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An independent podcast by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Rav Arora devoted to dismantling weaponized "consensus" in science. Weekly topics include Covid policy, online censorship, holistic medicine, mental health, and well-being. www.illusionconsensus.com
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Join Professor Jay Bhattacharya and special guest Kim Witzak for an insightful conversation on patient advocacy and drug safety. Kim shares her deeply personal story, revealing how her husband's tragic experience with antidepressants propelled her into a mission for change. Together, they uncover the flaws in the FDA's drug approval process and the critical need for transparency and real-world safety measures. Through Kim's experiences and insights, discover the power of collective action and the importance of amplifying patient voices for a healthier future. Let us know your thoughts and ideas on these takes in the comment section below! Receive Exclusive Episodes & Q&A Content by joining our Substack Community: https://www.illusionconsensus.com/ Sponsors - Alcami Elements :https://www.alcamielements.com/ Receive 10% OFF first order or 30% OFF subscription order using code: ILLUSION -Brownstone institute: https://brownstone.org/ Timestamps 00:00 Introduction & Kim's Background 14:06 Flaws in the FDA's Drug Approval Process 24:16 Balancing Patient Access and Safety Concerns 36:45 The Influence of Pharmaceutical Companies on the FDA 41:23 The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising 49:46 The Handling of COVID Vaccines: Lack of Debate and Pushback 58:14 The Power of Regular People: Speaking Up for Change
Hi everyone,A few days ago we released the video version of my conversation with CJ Hopkins, a playwright and political satirist living in Germany. The podcast versions are here:Spotify / AppleHopkins shares his experiences with the German authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses the draconian measures implemented in Germany, the suspension of constitutional rights, and the censorship of dissenting voices and much more. The conversation emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about the crackdown on dissent and fighting for a free society. The Illusion of Consensus is a listener-supported podcast. To receive exclusive segments and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:0:00 Introduction to playwright CJ Hopkins 2:50 Covid and Draconian law in Germany 6:38 Punishment of critics of Covid protocol 11:00 CJ's story: the new normal 13.10 Censorship on Twitter 16.30 Censorship on Amazon 18:05 Authoritarianism of the German government 22:05 The swastika in political satire 14:40 The Infection Protection Act 30:19 Persecution and free speech 35:10 Elon Musk and social media censorship 38:00 One big global capitalist system 44:20 Demonization of the unvaccinated 46:45 The new "untouchables" 49:00 The RKI files, hidden scientific findings 01:00:00 The crackdown on dissent This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,We’re excited to release the full audio version of the podcast now - you can listen here or in the Spotify and Apple links available below.We apologize, there was another production delay as a key member on our team had to leave to his home country to address a personal emergency.The full, official video premiere will be tomorrow.For those patiently waiting, we didn’t want to disappoint you so we decided to provide the audio today at the very least.Take a listen now before the full video experience in high-definition quality with all our new graphics comes out tomorrow.Spotify link / Apple linkThe Illusion of Consensus is a listener-supported podcast. Become a paid member now to receive exclusive Q+As and member-only podcast segments: This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.illusionconsensus.comHi everyone,Here’s a sneak peak preview of our conversation with Russell Brand dropping tomorrow!Members can access this early access clip now and hear one of Russell’s signature soliloquies (does anyone do it better?)!We hope you enjoy it.Tune in tomorrow for the podcast premiere!Consider supporting our work by becoming a paid member (we need your help…
Hi everyone,I’m happy to bring you the first episode — in a series of conversations — on sleep health with Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist and sleep therapist, about the importance of sleep and how to improve sleep quality. We discuss various topics including the current sleep discourse, the difference between ‘martini sleepers’ and ‘sensitive sleepers,’ the role of inner safety in sleep, and the challenges of sleeping on airplanes. Dr. Ramlakan emphasizes the need for an inside-out approach to sleep, focusing on emotional and mental well-being in addition to external factors like light and exercise. She also highlights the importance of individualized approaches to sleep and the role of somatic work in achieving better sleep.In this final part of the conversation, Nerina discusses the importance of going to bed earlier before midnight and the impact it has on mental health. She highlights the trend of young people going to the gym at night instead of getting enough sleep and the potential long-term health consequences. She also explains the connection between the circadian rhythm and the rhythms of nature, emphasizing the importance of going to bed as the light levels start to drop. Housekeeping:Become a paid member now to receive early access and member-only segments of SEASON 2 of The Illusion of Consensus.First episode launching May 15th with Russell Brand!Listen To Sleep Podcast Now:Apple podcasts / SpotifyChapters00:00 Introduction and Background09:19 The Current Sleep Discourse14:16 Andrew Huberman and Sleep Protocols22:37 The Importance of Inner Safety26:31 Somatic Work for Better Sleep32:22 Preparing the Nervous System for Better Sleep on an Airplane47:52 The Importance of Deep Sleep for Growth Hormone and Organ Regeneration01:06 Going to Bed Earlier Before Midnight01:13 Practical Tips for Improving Sleep01:32 Dealing with Waking Up at NightTakeaways* Sleep is a complex issue that is influenced by both external factors (such as light and exercise) and internal factors (such as emotional and mental well-being).