Yves here. We very much appreciate IM Doc providing a rousing fundraiser post, but we also wanted to call to your attention that his article includes an important and what appears to be systematic gap in Covid data that has important implications for vaccine policy.
And the tomatoes and other vegetables are from IM Doc’s garden.
By IM Doc, a internal medicine doctor working in a rural hospital in the heartlands
I have followed this site since the financial crisis of 2006-9. I had been a lurker, never engaging in commenting until the COVID issues began to occur. I do feel qualified to discuss and moderate in this field and Yves and Lambert have been so wonderful in accomodating what I had to say. This site has always been a place where reality is foremost on everyone’s agenda (Lambert’s Mr. Subliminal: Please stop by the Tip Jar and give generously to help Naked Capitalism strengthen your resistance to elite-serving narratives).
So because I know so little about the financial world, I did not contribute any commentary on those topics. But then the COVID disaster began, and the reality being presented by our mainstream media and politicians was not in any way the reality of those of us on the ground. So, I began commenting. Soon enough, Yves contacted me to join the COVID “Brain Trust”. And we have been doing so for the past 3 years.
I have access to some of the best minds in medicine, to weekly conferences at some of our most prestigious universities, and colleagues and former students in all of the alphabet agencies. But I will admit that it has been this site and the commenters on this site and everyone’s grasp on reality that have been what has kept me going the past 3 years. I could not be more grateful. And a check is on the way right now to this site. We must keep this going. Can you do your part? Please go to the donation page and contribute bigly.
I have been giving frequent reports of what I am seeing on the ground to the Brain Trust this whole time. I get the idea at times that they cannot believe what is actually happening. I remember that feeling distinctly when it was clear in early 2021 that the vaccines were having a lot of breakthrough infections which I was seeing in abundance. It is a very discordant note when all of the media personalities, Biden, Fauci, and Walensky are all over the news talking about 100% efficacy and I am reporting “Guys, not so fast – we have a real problem here.” To their credit, Yves and Lambert let this discussion happen in public. And I think we all know how that story ended. Again, when reality is the most important criteria, the truth will always win.
Behind the scenes, Yves and Lambert and the whole crew work tirelessly to maintain the integrity of the comments. I do not know of another site where this is so. And trust me, I have seen a lot of the COVID whoppers that have come over the transom. Their time and energy in this endeavor is just an incredible gift to us all.
I distinctly remember one commenter in 2021 who was just all over the site for “getting people killed” etc. I remember comments from this person like “Real doctors don’t talk like that” insinuating I was a bot or something. That person was painstakingly tracked down and found to be a bot from Wikipedia. Yes Wikipedia. Yves and Lambert bring magical skills in this kind of thing.
It was at that point that I knew in my heart that this situation was going to get real ugly real quick. That same person berated me in the comments section for being concerned that vaccine mandates were soon on the way – “No one in their right mind would even think that”, etc. And then when they finally did arrive, “Unvaxxed people are horrible people and lots more besides mandates should be done to them.” Ahh, those heady days.
Again, ugly. And I know now for sure that we are nowhere near the end of this saga. There are so many ways that things are different than standard medical practice for ages that it is hard to keep up with. Along with countless others on the front lines, I feel totally betrayed by the federal health authorities. It is hard to put into words the depths of where they have taken the general public. I guarantee you that 60% or more of average citizens do not believe a thing the CDC or FDA says and they never will again. Generations of trust have been pulverized. And it will take generations to recover, if ever. Our entire medical system is on life support now, and this will soon be obvious to every American.
It is crystal clear to me that the public health datasets have been fatally compromised. All of the narratives being poured forth on your TV are very likely fatally corrupted. I will give just one example so you will know what I am talking about.
I have not personally admitted a single patient since June to the hospital who was not fully vaxxed and/or boosted. Not one. From talk in the Doctor’s Lounge and at meetings, I can tell the same thing is happening to others. There may be an occasional unvaxxed patient here or there – but the vast vast majority of admissions are vaxxed and boosted.
So imagine my surprise a few Mondays ago when it was announced in a medical meeting by the admin MBA types that over the weekend 70% of the admissions were unvaxxed. I happened to be on call over that weekend. I knew that was a complete deception. But they were planning to go to the public and announce that fact to all. And I knew exactly how this had happened.
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have proven themselves over and over again to be completely incapable of handling any kind of data in any kind of reliable manner. Vaccine documentation is no exception. The “Star Trek” tech folks have bamboozled us into believing that we are living in a new reality where the computers do no wrong. But that is just not the case.
These conclusions are being driven by data that is being generated by the EMRs. But the data is wrong.
I took the admin person by the ear to the wards on that Monday and demonstrated myself what the EMR had documented as their vaxx status and then what reality actually was. In every single case on that day, there were obvious errors/differences/screw ups. This is not being done on purpose. This is a demonstration in blind faith in “technology”. But this is a critical error and can lead to massive misconceptions. This same disturbed data collection has been going on for the past 3 years – not just in hospital admissions but in every aspect of COVID. Our datasets are completely corrupted and I fear that there is absolutely no way to fix it. Even more disturbing to me is that the officials HAVE TO KNOW this is screwed up and have done nothing about it. As for me, I trust absolutely no data on any paper that is told to be derived from EMRs or any algorithm. It is not worth the paper it is printed on.
Again, we are nowhere near the end of this event. I am very concerned about some of the things I am seeing. I know how these things tend to play out in history. I have taught those things for decades. I will be right here continuing the discussion about these issues as we go forward. I am so grateful to Yves and Lambert and this site. And I am so grateful to the commenters as well do everything we can to keep everyone based in reality.