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Heart Conditions, Brain Inflammation and RSV Show Potential Links to COVID-19 Shots

Studies are showing potential connections between the mRNA injections and a growing set of adverse events – including inflammation of the brain, which led a patient to attempt to eat a plastic plate.

The link between COVID-19 vaccines and heart conditions seems to be clearly established now. As previously reported by The Florida Standard, a Swedish Public Health Agency study found that both myocarditis and pericarditis risk was elevated for individuals injected with mRNA therapies.  

Now, research also suggests that other conditions – such as brain inflammations and an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in children – may be linked to the COVID-19 shots.


Looking at studies that investigate the connection between COVID-19, mRNA vaccines and heart conditions, the conclusions drawn are contradictory. An Oxford University study from August 2022 concludes that: “Myocarditis is more common after severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection than after COVID-19 vaccination, but the risks in younger people and after sequential vaccine doses are less certain.”

But the sample and method in this study seem less reliable, since there is no unvaccinated control group. Instead, the research relies on whether a vaccinated individual has tested positive or not for COVID-19.

When we know that it is a common occurrence that vaccinated individuals fall ill with COVID-19 and/or test positive for the virus, what is the cause and effect in this case becomes blurry.


As opposed to the Oxford University research mentioned above, a large Israeli peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine refutes any connection between COVID-19, including what has become known as “long COVID” – and myocarditis as well as pericarditis:

“Post COVID-19 infection was not associated with either myocarditis (aHR 1.08; 95% CI 0.45 to 2.56) or pericarditis (aHR 0.53; 95% CI 0.25 to 1.13). We did not observe an increased incidence of neither pericarditis nor myocarditis in adult patients recovering from COVID-19 infection,” the authors write.

Dr. Jeff Barke, a California physician who has been outspoken against the mRNA shots, agrees with the conclusions of the Israeli study. He says that there is no basis whatsoever for the argument that the COVID-19 virus itself causes heart conditions. Instead, he blames the injections.

“The argument goes that yes, the COVID vaccines are related to heart inflammation – but so is COVID infection – as a matter of fact, they say that COVID infection causes more heart disease than the injections. And that’s pure BS,” Dr. Barke told The Florida Standard.


Another study, this one published in the medical journal Vaccine, looks at the connection between adverse outcomes and mRNA injections using an early warning rapid surveillance system in three large commercial insurance databases. The data includes more than 16 million vaccinated individuals in the United States.

“Consistent with published literature, our near-real time monitoring of 17 adverse outcomes following COVID-19 vaccinations identified signals for myocarditis/pericarditis and anaphylaxis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations. The method is intended for early detection of safety signals, and results do not imply a causal effect,” the authors state. “The results showed an elevated risk of myocarditis/pericarditis following COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, and the highest risk was observed in males aged 18–25 years.”


Digging into the other adverse events noted in the above-mentioned study, investigative journalist Alex Berenson highlights the elevated risk of brain inflammations after mRNA injection – something that has not been previously reported on or publicly discussed:

“People who received the Pfizer jab or booster had a 40 to 70 percent higher chance over the next six weeks of encephalitis or encephalomyelitis. The Moderna jab carried an even higher risk after the second primary dose or a booster,” he writes.

Berenson says that the authors of the study are playing down its significance: “Though the finding was published in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine, it has received little attention - in part because the authors presented the findings in a way that made them seem less statistically robust than they were.”

Reports of encephalitis have been filed by doctors in multiple countries, including the United States. A peer-reviewed case report from physicians at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey describes a 75-year-old man who had a severe reaction after the Moderna bivalent booster:

“On the next day, he had abrupt behavioral changes where he started to attempt eating a disposable plastic plate, having poor attention, urinating in a public place and abrupt onset of aphasia. His past medical history was remarkable only for coronary artery disease, hypertension, and diabetes. No prior COVID-19 infection was reported,” the doctors state.

They conclude that “The safety profile of these vaccines needs continuous monitoring. Hence, post-marketing pharmacovigilance remains of vital importance to establish an accurate safety profile of COVID-19 vaccines.”


The Informed Consent Action Network reports that an increased incidence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) were observed in children who participated in Moderna’s trial for their pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. The organization’s attorneys have sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), requesting the percentage of children who tested positive for RSV and who had received a COVID-19 vaccine prior to their RSV diagnosis

According to the Mayo Clinic, RSV is a common virus – so common, that most children have been infected with it at age 2. Symptoms are mostly mild, and the CDC states that most RSV infections go away on their own in a week or two.

On November 4, the CDC published a health advisory stating that their surveillance “[…] has shown an increase in RSV detections and RSV-associated emergency department visits and hospitalizations in all but two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions (regions 4 and 6), with some regions already near the seasonal peak levels typically observed in December or January.”


The CDC’s recommendation for healthcare providers is to make sure that children are vaccinated and boosted. Dr. Jeff Barke strongly opposes this. He considers the lockdowns and social distancing over the past three years as the culprits for the spike in RSV infections.

“It’s true that RSV is at high levels right now, and the reason is simple. Keeping kids isolated for two years, closing down schools and not letting them socialize – these things de-condition their immune systems. So now they’re being exposed to a normal respiratory season of flu, RSV, cold viruses – all the regular stuff that comes around this time of year – and their immune systems are not prepared for it,” Dr. Barke says.

In addition to that, Dr. Barke says that the mRNA injections contribute to compromising people’s immune systems.

“I’ve seen patients who have been boosted multiple times – as a result they’re now getting sick, their colds are lasting longer, their immune systems are not working properly.”


Injecting children with the mRNA shots is a very bad idea, Dr. Barke argues.

“There is no risk of healthy kids dying from COVID-19. According to the CDC, there are about 1,500 total deaths in the age group from 0 to 18 years old. If you look at the individual data, every single one of those had significant comorbidities, like cancer and diabetes. Healthy kids are not at risk,” according to Dr. Barke.

“My opinion is that under no circumstances should a healthy child receive this vaccine. Why would we vaccinate kids against a disease they’re not at risk from? And there are no long-term safety studies, especially as it relates to children,” Dr. Barke says. “These vaccines are neither safe nor effective.”