TOTAL RECALL: Will FDA recall mRNA vaccines now that millions are injured and dead, or does that logic only apply to contaminated food?

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(Natural News) Pfizer-Gate is well under way in America, and rather than recalling all the mRNA “vaccines” that are injuring and killing hundreds of millions of Americans, the FDA and CDC are pushing for every child to get the deadly jabs instead. No recalls. No apologies. There should be a total recall of ALL mRNA jabs, now that Dr. Robert Malone, the creator of the technology, has blown the whistle and called out that the dangers FAR outweigh any benefits, if any at all.

How ironic that the FDA and USDA act like they care about the health and welfare of Americans, when they recall some meat or peanut butter for contamination, but do nothing about the defective and deadly Covid-19 gene mutation injections.

In fact, just this last April (2022), the USDA recalled 120,000 pounds of ground beef over E. coli concerns, after the beef was shipped to stores all across the nation. Yes, Lakeside Refrigerated Services out of New Jersey recalled beef (EST. 46841) that is in hundreds of different products, including beef patties and ground beef packages, sold across America, in order to protect Americans from getting sick, hospitalized, and possibly dying (also so the company won’t get sued for millions and bankrupted).

Also this year, in May, the FDA and CDC worked in tandem to recall J.M. Smucker’s peanut butter that was linked to salmonella outbreaks across multiple US states. Infections were linked to specific Jif products produced by J.M. Smucker in Lexington, Kentucky. The FDA went so far as to conduct WGS analysis (whole genome sequencing) on a sample of the contaminated peanut butter to try to contain the outbreak of salmonella (lot #’s 1274425 – 2140425).

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In other words, the highly corrupt FDA and CDC recall peanut butter if there’s ONE person sick from E. coli, or how onions or spinach get recalled, or BEEF, if just a few people get sick. Yet with vaccines, over a million Americans are DEAD, with millions injured, and no recall.

The time is now to recall all mRNA “vaccines” due to safety concerns regarding vascular clots, cancer, miscarriages, myocarditis, pericarditis, and millions of cases of SADS

Sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) is striking even the most healthy people in America, just days after being Covid-vaccinated with mRNA technology. There’s an elephant in the room, and the AMA, FDA and CDC have forbid any medical doctors, coroners, pediatricians, immunologists, obstetricians, and oncologists from saying a single word about it, ever.

Now that the CDC has added the deadly clot shots to the childhood vaccination schedule, we will surely witness an massive influx of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), not to be confused with shaken baby syndrome. Still, no talk of recalls for the deadly so-called Fauci Flu jabs, just more push to mandate the jabs for every child in the country.

It’s not a virus pandemic but a vaccine pandemic. It’s a vaccine holocaust, and not one single news reporter is talking about the need for the FDA and CDC to recall these contaminated and deadly jabs. It’s as absurd as if the country was influenced to eat MORE E. salmonella-contaminated peanut butter and suck down more E.coli-infested ground beef, instead of recalling it all.

Should the contaminated peanut butter and infected meat be RECOMMENDED by the FDA and CDC for consumption for all American children? Will that help them ‘build immunity’ to the viruses and bacteria? Certainly the Covid clot shots are doing more damage than good, so the claim of “safe and effective” has been completely debunked and obliterated. It must be that Pfizer and Moderna don’t care how many humans are gravely injured or killed by their clot shots because they can never be sued, thanks to Congress. No wonder there are NO vaccine recalls. Take that into careful consideration.

Bookmark Vaccines.news to your favorite independent websites for updates on experimental “vaccines” that cause blood clots, myocarditis and severe, chronic inflammation.

Sources for this article include:

Pandemic.news

NaturalNews.com

FSIS.USDA.gov

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Pfizer's Paxlovid antiviral drug for COVID-19 linked to blood clots

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(Natural News) Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral medication, which is meant to treat Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, has been linked to cases of blood clots. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first authorized Paxlovid, a combination of the two antiviral medications nirmatrelvir and ritonavir in December 2021.

