Fifty Ways To Leave The Coof- Guest Post By GoSpace

Fifty Ways To Leave The Coof- Guest Post By GoSpace

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV or in the movies. I am, however, someone who can read, look things up, and understand numbers- and when it comes to the dreaded covid, numbers are all important. And, there’s something you need to understand right up front- your doctor isn’t responsible for your health. Your insurance company isn’t responsible for your health. The government- especially the government- not only isn’t responsible for your health but seems these days to be actively working against it. There is one and only one person responsible for your health- you. Awesome responsibility, isn’t it? Doesn’t apply to children- PARENTS, adults, are responsible for their health Not teachers, not school superintendents or school boards, parents or in some cases legal guardians. Now that that rant is over¼


What can you do to reduce your chances of getting gravely ill or dying from the dreaded covid? Well, let’s start with- what can you do you improve your health, period? Mild exercise, even just walking, stop smoking or using illegal drugs, moderate your alcohol use, and if you’re carrying excess weight- LOSE IT! Your doctor, public service announcements, school. Well, virtually everyone, has already told you that. So what else? Ah, now we get into studies and numbers. And proof the government doesn’t care about you. And there are lots of links you can follow and look to see for yourself.

What is your Vitamin D blood level? Odds are, you have no clue. It’s never been measured. When you get a routine physical, you get a CBC and a urine test, and maybe an A1C level. (You SHOULD get that even if the doctor sees no need. He or she may be wrong¼.) But you don’t get a Vitamin D blood level. From the link.

Unfortunately, about 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient with some populations having even higher levels of deficiency, including premenopausal women, those with poor nutrition habits, people over age 65, Caucasians who avoid even minimal sun exposure, and those who take prescription medication long term for heartburn, acid reflux, and constipation. Studies show people with darker skin, such as African Americans and Latinos, are also at risk for lower vitamin D levels because high amounts of melanin in skin reduce the body’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, certain chronic conditions—such as celiac disease, bariatric surgery, obesity, and chronic kidney or liver disease—can contribute to deficiency.

42% of the population deficient, and it’s not a routine part of physicals. As I said, and I repeat- only you are responsible for your health. If you live in a free state, you can walk into a lab or pharmacy and order up a test- they’re not that expensive. If you live in a dictatorship like NY, you have to beg your doctor for a test, then visit the doctor again because you’re too ignorant to interpret it on your own. But let’s get to numbers- what is a good number vs a bad number? Some controversy in that¼ Let’s go to the intro page of The Vitamin D Society The sun is meant to be our main source of vitamin D. Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D from the sun under the right circumstances, such as the time of year or day, amount of clothing or sunscreen we are wearing, and other conditions. Given the chance, the body produces enough vitamin D from sunshine to reach recommended levels of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).”  40-60 ng/ml- given the chance. Now, from our very own National Institute of Health

  Table 1: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] Concentrations and Health [1]
  nmol/L*  ng/mL*  Health status
  <30  <12  Associated with vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults
  30 to <50  12 to <20  Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
  ³50  ³20  Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
  >125  >50  Linked to potential adverse effects, particularly at >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)

Wait- what’s this? They say over 50 ng/ml is potentially unhealthy! A few years back, for unexplained reasons, they lowered the level of potential Vitamin D intoxication from 100 ng/ml to 50 ng/ml. The rest of the world hasn’t. At 70 or so, there’s no clear dividing line, some people MAY start to experience signs of Vitamin D intoxication. Surprisingly enough, Vitamin D doesn’t work all by itself. It needs Vitamin K. And- in using Vitamin D, it uses Vitamin K, depleting it. Adding Vitamin K supplements will keep Vitamin D intoxication from showing up at lower levels. Now for some studies of Vitamin D and various things.

From 2015: Adequate levels of Vitamin D is protective against influenza A in nursing home patients. And a quote: “Levels of 25(OH)D are quite low in nursing home residents, and supplementation with 2000 IU of vitamin D can bring levels to normal safely in most patients.”  And if you have a loved one in a nursing home, have they ever measured their Vitamin D levels?

From 2020:

Quote: To reduce the risk of infection, it is recommended that people at risk of influenza and/or COVID-19 consider taking 10,000 IU/d of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to rapidly raise 25(OH)D concentrations, followed by 5000 IU/d. The goal should be to raise 25(OH)D concentrations above 40–60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L)  Wait a moment- that’s higher than 50 ng/ml! Seems the NIH doesn’t agree with itself¼.

