At long last, our story is on YouTube.
All over social media, we are seeing links to a video called “Plandemic movie.” Our friends urge us to watch it before it “gets deleted!” “Watch, learn, open your mind!” “Think for yourself and for your best interests!” As a family physician working on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic, and a former Physician Assistant with a Master’s degree in Health Science, we decided to see for ourselves what this video was all about, and we watched it.
The first installment of this documentary series features Dr. Judy Mikovits. The video portrays her as a prominent scientist who was privy to inside, confidential information about the government, infectious disease research, and conspiracies among top government officials concerning COVID-19. She was supposedly exiled from the world of medical science after reporting something that “they” didn’t want you to know about, and is now speaking out, fighting those evildoers seeking to “silence her.”
Unfortunately, Dr. Mikovits is not a credible source, although her career begins innocently enough. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1980, she went to the National Cancer Institute where she worked as a technician. She went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at George Washington University in 1992. Her PhD thesis was entitled, “Negative Regulation of HIV Expression in Monocytes.” Her admirers will claim that her doctoral thesis “changed the treatment of HIV-AIDS,” although evidence of this is very hard to find. She did participate in good research concerning retroviruses as an assistant, but she was never a principal investigator or independent researcher, and left the lab in 2001 when she got married and started work tending bar.
Then, in 2004, the very wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Whittemore come into the picture. They founded a nonprofit research institute, the “Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease” for their daughter who had chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). They recruited Dr. Mikovits to direct their institute. Remember that at this time, Dr. Mikovits was a scientist who had never been a principle investigator, hadn’t worked in the field for many years, and was tending bar at the time. Why they would ask her to run their institute? I have no idea. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome has been a medical mystery for decades, and Dr. Mikovits had experience in only one area: retroviruses. The Whittemores must have been convinced that CFS was caused by a virus. In any event, Mikovits did (surprise!) come to the conclusion that a retrovirus must be the cause of CFS. Her findings were that XMRV, a mouse retrovirus that can replicate in the cells of other animals, was the cause of CFS, and these findings were published in Science.
There were many criticisms of Mikovits’ methods, however. Three independent studies that tried to replicate her results failed to find any evidence of XMRV in either healthy controls or CFS patients. Finally, a nine-center study failed to confirm even the preliminary results of Mikovits’ study.
Science retracted her publication, she was terminated, then arrested and jailed for theft of laboratory materials, equipment, and documents. Mr. and Mrs. Whittemore were sued by former partners for embezzling millions of dollars from a real estate business. Mr. Whittemore was also charged with making illegal campaign contributions. Then, in March, the judge in the case against Dr. Mikovits disclosed that he had received campaign donations from Mr. Whittemore and recused himself. Subsequently, the charges against Dr. Mikovits were dropped. As you can see, corruption abounded.
Now, it’s 2020. We are in the middle of a global pandemic crisis.
Emotions and fears are high – both of the virus itself and its economic impact. The unknowns are many. People are looking for answers, when truly there are none, because this virus is so new. It’s the perfect storm for conspiracy theories and propaganda to run wild. It’s also a great opportunity for a scientist with a failing career to try to make a comeback.
Let’s dive into this “Plandemic movie” now.
Although, after reading up on Dr. Mikovits history, we were less than excited to watch this thing. I am sorry to say that it lived up to our expectations, and more.
I tried to watch with an open mind – I really did. However, the number of outrageous claims, pseudo-science, plain nonsense and outright falsehoods in this production are too numerous to list. It would be laughable if our friends and family weren’t touting it as the latest must-see truth. I don’t want to go into every one of them, so we’ll just list some highlights:
-She claims that if COVID-19 had evolved naturally, it would have taken 800 years for it to “learn” how to infect humans. (For a virologist, she seems to know very little about how quickly viruses change and mutate!) Many zoonotic viruses (viruses that originate in animals) have mutated and infected humans. Bird flu, swine flu, dengue fever, Lyme disease, West Nile virus and rabies are just a few examples.
-She likens COVID-19 infection to COPD, saying that if her husband died from COPD, “they” would classify him as a COVID death due to the presence of fibrosis in the lungs. The only problem is, COPD does not cause fibrosis in the lungs. The two diseases are very, very different.
