Reviewing the Mounting Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions, The Dilemma of Mandates, and Building Trust

Reviewing the Mounting Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions, The Dilemma of Mandates, and Building Trust

The Dilemma

After reviewing the vaccine debate over the last 25 years, I have seen ample evidence for why people have solid reasons for choosing to receive a vaccine, or not choosing to receive a vaccine.  The dilemma is who gets to make that choice for an individual.

Most of us have been presented the case that millions of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered and the vaccine has been deemed “safe and effective”, and we should possibly move into mandates and even “vaccine passports”.   I present the following information to bring a broader scope to the conversation that I hope will bring further review of the issue.

Current Reports of Adverse Events

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)  is a national vaccine safety surveillance program run by CDC and the Food and Drug Administration.

The purpose of VAERS is to detect possible signals of adverse events associated with vaccines. VAERS collects and analyzes information from reports of adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines.

Reports are welcome from all concerned individuals: patients, parents, health care providers, pharmacists and vaccine manufacturers. (From FDA website)

VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences. There has been significant concerns as to the problem of underreporting of vaccine adverse events as many times events go unreported for a variety of reasons. There have been reports that VAERS only reflects about 1% of Adverse Events. The CDC reports that, “Approximately 37% of healthcare providers had identified at least one adverse event after immunization, but only 17% stated that they had ever reported to VAERS.”

The other point I would to make is that the VAERS site makes it clear that just because there is a reaction to a vaccine, does not mean the vaccine was the cause. I would like to make a notation here in regard to the reporting of Covid deaths. It has been reported that there have been almost 400,000 Covid related deaths – meaning Covid may not have been the main cause but it contributed to the death.  If that is the paradigm used for Covid deaths then I think it would only be fair to use that same paradigm for Covid Vaccine related adverse reactions and death after the vaccine.

Following is a list of Deaths After the Covid-19 Vaccine. Again, keep in mind that the number listed may be much greater than the actual number for the reasons discussed above.

From the 1/7/2021 release of VAERS data:

Found 66 cases where Vaccine targets COVID-19 (COVID19) and Patient Died –  Click on photo:

You can search the CDC website here:

The First Week Of the Vaccine Rollout

The CDC reported over 5000 “health impacts” in the FIRST week of the roll out.  A “health impact’ is defined as “unable to perform daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or helath care professional.”

The number of AE’s currently reported on the VAERS site is over 13,000.



Here is the report for Life Threatening Adverse Reactions:

Click on photo:


Please watch these videos. The first two are from Shawn Skelton. The third is from a son,( Brant Griner), posting about his mom.

Click on post to start video – Part 1


 Click on picture to start video of Shawn – Part 2

Click on post to start video:

The same thing happening to Shawn is happening to Brant’s mom.

Concern for the Elderly:

As I was thinking about my 86-year-old mother getting the vaccine, with health issues, I ran across these stories:


“Norway said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill….Norwegian officials said 23 people had died in the country a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine.”

75-year-old Israeli man dies 2 hours after getting Covid-19 vaccine:

The man had received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine during the afternoon as part of Israel’s mass inoculation program. He later collapsed at home.”

“In a separate incident Monday evening, a man was taken to the Terem emergency medical clinic in Jerusalem after suffering a severe allergic reaction around an hour after receiving a dose of the vaccine.”

Again, note that when a person dies with Covid, Covid is usually given as the cause of death, yet when a person dies after a Covid vaccine, it is not implicated at all. I think there should be more consistency here. 

Further Complications:

Here are just a few of several other stories related to this topic:

“After taking the Benadryl, Tilli said she felt better momentarily but within minutes her symptoms came back stronger. The paramedics gave her an EpiPen and that’s when things “started to go downhill.”

“We found out that the young man had contracted the coronavirus asymptomatically before he was vaccinated. It may be accidental but I would not underestimate it. Care must be taken in vaccination of people who were sick with coronavirus in the past.”

 “A Mexican doctor who had a serious allergic reaction after receiving Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s vaccine against COVID-19 remains hospitalized and has not fully recovered muscle strength, health authorities said on Wednesday.”

CDC and Pfizer are investigating death of ‘very healthy’ Miami obstetrician 16 days after he received the vaccine and suffered a brain hemorrhage.

