RE: Dec. 23 letter by Roger Barker

Which advocates we watch and listen to Dr. Judy Mikovits who, Mr. Barker writes “speaks truth to power.”

Dr. Mikovits has been debunking the Covid19 vaccination on varied websites and videos. She is the ultimate in conspiracy theorists and has no experience in epidemiology.

In a video last May she described an unsubstantiated secret plot by Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci to use the coronavirus pandemic for profit and political power.

She accused Dr. Fauci of hiding her research about how vaccines can damage immune systems.

Dr. Mikovits has a degree in biology from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from George Washington University. From 1992 to 2001, she worked at the National Cancer Institute as a post-doctoral fellow, a staff scientist and a lab director, then served as research director of the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, after her research into chronic fatigue syndrome was discredited, she was fired from Whittemore.

The conspiracy theorists “re-cast a pusher of discredited pseudoscience as a whistle-blowing counterpoint to real expertise,” said Renee DiResta, a disinformation researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory.

Mikovits said a mask causes the wearer to re-inhale their own carbon dioxide -- “a toxic gas” According to MedPage Today, “Just as you can suck air in through a mask rather easily, so can you exhale air out through it. If you’d like to feel the difference, clamp your hand over your mouth and nose and take a stroll. Also, exhaled air is about 16% oxygen, versus atmospheric air which sits at 21%. It’s not pure carbon dioxide.

“You also cannot infect yourself with your own virus. If it comes out of you (i.e., virus droplets in exhaled breath) putting it back in you won’t make you any sicker. Being exposed to the atmosphere -- in fact, leaving its host cell at all -- is a very precarious thing for a virus. It risks drying out its protective moisture coat and falling apart. Taking a brief, exciting tour out your nose, into your mask, and back inside does not energize it, but instead risks inactivating it entirely.”

Space given to me by your publisher Dan does not allow for more debunking of more gobbledygook promulgated by Dr. M.

Remember the M.D.s who, for decades, told us nicotine wasn’t addictive. Shame on them. Remember the so-called scientists, paid by the companies they spoke for who denied coal mining caused black lung disease. Look into the Sackler family, and its fortunes, who said they didn’t know oxycodone was addictive. They had the money to beat anyone going to prison. See the backgrounds of the people who say vaccinations cause autism, despite all evidence to the contrary.

There are still people who believe the earth is flat. See The Flat Earth Society. Still people who believe people lived at the same time as dinosaurs.

Barbara Leedom

So. Yarmouth, MA

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