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Just when I thought Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases were a big coincidence in certain Zika-endemic regions of the world, the perfect reservoir is paired up with them. And this bird doesn't migrate; therefore, the poorest people in the world are once again the most vulnerable. What's worse: discovering outright lies by public health authorities and the omission of glaring scientific facts. Looking for Zika in birds is about as fundamental as plugging in your computer.
No surprise: money is probably at the root of why the public (and many in the scientific community) are ignoring, omitting, or downplaying the fact that the Zika virus is found in birds. Forty-five years ago, 15 percent of birds studied in Uganda were found to be reservoir hosts of the Zika virus. That percentage would only increase as Zika has spread and mutated around the globe. And Culex are also vectors of the Zika virus (this has been proven by three independent research teams out of Brazil, China, and Canada). Those culpable for the most harmful strain of Zika may be the backers of Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases. The people involved include Bill and Melinda Gates and the following governments: UK Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development through the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge, Australian and Queensland governments, and the Brazilian government. With those deep pockets and power, it's no wonder why crucial studies and reports have magically disappeared from the internet.
I recently learned that it's become legal to shoot mourning doves in central and southern Ontario, Canada. I was appalled that there are supporters of this decision in higher education and government institutions. Mourning doves are not overpopulated - nor are they doing any harm to humans. They are not considered a viable food source. So why are they being hunted? For fun and votes it would seem.
The carelessness of our public health authorities over the Zika virus has disappointed me immensely this past year. And just when I thought there would be some signs of remorse, WHO's director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, blamed the vector control strategies of countries in southeast Asia. Meanwhile, she has known since February 2016 that Culex mosquitoes were also a likely Zika vector that require entirely different eradication methods. But even worse: Wolbachia-infected Aedes mosquitoes have been released in various regions of the world for the past six years. And while Wolbachia in Aedes may not be transmitted to humans; Culex mosquitoes are capable of acquiring it and transmitting it. Culex are able to infect humans with filarial worms infected with Wolbachia. And Wolbachia seem to play an inordinate role in diseases. For weeks I pored over studies and found to my utter shock that Culex with Zika and Wolbachia could be responsible for some of the most devastating outcomes for human life.
It's dÃ©jÃ vu: another UK study pointing to the weather - instead of the WHO and CDC - as the reason the Zika virus is spreading. Early in 2016, Wellcome Trust and Oxford U scientists (funded by Bill Gates and others) assured us there was a miniscule chance of anyone becoming infected with the Zika virus at the Rio Summer Olympics. Now, instead of acknowledging grave ommissions and a lack of accountability we are told to blame nature. Fortunately, it seems the public at large is becoming wise to this ruse.
Soon the leaders of the WHO, CDC, and Health Canada will be resigning. And I'm not surprised. The evidence they have been ignoring from the scientific community for over a year should be causing them great unrest. The public has only been told half-truths and have not been given all of the information you deserve. Now, in a move I deem as unacceptable as the WHO partnering with the IOC, the CDC is throwing almost a million dollars at PBS to produce just one episode about Zika for kids. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Zika is spreading unabated; a likely reservoir host (which could be amplifying the virus) is a pet, being played with by children.
The case for the Culex genus of mosquitoes as Zika vectors is becoming stronger. Aedes prefer to live indoors and never stray far from people. So, it was a surprise to learn that Florida's Zika outbreak stemmed from about 30 cruise ship passengers. What's more, evidence is mounting that Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes are not effective in the long-term and may even enhance viral infection. Problem is: Wolbachia can never be taken back. Is it too late to restore critical ecosystems? I don't know, but more Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases are set to take place in Florida, India, Selangor, Vietnam, New Caledonia, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Medellin (Columbia).
What I predicted in 2016 appears to be coming true, unfortunately. I believe North Atlantic right whales are suffering from Zika infections along with Wolbachia infections via their food supply. Calanus finmarchicus (Cal fin) comprises 1/3 Aedes aegypti. And krill also contains both Aedes aegypti and Culex (both Zika vectors). In this post, I spell out which tests desperately need to be conducted on North Atlantic right whales (including a newer, safer, more reliable method for extracting eye fluids). Bottom line: the richest people on the planet might be responsible for this and (if so) they should be held accountable. They have the money to rectify it.
It's infuriating to know that for a year, the WHO has known that Culex mosquitoes are vectors of the Zika virus. Even worse: a study by Guo et al. in September has been completely ignored. The citizens of southeast Asia should have been informed so that they could modify their mosquito eradication efforts. However, Dr. Margaret Chan has proclaimed her decisions to be right all along. She even wrote: "Like every other explosive outbreak, Zika revealed fault lines in the world's collective preparedness." But, rather than rely on scientific data, she even entertained conspiracies (like a chemical). Wolbachia is responsible for the most widespread pandemics in the animal kingdom (LePage and Bordenstein, 2013). Bill Gates and four governments are funding Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases and the WHO endorses it. We must find a way to stop more releases and allow independent researchers to investigate (before it's too late). Wolbachia can never be taken back.
