsh and unnecessary drug-like regulations to prove their safety. We already know that supplements are about the safest consumer product someone can ingest, safer even than food. Why drive their cost up just to satisfy unnecessary and costly regulations? Many supplements will even be driven out of the market because they will not be worth the time and money to “prove” to the FDA’s satisfaction that they are safe.” [Clarification. In the article a graphic shows 106,000 deaths from pharmaceuticals. In fact, that number is only drugs given as prescribed in hospitals. Medical mistakes and outpatient deaths make number dramatically higher.] Click here to make your voice heard.

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Who decides what is true?

One of the most critical issues of our times is this question: Who decides what is a fact? (Regarding health, climate or any other subject.) Do the gen-Z fact checkers at Facebook or YouTube have the background, objectivity and the wisdom? I don’t think so. In any case, they must blindly implement the corporate guidance from higher up the corporate ladder. It is likely that the execs subscribed to “The Trusted News Initiative wherein media of all kinds (certainly not HBN) circled the wagons and agreed to basically repeat whatever the government narrative is. But, is the government to be trusted to tell only the truth? If only that was the case. Library page lists a few examples of the government’s history of bad to horrible health advice. BTW, it is not necessary to believe that there is some grand dark conspiracy (although there might actually be one). There is plenty of pressure to push a certain agenda because of human egos, conflicts of interest including financial ones, conflicting and even faulty science, plus plain old hunger for power.

HBN will continue to air and publish information that I sincerely believe to be true—based on the quality of studies, historical context, track record of the people involved and common sense. Below are some tidbits that you won’t likely hear from the mainstream media. This is especially truewhenever it might cast doubt on sponsors that pay them $billions in advertising. That applies to all of these.

  • Cell phones and tumor risk. New research has drawn a strong link between cell phone radiation and tumors, particularly in the brain. A large review of studies, Cellular Phone Use and Risk of Tumors: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis took a comprehensive look at statistical findings from 46 different studies around the globe and found that the use of a cell phone for more than 1,000 hours, or about 17 minutes a day over a ten-year period, increased the risk of tumors by 60 percent. [!!!] Researchers also said that cell phone use for 10 or more years doubled the risk of brain tumors. Researchers noted that that cell tower radiation can cause neurological disorders including headaches, fatigue, memory and sleep problems and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Furthermore, a cellphone’s radiation increases when the signal is weak. [Surprise, surprise…studies in the review that were funded by the mobile phone industry were less likely to show harm.] An article by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) about their own study, concluded that “EWG’s new guidelines, to focus on children’s health, recommend that children’s exposure overall be 200 to 400 times lower than the whole-body exposure limit set by the FCC in 1996. The EWG study also noted links to heart tumors in lab animals.

This is not a new concept. In 2011, The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, classified cellphone radiation as a ‘possible carcinogen’ based on human epidemiological studies which found an increased risk of glioma, a malignant brain cancer, associated with cellphone use.

The Food and Drug Administration states on its website: “To date, there is no consistent or credible scientific evidence of health problems caused by the exposure to radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones.” [Hmmm…the mobile industry has a lot of money and a lot of lobbyists.]

Recommendation—use cell phones less; avoid putting them to your ear and, if possible use speaker phone or corded ear buds and in general keep away from the body. Be extra careful if you are in an area with weak service strength. [limited bars]

  • “The Effects of Vitamin D and COVID-Related Outcomes. An overwhelming volume of research makes it clear that this hormone produced in our skin can save lives.” The Epoch Times is not afraid to publish non-mainstream positions like this excellent article by Joseph Mercola about vitamin D.
  • Vitamin K2 and covid-19. This from a Whole Foods Magazine article “A new [small and preliminary] study supported by Kappa Bioscience has confirmed that vitamin K status is lower in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, compared to a healthy population control group. The research also showed low vitamin K status to be predictive of higher mortality.” Isn’t it nice when we can take something with multiple benefits such as vitamin K (for bones and cardiovascular health) rather than a pharmaceutical something that comes with multiple risk factors.
  • Quercetin and covid-19. Another Whole Foods Magazine article stated: “Quercetin supplementation, in combination with standard care, could aid in improving the early conditions of COVID-19, and help prevent the severity of the SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to two new human studies…Quercetin has broad-spectrum antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-protective effects, according to a press release, making it a potential candidate to support conditions involving oxidative stress, inflammation, and immunity.”