– The statement taken out of context from the CDC death certificate recommendation reads in full “In cases where a definitive diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, but is suspected or likely (the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed”. In these instances, certifiers should use their best judgment in determining if a COVID-19 diagnosis was likely. Testing for COVID-19 should be conducted whenever possible.” Physicians use probable causes of death all the time. In our situation, where testing supplies can be in short supply, a probable cause of death is definitely warranted.
– She says that physicians are being pressured to diagnose COVID-19 because reimbursements are higher for that diagnosis. We don’t know a single doctor that would falsify a diagnosis for the hospital to be paid more, but even if they did, most hospitals lose money on every single Medicare patient. This is not a money-making endeavor. Most hospitals are and health care facilities are deeply in the red right now. They might get paid $13,000 for your COVID-19 admission, but do you know what that’s based on? The fact that the average cost of a hospital admission for a respiratory condition is $13,297.
-She says the flu vaccine increases your chance of getting COVID-19 by 36%. It doesn’t.
This claim comes from a “Pentagon Study,” which, although published in Jan 2020, was studying data from the 2017-2018 flu season. They were not studying SARS-Co-2, as this virus was unknown at the time. You have to understand that COVID-19 is named as such to set it apart from the many other identified viruses with the corona shape. The previously identified coronaviruses were not anything of concern – they are wimpy, run-of-the-mill common cold viruses that we all have likely had. These are the “coronaviruses” mentioned in this study. Furthermore, in the conclusion of the study, the researchers wrote, “Receipt of influenza vaccination was not associated with virus interference among our population.” and “The overall results of the study showed little to no evidence supporting the association of virus interference and influenza vaccination.” In other words, even though their data showed a small increase in coronavirus cases (common cold) among people who had received a flu shot, it was deemed statistically insignificant. The articles that are quoting a 36% increased risk are (1): taking data and quoting text out of context in the study, reporting it as significant when it was not, and (2): allowing people to believe that this applies to COVID-19, which it does not. This is clear manipulation of data in attempt to misinform the public.
-She makes a big deal out of Fauci calling the evidence for hydroxychloroquine “anecdotal.” It was, obviously, anecdotal evidence. That’s what we call things when they are based on doctor’s experiences with their own cases, not double-blind scientific studies. It doesn’t mean that anecdotal evidence is not valuable – it is. And, doctors make clinical decisions based on anecdotal evidence all the time. It just means that we haven’t had time to run a proper scientific study on it yet.
-The American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians both issued statements condemning Dr. Daniel Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi — the two emergency docs who spoke in the video suggesting that sheltering in place harms your immune system and wearing masks increases your risk of infection.
-She mentions her work on Ebola in 1999 and says that it couldn’t infect human cells until “she taught it how.” But, there were many pre-1999 Ebola outbreaks.
-She claims that there is no current vaccine that works for any RNA virus. Really? So, how would you explain the drastic worldwide reduction in polio, measles, and hepatitis A?
-She claims a flu vaccine grown in dog cells is to blame for the COVID-19 outbreak, because dogs have a lot of coronaviruses. She actually says, “If you have ever had a flu vaccine, you have been injected with Coronavirus.” umm… no. Canine coronavirus (CcoV) is not the same as SARS-CoV-2. Not even close. (Can we please call this “fear-mongrel–ing?”)
As another physician stated on her facebook post, “[This statement is] so false based on the way vaccines are made that there are no studies specifically stating this claim. It would be like trying to conduct a study to examine whether humans can live with zero oxygen. Nope, we can’t. No study needed.”
-She claims wearing facial masks “activates” the virus. Again, you would hope that she would understand the transmission of viruses that spread via respiratory droplets. We will address the issue of masking later, as it has become a hot topic as well.
I would go on, but honestly it’s just not worth my time or yours. If anybody wants to talk more about this one-on-one, we are happy to do so. But, dear friends, please don’t let your frustrations and emotions (or feelings regarding a certain overbearing, overreaching incompetent governor) blind you to reason. When we’re given information, we all need to consider the source. There is so much misinformation and fear-mongering happening right now, and so many people trying to use this crisis to their own advantage. Please don’t contribute to the problem by spreading this garbage.
