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The Inquirer is one of the biggest daily newspapers by circulation in The Philippines, and is one of the most visited news websites in the country.

Here is a reprint of their article written by Rafael Castillo M.D. and published on 27th June 2022.

A senior citizen lines up for her second COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Data suggests sudden adult death syndrome due to vaccines

By: Rafael Castillo-M.D. Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:21 PM June 27, 2022

From time to time, our commentaries stir up a hornet’s nest in our readers and in several health-oriented Viber groups.

We wrote of the recent phenomenon of increased incidence of sudden unexpected deaths in healthy adults and those with previously stable medical conditions, and many physicians and health experts are now questioning the government’s continued campaign for anti-COVID vaccination and boostering. This is despite the unresolved question linking the vaccines to heart and other serious complications.

Dr. Benny Tiangco, one of the country’s top experts on medicolegal issues, echoed the concerns on seniors suffering from heart attacks getting second booster jabs.

Vaccine-related injuries

He wrote: “I’ve been hearing such (sudden or unexpected adult deaths) but mostly from non-MDs so I took them with a grain of salt. Kaso medyo marami-rami na ngayon (The problem is that the cases are increasing).

“The concern is that many seniors who have cardiac comorbidities (previous heart attack, ischemic heart, myopathies, etc.) are the ones targeted for the never-ending boosters.

“I’m no anti-vaxxer, but this proclivity fomented by government and industry for never-ending booster shots is akin to a scam of the highest order. We’re selling short our innate natural immunity. Who knows, the long-COVID effect may wreak havoc on the heart and other organ systems. I pray no analogous post ‘thalidomide-like’ effect happens with these vaccines.”

Thalidomide was a popularly prescribed drug for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women in the late 1950s to early 1960s, only to be found out later to be the cause of severe birth defects in thousands of children.

The head of the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDCPh) working group researching on various vaccine-related injuries, and who goes by the name of SuperSally 888 in her newsletter (, explained in her rejoinder why she believes the anti-COVID vaccines have a strong link with these unexpected deaths.

SuperSally 888 wrote: “Thank you for raising this topic in an environment that doesn’t countenance any COVID-19 vaccine narrative outside that of the safe, effective and necessary for everyone.

“My first reaction upon reading your statement that no one can say for sure that SADS (sudden adult death syndrome) is vaccine-related, was that, of course, we can say it is linked! Maybe not in all cases, but in many; we only need to look for a plausible biological mechanism and time frame.

“In medicine and forensics, if you don’t look in the right place, the right way at the evidence, you will not find anything. Young healthy people do not just die unexpectedly, there is always a cause! It just needs to be found.

“Cardiac experts say sudden deaths in otherwise healthy people must be assumed to be due to cardiac arrhythmia unless proven otherwise and should be properly investigated as such. Thus, more correctly, SADS must be referred to as sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

“A gross examination of a heart and its surrounding blood vessels will not reveal the biochemical and microscopic abnormalities that could have triggered an electrical failure and resulted in sudden death; a more detailed analysis is needed. There is a plausible biological mechanism for cardiac injury. The spike protein is now known to be the pathogenic (disease-causing) component of the COVID-19 virus.

Excess mortality

“Among other impacts, it has strong affinity for ACE2 receptors, which are abundant in the heart, particularly those of younger people, athletes and boys. While the spike protein from natural COVID-19 infection does cause illness, it is typically cleared rapidly, though some cases of ‘long COVID’ do occur.

“The spike protein was selected as the target for vaccine-generated immunity and was modified to be more stable to give time for an anti spike immune response to be generated.

“Japanese biodistribution studies have shown that the mRNA lipid nanoparticles distribute rapidly to all cells, including the heart. The vaccine-induced spike production is sustained for as long as researchers have looked.

“If heart muscle cells are co-opted to spike protein production, not only is their normal function disrupted, but they will be targeted for destruction by the immune system and ultimately replaced by scar tissue which does not conduct electricity.

“Dr. Peter A. McCullough, a world-leading cardiologist, has described the mechanisms of electrical disruption and cardiac death, and recently other experts have described and presented histological evidence of cardiac amyloidosis, which can be fatal, following COVID-19 vaccination.

“There’s a plausible time scale. Prior to 2021, year-on-year population death rates were typically very stable with minimal percent changes over time. Suddenly in 2021 there was mass unprecedented excess mortality in countries concurrent with their vaccine roll-out.

“Prior to 2021, sudden and unexplained deaths in young, healthy adolescents and adults were vanishingly rare. Now in 2021 and 2022, there are many cases being reported in sports people and celebrities, and surely far more unreported in regular folks.

“There were no excess deaths in 2020 in the Philippines. There were no excess respiratory deaths, which plummeted in March of 2020 and only returned to normal range when COVID-19 deaths were included in 2020 … the first year of lockdown was effectively a control year for 2021 and the vaccine rollout.

Vital statistics

“In 2021, excess deaths (an astounding 40 percent) started in March, exactly concurrent with the start of vaccine rollout and soared as the year progressed … Nothing else happened in March except the vaccine rollout. Nothing else accelerated in 2021, except the vaccine rollout! Deaths increased with increasing doses. If excess deaths are divided by the vaccine doses delivered for 2021, there are about 19 excess deaths per 10,000 doses of vaccine.

“Central Visayas, Region VII, presents an interesting case … They were slow and delayed in vaccine rollouts, their spikes in excess deaths were also delayed and did not start until June 2021.

“I am sure such findings could be replicated on a by-region basis with the start of excess deaths always matching the start of the vaccine rollout! What else will it take to prove a temporal link?

“Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) has not yet released vital statistics with age breakdown for 2021 so we cannot see the age groups contributing to the excess deaths. PSA has also not released sufficient data for 2022 to see if trends of excess deaths continue. PSA data has never been so important as now in the middle of this population experiment! I pray they will release accurate and timely data.

“All these data should raise a very high suspicion that the excess deaths, of which SADS cases are part, are due to the COVID-19 vaccines. It is not premature to link these deaths with the vaccines, it is already time!

“I agree with you, Dr. Castillo, and the CDCPh doctors that an immediate halt of vaccine rollout, and a thorough investigation is called for.”

Next week, we’ll print the informative and insightful rejoinders of Dr. Marivic Villa, the current CDCPh president who is based in Florida, USA, and Dr. Homer Lim, the immediate past president of CDCPh. The original article is available here:


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