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November 20, 2020


Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

RE: Open Letter to Governor Tim Walz

Dear Governor Tim Walz,

My name is Daniel McDonald, and I am a local resident and small business owner in Albertville.  I am a licensed chiropractor and I have been in private practice for the past thirteen years.  I enjoy my work very much for I get the opportunity to help patients recover their health every day through highly effective holistic and natural means.  Serving the people of Minnesota is my passion and that includes those whose immune systems are challenged by SARS-CoV-2.

I am writing you this letter in the hopes that you will reconsider your  lockdown measures.  I viewed your presentation this past week and I understand why you made the decisions you did.  Based on the numbers presented, it appears that mortality rates caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus are increasing.  The situation we are faced with is dire: businesses are being forced to close, children and parents are unable to continue normal activities, and health care workers are stressed to the limit.  I would like to offer you a refreshing charitable perspective, a complete risk/benefit assessment, and an alternative solution that could eliminate much suffering and confusion.  As a fellow Minnesotan, I want to help!

First, we must assess the degree to which the current SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is causing bodily harm.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the survival rates are as follows:


As you can see, the survival rates are quite high, especially if you are between infancy and 69 years old.  According to the World Health Organization data of a normal influenza season, the survival rate is about the same at 99.8% to 99.9%.  Below is a graph of the case fatality rates of SARS-CoV-2 from the CDC to help provide more clarity.


As you can see, deaths across the US are not rising as infectious cases continue to rise.  Is SARS-CoV-2 a “killer” virus?  I would strongly suggest the data simply does not support that ideology.  In addition, I would add that the people who have the greatest threat from SARS-CoV-2 are the ones who have serious underlying immune system problems caused by some sort of pathogenic microorganism that resides in their body (bacteria, fungus, parasite) and that these people should avoid contracting the virus until herd immunity has been reached.  Your numbers that you presented last week about deaths going up, primarily in long term care facilities, supports this.  If a person is not dealing with serious underlying issues the chance of survival is excellent.  In fact, a 113-year-old woman in Spain recently came down with SARA-CoV-2 and survived without any significant intervention.  Why?  She was not carrying any underlying immune burdens.

Second, do masks reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2?  I understand that your mandate says we need to wear masks virtually all the time and I see the “Mask Up Minnesota” signs everywhere I go.  Governor Walz, I understand that at face value this seems like a very good idea.  I am completely on board if the science would show this is an effective strategy.  However, the data I have seen suggests otherwise.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers and provides objective, science-based advice on critical issues.  In April of 2020, the National Academy published the following statement:

“There are no studies of individuals wearing homemade fabric masks in the course of their typical activities. Therefore, we have only limited, indirect evidence regarding the effectiveness of such masks for protecting others, when made and worn by the general public on a regular basis. That evidence comes primarily from laboratory studies testing the effectiveness of different materials at capturing particles of different sizes.

"The evidence from these laboratory filtration studies suggests that such fabric masks may reduce the transmission of larger respiratory droplets. There is little evidence regarding the transmission of small aerosolized particulates of the size potentially exhaled by asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals with COVID-19. The extent of any protection will depend on how the masks are made and used… The current level of benefit, if any, is not possible to assess.” [1]

     Many studies to date have been published on the ineffectiveness of transmission of influenza virus by wearing masks but it wasn’t until this past week that the first randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of wearing masks in regard to SARS-CoV-2 was published.  In the Annals of Internal Medicine, the country of Denmark was able to complete a study of over six thousand people to determine how effective mask wearing actually is.  Half of the people wore surgical masks and half did not and the results were tallied to see if the masks would significantly reduce the spread of the infection.  I encourage you to read the entire study yourself but I will provide a quick summary of their results in quotation.

“In this community-based, randomized controlled trial conducted in a setting where mask wearing was uncommon and was not among other recommended public health measures related to COVID-19, a recommendation to wear a surgical mask when outside the home among others did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, incident SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with no mask recommendation.” [2]  

      This study provides direct scientific evidence that wearing masks does not slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection.  Since there is a great deal of evidence showing that wearing a mask will cause hypoxia (deficiency of oxygen) [3] and induce hypercapnia (toxicity of carbon dioxide) [4].  Every cell of the human body requires adequate levels of oxygen to function including the immune system.  Thus, wearing masks may actually make the problem of fighting off SARS-CoV-2 worse in the long run.

