Ever heard about Stella Immanuel?

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Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel (born 1965) is a Cameroonian-American physician and pastor. In mid-2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a video went viral on social media platforms in which Immanuel said hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19, and that public health measures such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks are ineffective and unnecessary. The platforms removed Immanuel’s videos and posts, which they said promote misinformation related to the pandemic.[1]

Immanuel is also the founder of a charismatic religious organization called Fire Power Ministries; in her role as its founder, she has made fringe claims about other medical conditions, especially in relation to human sexuality. She has said endometriosis, infertility, miscarriage, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by spirit spouses, and has also endorsed a number of conspiracy theories that include the involvement of space aliens and the Illuminati in manipulating society and government.[2]

Immanuel emigrated to the United States after completing her medical education in Nigeria.[3][4] As of 2021, she practices at a private clinic in a strip mall in Texas.[1]

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The journal “Surgical Neurology International” ran an Editorial fraught with COVID misinformation

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Journal Runs Editorial Fraught With COVID Misinformation

— Epidemiologist calls its conjecture “bizarre” and “astonishingly unscientific”

by Amanda D’Ambrosio, Enterprise & Investigative Writer, MedPage Today May 26, 2022

A computer rendering of a stethoscope formed into the silhouette of a person with a very long nose against a cloudy sky.

A peer-reviewed neurosurgery journal published an article peddling false statements about the pandemic — without any evidence to support its claims, an expert said.

The editorial by Russell Blaylock, MD, in Surgical Neurology International, stating that the COVID-19 pandemic was “one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history.”

The piece, entitled “COVID UPDATE: What is the truth?” claims that the pandemic was characterized by lies from government officials and medical societies. It claims that the media is orchestrating cover-ups, under the control of pharmaceutical companies. And it claims that “hundreds of thousands” have been killed by mRNA vaccines, and many times more have been injured.

But although the editorial is published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, it provides no solid scientific evidence to back up its claims, only unfiltered conjecture from its author, according to Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, PhD, an epidemiologist with the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Meyerowitz-Katz wrote a Twitter thread outlining his concerns with the editorial, calling the piece “bizarre” and “astonishingly unscientific.” The epidemiologist told MedPage Today that many of the papers cited in the editorial actually disagree with the points made in the editorial.

Additionally, Meyerowitz-Katz noted that the most frequently cited reference in the editorial is anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s book, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health – a source he deemed “obviously not reliable.”

Blaylock also links to conspiracy theory blogs, Meyerowitz-Katz said. One quotes Ryan Cole, MD, a pathologist in Idaho under fire for spreading COVID misinformation, as seeing a “dramatic spike” in aggressive cancers among vaccinated individuals but provides no data to support that claim.

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A computer rendering of a stethoscope formed into the silhouette of a person with a very long nose against a cloudy sky.

A peer-reviewed neurosurgery journal published an article peddling false statements about the pandemic — without any evidence to support its claims, an expert said.

The editorial by Russell Blaylock, MD, in Surgical Neurology International, stating that the COVID-19 pandemic was “one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history.”

The piece, entitled “COVID UPDATE: What is the truth?” claims that the pandemic was characterized by lies from government officials and medical societies. It claims that the media is orchestrating cover-ups, under the control of pharmaceutical companies. And it claims that “hundreds of thousands” have been killed by mRNA vaccines, and many times more have been injured.

But although the editorial is published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, it provides no solid scientific evidence to back up its claims, only unfiltered conjecture from its author, according to Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, PhD, an epidemiologist with the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Meyerowitz-Katz wrote a Twitter thread outlining his concerns with the editorial, calling the piece “bizarre” and “astonishingly unscientific.” The epidemiologist told MedPage Today that many of the papers cited in the editorial actually disagree with the points made in the editorial.

Additionally, Meyerowitz-Katz noted that the most frequently cited reference in the editorial is anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s book, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health – a source he deemed “obviously not reliable.”

Blaylock also links to conspiracy theory blogs, Meyerowitz-Katz said. One quotes Ryan Cole, MD, a pathologist in Idaho under fire for spreading COVID misinformation, as seeing a “dramatic spike” in aggressive cancers among vaccinated individuals but provides no data to support that claim.

Several other references in Blaylock’s article are to items by physicians infamous for spreading COVID misinformation, being active in political movements, and speaking at conservative rallies, such as Peter McCullough, MD, Pierre Kory, MD, Meryl Nass, MD, and Joseph Mercola, DO, to name a few.

“While Dr. Blaylock is, of course, entitled to his opinion, this is supported in the article largely by low-quality sources that completely lack credibility or simply do not support his argument,” Meyerowitz-Katz said. “Much of the editorial is supported by no references at all and simply represents the author’s own views.”

