Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy

With the advent of the so-called COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a number of medical practices that have little or no scientific support as regards reducing the spread of this infection. One of these measures is the wearing of facial masks, either a surgical-type mask, bandana or N95 respirator mask. When this pandemic began and we knew little about the virus itself or its epidemiologic behavior, it was assumed that it would behave, in terms of spread among communities, like other respiratory viruses. Little has presented itself after intense study of this virus and its behavior to change this perception.

This is somewhat of an unusual virus in that for the vast majority of people infected by the virus, one experiences either no illness (asymptomatic) or very little sickness. Only a very small number of people are at risk of a potentially serious outcome from the infection—mainly those with underlying serious medical conditions in conjunction with advanced age and frailty, those with immune compromising conditions and nursing home patients near the end of their lives. There is growing evidence that the treatment protocol issued to treating doctors by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mainly intubation and use of a ventilator (respirator), may have contributed significantly to the high death rate in these select individuals.

As for the scientific support for the use of face mask, a recent careful examination of the literature, in which 17 of the best studies were analyzed, concluded that, “None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.”1 Keep in mind, no studies have been done to demonstrate that either a cloth mask or the N95 mask has any effect on transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Any recommendations, therefore, have to be based on studies of influenza virus transmission. And, as you have seen, there is no conclusive evidence of their efficiency in controlling flu virus transmission.

It is also instructive to know that until recently, the CDC did not recommend wearing a face mask or covering of any kind, unless a person was known to be infected, that is, until recently. Non-infected people need not wear a mask. When a person has TB we have them wear a mask, not the entire community of non-infected. The recommendations by the CDC and the WHO are not based on any studies of this virus and have never been used to contain any other virus pandemic or epidemic in history.

Now that we have established that there is no scientific evidence necessitating the wearing of a face mask for prevention, are there dangers to wearing a face mask, especially for long periods? Several studies have indeed found significant problems with wearing such a mask. This can vary from headaches, to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, to hypoxia, all the way to serious life-threatening complications.

There is a difference between the N95 respirator mask and the surgical mask (cloth or paper mask) in terms of side effects. The N95 mask, which filters out 95% of particles with a median diameter >0.3 µm2, because it impairs respiratory exchange (breathing) to a greater degree than a soft mask, and is more often associated with headaches. In one such study, researchers surveyed 212 healthcare workers (47 males and 165 females) asking about presence of headaches with N95 mask use, duration of the headaches, type of headaches and if the person had preexisting headaches.2

They found that about a third of the workers developed headaches with use of the mask, most had preexisting headaches that were worsened by the mask wearing, and 60% required pain medications for relief. As to the cause of the headaches, while straps and pressure from the mask could be causative, the bulk of the evidence points toward hypoxia and/or hypercapnia as the cause. That is, a reduction in blood oxygenation (hypoxia) or an elevation in blood C02 (hypercapnia). It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as 95 Respirator maskmuch as 20%, which can lead to a loss of consciousness, as happened to the hapless fellow driving around alone in his car wearing an N95 mask, causing him to pass out, and to crash his car and sustain injuries. I am sure that we have several cases of elderly individuals or any person with poor lung function passing out, hitting their head. This, of course, can lead to death.

A more recent study involving 159 healthcare workers aged 21 to 35 years of age found that 81% developed headaches from wearing a face mask.Some had pre-existing headaches that were precipitated by the masks. All felt like the headaches affected their work performance.

Unfortunately, no one is telling the frail elderly and those with lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis, of these dangers when wearing a facial mask of any kind—which can cause a severe worsening of lung function. This also includes lung cancer patients and people having had lung surgery, especially with partial resection or even the removal of a whole lung.

While most agree that the N95 mask can cause significant hypoxia and hypercapnia, another study of surgical masks found significant reductions in blood oxygen as well. In this study, researchers examined the blood oxygen levels in 53 surgeons using an oximeter. They measured blood oxygenation before surgery as well as at the end of surgeries.The researchers found that the mask reduced the blood oxygen levels (pa02) significantly. The longer the duration of wearing the mask, the greater the fall in blood oxygen levels.