From 2017:


February 16, 2017


University of Queen Mary London


Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study. The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D has benefits beyond bone and muscle health.

From 2010:

From 2010:

And even tuberculosis from 2010:

So there’s nothing new about lower levels of Vitamin D being bad for all URIs- which includes the dreaded covid. And 42% of the population is Vitamin D deficient. And yet- we’re not measuring  Vitamin D blood levels routinely or seeing to it that the Vitamin D deficient get sufficient. Almost as I said before- the government isn’t looking out for your health. Even moreso:

From 2020:

100% of sailors deployed to a war zone had deficient Vitamin D blood levels! They’re still not checking. Admirals should be cashiered for this as they punish people for not masking¼

From 2012:

A study of French submariners- and guess what? When you’re under the ocean for extended periods- you have low Vitamin D blood levels! Actually, they really shouldn’t have needed a study to figure this out.


And remember – the government is actively working against your health- headline: “Tricare Ends Coverage of Routine Vitamin D Screenings”. 42% of the population is deficient¼. Why the end? Another quote: “This policy change was a result of recommendations from several professional medical associations, including USPSTF, the Endocrine Society, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all of which recommend against population level screening.” 42% of the population is low- but why screen? Medical professionals and medical associations do not care about your health! Remember that!\\


Low levels of Vitamin D among sailors, particularly submariners, has been known for a long time. Finding the older studies is the hard part- they’re not all online. But from 2014:

And then 2005:

So submariners are deficient in Vitamin D, have been known to be deficient for a long time- and yet, no admirals are being held accountable for ignoring the health of the men under their command.

So, bottom line, about Vitamin D and covid- you need to know your own Vitamin D blood level and take supplements as needed to get your level up to 40-60 ng/ml, and I’m also going to recommend you take a good Vitamin K supplement with all 3 K varieties.

And studies can be designed to fail There are 2 or 3 I know of that show Vitamin D is absolutely worthless against the dreaded covid. How could this be? Easy. All of them gave a single high dose, 70000-100000 IU D one time, after the patient already had covid, and in one study, were already in the ICU. Uh, the most ardent proponent of Vitamin D supplementation, for example, me, could tell that’s not going to work. Basically, those “studies” were medical research fraud to try and say your only hope is- THE VACCINE! A one time dose, especially when your body is fighting an infection, is going to do nothing for your Vitamin D blood level.

Next up- NAC, aka N-acetylcysteine. Is it an OTC supplement? Yes. Although in their effort to make your health worse the FDA pressured the largest seller- Amazon- to drop it. Reminder- the government is NOT responsible for your health- you are. So is NAC useful against covid? Yes. The NIH says so.

More than once

Lots of other articles. If you or a loved one is in a hospital- they’re not getting it, and the hospital will probably not allow you to bring it in. Because the standard USA treatment is- do nothing and wait to see if the patient lives or dies. Should you take it a prophylactic? Sure- absolutely no reason not to. All the studies I’ve looked at, including the 2 referenced, use 1200 mg a day. Warning- the stuff smells and tastes absolutely foul! If you cannot taste or smell it- you have covid, or some other real problem.

Vitamin C and covid. Should you take it and how much? And for what? Recommendations for Vitamin C are all over the map. I take 5-6 grams a day, 1 gram at a time, at least an hour apart. I’m simply going to recommend the Linus Pauling Institute.

I’m also going to say there are numerous studies showing intravenous Vitamin C is good for all kinds of things in a hospital setting. Likely to include the dreaded covid. You’re not going to get it. IMHO, gross medical malpractice. It should be standard for all IV hookups unless otherwise indicated

Quercetin- another OTC supplement. Yes, it is useful against covid.

Numerous other references online, but the one I found really interesting:

“Tripartite combination of potential pandemic mitigation agents: Vitamin D, Quercetin, and Estradiol manifest properties of candidate medicinal agents for mitigation of the severity of pandemic COVID-19 defined by genomics-guided tracing of SARS-CoV-2 targets in human cells.” Why in the world would anyone have thought of combining those 3? But- it seems to work. Again, in the USA- you’ll get nothing, and be happy with it.