But these two drugs have significant risks of their own, with ritonavir alone potentially causing serious, life-threatening side effects such as inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), heart rhythm problems, severe skin rash, allergic reactions and liver problems. Ritonavir may also reduce the effectiveness of oral hormonal contraceptives. Furthermore, animal studies on the antiviral drug also suggested that it could elevate the risk of cancer at high doses.

Still, the orally-taken Paxlovid was permitted “for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients aged 12 years and older weighing at least 40 kg, with a positive SARS-CoV-2 test [and] who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19.”

But a study published October 2022 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed another risk. It warned that the use of Paxlovid “with medications commonly used to manage cardiovascular conditions can potentially cause significant drug-drug interactions and may lead to severe adverse effects.”

Moreover, the Daily Mail showed other potential risks when Paxlovid is taken with other drugs for cardiovascular conditions, citing papers from U.S. institutions.

“Paxlovid can cause serious health problems when coupled with common heart disease medications. The COVID-19 drug can increase the risk of developing blood clots when taken with blood thinners. It can also cause an irregular heartbeat when combined with drugs for heart pain and, when taken alongside statins [to address blood cholesterol levels], can be toxic to the liver,” the outlet reported.

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Incidentally, Paxlovid is not the first COVID-19 product from the New York-based drug firm linked to blood clots. Its COVID-19 vaccine, developed in partnership with German company BioNTech, was also linked to these clots. (Related: Israeli study links Pfizer vaccine to deadly blood disease that causes blood clots.)

Biden stopped taking cardiovascular drugs when he began Paxlovid

Dr. Dan Barouch of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston explained: “Ritonavir is a nonspecific drug that inhibits metabolism and increases the dose of the other drug [nirmatrelvir]. But the ritonavir in Paxlovid also can inhibit the metabolism of other drugs.”

“You have to be really careful when you prescribe Paxlovid for people who are on certain blood thinners, cardiac medications, statins and other drugs. So it’s not just a free pass.”

One clear case of Barouch’s example was President Joe Biden himself, who contracted COVID-19 in July and took a course of Paxlovid to address his infection.

The 79-year-old leader had been taking a statin and a drug to prevent stroke prior to contracting the pathogen. Given this, White House Chief Physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor temporarily stopped Biden from taking the two drugs while the latter was taking Paxlovid.

Biden also fell victim to the most notable risk linked to Paxlovid – the so-called “rebound infection.”

An Aug. 2 memorandum by O’Connor said Biden experienced a rebound infection on July 30 – prompting a return to isolation. O’Connor also noted that Biden’s antigen test on the morning of Aug. 2 returned a positive result.

“[Biden] continues to feel well, though he is experiencing a bit of a return of a loose cough,” he wrote. Following the rebound infection, the White House chief physician did not recommend another round of Paxlovid treatment to the president.

DangerousMedicine.com has more stories about the risks linked to Pfizer’s antiviral drug Paxlovid.

Watch Jefferey Jaxen and Del Bigtree discuss Paxlovid’s risks when taken with cardiovascular drugs on “The HighWire.”

This video is from the Scriptural Scrutiny channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

FDA admits Pfizer antiviral oral drug paxlovid causes life-threatening reactions when taken with common medicines.

Pfizer’s new Paxlovid antiviral drug being pushed in place of ivermectin is linked to “severe adverse effects.”

Pfizer CEO expects more people will need COVID pills in future, essentially admitting vaccines don’t work.

Scientists warn that mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna are causing BLOOD CLOTS.

Biden still promoting Paxlovid despite the drug causing his rebound COVID-19 infection.

Sources include:

NaturalHealth365.com

JACC.org

DailyMail.co.uk

WhiteHouse.gov [PDF]

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Milking the cash cow: Pfizer plans to sell mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at 10,000% markup in 2023

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(Natural News) Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer plans to sell its mRNA vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) at a 10,000 percent markup in 2023.

A report by Quartz elaborated on the vaccine maker’s plan to jack up prices of its experimental injection. Initially, the first 100 million doses of BNT162b2 were purchased for around $20 a dose. This price was made possible due to the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, which invested $1.95 billion to kick-start the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The remaining 500 million doses were purchased for around $30 each, and Pfizer has sold subsequent doses for that price. However, the New York-based drug company announced on Oct. 20 that it will increase the price of BNT162b2 between $110 and $130 per dose.