[Remember that Bill Sardi has long recommended quercetin and vitamin D. Also, Peter A. McCullough, MD recommends them as part of his early treatment protocol.]

Of course, the stakeholders (FDA, NIH, CDC) would say that those supplements are “not proven”. Remember, “not proven” is vastly different from “disproven”. The FDA’s bar for “proven” is so extremely high and expensive that only rich pharmaceutical companies can qualify. And, even if a supplement did qualifying research, the product could not legally claim to prevent or treat disease. Go figure.

Review of Peter A. McCullough, MD Interview

We covered so much vital information when Peter A. McCullough, MD was my guest July 10, 2021, that I needed to listen to the show again and make notes for my own benefit as well as yours.

Right before the show, Dr. McCullough received an email message from member of the Australian Parliament reminding him that in perhaps more than ½ the states in the US currently have zero deaths from covid-19. In contrast, deaths from the vaccine effects are growing and now number 9,048 as of July 7. Therefore, in many states, more people are dying from being vaccinated than being infected. He noted that the authorities should have sounded an alarm when, by January 22, 2021, the deaths from the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine had exceeded the highest number related to all other vaccines combined for any given year out of the last twenty. There is no independent safety monitoring group or mechanism, and, so far 6 months in, the government has still not provided a comprehensive safety report or even a safety press briefing. There seems to be only one side to the story from the top: “GET THE SHOTS and don’t ask questions!”

This chart may reveal only the tip of the iceberg because prior research showed that only 10% or fewer of cases of vaccine injuries are reported. That is understandable because it is a difficult process to report a vaccine injury and very easy to blame it on something else. For that matter, Dr. McCullough points out that we simply do not know if something like myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) really is “rare” as claimed because, so few people go in for cardio testing after being vaccinated. Note that the FDA did issue a warning about myocarditis regarding the Pfizer / Moderna vaccine because the spike protein has been shown to damage heart muscle in enough cases to cause concern. The FDA also warns of brain blood clots in women 18 to 48 with the J & J vaccine.

According to an analysis by Jessica Rose, PhD, in Science, Public Health Policy, and The Law, about 50% of deaths occur within about 48 hours of the shot (and typically among those in their 70’s and 80’s). 80 % of deaths occur within a week and 74% of all individuals who were reported as dying did so before receiving the second dose.  The non-fatal vaccine injuries such as heart attack, stroke, myocarditis, blood clots and neurologic injury seem skewed to younger individuals—those under age 50 who would be very unlikely to ever have a serious problem with covid.



CDC and FDA are the sponsors of the covid-19 vaccine program as a clinical investigation / research project. The “informed” consent form people have to sign admits that and says that the shot is purely voluntary.  Medical ethics for research worldwide and even the Nuremberg Code (which came out of Nazi trials after WWII) and the Declaration of Helsinki say that no type of medical treatment or vaccine should be forced on a person against their will. Also, there is not supposed to be any pressure or threats of reprisal. At this point the vaccines only have “emergency use authorizations”. In the months ahead, if they achieve full FDA approval, some legal requirements for the manufacturers will change, but the ethics regarding force do not.

Reading the consent form reveals that not only are the vaccines not proven to work, it also notes that side effects can range from a sore arm to death. Remember that the manufacturer is exempt from vaccine injury lawsuits. If you are one of the over 400,000 injured so far, you are on your own for any related medical treatment.

Trusted News Initiative. It is no accident that all the high-profile sources of news about the pandemic seem to be singing from the same song book. According to the BBC, “The Trusted News Initiative (TNI) was set up last year to protect audiences and users from disinformation, particularly around moments of jeopardy, such as elections. The TNI complements existing programmes partners [already] have in place. The partners currently within the TNI are: AP, AFP; BBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Facebook, Financial Times, First Draft, Google/YouTube, The Hindu, Microsoft, Reuters, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Twitter, The Washington Post.” With this broad base, it seems that ABC, NBC, CBS and most all the others feel pressured to fall in line or be embarrassed or boycotted by sources. [Thankfully, apparently, Fox News didn’t get the memo.] Besides, all the spokespersons provided by the government say the same thing. Contrarian views, no matter how well grounded in science, are instantly dismissed as irresponsible “fake news” without any evaluation of the merits.