* Building inner safety and addressing emotional and mental well-being are crucial for improving sleep quality.* Somatic work, such as yoga nidra and progressive muscle relaxation, can help individuals get out of their heads and into their bodies, promoting better sleep.* Napping can be a valuable tool for rest and rejuvenation, especially in situations where it is difficult to get a full night's sleep, such as during travel.* An individualized approach to sleep is important, as different people have different sleep needs and preferences. Train your nervous system to rest and relax in waking hours to improve sleep on an airplane.* Power napping can help improve energy levels and overall sleep quality.* Specific organ systems are replenished during different phases of deep sleep.* While scientific research on these correlations is limited, observations from clinical experience support their significance. Going to bed earlier before midnight is important for mental health and overall well-being.* Practical tips for improving sleep include eating breakfast within 45 minutes of waking up, avoiding caffeine as a substitute for food, staying hydrated, going to bed earlier, and cultivating a healthier relationship with technology.The Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber: This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,In this episode, professor Bryce Nickels and I discuss the debate over the origin of COVID-19, specifically whether it was a lab leak or a natural spillover. We highlight the challenges faced by scientists who question the lab leak theory and the suppression of dissenting voices. We also discuss the risks and ethics of gain-of-function research and the need for transparency and public accountability in the scientific community. The conversation in this part focuses on the deliberate suppression of Jeremy Farrar's involvement in the Nature Medicine paper, the importance of getting the paper retracted to expose the manipulation by top funders, and the hearing on Peter Daszak's role in gain-of-function research. The discussion also touches on the challenges of having different perspectives during the pandemic and the need for a healthier culture of scientific debate and discussion.The Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Takeaways* The scientific journals have played a role in suppressing the lab leak theory and promoting the natural spillover theory.* There is a need to reevaluate the justification for certain types of research, such as studying exotic viruses in labs, and consider the potential risks and ethical implications. There was a deliberate suppression of Jeremy Farrar's involvement in the Nature Medicine paper, which is an ethical violation that needs to be addressed.* Getting the paper retracted is important to expose the manipulation by top funders and inform the public and scientific community about the deliberate shaping of the message on the origins of the virus.* The hearing on Peter Daszak's role in gain-of-function research was a historic event that may change the future direction of the origins issue and the regulation of risky virology research.Listen Now:Apple podcasts / SpotifySound Bites* "The debate over COVID has become something where you have to take sides and stay with everyone that's on your side on every issue."* "Biosafety Now's mission is to reduce the risks of lab-generated pandemics and push for public transparency and accountability."* "The consensus in the mainstream press and among scientists like Tony Fauci was that there was no debate about the lab leak theory."* "Nature medicine. They tried to get into nature and it went into nature medicine."* "The paper states that the work was funded by the Wellcome Trust, which is, he was the head of it. So that is a clear, I mean, that's simply just an ethical violation that's as clear as day and nobody can dispute it."* "The acknowledgement of malfeasance or misfeasance and misconduct is the most critical thing. And that paper is the one that needs to go first."A note from our podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverage This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,In this interview I talk to Debbie Lerman, an investigative journalist, about the key players and decision-making processes behind the pandemic response in the United States. She reveals that the National Security Council (NSC) took over as the lead policy group, with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) becoming the lead federal agencies. This shift in power sidelined the CDC and HHS, which were traditionally responsible for managing infectious disease outbreaks. Debbie also explores the appointment of Deborah Birx as the head of the White House Task Force and questions the involvement of Matt Pottinger, a China expert, in the decision-making process. The conversation explores the role of the government and public health officials in the COVID-19 response.The Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Takeaways:* The National Security Council (NSC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took over as the lead policy and federal agencies, respectively, in the pandemic response.* Deborah Birx was appointed as the head of the White House Task Force, but the involvement of Matt Pottinger in the decision-making process is questionable.* The decision-making process behind the lockdowns and the development of vaccines was influenced by the defense industry and lacked democratic participation.* There is a need to restructure pandemic response plans to ensure that the right people with reasonable training and the right temperament are in charge.