‘In my mind his death was 100 percent linked to the vaccine. There is no other explanation,’ she told, fighting back tears. He was in very good health. He didn’t smoke, he drank alcohol once in a while but only socially. He worked out, we had kayaks, he was a deep sea fisherman. They tested him for everything you can imagine afterwards, even cancer, and there was absolutely nothing else wrong with him.’

Click on photo for story.

“A Portuguese health worker, identified as Sonia Acevedo, was reported to have died two days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech.” 

Click on the photo below to read about all the cases of Anaphylatic Reactions to the Vaccine:

(There are more than just what is in the photo)

Then this today: 

More Anecdotal Stories

Here you will read many more anecdotal stories from people who have had reactions –  again these are anecdotal. Some experiencing  bad reactions still believe it is worth it and would advocate that everyone still get the vaccine, even with reactions; others would not. Both are a fair representation of the population.

Click on  photo for the compiliation of posts.

The name on this post was Jennifer Denton.

What Really is the Efficacy of the Covid Vaccine?


Dr. Doshi is an associate professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and associate editor at The BMJ.

 “A rough estimate of vaccine efficacy against developing covid-19 symptoms, with or without a positive PCR test result, would be a relative risk reduction of 19% (see footnote)—far below the 50% effectiveness threshold for authorization set by regulators.”

 Dr. Doshi also noted in a NY Times article:

“The vaccines are not risk free. Most side effects appear to be mild and short lived, but not all. For example, with the Moderna vaccine, the frequency of grade 3 adverse events — those severe enough to prevent daily activity, is higher than it is for most vaccines: 17.4 percent, or nearly one in five 18-to-64-year-olds who received the vaccine in the company’s trial. (Grade 3 adverse events appear to occur less frequently with the Pfizer vaccine, but a direct comparison is not possible.) And there have been some serious allergic reactions. It’s reasonable for people to weigh all of this in making their decisions.”


Reviewing the Financial Connection to Vaccines

Several years back, I wrote a blog post that contained a link to a WHO (World Health Organization) presentation. This photo was part of that presentation (minus my highlights):


When you look at a driving force behind the making of vaccines, and the potential number of vaccines (Currently there are 69 doses on the CDC schedule for children), and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service has been in the works to start an Adult schedule (click here), I think mandates become a problem.

It’s a great market to be in when everyone is mandated to take your product and you do not have to be held liable for any injuries. I can understand why it would become an “engine”.

To my knowledge, there is no other such product.

Please take a moment to review where we are headed.

How many of the 120 new vaccine products might become mandated? How many will be on the new “Adult Schedule”?

Is that what has caused the vaccine schedule to increase?

1983: 22 doses of 7 vaccines by age 6

compared to:

2017: 50 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6


 1983: 24 doses of 7 vaccines by age 18

2017: 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18

A recent article shares the profits from a Covid vaccine:

“As part of its corporate update, Moderna said it had about $5.2 billion in cash as of Dec. 31, compared to the $1.2 billion in cash it had at the same time a year ago, and it expects to generate at least $11.7 billion in revenue in 2021 for its COVID-19 vaccine based on advance purchase agreements. Moderna’s stock has soared 489.1% over the last year, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.11% is up 19.7%.”

In 2018 the pharmaceutical industry spent almost $400 billion lobbying congress. It is been stated that “Everybody takes money from Phrma, so they are all corrupted, that is why it is almost impossible to get anything done on Capitol Hill.” That may be why members of congress say that they have faced pressure, been bullied or threatened when they have tried to raise vaccine safety issue. (See video here.)

Pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued for any liability from their products. We do know that vaccines can cause harm in some people. That is why the government has paid out over $4 billion dollars though the National Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

How do you gain the public trust with mandates?


I posted several months ago on vaccine passports, and it has been in the news again recently:
A digital Covid vaccination passport is being jointly developed by a group of health and technology companies who anticipate that governments, airlines and other firms will soon start asking people for proof that they have been inoculated.” 

The Greater Good

Some believe that mandatory vaccines are needed for the “greater good” for society.  I would like to put forth the premise that Truth is the greater good. If the goal is to build a public health policy that people believe in, across-the-board mandates, fueled by an industry where profit drives production, are probably not the best way to gain public trust.

