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Genetic Engineering, Bioweapons, Junk Food and Chronic Disease: Hidden Drivers of COVID-19

September 30, 2020 | Ronnie Cummins

Organic Consumers Association

“Shi Zhengli [from the Wuhan, China Lab] and scientists like her, are in the business of weaponizing viruses by genetically engineering or otherwise altering them to make them more lethal, and more easily transmitted, to humans.” – Alexis Baden-Mayer, “Shi Zhengli: Weaponizing Coronaviruses, with Pentagon Funding, at a Chinese Military Lab” Sept. 24, 2020

“Our diet is the number one cause of death, disability, and suffering in the world . . . There is not one simple solution to the challenges of farming, diet, public health, the economy, the environment, the climate, workers’ rights, education, national security, social justice, health, income inequities, health disparities, and more. But they are all connected in one way or another by one thing. Food.” -Dr. Mark Hyman, Food Fix, Little, Brown and Company. 2020 pp. 4, 35-36.

The shocking truth is starting to come out about the real origins of COVID-19. But more shocking still is the way that this disease has shone a light on the fragility of our food system, the lack of transparency in our regulatory and scientific communities and the terrifying vulnerabilities of our bodies, worn down by lifetimes of junk food and exposure to toxic chemicals.

A growing body of legal and scientific evidence now points to the fact that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was collected from bats (as well as from the bodies of miners sicken by a SARS virus in 2012), and then genetically engineered and manipulated in a lab, before it was released (accidentally, we hope) from a Chinese, military-controlled, U.S.-funded, World Health Organization-monitored laboratory in Wuhan, China.

COVID-19 is the tragic, but unfortunately predictable, consequence of an ongoing global biological arms race that has gone on for decades. This arms race, accelerated by modern genetic engineering techniques, involves hunting down and collecting virulent viruses and bacteria all over the world, especially those that involve “spillover events” (incidents where humans became infected with rare viruses or bacteria), and then weaponizing these pathogens (engineering them to be more contagious and virulent) in biomedical/military labs.

Military bioweapon specialists typically collaborate with civilian scientists and organizations such as the EcoHealth Alliance, disguising this bioweapons engineering as biomedical or vaccine research. They categorize what they are doing as “dual use” (for medical and defense purposes) since the production of offensive biological weapons is strictly prohibited under a legally-binding international treaty signed by the U.S., China and most other nations.

The official COVID-19 story: the cover-up

The majority of non-independent, indentured scientists, virologists and genetic engineers—those  who get their money from military, government and Big Pharma—are still robotically attacking critics, calling them “conspiracy nuts” and pushing the official propaganda narrative surrounding COVID-19.

These indentured scientists are then quoted non-stop in the mass media—which in turn, gets most of its ad revenues from Big Pharma, Big Food and partisan political campaign advertising. Their official Establishment mantra is that a relatively innocuous and heretofore non-contagious coronavirus somehow “naturally” jumped from bats into humans and then quickly mutated into a deadly killer, leaving behind no biological or epidemiological traces whatsoever of its rapid evolution.

Moreover, in an uncanny and increasingly unbelievable coincidence, this deadly viral mutation and ensuing epidemic emerged in the same urban neighborhood, hundreds of miles from the nearest bat cave, in Wuhan, China, where a series of controversial genetic engineering experiments involving the weaponization of coronaviruses were being conducted in several badly-managed, accident-prone labs.

The evermore frantic global cover-up by scientists and governments that we are subjected to daily in the mass media and supposedly reputable scientific journals is quite understandable, given the fact that, as Antonio Regalado, the editor of the MIT Technology Review puts it, “If it turned out COVID-19 came from a lab, he tweeted, ‘it would shatter the scientific edifice top to bottom.’”

And of course the emerging truth about COVID-19 also threatens to shatter the credibility of the U.S. and Chinese governments, the mass media, Big Pharma, Internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter (who have been dutifully shadow ranking and censoring alternative information on the origins, prevention and treatment of COVID-19), the largely unregulated genetic engineering industry and the heretofore unassailable military-industrial complex.

Our team at the Organic Consumers Association and our allies at GMWatch and Mercola.com, joined by a global coalition of independent scientists, lawyers and policy experts, will soon launch a campaign to expose the COVID-19 Scientific Hall of Shame. The campaign will call for a ban on the incredibly dangerous genetic engineering (so-called “gain-of-function”) experiments going on in an alarming number of military and Big Pharma-funded, accident-prone “dual-use” labs across the world.

Please join the 60,000 people who have already called for a ban on weaponizing viruses and bacteria by signing our petition here.

COVID-19 primarily threatens people in poor health

The Establishment narrative on COVID-19 is that it is a virtually unstoppable plague threatening everyone, young and old, with no real cure or prevention other than mask wearing, social distancing, economic lockdown and hunkering down in fear until a Big Pharma vaccine comes onto the market.