Ever hear of the OTC nasal spray Xlear? It’s on phase 3 studies for use against covid. Apparently, squirting xylitol up your nose kills 95% of covid- and other viruses- it comes in contact with. The antiviral aspects of xylitol are well studied. And, there’s another nasal spray in phase 3 studies- that contains nitric oxide. Same thing. Searching nasal spray and covid comes up with a lot. New Jersey-based medical devices company Salvacion, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, is developing a nasal spray technology to prevent Covid-19 infection. The spray, COVIXYL-V, contains the active ingredient ethyl lauroyl arginate hydrochloride (ELAH) and creates a physical barrier that prevents the virus from attaching itself to the surface in the nasopharynx.” Just found this one searching- nasal spray and covid! And another one: According to Amcyte Pharma, its NasitrolTM nasal spray was shown to be effective in reducing COVID-19 infections among intensive care unit (ICU) staff in an independent clinical trial.

Nasitrol is a patented nasal spray based on iota carrageenan, a sulfate polysaccharide synthesised by red algae, with demonstrated antiviral activity and clinical efficacy as a nasal spray in the treatment of the common cold. A previous study at the US’s University of Tennessee Health Science Center found that the formulation inhibits infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in vitro.” Wow. All kinds of nasal sprays, some recommend one, others another¼. No surprise. By the time you see this, there may be more. Use your favorite search engine- search nasal sprays and covid.

But let’s talk about xylitol for just a moment- and erythritol. Erythritol, another alcohol sugar, or if you prefer, artificial sweetener, also has several studies showing strong antiviral and antibacterial effects. And a very small number of studies find that if you combine them- they work even better! So, a personal recommendation, every night before bed, and every day after breakfast, or upon arising, whichever suits your lifestyle, fill a glass with warm water, and mix in a small amount of both xylitol and erythritol, and rinse your mouth and gargle with it. It will kill off all the viruses in the upper part of your throat. And in your mouth. Your dental tech will be very happy with you on your next visit- mine was. I’m going to skip my normal rant on nasal irrigation- if you’re already doing it- add both to your mix.

Next up- melatonin. That stuff that helps you sleep. Will it help against the dreaded covid. The NIH says- yes. So pop one each night before bed. Also pop a tryptophan. Less anti-covid evidence, but so what? You’re going to sleep better.

Resveratrol- does it help? Apparently, yes. Pretty much the same mechanism as quercetin.

Haven’t mentioned zinc yet. Zinc is needed for proper immune system functioning. From the NIH: “The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 8 mg/ day for women and 11 mg/day for men.” Many covid sites recommend 40-50 mg/day. I’m skeptical- unless you’re actually sick. Then your body is using up zinc rapidly. My multi has 10 mg zinc. Between that and my red meat consumption, I get enough.  You’ll have to make your own judgement. Remember- too much zinc interferes with copper, which you need, and too much copper interferes with zinc. Metals in the body need to be balanced properly. One link for zinc:‑zinc‑levels‑predict‑covid‑19‑severity

The numbers speak for themselves.

Bromelain, a digestive aid, may have some effectiveness against covid. Apparently, a combination of bromelain, quercetin, vitamin C, and zinc is in phase 4 studies. Which means it’s gone through 3 phases and shown some success.

Actually, popping a few multi-enzyme digestive pills after each meal, with bromelain, papaya, and others, certainly isn’t going to hurt. It may or may not aid in fighting covid. It will do some good for your digestive system. So, why not?

Turmeric, circumin. Recommended by many, research says maybe, maybe not. Effects, either good or bad, likely minor from a quick search. If you already use them for seasoning, don’t stop. If you don’t, don’t start- unless you discover you like the flavor they impart.

Will taking all these supplements or using the nasal sprays or doing the gargling or nasal rinsing, will any of them keep you from getting covid? Probably no. But they lessen your chance of getting it, and if you do, they lessen the initial viral load, thus giving your body a better chance to fight off the virus before it sends you to the ICU. And maybe, you just won’t get it. I use many of the supplements. I nasal irrigate daily- with xylitol/erythritol, and gargle daily with it. I’ve met the CDC definition of close exposure to the dreaded covid twice. I haven’t gotten it. How do I know? 7 blood donations with no antibodies detected. They’ve stopped testing, darn it!

One last link for Vitamin D. The evidence continues to pile up:

It’s a study of numbers- since it’s all about numbers. The key takeaway: “ Regression suggested a theoretical point of zero mortality at approximately 50 ng/ml D3.” I do believe they haven’t actually found someone with that level of Vitamin entering the ICU and dying. Or even entering the ICU.