In an email to MedPage Today, Blaylock said that he has never seen such a “blatant demand from a group of doctors” to end free speech and debate. “The pandemic is over, so there is no justification for continuing this totalitarian suppression of dissenting views,” he stated.

James Ausman, MD, PhD, the emeritus editor-in-chief of Surgical Neurology International, said in a statement to MedPage Today that the journal “is open to comments from any reader as long as the comments are factual and free of personal comments.”
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Blaylock currently sells supplements called “Brain Repair Formula” and writes for the conservative news outlet Newsmax. He also serves as associate editor of the neuroinflammation section of Surgical Neurology International.

That journal is an “independent publication that is not affiliated with any society or organization,” according to the journal website. It was established in 2010, and is published by MedKnow, a company owned by Wolters Kluwer.

Since it was founded, the journal states, it has remained “apolitical,” noting that it does not discriminate against authors based on political, religious, racial, geographical, or sexual characteristics.

The journal states that the articles it publishes must be “fact-based,” but added that it “understands that facts may be interpreted differently by different readers.”

  • Amanda D’Ambrosio is a reporter on MedPage Today’s enterprise & investigative team. She covers obstetrics-gynecology and other clinical news, and writes features about the U.S. healthcare system. Follow

https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/98940

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Health Nerd is Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz.

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz is an epidemiologist working in chronic disease in Sydney’s west, with a particular focus on the social determinants that control our health. He writes a regular health blog covering science communication, public health, and what that new study you’ve read about actually means. You can find his blog at medium.com/@gidmk

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/gideon-meyerowitz-katz

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Beware! ‘Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1’ (sold on Shopee, Lazada and Facebook) could cause tadalafil ‘overdose’

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Tadalafil is a prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction that should only be given under medical supervision.

One sachet of Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1 could lead to more than 10 times the usual prescribed dose of tadalafil, an overdose that could cause an erection of 4 hours. Tissue damage is a result.

In Singapore, sellers and suppliers who are selling or supplying ‘Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1’ are liable to be prosecuted and if convicted, may be imprisoned for up to two years and/or fined up to S$10,000.

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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has advised members of the public not to purchase or consume ‘Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1’ marketed online as a natural product containing “herbal ingredients of high quality” that enhances men’s sexual health.

After receiving feedback on two cases of adverse effects seen in consumers, tests conducted on the coffee product found contrary to the advertisement claims, it is not natural or herbal and instead contains high concentration of an undeclared synthetic potent medicinal ingredient, ‘tadalafil’.

According to HSA, one consumer was admitted to the hospital emergency department after he experienced adverse effects such as body aches, chills, migraine, tightness around the jawline.

“Another consumer experienced priapism or prolonged erection of about four hours long after taking the product. Priapism is a serious condition and can lead to penile tissue damage and permanent loss of potency if not treated immediately,” it said in its website.

HSA said consumers who consume the product according to the labelled instructions for use – one sachet daily – could be overdosing on more than 10 times the usual prescribed dose of tadalafil.

Tadalafil is a prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction that should only be given under medical supervision, it said.

“Tadalafil can also pose serious health risks to certain individuals, including those with heart-related problems. It can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure in those who are on heart medications, especially those containing nitrates,” HSA explained.

‘Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1’ is sold on local e-commerce – Shopee, Lazada, Qoo10 and Carousell – and a social media platform – Facebook -.
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“All sellers and suppliers must stop selling or supplying ‘Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1’ immediately. HSA will not hesitate to take stern enforcement actions against anyone who sells and/or supplies products found to be adulterated with potent medicinal ingredients.

“Sellers and suppliers who are selling or supplying ‘Prime Kopi Pejuang 3 in 1’ are liable to be prosecuted and if convicted, may be imprisoned for up to two years and/or fined up to S$10,000,” it said.-Bernama

https://www.thesundaily.my/home/singapore-s-hsa-warns-consume-prime-kopi-pejuang-3-in-1-could-cause-tadalafil-overdose-MF9250806

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Yeo Bee Yin speaks about Tony Pua

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19 UM staff and 5 teachers allowed to challenge govt’s vaccination programme

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Kelantan: Woman wakes up with pain in her chest, and discovers a knife sticking out of it: Her son, 14, who said he was hallucinating, had stabbed her!

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“I Walked The Entire Perimeter Of Singapore In 100 Hours”

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No takers for dishwasher job until this Singapore restaurant offers $3,500 monthly salary, Singapore News – AsiaOne

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May 26, 2022 published at 5:58 PM
By Candice Cai AsiaOne

Would you wash dishes for $3,500 a month?

It is a pretty high salary for a blue-collar job but despite this very attractive offer, some F&B operators in Singapore are still struggling to find willing candidates to take up this position.

Over at Ishinomaki Grill & Sake located in Orchard Road, co-owner Chen Weixin told Shin Min Daily News that due to a shortage of people willing to do this job, she had to roll up her sleeves and wash the dishes.

