Monday, June 24, 2024


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce


Hippocratic vs. Technocratic Medicine

researcher and test tubes

Opinion | Many of our technocrats seem undeterred by the failure of public health policies and associated new technologies to mitigate the COVID pandemic. Consider, for example, Pfizer’s and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines. How successful was this technology in its first large-scale trial run in humans?

A useful metric to cut through a lot of statistical noise is all-cause mortality. We can argue about the causes of death. Did this person die with COVID or from COVID? Was this fatality a vaccine side effect or a random temporal association? But we cannot argue about the body count. It is hard to spin death certificates. A recent preprint study in the medical journal The Lancet found that the mRNA vaccines showed no net benefit for all-cause mortality.

Furthermore, CDC data, as well as data provided by life insurance companies stratified by age, showed a 40 percent rise in all-cause mortality among working-age adults (18- to 64-year-olds) in 2021 during the mass vaccination campaign, as compared to the previous five-year baseline. To put this into context, actuaries tell us that a 10 percent rise in all-cause mortality is a once in 200-year disastrous event. The United States didn’t see this kind of spike even during World War II. When age groups were further stratified, life insurance mortality in quarter three of 2021 during the mass vaccination campaign showed even more alarming excess-mortality statistics among middle-aged adults:

  • 81% increase for 25- to 34-year-olds
  • 117% for 35- to 44-year-olds
  • 108% for 45- to 54-year-olds
  • 70% for 55- to 64-year-olds

Most of these excess deaths were not due to COVID. Nor can missed screenings and missed medical appointments during lockdowns account for most of these deaths. If you skip a colonoscopy, you don’t die the following year of colon cancer. You get a slight elevation in your risk of dying from cancer sometime in the next 10 to 20 years. Likewise if you have diabetes and miss your routine primary care appointment for a year, you might consequently have poorly controlled blood sugar for several months. This leads not to death a year later, but to a mildly elevated risk of diabetic complications much further down the road.

Something else—something sudden and acute—happened in 2021 that massively affected mortality for young and middle-aged adults. Our public health establishment has shown no interest in examining this disaster. This total disinterest is a barometer of their priorities.

However, along with other concerned doctors and scientists, I’ve begun working with insurance industry executives and regulators who are keen on getting answers regarding vaccine safety and other potential causes of this dramatically increased mortality. But regardless of whether it turns out that vaccines caused net harm, it’s at least clear that the mRNA vaccines produced no net mortality benefits for the population. (It may turn out that an age-stratified analysis will reveal overall benefit for the elderly offset by overall harm to the young—the jury is still out. My read of the current data suggests that any benefits to some populations will remain short-term and will be offset by longer-term problems.)

We were reassured time and again by the health establishment that mRNA vaccines would not alter our DNA. The conventional dogma in genetics for many years was that DNA is transcribed to RNA which is translated into proteins: the arrow moved only in this direction, or so we thought. But we now know the direction can sometimes be reversed by enzymes such as reverse transcriptase, the mechanism found in HIV viruses. A recent study found that mRNA from the COVID vaccines was inserted into the DNA of human liver cells in the lab (in vitro).

This finding needs to be reproduced in animal models (in vivo), but this study suggests that the reassurances that these vaccines could not change our DNA may have been premature. We are learning as we go with this technology: shooting (or jabbing) first and asking questions later. Despite the lackluster performance of the mRNA platform in its first mass rollout, enthusiasts remain undeterred. According to advocates, this was merely an early experiment for these genetic therapies (one cannot plausibly call them vaccines any longer, even with the CDC changing its definition of vaccine last year to accommodate these products).

One notable mRNA technology enthusiast, Jamie Metzl, has an impressive pedigree. According to his bio, Metzl is “a leading technology futurist” and member of the WHO’s international advisory committee on human genome editing. He is the author of five books, including Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. Mr. Metzl also previously served on the U.S. National Security Council and with the United Nations.

He recently published an article in Newsweek on the future of mRNA technologies with the headline, “Miraculous mRNA Vaccines Are Only the Beginning.” Metzl claims that these vaccines offer an “early look at how the miraculous tools of the genetics revolution will transform our health care and our world over the coming years.” We now have powers to hack our DNA, he opines, and “the new vaccines are perfect early examples of this ‘godlike technology.’” (Emphasis mine.)