Note- nothing about prescription medicines here. They’re a whole other subject.

100 thoughts on “Fifty Ways To Leave The Coof- Guest Post By GoSpace

  1. So, basically, a lot of my ordinary maintenance efforts could have knocked down to unnoticeable the thing that made the guy I was working with really, really sick.

    I kinda already knew that, but some of these things I’d not paid attention to, due to not hearing about the efficacy before.

    1. LOL, I drive past a livestock store every day for work, only think on their sign for the past month has been “We have Ivermectin.” Kinda surprised they don’t have “Let’s go Brandon” under it.

      1. THING on their sign… Dagnabbit. I’m going to blame dehydration from slinging concrete pavers in the Florida sun. That’s not the reason, but that’s what I’m going to blame. 🙂

  2. Wow, that’s half a drugstore every day!

    I take 1,200 mg calcium and 1,000 IU vitamin D every morning (unless I forget) plus some magnesium and zinc a couple of times a week. Have to look into all that other stuff.

    Now watch the NIH try to declare all of those supplements controlled substances, available only by prescription, and NOT approved for use against COVID19. Like they have already tried to do with vitamin D. Might even have something to do with lowering that ‘official’ vitamin D toxicity threshold.

    Daaaayum, they are evil.

    1. How will they regulate sunlight?
      Yeah, not always practical – nor are UV bulbs (which can be regulated…)
      But I have this nasty feeling I need to stock up on some things whilst I still can.

      1. But I have this nasty feeling I need to stock up on some things whilst I still can.

        Waaaay ahead of you. A couple months ago I got 9 months worth of Vitamin D, melatonin, and multivitamins, and then added a couple bottles of quercetin and zinc — not as many months worth, but I can slack on them and load back up if I feel under the weather.

        In other news, I also just picked up 9 months worth of thick-cut bacon from my butcher. Okay, it’s not technically a health supplement, but it’s absolutely a quality of life supplement. (2-slice portions get wrapped in plastic, frozen individually so they don’t fuse together, packed into vacuum bags, and stored in the chest freezer. I only use 1 portion/week.)

      2. My understanding is that as you go further away from the equator, you get noticeably less vitamin D during the winter months, even if you brave the cold outdoors.. And I think this actually starts to become significant in the northern parts of the lower 48.

      3. I mean, I recall back in the early days of Covidiocy, they were all over the media saying “NO, sunlight doesn’t help you get better/kill COVID! You have to stay indoors!!”

        THAT definitely caused the eyebrows to shoot into orbit…

    2. Actually, if I recall correctly, the Democratic Party’s “reconciliation” boondoggle, i.e. the communism now legislation, specifically makes over the counter supplements, like ordinary vitamin supplements, only allowed by prescription.

      1. Wow, that really is Eeevul. Ban everything that threatens the government’s monopoly on COVID-19. The more people die, the better!

        Fauxi and the NIH are making sure they get their (OUR!) money’s worth out of the virus they paid the communist Chinese to make.
        The Democrats are willing to burn America to the ground, so long as they wind up squatting on top of the ashes.

    3. There are a lot of people whose bodies don’t create enough Vitamin D, even here in Florida.
      I suspect some of it is the medical establishment’s push to put people on statins. The raw material for skin exposed to UVB to create Vitamin D is …wait for it… cholesterol.
      Statins reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream and thus in the skin.
      The research on statins is mixed – most of it indicates a real decrease in heart attacks & strokes, but overall mortality is right at the edge of statistical significance – some studies showing yes, some no.

      I won’t get into whether statins are right for you – I’m not a doctor, let alone your doctor, but if you’re taking statins it’s more likely you need Vitamin D supplements.

    1. D3 is cheap. Nobody’s making very much money off of it. Remesdivir, that’s where the profits are!

  3. So that’s why NAC wasn’t available when I went for a refill on Amazon. I wondered what was going on.

      1. And pot will be non-prescription and readily available. Apparently Brave New World is another book they believe is a “how to” guide.

        1. Interesting enough, has anyone let slip that a good chemist, not an excellent one, just a good one, can make pain killers from the MJ? Good enough substitute for surgery?

  4. I admit I did some skimming, didn’t read the essay word for word, or follow embedded links link for link. None the less I quite agree with much Gospace said.