Lastly, I wholeheartedly support free speech. However, private companies removing information from their platforms does not represent repression, and is in no way an indicator of truth. It’s their right to monitor what is posted on their platform – even if that platform is as big and public as YouTube.
We fervently pray that this pandemic will end very quickly. We pray that you and your loved ones stay healthy, and that our churches, businesses, and places of recreation open safely and reasonably very soon. May you know God’s love, now more than ever.
-Amy & Aaron
I have had multiple requests for this recipe.
Breakfast sandwiches that are so easy, so yummy,
and freeze well!
Customize them with whatever bread, meat, or cheese your family enjoys. I usually make a double-batch. We’ll keep one batch in the refrigerator for eating that week, and freeze the other.
Breakfast Sandwiches for the Freezer
- 12 eggs
- 1/4 cup dairy product. This can be milk, plain yogurt, sour cream, or whatever dairy you need to use up in your fridge. The dairy helps to stabilize the eggs in the freezer, so they thaw and reheat with a better texture.
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 12 servings of breakfast meats (bacon, sausage patties, Canadian bacon, ham, etc. Our family especially enjoys the turkey sausage breakfast patties from WalMart)
- 12 english muffins or sandwich thins
- Butter or canola oil, if desired
- 12 slices of your favorite cheese
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. If you don’t have a Demarle muffin mold or baking sheet, get one! But until then, you can generously grease a 9×13 pan.
- Whisk the eggs, dairy, salt and pepper. (I use my stand mixer)
- Pour the egg mixture into the greased pan or muffin mold, and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the center is just set. Do not over-cook!
- Remove from the oven and allow the eggs to cool.
- While the eggs are cooling, toast your english muffins under broiler on low. You may butter them if you wish – I spritz with canola oil because it’s fast and easy.
- Cut the eggs into 12 squares if you used a 9×13 pan.
- Build your sandwiches: Bread, egg, meat, cheese, bread.
- Package and label your sandwiches. I use sandwich bags. If freezing, allow sandwiches to cool completely in the refrigerator, then package in a freezer-safe resealable bag or air-tight container.
If frozen, allow sandwiches to thaw completely in refrigerator overnight. Remove packaging and place on microwave-safe plate. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Turn over, and heat an additional 15-30 seconds until hot. Alternately, you can reheat the sandwiches in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or use a toaster oven.
From my family to yours,
No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to keep my babies little. They are growing up so fast. Every time I look at Micah, I think “When did he get to be such a tall, handsome young gentleman?” Matthew is maturing, able to do so much for himself now, and Jesse is a 10-year-old with a heart of gold. Mikayla has always been a sweet little lady, but even “baby Nathan” is almost six, and growing out of “little kid” things.
We do Santa at our house, and Santa has been pretty amazing. We watch Santa’s progression around the globe on the NORAD Santa tracker, we set out cookies (and carrots for the reindeer!), and everyone is extra, extra good for the month of December. Ever since he was very little, Santa has made Jesse’s beloved stuffed dog “new” again every Christmas Eve. Jesse would love the stuffing out of Brown Doggie through the course of every year, so Santa’s magic was needed to keep it around!
When Matthew started seeing signs of Advent this year, he asked if he could go home and help fold laundry. With big, bright eyes, he told me, “I’m really helpful. Santa’s coming!”
Nathan, at age 5, is still learning about this whole process. Yesterday he questioned, “Wait….. you mean Santa and Jesus are ALWAYS watching us?” Then, after a quick wardrobe check, he remarked, “Phew! At least I’m wearing underwear.”
When our kids reach an age when they are ready to know more about Mr. Clause, they get a “top secret” letter. Micah was thrilled when he got his letter years ago, so excited to be let in on such a special secret, and has enjoyed being able to contribute to the magic for the rest of the family. Jesse got his letter this year, and with his usual enthusiastic joy, was ecstatic to become a part of Santa’s team. I will post the letter below … just in case you have a need for something similar at your house.
From our family to yours, we with you a holy and happy Advent season, and a very Merry Christmas!
. . .
Now that you are 10, we know that you have some questions about Christmas and Santa, and we wanted to give you good, true answers.
“Is Santa real?” The answer is “Yes!” St. Nicholas is very real. He is as real as any other saint in heaven. But he lives in heaven, and in our hearts, not at the North Pole. He lives in every single person who works to keep his spirit of joy, generosity, and love for the Infant Jesus alive.
