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AAPS News September 2021 – The Keystone

Volume 77, no. 9  September 2021     

After decades of incrementalism, with surrender of rights in exchange for promised safety or “benefits,” it is becoming plain that neither a nation nor an individual can be half slave and half free. You either have unalienable rights—or you don’t.

If you need an exemption to avoid an action that you believe immoral or potentially lethal, you have no right to liberty.

Medicine, it is said, is the keystone in the arch of socialism. But what about in the structure of freedom? If we abolish the right to bodily integrity, will all freedom collapse?

The elusive SARS-CoV-2 virus might kill fewer than one in a thousand generally healthy people that it infects, but it might be the pretext for completing the destruction of freedom.

Who’s in Charge?

KMED talk show host Bill Meyer asked this question, as have many others. Most of the time, the answer is NOT your doctor.

If you are in the hospital or seen by an employed or a contracted physician, your treatment will be determined by protocol. Doctors who deviate are likely to be fired. Hydroxychloroquine is generally not allowed, but prohibitions go much further. One physician who works in a physician-owned clinic was not allowed to order home oxygen or prednisone. One hospital posted a sign in big red letters: NO vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, or ivermectin.

Physicians may be pressured to give remdesivir (Veklury™), convalescent plasma, or baricitinib (Olumiant™) in combination with remdesivir to unlock a potential bonus payment of up to $20,000 to the hospital from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (https://tinyurl.com/4kspczaf). Under the PrEP act, the hospital enjoys full liability protection when using these “covered” treatments. Still, remdesivir is losing popularity because of ineffectiveness and frequent renal and other organ failure.

The global war against hydroxychloroquine began very early, and recently the attack on early treatment has added ivermectin as that drug has gained attention. The FDA launched a Twitter campaign @US_FDA: “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” The message warns that use of this drug to treat COVID-19 “can be dangerous and even lethal.”

The AMA and its constituent societies leapt into action, warning about increasing calls to poison control centers. AMA,  together with American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) issued a press release stating that they “strongly oppose the ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of a clinical trial” (https://tinyurl.com/py5jvt8a). Physicians disagree. They have been writing about 88,000 prescriptions weekly, and. the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, Haruo Ozaki, recommended that all doctors in Japan immediately begin using ivermectin to treat COVID (https://tinyurl.com/292wbnsv). But many American pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions, telling the patient and the doctor that “we read the data.”

A Needle in Every Arm

The only permitted answer is the shot. Immunity doesn’t matter. Having antibodies and T-cells does not get you a “green pass.” Having the shot does not prevent infection. Vaccinated and unvaccinated shed virus. Israel, the most vaccinated country in the world, is having a massive outbreak, with more COVID-19 infections per capita than any country in the world. But does the shot prevent hospitalization and death? In the UK, a majority of the COVID-19 deaths last month were among vaccinated people, with a death rate dramatically higher than a year ago, when there was no vaccine (tinyurl.com/y3eszkpz). Could the vaccine be worsening the situation? Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of mRNA vaccines, suggests that the vaccine is leading to escape mutants (tinyurl.com/9ppepjz3). It might create a “monoculture” immunity, like monoculture agriculture. A new strain might wipe out a population that had only very narrow immunity.

In the U.S., authorities claim that we are having a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Are almost all the hospitalized or dying patients unvaccinated? Nurses on the frontlines who have access to patient charts say no. Whom should we believe?

Denialism prevails on unexpected post-jab deaths. The CDC asserts that the risk of death from [untreated] COVID is greater than vaccine risk (https://tinyurl.com/st4fk34v). However, in the period Jun 26-Jul 9, about 4,000 deaths following the shots were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), while 3,000 U.S. COVID deaths were reported by Worldometer. Statistics are problematic, especially because of  diagnostic uncertainties involving the cycle threshold of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that have been used as the primary test to diagnose millions of COVID cases (tinyurl.com/2rz82w9m). 

If the virus were the threat, and saving lives the object, all available weapons would be used, especially early treatment, and  open discussion and accurate reporting would be required. It appears instead that the virus is the ally of those who want to destroy the keystone of freedom, and to rule over a compliant population that dutifully shows up for its periodic booster.

“There will be NO return to the old normal”—say Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum and Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization (tinyurl.com/55u4bvw). The anointed experts will rule, with the aid of the profiteers, once the keystone crumbles.


A showdown is imminent for thousands or millions of once-“essential” workers, who have been serving the public since the beginning of the pandemic, if they decline to take the jab. “Once heroes, we’re now zeroes.” Religious freedom is gone in Washington State, denied by Gov. Inslee; 295 state troopers may be fired (tinyurl.com/efzype77). Health and privacy concerns are irrelevant; millions of veteran nurses may be lost (https://tinyurl.com/2dcxpypu). As many as half of front-line workers have declined the jab (https://tinyurl.com/mkvwpecz). No more free speech: Biden allies are instructing cell phone carriers to censor anti-vaccine texts (https://tinyurl.com/d8cfvknn).


