A Fine Balance © Nina Otulakowski February 2022
Brianne Dressen‘s case below is the first of 10 clinical scenarios which will be laid out on Cause and Effect over the next few weeks. The credentials of those interviewing Bri and others can also be found there, along this week with Maddie De Garay’s case.
The publication of these cases challenges anyone who thinks the vaccines cannot cause a problem to accept that in these instances they have caused problems. If you don’t think they have caused a problem, there is an invitation to interview the people here, in this case Bri, and see if you can spot a more plausible way to explain what has happened.
To take up this challenge, you must be prepared to have your name and your credentials to undertake an assessment made public along with a recording of your examination and your report. Names and running the experiment in front of people are key elements of the scientific process.
Clearly there are many ways all cases could be explained, but cause and effect requires us to make a decision as to the likeliest way a jury would opt to explain what we are seeing. We may have a personal opinion about a possible explanation (Bri Dressen is an actress hired by Healy for some strange purpose – or vice versa) and we might end up being right but based on the evidence in front of us at this point in time – what do you think most people would likely say.
Brianne Dressen was interviewed by David Healy (see credentials) in October 2021 and made her medical records available. The report done on her comes very close to what is laid out below. She has been contacted since to update her condition.
Brianne Dressen was a participant in a trial of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, variously called AZD1222 (ChAdOx1) and now Vaxzevria or Covishield. The trial had been suspended in early September 2020 for review of several problematic events. These included cases of possible transverse myelitis. When the trial resumed in November, Bri was one of the first to enroll in a US centre.
She has no prior medical history that appears pertinent to her reaction to the vaccine. She has hypothyroidism for which she takes Armour.
Within an hour of injection, she developed tingling in her arm. After 3-4 hours her vision became blurred and doubled vertically so that she might see one TV set on top of another. This lasted 6 months. She developed tinnitus and her hearing was distorted.
The following morning, she had a drop leg and was walking into things on her left side.
She had hyperacusis and photophobia, which were marked in school, making work impossible. She took to wearing dark sunglasses and earmuffs. The sensitivities made it difficult to brush her teeth.
She had diarrhea.
She went to the ER where she was told her leg problem was probably M.S. but brain scans and lumbar punctures came back normal.
A high heart rate, 200 bpm, led to a diagnosis of anxiety, and of a nervous breakdown.
Another early diagnostic option was that she had Covid. In the early period she had 12 separate tests for Covid all of which were negative.
Informed of her loss of function in her legs up to her waist, linked to urinary incontinence, a neurological nurse, suggested this was Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).
She also returned to the Astra-Zeneca clinical trial center where she was told she had been on the vaccine and that she was advised against having a second shot. This is an admission of causality. She was dropped from the trial. She had no further follow-ups from Astra-Zeneca, who according to the trial protocol were supposed to be monitoring her for a further 730 days.
Bri has since developed an intense internal vibration effect that appears to overlap with what SSRI users refer to as brain zaps except in her case and that of others post vaccination the phenomenon has been constant. Many of those with this problem say it is distressing enough to lead to suicide and they know others who have had this problem and taken their own lives.
She developed cogwheeling on moving her arms and legs, a problem others report
She has panic attacks or as she sees it chemical dumps – out of the blue fight or flight responses. This is not normal anxiety in her opinion but rather the effect of physiological disruption. It is also consistent with a postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), diagnosed on Tilt Table testing.
As part of her investigations, she had a lumbar puncture and had a CSF leak after this. Others reported leaks also which hints at a toxic effect that makes membranes leaky. It took 3 blood patches to seal Bri’s leak.
She lost weight and had muscle wasting. She has consistent pins and needles in her feet and hands.
Among the stranger effects was a sense of loss of connection to people. Cognitively she knew these were her children, and dog, but emotionally the connection was not there.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recruited her and others for research on these injuries and diagnosed her as having Short Term Memory loss as well as sensory neuropathy in her hands and non-length dependent sensory neuropathy.
NIH have recommended intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) treatment for her, which produces a significant if temporary benefit. On IVIg her high heart rate, up to double her previously normal rate, slows back down to normal, increasing again as the IVIg wears off.