* Revoking emergency declarations and promoting democratic participation are essential to maintain trust in public health and prevent a bioterrorism-like response in the future.Watch:Apple / SpotifyChapters:00:00 Introduction: Debbie Lerman's Investigative Journalism on the Pandemic04:48 The Key Players: National Security Council and Department of Homeland Security10:02 Sidelining the CDC and HHS in the Decision-Making Process26:10 Deborah Birx's Controversial Appointment29:34 Questioning the Involvement of Matt Pottinger31:27 Deborah Birx and the Non-Traditional Approach to Public Health34:50 The Decision-Making Process Behind the Lockdowns41:04 The Development of Vaccines and Operation Warp Speed47:47 The Ineffectiveness of Contact Tracing52:23 Treating COVID-19 as a Bioterrorism Crisis59:33 Restructuring Pandemic Response Plans and Promoting Democratic ParticipationA note from our podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverage This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone, In this conversation, I interview psychologist Dr. Matt Johnson about the current state of mainstream pharmaceutical solutions for mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety. A bit about Matt: he has lead groundbreaking research in psychedelic therapy at Johns Hopkins University over the past two decades. We aimed to discuss that but ended up spending the whole podcast discussing the staggering limits of current pharmaceutical interventions. As an expert in the intersecting field of psychopharmacology — studying the psychological effects of various drugs — he was the perfect person to discuss this with.As Matt humbly admitted, psychopharmacology faces challenges in finding effective treatments for complex psychological problems. Medications like SSRIs and benzodiazepines have limitations in terms of long-term efficacy and side effects. Meanwhile, the use of psychedelics and related compounds, such as ketamine, have shown promise in providing relief for depression and anxiety. However, the field of psychopharmacology still lacks major breakthroughs and relies on medications that may not fully address the complexity of psychological issues. The new development of non-psychedelic compounds that mimic the effects of psychedelics without the visionary experience may not be as effective. The conversation highlights the need for innovative approaches to mental health treatment.The Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Takeaways* Mainstream pharmaceutical solutions for mental health issues like ADHD, depression, and anxiety have limitations and potential harms.* Overuse of ADHD stimulant medications is a concern, and the narrative of depression being caused by low serotonin levels is overly simplistic.* Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can be highly effective in treating anxiety disorders and depression.* Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed for anxiety but can have negative long-term effects and should be used with caution. Psychopharmacology struggles to find effective treatments for complex psychological problems.* Medications like SSRIs and benzodiazepines have limitations in terms of long-term efficacy and side effects.Sound Bites* "There are major issues with some traditional medications"* "The narrative of depression being caused by low serotonin is overly simplistic"* "Psychedelic therapy offers the potential for long-term benefits"* "Psychopharmacology medications for the mind don't seem to work the same way as other classes of medicine."* "There's a real danger associated with being on benzodiazepines chronically."‘Watch now:Apple link / SpotifyChapters00:00 Introduction and Background09:20 Mainstream Pharmaceutical Solutions for Mental Health32:00 Exploring the Root Causes of Mental Health Disorders46:30 The Limitations of Psychopharmacology57:43 The Complexity of Mental Health and Treatment01:08 Debunking the Serotonin Model of Depression01:29 The Limitations of Medications for Anxiety01:58 Closing Remarks and Future DirectionsOur exciting first podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverageThe Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber: This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,In this bonus, member-only podcast episode, I interview our resident cardiologist Dr. Anish Koka about two recent major studies on cardiac risks associated with the mRNAs: Pfizer’s long-awaited subclinical myocarditis analysis and the CDC’s sudden cardiac death study. We start the conversation with a heartbreaking update (yikes, that adjective had to come to my mind first) on the case of a 38-year-old law enforcement member who developed vaccine myocarditis over two years ago. I interviewed him in a Substack piece at the time and just checked back in. Bad news. So much for “mild” and “transient” myocarditis assured by CDC and FDA talking-heads.As promised to our loyal paid members, you will have access to bonus conversations every month. This is one of them. There is a free preview accessible to everyone for the first 10 minutes. Takeaways* Dr. Anish Koka has been vocal about the vaccine myocarditis issue and has provided critical analysis of the data throughout the pandemic.* The case of a 38-year-old law enforcement member who developed vaccine myocarditis highlights the ongoing symptoms and complications that can arise from this condition.* The subclinical myocarditis study by Pfizer and the CDC study on post-vaccine sudden cardiac death in adolescents are important in shaping the discourse around the risks and benefits of the COVID vaccine.* There is a need for comprehensive data on the rate of sudden cardiac deaths after vaccination, especially in different age groups and with long-term follow-up.* Alternative treatments, such as stem cell therapy, are being explored for vaccine injuries. Further investigation is needed to understand the potential harm caused by mRNA vaccines on the heart, particularly in young individuals.Sound Bites:* "mRNA vaccines are harming the heart, that there's some kind of mechanism that we need to understand better and investigate better."* "I think we should hold everyone to the same level of rigor."* "Given the numbers we're talking about here, some people are gonna have actual, you know more significant stuff than than what you're seeing here."Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background05:46 The Severity of Vaccine Myocarditis11:14 Recommendations for Treatment16:06 Concerns and Questions about Long-Term Effects30:17 The Importance of Rigorous Research38:34 Introduction and Background41:10 The Delayed Recognition of Vaccine-Related Myocarditis43:12 Study Design and Limitations55:05 Conflicts of Interest and Interpretation of Results01:01:20 The CDC Study on Post-Vaccine Sudden Cardiac Death01:05:52 Conclusion and Considerations01:06:11 Pfizer's Study on the Vaccine-Myocarditis LinkThe Illusion of Consensus is a citizen-funded podcast. To receive exclusive podcasts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Our exciting first podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverage This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,In this episode I interview Laura Powell, a lawyer who fought against a law in California that restricted doctors from discussing their opinions with patients. The law, known as AB 2098, aimed to silence doctors who were expressing views that went against the mainstream narrative. Laura discusses the unconstitutional nature of the law and the chilling effect it had on doctors' free speech rights. She also discusses the role of various organizations, such as the California Medical Association and the No License for Disinformation group, in pushing for the law. Despite facing personal blowback, she is proud of the work she has done and the friendships she has formed.The Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported podcast. To receive new posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Takeaways* AB 2098 was a law in California that restricted doctors from discussing their opinions with patients, particularly on topics that went against the mainstream narrative.* The erosion of trust in public health institutions has contributed to the skepticism towards mainstream narratives and the importance of allowing doctors to prioritize their patients' interests over public health agendas.* The victory in the Hoeg v. Newsom case highlighted the importance of protecting doctors' free speech rights and ensuring that laws are narrowly tailored and not overly vague. Laura Powell started Californians for Good Governance before the case because she saw a lack of opposition to the California law that would have restricted doctors' free speech rights.* She testified in front of the California legislature and received a positive response from the judge, who granted a preliminary injunction against the law.Listen Now:Spotify / Apple podcastsSound Bites* "It's just frustrating because we actually weren't paid and people were telling lies in order to as an ad hominem attack against us to say we're only doing this because we're getting money."* "It's a great free speech victory.* "Nobody else was doing this."Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:23 AB 2098: The Unconstitutional Law10:47 The Role of the California Medical Association35:06 The Fight for Free Speech Rights for Doctors44:43 The Erosion of Trust in Public Health Institutions53:57 The Hoag v. Newsom Case: A Victory for Free Speech01:00:56 Challenging Unconstitutional Laws01:06:33 The Need to Stand Up for Free Speech This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,I’m pleased to release this interview I recorded on Monday with vice presidential candidate Nicole Shanahan. We discuss her background in law and her investments in science, particularly in reproductive longevity. We delve into the need to restore free speech in science and the detrimental effects of suppressing dissenting voices. We highlight the inefficiency and high cost of the American healthcare system, particularly in addressing chronic diseases. Shanahan suggests investing in public health systems, rethinking agriculture practices, and ensuring access to clean water as preventive measures for chronic diseases.The conversation highlights the need for preventative healthcare and a shift away from relying solely on drugs to manage symptoms. We also discuss the influence of capitalism on healthcare and the importance of addressing conflicts of interest in the industry. The failures of regulatory bodies like the FDA and CDC are examined, with a focus on the need for screening for conflicts of interest and community-based input.We hope you enjoy this conversation.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background10:03 Free Speech in Science25:40 Addressing the Root Causes of Chronic Disease29:31 Restoring Free Speech and Scientific Debate30:22 Shifting Towards Preventative Healthcare33:43 Corporate Capture in the Healthcare Industry36:48 Failures of the FDA, NIH, and CDC56:02 The Impact of the Pandemic on Education57:58 Prioritizing the Well-being and Development of ChildrenSound Bites* "Investing in science for the sake of information and not for the sake of a commercial outcome."* "A vast effort by the federal government to suppress the speech of scientists who disagreed with government scientists."* "Scientists do not feel comfortable publishing the paper they actually want to publish."* "We need preventative healthcare... healthcare professionals who aren't playing whack-a-mole with symptoms and their only tool being prescribing new drugs to patients."* "If sick people are being viewed as business opportunities, there's no incentive to reduce the numbers of needy people."* "The CDC, the FDA, the NIH, all have failed in pretty fundamental ways." This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,This episode was scheduled for public release in a week, but I got too many messages and emails asking when this will be released to everyone. Here it is! In this episode, I interview Dr. Adeel Khan, a leading innovator and clinician in the regenerative medicine space. He runs Eterna Health where he’s treated people like Tony Robbins, Jordan Peterson, and Israel Adesanya.While the focus of the conversation was initially about the fundamentals of regenerative medicine, we had to discuss vaccine injuries since before we started rolling, Dr. Khan told me how he’s successfully treated hundreds of vaccine-injured patients.Dr. Adeel Khan explains that stem cell therapy can help regulate and restore the immune system by reprogramming white blood cells to send the right signals. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with chronic inflammation, such as those with myocarditis. Stem cells can interact with the heart muscle and help reduce inflammation. Dr. Khan acknowledges that the stem cell industry is full of shady clinics, but his clinic is focused on research and pushing the field forward. He is confident in his protocols and believes he can successfully treat most vaccine injuries and psychosomatic long COVID cases. He emphasizes the importance of informed consent and the need for more awareness and options for patients.(NOTE: I am not endorsing any particular treatment or product here. I only gave Dr. Khan a platform to delineate the remarkable success he’s seen at his clinic. I was skeptical in the conversation and pushed him on what seems to be “too good to be true” but Dr. Khan stood his ground and presented a compelling rationale for his clinical protocols. I encourage everyone to go in with an open mind and consider this as a *potentially* highly effective alternative to the current failures in the medical system to treat vaccine-injured patients.)The Illusion of Consensus is a citizen-supported podcast. To receive exclusive posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Takeaways* Dr. Khan emphasizes the importance of a nuanced approach to vaccination and the need to explore alternative treatments for COVID, such as peptides and lifestyle interventions.* He highlights the potential risks and benefits of mRNA vaccines, including the use of lipid nanoparticle vectors and the potential for offsite targets and immunogenicity.* Stem cell therapy can regulate and restore the immune system by reprogramming white blood cells to send the right signals.* Stem cells can interact with the heart muscle and help reduce inflammation in individuals with myocarditis.* He is confident in his protocols and believes he can successfully treat most vaccine injuries and long COVID cases.* There is not comprehensive, robust RCT evidence on stem cell therapies but they have shown incredible efficacy in various clinical settings. Dr. Khan believes they should be presented as viable alternative or option on the table rather than a magic bullet which can cure all diseases.Chapters00:00 Introduction to Dr. Adeel Khan and Regenerative Medicine02:27 Shift in Focus to COVID Vaccines and Vaccine Injuries14:47 Vaccine Mandates and the Lack of Nuanced Approach23:57 The mRNA Platform and its Issues39:55 Connecting the Issues with mRNA Vaccines to Vaccine Injuries41:31 Lack of Transparency and Downplaying by Regulatory Bodies44:33 The Limitations and Risks of Psychiatric Drugs53:40 Treating Vaccine Injuries: A Holistic Approach01:01:16 Restoring Immune and Heart Function with Stem Cells01:08:57 Addressing the Underlying Causes of Health Issues01:18:16 Regulating the Immune System and Controlling Inflammation01:19:06 Retraining the Immune System with Stem Cell Therapy01:19:55 Treating Myocarditis and Restoring Heart Function01:21:15 Investing in Research and Legitimizing Stem Cell Therapy01:22:22 The Importance of Large Clinical Trials and Safety01:32:46 Restoring Immune Dysregulation with Stem Cell Therapy01:34:39 Impressive Safety Profile of Stem Cell TherapyListen now:Apple podcasts / SpotifySound Bites* "There's a lot of undocumented adverse effects that people will never know the true incidence and prevalence of these injuries because they're just not all going to be reported." - Dr. Adeel Khan* "I just never understood why we weren't looking or why weren't we promoting healthy lifestyle? Why weren't we promoting peptides like in Russia where they use thymus and alpha-1 and thymulin to literally treat severe COVID?" - Dr. Adeel Khan* "Lack of straight answers from Health Canada on COVID vaccines is concerning" - Dr. Adeel Khan* "So much of what you do... seems too good to be true." - Rav Arora This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
In this unique, new conversation, I talk to professor Toby Green, and professor Reginald Oduor about the impact of lockdown policies on the global South. We also discuss the WHO treaty and its potential impact on the sovereignty of countries in the global South. Prof. Reginald Oduor raises several issues, including the ideology of treating the health of individuals, the environment, and everything equally, the problem of misinformation and disinformation, emergency use authorization of pharmaceutical products, centralization of medical care, and the imposition of a Western approach to disease management. They both argue that the treaty undermines the sovereignty of poorer countries and perpetuates neocolonialism. They criticize the elitism and narrow focus of Western experts and the imposition of Western medicine on the global South. The conversation concludes with a call for a more inclusive and equitable approach to global health.Chapters:00:00 Introduction and Background01:02 The Catastrophic Impact of Lockdowns in the Global South06:33 The Cruelty of Lockdown Policies in India08:57 The Global South's Experience of Lockdowns11:36 The Violation of the Implicit Promise of Globalization21:51 The Impact of Propaganda and Fear of Death26:13 Opposition to the WHO Treaty and Neo-Colonial Imposition31:07 Impact on the Sovereignty of the Global South34:05 Ethical Issues with Vaccine Policies39:35 Xenophobia and Movement Restrictions46:23 Imposition of Western Medicine and Knowledge51:05 Critique of Neoliberalism and Colonialism51:58 Maintaining Integrity in the Face of Pandemic53:23 Closing RemarksOur sponsor Alcami Elements:Our new blend uses high-quality, organic Peruvian cacao, enhancing the delicious flavour of our original mix. True raw cacao is high in antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium which also can have calming effects.Illusion of Consensus readers can get 10% off their first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusionconsensus” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverage This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.illusionconsensus.comHi everyone,Suffice it to say I had my mind blown yesterday when I had on Dr. Adeel Khan — founder of the cutting-edge regenerative medicine clinic Eterna Health — to discuss stem cell therapy, peptides, vagus nerve re-set shots for restoring chronic back, knee, and other musculoskeletal, as well as mental health, issues.I saw him on Jordan Peterson’s p…