Mom and Dad are the people who fill your stocking and wrap the presents that appear by the fireplace – just as our parents did for us, their parents did for them, and you will do for your kids someday. But, we are not Santa. There is no one, single Santa.
Santa is billions of people who keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Santa is the magic and love and spirit of giving to others. What he does, is teach children to believe in something they can’t see or touch. Throughout your life you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your family, in your friends, and in God. You’ll need to be able to believe in things you can’t measure or hold in your hands. You can’t see or measure love, generosity, or faith – but those things are very, very real.
Now you know the secret of how he gets down all of those chimneys on Christmas Eve: He has help from all of the people whose hearts he has filled with joy. You could say that he truly does have lots and lots of “elves” that help him do his job! With joyful hearts, people like Mommy and Daddy take our turn helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible. So no, we are not Santa … but we do enjoy being his elves.
Santa is the spirit of the real St. Nick, living on through years of tradition in every country across the globe. He is love and magic and hope and happiness, all started by the generous and joyful spirit of the real St. Nicholas. Can you imagine how happy St. Nick is when he gazes down on Earth and sees all the celebration for the birth of Christ, in his legacy of generosity? We are on his team, and now you are too.
Now, you are on our side of the magic, and it is a very important, privileged place to be. You will have to work hard to preserve the magic for your younger siblings and for Matthew. You can’t give us knowing glances or “thank-you’s” when you open your gift from Santa this year. You can’t wink at us or do anything else to let on that you are now a part of the magic. But you can experience the joy and wonder of it all, and let them believe in Santa. And, if they ask you if Santa is “real,” you can confidently say “Yes!”
When you were little, you were VERY hard on Brown Doggie. He was going to end up in shreds, yet you loved him like no child had ever loved a toy! We bought all the Brown Doggies we could find, then every Christmas we replaced your Brown Doggie with a new one. We needed a way to “fix” your beloved animal so you could keep loving him without having him fall apart! We have three more Brown Doggies set aside, so you can go ahead and put Brown Doggie out on Christmas Eve again if you want to.
The story of the NORAD Santa Tracker is on the back of this letter. It’s really a cool story … and proves that even the US Military is on Santa’s team, working to keep Christmas magic alive for young kids all over the world. Santa has many, many helpers.
Christmas should always feel magical, because the wonder and awe of God himself coming down to live with us as a humble baby is an incredible mystery we will never fully understand. We love you and always will. Welcome to Santa’s Team! Now, you get to help keep the magic alive too.
Love, Mommy and Daddy
. . .
North American Aerospace Defense Command
The NORAD Santa Tracker
24 hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks everything that flies in and around North America in defense of our homelands. On Dec. 24, we have the very special mission of also tracking Santa.
NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955 when a young child accidentally dialed the unlisted phone number of the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, believing she was calling Santa Claus after seeing a promotion in a local newspaper. Before the misprint, only a four-star general at the Pentagon and Colonel himself had that number.
It was the 1950s, war time, when the Colonel’s phone rang. He answered it, expecting to hear that an air strike was happening and the US was under attack, but instead he heard a small voice say, “Is this Santa Clause?”
The Colonel was quick to realize a mistake had been made, and assured the little girl that CONAD would guarantee Santa a safe journey from the North Pole. He “Ho-Ho-Ho’d” and asked if she had been a good little girl. He then assigned two airmen to sit by the phone and answer phone calls for Santa from other children.
The airmen had a big glass board with the United States on it, and when airplanes would come in they would track them. And Christmas Eve of 1955, when Colonel Shoup walked in, there was a drawing of a sleigh with eight reindeer coming over the North Pole… a joke from his airmen. The Colonel looked at it for a while, and then called the radio station saying, “This is the commander at the Combat Alert Center, and we have an unidentified flying object. Why, it looks like a sleigh!” After that, the radio stations would call him nearly every hour and say, ‘Where’s Santa now?’
Thus a tradition was born that rolled over to NORAD when it was formed in 1958. Each year since, NORAD has dutifully reported Santa’s location on Dec. 24 to millions across the globe.
Today is Matthew’s eleventh birthday! Eleven!! Can you believe it?
