HEALTH

Coronavirus could have caused Bernie Mac’s mysteriously-tragic death from pneumonia

Comic's polluted Chicago upbringing, smoking and medication for sarcoidosis weakened his immune system and left his lungs vulnerable to a deadly viral attack

CLEVELAND, OH – If Bernard Jeffrey McCullough were alive today and experiencing the same respiratory ailments that caused his death in 2008, the comedian known as Bernie Mac would be tested for the SARS-CoV.  Everything about his west side of Chicago upbringing, past respiratory health and three weeks of symptoms that led to pneumonia then would have today made him an instant SARS-CoV patient for primary care and emergency room physicians.

But the 2003 SARS-CoV outbreak was handled by President George Bush.  It was McCullough’s fellow Illinois resident, Barack Obama, holding down the U.S. presidency in 2009 between it and the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009-2010. 

A review of the Federal Register shows Obama and U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius wouldn’t ask Congress until 2009 to add SARS-CoV to the list of deadly viruses.  They weren’t making U.S. doctors aware to check for it, plan for it or pushing for the development of the vaccine the Bush administration had granted the University of Texas’ medical school to investigate in 2003. 

Sarcoidosis lesions like these are the environmental byproducts of living around pollution. Polluted air and lead-filled water weakens human immune systems and leaves us exposed to all types of diseases as our bodies internal cell structure mutates to deal with them. In Cleveland it’s majority Negro city council didn’t know they had a more than 40 year old contract with the Ohio EPA to keep toxic dumps closed in the entire county. Lesions like these don’t just appear “on” the body. They appear inside them on the heart, lungs and other major organs. Wherever they appear the body’s immune system needs minerals like zinc every single day in order to fight them. People living on “ramen noodle” diets and cereal from the Dollar Tree aren’t getting it.

Obama didn’t alert his fellow urban-dwelling Negroes to be on the lookout for SARS-CoV since the lead-polluted water we drink and the particulate-filled air we breathe has weakened our immune systems leaving us exposed to diseases that come from a polluted environment.  It’s not until the other side of our Negro family tree is affected that the U.S. will stop the economy and send everyone home to eliminate a pandemic.  It’s okay.  The love flows both ways.  Instead of connecting his pneumonia to a pandemic, this nation’s foreign-controlled media and bloggers stereotypically and  maliciously tied Bernie Mac’s death to drugs.

Could McCullough’s death in hindsight now be due to a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from a “coronavirus?”  Bernie Mac’s chronic battles with the sarcoidosis lesions that internally and externally scarred his body, organs and lungs appear to have made him a perfect candidate for it.

McCullough’s 2008 death has been publicly-examined because of his celebrity status and the fact he was only 50 when the “Kings of Comedy” legend died at the top of his game.  His family’s shared the man known as Bernie Mac’s last moments and we know pneumonia took his breath away.  He died of heart failure gasping for air and unable talk on a ventilator.  In an episode of the Bernie Mac Show the late funnyman shares a story about catching the flu.

We know McCullough’s medical history included a 1983 sarcoidosis diagnosis that plagued him for the rest of his life; and that he was diagnosed with pneumonia on July 17, 2008.  On that day “Bernie Mac” was experiencing cardiac instability, abnormal vital signs and signs of impending respiratory failure. That’s language in the now withdrawn litigation his wife, Rhonda Gore-McCullough, filed against her late husband’s dermatologist.  Dr. Rene Earles. 

Bernie had already been instructed to go to the emergency room by another physician; and he was taken there by his driver.  We know his heart failure was caused by pneumonia on August 9, 2008 when he died.  

The type of pneumonia and disease McCullough died from was described by reporters and bloggers as “mysterious.”  But his body and immune system’s main fight had been with sarcoidosis.  He’d battled the ailments connected to his west side of Chicago upbringing around air, water and soil pollution before and won; but this one was different.  Not even the ventilator was helping him come back as his family braced themselves for his final moments instead of his recovery.  

The years of medication he’d been given for the sarcoidosis had depleted McCullough’s bone marrow’s abililty to produce the white blood cells it needed to fuel his immune system’s fight against the pneumonia and fluids filling his lungs.  Growing up in Chicago’s air, water and soil polluted neighborhoods had embedded their toxins in his blood and lymphatic system until a cold virus that led to pneumonia ended McCullough’s “born a poor Illinois Negro” life. 

Coronaviruses had already been defined in the University of Texas’ Medical Branch at Galveston’s 1996, 4th edition of “Medical Microbiology” as an uncurable common cold.   The drug interferon was identified as a useful pharmaceutical tool against it.  

The virus was described as invading the respiratory tract through the nose and resolving within a few days through “nasal secretions.”  The University of Texas researchers didn’t see it as causing diseases of the lower airways; but they did attribute it without admittedly clear cut evidence to multiple sclerosis.  One third to one half of coronavirus infected people developed its “common cold” symptoms.  The University of Texas’ researchers concluded the following about its long time existence in the U.S.