Disinfection by Light: Israel’s Ichilov Hospital is the first to use the J. Protect system, made by Israeli start-up Juganu, to disinfect spaces, starting in the imaging departments. Lower-level UV-A can be used while people are present, and UV-C when the room is empty, to deactivate all bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including COVID-1, in less than one hour. The technology, called  The Foam, goes directly into pre-existing light fixtures and can be used in any enclosed space (https://tinyurl.com/n8uk4r99).

HHS Disrupting Monoclonal Antibodies Use: After demonizing nearly every medication with the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally recommended monoclonal antibodies earlier this summer. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opened infusion centers, and hospitalizations declined 20%. Centers were able to order as much as they needed. But now a federal commission will decide when, if, and how much a center can get (tinyurl.com/3xcfykvp).

Product Suspensions: Brazil suspended use of 12 million doses of Chinese-made vaccine that were produced in an unauthorized plant (tinyurl.com/yd2ev6x6). Japanese authorities suspended the use of 2.6 million doses of Moderna vaccine because of visible contamination (tinyurl.com/srhj5vfc). Black particles were found to be stainless steel (tinyurl.com/zuu2c8fd).

Vernon S. (“Bud”) Goltry, M.D., R.I.P.

America just lost a valiant warrior for freedom and ethical medicine to COVID. At age 86, ENT surgeon Bud Goltry was still operating, and fighting corporate medicine in Boise, Idaho, virtually single-handed. He wrote to AAPS on Aug 8 about “The Deadly Politicization of America’s Medical Care,” and on Aug 7 about “The Injection Fraud: a Sane Person’s Guidebook to the Global Pandemic.” Dr. Goltry served as president of AAPS in 1998. His introduction of Yuri Maltsev at the 1995 meeting in Boise is preserved at https://tinyurl.com/5rwrkbpa.

“The FDA protects the big drug companies, and is subsequently rewarded, and using the government’s police powers, they attack those who threaten the big drug companies.  People think that the FDA is protecting them.  It isn’t.  What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as day and night.”

Herbert Ley,  Jr., M.D., FDA Commissioner, 1968-1969

Informational Flooding

This pervasive new internet propaganda tool (https://tinyurl.com/xzy2c3kh) is illustrated well in the reports on calls about ivermectin to poison control centers. Suddenly we see hundreds of articles on so-called “ivermectin poisoning.” Indeed, we see more articles published than there were telephone calls in August on ivermectin to poison control centers in the entire nation. We are asked to believe that six telephone calls to poison control about ivermectin, none of which led to hospitalization, are somehow newsworthy, yet more than 100,000 calls to poison control on Tylenol each year are not. Moreover, no one dies of ivermectin in a typical year, yet Tylenol accounts for 56,000 annual emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and almost 500 deaths. Is a new expensive drug about to be launched?

To recognize informational flooding, look for the number of copycat stories (https://tinyurl.com/sket9uf4).

Massive Reporting Fraud

According to former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, now banned from social media, vaccine adverse reactions are grossly underreported. Moderna received 300,000 reports of side effects over a 3-month period following the launch of its COVID-19 shot, according to an internal report from IQVIA, a company that helps drugmakers manage clinical trials. Its “Q2 2021 update” was labeled “Confidential – For internal distribution only.” 

In 2021, the number of COVID shots administered so far (309 million) is roughly the same as all other vaccines administered in 2020 (316 million). But 36 times more deaths were reported this year from COVID shots than were reported last year from all other vaccines combined. Independent researcher Virginia Stoner suggests that death may be one of the most underreported vaccine injuries of all—the victim may not have a relative or doctor who knows about VAERS and is willing to go through the onerous process of filing a report.

A letter from Doctors for COVID Ethics states that official sources from the EU, UK, U.S., and Switzerland report a combined 34,052 COVID-19 injection-related deaths and more than 5.46 million injuries reported as of Aug 1.

“The Signal of Harm is now indisputably overwhelming, and, in line with universally accepted ethical standards for clinical trials, Doctors for Covid Ethics demands that the ‘Covid’ vaccine programme be halted immediately.”

Despite the dearth of negative media reports and the censorship on social media,  the public has become increasingly skeptical. States have administered 52 million fewer doses than have been distributed to them (https://tinyurl.com/9hae5cv4).

AAPS Calendar

Sep 30. Board meeting; welcome reception

Oct 1-Oct 2. 78th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

FDA Approval Bait and Switch

The announcement that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now “fully approved” by the FDA was immediately followed by the Biden Administration’s call for mandates—but in fact this product was instead granted an extension of its EUA (https://tinyurl.com/ethr29j9). Approval was granted to the “nearly identical” but legally different BioNTech product labeled Comirnaty, which is not yet available. Comirnaty is supposed to follow  the “gene therapy” checklist of 5-year follow-up studies, specifically for myocarditis, stated Dr. Robert Malone in an interview with Steve Bannon (https://tinyurl.com/4rs2cmwm).

