Natural Immunity Webinar: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 4-5:30 PM ET
The Chloroquine Wars Part CIII
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." -Thomas Jefferson
This coming Tuesday, I will be honored to be the least-qualified member of a panel of brilliant experts discussing the role that natural immunity plays in protecting people from infection of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.
Aside from advertising the event, I wanted to introduce my participation this way ("least qualified panelist") because it is a teachable learning moment. I am neither a doctor nor a biologist. It is probably the case that over the past two years I have caught up on many topics to levels of an undergraduate biology major, some to the level of a graduate student, and a handful to the level of a researcher. During that time, a great thirst has been ignited in me due to a combination of urgency (belief in the importance of the topics) and plain ole curiosity. I am constantly reading about a large breadth of topics, discussing them with other smart people (generalists and domain-adjacent experts), and domain experts. Writing about them forces me to organize my thoughts, and hopefully helps some audience learn more along the way.
I suspect that I am invited due to articles such as this one where I piggy-back off of the observations of the brilliant medical professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff who co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration. That is to say that I am not afraid to share a thought outside of what an expert whom I greatly respect has stated. And any time anyone studies a topic, they should not be afraid to share their thoughts that veer away from, outside, or over the top of what experts have already said. We may be often wrong as we do so, but as long as we are willing to remain humble enough to course correct as we learn and understand more, that's fine. In fact, that's better than fine. I would say that we are not even participating in the scientific process until we are thinking through the meaning of the evidence ourselves.
While I do not have a degree in science (being married to a biochemist does make stepping into this territory easier), I am participating in this particular webinar with the self-image of something like the "junior scientist" on the panel. As such, I will be spending most of my time over the next several days digging into and organizing as much relevant research on the topic as I can in preparation (and organizing some of it at campfire.wiki). Otherwise, what I suspect that I will be able to uniquely contribute to the seminar includes statistical insights. Perhaps I also fit an intermediate educational space that will allow me to formulate my own questions for those on the panel with deeper expertise in the primary topics.
Systemic Vaccine Efficacy and Excess Mortality
I know that right now readers are hungry for the conversations swirling examining empirical COVID-19 vaccine (in)efficacy (here, here, here, and here) with respect to excess mortality. I am working on synthesis of a lot of studies, data, and articles written by others right now, but have an avalanche of priorities. As such, I wanted to make readers aware of the numerous excellent Substacks that spend some or a great deal of time on this topic, in almost no particular order:
Metatron – I was following his excellent work on Twitter for many months before his account was suspended. Glad to see him diving into the Substack format. Metatron is one of the analysts most likely to hit on this topic and do a good job of it.
Eugyppius – Absolutely one of the best sources of data analysis on pandemic-related topics. I am catching up on some of his writing where the topics most interest me.
Dr. Paul Alexander – I don't actually know if he will be covering excess mortality, but I have learned a ton from Dr. Alexander, so I wanted to push awareness of his new Substack.
Boriqua Gato – How can you not love the bad cat?
Jessica Rose – I couldn't have picked a better spirit sister. No, seriously, I can't think of anyone in the world I'd have rather had as a big sister to annoy while growing up. She is more awesome than a possum (but is not a veterinarian) and has the chops to cover pretty much any pandemic-related topic she likes. I honestly don't know if she will write about excess mortality in relation to vaccine efficacy, but if she does, you'll want to tune in.
Alex Berenson – Since he covers in excess of 14,000 aspects of the pandemonium (more than I can keep up with), it is very possible that he covers this topic or sources somebody doing so.
Andreas Oehler – Andreas is not always an easy read, but worth it for those of us doing our best to learn more about technical topics that help us see around the firehose of propaganda that blinds us.
Steve Kirsch – Last but not least, Steve seeks out whatever aspect of the pandemonium he sees as most impactful at any moment in time. Like a heat-seeking CEO.