These are his words, not mine. Metzl explains, “The vaccines, in essence, transform our bodies into personalized manufacturing plants producing an otherwise foreign object to trigger our natural immune response.” The possibilities are endless, he waxes: “This approach will soon create a whole new platform for fighting cancers and other diseases, as well as for providing enhancements even more profound than vaccination.”

While these transformations were well underway before the pandemic, COVID “supercharged the genetics revolution,” which “will soon touch our lives ever more intimately.” This revolution will include not just enormous advances in agriculture, industry, and medicine, it will also “recast our evolutionary trajectory as a species.”

To Metzl’s credit—and here I agree with him—he advises, “The future of our species and world is too important to be left to a small number of experts and officials. We each need to take responsibility for educating ourselves on these critical issues. … We must all be informed, empowered citizens demanding accountability from our leaders at all levels.”

This article was originally published by the Brownstone Institute. Aaron Kheriaty, former Professor of Psychiatry at the UCI School of Medicine and Director, Medical Ethics at UCI Health, is a Senior Scholar of the Brownstone Institute. He is the author of the book “The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State.”

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7 Responses

  1. If government officials, health department, CDC, FDA want to reduce death ☠️. They would stop ☣️? people under 65 years.
    Then find out how many extra death ☠️ was in vaccinated people and how many extra death ? were in vaccine free people.

    I don’t believe extra death ☠️ caused supply chain ⛓️ and inflation.
    However extra disabled could?

  2. If government officials, health department, CDC, FDA don’t want to reduced death ☠️ , then they should be eliminated.


  3. The Hippocratic Oath has not been used by doctor’s in almost 50 years. Over that time modern medicine has returned to the stone age. The doctor’s pledge is to treat for profit and money in the pocket and the patient’s health is of no concern because a healthy patient is profit lost. This has been the exact rally cry for the fake covid pandemic from the entire medical mafia.

  4. “enthusiasts remain undeterred. According to advocates”

    You know what… Screw them, every last one of them. We did not spend a fortune over the last several decades keeping gmo foods off our plate, and chemicals out of our body, only to turn around and cheer lead for genetic modification of everything around us. They can choke on their supposed sciences and for what little respect we may have had for the already long since corrupt medical practices, now we have even less. Put everyone tinkering with genetics in prison, there is no justified reason to even acknowledge this is good science, much less something worthy of public funding and praising words like pedigree or whatever.

    Get your mind around it, you are a victim of mass formation psychosis too. Snap out of it son, all of our lives depend on it. They made a damned fortune. It was racketeering, collusion, pre meditated acts, violations of RICO and monopoly statutes. We don’t need to debate excess deaths, but it would be acceptable at this point to push these pharma executives to the gallows, and very long prison sentences. So now the next delay and distraction is to talk about the issue with insurance adjusters. Brilliant, but what planet are you on? Does anyone have a pitchfork I can borrow?

  5. I’d like to see a link to data sources with this article. For instance, I have difficulty searching the CDC website to validate the assertion that there was a 40 percent rise in all-cause mortality among working-age adults (18- to 64-year-olds) in 2021 during the mass vaccination campaign.

  6. CDC released weekly COVID death by age , and all death by age .
    the data and graph start at January 2020.
    I google’ COVID death by Age ‘
    I stopped checking OCT 2021.
    and their were more death in all age groups except over 85.

    I also saw a increase in hospital emergency in April 2021.

  7. I downloaded data from CDC death by age during COVID.

    I compare 2021 death to 2020 death.

    age. 3 rd quarter. all year.
    0 to 18. +6%. +5%
    18 to 29. +6%. +7%
    30 to 39. +23%. +17%
    40 to 49. +27%. +17%
    50 to 64. +17%. +10%

    The increase fowells death with COVID .
    Data shows ? did not prevent ☠️. or the Delta was stronger than ? in people under 85 years.

    To see how many ☠️ from ?. We need to compare ? to ??.

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