    However, in my opinion, if one looks at the numbers, even though they’re inflated, I don’t think the dreaded covid is all that dreadful.

    Frankly I’ve no worries about catching or dying of the Bad China Cold, life is enjoyable but, ultimately, terminal, if the left one don’t get me, the right one will.

    Living north of the 64th parallel, during the winter months sun provided vitamin D is quite limited. We’re down to less than 9 hours of potential sunlight today and will be down to less than 4 come mid-December. I do take supplements, including D, religiously during the winter.

    Yep, we’re all responsible for our own health and well being. My choices probably aren’t yours, I smoke, I drink and I’ve been known to occasionally drive over the speed limit.

    Sooner later something will catch up with me, but someone just might say, as I’ve said at many an Irish Wake, he had a good run.

  5. Like Jerry Pournelle used to say, with a couple of exceptions, it’s hard to take too many vitamins. While dosages to firm benefits hasn’t been well established yet (probably due to high variability between racial groups and even individuals) about the only harm to taking vitamin supplements is more expensive urine.

    1. B vitamins are fat-soluble and can build up to toxic levels if you take too much over a long period of time. Water-soluble vitamins do primarily serve to produce enriched urine, but even vitamin C can cause serious health problems in sustained, massive overdose quantities. See the YouTube video about the guy who took 500 vitamin C gummies a day.

      Too much of just about anything can kill you. Ask Mr. Creosote.

      “Thees meent, eet ees just-a wahfer theen!”
      “Be-er git a bucket, I’m-a gonna throw up!”

      1. B vitamins are water soluble and cause bright yellow urine. Hard to overdose on them.

        A, D, E, and K are the fat soluble vitamins. A is the easiest to overdose on. Vitamin D can be overdosed on, but you have to work hard at it. There are no reasons to take megadoses of K and E. You won’t OD on 400 IU of E daily, and don’t even need that much. If you’re taking large doses of D- you should take a K supplement, but not a huge one. Both E and K will interfere with blood thinners. E is a blood thinner, K helps with clotting….

        1. Well they did give my dad an overdose of niacin, which messed with his nerves. (Literally. Like tingling and balance problems.) But that took a year or so, and he got much better within weeks after one of his doctors figured it out.

        2. Oops. Got ’em backward, I guess.

          Still, you can OD on vitamins, but for most of them you have to work at it.

        3. Vitamin K (specifically K4 plus K7, there being several forms) has been tested as a treatment for osteoporosis in long-term doses up to 45,000 IU/day, without ill effect. It was somewhat successful, given it facilitates the end of calcium metabolism (tho calcitonin works better).

          1. Vitamin K can make life interesting for those taking anticoagulants. I have to keep my intake of K bearing foods low unless I’m willing to a) go through freah warfarin titration tests, and b) keep the same K-bearing diet for the duration. In the early stages of titrating the warfarin, I was told to try a half cup of canned spinach per week. (I love spinach, but *not* canned.) It threw my coagulation times out the window.

            Broccoli is now a rare treat. We used to eat swiss chard with bacon and spinach on pizza or in salads. No more. Snif.

            My father was on a fairly high dose of warfarin. (He probably had an INR* around 3.5. Not sure if INR was the normal metric in the late ’60s.) One of the items in his emergency med kit was vitamin K if he had a bad cut. I run in the low 2s and nicks and scrapes can be messy.

            (*) INR is the ratio of clotting time to normal. The target value depends on what’s wrong. My target is 2.5 for my AFIB, while artificial heart valve patients need 3.5 or so.

            1. I know a guy on warfarin where the rule is not so much “keep it low” as “keep it constant.”

              1. Right. Back when I was on warfarin for my afib, I ate loads of dark green and leafy veggies – consistently. Also took large doses of the warfarin as per my script consistently. Kept my clotting times where they needed to be. I’m now on Eliquis, which my doc and pharmacist tell me works on a different point in the clotting process and isn’t affected by vitamin K levels. Its main drawback is it costs an arm, a leg, and the left testicle of your first born male child. If my insurance didn’t cover it, I would not be able to afford it

  6. I’m geeking out on this stuff. Love it.
    Based upon Dr. Zelenko and Dr. Ryan Cole (and others, like Dr. Stella), I’ve read enough of the history of what you just talked about. My daily regimen (I also take Omega 3 but that’s not really part of this discussion):
    Vitamin C – 250 – 500 mg
    Vitamin D – 10,000 IU
    Vitamin K2 – 100 mcg
    Magnesium – 225 mg
    Zinc – 7.5 mg

    The Zelenko Protocol for if you start feeling poorly is easily found online. It increases your daily vitamin dose, and offers a mix of effective treatments, both OTC and prescription (Ivermectin, HCQ, et al). Based on that, I keep a jar of Quecertin around just in case no one will prescribe me what I need.