This equated to about four times the vaccine’s current selling price, and 100 times its estimated cost of production. Quoting the advocacy group People’s Vaccine Alliance, Quartz pointed out that it costs Pfizer around $1.18 to produce a dose of its COVID-19 vaccine. (Related: How Pfizer profited from the pandemic.)

This essentially meant that Pfizer planned to sell its vaccine at a 10,000 percent markup over its manufacturing cost. The Big Pharma firm even justified its planned price hike in an email to the outlet.

“There are key differences between an emergency and traditional model that increase the costs of making and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine,” the company said. Such costs, it added, include the vaccine’s distribution through multiple channels and payers. Moreover, Pfizer cited the production of single-vial doses – which can be up to three times more expensive than the regular process and incur higher transportation costs.

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Igor Chudov commented on the development in an Oct. 24 piece on his Substack.

“Most of each dose of Pfizer’s ‘COVID vaccine’ is cheap stuff like water, polyethylene glycol and other chemicals. The actual active ingredient is the mRNA nanoparticles, and those are given at 30 micrograms (mcg) per dose,” he wrote.

Chudov then divided the $130 price increase with the 30 mcg (0.000030) of mRNA particles in each dose, coming up with a total of $4.33 million.

“So Pfizer is selling us their gene juice for over $4.33 million per gram. A pound (454 grams) of Pfizer’s mRNA nanoparticles would cost $2 billion, while the cost of making that … is under one percent of the price.”

Pfizer increasing prices of an injection that doesn’t even work at all

Chudov continued: “We all know that Pfizer likes to ‘move at the speed of science.’ Nowhere is the ‘speed of science’ more pronounced than in raising prices for its products. The business plan here, of course, is to keep as many vaccine mandates as possible and have health insurers cover the cost of increasingly frequent vaccinations, child vaccinations, etc.”

He cited the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the new COVID-19 bivalent boosters. According to the national public health agency, people aged 12 years old and up need to be injected with the bivalent booster at least two months after completing their two-dose primary shots.

For those who were earlier injected with a monovalent booster, the CDC recommended a gap of at least two months before getting the bivalent booster.

However, Chudov remarked that CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky – who received the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose – tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. “Walensky is, of course, [vaccinated] to the max and is thankful for all the shots she received,” he said.

In a statement, the CDC said Walensky “is experiencing mild symptoms” after testing positive on Oct. 21. The agency added that the CDC director is isolating at home and plans to participate in meetings virtually.

Head over to PharmaceuticalFraud.com for more stories about Pfizer’s price gouging.

Watch this World Is One News report about how Pfizer blackmails nations into purchasing its COVID-19 vaccines at predetermined prices.

This video is from the Vigilent Citizen channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

Omicron hysteria made 8 top Pfizer, Moderna shareholders $10 billion.

‘Unconscionable’: Pfizer, Moderna to rake in combined $93 billion in 2022 COVID vaccine sales.

Pandemic profiteering: Pfizer to earn a whooping $54 billion by year’s end, thanks to COVID-19.

PLAGUE PROFITS: Pfizer executive admits the company wants to profit off vaccines and will soon raise prices.

Pfizer plans to raise prices and profit annually from their experimental vaccines after “pandemic” is rebranded as an “endemic seasonal illness.”

Sources include:

NewsPunch.com

Qz.com

IgorChudov.Substack.com

CBSNews.com

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Kids who develop vaccine-induced myocarditis will be dead in 5 YEARS: Canadian doctor

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(Natural News) A physician from Canada recently warned that children who develop myocarditis – heart muscle inflammation – from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will be dead in five years.

Dr. Chris Alan Shoemaker, who has more than 45 years experience in medicine, issued the chilling warning during an interview with Ben Armstrong of the New American. The licensed physician also pointed out that 95 percent of people in intensive care units (ICUs) are fully vaccinated because the injections damaged their immune systems. Clearly, the COVID-19 shots do more harm than good.

