I got to it this morning, ready to write a post on something pretty alarming.
How alarming? Well, it’s related to the huge numbers of young, otherwise healthy athletes dropping dead on playing fields since the advent of the vaccines. It’s about a 5-fold increase in 2021 from the average of previous years. I last blogged about this here.
That obviously implicates vaccine injury as the common denominator—especially since most sports teams worldwide have mandated them for all players.
Here’s how it looks on a chart an Israeli news source put out on FIFA data. About a 5-fold increase overall but importantly, about 10-fold over 2020. That will become relevant later on.
So, a couple of days ago I was watching a video interview by The Unity Project with Dr. Robert Malone, the mRNA guy, and Dr. Kirk Milhoan, a pediatric cardiologist. A fine interview. Here’s a link to the whole thing which includes another guest as well.
Here’s the clip in question.
This is being shared far and wide, along with a quote:
Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Milhoan, MD on the risk of myocarditis in children and young adults
“A recent study on elite athletes out of the Big 10 showed that when they looked at the cardiac MRI of the elite athletes, around 50% had myocarditis that wasn’t known by symptoms but was seen on cardiac MRI.
That puts them at risk for sudden death.”
Well, that ties in pretty damn straight with the unprecedented numbers of sudden deaths or near deaths we’re actually seeing on the playing fields.
So, I was all ready to go…
All I needed to do was find that “recent study.”
I quickly found a study that while it could be considered recent, also ended mid-December 2020, right before vaccine rollout.
Objective To determine the prevalence of myocarditis in athletes with COVID-19 and compare screening strategies for safe return to play.
Design, Setting, and Participants Big Ten COVID-19 Cardiac Registry principal investigators were surveyed for aggregate observational data from March 1, 2020, through December 15, 2020, on athletes with COVID-19. For athletes with myocarditis, presence of cardiac symptoms and details of cardiac testing were recorded. Myocarditis was categorized as clinical or subclinical based on the presence of cardiac symptoms and CMR findings. Subclinical myocarditis classified as probable or possible myocarditis based on other testing abnormalities. Myocarditis prevalence across universities was determined. The utility of different screening strategies was evaluated.
Exposures SARS-CoV-2 by polymerase chain reaction testing.
Main Outcome and Measure Myocarditis via cardiovascular diagnostic testing.
Results Representing 13 universities, cardiovascular testing was performed in 1597 athletes (964 men [60.4%]). Thirty-seven (including 27 men) were diagnosed with COVID-19 myocarditis (overall 2.3%; range per program, 0%-7.6%); 9 had clinical myocarditis and 28 had subclinical myocarditis. If cardiac testing was based on cardiac symptoms alone, only 5 athletes would have been detected (detected prevalence, 0.31%). Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for all athletes yielded a 7.4-fold increase in detection of myocarditis (clinical and subclinical). Follow-up CMR imaging performed in 27 (73.0%) demonstrated resolution of T2 elevation in all (100%) and late gadolinium enhancement in 11 (40.7%).
Conclusions and Relevance In this cohort study of 1597 US competitive athletes with CMR screening after COVID-19 infection, 37 athletes (2.3%) were diagnosed with clinical and subclinical myocarditis. Variability was observed in prevalence across universities, and testing protocols were closely tied to the detection of myocarditis. Variable ascertainment and unknown implications of CMR findings underscore the need for standardized timing and interpretation of cardiac testing. These unique CMR imaging data provide a more complete understanding of the prevalence of clinical and subclinical myocarditis in college athletes after COVID-19 infection. The role of CMR in routine screening for athletes safe return to play should be explored further.
But, since the conversation in the video clip was clearly about vaccine mandates for children and potential myocarditis, the clear assumption people were making is that this ~50% rate of subclinical myocarditis in athletes was caused by the jabs.
So, my first thought was that these docs couldn’t get it that wrong, so there must be a more recent study. I searched and couldn’t find anything. However, do note that this was published in late May, 2021, well within the vaccine window (though data collection ended December 15, 2020). To further muddy the waters, I found this, by the Radiological Society, published November 29, 2021, so very recently:
Thirty-seven of the athletes, or 2.3%, were diagnosed with COVID-19 myocarditis, a percentage on par with the incidence of myocarditis in the general population. However, an alarmingly high proportion of the myocarditis cases were found in athletes with no clinical symptoms. Twenty of the patients with COVID-19 myocarditis (54%) had neither cardiac symptoms nor cardiac testing abnormalities. Only cardiac MRI identified the problem.
“Testing patients for clinical symptoms of myocarditis only captured a small percentage of all patients who had myocardial inflammation,” Dr. Jeudy said. “Cardiac MRI for all athletes yielded a 7.4-fold increase in detection.”
The implications of post-COVID-19 myocardial injury detected by cardiac MRI are still unknown.
“The main issue is the presence of persistent inflammation and/or myocardial scar,” Dr. Jeudy said. “Each of these can be an underlying foundation for additional damage and increased risk of arrhythmia.”
As part of the study, Dr. Jeudy and colleagues continue to add to the Big Ten Cardiac Registry to gain more understanding.
“We still don’t know the long-term effects,” Dr. Jeudy said. “Some athletes had issues that resolved within a month, but we also have athletes with continued abnormalities on their MRI as a result of their initial injury and scarring. There are a lot of chronic issues with COVID-19 that we need to know more about, and hopefully this registry can be one of the major parts of getting that information.”
Bingo, so there must be another study! However, upon closer examination, it’s just a report on the exact same study.
So blasting that all over as is being done tends to make those of us trying to deal with the science as honestly and as best we can look a bit exuberant and bright-eyed; and in fact, the implication is the complete opposite: that Cov-19 is probably some serious shit. Oh the other hand, extreme exercise and exertion is known to potentially cause myocarditis, so that’s a glaring confounder when you do this study on elite competitive athletes. To make matters even more confounded, myocarditis risk is heightened when resuming strenuous exercise too soon after a viral infection or even a common cold. That’s not Cov-19 specific.
Now, perhaps the vax does as bad or worse injury, but this is zero evidence in that regard.
The best we can do is speculate, and that speculation is supported by the fact that this subclinical myocarditis found in the study obviously did not cause excess sudden deaths on the playing fields in 2020, prior to vaccines and where the myocarditis was associated with a Cov-19 diagnosis.
If I were to design a study to tease out more of the reality, I’d first drop competitive athletes and serious exercise nuts from participating. Just run of the mill, mild-exercising, healthy people with no comorbidities. Run the following cohorts (age group and gender categories):
- No clinical Cov-19 diagnosis, no vaccine (control group)
- No clinical Cov-19 diagnosis, vaccinated
- Clinical Cov-19 diagnosis, no vaccine
- Clinical Cov-19 diagnosis, vaccinated
That ought to shed some real light into what’s going on. I would speculate that we see statistically significant more myocarditis on imaging in both vaccinated groups than in either unvaccinated group. My basis for that speculation is the real-world data of 5x+ more vaccinated athletes dropping dead than has ever been seen in recorded history, and just over the last year, with vaccination for Cov-19 being the only conceivable common denominator.
Prove me wrong.