News that only two AdÃ©lie penguin chicks (from a colony of 40,000) in Antarctica survived breeding season had me on high alert. Yet the narrative (in mainstream media) was already set: changing weather forced parents to travel further in search of food because of changing climate. This is far less likely than Wolbachia infecting their food source coupled with a virus (Zika or West Nile) to cause their deaths. What's more: for the last two decades, the Antarctic peninsula - the tip of the continent nearest to South America - has not become any warmer.
Looks like our public health authorities (WHO, CDC, NIH, and Health Canada) are failing to recommend mosquito bed nets to the public despite the fact that (at least) six research teams have found nighttime-active Culex spp. to be Zika vectors. I've been alerting the Canadian government since 2016. But, mainstream media and those employed to protect human health are dead silent. And, it's not only mosquitoes we have to worry about. Ticks are becoming a worrisome vector of diseases in North America. This week, I found a mosquito bed net that I felt was worthy enough to share with you. Those who sleep outdoors should consider this one.
Some scientists have sold their souls, apparently. After reading a study that blamed El NiÃ±o for the spread of Zika, I couldn't help but delve deeper into what Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes might be doing to humans. And as I researched further, it became clear why Culex mosquitoes have been dismissed as Zika vectors: Wolbachia-infected Aedes mosquito releases are heavily funded by four governments (including Bill Gates). And they could be causing more harm than good.
The WHO ignored the early warnings in February 2016 about the Culex genus of mosquitoes and now Zika is spreading throughout the poorest regions of the globe. Our public health authorities failed to contain the virus and repeatedly downplayed or ignored crucial scientific facts. Culex mosquitoes in Brazil and China are spreading Zika (which means birds are likely reservoir hosts). What's worse: Wolbachia that is acquired by any species after (or perhaps along with) a Zika infection is probably enhanced by Wolbachia. Bottom line: Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases are likely at the root of this global pandemic and their detrimental impact to humans (and other vertebrate species) must be investigated by independent researchers.
I think Bill Gates has tinkered enough with human health. An editorial in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics linked 47,500 new cases of non-polio AFP [Acute Flaccid Paralysis] to Bill and Melinda Gates' polio vaccines. I haven't delved into the polio claims, but in the case of Zika, I feel strongly that Bill Gates has blindly plunged ahead into dangerous territory promoting Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes. I just hope it's not too late to restore ecological balances in areas where these releases have been carried out.
Anyone associated with the WHO (World Health Organization), NIH (U.S. National institutes of Health), or who relies on funding from Bill and Melinda Gates has no business being employed (in any capacity) to protect human health. The WHO endorsed the use of Wolbachia-infected Aedes even after it was detected in a human (without the nematode). The NIH actually granted MosquitoMate $1.3 Million dollars. Therefore, Canada's chief medical officer of health, Theresa Tam, and Allison McGeer should resign. Dr. Tam has "served as an international expert on a number of World Health Organization committees". Dr. McGeer is "an expert reviewer for the NIH (US National Institutes of Health)" and "has recently been working with the World Health Organization (WHO)".
While researching the Zika virus, I discovered the safest, most effective ways to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes. Turns out: used coffee grounds sprinkled over stagnant water sources (like bromeliad flowers or leaves) acts as a larvicide and as a deterrent to egg-laying mosquitoes. If you live in a Zika-endemic area, I highly recommend Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis serotype israelensis). Two other ways I have remained bite-free: a spray bottle of 70 percent rubbing alcohol and my trusty sidekick, Editor Cat.
We all need to stay connected - especially in bad weather. If you've ever lost power in your smartphone at a crucial time, you end up with "charge anxiety" (like me). So, I asked my IT guy to help me choose the top quality products to keep mobile devices fully charged. And my IT guy didn't disappoint. Not only are these high quality products, they are offered at early bird (Black Friday) discounted prices.
I am increasingly becoming unnerved and alarmed by the striking correlations between Wolbachia-infected Aedes releases and life-threatening symptoms in young people. Even though the media isn't covering it, Culex spp. are Zika vectors. And in two of those Culex types - when they naturally acquired Wolbachia - became better vectors of West Nile virus and malaria. I highly suspect the same holds true for Zika. What every oncologist needs to know: Wolbachia can infect humans without any trace of the nematode that emits it. So, before removing eye balls or beginning any drastic form of treatment for lymphoma, you need to rule out (via a broad range PCR screen for infection by Rickettsiales), Wolbachia genes in the blood and tissues of these patients. We have strong antibiotics that can treat this infection.
Plums are one of those fruits that I felt were a gamble. Either they were too tart or too sweet. Now that I've researched them, I know how to pick a decent batch of plums (and you will too). Since plums are in season now, I figured I'd tweak and create a few delicious plum recipes. What's more, these recipes are fast and easy.