“The vaccinated have been harmed,” said Shoemaker. “In the last eight months, 95 percent of the people in the ICU are fully vaccinated. Their immune systems are harmed. Stop harming your immune systems; you are only going to perpetuate this pandemic.”

To back up his claim, Shoemaker cited a report from the U.K. Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS report said that in the first eight months of vaccination, children injected with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had a 5,200 percent higher chance of dying than unvaccinated ones.

“Your 10- to 14-year-old is now, by proven statistics out of the United Kingdom, 100 times more likely to die in the following six months than a non-vaccinated child,” he said, calling the findings a “horrible number.”

According to the doctor, the toxicity of the COVID-19 vaccine “is 100 times worse than getting the virus.” He elaborated that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein used in the shot goes “straight into your bloodstream, into your bone marrow, brain, myocardium, ovaries and testicles” – where it causes serious damage.

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Shoemaker also denounced the COVID-19 vaccines during a public event in the city of London in Canada’s Ontario province back in September.

“Keep your needles out of the shoulders of our children,” he remarked. “The medical facts on this are beyond dispute. Children are given zero help by these vaccines – it kills two out of every 1,000 [children] within a year.”

“Do you want your child to be one of those two who will die?”

Shoemaker urges Ottawa to HALT injecting kids with the poison shot

During his interview with Armstrong, Shoemaker cited South Africa as an example of a country with minimal COVID-19 cases even though its vaccination rate is only six percent. Highly-vaccinated countries such as Israel and New Zealand, meanwhile, are reporting high levels of infection.

He also mentioned his home country of Canada, where the COVID-19 shots killed 38 doctors in a span of 40 days. All the doctors who passed away were younger than 50.

“Many of them died within 10 days of their fourth jab,” Shoemaker pointed out. “They were just following the rules. They were good people.” (Related: String of deaths among young Canadian doctors prompts call to end COVID-19 vaccine mandate.)

During the September 2022 Ontario event, he touched on the dangers of the vaccine to pregnant women. The doctor also zeroed in on the health risks that come with every injection such as myocarditis, sudden adult death syndrome and more.

“They’re lethal to people, both in the short term and long term.”

Shoemaker urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford to ban the COVID-19 vaccines in the country, following the example of Denmark.

“I have to say to our premier Mr. Ford and to our prime minister Mr. Trudeau: Please make these vaccinations banned in Canada just like they’ve been banned in Denmark,” he said. “You are killing children in Canada by foisting thee vaccinations onto them.”

The doctor also urged his fellow Canadians to push back and resist Ottawa’s propaganda.

“Stop believing in government. They are feeding you a line. They are perpetuating a myth. They are not making you safe.”

Head over to VaccineDamage.news for more about the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Watch Ben Armstrong’s interview with Dr. Chris Alan Shoemaker below.

This video is from The New American channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

After residents were forced to get “vaccinated,” New Zealand saw massive surge in new “positive cases” of covid.

MEDICAL HOLOCAUST against children: Vaccine-induced myocarditis in children has 50% fatality rate in five years.

Canadian doctor warns 50% of kids who got myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines will be DEAD in 5 years.

Israel stands as greatest proof that COVID-19 vaccine experiment is a massive failure.

Covid vaccinations now PROHIBITED in people under 50 in Denmark.

Sources include:

SHTFPlan.com

Expose-News.com

RAIRFoundation.com

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Education Department report shows school shutdowns caused HISTORIC learning losses for students nationwide

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(Natural News) A new report from the Department of Education shows that Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-related shutdowns of schools and other educational institutions caused a historic learning loss for elementary school students.

The Education Department recently released its “National Report Card,” which showed the largest declines in test scores since the federal government began tracking these metrics in 1990. Of the different subjects tested, math scores were hardest hit by the school shutdowns. (Related: School pandemic shutdowns to blame for historic drop in mathematics and reading proficiency scores among American children.)

The tests in the report were administered to nationally representative samples of fourth- and eighth-grade students between January and March.

According to the test results, the math proficiency scores of eighth graders declined by seven percentage points compared to 2019 test scores. For fourth graders, math scores dropped by five points.

