Monday, February 21, 2022

My Imperfect Attempt at a Good Citizen Award

I apologize for the formatting. I am my own IT department, in addition to being a "one armed paper hanger," and independent research scientist. I wrote these messages with the CDC after being frustrated with the automated responses from Joe Biden and Jared Polis' office.

Cassandra strikes again.

Did you hear the news today? I have been trying to communicate with the government about this since December. COVID boosters are not as effective in people under 65, and natural immunity from COVID infecion is sufficient. Also, they were withholding data.  This of course casts an interesting shadow on the idea of vaccine passports with respect to personal choice and unnecessary medical interventions.

So frustrating. I wish I could feel like I could trust my government, but sometimes I feel like they are trying to kill me and my family. Theoretically, one should feel safe living where I live, but this has really been something!

And somebody, please tell me if Bill Gates is reading Vaclav Smil's works on Natural Gas, and if so, why? I recall that he mentioned Smil was his favorite author in this interview.

No single person should have too much power, and especially not over a certain age. If I have learned anything from watching the news the last few years, it is that most of the older generation and the wealthy are incapable of making decisions in the interest of consciousness, because they don't even know what it is. For them it is all about corporate backscratching and market shares.

Also, I have a friend who recently came down with COVID even though she was vaccinated, boosted, and in good health with no comorbidities. She is having long haul symptoms and has a job where she regularly works with formaldehyde. None of the rest of her family became ill.

Amy Lewark

Feb 11, 2022, 8:44 AM (10 days ago)

to CDCInfo

Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately, what you're saying has not been true to my or my family's personal experience. This is our timeline:

November 2020:  COVID infection, followed by long haul symptoms after momentary removal of a mask
March 2021:  Pfizer vaccination series
October 2021:  Breakthrough infection after outdoor gathering
December 2021:  Breakthrough infection after having a couple over for dinner

Please note that we have been mostly quarantined this whole time except that our daughter attended an in-person class over the summer 2021 (and we did not become ill during that time). The policy we really needed to have enforced was the importance of wearing masks. Each one of those events marks a several week long period of crippling brain fog and anxiety. I know there are other people out there experiencing the same thing, and the mental health of our society is being affected negatively because the guidance we are getting is not addressing the real issue, which is that masks are critical, and the system is backlogged for helping people like me.

As I said, I have a graduate degree in a medical field, and I follow the literature. I understand it's not possible to keep up with everything in a timely manner, but it seems to me that our policymakers are unaware of this important characteristic of COVID's spread elucidated by Batta et al., 2021, because it is clearly not being taken into account by any of Walensky's or Fauci's edicts. It is especially important with regard to the fact that home tests are prone to false negatives and the way people have been encouraged to use them:

"The incubation period between viral contact and the first onset of symptoms is 1-14 days (median 5.1 days). The viral shedding period is from 8-34 days (median 20 days). Within the first 11.5 days, patients mainly develop fatigue, dry cough, fever, loss of taste, loss of smell, and headache." (Batta, et al. 2021)

Furthermore, it has been my observation over the years that people use vaccination as an excuse to be careless with their behavior. They extend their personal responsibility regarding illness to getting vaccinated and no further. This is why people still die of the flu. The policies that are being made are just reinforcing those dangerous behaviors. This is nothing new; the people in this country have absolutely no regard for their fellow man's health, especially during the holidays and special occasions, and it is extremely discouraging to see how that behavior is enabled by the vaccine industry and unfortunately that makes the CDC party to it as well. I do not expect that Governor Jared Polis in Colorado is going to be able to make any policies that undermine his income from holiday greeting card sales (he owns Blue Mountain Greeting Cards) with the guidance you have given him. For him to be able to admit or even see that the worst peaks in cases, hospitalizations and deaths come two weeks after holidays might not be possible. People are lonely, and Valentine's Day is not a time when people want to wear masks and restaurants are busy. We actually prioritized the restaurant industry over the lives of people in this country! And it is an industry that does NOT treat its employees well.

Boosters don't seem to be doing much for the under 65 crowd, and rather than push them on everyone (driving us out of our homes to risk additional exposure when we may not have had the chance to address other health problems due to weariness about exposure from their idle wanderings), it would be wonderful if we could remove some of the pressure the older generation is putting on the rest of us to keep them healthy with boosters that are no longer working for us and remind them that exposure is the most important part of the picture. The ability to celebrate holidays seems to be more important to people than the lives of families that have been forever disrupted by people's need to indulge on said holidays. The NEED to do it is not predicated in any sort of actual survival or mental wellness, it is a "NEED" rooted in narcissism.

Contrary to the response you sent last week, in your own MMWR from January 19 it was found that prior infection seems to confer good immunity to strains other than omicron. I don't know what age group that is in, but I can infer from the figures that my family should be as protected as it is ever going to be given our ages (late 40s and young adults, given the other data on your website), vaccination and exposure history. Our best recourse is to wear N95 masks and not go out more than necessary. It would be nice if other people would do the same.

Thank you for listening to my concerns. I admit that if I were in charge, I would have done as New Zealand did, but that wasn't great for the mental health of the youth there. We need at least one government body that considers the lives of the citizens over the economy. Theoretically, all the government bodies should be that way. I think the CDC needs to propose legislation to protect people who choose to wear masks from bullying. That should have been done right away.