In this episode, Aaron Kheriaty and I discuss our involvement in the Murthy v. Missouri case, which challenges the government's censorship pressures on social media companies. We discuss the censorship we personally experienced and the discovery of government involvement in online censorship. We also discuss the media blackout surrounding the case and the role of legacy media in supporting censorship. The episode concludes with a discussion of the Supreme Court oral arguments and the justices' positions. The conversation delves into the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case challenging government censorship on social media platforms. We generally express optimism that the case will result in a significant victory for free speech.Sound Bites:* "The government had essentially set up what he called an Orwellian ministry of truth."* "This is the worst free speech violation in United States history."* "Throttle everything that's positive about Great Barrington Declaration."Chapters00:00 Introduction and Personal Experiences with Censorship06:15 The Scope and Impact of Censorship10:27 The July 4th Ruling and Constitutional Violations13:17The Circuit Court's Ruling and Third-Party Censorship16:46The Appeals Court and Preliminary Injunction17:26Media Coverage and Economic Interests20:03The Supreme Court Case and Expectations24:55 The Twitter Files and Reporting26:52 The Role of Legacy Media and Censorship28:59 The ACLU and Professional Medical Societies32:33 The Supreme Court Experience and Observations36:21 Reading the Tea Leaves: Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, and Jackson39:16 Concerning Justices and Compelling State Interest41:46 The Purpose of the First Amendment46:00 Government's Spread of Misinformation46:47 Illusion of Consensus47:29 Government's Right to Free Speech48:56 Censorship vs. Speech49:26 Government's Misinformation53:24 Section 230 and Liability Protection58:27 Potential Supreme Court Ruling01:00:48 Impact of Winning or Losing01:07:31 Importance of Free Speech This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
In this conversation, AJ Kay discusses her early experiences with writing about COVID-19 and the backlash she faced for challenging the mainstream narrative. She shares how her essay on Medium, titled 'The Curve is Already Flat,' was censored and demonetized, leading to the formation of the Rational Ground group. AJ also talks about the impact of school closures on her children, particularly her daughter with autism and her other daughter with special needs. She highlights the loss of services and support that these children relied on and the detrimental effects of isolation and disrupted routines. The conversation highlights the importance of early intervention and support for children with special needs. They express concern for children diagnosed in 2020 who did not receive in-person help for three years, emphasizing the critical period of neuroplasticity in early childhood.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background01:16 Early COVID Essays06:37 Censorship on Medium08:03 Formation of Rational Ground22:30 Motivation to Speak Out25:49 Transition to Zoom School31:32 Impact on Children with Special Needs34:16 Lack of In-Person Help for Children with Special Needs39:51 The Effect on College Students45:36 The Purpose of Life and the Importance of Relationships52:55 The Great Barrington Declaration and Consent58:29The Critique of the Great Barrington Declaration01:00:54 The Inhumane Treatment in Nursing HomeTakeaways* AJ K. faced censorship and deplatforming for challenging the mainstream narrative on COVID-19.* The Rational Ground group was formed as a response to the censorship and aimed to provide a platform for independent writers and researchers.* School closures had a significant impact on children with special needs, depriving them of essential services and support.* The isolation and disrupted routines caused by the pandemic had detrimental effects on the mental health and well-being of children. Early intervention and support are crucial for the development of children with special needs.* The period of neuroplasticity in early childhood is finite, and the lack of in-person help during the pandemic may have long-term consequences for children's outcomes.* College closures and isolation measures have had negative effects on young adults' socialization and well-being.* The trade-off between safety and the loss of important relationships and experiences raises questions about the purpose of protection. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,I’m excited to bring you this conversation with clinical psychologist Dr. Roger McFillin. His content on X and Substack is incredibly thought-provoking and challenges the popular medical consensus on mental health.McFillin challenges the efficacy of antidepressants and stimulants, pointing out that the placebo effect plays a significant role in their perceived effectiveness. He also emphasizes the lack of scientific evidence supporting the chemical imbalance theory of depression and the potential negative consequences of long-term use of psychiatric drugs. We also discuss the potential harm caused by antidepressants, including an increased risk of suicide, self-injury, and permanent sexual dysfunction. The third theme is the influence of pharmaceutical companies on medical guidelines and research, leading to biased and distorted information. He explains how major medical organizations in the United States are funded by biotech and pharmaceutical companies, as well as nonprofits that are pushed by pharma. He highlights the focus on drugs as healthcare in the allopathic medical model and the lack of emphasis on diet interventions and addressing root causes of poor health. Dr. McFillin also criticizes the overdiagnosis of psychiatric conditions like ADHD and the role of schools in promoting the use of medication. The Illusion of Consensus is a reader-supported podcast. To receive exclusive posts and support our work, consider becoming a paid subscriber:Takeaways* The pharmaceutical industry has a significant influence on the mental health field, leading to overprescription and misrepresentation of scientific data.