The math scores of the fourth graders were “lower than all previous assessment years going back to 2005; the average score was one point higher compared to 2003,” the Education Department wrote in the report. “The average eighth-grade mathematics score declined for most states/jurisdictions as well as for most participating urban districts compared to 2019.”

National average reading scores plummeted by three points nationally compared to 2019 for both fourth- and eighth-grade students. For fourth graders, this score is lower than all previous assessment years going back to 2005. For eighth graders, the reading scores were lower compared to all previous assessments going back to 1998.

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Scores for both fourth- and eighth-graders were not significantly different in comparison to the reading test scores for 1992.

Not a single state was able to improve the math scores of their fourth and eighth graders, though a few states were able to prevent large score decreases.

Test score data show classrooms should never have been shuttered

Previous studies have already documented similar dips in reading and math after certain states and school districts shut down classrooms in favor of online remote learning. But the National Report Card is considered to be the first comprehensive and nationwide accounting of student performance since the onset of the school closures.

Those with more frequent access to a computer, a quiet workspace and extra assistance from teachers were more likely to be high performers among students who were stuck with online learning during the 2020 to 2021 school year, according to data gathered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Among eighth-graders, higher performers reported more participation in real-time video lessons with their teachers compared to their lower-performing peers.

The data further show that test scores dropped most sharply for Black and Hispanic children, and performance gaps between White and Black and Hispanic students have only widened since 2019.

Critics of pandemic-era school shutdowns have pointed to the data and the learning loss suffered by students as proof that schools should never have been closed.

“Classroom closures failed our students and crushed their academic progress,” said Republican Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah. “I introduced the RECOVER Act to fight this learning loss crisis by empowering parents to help get their kids back on track.”

In a written statement, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona described the test results as “appalling,” noting that it should spur the government to act. “We must treat the task of catching our children up in reading and math with the urgency this moment demands,” said Cardona.

Proponents of school shutdowns claim the learning loss is the price that had to be paid to keep people safe during the pandemic.

“This was to be expected,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, former president and director-counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense and Education Fund and a senior fellow at the Ford Foundation. “It was the price for keeping as many teachers, school workers, children, their families alive. Now let’s roll up our sleeves [and] get to work on it. Children suffer learning loss in war zones, from sickness, displacement.”

Learn the latest news about America’s education system at EducationSystem.news.

Watch this clip from Fox News as “Life, Liberty and Levin” host Mark Levin discusses what is actually wrong with the American education system.

This video is from the News Clips channel on Brighteon.com.

More related stories:

Top performing US students to be subjected to radical indoctrination, College Board documents show.

Americans with higher education were MORE likely (and more brainwashed) than those without college degrees to take COVID-19 vaccines.

UC Berkeley pushing students to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask at all times.

MENTAL TORTURE: Nearly half of high school students in America felt “persistently sad or hopeless” during COVID-19 pandemic.

California school districts “phase out” D and F grades in bizarre effort to claim public school pandemic-era students aren’t FAILING.

Sources include:

HeadlineUSA.com

Reuters.com

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Update on Mercola Headquarters

  • The Mercola website was cyberattacked and taken offline September 23, 2022

  • September 28, Category 4 hurricane Ian barreled through Cape Coral, Florida, damaging our headquarters. The White House has described the natural disaster as “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history”

  • October 12, 2022, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion at the Mercola Market in Cape Coral. Local business leaders shared their top concerns and most pressing needs for the rebuilding process

  • Key concerns and requests for aid included addressing the mountains of debris and the widespread supply chain issues that affect construction materials and business equipment

  • Business owners also need financing and emergency bridge loans to cover expenses and meet payroll, as well as rapid construction permits. DeSantis supports temporarily relaxing local codes to allow property owners to place trailers on their properties while rebuilding their main homes. Mental health support services are also needed

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As previously reported, the Mercola website was cyberattacked and taken offline September 23, 2022. The attack also destroyed our email servers. We’d barely begun recovering from that ordeal when Category 4 hurricane Ian barreled through Cape Coral, Florida, on September 28, damaging our headquarters.