It is puzzling that FDA took this action despite the fact that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for CDC to recommend Pfizer at its Aug 30 meeting. They did so without considering the CDC data on waning immunity and variants that were presented to the panel AFTER the vote was taken. They did not discuss safety signals showing 176 times the number of deaths/person vaccinated compared with flu vaccines.

See comments by David Wiseman, Ph.D. (https://tinyurl.com/2jw8kfx2, https://tinyurl.com/adjh8v7p).

COVID-Related Litigation

Oregon Police and Firefighters Sue: Challenging Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order No. 21-29 requiring all executive branch employees to be vaccinated, the Oregon Fraternal Order of Police and the Kingsley Firefighters Association argue that it would result in wrongful termination and conflicts with Oregon statutes (https://tinyurl.com/4uyahj6v).

AFLDS Sues to Stop the Shots: America’s Frontline Doctors v. Becerra, Civil Action No. 2:21-cv-00702-CLM in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (https://tinyurl.com/2deykmz7) presents whistleblower testimony that at least 45,000 deaths have resulted from COVID vaccines. In 1976, the swine flu vaccine was deemed dangerous and removed from the market after 53 deaths.

Los Angeles Police and Firefighters: Firefighters for Freedom and Roll Call 4 Freedom are planning to sue to stop the mandate for all City employees. The mandate affects some 60,000 persons, including 3,350 firefighters, of whom only about half have chosen to take the shot. Roll Call 4 Freedom encourages members not to submit anything, including a religious exemption, because it is “a form of self-reporting.”  Roll Call states that “we must be willing to die on this hill, otherwise there won’t be another to fight on!” (https://tinyurl.com/4xevnxfj).

AG Sues over Employee Mandate: Texas Attorney Ken Paxton has sued the San Antonio Independent School District after it refused to follow Executive Order GA-38, which prohibits governmental entities and officials from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations. Government entities cannot impose mandates for vaccines having only an EUA (https://tinyurl.com/556zwdka).

Military Members Sue DOD: On Aug 18, Robert v. Austin (Civil Action No. 21-CV-2228) was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, arguing that members of the military cannot be forced to accept COVID vaccines under current military regulations. In particular, Army Regulation 40-562 (AR 40-562) “provides documented survivors of an infection, a presumptive medical exemption from vaccination because of the natural immunity acquired as a result of having survived the infection.”  The action is a class action on behalf of active-duty and reserve service members (https://tinyurl.com/pd5enrbn).

Methodist Health System Impermissibly Denies Exemptions: Employers are not allowed to judge validity of religious beliefs, argues Liberty Counsel (https://tinyurl.com/8nxavfyv).

Employees May Be Protected When Speaking Out

Hours after a newspaper published her 2017 letter criticizing hospital executives for causing patient safety problems, Karen Jo Young was fired. Now that the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision, the first ruling on employee speech in 20 years, employers may not be able to enforce a blanket ban on speaking to the media. (NLRB v. Maine Coast Regional Health Facilities, https://tinyurl.com/28b3fxnp).

“If you go to the media and say, ‘There are unsafe working conditions impacting me and my colleagues,’ that’s protected concerted activity,” said attorney Eric Meyer (https://tinyurl.com/e67ky4dw). AAPS general counsel Andrew Schlafly said the ruling, which might in some instances also help victims of sham peer review, is tremendously significant.

AAPS Demands Withdrawal of NPDB Report

AAPS filed an amicus brief in the Texas Supreme Court in  Van Boven v. Freshour (Case No. 20-0117), asking the Court to demand that the Texas Medical Board void its incorrect Adverse Action Report on Dr. van Boven in the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). Although Dr. van Boven prevailed on every point in the complaints brought against him, the TMB refused to withdraw its unjustified, disparaging adverse entry, which continues to harm the doctor. “A Data Bank entry lasts forever, or until it is voided,” writes AAPS. “Sovereign immunity does not apply when state government officials misinterpret, misapply, or misrepresent their powers Properly pleaded ultra vires suits do not implicate sovereign immunity because they do not attempt to exert control over the state but, instead, attempt to reassert control of the state over one of its agents. (tinyurl.com/aw7zk7jh).

Vote with Governor—or Else?

If an elected official holds an occupational license, can he be threatened with loss of livelihood if he votes the wrong way?

Sports medicine physician Jeremy Henrichs, who is an elected  member of the Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education and is on the faculty of the University of Illinois Carle College of Medicine, is being subjected to an investigation by the medical licensure board for alleged unprofessional conduct. The issue appears to be his opinion on a school masking mandate. Illinois Sen. Chapin Rose filed a complaint with the Office of the Executive Inspector General (OEIG) asking for an investigation of the investigation.