Colleges and Universities. About 400 of 5,300 universities have mandated the “voluntary” vaccines. The students have had to get vaccines previously and don’t seem to be stressing about this one. However, the parents are understandably worried. The young person’s risk of serious consequence from the disease is almost zero but there have been 75 vaccine deaths in persons under age 30 so far. That obviously calls into question the risk / benefit ratio. Dr. McCullough says that, based on the facts of disease / vaccine injury there is NO justification for vaccinating anyone under age 30. Unfortunately, schools do not seem to be persuaded by medical exemptions to getting the vaccine (e.g. allergy, heart problems, etc.). Parents have had more success by stating they have closely held religious belief exemptions. (No proof or specific citation needed.)

Exemptions. Any situation specifically excluded during the pre-approval studies should rightfully be taken as an exemption. Examples are: pregnancy, childbearing age, breast feeding, suspected covid recovery, immune deficiency and chronic disease. However, the CDC and FDA have been white-washing this, so others are given cover.

Mammograms / fertility. The vaccines do not stay in the arm muscle as we have been told. They distort the breast tissue on the side where the woman got the shot and so she is advised to wait a year after the vaccine to get a mammogram. The vaccines also migrate to the ovaries and in animal tests adversely affected fertility. The consent form warns away pregnant women and those planning to be pregnant soon. Dr. McCullough says that in the absence of safety data, under no circumstances should a pregnant woman take the covid vaccine.

Recovered from covid infection. In an extremely large study, Quantifying the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 reinfection over time by Murchu and others, it was demonstrated that after having had covid or even just a positive test for the antibodies, the risk of being infected with covid was astonishingly low (0.3%) even when directly exposed. So, there is no benefit to vaccination—only risk. On the other hand, the CDC became overwhelmed and in May stopped counting (beyond 10,000 cases)  of covid among those who were vaccinated.

Delta and other variants. In the UK, it was shown that by June 25, 2021, 42% of the cases with the Delta mutation were among the fully vaccinated. So, as the Delta predictably becomes dominate in the US, there is less reason, not more, to take the shot. Guide to Names: Alpha = UK, Beta = South Africa, Delta = India, Lambda = Peru. This study, COVID-19 vaccines dampen genomic diversity of SARS-CoV-2: Unvaccinated patients exhibit more antigenic mutational variance by Neisen and others, explains how the vaccine is actually creating these more transmissable strains.

Testing—World Health Organization new position. The organization has taken a position against asymptomatic testing. Read about that. Dr. McCullough said that some colleges were testing students weekly and coming up with a lot of false positives. [Imagine the needless disruption.] Approved tests as evidence of antibodies to give for travel, = Abbott, Roche, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and dozens of others. The T-Detect test shows T cell immunity from having had the disease. However, the CDC and apparently most employers and sports organizations do not give deserved credit for the more robust and long-lasting immunity from having recovered. [Dumb. Just another excuse to sell more vaccines?]

Treatment. Dr. McCullough listed the multi-medication and the nutraceutical program that has been saving 85% of lives even among high risk patients. Read about the plans by clicking on those two links. At least check out this resource. He says clinical experience has shown that the Delta and Lambda variants seem even easier to treat. Dr. McCullough reminds us that the disease should be treated in the early stages when it is mild, especially for those over 50 with medical issues. That way it will stay mild and go away in a couple of days. Waiting for 2 weeks and going to the hospital because you are very sick is a very bad idea.

Masks. A recent very large trial published in the Annals of Int Med showed that public health masking is not very effective. Dr. McCullough says that the masks do make sense (at least to block sneezes) for doctors, dentists, hairdressers and others in close contact.

Studies. There are over 100,000 studies now on covid-19. Dr. McCullough uses them as a basis for his statements. (They are available online many months before being published in print.) When a spokesperson flatly says that the vaccines are safe and effective, they are spouting propaganda, not following science.



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