First the UK banned covid vaccination for anyone under the age of 12 followed by Denmark not offering covid vaccination for anyone under the age of 50. Instead of coercion, any Dane now wanting a covid shot needs a medical exemption. No doubt those countries have their reasons.

Perhaps they have seen the results of the covid vaccination experiment being run in NSW.

Firstly the hospitalisation rate for the one to three dose cohorts is similar but the vaccination enthusiasts with a fourth dose have twice the hospitalisation rate of the three dose people:

When we look at death rates in NSW per dose cohort then the increase in death rate with each round of vaccination is quite clear:

The three dose people have twice the death rate of the two dosers and the four dose people have twice the death rate of the three dose cohort. The result of the NSW vaccination experiment is in: death rate is supralinear to the number of vaccination shots so vaccination for covid is ill-advised.

For those who initially survive a covid infection, what does the disease hold in store for them? In the short term there are a myriad of things that could happen, including “covid teeth” in which individual teeth fall out bloodlessly due to the death of their supporting blood vessels.

In the long term it will be the same as HIV which is to be expected as the covid genome has sequences from HIV sewn into it. HIV is remarkable in that the virus itself doesn’t kill people but it wears down the immune system such that a host of other viruses and cancers get the upper hand.

As with HIV, evidence has emerged of covid viral persistence within the gut and the central nervous system which are viral reservoirs. With respect to the gut, covid causes a loss of Intestinal Barrier Function. The Intestinal Barrier Function allows the uptake of nutrients while restricting pathogenic molecules and bacteria.

As the Intestinal Barrier Function declines, lipopolysaccharides from the gut leak into the blood stream. The consequence of intestinal contents making their way into systemic circulation is constant immune system activation. Eventually the immune system is degraded and cancers come out of remission along with resurgence of Epstein-Barr, herpes and other viruses.

There is an interesting parallel with vitamin D dosing relative to body weight. The dosing rate per kilo of body weight increases as body weight increases. The reason for that is that vitamin D is consumed in fighting inflammation and obesity causes low grade inflammation. This may be the reason for the observation that there are no old fat people – their immune systems wore out.

Another similarity of covid with HIV is the deposition of amyloid proteins in the brain. Of the varieties of amyloidosis, the most concerning is Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy in which amyloid portein deposits are found within the layers of the cerebral vasculature leading to leaky blood vessels. With the leaky vessels comes mini hemorrhagic strokes that can be seen as hyperintensities, or bright white spots, on an imaging study. Eventually, the integrity of the vessel becomes such that the patient suffers a massive stroke.

Both covid and HIV have demonstrated an ability to place the infected individual in a state of hypercoagulapthy in which blood clots can more easily form with the body. In one instance, covid led to the partial amputation of four limbs – one arm above the elbow, one arm below the elbow, one leg below the knee, and half of her right foot.

Another similarity between HIV and covid is osteoclast derangement. Macrophages, which belong to the leukocyte (white blood cell) family, have the ability to differentiate into osteoclasts. Osteoclasts along with osteoblasts participate in the process of bone remodeling with osteoclasts dissolving bone and osteoblasts building bone. The result is hip fractures, slipped discs and loss in height.

HIV and covid both cause neurocognitive decline though that typically presents much later in the disease progression of HIV. One of the main symptoms of long covid is ‘brain fog’.

Both viruses affect the kidneys through viral invasion though covid more so due to the high expression of ACE-2 receptors in the kidneys. In a recent assessment of US Veterans Affairs covid patients who did not require hospitalisation, kidney impairment was measured by estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR which should not be confused with EGFR which is short for epithelial growth factor receptor). The study found a 59% incidence of acute kidney injury.

In the period between covid infection and death, there will be reduced fertility. The male reproductive tract has a high expression of ACE-2 receptors and the impact of covid on male fertility is well known. Research on the effect of covid on the female reproductive tract has found that covid causes a diminished ovarian reserve and reduced reproductive potential.

A virologist friend has said that nobody died of HIV in year one, everyone was dead by year 10. One of the reasons that HIV was discovered was because of the increased incidence of rare diseases such as Kaposi’s sarcoma. Sure enough, covid causes Kaposi’s sarcoma

To clear covid from its reservoirs in the body requires a latency reversal agent. None have been approved for HIV yet and none are known for covid. In the meantime one of the best covid suppressing molecules is likely to be vitamin D, as it is for HIV.

Algae are rich in vitamin D and the Animal Kingdom split off from the plants 1,675 million years ago. So vitamin D has likely to have been part of our physiology for over two billion years. In their fight against vitamin D, some viruses have evolved to suppress vitamin D receptors, illustrating just how important vitamin D is. Known vitamin D receptor activators include resveratrol, omega-3, magnesium, zinc, quercetin and curcumin.

Most Australians spend their entire lives vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is formed in the skin by UV acting on precursor molecules in about half an hour. UV levels vary with the season as shown by these two dates for Melbourne in 2022:

A study of patients at Royal Melbourne Hospital from 2014 to 2017 found that the average vitamin D level was 29.3 ng/ml in summer falling to 24.9 ng/ml in winter. A result below 50 ng/ml is considered to be deficient.

Breast cancer rates and prostate cancer rates correlate with vitamin D levels and breast cancer incidence incidence continues falling through 60 ng/ml. Individuals should aim for a blood level of at least 100 ng/ml.

David Archibald is the author of The Anticancer Garden in Australia.