    Also, the book The Truth About COVID-19 by Dr. Joseph Mercola is a fountain of useful information. It talks a lot about nasal sprays, which is an area I’ve been lazy about. No longer!

    I have probably a year’s worth of every one of these items for the obvious reason the despots will forbid their use.

    I keep a stash of red meat, roughly a month’s worth at least, on hand. Red meat and bacon are for the Spirit as much as the body.

    1. Uptake isn’t very good on any form of magnesium, and the kidneys are good at flushing that out. If you’re on diuretics it’s even worse. It’s best to cut the tablets up and space the doses through the day.

      The “Slow Mag” brand is layered to spread out the process, but it’s silly expensive compared to regular magnesium supplements.

  7. One thing to consider, NAC isn’t recommended for people with sulfur sensitivity. Other than that, all sounds good. I currently take an A, C, D, E, magnesium, zinc, and melatonin. The only day I’ve felt like I had a cold in the last year and a half was the day after my husband got the J&J shot.

  8. The Democratic Party/Federal Bureaucrat publication The Hill is reporting that “Fauci’s NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive.”

    Fauci is a political hack who has no problem funding evil.,

    1. I saw that. It takes a particular kind of evil to torture an animal. I feel like walking away from Omelas.

          1. I will note NIH just this week finally admitted to funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab, and Fauci was apparently involved in that. They could be trying to dodge blame by putting it all on Fauci. Given his culpability he certainly wouldn’t be an innocent scapegoat, but he sure as heck isn’t solely responsible.

          2. More likely some are trying to dump Fauci. The governmental institutions as a whole seem to still be supporting him

          3. The puppy abuse has been known for a while,. I saw it on Gab a couple(?) weeks ago. Some of the anons were noting that showing this was most likely to get the normies to get out the pitchforks and torches. It certainly disrupts the Saint Fauci narrative.

            I’m guessing is that Fauci is being set up by the other powers that be to be the Emmanual Goldstein, in the hope that they’ll be saved from #Teamheadsonpikes. “Puppygate” sounds like a good way to direct the anger and to (try to) divert it from the others. Squirrel!

            And yeah, puppies will get more attention than “Fauci commited perjury”. That’s just another day in the FICUS administration.

            1. I ran across the inject and dissect one about a month ago, but the in Africa sand flies in head cages was new. to me, unless I didn’t get that far into the one on dissection.

          1. I don’t know, but I wish someone would start a, “He’s torturing Snoopy!” meme.

        1. Lyndon Johnson was noted for abusing beagles. He would pick them up by the ears and swing them around, with them squealing in pain. It was bad enough that his Secret Service guards objected to it. Johnson said the noises weren’t pain, they were “joy.”

          There are a lot of stories from his former Secret Service guys. Even allowing for bias and exaggeration, Johnson was one sick SOB.

  9. You don’t have to get test through your doctor. There are private labs. I use Request-a-Test and they have very nice offices and you get your results back often the next day – cheaper than your doc charges. I’ve never bothered to try to submit them to insurance they are so cheap.

    1. If you live in a free state. I live in the Dictatorship of New York under Emperor Hochul. Commoners and serfs are forbidden to order their own tests. Even to the point I can order and get the Ancestry DNA for ancestry tracing, but not the Ancestry DNA +traits. In order to get any medical test I must- 1. Make a medical appointment 2. Convince the doctor why it should be ordered. 3. Go back to the doctor to find the results- I cannot get them directly. Serfs and commoners are forbidden such esoteric knowledge- only approved gatekeepers can access such information.

      When I visit my son in Florida I’m going to order up some tests….

    2. I’ve seen the D3 thing come up recently, starting with a post on Jeff Duntemann’s site, and then an informative forum thread, and now this. I checked my last few sets of lab results (yes, I get copies to take home) and no D3 tests were run. I just ordered two at-home kits from Amazon ($40 each); one for me, one for Mrs. TRX.