Whoever is taking the time to answer this, I am sorry to put this on you. I know you're just a cog in this machine just like I am. But I appreciate any efforts you make to answer me or to get my concerns to the right people. There is a breakdown in the democratic process, people's lives and wellbeing are still at stake, and citizens like me do not have redress for our concerns anymore. THIS is what is not good for people's mental health - feeling STUCK in an endless cycle of Typhoid Mary insanity to protect an older generation that does not care about anyone but themselves, their ability to eat at restaurants and go on fancy vacations while people holding up the supply chain are orphaning their children.


Amy Lewark, MS, Neurobiology

On Thu, Feb 3, 2022 at 9:19 AM CDCInfo <> wrote:

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First, it's important to know that the COVID-19 vaccines were released at different times.

Second, the three different COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States were often given to different groups of people - some of whom have a higher risk for getting infected with COVID-19. For example, nursing home residents have a higher risk of infection than college students because they tend to be older and have more underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk.

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From: Amy Lewark <>;
Received: Wed Feb 02 2022 17:03:06 GMT-0600 (Central Standard Time)
To: CDC Inbound Email Queue <>; CDC Inbound Email <>; CDC Info <>;
Subject: Re: CDC-INFO; Topic Vaccine effectiveness data; [CDC-2374106-B2Y9T3] CRM:07426436

I am sorry I was a bit hyperbolic. I am wondering if there has been any comparison of immunity developed from infection vs. a booster. We had two breakthrough infections after being both vaccinated twice and having an infection before vaccination was offered. I am saying we have had a lot of COVID and a lot of vaccine, so I would expect that we would have formed immunity already. Does that make sense?
If I have a bleeding disorder like von Willebrand and coumadin sensitivity, are there any precautions in particular I need to take with respect to vaccination?
Thank you for explaining the problems with data collection. I heard that Colorado lifted our mask mandate 2/1, and I am concerned that it's too soon. I'm trying to tell you that we got hit really hard by this, and I have been writing the whole time, documenting my experience because I have a graduate degree in Neuroscience and the cognitive effects have been very concerning. I really didn't want to, but I kind of had to make this stuff my business, because of how it was all affecting our cognition. It has been affecting us badly enough that we haven't been able to get help. My sister is a physician and it is really scary out there. When I had my infection in November 2020, the medical center near my home was not taking COVID patients. They were going to turn me away and I had been experiencing tachycardia for several weeks. I had to get my sister on the phone to get the admitting physician to run a D-dimer on me. My blood pressure was 200/120. They were going to send me home.
My son had symptoms a lot like mine and had an experience that really highlighted the failure of the medical system up here, but in a different way. I do not know who to talk to about these things. I have always been extremely sensitive. I am prone to aphasia, but have never gotten a diagnosis because I didn't understand what was going on before COVID forced me to slow down. I think I figured out how to treat it, but I need to talk to a researcher. I think what I found with respect to choline metabolism may be an important reason some individuals have vaccine reactions, and perhaps also why some people die of COVID. If as a country we do not try to understand these things, we will always be at war about vaccination and infectious disease. I think my family might be a good case study, if someone is willing to bear with me.
Thank you again,
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Based on an updated risk-benefit analysis, use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) is preferred over Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for all vaccine-eligible persons. All persons who elect to receive a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should be informed about the risk and symptoms of thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) that could occur after vaccination (typically within 2 weeks after receipt), the need to seek immediate medical care should such symptoms develop at any time, and the availability of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines instead of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

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So CDC can verify the most current information and best respond to your inquiry, would you please elaborate further on your question, in referrences to you questions "If I had a breakthrough infection in early December, would that be good enough, or are we so technologically brainwashed that we do not believe native infection confers immunity?"  This information will help us respond to your inquiry.


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--------------- Original Message---------------
Sent:  1/31/2022
From:   Media
Subject:   Vaccine effectiveness data
Email Address:
Question:   Hi,
Is there a plan to update the data visualization on the COVID Cases and Deaths by vaccination status page? I would like to be able to see current booster comparison for age groups, but I need to know what has happened in the last month.

My family had COVID in November 2020, long haul, then had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine as soon as we were eligible and had reactions. Then we've had at least two breakthrough infections, despite being very isolated. I realize we are outliers (my husband and I both have multiple great-grandparents who were orphaned during the Great Depression or by TB). This situation has been crippling for us.

FWIW, my husband, son and dog have a history of vaccine reactions and I have a graduate degree in neuroscience. I studied Alzheimer's. I have tried so many different things and may have figured some things out. We react to some vaccines and not others, and have genetics that predispose us to autism spectrum disorders. I have kids who I need to help become citizens of the world. My son who will be 21 in April decided that despite having two breakthrough infections he wanted to get a booster and so he got the Moderna one and did just fine (I think we are prone to mitochondrial problems which are aggravated by the native spike protein used by Pfizer). Because I am the primary caregiver in the house and am perimenopausal, I am not recovering as quickly as everyone else.

If I had a breakthrough infection in early December, would that be good enough, or are we so technologically brainwashed that we do not believe native infection confers immunity?

BTW, I am fairly certain that the disparities in survival have to do with polymorphisms in choline dehydrogenase (CHDH) and phosphatidylethanolamine methyltransferase (PEMT). The population genetics match the disparities in death exactly.

Thank you,
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Name:   Amy Lewark
Title:   Artist and Writer
Organization:   Amy Lewark Fine Art, LLC

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