by Dr Jennifer Smith | Traditionally clinicians do not test for respiratory viruses because testing does not inform patient treatment. In the case of the widespread PCR testing seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, the results should be evaluated in the context of clinical symptoms and possible exposure.
by Dr Piers Robinson | There is a case to be made that the most important part of any propaganda campaign is the drive to ensure that certain voices, claims and arguments either never see the light of day or otherwise remain contained within “fringe” or “alternative” circles.
by Dr David Bell | Something is fundamentally wrong with the mindset of global health professionals, particularly those in positions of leadership. It has become normal to speak, repeat, and defend complete absurdity, as if illusions and fantasies are real. There are no sanctions for operating in this way – indeed it is proving highly successful.
by Dr David Bell and Emma McArthur | While the WHO works in the spotlight, the pandemic industry has been growing for over a decade and its expansion accelerates unabated. The WHO is almost a bit-player in a much larger game of public-private partnerships and financial incentives that are driving the pandemic gravy train forward.
by Dr David Bell & Domini Gordon | Medical ethics are about protecting society from medical malfeasance and the self-interest of the humans whom we trust to manage health. It is therefore disturbing when prominent people, in a prominent journal, tear up the concept of medical ethics and human rights norms.
by Russell Lamberti | A real-world economic and financial disaster is unfolding in Sri Lanka. Like countless crises before, this one is man-made. Lockdowns inflicted direct harm on almost the entire planet, but Sri Lanka is perhaps the first to feel so painfully the inevitable aftershocks of one of history’s greatest follies.
Dr David Bell | Public health relies on trust which is maintained by telling the truth, giving accurate information and sound advice. Advertising relies on manipulating the truth to persuade people to buy a product they may not need. The WHO has adopted this latter course.
Honesty in medical publishing, meaning publication on the basis of transparent rigorous review and impartiality, is of particular importance to medicine and public health. The outcomes of such publications contribute to saving or killing people.
by Gary Sidley | Throughout the covid-19 era the world has witnessed an unprecedented campaign of propaganda ostensibly aimed at increasing compliance with lockdowns and other restrictions. To date, there has been a stark reluctance for any stakeholder to accept responsibility for these manipulative and damaging tactics.
by David Bell | The societal changes of the past two years have been defined by, and led by, ‘public health.’ So it is right to look for public health analogies in the past to help understand what is happening, what the drivers are, and where they might lead.