The importance of these findings is that a drop in oxygen levels (hypoxia) is associated with an impairment in immunity. Studies have shown that hypoxia can inhibit the type of main immune cells used to fight viral infections called the CD4+ T-lymphocyte. This occurs because the hypoxia increases the level of a compound called hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), which inhibits T-lymphocytes and stimulates a powerful immune inhibitor cell called the Tregs. This sets the stage for contracting any infection, including COVID-19 and making the consequences of that infection much graver. In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections and if so, having a much worse outcome.5,6,7

People with cancer, especially if the cancer has spread, will be at a further risk from prolonged hypoxia as the cancer grows best in a microenvironment that is low in oxygen. Low oxygen also promotes inflammation which can promote the growth, invasion and spread of cancers.8,9  Repeated episodes of hypoxia has been proposed as a significant factor in atherosclerosis and hence increases all cardiovascular (heart attacks) and cerebrovascular (strokes) diseases.10

There is another danger to wearing these masks on a daily basis, especially if worn for several hours. When a person is infected with a respiratory virus, they will expel some of the virus with each breath. If they are wearing a mask, especially an N95 mask or other tightly fitting mask, they will be constantly rebreathing the viruses, raising the concentration of the virus in the lungs and the nasal passages. We know that people who have the worst reactions to the coronavirus have the highest concentrations of the virus early on. And this leads to the deadly cytokine storm in a selected number.

It gets even more frightening. Newer evidence suggests that in some cases the virus can enter the brain.11,12 In most instances it enters the brain by way of the olfactory nerves (smell nerves), which connect directly with the area of the brain dealing with recent memory and memory consolidation. By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain.13

It is evident from this review that there is insufficient evidence that wearing a mask of any kind can have a significant impact in preventing the spread of this virus. The fact that this virus is a relatively benign infection for the vast majority of the population and that most of the at-risk group also survive, from an infectious disease and epidemiological standpoint, by letting the virus spread through the healthier population we will reach a herd immunity level rather quickly that will end this pandemic quickly and prevent a return next winter. During this time, we need to protect the at-risk population by avoiding close contact, boosting their immunity with compounds that boost cellular immunity and in general, care for them.

One should not attack and insult those who have chosen not to wear a mask, as these studies suggest that is the wise choice to make.


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Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Written by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock

Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter, is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock is President of Advanced Nutritional Concepts and Theoretical Neurosciences in Jackson, Mississippi, and Associate Editor-in-Chief, neuroinflammatory section, and Consulting Editor in Basic Neuroscience for Surgical Neurology International (SNI).

Dr. Blaylock has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Report 1: The Real Story of the CCP Virus and True Events at the Wuhan Viral Laboratory by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

As the continuing saga of the SARS-CoV2 virus (which I call the CCP-virus for the Chinese Communist Party-Virus) unveils more information on multiple levels, we are slowing learning that Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), supported by the mainstream media, played a major role in deceiving the world and especially President Trump concerning this pandemic. President Trump made the mistake of trusting medical bureaucracies, such as NIAID, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all of which are highly politicized entities and, in addition, have heavy financial interest in vaccine development and their pharmaceutical makers.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom previously held the post of Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Ethiopian Communist Party, one of the bloodiest communist parties in Africa. Trained as a microbiologist, Adhanom is the first non-physician to hold the post of Director-General of the corrupt World Health Organization. He has irrefutable ideological links to the communist party of China and its head, Xi Jinping.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to investigations by Attorney Robert Kennedy, was responsible for a gift of 3.7 million dollars to Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Virology Laboratory, the suspected source of the carefully designed SARS-CoV2 virus, which was created in its P4 level facilities for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders kept the fact that the virus had been detected in several cases of pneumonia secret from other doctors and the citizens of Wuhan. Dr. Li Wenliang treated several of the initial cases and alerted his colleagues that a suspicious virus was making its rounds through Wuhan hospitals. For his honesty, he was arrested by the PLA and made to make a false confession that he had lied. He supposedly contracted the virus after his punishment and died. I suspect the PLA may have murdered him.