The storm ripped off our building’s solar panels, damaging the roof along with them, so there were leaks throughout the building. Winds of 155 mph (just 2 mph short of a Category 5 hurricane) were recorded along with a catastrophic storm surge that rose more than 12 feet above ground level.1

Some areas also received nearly 16 inches of rainfall. A press release from the White House described the natural disaster as “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history.”2

In its wake, millions of Floridians were left without basic necessities like clean drinking water and electricity. During the storm, 99% of Cape Coral lost power,3 and the Sanibel Causeway, a series of bridges that connect Sanibel Island to Florida’s mainland, was destroyed, leaving residents stranded on the island.4

At least 127 people were killed by Hurricane Ian.5 Fortunately, all of our employees remained safe, although some lost vehicles and others lost their homes. October 5, 2022, AFAR magazine published a report on the reality on the ground in the aftermath of hurricane Ian, and how you can help:6

“In the hours and days that followed, we saw the footage from Fort Myers Beach that looked like a bomb scene, shell-shocked locals … surveying the damage …

In Fort Myers Beach, one of places hardest hit by Ian’s wrath, authorities estimate over 80% of the structures will have to be rebuilt, with entire communities having effectively been swept away by the storm surge.

To the north, Pine Island’s roads connecting it to the mainland have also been washed away, leaving the island accessible by boat only (if you can find one that has survived the storm) …

More than 2.5 million people in Florida were without power at the height of the storm-related outages. And some 42,000 linemen — the workers responsible for repairing, maintaining, and installing high-powered electrical lines … are working tirelessly to restore it to communities here, a process that could take weeks or months.

A friend in Naples tells me exhausted linemen with nowhere to sleep or shower are staying in their trucks, and locals are gathering wet wipes and deodorant for them. On Sunday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s office reported that more than 1,600 rescues had been made in Florida so far, with over 1,000 team members dedicated to ongoing search and rescue …

[A] mother, Callie Brown, and her partner who dumped Christmas decorations from plastic storage bins as water rose to their attic and loaded their three-month-old son and cat inside to swim for their lives down what was once their street …”

In addition to the Florida Disaster Fund and United Way Worldwide, local grassroots organizations are also collecting donations to help those most in need.

Examples of the organizations listed in this and other articles7 include Metropolitan Ministries, Collaboratory, the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Captains for Clean Water, All Hands and Hearts and A Voice in the Wilderness Empowerment Center, which has been feeding people left homeless after the hurricane.

As reported by CBC News,8 an estimated 10,000 Floridians are in temporary shelters after the storm destroyed their homes and apartments. Florida already struggled with a housing shortage before the storm, thanks to the influx of people escaping tyranny in other states over the past couple of years.

“The issues of displacement and homelessness were among the top concerns shared by our CEO, Steve Rye, during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ October 12 roundtable discussion, which took place at the Mercola Market in Cape Coral.”

Hurricane Ian took many homes down to their bare foundations, making rebuilding a lengthy process. Volunteers and out-of-state aid workers who are helping in the cleanup and recovery also need places to stay, and in some cases are paying up to three times the normal price for a rental. Residents can’t afford such exorbitant prices, especially as many have also lost their jobs as businesses were wrecked.

Taken together, the situation has become rather untenable. Many have no choice but to relocate, either to another county or another state altogether. The issues of displacement and homelessness — which directly affect some of our own staff members — were among the top concerns shared by our CEO, Steve Rye, during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ October 12 roundtable discussion,9 10 11 which took place at the Mercola Market in Cape Coral. As reported by WKMG ClickOrlando:12

“Accompanying DeSantis at the 2:15 p.m. roundtable were secretaries Dane Eagle of the Department of Economic Opportunity and Melanie Griffin of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. and Laura DiBella, deputy secretary of Enterprise Florida.

The group faced questions from South Floridian residents and business owners keen on hearing the latest state efforts to help their communities bounce back from Ian’s destruction …

On the topic of temporary housing, DeSantis reiterated the recent launch of FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in Florida, with many Floridians in areas hit hard by Ian now eligible for FEMA-funded temporary housing as their own property undergoes repairs or otherwise.”

Robbie Roepstorff, president of Sanibel Island’s Edison National Bank, reviewed the most urgent needs of the local banking industry, which included “securing electrical access, funding commercial restoration of flooded or otherwise damaged banks and keeping employees on a good payroll.”

