If rivm places a press release, vigilance is required, even if it is not made known to the world via Maarten Keulemans. Maurice wrote this week already about the press release with the headline "Significant increase in memory and concentration problems in adults". The causes mentioned: the corona measures, a Covid infection and other infections. The fact that vaccines are not mentioned as a possible cause in the press release is an omission at best.
Maurice already indicates that the various statements in the article are not reflected in the data, where a difference of 0.18 percentage points is found between two values that both have a large margin of uncertainty: nothing startling. If rivm nevertheless deems it worthy of publication, that is not without reason. So let's see.
It involves memory loss and concentration problems. In the medical literature, these are the first symptoms mentioned in "cognitive deficits / deteroriation / decline".
Cognitive problems can be early symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia with the most common cause being the worsening small blood vessels in the brain (SVD, Small Vessel Disease). To be able to treat early, you have to be there early. But memory and concentration problems can also be temporary due to stress, lack of sleep, a move, young children, a recent traumatic event, etc. Whether there is actually SVD must therefore be determined with scans in the hospital. That is a high threshold for a mild complaint such as "not being able to concentrate as well as before".
Because early treatment is important, recent scientific research focuses on other detection methods, such as looking at similar small blood vessels: those in the eye. Vascular abnormalities in the retina are easy to recognize from the outside with an eye microscope. The idea is that they act as "biomarkers"1Biomarkers announce (the likelihood of) a certain disease can serve for SVD in the brain and indicate a pre-stage of, for example, Alzheimer's2Study: Retinal biomarkers of cerebral small vessel disease, including the text of this article, also as a Dutch version.
The link between the condition of the small blood vessels and cognitive discomfort is hopefully clear. A health institute through which hundreds of millions pass every year must be aware of this. (On this site we already identified vascular problems in March 2021, more than two years ago)
Now there is an increase in problems with those retinal blood vessels in 2022 and 2023, and again the suspicion often lies with the vaccinations, see for example this quote from an article in Nature:
Individuals with COVID-19 vaccination had a higher risk of all forms of retinal vascular occlusion 2 years after vaccination, with an overall hazard ratio of 2.19 (95% confidence interval 2.00-2.39). The cumulative incidence of retinal vascular occlusion was significantly higher in the vaccinated cohort compared to the unvaccinated cohort, 2 years and 12 weeks after vaccination. The risk of retinal vascular occlusion increased significantly during the first 2 weeks after vaccination and persisted for 12 weeks. In addition, individuals with the first and second doses of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 had a significantly increased risk of retinal vascular closure 2 years after vaccination, while no difference was detected between the brand and dose of the vaccines.
The vaccinations are unlikely to damage only the small blood vessels in the eye. If other small blood vessels are (also) affected, this can cause a multitude of disorders, including the most striking early symptoms: loss of memory and concentration.
The press release from the rivm has the most of a strategic move to put side effects of the vaccines out of sight After all, our governments and health institutes have recommended, approved and forced these vaccines, so in that sense that is understandable. But gaslighting in broad daylight does make a desperate impression.
Has it been proven to have anything to do with the vaccines? No, but there is no evidence of the corona measures, a Covid infection and other infections.
It is a well-known fact that an infection can be the cause of microvascular problems (see Pubmed). This is also the case after the flu. The attention for this post-infection phenomenon has increased sharply in recent years. The headline could also have been: "Post-infection symptoms are noticed 20% more often after Covid than after flu, due to the multiplication of media coverage and the bias of researchers."
- 1Biomarkers announce (the likelihood of) a certain disease