Once the CCP could suppress the truth no longer, they manufactured the phony story that the virus originated in bats sold at the Huanan Seafood Market. Cao Bin, a doctor working at the Wuhan Jinyintan hospital disclosed that 13 of the 41 patients diagnosed with the infection had no connection with the seafood market. Further, no bats were sold at the market.

Epoch Times put together the first in-depth documentary concerning this whole event — a brilliant piece of journalism. Their chief journalist, Joshua Phillips, narrates the documentary. They discovered that the first notice from the Chinese communist leadership that something was amiss occurred on December 30, linking some unknown pathogen as a cause of the pneumonia cases with the seafood market. The government denied there was any danger of human-to-human transmission, even though this had been established well before the public notice.

On January 1, the CCP closed the seafood market and performed a thorough cleaning, which most likely was an effort to destroy any evidence from being disclosed in the future. The seafood market story was challenged by articles in two science publications, Science and The Lancet. By January 29, ninety-nine cases from Wuhan had been reported and 50 were known to have had no contact with the seafood market.

In an interview with the former Director of the Viral Diseases Branch of Walter Reed Hospital Army Institute of Research, it was learned that the first cases, which had not been to the seafood market, also had no contact with subsequent victims.

An interview with Judy Mikovits, PhD, a molecular biologist who was former Director of the Lab for Antiviral Mechanism, National Cancer Institute (NCI), and who had worked at Fort Detrick bioweapons lab, stated that as lax as safety conditions were at Fort Detrick, she was sure safety measures were even worse at the P4 Wuhan viral lab. Others have stated similar opinions.

A commission was put together to handle information for the CCP on the outbreak and not surprisingly, the head of the group was the communist propaganda czar. General Robert Spalding, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, stated that he was in China during the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the CCP did all in its power to cover up the event then as well.

When the coronavirus outbreak first reached the United States, I watched an interview with a virologist who had examined the gene sequence of the CCP-virus. He concluded that there was no doubt that the virus was purposefully engineered and that it contained component genes from SARS as well as the HIV virus. I never heard a reference to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus gene sequence again until I watched the Epoch TImes film, which provides a great deal more information.

The evidence indicates that two major components were spliced together to engineer this virus, one from a highly transmissible virus of low virulence and another containing four gene segments from HIV viruses. The outer coat was engineered so as to contain spike proteins (S-proteins) that give it the corona name (like the sun’s corona). These spike proteins interact in a lock and key fashion with the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE2) receptor on human lung cells.

Virologist Dr. Mikovits stated that the S-protein allows the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus to enter cells. Once inside the human cell, the HIV genes are released by gp41 protein, which when infecting lymphocytes, can suppress immunity (lymphopenia). Lymphopenia is consistently seen in severe cases of CCP-virus infection.

The lab that first disclosed the genome sequence of the CCP-virus was ordered closed by the CCP for “rectification.” On the same day, the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center reported to the CCP the discovery and recommended preventative measures to protect the public. They received no response.

Chinese virologist Dr. Shi Zhengli inside the Wuhan lab

The CCP-controlled National Health Commission (NHC) then put out the notice that all existing viral samples of the CCP-virus were to be destroyed as well as all prohibiting release of all information concerning the samples, related papers and data. In addition, they were informed that no data could be released by self-media or social media — or to any media. Of course, this is how totalitarian governments operate — a vail of secrecy. 

The Chinese virologist responsible for creating this bioweapon virus was Dr. Shi Zhengli, also known as the “bat woman,” because she spends a great deal of her time exploring bat caves in order to collect viral specimens. From 2011 on, her team’s main focus was in creating a virus that could cross species barriers and eventually creating a coronavirus that did not need an intermediate host. She published a number of papers in which she described this specially designed virus and received at least some sharp criticism from a French virologist Simon Wain-Hobson for designing a virus, that should it escape, could cause a deadly pandemic.

In Nature, she published an article in which she announced that her team had created a SARS-like virus that could directly infect humans and spread between humans. She also described the mechanism for transmission using the spike-protein interlocking with the ACE2 receptor. The ability of the virus was demonstrated in mice and later non-human primates.