“Because coronavirus infections are common, many individuals have specific antibodies in their nasal secretions, and these antibodies can protect against infection. Most of these antibodies are directed against the surface projections and neutralize the infectivity of the virus. Cell-mediated immunity and allergy have been little studied, but may play a role.”

After the 2002 coronavirus SARS-CoV outbreak in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China, and later in Canada, the same University of Texas that authored the Medical Microbiology was given a Bush administration grant in 2003 to study a vaccine that would protect humans against it.  McCullough died in 2008, but the U.S. Congress in 2003 had already identified SARS connected “coronavirus” as a potential pandemic for which there was no cure and could affect a large number of people, lethally, very quickly.  George Bush’s administration saw the importance of a vaccine.

Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Obama administration asked Congress to identify coronavirus SAR as a pandemic threat in 2009.

Two significant SARS-CoV events happened the year after McCullough or Bernie Mac’s death. The U.S. Department of Health on July 13, 2009 was under the administration of President Obama and using the Federal Register to advertise for comments on Code of Federal Regulation changes in possessing, using and transferring select agents and toxins.

The Obama administration was proposing the addition of SARS-associated Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) to the list of deadly agents. Sebelius reported that 138 laboratories were registered to possess the deadly SARS-CoV virus.  At the same time Obama and Sebelius were dealing with the 2009-2010 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic that had killed a confirmed 2498 U.S. citizens.  A review of the Federal Register shows his administration’s focus on SARS-CoV was on how it was being handled by Medicare, Social Security and the U.S. Department of Labor relating to payments. 

Like Ohio Director of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton’s inflated estimate that 117,000 Ohioans were coronavirus carriers, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials inflated their H1N1 estimates.  The inflated estimates seek to include individuals like Bernie Mac whose symptoms at the time and timing of diagnosis may have caused him to have fallen through the SARS-CoV or H1N1 cracks. 

The symptoms for the common cold, coronavirus, SARS-CoV and even MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) from the 2012 coronavirus pandemic are all the same or similar.  Fever, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, cough, body aches, chills, fatigue.  U.S. doctors who were not advised to be on the alert to look for SARS-CoV during the Obama administration may have missed it in Americans like McCullough.

The Obama administration in 2009 told Congress the number of SARS-CoV cases since 2003 had been “sporadic” and appear to have made alerting the medical community about its health impact on the overall popluation a “background” priority.  Their focus was on its economic impact.  Sebelius “howevered” in her Federal Register advisory and offered the possibility “that SARS outbreaks could re-emerge naturally or be deliberately released as she cautioned that it “is a public health concern.”

Congress was told how bats were thought to be “the animal reservoir for the virus which may be transmitted to small mammals with exposure to these small animals as the source of human infections.”  Sebelius went on to describe the symptoms of the clinical disease as being similar to other severe acute respiratory infections; and specifically identified the flu or influenza that leads to pneumonia as the real killer behind SARS-CoV.  Pneumonia is not an illness a person with a respiratory condition or weakened immune system ever wants in their life.

What the Obama administration does not appear to have done was advise physicians to continue monitoring for SARS-CoV as a potential pandemic threat, especially in heavily-polluted urban areas Negroes lived in, since the coronavirus that could carry it was common and local.  Had they been paying attention his administration would have prevented instead of allowing ex-East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton and the city council Thomas Wheeler and Brandon King led to open an air polluting toxic dump on Noble Road behind residential homes.  East Cleveland is 96 percent Negro.

The World Health Organization identifies the University of Texas as working on a vaccine funded by a grant that came from former President George W. Bush in 2003. Barack Obama followed Bush in 2009 and that year added SARS-CoV to the list of deadly toxins. Records are being researched to learn if he supported Bush’s desire for a SARS-CoV vaccine.

McCullough was caught between a health rock and hard place.  He needed his already battle worn immune system.  But he also needed the pharmaceuticals that weakened it even more during this nation’s cold and flu seasons.  Immune systems battling viruses and diseases spreading in humans through pollution and through their own lifestyles are inflamed and eventually wear out. 

Federal, state and local health disease and pollution reports elected officials and reporters don’t read, know and share with their constituents are full of warnings about the effect of pollution, obesity, food deserts and more on overweight and unhealthy urban youth like those in Flint, Michigan who lived for years on lead-polluted water.  8000 stores that sold food to humans once existed in the city of Cleveland, alone.  Today fewer than 600 stores that sell food to humans exist in all of Cuyahoga county.  Nutrition and an unpolluted environment is a key to basic human survival.

Investigating what’s already been and elevated thought is no longer a cultural reality in political, media and academic thinking with so many “leaders” like Obama and the reporters covering them and the nation having short roots to it.  Dreamers can’t advance thoughts connected to a history they don’t even know exists.  

McCullough, his wife and medical team created a foundation to study sarcoidosis in 2005. They’ve cancelled the April 23, 2020 fundraiser out of the same SARS-CoV fear that’s gripped nearly the entire nation.

Eric Jonathan Brewer
Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more. Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings. As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national. Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year. Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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