“The 319-word abstract, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, claims its research has found mRNA vaccines 'dramatically increase' inflammation in endothelium cells and T cell infiltration in the heart … However, multiple experts have raised criticisms of the abstract, which does not detail a full study and has not been peer-reviewed”. So who might be promoting this evidence-free idea?
As if you need to ask. Full fact has been on the case, and the source is a familiar one to Zelo Street regulars. “A clip of Dr Aseem Malhotra on GB News talking about research linking heart disease to the Covid-19 vaccines has been viewed over two million times … There are serious concerns about the quality of the research mentioned”.
Yes, it’s Gammon Broadcasting™ News (“Bacon’s News Channel”) once again. The American Heart Association, cited in the abstract, also voiced its concern. “The American Heart Association published an 'expression of concern' in its journal on Nov. 24 to warn that the passage may not be reliable and that a 'suitable correction' was needed”.
There was yet more. “It added: 'Specifically, there are several typographical errors, there is no data in the abstract regarding myocardial T-cell infiltration, there are no statistical analyses for significance provided, and the author is not clear that only anecdotal data was used.’” In other words, GB News and its contributors should not have cited it.
As to who might also be citing this hokum, Lander Foquet, who you can tell as he’s a doctor, revealed “Antivaxxers are sharing a poster abstract from the [American Heart Association] meeting. It might look official, but a poster is never peer-reviewed. And this one is complete crap if you watch it”. It got worse. “Author: Steven Gundry. A well-known food supplement quack whose website mostly sells food supplements”.
And, guess what? The remedy in “the final sentence: take Quercetin food supplements! Something the (only) author of this abstract sells of course to fix everything”. As can be seen, Dr Foquet’s dismantling of the claims dates from November 22 - in other words, more than a week ago. It was known to be crap and GB News still used it.
Worse, the GB News Twitter feed has now claimed “Dr Aseem Malhotra reveals a cardiology researcher found similar results to a new report showing an increase in risk of heart attack following the mRNA COVID vaccine”. Except we don’t get to find out who that might be. Well, excuse me for not giving a rat’s arse for this quack’s scaremongering.
Malhotra is already citing “research” that is nothing more than another quack flogging food supplements, with what looks for all the world like the intention of scaring the easily led from getting vaccinated. That, and GB News platforming him, is beyond unforgivable.
When is Ofcom going to call time on the GB News Fake News wild west show?
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