Until 2020, I was a normal but critical scientist. I started doing my PhD at the University of Iceland in 2015. My first PhD supervisors were members of the Club of Rome and supporters of the "CO2 is the main factor for climate change" theory. My questions often led to tensions - "one does not question that" or "the science is settled" was the general response. As my scientific publications received international recognition, I had the opportunity to complete the rest of my PhD at one of the best universities in the world, Wageningen University.
I completed my PhD in biotechnology, building anaerobic reactors and conducting experiments with other PhD students from all over Europe. I received my PhD 6 months ahead of the typical schedule and even secured funding for my postdoc, which began in 2018. I thought it was the start of a long and successful career. I was wrong!
…then came Covid!
During my postdoc, I extensively studied human metabolism and the principles of system dynamics, which involves modelling complex systems and creating causal loop diagrams. Vitamin D and Omega-3 became my new passion, and I increasingly wondered why doctors generally do not examine these two values.
Then, in March 2020, when Covid propaganda was spreading and Vitamin D was not included in the measures, I began to ponder. I spent my free weekends writing a publication on why Vitamin D and K2 were the solution to the problem.
Instead of support, I was attacked in the fall of 2020. The university received complaints that I was spreading pseudoscientific theories. The journal received retraction requests, arguing that I was selling Vitamin D and therefore had conflicts of interest, which was not true. I became increasingly critical and began to question more and more things, especially since I knew from the beginning that wearing masks and locking up billions of people was counterproductive.
Drosten’s fraud got me unemployed
At the end of December 2020, I learned that Drosten's publication on his PCR protocol had passed peer review in the shortest amount of time. As I was an associate editor of an international Q1 journal at the time, I began to analyze this allegation and found out that his paper had been submitted and published online within 3.5-27.5 hours. Knowing that the typical peer-review process usually takes longer than six months, alarm bells began to ring.
In January 2021, I wrote a Twitter thread about it and gained thousands of followers overnight. As a result, my former employer received angry emails from virologists at Dutch universities in Utrecht and Rotterdam, as well as from the "Skeptics" sect.
My contract at the university expired in mid-March 2021, and I was told to seek follow-up funding. Therefore, throughout 2020, I applied for follow-up funding in my spare time and wrote a funding application in which I integrated six international partners. The chance of being funded in EU calls is between 3-5%, and I won.
However, what happened next was absurd. Although I had secured hundreds of thousands of euros in funding for my former employer (in my spare time, mind you), I was told that they would hire someone else with the money I had generated because I had criticized Christian Drosten and his Dutch colleague Marion Koopmans. They wanted an employee who was less critical and thus would cause fewer problems. A slap in my face!
A new start in Norway
As a result, I reached out to some project partners to see if I could work for them. Of all the project partners for whom I personally secured a lot of funding, only a Norwegian research institute said I could work for them. They welcomed me with open arms, even though they knew what I was writing on social media and that I am autistic. There were no issues during the two years, probably also because Twitter suspended my account just as I started working for the institute.
But even there, COVID, the vaccine, and the other measures were not really questioned. They were testing like crazy and important questions were generally not asked. It became increasingly clear to me that nowadays in science it is more about money than scientific principles. Science (questioning things) is almost everywhere in the world confused with activism (COVID, climate, Agenda 2030).
When my Twitter account was reinstated at the end of 2022, the institute probably received many complaints, as I was informed. Last week, I was fired out of the blue. I was told that the institute is concerned about its reputation and therefore they would immediately release me from work.
Brownstone Institut und Vitamin D
Three hours after I was fired, the Brownstone Institute welcomed me with open arms and offered me a one-year fellowship to help me bridge the time after being cancelled.
In addition, I have decided to start my Vitamin D project, which has been in the works for a long time, much earlier than planned. It should be noted that almost everyone has a vitamin D deficiency, and I am passionate about educating people about it and offering them a high-quality product with good value for money. There are almost no vitamin D products that also contain vitamin K2 (to prevent calcification) and magnesium and zinc (which are necessary for the enzymes that activate vitamin D).
That's why I launched Sunfluencer.com, which is currently only available for the American market.
What does my future look like?
I believe my academic career is temporarily over. Although it was my dream to become a full professor and make the world a better place through my acquired knowledge, I now believe that truly critical scientists have no chance in this system. As soon as you express criticism of the "current thing" or question things, the thumb screws are tightened and often you end up being fired.
If you want to support my new career path, you can do so by following me here on Substack or Twitter, or by buying your vitamin D supplement in the future through Sunfluencer.com.
Anyway, I will remain critical and express my opinion uncensored. Because Covid was only the first chapter of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There will be many more to come.
I’m so sorry Dr. Simon. This is bad. We are losing anyone with half a brain now and it’s going to cause problems in the future.
You are a valuable human. I hope you land on your feet somewhere and do well. Thank goodness for the Norwegians, a sensible people. They will see you to rights. Good luck to you in your future.
if you could fix a few typos, I'd like to share this wider...one example is the headline: "Drosten’s fraud got made me unemployed"
Unfortunately, when you are a heterodox thinker poking against the mass hypnosis bubble, you can't give the sheep anything to bounce off of...