* There is a lack of evidence for the efficacy and safety of psychiatric drugs, and the long-term consequences are often not fully understood.* The concept of a chemical imbalance as the cause of mental illness is not supported by scientific evidence. Pharmaceutical companies often have a significant influence on research, including ghostwriting and biased reporting.* Medical organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychiatric Association, receive funding from pharmaceutical companies, leading to conflicts of interest.* The FDA's analysis of studies and approval of drugs may not always consider the risks and adverse effects.* The overprescription of ADHD medications is influenced by the mass indoctrination in education and the desire for obedience in classrooms. ADHD is a spectrum of attentional challenges, rather than a disorder.Watch Now:Apple podcastsTime-stamps:00:00 Introduction and Background03:19Awakening to the Flaws in Mainstream Mental Health Approaches05:09 Influence of Pharmaceutical Industry on Mental Health Field08:57 Lack of Efficacy and Safety of Psychiatric Drugs12:16 Prevalence and Problems with SSRIs and Stimulants28:30 Meta-Analysis on SSRIs and Suicide Risk40:21 Conflict of Interest in Research43:13 Ghostwriting and Pharmaceutical Influence45:21 Corruption in Medical Organizations48:55 Lack of Proper Analysis by FDA56:06 Overprescription of ADHD Medications01:01:48 Mass Indoctrination in Education01:10:38 The Rise of ADHD Diagnoses01:21:25 The Power of Behavioral Interventions01:26:28 The Influence of Pharmaceutical Industry and Labeling01:32:19 Understanding ADHD as a Spectrum01:43:00 The Value of Unique Skills and Abilities01:50:13 The Normalization of Attentional Challenges01:59:18 Cultivating Inner Reality and Expectations01:56:24 Depathologizing Mental Health01:59:44 The Challenges of Achievement and More02:01:06 The Value and Limitations of Labels02:03:15 Understanding ADHD on a Spectrum02:04:23The Spectrum of Trauma and PTSD02:08:10 The Mismatch Between Evolution and Modern Society02:19:19The Value and Danger of Labels02:28:39 Cultural Factors and Changing the Culture02:29:12 Future Discussions: Trauma and TreatmentsOur exciting first podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverageSubscribe to Dr. McFillin’s Substack: This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,In this new episode of The Illusion of Consensus podcast, I interview Charles Rixey, a member of the group DRASTIC, which has been investigating the origins of the COVID-19 virus. They discuss the efforts by scientific leaders, such as Tony Fauci, to suppress the lab leak theory and create an illusion of consensus around the natural origin theory. DRASTIC, a group of citizen scientists, uncovered evidence that challenged the natural origin narrative, including deleted sequences from the Wuhan lab's viral database. The conversation emphasizes the importance of uncovering the truth and restoring trust in science and medicine.Our exciting first podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverageChapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:12 Unscrupulous Scientific Leaders and Motives11:02 The Importance of Furin Cleavage Site12:30 The Significance of ACE2 Receptor and Furin Cleavage Site15:50 Debate Among Molecular Geneticists25:57 Formation and Work of DRASTIC29:46 Access to Wuhan Lab Sequences40:53 The Michael Warby Paper and Flaws43:52 Questioning the Accuracy of Chinese Data48:44 The Lancet Commission and Jeffrey Sachs55:31 Evidence of a Lab Leak: The Diffuse Proposal01:02:12 History of Gain-of-Function Research01:15:10 The Implications for Future Pandemic Preparedness01:20:15 The Collapse of Trust in ScienceConsider helping us fund our podcast expansion as we seek to hire a producer and video editor:https://donorbox.org/help-fund-independent-journalism-2 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
This 3-hour long conversation is with Philadelphia cardiologist Dr. Anish Koka. He is one of the few brave voices in the cardiology community that changed his views in real time and spoke out against mass Covid vaccination absent any reliable safety and efficacy data for cardiac outcomes in particular.Myocarditis happens to be the most common severe adverse event associated with the mRNA vaccines — concentrated in young, healthy men — and instead of honestly discussing the risks and benefits, the CDC and FDA gaslit the public and harmed untold numbers of young people who no conceivable reason to benefit.In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Anish Koka and I discuss how he came to regret vaccinating young, healthy people at his clinic and his comprehensive analysis of the relevant vaccine myocarditis data.We need more clinicians and scientists like Dr. Koka. This podcast may offer a glimmer of hope.Our exciting first podcast sponsor:Alcami Elements - a premium herbal supplement for energy, focus, and concentration. Alcami contains 9 high-quality adaptogens that can help regulate your nervous system and optimize energy and focus. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help build the body’s resilience to stress.Get 10% off your first order or 30% off a monthly subscription using the code "illusion” here:https://www.alcamielements.com/products/alcami-elements-life-enhancing-beverageQuotes from the podcast:“Me running around saying it's ‘safe and effective,’ and giving it to 17-year-olds, given that most of the patients that were in the vaccine studies weren't 17-years-old — I wasn't technically correct.”