This official narrative, though a boon for certain corporations such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, McDonald’s and the pharmaceutical/vaccine giants, is actually a recipe for economic disaster and authoritarian control by a digital dictatorship promoted by Bill Gates and others. This dangerous Establishment narrative surrounding COVID-19 ignores the real evidence on the origins, nature, vulnerable population groups, prevention and, ultimately, cures for the pandemic.

The public health bottom line is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not so much a deadly plague in itself, but rather a viral “trigger” that aggravates and magnifies pre-existing, chronic medical conditions, what pathologists call “co-morbidities.”

Statistics on hospitalizations and death (as opposed to “cases” or numbers of those infected) show that youth and those in good health have little to worry about, beyond the cautions they would normally take to avoid the winter flu.

According to the CDC, 94 percent of death certificates for COVID-19 victims in the U.S. list a number of co-morbidities or underlying health co-factors in their deaths, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, dementia and hypertension.

According to the New York Times:

“The correlations between Covid-19 and obesity are worrisome. In one report published last month, researchers found that people with obesity who caught the coronavirus were more than twice as likely to end up in the hospital and nearly 50% more likely to die of Covid-19. Another study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, showed that among nearly 17,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the United States, more than 77% had excess weight or obesity.” 

Coronavirus Cases and Infections vs. actual hospitalizations and deaths

Don’t become confused about the rising numbers of COVID-19 “cases” that you read about every day in the mass media. Look instead until you find the actual numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, and the health and age profile of these COVID-19 victims.

The current panic-mongering focus on cases or infections (as opposed to hospitalizations and deaths) sells newspapers, drives up TV and internet traffic, artificially inflates vaccine corporation stocks and fuels partisan politics, but it is not a true indicator of the health impacts we need to worry about.

Approximately 3 million people will die this year in the U.S., with 1.7 million of these deaths arising from chronic disease. In comparison, 200,000 Americans have died thus far over the past nine months with COVID-19 listed as a cause of mortality on their death certificates. But as noted above, 94 percent of these death certificates also list a variety of chronic diseases or other morbidities as co-factors.

Unfortunately, many people, especially the elderly in nursing homes and in hospitals, are not in good health. The virus sickens and kills elderly people in poor health, as well as at-risk adults, especially those in low-income communities suffering from chronic disease (diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure), polluted air and water, poor diets and limited access to healthy foods, nutritional supplements and natural health information and treatments.

SARS-CoV-2 targets those, especially older adults, who have been damaged by long-term exposure to industrial food and pollution. Victims of standard grocery store and restaurant fare, stuffed with Big Food/Big Ag carbs and calories, are left undernourished and metabolically unbalanced by the typical American diet.

These victims-in-waiting are typically suffering from a variety of chronic diseases (especially obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure), weakened immune systems, low vitamin D levels and poor gut and digestive health.

The primary reason why so many consumers are chronically ill is that Big Food and Big Ag in the U.S. (and across the world) basically produce—and in fact are subsidized by governments to produce—what can only be described as junk food commodities. These junk foods and beverages, which make-up 60 percent or more of the calories in the typical American diet, are highly-processed, sugar and carb-laden, laced with pesticide, antibiotic and chemical residues. In toxic combination with the typical American’s overconsumption of factory-farmed meat and animal products, U.S. junk food diets are a literal prescription for chronic disease and premature death.

One major reason for the prevalence of junk foods in the modern diet is that these foods, at least at the grocery checkout counter or fast food register, seem to be cheap.

Typically junk foods sell at one-quarter of the price per calorie of real whole foods (vegetables, fruits, grains), with the true costs of production and consumption, including damage to public health, the environment and the climate, concealed from the public.

Junk foods and sodas are manufactured and engineered so as to be tasty and addictive, cheap and plentiful, but they are ultimately poisonous. They certainly can quickly and conveniently fill your belly, especially if you’re operating on a limited budget, but they ultimately make you fat, clog up your arteries, and lead to cancer, heart disease and dementia. Junk foods destroy your health and damage your gut biome and immune system, setting you up for chronic disease or pandemics.

In a society that would dare to put public health ahead of corporate profits, junk food would be banned or so heavily taxed (like tobacco) that it would be displaced by real food. Big Food and Big Ag would collapse and Big Pharma’s drugs profits would shrink drastically. Organic and regenerative food and farming would become the norm for everyone, instead of just the alternative.

While acknowledging that we have to stop the reckless military/scientific genetic engineering that brought on this pandemic and global economic meltdown, media censorship and suspension of fundamental democratic rights, we also need to defend ourselves and our families by changing our diets and collectively moving away from the industrialized, degenerate food and farming system that sets up people for premature death and hospitalization from COVID-19.

The “cure” for chronic disease and premature death is organic and regenerative food, complemented by appropriate nutritional supplements, herbs, and natural health remedies.