Third, is there an unintended cost to the current “dial-back” lockdown measures that may actually take more lives than it will save?  Certainly, as the executive leader of the people of Minnesota this is an aspect you must consider.  There are times when a law, policy, or mandate may have serious unintended effects that can actually cripple the people you are trying to help.

Indeed, this has been studied also.  A groundbreaking study commissioned by Revolver News sought to determine, in life years, the cost of the lockdown measures on the people of the United States.  Again, I encourage you to read the study yourself, but I will provide a concise summary of what they found.

“Using a life-years criterion as an alternative shows that the lockdowns cost an order of magnitude more life-years than they saved... [W]e found that an estimated 18.7 million life-years will be lost in the United States due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Comparative data analysis between nations shows that the lockdowns in the United States likely had a minimal effect in saving life-years. Using two different comparison groups, we estimate that the COVID-19 lockdowns in the U.S. saved between a quarter to three quarters of a million life-years.” [5]

     Please do not dismiss this crucial piece of information.  The Revolver study clearly outlines that the lockdown measures cause multiple unintended consequences that leads to a significant decrease in life-years.  Each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God and every life is precious.  Every life lost is a tragedy and I am not insinuating we ignore the elderly.  Yet, it is clear that the lockdowns disproportionately harm the youngest of the working population.  The ones who suffer the most in this climate are the youth; they have the most life-years to lose.

Governor Walz, our republic was founded and built on the value of individual human freedom- that all men are created equal.  When we create a volatile environment where people are not treated equally it leads to hostility and despair.  I just saw the videos of hundreds of people gathered outside your residence protesting the lockdown measures.  You know many in this good state are upset by your decision.  My purpose of writing this letter to you is to provide clarity with charity so you can make wise and solid decisions for the people of Minnesota.  After taking these three points I have raised into consideration, I believe you will agree with me that the risk greatly outweighs the benefits in regard to the lockdown measures.  I implore you to turn back immediately.  It is not too late.  You can save many more lives by adopting a more sensible strategy closer to the one called for in the Great Barrington Declaration [6].

If you are still reluctant to change your mandate, perhaps you are not sure what else can be done to slow the spread?  As I said in the beginning, I am a natural holistic doctor and I wish to give you some fresh ideas.  After working with patients day in and day out since the start of this pandemic, I have gathered some very important data I wish to share with you that will be the easiest and most powerful recommendation ever made to the people of Minnesota.  Here are my top three ways to empower the immune system and strongly decrease the likelihood that someone may end up in the hospital if they exhibit symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  1. Stop eating sugar. Sugar will suppress the immune system and destroy the ability to cleanse any sort of pathogenic insult.  Do not be intimidated by the companies that make money on sweet treats and drinks; the people of Minnesota need to hear this. [7,8, 9, 10]
  2. Eat macadamia nuts and honeydew melon. The plant phytosterols in these two nutritious items help the most with cleansing coronavirus out of the body.
  3. Maintain sufficient levels of vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. Food is always the first choice, but it may be necessary to supplement when needed.  Always choose supplements that are derived from food.  Recommend people look for labels that say the components come from plants, animals or mushrooms that humans normally consume, such as citrus for vitamin C, cod liver oil for vitamin D or pumpkin seeds for zinc.

To date, Governor Walz, I have not had a single patient in my practice land in the hospital since adopting this simple three-part strategy.  Am I saying this is the cure?  No, I am saying to date it has not happened, so I know this will significantly aid in the relief of our overburdened health care workers.  I believe the people of Minnesota are intelligent and you can trust them to make good decisions in regard to their health.

Finally, let me say that with your bold initiative you could save many lives.  I do not wish for any of the credit.  I just want to do my part and end the needless suffering I see around me so we can all get back to our normal daily lives.  If you have any questions about the recommendations I have made or on anything I have presented in this letter, I encourage you to pick up the phone and give me a call.  I am at your service.