“This is a very cardioactive vaccine”“I would not give it to low risk people again…That was a mistake on my part.”Takeaways* The data suggests that COVID-19-related myocarditis is different from vaccine-related myocarditis, with the latter showing higher troponin levels and a higher likelihood of scar formation.* Myocarditis should not be characterized as a mild condition, as it can have significant consequences and requires hospital care and follow-up.* Higher troponin levels indicate more severe heart muscle damage and a higher risk of long-term impacts. Higher cardiac biomarkers indicate more heart muscle damage and a higher chance of long-term impacts* The smallpox vaccine had side effects, leading to its discontinuation despite its effectiveness against smallpox.* The mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 have shown a higher risk of myocarditis in young men. Myocarditis is more commonly seen with the Moderna vaccine compared to the Pfizer vaccine, likely due to the higher mRNA dose in the Moderna vaccine.* The initial vaccine trials had limitations, and the effectiveness of vaccines against new variants is uncertain. Interpreting studies and data related to COVID-19 requires epistemic humility and careful consideration of the baseline risk of viral infections.* A study from Korea found severe cases of vaccine myocarditis, highlighting the importance of understanding the severity of adverse events.Time-stamps:02:21 Evolution of the COVID Vaccine Conversation08:09 Myocarditis and Previous Vaccines26:39 Discussion on Vaccine Efficacy35:22 Uncertainty about Vaccine Benefit40:25 Limitations of Vaccine Recommendations43:54 Risk of COVID-19 in Healthy Children48:10 Granularity and Humility in Public Health57:31 Differences Between COVID-19 Myocarditis and Vaccine Myocarditis01:03 Misconceptions about COVID-19 Myocarditis01:08 Misleading Comparisons of Myocarditis Rates01:21:36Troponin Levels in Myocarditis Cases(Note: our podcast editing software was not able to generate full time-stamps for the whole 3 hour show. We apologize for this and aim to contact tech support to ameliorate this)If you would like to help us fund our podcast expansion to Rumble and YouTube (we would like to hire a producer and purchase professional theme music and graphics when we are financially able!), you may donate to us here. Your support is greatly appreciated:https://donorbox.org/help-fund-independent-journalism-2 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
Hi everyone,I have just recorded my first thoughts on the Murthy v. Missouri case, which involves the foundational First Amendment rights of Americans. I delve into the history of the case and the concerns about the Biden administration’s censorship regime. Also, I go into some detail about the preliminary injunction and Judge Terry Doughty's ruling, as well as the appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is the first part of our exclusive Murthy v. Missouri coverage. Rav and I will be recording a podcast next to discuss the implications further. Moreover, we will be recording episodes with my co-plaintiff Aaron Kheriaty and Jenin Younes (an attorney on the case). The Illusion of Consensus is a citizen-funded podcast. Please consider supporting us by becoming a paid member:Takeaways:* The Murthy v. Biden case involves the First Amendment rights of Americans and concerns about censorship by the Biden administration.* There is a pattern of social media censorship, with the government directing social media companies to censor speech on various topics.* The preliminary injunction in the case ruled that the Biden administration was violating First Amendment rights, but the case is still ongoing.* The Supreme Court's decision in this case will have significant implications for the protection of free speech and the role of the government in censorship.Listen now:Apple:Spotify:Chapters:00:00 Introduction to the Murthy v. Missouri Case01:00 Concerns about Censorship by the Biden Administration04:00 Role of the Government in Censorship06:03 Preliminary Injunction and Judge Terry Doughty's Ruling08:13 Appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals09:39 Limitations of the Preliminary Injunction10:34 Stanford University's Involvement12:02 Government as the Source of Misinformation16:20 Supreme Court Hearing: Standing and Traceability21:45 Traceability and Coercion by the Government24:35 First Amendment and its Application26:33 Government's Argument for Censorship28:30 Analogies and Differences with Traditional Media31:27 Coercion vs. Persuasion by the Government35:12 Restrictions on Social Media Companies39:05 Hypotheticals and the First Amendment43:19 Stakes and Importance of the Supreme Court DecisionIf you would like to help us fund our podcast expansion to Rumble and YouTube, you may donate to us here. Your support is greatly appreciated:https://donorbox.org/help-fund-independent-journalism-2 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.illusionconsensus.com/subscribe
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Sharon

I have to add an addition to all the linguistic frustrations. "XXX is because of COVID". No! What is accurate is, "XXX is because of the government's reaction to COVID" COVID didn't make the decision to lockdown or close schools or whatever!

Oct 9th
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Sharon

I will definitely buy the book! I felt exactly the same way ... intense disbelief and anger! I have a M.Sc. and I read everything on masks that I could get my hands on. I felt SO alone and started to feel insecure and searched and searched for like-minded people! I loved what you said about saving just one life ...OMG, since when have we measured public health in that way? How did people buy into that? The emphasis on "safety" blew my mind! I could go on and on ...

Oct 8th
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