On Feburary 3, we learn form the Epoch Times investigation, Dr. Wu Xiaohau blew the whistle on Shi Zhengli’s haphazard lab management as director of the P4 lab, which in his opinion may have led to the release of this bioweapon virus. Others also confirmed the viral leak story. Interestingly, on Feburary 7, the top weapons expert of the PLA, Chen Wei, assumed control of the P4 lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The CCP also expended no limits of effort to quash a rumor that a graduate student, Huang Yanling, was actually patient zero, and that she had died of the infection. Her photo, curriculum vitae, and thesis were all removed from the records of the institute. At this point, the Epoch Times documentary traces the link to the PLA military for control of the virology institute and the P4 lab in particular. I would urge all your readers to watch this documentary.

Unseen Ramifications of this Designed Pandemic

I call this a designed pandemic or as one person called it a “plandemic,” not based on how it all started, but on how it is being utilized by the CCP, WHO, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Deep State to accomplish what the hard left/globalists knew they could never accomplish by a violent revolution, something recognized by Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) many decades ago.

It may be true that the bioweapon CCP-virus accidently leaked from the P4 lab, but it is obvious that the CCP at that point utilized the leak for their plans for an attack on the West in general and the United States in particular.

(Read Dr. Blaylock’s Report 2)

Written by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock is President of Advanced Nutritional Concepts and Theoretical Neurosciences in Jackson, Mississippi. He has written numerous path-blazing scientific papers and many books, including Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994), Bioterrorism: How You Can Survive (2001), Health and Nutrition Secrets (2002), and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (2003). He is Associate Editor-in-Chief, Neuroinflammatory Section, and Consulting Editor in Basic Neuroscience for Surgical Neurology International (SNI).

This article may be cited as: Blaylock RL. Report: The Real Story of the CCP Virus and True Events at the Wuhan Viral Laboratory. April 20, 2020. Available from:

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Coronavirus: A Real Danger or More Fearmongering? by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.

Over the past several decades we have gone through a series of epidemic and pandemic scares, none of which have become the infectious demon that was first hyped. SARs, Bird Flu, H1N1, Ebola and Zeka—all were presented by panicky media elite and the bureaucratic medical institutions as the end of the world—a return of the 1918 influenza pandemic. In each case, very few died and quickly they moved on to the next hyped disaster. The question now is—are things as bad with this virus as the purveyors of fear are saying? That remains to be seen. But we have some hints that—“Here we go again.”

First, I would warn everyone to ignore anything put out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and most of what comes out of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—both government bureaucracies that are not only heavily politicized, but also corrupt to the core.

WHO is a UN organization that has been plagued by scandal and virtual control by communist China. Its head is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was a member of the violent communist government of Ethiopia. He is known to be in the pocket of the Chinese communist party and does their bidding. The communist party of China has been lying about how many have actually died and that the high death toll, not seen anywhere else in the world, is directly linked to the enormously high air and water pollution in China. Here are some helpful statistics, even though what we see from China is doctored.

To date there have been 110,000 plus cases in 109 countries and 3831 deaths—a death rate of 3.4%. (Based on Chinese communist data), But the interesting thing is that almost all the cases and death have occurred in China in one province (Hubei province) of which Wuhan is the capital and also one of the most polluted cities and provinces in China. Using earlier statistics of available data, there were 65,596 cases in this one province and 2641 deaths. This means 78% of all cases in the world are located in one province in China and 92% of all deaths reported for the world are in this one province in China. If we take all cases in China, the numbers are even higher. That means 87% of all cases in the world are in China and 94.4% of all deaths are in China. So, for the rest of the planet, some 109 countries, account for only 6% of the worldwide death toll—and only 13% of the cases are outside China. In one Chinese province, Jiangsu, out of 631 cases—no one died, according to the Chinese communist government. Within Hubei province, the province of Wuhan, the highest death rate was 4% and is a province listed as the 3rd most polluted in China (air pollution). A previous New York Times headline announced, prior to this outbreak, that every year 1.6 million Chinese died from air pollution. Air pollution has been so bad in this city that 10,000 citizens marched in the streets in protest before the government thugs broke up the protest.

