An international survey of a health-aware, ‘Control Group’ that includes over 300,000 people who have chosen to avoid COVID-19 vaccination, shows participants place a minimal burden on health systems through their strong reliance on natural immunity, self-care, and the use of natural health supplements to help prevent or even treat COVID-19. Yet this group faces unfounded discrimination, job losses, and mental health issues intensified by its marginalization by mainstream society.
The survey of participants in the ‘Control Group’ includes a sub-group from the over 305,000 participants from more than 175 countries who have joined the citizen-led project and opted to not receive COVID-19 vaccines. The findings show that during the 5-month survey period (September 2021 through to February 2022 inclusive), participants suffered low rates of severe COVID-19 disease, were infrequently hospitalized, and used natural health products extensively both for prevention and for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19.
Data from these first five months of the Control Group survey were analyzed and interpreted by an independent, international team led by Robert Verkerk Ph.D., a multi-disciplinary scientist, and the founder, executive and scientific director of the non-profit Alliance for Natural Health International. Co-authors included three practicing clinicians, Dr. Naseeba Kathrada from South Africa, Christof Plothe DO from Germany, and Dr. Katarina Lindley from the USA. The authors came together to assess the survey data through their collaboration in recent months with the World Council for Health, a non-profit, global coalition of health-focused organizations and civil society groups.
The survey findings were based on a sub-cohort of approximately 18,500 Control Group participants who had completed questionnaires on a monthly basis over the first five months of the survey. Among the wide-ranging data collected, the survey captured reasons why participants avoided vaccines, with distrust of governments and pharmaceutical companies as well as concerns over adverse reactions from insufficiently tested vaccines being high on the list.
Participants reported extensive mental health problems that may have been compounded by the stigmatization and discrimination facing those who shunned COVID-19 vaccines. It also found that women, despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19, suffered menstrual and bleeding abnormalities that may have been associated with viral exposure, shedding, spike protein exposure or pandemic-related behavioral changes. Those who never wore masks reported the lowest levels of COVID-19 disease.
The survey data offer important revelations, including:
- Primary reasons given for avoiding vaccines included a preference for natural medicine interventions, distrust of pharmaceutical interventions, distrust of government information, poor/limited trial study data, and fear of long-term adverse reactions
- The unvaccinated ‘control group’ participants don’t place a disproportionate burden on health systems – in fact, quite the opposite, they have experienced very low hospitalization rates and severe covid-19 disease is rare
- They are more likely to self-care, using natural products like vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, and quercetin
- Many have used ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine
- Women have suffered menstrual and bleeding abnormalities despite being unvaccinated, possibly owing to spike protein exposure and shedding
- Their mental health burden has been considerable, possibly aggravated by their stigmatization by mainstream, ‘vaccinated’ society
- They have been heavily discriminated against because of their decision to exercise their right to informed consent and refuse the administration of ‘genetic vaccines’
Given the participants are self-selected and have self-reported, the survey findings need to be interpreted with care when comparing them with national statistics or studies based on randomly selected populations.
The UK-based Control Group project was established in mid-2021 as a citizen-led cooperative that aims to evaluate long-term health outcomes among the COVID-19 vaccine-free as well as linking its members to country support networks and online community groups.
The study preprint is now available to download on Authorea
By Dr. Joel S. Hirschhorn
Dr. Joel S. Hirschhorn, author of Pandemic Blunder and many articles and podcasts on the pandemic, worked on health issues for decades, and his Pandemic Blunder Newsletter is on Substack. As a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he directed a medical research program between the colleges of engineering and medicine. As a senior official at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the National Governors Association, he directed major studies on health-related subjects; he testified at over 50 US Senate and House hearings and authored hundreds of articles and op-ed articles in major newspapers. He has served as an executive volunteer at a major hospital for more than 10 years. He has been a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and America’s Frontline Doctors.
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