IM Doc has been e-mailing with reports of what he sees as the increasing moral and literal breakdown of the practice of medicine in the US. The latter is the result of more and more resignations by seasoned and often highly competent doctors before normal retirement who have had it. They are sick of the increasing regimentation, the administrative demands (mainly the result of insurance), the lack of guidance as to what to do under Covid (unlike past infectious disease outbreaks), the dismissal of adverse findings for the Covid vaccines (declining efficacy and injuries) and now burnout due to thinned ranks of doctors and nurses as a result of the elevated quitting rates.
We are hoisting some of his patient and community data and anecdata from other sources on declining efficacy of the Covid mRNA vaccines, a topic that is apparently (finally) becoming less verboten in the medical community.
One reason IM Doc is particularly qualified to comment since he has maintained meticulous and extensive records of patient outcomes. For instance, he can pull out how many retina detachments he has had each year among his patients and their age when it happened.
An example of the sort of data he has been keeping since the start of Covid (this from a Sept 17 e-mail):
47 calls today. Zero unvaxxed. Zero J&J, 11 three shots, 8 4 shots, 28 5 or more shots. All but three patients have had Covid before, and an entire 21 patients have had three or more episodes.
of that 28, 18 are from 2 superspreader events…..both of these events were vaxx only parties late last week.
One of IM Doc’s themes is that (increasingly) recent vaccination by the Covid vaccines is correlated with a new infection not long after. This outcome has become so frequent that it is leading to outrage among patients who got a booster and then in fairly short order got Covid, and to patient rejection of advertising and MD pressure to get a Covid booster (although per below, the latter is waning).
Before you think this is nuts, local officials have admitted to that pattern. From an e-mail on September 26:
The health department people spoke to the doctors today. “Since the new boosters were started, we are seeing large numbers of cases again very rapidly in the vaccinated – so expect an influx this week.” This has happened every time we have a new booster – so why expect it to be any different now? Absolute deer in the headlights when they were asked what could possibly be the cause of this every time?
From an e-mail of September 21:
I was emailed last night by a former student now working at the FDA…. I called him today at lunch at his request – he is wanting a reference letter – “I am done. I cannot work here anymore. What they have done is immoral. They ALL know the problems. They all know how unethical all of this is. You cannot comprehend the deceptive shit going on here. I need to get out of here. I can no longer face my kids at night. I want them to respect their father. I do not even respect myself.” I find myself being forced into the elder position – I guess I have achieved that age. That does not make any of this easy.
I am now being informed by multiple patients daily that their subspecialists – cardiologists, oncologists, etc – are demanding that they NOT take these boosters. I am having to do far less counseling because they have already received marching orders from the specialists.
This is exactly how it happened with Vioxx and then again with opiates. For months/years we just talked amongst ourselves as docs. The quickening phase started when I began to notice the other docs talking to the patients or the press. The rage is on the way.
From August 31:
Another cluster has occurred. I call it the “Spit and Whittle” Club. A group of 15-20 old guys who sit out in the park in the summer or in a local restaurant in the winter. They spend about an hour or two together in close quarters every AM. There was a big BRUHA last year because 6 of them refused to be vaxxed, the other 10-15 did get vaxxed and boosted – and then refused to let the unvaxxed participate any further. Lots of anger and hard feelings for about a year. Then around the time of the 5th booster, they relented and let the unvaxxed join in again. One of them died last week. They had a big get-together in a local restaurant in his honor on Saturday of this week. Big COVID event. Remember yesterday how the young people with COVID are still going to work as waiters, etc? Well it happened. The 6 unvaxxed are not ill nor positive at all. Nothing. There were 12 vaxxed – 11 of them are sick and positive, 1 has been negative so far. 1 had to be admitted last night for a severe coughing pneumonia ( these are all very old guys).
There is some very very serious anger being expressed to me and my colleagues from these 12 old guys. WE DID THE RIGHT THING, AND YET WE ARE SICK, THIS REALLY IS A CLUSTER, ISN’t IT?, THIS IS HOW WELL THIS SHIT WORKS – AND THEY DID ALL THAT FORCING FOR THIS? MAN, I REALLY FEEL STUPID. THEY SURE DUPED ME. TO THINK, WE ALMOST MADE ENEMIES OUT OF OUR FRIENDS, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ENDED UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE. THAT IS WHAT I GET FOR LISTENING TO THESE ASS HOLES.
One comment after another.