Distrust has been growing for some time now for a variety of reasons. Right now, people have little faith in public policies because they do not believe what they are being told. 

I believe that people just want honest unbiased information and have the ability to choose which vaccines they feel are appropriate for them. I can also tell you after 25 years of covering this, censorship of information is at an all-time high. I say that not in some conspiratorial sense, but just from my own experience on trying to find information that was once readily available. And sometimes the information may still be there, but sites like Facebook and Instagram “bury it” so that it becomes almost impossible to find. By the time you read this, there may be information in this post that has been censored.

When ONLY one side of an issue is allowed to be heard, and when that side has the power to literally silence and lock out other voices by that power and by delegitimizing others concerns and refusing to engage in rigorous debate, we have a serious breech in trust that will only continue to wear down the walls of trust.

The greater good in society is reflected in the laws that build a foundation of trust. Trust comes when people know that their concerns are being heard and knowing they have a seat at the table.

If a person has to be forced to do something that, given their medical history, might hurt them, or that goes against their first amendment protected religious convictions, in order to keep their job, go to school or move about in society, it will only breed a corrosive distrust and civil unrest.

Trust can be gained through robust education that allows for full informed consent, vigorous civil discourse and debate within the public square.

Forced vaccination will only damage public confidence across the board  – then all vaccination policy will be compromised. What has been called “the pillar of public health” has the potential of crumbling down. The majority of people do not want that. 

The goal is not anti-vaccination. The goal is a safe, pro-informed consent vaccine policy, which upholds constitutional freedoms.

Do you live in Indiana?

If you live in Indiana and are concerned that a madatory vaccine policy might cause you to lose your job, I would urge you to check into  – and JOIN – Hoosiers for Medical Liberty.

 Check out their website here:

Right now they are working diligently on Senate Bill 74,  which upholds your medical freedom.  Your voice is needed!


Inside or Outside Indiana

Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting basic human rights, constitutional rights and parental rights. 

Click for website:


Be Informed, Be Engaged. Be Kind.

Are You Stuck? How To Start Moving Forward

Are You Stuck? How To Start Moving Forward

Moments in Life

The above picture was taken less than 48 hours after I received the phone call from the Nairobi embassy letting me know of Kyle’s passing, and after viewing the many headlines:

I had flown to Colorado as soon as I was able. The morning after I arrived, Kyle and Hope’s home was filled with kids running to and fro. Hope had invited some former foster kids and their mother over, in addition to some close friends and their children.

Here, I am looking around at all the activity and the Legos all over the floor, my eyes swollen from crying, and my heart in pieces. I was thinking how Kyle would love all the activity – knowing life was still being lived, and how he would appreciate the outpouring of love and support – from flowers to food – by so many faithful friends.

In the early days after a death, you are forced to keep moving due to everything that needs to get done.  But there comes a time when all that activity is over. Life pauses.

This podcast does not specifically focus on life after losing a loved one – that is just where I happened to be when I reached out to Donna.

But at different moments in life – you can find yourself stuck – in any number of areas – for any number of reasons.  Obviously being stuck in weight loss, exercise, or finances does not compare to losing a loved one, however there are still some common steps to moving forward.

In this podcast, Donna and I discuss some of those steps.

Remember:  Give yourself the freedom to give yourself the time, to take the small steps, that ultimately help you to start moving again.


To listen to the part one of this conversation, click HERE.

Resources Discussed In the Podcast

Donna’s Podcast Episode on the Self Coaching Model 

Although Donna’s Podcast is called Think-Feel-Eat, the “Eat” could also be replaced with the much broader context of “Act”.

In this episode, Donna covers this model:




In this Episode Donna Covers:

A. What is the Think-Feel-Act cycle?

B. What are thoughts?

C. How does Think-Feel-Act differ from the Power of Positive Thinking?

D. We can Think ourselves to Action

Donna has taken the principles discussed by these “experts” and incorporates them into her life coaching – which is why she can help you to move forward!

How To Make Lifestyle Changes That Will Last with Dr Rangan Chatterjee and Dr Ayan Panja

This is the podcast episode that Donna had posted earlier in the year, which I listened to, that focused on

“Feel better in 5”:



Donna’s Recommended books:

Donna’s Life Coaching

If you think you might be interested in having Donna help you “move forward”, you can sign up for a free consultation call here:


Down 220 Pounds: Small Steps, Huge Strides!