Intimidating a public official is a potentially criminal activity, “part of a pattern of abuse of power that the Pritzker administration is undertaking to tamp out any dissent,” Rose said. “Who knows how many others will have their licenses threatened” in fields such as insurance, real estate, and banking “unless they vote with the governor?” (https://tinyurl.com/74m8wtn7).


 “Time to End Excuses and Issue Mandates.”  The people who are so eager to impose their will on others are now using the word “refusenik.” Liberal political commentator Eugene Robinson declares that now that FDA has “fully authorized” Pfizer’s vaccine (sic), “the last remotely plausible rationalization for refusing to get vaccinated is gone.” If patriotism won’t convince reluctant Americans, “maybe the threat of not being able to work, go to school or lead anything like a normal life will do the trick.” Robinson writes that some of the “refuseniks” are following “looney bin advice” to take ivermectin. The acknowledged fact that vaccinated people can get infected and transmit disease “is not a reason to conclude that the vaccines don’t work.” To get a paycheck, “get the shot” (https://tinyurl.com/4u2wneta).

 Lawrence R. Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., Lake View, NY

No Control. To give any young person a coronavirus vaccine should be considered malpractice and a crime against humanity, because they do not spread COVID significantly, are at almost zero risk of serious disease or death from it, if sick can get early effective treatment (in the face of determined opposition from organized medicine and political forces because vaccines cannot get EUA if there is an effective treatment)—and yet mandates are exploding all over the country. Some suggest that what appears to be an irrational, inexplicable phenomenon—a desperate push to get every single human vaccinated—may be an effort to eliminate any large “control” group of never vaccinated so their health can not be compared with the vaccinated. The original control groups in the mRNA vaccine trials have begun to be vaccinated, as the companies making them (and untold billions of dollars) argue that it is “unethical” to leave some unvaccinated and vulnerable.

Bose Ravenel, M.D., Winston-Salem, NC

Worse than the Disease? Increasingly, vaccine manufacturers and government officials are following the sarcastic maxim from Samuel Shem’s novel of medical residency, The House of God: “If you don’t take a temperature you can’t find a fever.” In other words, if we don’t critically look at the actual recorded patient damage, we won’t find our products to be defective (tinyurl.com/m38p7ats). Before taking these genetic agents, do  your research: see wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html. Look for truth by looking at censorship. Resist all government and business attempts to mandate. Do not be coaxed by false promises of more freedom if you take the injections. If you don’t own the rights to your own body, you are a slave.

Lee Merritt, M.D., Logan, IA

Gone “Woke.” At the end of a survey by the alumni of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, I commented that the College began to side with big government when it instituted a gowning ceremony in which they told fledgling students that they needed to concern themselves with societal needs, not just with the patient. That is a clear conflict of interest. The practice of medicine is One on One—for the patient. Since then the College’s philosophy has become still more in tune with government dictates—a sad commentary on a once solidly ethical medical school.

Joseph M. Scherzer, M.D., Paradise Valley, AZ

Good Germans. Dennis Prager writes that he is not so quick to condemn Germans now that he sees how Americans are accepting police-state restrictions (tinyurl.com/ym233mp4). It’s not just Germans. A “good Cuban” might have denounced a close relative or friend to Castro’s Comités del Barrio, to alert the government of unapproved activities. What is the lesson?  Evil, if left unchecked, will grow and grow until it consumes the souls of the individual and the society. The key to facing it is to snuff it out the moment it rears its ugly head (tinyurl.com/n8zh2zrx).

Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D., Venice, FL

Jack-booted Thugs. After 30 years, it is time to revive this term coined by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) to refer to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. ATF and DOJ/FBI performance at Waco and Ruby Ridge proved Dingell right, didn’t it? Now we have a deep state and American corporate army of zealots that fits the description of Eric Hoffer: “The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us.”

John Dale Dunn, M.D., J.D., Brownwood, TX

Cuban Protests. As Cubans protest to gain freedom from Communist tyranny, the Biden Administration’s spokesperson is twisting herself into a verbal pretzel to present their message as something else, “freedom from rising COVID cases.” American Marxists are busy promoting Marxism in America, using invented constructs, i.e. non-existent white supremacy and critical race theory, to convince the American public that freedom from capitalism and installation of Democrat socialism is what they want.

Ileana Johnson, Ed.D., https://tinyurl.com/4w4sa9n6

Censored. Facebook took down our Health Freedom Minute titled “The Vaccinated Are Not Immune from COVID-19.” As punishment for violating their “community standards,” we can’t invite more people to our page for an unspecified length of time. FB is also hiding our COVID-19 update videos from the public.

Twila Brase, R.N., cchfreedom.org

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