As noted above, Astra-Zeneca have implicitly acknowledged a vaccine induced problem.
Aside from this, her local doctors, ERs and others she has contacted have been unwilling to engage with the problem other than to label her as having nervous problems. The services have recommended, and she has tried high dose steroids, which did not help.
She has also been given a full range of antidepressants and anticonvulsants, none of which helped. She subsequently saw a psychiatrist who discounted these treatments saying she is reacting normally to an abnormal physiological state.
Soon after the vaccine, Bri’s aldosterone dropped to zero. Her Thyroid Stimulating Hormone level rose dramatically. She had a highly elevated neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio.
Tests at NIH and elsewhere include:
- A Positive EMG test suggesting non-length dependence peripheral neuropathy.
- A positive Q-Sweat test.
- A positive Tilt Test supportive of a POTs diagnosis (hyperadrenergic type)
On a balance of probabilities, the most reasonable diagnosis for Brianne is one of Post Vaccine Polyneuritic syndrome.
There appear to be peripheral and central nervous system features to her condition, but the peripheral sensory and neurological effects are the primary driver.
It is not clear what the outcome will be. Like everyone else Bri has faced huge bills – over $300, 000 which would have spelt financial ruin had she not been able to engage her insurers.
There is some hope that treatments like IVIg and monoclonal antibodies like Regeneron may offer some benefits, but they need to be taken regularly. They do not fix the problem. If she stops, or misses, IVIg the full set of prior problems comes roaring back. This treatment is a holding measure.
Cause and Effect
There is no obvious alternate explanation for Bri’s problems other than they are vaccine induced.
There is a tight temporal link to the vaccine. It is not necessary for effects to be closely linked in time to a cause, but ordinarily the closer in time the easier to make a case.
In Bri’s case, there are no obvious contributory factors. If she had prior auto-immune difficulties or was on a drug linked to auto-immune problems, these might be viewed as making her reaction more likely but, even then, the vaccine would be the cause – in that without getting it she would not now have the problems she has.
Her pattern of problems points to a toxicity. She has cardiac, metabolic, neurological and other effects. Multi-system problems point to a toxicity.
A shifting pattern of problems, with doctors diagnosing transverse myelitis at one point, Guillain-Barré Syndrome at another, along with neurological symptoms that fit neither of these diagnoses, also points to toxicity.
In recent decades, doctors have become increasingly poor at diagnosing toxic effects from drugs, or vaccines. Their difficulties link to increasing specialism which militates against seeing patterns that cross specialisms, as toxicities typically do. Medical difficulties with toxicity also link to pharmaceutical company concealment of harms data.
Bri clearly has test results consistent with physical damage and she has a number of doctors conceding a link to the vaccine even if none are prepared to go public about this because of their fear of reprisals.
Given the failure of doctors to show backbone, both social media like Facebook and mainstream media have accused her and others similarly injured of peddling misinformation and have refused to report the evident toxicity they have. Just as doctors should show backbone, journalists should too. Faced with someone willing to go on the record, if journalists can find no other way to explain her problems, the failure of journalists to question the CDC, FDA, politicians and others is not just a significant failure but involves people whose brief is to speak truth to power kicking fellow citizens when they need help instead kicking those who should be kicked.
Journalists should not take support from the Pope and Political leaders as a substitute for doing their job when faced with something as Evident as this.
Given that no-one has the nerve to make the obvious diagnosis of vaccine induced toxicity, there is no research aimed at establishing tests that could help make consistent diagnoses and support research into what is happening and what could be done to prevent, minimize, or treat these problems.
When Astra-Zeneca published their trial in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Bri noted that they declared that there were no serious vaccine related events in those who had stayed in the trial. They appeared to be hiding her injuries by claiming she had withdrawn from the trial.
She wrote to the New England Journal of Misinformation to put the record straight. See the video at Dressen below. This correspondence should shatter anyone’s faith in the integrity of our major journals. In brief, whether NEJM are scared of pharma, or in hoc to them, they cannot claim to be engaged in or following science and seem not even to know the meaning of the word.
Bri and others have set up react19.org which is a center for patient led research on Covid 19. Many of the patients helping here are doctors or nurses themselves affected.