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A recent study suggests that it is not mRNA COVID-19 vaccines that are "most likely" responsible for adverse effects such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, but concerns widely expressed about the vaccines.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself
In September, the Indian journal "Biomedicine" published a so-called study by self-professed "mRNA Alchemist" and biotech engineer Raymond D. Palmer, entitled "Covid 19 vaccines and the misinterpretation of perceived side effects clarity on the safety of vaccines." The study is presently being hosted on the National Library of Medicine site, which is operated by the U.S. federal government.
While various experts, such as internationally esteemed American cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, have issued warnings about potential downsides of the vaccines, Palmer, an astronomy hobbyist and former realtor, claimed that those wary about the COVID-19 vaccines do not just suffer "a profound lack of scientific and medical training" but are at the root of a great deal of vaccine recipients' suffering.
Palmer's paper claimed that various adverse effects that take place "in and around the time of receiving the [COVID-19] vaccine" may result from the "mental stress" generated by concerns about those very vaccines.
While noting that "the likelihood of mental stress causing strokes, heart attacks or blood clots may at first appear unlikely," Palmer nevertheless claimed that "anti-vaccination sentiment could be attributed to the alleged side effects that are perpetuated across social media from anti-vaccination groups."
According to Palmer, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, and loss of smell and taste are products of mental stress. The mRNA alchemist claimed also that the "science for the vaccines causing blood clots has not been found."
Contrary to Palmer's published suggestion, the University of Utah reported that the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have, for instance, been associated with thrombotic thrombocytopenia, where antibodies lead to "uncontrolled activation of platelets ... and blood clots to form."
In April 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a pause in its recommendations for the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for this very reason.
Discounting previous blood clot links, Palmer said that mental stress "clearly causes vasoconstriction and arterial constriction of the blood vessels."
Persons who are "panicked, concerned, stressed or scared of the vaccination" may therefore see their arteries "constrict and become smaller in and around the time of receiving the vaccine."
Furthermore, stress can induce myocardial ischemia (MSIMI), he said, whereby blood flow to the heart is restricted due to emotional distress.
Although Palmer did not rule "in or out every side effect seen," he suggested that "fear mongering and scare tactics used by various anti-vaccination groups" trigger these mental stressors, vasoconstriction and, subsequently, the very side effects so-called anti-vaxxers claim the vaccines are generating.
Obesity and poor arterial health, in combination with stress, may "heighten the chances of a vaccine side effect," added Palmer.
In the paper, Palmer did not account for adverse effects suffered by people who weren't necessarily panicked, concerned, stressed, or tuned into cautionary tales about the vaccines. Palmer focused on fear allegedly created by the "anti-vaccination movement."
Palmer also did not explore potential links between MSIMI or clotting and statements like President Joe Biden's December 2021 warning that America would experience "a winter of severe illness and death" or former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) suggestion that the unvaccinated may "wind up killing your grandmother."
It is altogether unclear from Palmer's paper whether fear-inspiring rhetoric advanced by the government and other advocates for the mRNA vaccines might have created "adverse effects" in the vaccinated or the unvaccinated or both.
While the Australia-based former realtor underscored that those fearful of suffering adverse side effects "may increase their risk of experiencing adverse side effects," his proposed remedy was not censorship or chemically-induced fearlessness. Instead, Palmer suggested that prospective vaccine recipients should "visit their medical practitioner and discuss the use of therapies or medications" designed to improve healthy blood flow and address heart conditions.
When asked by Rebekah Barnett of the "Dystopian Down Under" Substack about his Ph.D. candidacy, Palmer allegedly said he couldn't provide an answer on account of having signed nondisclosure agreements.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.