If there is a reason why this is happening, or if there is some rational explanation for the whole chain of events, our authorities need to be front and center in discussing this. They of course are not. They are not addressing this in any way shape or form. I guess that tells us all we need to know. It is obvious they would rather have wild speculation and intense anger be the response than a rational discourse. I am so so glad my father and so many of my mentors are not around to see this happening.
This is not going well at all. I am done holding water for these people in any way. The trust in the institutions that has been a mainstay of my life and my fellow citizens is completely and totally breached.
The anger is mounting and I just cannot see how this ends well at all.
Let me share with you the tale that has been going on all week here. A large Catholic family of 11 kids from all over the East have rented a mansion here. They all arrived last weekend. 11 kids aged 58-80 and every one has a spouse. 22 people in total. Some kind of family reunion. 4 of them – 2 couples were unvaxxed. Accordingly, they were not allowed to stay in the house – but had to get hotel rooms. All of the other 18 are in the mansion. Of those 18, 7 of them have already had the new vaxx in the past 2 weeks – all in their home states. Would not want to travel without protection don’t you know. So every last one of the 18 in that house have become positive for COVID in the past few days. The 4 unvaxxed not staying in the house are just fine. All of their activities together have been outdoors. I have now had to admit 3 of these elder family members to the hospital. All mild but hypoxic – we just want to keep an eye on them. All 3 have received the recent booster.
Because these people are all genetically related, and we have such stark exposure profiles, and an obvious outbreak, this would be the perfect situation to do intense epidemiologic studies. I called the FDA – they literally laughed at me on the phone.
In any type of issue in the past, I have been connected with an investigator or a physician and listened to intently. In every situation before, I was faxed or emailed a confirmation, and a written plan, and then weeks later a report. Not this time or any time since these came out. Just LOL from a clerk on the phone.
The questions are important……
What variants are we dealing with here? Whatever we are dealing with clearly can jump the vaccine…..should we be taking this seriously?
What immunologic status are these patients? Why did some have to be admitted? Why are the sickest ones almost perfectly correlate with the number of shots? Half of them are from the same bloodline – so there would be much less confounding in the cohort.
Again – laughed off the phone line. Literally. By a clerk. Never allowed to talk to a nurse or MD.
I spoke with my contact there in the upper echelons of the FDA – His response – “It is all a lie. They do not want to know anything about these types of problems. You have no idea the deception.” This is the same guy I told you a few weeks ago looking to make his exit. He can no longer handle it.
I am slowly realizing that our federal officials are now totally corrupted. There will be no change. We are just going to have to learn to deal with it until the detonation is so bad it cannot be ignored. They have no interest or care in dealing with these issues being seen by the front line docs……why should any site put their reputation on the line? They will just lie and equivocate about that too…..
The humiliation of the entire profession is now complete. I am now, along with many colleagues I know across the country, coming to terms with this. And most importantly, how this will affect the rest of our careers. And what we need to do. The resignations and retirements before age 60 are now starting to happen at an accelerating pace monthly.
Mind you, there is plenty more where that came from. The press is mystified as to why large swathes of American patients have become vaccine averse generally due to the Covid vaccine mandates followed by widespread evidence of poor performance (even before getting to Covid vaccine injuries). But that’s because the “poor performance” part is still depicted as conspiracy theory, to the extent the media even acknowledges doctor and man on the street conflicting experience.
And let’s not forget the number of doctors who were attacked and threatened with loss of their licenses for questioning the vaccines or merely calling out signals in data that warranted further examination. 1
The CDC and the FDA have done irreparable damage to public health and trust in the medical profession in the US. Yet they seem to believe that their messaging can overcome reality.
1 I do think there was a case for the vaccines pre and even somewhat into Delta. First, if you got a severe case of Covid and had to be hospitalized, you tied up a bed for 2-3 weeks and were highly likely to die. So the vaccines preserved hospital capacity (which includes being able to treat strokes and heart attacks and accident victims). IM Doc’s meticulous data through showed more severe cases among the unvaxxed at least late summer 2021…and in his deep blue county, there were way more vaxxed than unvaxxed. But it was utterly inexcusable not to track injuries (among other things, doing so would enable doctors to identify sub-populations where the risk/return tradeoff was poor, and to determine if batch quality and/or poor administration played a role, like not aspirating the needle first, or vaccinating someone while they had a asymptomatic case). It’s also made it very hard to pick apart poor outcomes resulting from Covid infection versus (remember, even under wild type and Delta, many cases were asymptomatic, so there are likely vastly more people who have had Covid multiple times than is known or acknowledged).