A 1,000 percent increase in syphilis among newborns as reported by a Mississippi medical director concerns a Texas physician who was involved in the effort to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Because of what he’s read in that data, Dr. Richard Bartlett, a Texas physician of 30 years, told The Epoch Times that he questions whether the outbreak of syphilis and 2021’s surge of hepatitis are potentially related to evidence from a new study suggesting that “extended vaccination with [receptor binding domain] boosters overturned the protective immune memories by promoting adaptive immune tolerance.”
In other words, prolonged boosters could be harming the immune system.
Thomas Dobbs, the medical director at the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Crossroads Clinic in Jackson, posted on Twitter in January that the instance of babies born with syphilis—a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can be passed to the baby from the mother during pregnancy—has increased by 1,000 percent in six years, a trend that he said “should be a thing of the past.”
Dobbs, the state’s former top health officer who advocated for COVID-19 vaccines and masking, told NBC News that in 2021, 102 newborns in Mississippi were treated for syphilis—up from 10 in 2016—and that it’s “kind of a shock.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), congenital syphilis cases went from 362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017.
“Congenital syphilis can result in miscarriage, newborn death, and severe lifelong health complications,” the CDC said, adding that if left untreated, there is up to an 80 percent chance of a mother passing syphilis onto her unborn baby.
In 2021, congenital syphilis cases nationwide more than doubled from 921 in 2017 to 2,677 in 2021.
Bartlett’s Pandemic Expertise
Bartlett was a medical adviser for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the Texas Health Disparities Taskforce for seven years, for which he received the Meritorious Service Award.
At the height of the pandemic, Bartlett was asked to help open a Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion center for West Texas.
In one month, he said nearly 1,000 patients received infusions, and all hospitals in that region had their COVID census numbers drop precipitously in response.
Bartlett’s COVID efforts include his discovery that the asthma drug budesonide could be used for early treatment of all symptoms of COVID and prevent 90 percent of hospitalizations, a discovery which was later corroborated at Oxford University.
Bartlett was also with the group of scientists and researchers called Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency that submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA for the safety data of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The FDA had requested a 75-year timeframe to release the document 50 pages at a time, but in January 2022, U.S. District Judge Mark Pitman in Fort Worth, Texas, ordered the release of the approximately 450,000-page document in sections of 55,000 pages per month for eight months.
In the document (pdf), there was a list of over 1,200 adverse events from the vaccine that include several dozen autoimmune disorders and the AIDS-related cancer Kaposi’s sarcoma.
Impaired Immune System
Normally, a mother’s healthy immune system would act as a barrier to protect the baby from diseases the mother might carry, Bartlett said.
“However,” Bartlett asked, “what if the mother’s immune system had been impaired—say, from a shot that might affect the immune system? Would that not then take away that protection to the newborn?”
In looking at the evidence, Bartlett points to what he called “Exhibit A.”
“By their own admission, there are dozens of reports of different issues associated with the use of their product,” Bartlett said, referring to the Pfizer documents. “What if Exhibit B is the elevated infections we are starting to see, like syphilis in Mississippi?”
Data that addresses this concern has been referenced by Dr. James Thorp, a Florida-based OB/GYN who specializes in maternal-fetal medicine.
In a public health round table about COVID-19 vaccines held by Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Thorp said he reviewed “1,366 peer-reviewed medical journal publications in the world literature documenting death and destruction after the COVID-19 vaccine.”
In the roundtable, Thorp said he’s seen a “substantial increase” in infertility, miscarriage, and fetal death.
Vaccines, however, have been known to give false positives for diseases, according to the CDC, and it would be good news if this were the case with the congenital syphilis infections, Bartlett said.
In 2021, the CDC posted on its website a report (pdf) that the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test used to test for the STD could show a positive result for syphilis if the person being tested has been vaccinated for COVID-19, which the agency said has also occurred with other vaccines.
“I don’t ever want to contribute to the efforts of fearmongering, so we need to consider this as a big part of the picture,” Bartlett said.
There’s wisdom, he said, in realizing that things aren’t as bad as we are being told, or as good.
Historically, the CDC said in the report, false-reactive RPR results have been observed in people with systematic infections unrelated to syphilis, such as tuberculosis, rickettsial diseases, and endocarditis.
“False-reactive RPR testing also has been previously observed following immunization (specifically following smallpox vaccine),” the CDC said. “False reactivity with RPR can also occur during pregnancy.”
‘Frankenstein Viruses and Bioweapons’
If this is the case, Bartlett said, it would be good news. However, there remain other autoimmune disorders, cancers, and in 2022, the sudden outbreak of hepatitis.
“There were infants who had liver transplants as a result of this, and it was not hepatitis that we had ever seen before,” Bartlett said. “What if this was associated with adenovirus, another common cold virus? So, you have to ask, has there been any gain-of-function research on the upper respiratory, common-cold virus?”
In a February 2022 column for The Hill, former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, in collaboration with Dr. Marc Siegel, wrote that “there are suspicions that gain of function of some kind may have been the direct cause of the very pandemic we are still trying to cope with and exit now.”
If this is the case, Bartlett said it begs the question: “What if the AstraZeneca COVID shot is an adenovirus that was manipulated in a lab? What if the Johnson & Johnson shot is an adenovirus manipulated in a lab?”
The AstraZeneca shot itself has been banned in 18 nations, according to a report from Insider, because of multiple reports of blood clots among the vaccinated.
Despite this, Bartlett said, the vaccines have been promoted as safe and effective, but their origins leave the door open for too many questions.
“Is it possible that they are making Frankenstein viruses in labs?” Bartlett asked. “So, how bizarre that it’s not a hepatitis virus that’s causing hepatitis, but a whole new virus that’s not natural in any way causing hepatitis to kill babies. How could this happen?”
In 2021, the CDC reported five pediatric patients with hepatitis of an unknown cause in Alabama. These patients, like other pediatric patients throughout the world, also tested positive for adenovirus.
Adenoviruses, coronaviruses, and rhinoviruses are all mild upper respiratory viral infections, he said.
SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 were game changers for the coronavirus, which was never dangerous before, Bartlett explained, just as the adenovirus hepatitis was a game changer for another benign respiratory virus becoming a deadly disease.
“Will we continue to see a rise in diseases and infections? I hope not, but the question is, what if gain-of-function research is still happening?” Bartlett said.
Dr. Joseph Mercola contributed to this report.