Roepstorff also suggested the state take action to prevent property owners whose properties have been affected from receiving property tax notices for their now destroyed or nonexistent homes. DeSantis promised accommodations will be made, but didn’t get further into specifics.13

Other concerns and requests for aid raised by local business owners included:14

  • Mountains of debris, making for a generally unsafe environment for residents, in addition to presenting difficulties for the recovery effort

  • Widespread supply chain issues affecting construction materials and business equipment that need to be replaced

  • Lack of business financing and emergency bridge loans to cover expenses and meet payroll

  • Need for more rapid construction permits, as well as labor

  • Need for a temporary relaxing of local codes to allow property owners to place trailers on their properties while rebuilding their main homes — a strategy DeSantis said he supports

  • Need for mental health support services

  • Many residents still do not have power and/or internet restored, which also hampers recovery efforts

DeSantis also received a lot of praise for his quick and robust response to the crisis. As just one example, Marty Harrity, a co-owner of Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, and the Dixie Fish Co., praised the speed with which the state was able to erect a temporary bridge to replace the Sanibel Causeway. “It’s miraculous,” he said. DeSantis agreed, saying “Nobody thought we would be able to do that this soon.”

As reported by The Washington Post,15 the private home insurance market is also caving after the calamity of hurricane Ian, and many homeowners may find themselves facing high out-of-pocket costs to rebuild, or be forced to take their insurer to court:16

“The home-insurance business was in trouble even before Hurricane Ian tore across the state last month. Big insurers were taking their business elsewhere, smaller ones were going broke, costs due to litigation and fraud had soared, and so had premiums.

The private market was pulling back as the risk of weather-related damage mounted, leaving homeowners to buy protection from the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the federal National Flood Insurance Program — or else to go uninsured.

This creaking system could be flattened altogether by Ian. Expect an epidemic of new litigation as insurers and policy holders fight over what destroyed their homes. (Standard policies cover damage from wind but not from flooding.) Costs to private insurers alone could reach $63 billion.

This worsening mess proves, for the umpteenth time, that rebuilding homes and other structures isn’t good enough: The public and private treatment of weather-related risks needs to go back to the drawing board … the current approach discourages responsible choices on what gets built and where.”

The article goes on to review how insurance, hidden state subsidies and mortgage securitization contribute to the problem, and while the Bloomberg editors who penned it are clearly Great Reset supporters, they do make some good points on rebuilding to improve rather than undermine resiliency over time:

“… policy makers owe it to voters to … attend to fundamentals. An approach that prioritizes rebuilding and carrying on as before, rather than reducing risk and improving resilience, is a formula for continually escalating harms …

The government needs to understand how its pre- and post-disaster interventions interact, and get its countless agencies and programs on the same page.

Gather and disseminate location-based information about climate-related risks; use that information to guide infrastructure investment; and so far as politics allows, confront businesses and households with the true costs of their choices.

Curbing subsidies through the federal flood-insurance program is difficult but indispensable. Urge or require property owners in high-risk areas to insure themselves.

Oblige states to cover a bigger share of recovery spending. Condition new federal investment on disaster-planning and mitigation … Help the victims, to be sure. But concentrate as well on ensuring that next time, they’ll be fewer and better prepared.”

These challenges will not be our downfall. On the contrary, they will make us stronger. Any time you stand up to adversity, it strengthens your resiliency, and I’m certain we, as a business, and Florida as a whole, will be better for it in the end. That said, this past month has definitely stretched us thin.

We want to thank everyone who has reached out with concerns and well wishes. Many have also reached out asking how they may assist. The challenges of the past few weeks, from our website being hacked to surviving a Category 4 hurricane, are unlike anything we’ve faced before. We got knocked down, but not for long. We have a lot of rebuilding to do still, but we are back on our feet.

If you’d like to help, the Mercola Market store is up and running and our fulfillment centers are open and able to ship products. So, if you need anything from the Mercola Market, you can support us by shopping there. We do need your help as we continue to support our community in rebuilding homes and businesses.

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