Friday, July 16, 2021


This year to observe the summer solstice as well as to commemorate the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, a few of us hiked to the summit of King's Peak. I have always wanted to climb to the highest peak in Utah and was grateful for the invitation to hike it with guys half my age. It required a three day backpacking trip into the remote wilderness of the Uintah Mountains. Our first day we battled with adverse rainy weather hiking into base camp. We passed several hikers including a group of 50 who decided to turn back due to the weather and snow that was falling on the higher elevations. After a wrong turn, we corrected our course and arrived at Base Camp just in time for dinner. We set up our tents which provided a great shelter from the dark clouds and rain that rolled in. The next morning we woke up to blue skies and continued on the roughly 15 mile hike to the summit of King's Peak. 

It was truly a triumph to make it to the top of Kings Peak. The last couple of miles were more difficult than I anticipated, so making it to the summit felt like quite the accomplishment.


In addition to the wildlife we saw like on our hike, I was surprised to see so many dead pine trees. It seems like the aspen trees were healthy, but the majority of all the pine trees looked diseased and dead. Even along the banks of living water, the pine trees were dead. It was sad to see and can only imagine of the potential wild fires that could break out with just one lightning strike.  

Here are a few more photos from the hike:

Here is a photo of the last mile stretch that one must hike to get to the top. It is fraught with unstable boulders, steep inclines and sheer drop-offs near at the top.

Here is a quick video summary of our hike:

The main reason why I wanted to post about the hike is that all too often we can glory in our accomplishments and take pride in our triumphs. But is that were we find God? Or do we find God in our struggles, our failures or our falls? Truly God wants us to succeed, but He also wants us to have a broken heart and contrite spirit. I know many who are hurting physically, struggling emotionally, straining financially, failing spiritually. I believe it is in those moments of pain that one cries out to God for help. In the end, it is a blessing to fail if it brings you closer to God. 

A week from today begins the 2021 Olympics Games. It has always been inspiration to watch the athletes overcome great obstacles and still achieve their dreams on the world stage. 

Here is short video that shows the contrast between those who win and those who fall. It is especially meaningful for me to watch those who reach down and help those get across the finish line. 

Link to the video:

Friday, July 9, 2021


Last week I had a phone conversation about vaccinations with a friend who is a medical doctor.  He told me that he got the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and felt like it was safe. However, he shared something interesting with me that I wanted to post. I asked him to send me a follow up email with additional information. He did. I have posted his email response below. 

In a nutshell, my friend told me some history about Merck, one of many drug companies working on vaccines for the Covid-19. Merck also developed the drug Ivermectin which has been around for over 40 years with an estimated human use of 4 billion doses.  Ivermectin has few side effects and is known to be safer than either aspirin or Tylenol. What is interesting, Ivermectin has been proven to help in treating the Covid-19 virus. However, in order for Merck to get authorization for their Covid-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization,  there can not exist other medications that helps in treating the virus. So knowing that there own drug Ivermectin helped treat Covid19  patient with positive results, Merck had to do a 180 degree about-face claiming now that Ivermectin to be unsafe and discourage the use. Misinformation and falsehoods has been disseminated all of the internet about the drug.

We live in world of lies. 

However, I am grateful for doctors, medical professionals and scientists trying to share the truth.
I recently listened to a podcast with  Doctor Pierre Kory, an ICU and lung specialist and  Bret Weinstein, an evolutionary biologist, both experts on the use of the drug ivermectin to treat COVID-19.." 


The email I received from my friend and posted with his permission:

Only Part of the Story

I have had the sense that we were only getting part of the story with COVID-19. Early on Trump’s claim that the virus was leaked from the Wuhan lab was scoffed at by the media. Nobody is scoffing now. Both Fauci and Biden are demanding answers from China and the lab as the source of the virus is the leading theory of its origin.
Before the FDA approves a drug it must be shown to be both safe & effective but since 2009 Emergency Authorization Use can be given if “the totality of scientific evidence” makes it “reasonable to believe that the product may be effective.” It does appear that both of the major vaccines are very effective against preventing serious life-threatening COVID infections.

As for safety, federal law requires a weighing of risks and benefits, taking into account the “material threat” posed by the emergency. The vaccines short term safety in the groups tested also appears safe (ish).

Finally, an EUA can be granted only when “there is no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the product.” 
Ah there’s the rub!!

By the time the FDA provided EAU for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (December 11th, 2020) there were dozens of studies already published showing efficacy and safety of Ivermectin. (See Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines-Table 1—

In order to justify the EAU any safe and effective existing drug had to be squashed. This process shows a concerted effort between government and the scientific community. Here’s the FDA argument ( What you won’t hear in the article is that Ivermectin is either unsafe nor ineffective, nevertheless it is written to give that impression.

Merck, the company who once produced Ivermectin for the human use of 4 billion doses did a 180 degree about-face once the drug was generic and they were seeking EAU for their own vaccine.

Their statement includes this lie “A concerning lack of safety data in the majority of studies.”

40 years of use has shown this drug to be safer than either aspirin or Tylenol.

I have become convinced that Ivermectin is an effective and safe drug against COVID-19, both as prophylaxis and early treatment and there is growing evidence that it is also effective against COVID variants. Numerous studies report low rates of adverse events over the many decades of its use in parasitic infections. I have joined an organization of physicians called Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) who promote its use in the setting of…
  • prophylaxis for at risk persons
  • early treatment
  • illness resulting from the COVID-19 vaccines

I am using the recommended dosing of the FLCCC.

I am in the process of acquiring Ivermectin from a Canadian pharmacy for use among family and friends if and when the medication is unavailable through traditional pharmacies*.

McKay Platt, MD, FACS

*lvermectin Prophylaxis for high-risk individuals: 0.2 mg/kg per dose* — one dose today,

2nd dose in 48 hours, then one dose every 2 weeks

Post COVID-19 exposure prophylaxis***: 0.2 mg/kg per dose, one dose today, 2nd dose in 48 hours


lvermectin 0.2 mg/kg per dose – one dose daily for minimum of 2 days, continue daily until recovered (max 5 days)