No other staff member she approached wanted to take on the additional duty either, even for an extra $50 a day.

“Maybe many people view dishwashing as a lowly position and are unwilling to do it even when there’s money to be made,” Chen told Shin Min Daily News.

Chen, a shareholder of the restaurant, shared that only when they put up the offer of $3,500 a month — equivalent to the starting salaries for some fresh university graduates — did they manage to find a Malaysian worker.

And that is after a month-long search. No Singaporean wanted to take up their offer.

The 50-year-old said they used to rely on foreign workers for this position but the pandemic had resulted in many of them returning to their home countries.

There’s also a labour crunch with the easing of Covid-19 rules since March 29 and the tightening of foreign labour policies here.

Few Singaporeans want to do this

Shin Min Daily News also reported that some F&B businesses have resorted to offering salaries of up to $4,000 a month for dishwashers and $3,000 in bonuses to attract staff.

One F&B operator told Shin Min Daily News that they are offering a base salary of $2,600 with a hiring bonus of $2,000.

“We also provide a performance bonus of up to $1,000 a month, but even then we’re still facing a shortage of staff,” said the owner.

Read the rest here:

https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/no-takers-dishwasher-job-until-singapore-restaurant-offers-3500-monthly-salary

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No, as of May 26, 2022, neither Malaysia nor Singapore has any case of monkeypox!

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The TikTok video going around is 3 years old. It is taken from a CNA video.

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In Singapore, Hougang man is said to ‘terrorise’ neighbours by constantly banging on his apartment walls. For 11 years

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All names have been changed

Faye recalls the Wednesday afternoon on 6 February 2013 when she was spat on by Shi-jie’s mother as she was walking past the unit to get home. “It was the first time I was spat on during this long dispute. Previously, apart from the noise Shi-jie inflicts, his mother would just stand by the door and hurl vulgarities at me.” Faye was 19 years old then.

Still, that would not be the only time when Shi-jie’s mother would assault Faye in this fashion. It would happen again three years later, almost to the date of the first incident, on 17 February 2016 at 10 p.m. Faye was on the way back to her university dorm when Shi-jie’s mother spat at her while she was waiting for the lift, rounding up the assault with a string of colourful expletives. 

“I didn’t make a police report this time around because I was too shocked by what had happened and, having just come back from a university exchange, was in a rush to go back to school,” she wrote in a 27-page document compiled in 2016 on her mother’s behalf to the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT). 

The evidentiary tome was submitted in support of a claim filed by Faye against her neighbour, 41-year-old Shi-jie, and his mother, who has been inflicting noise nuisance, verbal assaults, and outright harassment on Faye and her family since 2011. 

It’s a story that spans over a decade from when Faye was a teenager taking her ‘O’ level exams through to her undergraduate studies at NUS, and now as a working adult at 28 years old. 
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The intense banging Shi-jie inflicts on the block occurs every night, set to a predetermined, almost predictable schedule that lasts until the wee hours of the morning. Only when he’s away at work as an employee of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces or out running errands would the neighbourhood enjoy some peace.
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There’s a pattern to his banging—ten rapid successions of thuds, ending with one definitive hit that brings the etude to a close—that seldom deviates.

On weekends, the banging knows no concept of time, as Shi-jie bangs throughout the day, pausing at 7 p.m. when he would make his way out of the home. He would then come back, as always, at 1 a.m., and the banging resumes. 
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At the floor of Shi-jie’s and Faye’s units, I saw neighbour after neighbour gesturing and pointing the Shi-jie’s flat out to me every time the hammering started. As if to say, “This is the unit you’re looking for. It’s this one.” 

Then, I saw Mr E from the 8th floor, a resident of the block for five years, dressed in blue T-shirt and shorts, appear at the end of the corridor, his ears craning to know where the noise was coming from.

I gestured to Shi-jie’s unit, which then saw us taking up station outside the flat’s bedroom, its windows half drawn, the thick and suffocating smell of chlorine wafting past our N95 masks. I’ll explain the chlorine smell later.

“I’ve been hearing this for five years already,” Mr E shared. “Every night, I hear it, and I’ve endured it throughout. But this is the first time I decided to come up.”
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The 22 police reports

To date, Faye and her mother have filed 22 police reports against Shi-jie and his mother. The earliest documented was in 2011, with the latest one being filed in 2021. Many others exist, though these were not kept or adequately documented. 

https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/singapore/11-years-of-noise-terror-how-one-man-holds-a-hougang-block-hostage/ar-AAXBA1z?ocid=ob-tw-ensg-489

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https://www.malaymail.com/news/life/2022/05/26/singapore-man-terrorises-neighbours-by-constantly-banging-on-his-apartment-walls-for-11-years-video/8924

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