The Grim Reaper Uses a Stealth Vitamin B1 Deficiency (Beriberi), Hidden Behind The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic


by Bill Sardi, Lew Rockwell:

Just over a year into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown there is shock to learn that only one-quarter of one-percent (2.6 fatalities per 1000) of the COVID-related deaths in the US were among non-institutionalized adults with the vast majority (99.7%) involving nursing home deaths of fragile elderly patients.  (Source: Annals Internal Medicine, Volume 174, Jan. 2021).

The declared emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines to save lives was a complete misdirection for the majority of the US population.  The fear tactics to coerce adults to wear face masks, socially distance, wash their hands and vaccinate were exercises in futility in regard to prevention of mortality.  But as one pulmonary (chest) doctor emailed me, the intensive care unit at his hospital was full and patients there were dying of something.


At that time, I didn’t know what COVID-19 was, but its symptoms didn’t match any coronavirus.  The loss of sense of smell alerted me that whatever COVID-19 really is, it had something to do with the nervous system.

Then another unexpected revelation came from the Centers for Disease Control itself which reports that excess deaths were significantly higher among middle-age adults and were not due to COVID-1 pathology!

Americans were dying, but not of COVID-19.  Puzzling…

Obscure letter to editor

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, on September 28, 2020, an obscure letter published in the British Medical Journal penned by a retired Australian physician stated:

“Reported prolonged symptoms among COVID ‘long-haulers’ are the same as the known symptoms of thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency disease, called beriberi,” and that “the pandemic we are witnessing is actually the result of a combination of a somewhat more severe virus than we have hitherto experienced, and a generally poor state of nutrition in the community as a whole.”

Many Americans may have heard of the other vitamin deficiency diseases, scurvy (vitamin C), pellagra (niacin), rickets (vitamin D), but beriberi (thiamine or vitamin B1) they are not familiar with whatsoever.

Fear and anxiety are a disease too

I became aware that the fear and anxiety fostered by televised body counts and isolation from lockdowns led to Americans drinking more alcohol (500% increase), and more coffee and tea to stay awake after sleepless nights, all factors that interfere with vitamin B1 nutriture.

Vitamin B1 controls the autonomic nervous system – unconscious control of breathing, heart beat and digestion.  It was also a documented cause of the loss of smell and taste that became hallmark symptoms peculiar to COVID-19.

I had already written groundbreaking reports at about vitamin B1 being a cure for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, two other central nervous system disorders.  But at that point I still had a lot to learn about vitamin B1.

This deficiency disease has been hiding behind the curtains of modern medicine and it wasn’t a deficiency disease this time – it was induced by over-consumption of sugars, alcohol, coffee and tea and medicines like the anti-diabetic drug metformin.  The paltry 2 milligrams of thiamine in the typical American diet was being blocked, not absorbed, not transported to tissues and organs.  Because beriberi produces symptoms that masquerade as every other disease, it is difficult to detect.

The harbinger of death

I had also written a report entitled “When The ‘Death Angel’ Comes To Visit.”  I found a chilling report of a widespread dietary shortage of vitamin B1 deficiency in Japan due to de-hulling rice that removed the bran, which contained B1. The death rate there rose to 20 per 100,000.  But when remedied, the mortality rate dropped to 0.5 per 100,000 – a 40-fold decline.  A shortage of thiamine is a killer!

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale wrote a report in 2012 called thiamine (vitamin B1) “the spark of life.”  So, its absence would be the harbinger of death.

Antidote for the leading cause of death

Back a couple of years ago, with a little bit of sleuthing around at the online National Library of Medicine, I estimated that lead poisoning was the leading but unstated cause of death in the US.  Health authorities rank leading causes of death by disease, but not by cause.  Lead poisoning is causal for cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, kidney failure, and ranks at the top of other causes of death.  There is no safe amount of lead.  I later discovered lead depletes vitamin B1 and that thiamine B1 is a lead detoxifier.  Vitamin B1 is major antidote for lead poisoning.

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