Down 220 Pounds: Small Steps, Huge Strides!

Donna’s Story

So much great info here!

In this episode of the Forti-fy Podcast, Donna shares her, and her husband’s, 220-pound weight-loss journey. There is so much here we can all relate to. Tune in to hear some great life-style tips!

To listen to Part Two of this conversation, click HERE.

Here are links to all the information Donna discussed in the podcast.

There are so many great resources here!

You can check out a previous blog post on Donna’s weight loss journey HERE

Our Walk With Covid and How It May Help You

Our Walk With Covid and How It May Help You

Our Stories

In this podcast episode, Rachel and I share our recent – not so great – experiences with Covid-19. We do believe that the statistics are probably accurate in  that a large portion of the population may only experience a mild case of Covid-19. However, we think this podcast episode is important to listen to in the event that you, or a family member, turn out to aquire more than a mild case, because it might help you avoid the “hurdles” we went through, and give you a better outcome. 


This episode covers the basics of Covid-19, some of the current views of treatment and thoughts on the future of medical choice freedom.


Here, I am just going to list a few of the studies I talked about in the podcast.  We would just encourage you to review the information and then consider having a talk with your doctor.


These were on the use of Methyl Prednisolone:


Pierre Kory, MD, MPA Medical Director, Trauma and Life Support Center Critical Care Service Chief Associate Professor of Medicine University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

“With this knowledge of the specific COVID inflammatory gene activation combined with knowledge of the gene suppression activity of all known medicines they were able to match the most effective drug for COVID-19 human gene suppression.. and that drug is methylprednisolone (this must be recognized, as the ability of other corticosteroids to control inflammation in cOVId-19 was much less impactful. This is, we believe, an absolutely critical and historic finding. Many centers are using similar but less effective agents such as dexamethasone or prednisone”

Also here:


Successful use of methylprednisolone for treating severe COVID-19: (Click below)

“In our study, we found that timely and appropriate application of glucocorticoids could avoid the need for invasive mechanical ventilation and improve the outcomes of critical patients with COVID-19, compared with outcomes in reported studies. “


The findings from this case series suggest that high‐dose, short‐term corticosteroid therapy early in respiratory failure may provide a good prognosis of patients with COVID‐19‐related ARDS without critical side effects of corticosteroids.

This study shows the importance of the early-stage use of a combination of favipiravir and methylprednisolone in severe cases to achieve a favorable clinical outcome.

In conclusion, early use of a short course of methylprednisolone, an inexpensive and readily available agent, in patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 may prevent progression of disease and improve outcomes.

Notes from that link:

Methylprednisolone was identified as the drug most likely to work; it targeted 27 genes that were differentially expressed in COVID-19-infected tissues versus healthy lung tissues.

Prednisolone was also predicted to be effective at reverting many of the changes caused by COVID-19.“An important finding is that drugs in the same class will not achieve similar effects,” writes the team.

“For instance, methylprednisolone and prednisolone were predicted to be effective in reverting many of the changes triggered by COVID-19, while other closely-related steroids such as prednisone or dexamethasone were not,” write Sorin Draghici (Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University) and colleagues.”

Not all corticosteroids tested were effective

However, the closely-related corticosteroids, namely prednisone, dexamethasone, and hydrocortisone, were not effective at reverting the changes. Prednisone only targeted three differentially expressed genes in COVID-19-infected versus healthy lung tissue, and of those, it only reverted one. Prednisone also targeted two genes in the NHBE cells, but it was not effective at reverting either of them.

Neither dexamethasone nor hydrocortisone seemed to be effective in the COVID-19 tissue, although hydrocortisone seemed to have a marginal effect on NHBE cells.

Treatment Combo Successfully Resolves Cytokine Storm in COVID-19

“A strategy involving a course of high dose methylprednisolone, followed by tocilizumab if needed, may accelerate respiratory recovery, lower hospital mortality and reduce the likelihood of invasive mechanical ventilation in COVID-19-associated CSS,” the authors wrote. “This historically controlled comparison of a strategy with intensive immunosuppression and close monitoring versus a strategy with supportive care only in patients with COVID-19-associated CSS suggests that clinically relevant improvement of respiratory status is 79% more likely, and can be accelerated by a median of 7 days, that hospital mortality can be reduced by 65% and that the need for mechanical ventilation during admission can be reduced by 71%. These outcomes were robust and, especially if confirmed in randomized trials later on, highly relevant from a medical and societal perspective.”