Vaccines will not save us from COVID-19 or chronic disease

The sobering truth, which more and more people are starting to understand, is that vaccines, including the new genetically engineered vaccines being rushed to market that are designed to alter our RNA, are unlikely to be effective against coronaviruses, which are constantly mutating.

Decades of risky biomedical research and experimentation have produced no effective—or safe—coronavirus vaccines. Moreover, there are no vaccines or pharmaceutical drugs that can cure the out-of-control epidemic of chronic disease which currently kills 1.7 million Americans every year (70 percent of all deaths), and 11 million people worldwide.

Our global health emergency cannot be solved without a fundamental change in our diets and our industrialized Big Ag and Big Food practices. We must stop believing the industry propaganda (that drives the profits of Big Food, Big Ag and Big Pharma) that chronic disease and the co-morbidities that accompany 90 percent of all COVID-19 deaths are “normal” or “natural.”  

The chronic disease epidemic

As Dr. Mark Hyman points out in his book, “Food Fix,” 60 percent of Americans now suffer from at least one chronic disease, while 40 percent have two or more chronic diseases. This is at least 2-4 times higher than it was a generation ago.

Seventy percent of Americans (228 million) are either overweight or obese. Forty percent are obese, a 12-fold increase over the past sixty years (see “Food Fix,” pp. 13-15). The U.S. leads the world in chronic disease and obesity, which explains in large part why this nation, in addition to inept political leadership and medical malpractice, also leads the world in COVID-19 deaths, despite the U.S. having the world’s most expensive ($3.5 trillion annually) healthcare system.

As Hyman points out, chronic disease has become a global phenomenon:

“In 2019 The Lancet published an analysis of dietary risk factors in 195 countries based on the Global Burden of Disease Study . . .  Despite the limitations of the study, the bottom line was this: A diet without enough healthy foods (fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, etc.) and with too many bad foods (processed foods, refined grains, sugar-sweetened beverages, trans fats, etc.) accounted for 11 million deaths and 255 million years of disability and life years lost. Most striking was the finding that the lack of protective foods (whole real unprocessed foods) was as or more important in determining risk of death than the overconsumption of processed foods. This is a big deal. We are facing an unprecedented threat from biological weapons of mass destruction—the food produced by our food system that drives disease, suffering, environmental destruction, and climate change.” (see “Food Fix” pp. 39-40)

The reason so many people “test positive” for COVID-19 (besides testing errors) is because the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads, not only through droplets when people are in prolonged close contact such as nursing homes and hospitals, but also because tiny particles of the virus become aerosolized and hang in the air in indoor or closed spaces.

But we need to be as concerned about the co-morbidities and chronic disease that drive COVID-19 hospitalizations and death as we are with the contagious nature of the virus itself. 

What is most important is to protect the subset of people (the elderly and those with serious chronic diseases) who are most likely to become seriously ill or die. In general, very few healthy people, especially younger people who eat healthy food and have intact immune systems, have been hospitalized or died from COVID-19, unlike previous pandemics such as the Spanish Flu. The median age of those who have died from the coronavirus worldwide is approximately 80-82 years old (see Alex Berenson, “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1,” pp. 15).

Of course we can’t do anything about people getting older. This is a fact of life. But what we can do something about is the fact that diet and environmental-related chronic disease is now at epidemic levels among older people (and increasingly among younger people as well). If the people in nursing homes and hospitals (including the workers) weren’t already suffering from chronic disease and weak immune systems, the deaths and hospitalizations co-engendered by COVID-19 would be far lower. Although less than one-half of one percent of Americans live in nursing homes, the residents of these facilities have accounted for almost 50 percent of all COVID-19 deaths so far.

Chronic disease and co-morbidities can not only be prevented and mitigated, but cured, especially if we as a society prioritize healthy food, exercise and nutritional supplementation (vitamins C and D, as well as zinc and quercetin), and clean up the environment. But right now our nursing homes, health care clinics, hospital facilities and institutional settings are doing just the opposite.

We need to incentivize and subsidize not junk food, but healthy, organic food for everyone, young and old, rich and poor. And we need a fundamental change in medical priorities from just treating chronic disease with pharmaceutical drugs to preventing chronic disease with healthy “food as medicine,” and other natural health promoters such as medicinal herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements. This is how we can defeat COVID-19.

We desperately need a ban on out-of-control genetic engineering and bioweapons experimentation, but we also need a ban on junk food and environmental pollution, which are basically weapons of mass destruction. We need a new food and farming system based on organic and regenerative practices. A new system that is healthy, climate-friendly and equitable. And we need a new medical paradigm as well, one based upon prevention, natural health, and wellness promotion. And again, please add your voice to the 60,000 people who have already called for a ban on weaponizing viruses and bacteria by signing here.

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International, and the author of “Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Food, Farming, Climate and a Green New Deal.”