Alternative views on Covid-19 to be aired
A series of TV programmes promises to question conventional views of the Covid-19 pandemic and offer alternative ways to tackle the coronavirus.
Beyond the Pandemic features interviews with nine doctors and health professionals who will argue that there are a range of medical views about the condition – but that anyone who questions orthodox opinion is silenced.
The first episode of the series, available from today, was produced by Eugene Dean.
Mr Dean said: “The only people allowed into the conversation are those who agree with conventional opinion.
“There are a lot of questions and as time evolved we recognised that there were concerns rising in the community that weren’t being addressed – information about things that people had questions about that weren’t necessarily coming out from the Government or mainstream media.
“A lot of the health professionals in the conversations we were having weren’t getting a voice.
“Everybody had a unique story and different experiences and recommendations that could bring value to the community.”
The series features interviews with a number of doctors and other health workers, including Sifu Reginald Cann, Amani Flood and Amne Osseyran
Dr Cann said he wanted to “give an alternative side and advice for people and their health besides the traditional approach”.
He added: “I was very happy to come on board because I think health is more than one approach.
“The human body is very dynamic and thus far there’s only been a very linear approach to this situation.”
Dr Flood – who has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and advocates the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19 – said: “It’s been a ”frustrating journey to be heard.
“I have never known a time when there has been a more censored environment around something as critical and important as Covid-19.”
She added: “As an alternative medicine practitioner, I am not an MD.
“It’s natural that I would represent health options, but where was the discussion on health options?
“While I don’t aim represent medical science, I step in to fill a void and I’m doing the very best that I can to seek out alternative views to Covid disease, vaccines and treatments and to present them to the public for consideration and further explanation and intelligent discussions.
“More voices have the right to be involved in discussions and involved in how to navigate the pandemic.”
Mr Dean is a community activist, a founder of the Free Democratic Movement and chairman of environmental group Greenrock.
He stood as an FDM candidate in last year’s General Election.
Mr Dean said that the series aimed to put a wide spectrum of views up for debate – and that he had invited Ayo Oyinloye, the Chief Medical Officer, to take part in the programme but had yet to get a response.
He added: “The series has been designed to engage a variety of perspectives, share real-life experiences and provide tangible solutions that help address those concerns by providing a viable options that reflect the diversity present in Bermuda and various communities around the world.”
Mr Dean said he also planned to make episodes interviewing business leaders to give a picture of how the pandemic had affected Bermuda economically.
He added: “We also plan to engage with individuals who can share insights on the social impact of the pandemic in an effort to unveil the realities that have emerged in our communities as well.
“Ultimately our goal is to help bring balance to conversations about the pandemic, relief to those who feel powerless, and a variety of home-grown solutions that respect our differences and meet our varying needs.”
Details of the health professionals involved in the project are listed on www.beyondthepandemic.tv.
The first episode of Beyond the Pandemic can be viewed at the same site or on the Beyond the Pandemic YouTube channel.