This is a video from the Editor in Chief of JAMA on the use of Corticosteroids and Covid-19

Click Here


What is the role of the IL-6 inhibitor tocilizumab (Actemra) in the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

A retrospective review of 25 patients with confirmed severe COVID-19 who received tocilizumab plus investigational antivirals showed patients who received tocilizumab experienced a decline in inflammatory markers, radiological improvement, and reduced ventilatory support requirements.


Another IL-6 inhibitor, tocilizumab

The conundrum of interleukin-6 blockade in COVID-19 Click Here


When analysing factors associated with reduced mortality in those who received tocilizumab, baseline C-reactive protein concentrations of 15 mg/dL or higher emerged as a clear cutoff, suggesting that IL-6 blockade exerts its best effects among patients with an overt inflammatory state. Moreover, Biran and colleagues did not note any increase in secondary infections, thus supporting the safety of tocilizumab in this setting.


What is the role of the antiviral drug remdesivir in the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Click Here


COVID-19 is, in the end, an endothelial disease


Endothelial cell infection and endotheliitis in COVID-19



Spotting the Clotting: Hypercoagulopathy in COVID-19



The Real Reason Post-COVID Myocarditis Is a Worry

There might not be any guideline-directed therapy to offer those without overt heart failure, but these post-COVID cases need to be studied to check for functional changes at 6 months and beyond, he said.


COVID-19 coagulopathy vs disseminated intravascular coagulation

Severe COVID-19 infections seem to cause a profound coagulation abnormality caused by inflammation-induced changes in coagulation in combination with severe endothelial cell injury, with consequent massive release of von Willebrand factor and plasminogen activators.


Do The Twist! You Will Love It!

Do The Twist! You Will Love It!

One of the goals of the Forti-fy podcast is to feature local businesses in our neighborhoods so that you can get to know them better, and all that they offer!

On this episode, we sat down with Lori Berndt, owner of the Olive Twist. Listen in to hear the tasty experience this delightful store offers up!

And…. to all you who may be reading this and think you would have no interest in olive oil or vinegars…. I really want to encourage you to push the “play” button.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised and may seriously consider venturing out to your local Olive Twist by the end of this podcast!


In the podcast, you will hear Lori talk about the comprehensive quality checks that they do on their oils to insure that you have a fresh product!

The Olive Twist offers up 20 DIFFERENT FLAVORS of oils!  The top 3 best sellers mentioned in the podcast are:


Same comprehensive quality checks here and  30 DIFFERENT FLAVORS to choose from!  Do you have an idea for a new flavor you think would be popular? Let then know to see if they can create it!

Their top 3 best sellers are: Cranberry Pear, Traditional and Raspberry. The top flavor used at our house is the Denissimo Aged Balsamic!


Check out the cupboard of herbs and spices!

The helpful staff can assist you in selecting the perfect herb or spice to provide the taste you are looking to achieve.




Be sure to listen in on how Lori came to start serving a wide variety of teas!



As we discuss in the podcast, the Olive Twist offers up a perfect gift for anyone for almost any occasion.Click HERE for great ideas.


Click HERE for Website

You’ll have no problem locating the Auburn store!

Check out their Facebook page HERE for delectable delightful recipes!


When you shop local, everyone benefits! Strong businesses grow strong communities.  So head on out to your local OLIVE TWIST to enjoy a day of learning, tasting, and fortifying your community!


How 13 Kids and 8 Miscarriages Led to a Passion for Health, Nutrition and Training for Marathons!

How 13 Kids and 8 Miscarriages Led to a Passion for Health, Nutrition and Training for Marathons!

We are trying to keep the podcasts around 30 minutes and we really packed in an incredible amount of info in today’s podcast on health and nutrition – for recommendations for moms and kids!


Heather’s Top Book Picks:

Heather’s Top YouTube Channels

Heather’s Favorite Podcast

Supplements Talked About on the Podcasts

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Keep Moving!

Recording today’s podcast with Heather’s new grandaughter, Zoe!