      1. The other part of HIPAA is that you have the right to get your medical records. My clinic & hospital use one of the electronic chart systems, though they lost a bunch after a ransomware attack. [note to self; swap out the backup drives and get that set offline.]

        And no, no D test from the last round. OTOH, I get outside a lot, at least outside of winter. [Thinks about mostly unused sunblock supply.]

      2. In 2004(?) I had a bunch of tests run by a cardiology clinic. They didn’t want to give me copies of the results; they had the chutzpah to claim they were “proprietary information.” I pulled out my phone and told them it might be a good idea to start making copies before the police arrived. They very reluctantly made the copies, then asked if they could mail me a CD with the imaging stuff. I said OK, and the CD showed up a couple of days later.

        I only routinely started getting copies a year or so ago, when my main doc referenced a consult that was so wildly wrong I couldn’t figure out if it was incompetence or they’d sent someone else’s file with my name on it. The doc said that sort of thing happens a lot more often than he is comfortable with, nowadays.

        1. At least today when one goes to a pharmacy or the doctor, not only do they ask one’s name, birthday, they ask your current address. Every test in the last few years I’ve been asked to verify the information on labels. I appreciate the effort. In the early 80s had a doctors appointment. This was still when files were paper folders. They had to pull 4 files before they got the correct folder. There were at least 4 of us in two neighboring communities that have the same first and last name, 3 with the same middle initial, and two same middle name, but only one of us with correct first, middle, maiden, and married name. The file then got labeled with all 4. But before that they had to write down my BD and current address to actually find the correct file.

        2. Back in the early 1980s the local PD started using a database that tracked people by first name, middle initial, and last name. The database stored arrest and warrant records, mostly.

          There were three other people in my fairly small town with the same name I have. All three were felons. The brainiacs that wrote the database assumed names were unique. It caused some very *intense* traffic stops, though the capper was when I went to the police station to get the LEO sign-off on the ATF paperwork for a machine gun. The Chief wasn’t busy, so he was taking care of it himself. He sent someone off to look up my name, and all of a sudden his office was full of excited patrolmen who thought they were going to clear some outstanding warrants…

  10. I’m thinking I like my doctor even more. They’re not from the states, and I have a feeling they’re from Eastern Europe by their name. They test my vitamin levels every year, and recommend supplements when needed. A low D level was flagged a few years ago, and I’ve been taking supplements since that time. They might have saved my life.

    1. My ex-Romanian doctor lady was the one who figured out I was malnourished with regard to Vitamin A. (Which is why I get so freaky about vitamins, although apparently not freaky enough to demand my dad add up his milligrams of vitamin supplements.)

      (And yes, eating just egg whites and then adding a lot of eggwhite-made divinity candy can make you wind up malnourished for Vitamin A. If you don’t get more elsewhere, anyway.)

  11. Our NP had my husband add 5000 IU of D daily. I don’t think he’s had a single cold since then. I added D (not quite as much) and aside from a minor batch of sniffles I’ve been fine.

      1. I find that a lot of the time when I feel like I’m getting sick it’s because I’ve been running myself ragged, and sleeping for twelve or fourteen hours makes it all better.

        1. Rest is way underappreciated as a healer. I got run down working a convention last weekend, then taking care of multiple family medical appointments. Thursday evening I hit the wall, and realized I’d gotten a con crud (not the Coof — I can smell fine). Now I’m trying to rest back up so I’ll be ready to do the Halloween weekend convention.

          1. As somewhat of an aside, I’ve read that a symptom of bacterial pneumonia is the loss of smell/taste.

  12. I take vit D3 and K together. Most people with autoimmune conditions are notably deficient of Vit D3. I l also take the Bs– Folic Acid, B-2, and B-6. I take zinc when I am around a doctor’s office or around people who have obvious colds. I’ve stayed healthier since I was on dialysis– it gets rid of a lot of my toxins.

  13. Just got back from watching Dune. I enjoyed it. And the theater I saw it in was packed. Hopefully this is a good sign. Because even though it wasn’t advertised as such, this is apparently Part One. Or, at least, the people involved in making it *hope* it’s Part One, because Part Two hasn’t been officially greenlit yet.

    Also worth noting that this is a movie that – at times – knows it’s on a big screen, and takes advantage of that.

