Fixing Air Hunger in America
A heart-breaking MSN news report takes us inside the Children’s Hospital New Orleans to learn that a growing number of kids who are short of breath and for whom there are no emergency-use vaccines, are suffering incessantly. It’s not just COVID-19 lung infections, but potentially life-threating respiratory syncytial virus that can cause some of the same symptoms, says the news report. Parents sleep chairs by their child’s hospital bed in fear they are on the edge of death.
The MSN report goes on to state: “children are struggling to get enough oxygen… some children were suffering more because of underlying health problems, but other severe cases at the hospital had little explanation. A doctor there says: “this is kind of uncharted territory.” If doctors don’t know, then who does?
CNBC reports of a woman who is chronically nauseated and sleepless, 27-year-old runner who is now physically incapacitated. She can’t catch her breath. “I think I’m going to die,” she says. “I was pretty much dismissed by every doctor,” she says. “Just ride it out,” doctors advised her. “They are saying it is COVID, but they also saying they don’t know what to do.” Another patient reports he has no appetite; his symptoms go unexplained also.
The problems are being blamed on widespread vaccine refusal that is spreading COVID. But many of these cases and symptoms are occurring after vaccination.
Conscious versus unconscious breathing
Normally humans breathe unconsciously. The rate of breathing is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Healthy people don’t have to think about breathing. It is automatically controlled by blood/oxygen levels.
A University of Nebraska health bulletin states: “Medically speaking, shortness of breath means a patient has to actually think about breathing.”
Reasons for shortness of breath
Shortness of breath, which can occur when someone is anemic (not enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to tissues due to iron deficiency), which is usually resolved by use of iron pills, is not the type of breathing problem that occurs in Covid-19. Young women, anemic due to menstrual blood losses, often experience this form of breathlessness when climbing stairs.
Nor is it the problem of breathing out (exhaling, wheezing) that asthmatics experience.
Not caused by a cytokine storm
Nor is COVID-19 lung infection explained by what is called the “cytokine (si-toe-keen) storm.”
The marker for lung inflammation (interleukin-6) is within the normal range in most cases of COVID-19. Respiratory failure in COVID-19 cases is not driven by inflammation per se.
At a “cytokine summit,” held almost a year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, researchers noted “disappointing results thus far of IL-6 blockade in numerous randomized clinical trials, several of which have been halted due to futility.”
Happy hypoxia (low oxygen levels in blood)
Doctors call the COVID-19 type of breathing problem “happy hypoxia.” Patients with low blood oxygen levels have no consciousness of oxygen deprivation or what is medically called dyspnea (“air hunger” says the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine).
This type of breathing problem typically sets in 4-8 days after symptomatic illness begins say Mayo Clinic doctors. Because the blood is not circulating enough oxygen, the heart rate increases to the point where it is racing to keep up with demand for air – a condition called tachycardia.
A physician with 30 years of emergency room experience says he has watched patients come into the ER with COVID-19 and have blood oxygen levels as low as 50%, so low they should have been incoherent, even unconscious. Yet they are completely alert. Normal blood oxygen saturation is between 85-100%, and below 90% is considered abnormal.
Doctors suspect the nervous system has gone awry. But why?
Physicians refer to a long list of 25 reasons why the autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly in cases of COVID-19. The lack of thiamine, vitamin B1, is one of them. Intravenous thiamine/B1 therapy increases oxygen consumption. But entire explanations of how to treat long-term autonomic dysfunction in COVID-19 cases, including shortness of breath, don’t even mention vitamin B1, which is not used till the patient is in the intensive care unit. Modern medicine casts a blind eye towards vitamin therapy. It is not mentioned in report after report.
If there is no cytokine storm in the lungs of COVID-19 patients, maybe this is the much-talked-about symptomless (asymptomatic) COVID-19. An estimated 6-41% of COVID-19 patients “may be infected” but have no symptoms. But is there really an infection, or just a false-positive test? Or maybe the infection is not causal and just a by-stander.
Lack of oxygenation can happen when sacs in the lungs are coated with fluid, blocking oxygen exchange. This type of pneumonia can occur secondarily to sedentary patients who don’t exercise and expand their lungs. People taking sedatives (Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin and Restoril) may not expand their lungs and increase their risk for pneumonia. Anticholinergic drugs (anti-psychotic drugs, antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-Parkinson drugs) increase risk for pneumonia. When these drug-taking patients develop COVID, their risk for pneumonia is further heightened.
What do doctors know anyway?
Pediatric doctors Mark W. Kline and Stephen W. Hales point their finger at the Delta variant, citing only 37% of the new COVID-19 cases are fully vaccinated. They go on to mistakenly say: “This is large
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