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Monday, April 25, 2022
Joel Hirschhorn COVID Misinformation Watch, Long COVID Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

It's been a while since we checked in on serial COVID misinformer Joel Hirschhorn. He's been turning his attention lately to long COVID, a good and medically justifable thing -- but, unfortunately, he's trying to blame COVID vaccines for being a factor.

In his Feb. 3 column, he asserted that "vaccines create the same blood clot problem as COVID itself in many people," which for which he offers no evidence. In fact, the blood clot complications are extremely rare and mostly limited to the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines (the latter of which is not used in the U.S.), and that you're much more likely to get a blood clot from COVID than a vaccine. Hirschhorn continued:

Months ago, in July 2021, a brave and smart Canadian doctor, Charles Hoffe, went public with his findings on COVID-vaccinated patients. Using the d-dimer test of blood, he found that 62% of hundreds of his vaccinated patients had high numbers indicating the presence of micro blood clots. A d-dimer test measures the amount of degraded fibrin in the blood.

He did more than just release that finding. He said that the use of mRNA vaccines would "kill most people through heart failure."

[...]

In plain language he said that the mRNA shots are programmed to turn a person's body into a spike protein "factory," and that over time these mass-produced spike proteins cause progressive blood clotting.

He said what other medical experts have expressed, namely that only 25% of the "vaccine" injected into a person's arm actually stays in the arm. The other 75% is collected by your lymphatic system and literally fed into your circulation so these little packages of messenger RNA invade your body. And in a single dose of Moderna "vaccine" there are literally 40 trillion mRNA molecules.

In fact, the spike protein used in COVID vaccines is not toxic, nor does it linger in the body at any toxic level after vaccination. Hoffe is currently facing a disciplinary panel in Canada for spreading CPOVID misinformation.

Hirschhorn went on to cite "the work of Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi. He has noted 'immune and blood-related categories of risks from vaccines: (1) Clotting from the direct action of spike protein in the bloodstream; (2) Further clotting from the immune system attacking spike-producing endothelial cells.'" As we noted the last time Hirschhorn cited him, Bhakdi is a rabid anti-Semite.

Hirschhorn used his Feb. 21 column to hype isolated cases of myocarditis in young men who got the vaccine -- a rare but acknowledged risk -- and one case of a woman who died of anaphylaxis from getting a vaccines, then went into devil's advocate to spread doubt. He conceded that the CDC says allergic reactions to the vaccine happen in only 5 in one million people, then added, "But are the people giving the shots capable of predicting who is at significant risk of a deadly allergic reaction?" He similarly acknowledged that most medical professionals say that the risk of dying of COVID far exceeds the risk of being hurt by the vaccine, then added: "Which side are you on? Can most people reasonably estimate their risk from COVID vaccine shots?"

Hirschhorn concluded by playing the fear card again:

The main point is that people really are dying because of COVID vaccine shots. In some cases, there are no symptoms acting as a warning of a deadly outcome.

It is often argued by pro-vaccine people that no causality has been proven between COVID vaccine shots and subsequent deaths. That is not true. Autopsies are critically important. Timing by itself does not prove causality. The CDC position is: "Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem."

One can only imagine how many thousands of post-vaccine deaths could have been shown to be caused by vaccine shots if detailed, first-rate autopsies had been done and the results made public. Word is seeping out that hospitals are persuading families of their dead loved ones to cremate their bodies to avoid autopsies.

Note that a new analysis concludes: "As of 6 February 2022, based on publicly available official U.K. and U.S. data, all age groups under 50 years old are at greater risk of fatality after receiving a COVID-19 inoculation than an unvaccinated person is at risk of a COVID-19 death. All age groups under 80 years old have virtually no benefit from receiving a COVID-19 inoculation, and the younger ages incur significant risk."

This review shows that it is time for vaccine coercion and mandates to stop. The truth is that vaccine shots are not always safe.

That "analysis" probably shouldn't be trusted. First off, neither of its authors are medical professionals; Stephanie Seneff is a computer scientist who, as we documented, loves to spread medical misinformation, and Kathy Dopp is a mathematician who's an aggressive anti-vaxxer. The fact their study has been embraced by the likes of quack doctor Joseph Mercola is another reason not to trust it.

Hirschhorn continued to baselessly link vaccines to long COVID in his March 9 column:

There is a very high probability that recovered COVID victims succumbed to all the government coercion and propaganda and got the vaccine shots, even though they have natural immunity governments have not given credit for.

hysicians also are likely seeing "COVID" patients who never had proven COVID infection but were vaccinated. Surely there have been millions of Americans who might have been infected but were asymptomatic and did not have a positive test result. They may assume they were infected! And they very likely got vaccinated. Physicians seeing these people who are complaining of long COVID symptoms may actually be seeing people suffering from vaccine impacts. The medical reason is that spike proteins cause micro blood clots, and the main mRNA vaccines pump bodies full of spike proteins.

Hirschhorn went on to rehash Hoffe's conspiracy theories, which tells us he has no information to impart and must keep relying on the misinformers he has previously embraced.

He was still at it in his April 19 column. Surprisingly, he actually found an mainstream article that discussed the possibility, though he barely acknowleged the fact that the article called any possible link between vaccines and long COVID extremely rare. He hyped a protocol that a physician, Bruce Patterson, developed to treat long COVID, but didn't mention that Patterson has fought to keep his protocol from beingendorsed by anti-vaxx activists like the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance. Indeed, Hirschhorn seems to be miffed that Patterson isn't buying into his conspiracy theories about long COVID: "In none of Patterson's considerable writings is there any mention of micro blood clots, nor has he invoked them as explaining the vascular inflammation his treatment protocol addresses."

Hirschhorn eventually complained about the lack of data on the effectiveness of Patterson's protocol -- which others have also noticed, meaning that he can get things right on occasion -- and concluded: "Sometimes it is necessary to consider whether something is really not as good, safe and effective as it's marketing proclaims, especially for a medical cure. If something seems too good to be true, it just might be false. It comes down to trust." The same can be said about Hirschhorn's conspiratorial claims.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:07 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 25, 2022 9:05 PM EDT

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