    Since nearly everyone here probably has at least a passing familiarity with the sci-fi epic, I figured I’d pass along my experience.

    1. I read the book… somewhere around age 13 or 14. It was easily twice as thick as anything else on the SF shelves at the library. What I took away was a tale of political machinations and logistics; a corrupt government dependent on a single-source supply of a drug that made interstellar travel cheap enough to be practical.

      The Official Narrative now seems to be that it was a warning tale of Teh Environmentz, which is ridiculous. Arrakis was a freaking *alien planet*. Humans were never meant to be there; it was just barely habitable with technological assistance, and uninhabitable without it. WTF “environemental disaster”? It’s possible there was some long explanatory text I didn’t register or forgot since the early 1970s when I read it, but I can’t say I care enough to read that tremendously long and depressing doorstop again.

      1. WTF “environmental disaster”

        Well, if you squint hard enough when, in later books, humans manage to actually release the water, it would be considered an “environmental disaster” for the native sandworms. But Dune itself, not so much. Named Dune because of the sand covering the planet, and limited water, when humans were dumped there.

        I too read it first at age 13 or 14 and took away ” was a tale of political machinations and logistics; a corrupt government dependent on a single-source supply of a drug that made interstellar travel cheap enough to be practical.” In addition, the adaptability of humans (Freeman) and the fear of high functioning machine AI and computers, but the inability to live without the AI results so the different methods to replace machines with human equivalent through genetic embryonic manipulations to create human equivalents, cloning, and jidden breeding programs.

        1. I’ve had a few ideas about a story set before or just after the discovery of Arrakis, when starships couldn’t see where they were going while under hyperdrive. They had to drop out of hyperdrive every few light-years, spend an hour or more determining their exact position in space, and then carefully plot their next short FTL run. The ships could potentially have traveled a dozen times faster, but with an escalating risk of getting too close to a star or planet and being destroyed. Or, simply straying far off course.

          Melange from Arrakis allowed a very few people born with a rare talent to see the ship’s potential futures and pick a course that brought it safely to its destination. A tremendous advantage in both trade, and war. Eventually the Navigators tired of being used, and killed, fighting other people’s wars and formed the Spacing Guild, which quickly gained a monopoly on interstellar travel by deciding who they would, or would not, provide with the services of Guild Navigators.

          Did the new movie show that, or did it repeat the earlier movies’ glaring error of making interstellar travel a sort of psychic teleportation performed by the Navigators? How could Arrakis ever have been discovered if you need a Navigator to reach it, and the Navigators depend on the spice?

          1. The book doesn’t go into how Arrakis is found or how Space Guild or other Guilds are found. In fact this all comes across as “lost” history or history from the perspective of those who lost and were forced out (as it comes out in later newer books). The book doesn’t even get into how the two noble houses got into their adversarial conflict or why the forced switch in Arrakis administration. How everything got to these states isn’t the reason for the story.

          2. All of that is so far back in the deep history of the setting that it is effectively myth. As far as anyone in-universe is concerned it may as well be a psychic jump, so how exactly would you get them to talk about that in-universe without the mother of all As You Knows? Especially since Dune is already hard enough to translate to visual media.

            1. Egad, no! ‘Depressing doorstopper’ pretty much sums it up. I quit at ‘Children Of Dune’ after it came out.

          3. The movie doesn’t show interstellar travel. There are one or two lines stating that it requires spice (I don’t think I heard the word ‘melange’ used even once) to see the ship’s future. And we see “small” ships (which are still huge) leaving the truly massive interstellar vessels that ferried them between solar systems as the “small” ships descend to the surface. But the movie never shows the actual interstellar movement.

            The book never provides any real detail on it, either.

      2. The movie sure never goes there. There’s never any indication that the planet has ever been anything other than a desert hellhole. And on at least two separate occasions it’s stated that the goal of the Firemen has always been to change the environment to make it more habitable. It’s also noted that the only reason why this hasn’t happened is the discovery of spice.

        1. And here I thought the goal of the Firemen was either to keep locomotives fueled or to stop things from burning down. ;-p

  14. The commies infesting our government have been trying to crush private health care and impose socialized medicine on us for at least 60 years, step by creeping step. Now they see their chance to finish it off.
    Under socialized medicine, each patient incurs expenses which end when the patient dies. In private practice, each patient provides profits which end when the patient dies. Which patient would YOU rather be?

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