Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 3:59 pm CST.
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By Bill Lindo: Belize’s economy has effectively collapsed since the lockdown at the end of March. The extent of that collapse is worrying for many of us but we should also admit that Belize’s economy has been struggling for the last fifteen years.
The pillars of the economy, raw agriculture for export and tourism which pays for our imports have suffered the most. For at least the last three years raw agriculture has been declining in value. Citrus production has collapsed, and sugar prices have fallen by over 40%, such that their contributions to our balance of payments have declined substantially. At last year’s State of the Nation address, the Prime Minister of Belize acknowledged this and stated that because of his government’s huge investments, especially in tourism infrastructure that he believed that by the second quarter of 2020, tourism will pull Belize’s economy out of the downturn it was in.
So, what happened?
Let’s lift the veil on Belizean society. This article is in two parts – the first on the coronavirus and the second on the economic consequences of the Pandemic, and how to, as they say, “clear shoal”.
Covid 19 Disease
In late December of 2019 suddenly an unknown virus broke out in China. By late January China was reporting that the new coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2, dubbed as Covid-19, a new infectious disease was infecting thousands of persons. As a result, China put the city of Wuhan in total lockdown and curbed travel within China. By February, the World Health Organization (WHO) was warning the global population, that the Covid-19 may quickly become a global pandemic and would likely result in the death of close to a million persons worldwide. Covid-19 was declared a pandemic March 11th and as of today some 8.9 million persons globally have tested positive for Covid 19 and over 468,000 persons have died, according to John Hopkins University. The United States has had both the most infected (2.3 million) and the most who (121,000) have died.
SARS-CoV-2 virus is easy to spread and to infect humans. According to virologists the virus is unlike other coronaviruses and has SARS, HIV, and Influenza components. Now, some scientists are saying that it also has a bacterial component. Some scientists believe that because of its complexity the virus was designed in a lab and point to its “gain of function” to support their claims. In a twist of irony, both the United States and China are busy blaming each other for Covid 19. Interestingly, Dr Fauci, well-known US scientist, had authorized USD $ 7.3 million dollars to the Wuhan Virology Lab to experiment and develop “gain of functions” for coronaviruses.
After nearly 6 months of research from China, Italy, UK, USA, India, Korea, and others we know the following about Covid 19:
Together this approach addresses the three core pathological processes seen in Covid 19, namely hyperinflammation, hypercoagulability of the blood, and hypoxia (shortness of breath due to low oxygenation). Dr Paul Marik who made medical headlines in 2017 with his successful treatment of sepsis is a member of the group of critical care doctors who developed MATH + protocol, stated that it is important that doctors treat each patient as an individual as Covid 19 is not conventional acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). And he added, “it’s not the virus that is hurting the host, it’s the acute inflammatory dysregulated response… that’s why you need to use vitamin C and steroids. Steroids plays a crucial role, as it creates synergy with vitamin C”.
In his United States Senate Testimony May 6th, Dr Kory told the Senators that the recent warnings by health organizations against the use of corticosteroids is a grave disservice because Covid 19 is a steroid-responsive disease. For instance, Dr Sorin Draghici, CEO of Advaita Bioinformatics and professor/associate dean for innovation at Wayne State Collage of Engineering just released the results of a study of different corticosteroids used in treating Covid 19. The top four were methylprednisolone, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone and prednisone. According to Dr Kory his group in April treated a group of 100 Covid 19 intensive care patients. They used the MATH + protocol. They lost two patients who were in their eighties and had diabetes/heart conditions. Critically ill patients had a 98% survival rate. And don’t forget the Chinese trials in February where Dr Enqiang Mao of Ruijing Hospital/Jiatong University College of Medicine in Shanghai treated/studied fifty Covid 19 patients. None died. He and his team saved 50 out of 50. The only difference was he had used hydrocortisone, (instead of methylprednisolone), but the same vitamin C, and heparin. They also used oxygen (APAP sleep machine) and no ventilator.
June 19th International Business Times ran an article which stated that a just released study from China on the Covid 19 disease showed that while antibodies against the virus are produced, within eight weeks, the antibodies plummeted to undetectable levels in 40% of asymptomatic people compared with 12.9% of symptomatic people. No antibodies. No vaccine. In addition, several prominent scientists are now saying that the etiology of the virus is not understood.
A simple “Google” search on how vaccines work emphasises that, “a vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria.” So Belizeans, it’s your immune system that fights viruses.
Science has shown us how to deal with Covid-19 and does not need to be seen as a the threat it once was. Your first line of defence is a strong immune system. And how do you get a strong immune system? Stop smoking; change your diet (stop eating processed foods – those in cans, packages, and boxes, and sodas); stop consuming to much alcohol and sugar; turn off your Wi-Fi and cell phone (especially at night, the EMF waves damages your immune system); stop injecting with neurotoxins; stop taking toxic medications; get lots of sun; drink plenty of (filtered) water; and sleep good and sound for at least eight hours per night. In short, things we knew all along.
The work on vitamin c is also not new. It is routinely prescribed for a variety of treatments, from anything from the common cold to snake bites and at higher levels that we normally take. The treatments being offered for Covid-19 include a combination of vitamin c and steroids, with heparin, zinc and magnesium, as necessary. This treatment costs about a hundred dollars and is being used in China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and some United States Hospitals.
Belizeans your life can be saved from Covid 19 for about one hundred bucks per treatment and all the drugs are in Belize at any drug store.
The question now is, why is the public narrative continuing to profess that there is nothing you can do to support your immune system, there is nothing in the natural arsenal for Covid 19, social distancing must be maintained at all times, and that the only cure for this terrifying infection will magically come from a vaccine created at warp speed? Belizeans, in our world the science, the biosciences have advanced spectacularly, yet this primitive coronavirus is being fought with medieval tools. Belizeans just forget about vaccines. It is bull ***t.
But the damage to the global economy has been done. Millions of people have lost their livelihoods. Poverty and its ugliness is now a fact of life in Belize and the world. In Part II, I will discuss the economic consequences of Covid-19 which has lifted the veil on Belizean economy/society.
 The “gain of function” is the spike glycoprotein containing a furin-like cleavage site which enables the virus to attach to the ACE2 human receptor and sometimes to surface positions capable of binding with cell membrane components other than ACE2 receptors.
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