Nobody loves birthdays as much as Matthew does. He loves the joy, celebration, friends, family, ice cream cake, presents – no matter whose birthday we’re celebrating, he’s all for it! But, there is something very, very special about his birthdays. All of the kids recognize it, and plan for weeks. They count up their chore money to see what gift they can buy for him, help plan his party and his cake, and help him count down the days … all just to hear that joyful squeal and see his big smile when his big day comes.
Last night, Matthew’s prayer before dinner was:
“Thank you for tomorrow.”
Through the chaos of our family dinner, the profoundness of his prayer sunk in… “Thank you for tomorrow.”
This is the child who wasn’t supposed to have a “tomorrow.” This is the child that wasn’t expected to live through the night… who kept us up more than once, wondering if he would live another day.
Yes, Lord, thank You for all of the “tomorrows” that You have given us with this beautiful, joyful, loving child, and all of the tomorrows yet to come.
May we all be thankful for our own tomorrows.
Yesterday, Nathan woke up at 5:50, as he usually does. As is our routine, I got him a cup of milk, started a “Cat in the Hat” video, and sat down with my coffee for 20 minutes of quiet time before our busy day started.
At 6:10, a very sleepy-eyed Matthew came out of his room, and asked to sit on my lap. He said, “so cozy…” as he drifted off to sleep on my shoulder. I loved every minute of it – snuggling with my big 10-year-old bundle of love.
For the next half hour, as Matthew slept in my arms, all I could think about was how blessed we are to have this beautiful child in our family. I thought back to when we were so scared – so unsure of what our future and his future would bring. What would it be like to raise a child with Down syndrome? How would it affect our lives and the lives of our other kids?
Now, we have a big ol’ bundle of goofy cuddly love, and wonder what we were so scared of. To any new parents wondering what life is going to be like raising a child with an extra chromosome, please know that even though it’s not always easy (but, this is true of any child!), it is SO very worth it. You will be immeasurably blessed, in ways you can’t even imagine right now. Yes, you will also be challenged, and you will grow. You will learn to slow down a little bit, gain patience and understanding, and you will love and be loved like never before.
Matthew woke up, looked up at me with his big blueberry eyes, and said, “I love you, Mommy. Thanks for the cuddle.”
I love you, too, Mister. More than you’ll ever know.
After four years in this house, we finally saved enough to tackle the kitchen remodel! When we first moved in, the kitchen looked like this:
I think God was trying to teach me a lesson in patience and perfectionism by giving me white floors in a house in the country with 5 kids!
Also, we didn’t eat in the “dining” area of the house, because it was carpeted! One of our first major projects was to put in luxury vinyl plank flooring (“dirt” brown color!).
When we put in the flooring, we lifted the island completely out of the kitchen so we could have the flooring go under the island, knowing we hoped to change the footprint of the island in the future. We also moved the island out toward the living area of the kitchen, giving the kitchen more work space and a more open feel.
Then, the kitchen looked like this: The countertops were baby blue, the cabinets were a very worn white paint, and the drawers were so stiff to open that the fronts were coming off from all of the pulling.
In October, we began the process of taking out the existing cabinets and countertops, removing the soffit on the ceiling to open up the space, and do some much-needed electrical and plumbing updates.
After several months of work, the remodel is finally complete! The last pieces were finished just after my foot surgery in early January.
Are you ready for the “after” pictures? I can’t wait to show them to you, because I can hardly believe this is the same house! I absolutely love how it all came together, and I am one very happy mama.
Taking out the ceiling soffit and lowering the island to countertop level really opened up the space. My entire ceiling feels higher!
Yes, there are TWO dishwashers! It’s amazing how much easier it is to clean up, when there is room for everything to go in the dishwasher – even big stuff!
My dad is still finishing up the custom inserts for my baking drawers, and then I will show you the “inside tour” of the storage and functional features that I love.
Many thanks to my incredible husband.
(I love you even more than I love my new kitchen!)
Custom cherry cabinets by Systematic Wood Designs, Walla Walla
Cambria quartz countertops in “Berwyn,” installed through the Costco countertop program
General Contractor: Sutherland Enterprises
Backsplash tile work: Doug Huenergardt, Floor 2 Ceiling Contracting, LLC