The illustration describes the type of reaction seen in coronavirus pulmonary infection and cytokine storm

It is also known that if one is vaccinated against the SARs virus (a member of the coronavirus family) and then is exposed to the coronavirus naturally, death is much more likely than in the unvaccinated. This is because such individuals are more likely to develop a pulmonary cytokine storm. In fact, in virtually every death from this virus, the person did not die from the virus itself but rather from a cytokine storm—that is, an intense, over-reaction of their immune system to the virus. This explains why those who are vaccinated are at a far greater risk of dying—their immune system has been overactivated by the vaccine adjuvant. We also saw this with the H1N1 vaccine. People who took the H1N1 vaccine were at a higher risk of dying if subsequently exposed to the naturally occurring virus.

What is disconcerting is that several studies have now shown that the cytokine storm can be rapidly ended by using high-dose vitamin C intravenously. See my previous newsletter on the cytokine storm and on the use of high dose Vitamin C for more information.

There are a number of articles reporting the fact that patients dying of severe lung or even organ failure following a viral infection are dying because of an intense, hyperimmune reaction occurring in response to the virus and not the virus itself. (Ng WF et al. Human Pathol 2006;37:381-90; Siu KL et al. FASEB J 2019;33:8865-77; Chen C et al. Zhonghau Shao Shang Za Zhi 2020;36:)

Several studies in humans have also shown that in patients experiencing severe cytokine storm reactions, very high dose intravenous vitamin C has resulted in a rapid and complete recovery. In one such case, a 26-year-old women who was rapidly deteriorating despite intense routine treatment in an ICU, made a very rapid recovery after being given very high dose vitamins C infusions IV (200mg/kg/24 hours). She was well enough to go home on day 12 and follow-up one months later, by chest X-ray, demonstrated complete healing of her lungs. Other physicians have had similar experiences with high dose vitamin C in cases of patients rapidly deteriorating secondary to viral-induced cytokine storm. (Fowler AA et al. World J Crit Care Med 2017;6:85-90. Marik PE et al. Chest 2017;151:1229-38.)

Curcumin has also been shown to protect and treat cytokine storm reactions by a similar mechanism as vitamin C. (Sordillo PP, Helson L. In Vivo 2015;29:1-4.) Also of benefit, is EGCG, an extract of green and white tea. By taking Nano-curcumin, Nano-vitamin C and if needed Nano-EGCG (One Planet Nutrition), before one is infected, one can avoid experiencing a cytokine storm. These compounds also have very powerful antiviral properties. In most hospitals, very high dose steroids are used in an attempt to suppress the immune reaction. Unfortunately, this standard treatment has been frequently unsuccessful (and fraught with many side effects), as happened in the 26-year-old patients I described above. High dose vitamin C has virtually no risk and is incredibly effective.

The other advantage of keeping these supplements in your home is that you don’t have to ask the medical profession for permission to save your own life or the lives of your family members. Once you are in the hospital, they essentially own you. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is saddening and incredibly frustrating that so many will die because the medical profession refuses to implement this treatment now.

In conclusion, I found that in every case of Coronavirus infestation infection, those succumbing are dying from a cytokine storm. High dose vitamin C offers a rapid recovery and complete recovery. Taking the Nano-vitamin C and Nano-curcumin will block the cytokine storm, thus giving complete protection. These three Nano products I mention also have very powerful anti-viral effects for other viral diseases.

I now think the Chinese government is behind this, as it allows them to clamp down hard on dissidents in China and it is a way to destroy Trump’s chances of re-election. Eventually, his rallies will be no more and he will be blamed for every death.

Written by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock is President of Advanced Nutritional Concepts and Theoretical Neurosciences in Jackson, Mississippi. He has written numerous path-blazing scientific papers and many books, including Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994), Bioterrorism: How You Can Survive (2001), Health and Nutrition Secrets (2002), and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (2003). He is Associate Editor-in-Chief, neuroinflammatory section, and Consulting Editor in Basic Neuroscience for Surgical Neurology International (SNI).

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