The Problems with PCR Testing – Why Public Officials Shouldn’t Base Restrictions on PCR Tests

A massive, worldwide COVID testing campaign is underway, costing countries billions of dollars. But more and more experts are coming forward, claiming that the misuse of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing, the most common test for COVID, is resulting in a vast number of false positives. Many are denouncing the testing as illogical and fraudulent, stating that it shouldn’t be considered diagnostic. Yet these are the very tests that are used to report daily numbers around the country that then justify the policies to squander freedom and depress the economy.

We must demand transparency from state health departments and governors who are relying on these values and ask them to invalidate and retract numbers that lead to deception; fraudulent reporting during a state of emergency is a felony.

Equally important, the willing acceptance of these values comes at a great cost to society:

  1. There’s an alarming loss of basic human rights and freedoms from the shutdowns, including schooling, medical procedures and income. The World Bank estimates that more than 100 million people will be forced into extreme poverty due to the economic shutdown.
  2. Many are experiencing resultant mental health crises as fear, anxiety, isolation and depression skyrocket; the childhood population has been significantly affected.

Shutdowns and restrictions on individuals and businesses must not be based on testing alone, especially PCR testing. Why?

How the PCR Test Works

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According to Our World in Data (, each day more than 1 million people in the United States are being tested for COVID-19. The most common test is the PCR test, which takes a sample swab of DNA and runs it through cycles of amplification. However, the tests are not a reliable means of detecting COVID-19 and are ultimately being used to justify lockdowns and other draconian public health policies.

PCR testing takes a swab sample of DNA and runs it through cycles of amplification. False positives are a result of the lab using a high number of amplification cycles, which is the number of times the RNA particles are magnified. A cycle threshold (or CT) of 34 cycles or more means the test is 100% useless as a measure of a true positive case. (Florida is the first state to require all labs to report the misleading CT.)

To guarantee that a positive is a positive, the PCR test must be run at 17 cycles; otherwise, accuracy becomes increasingly questionable as the cycles increase.

  • By the time you get to 33 cycles, 80% are false positives.
  • Up to 90% of positive tests at a cycle threshold of 40 would be negative at a cycle threshold of 30.
  • With a CT above 35, the chance of receiving a “false positive” result is 97% or higher.

Accuracy is of upmost importance in a public crisis. The most valid way to test for infection is to look for a “live” virus using a viral culture. PCR tests cannot distinguish between live viruses and particles that cannot infect you and others, nor can they rule out other viruses or bacteria — you can get a positive result from the flu or other coronavirus fragments.

It follows that a positive PCR test does not indicate infectiousness. Thus, the positive test result doesn’t represent a case, let alone an actual illness. As science writer and expert in molecular genetics, Pieter Borger, PhD, stated, “‘Confirmed cases’ is a nonsense number.”

This is validated by the World Health Organization (WHO), which issued an advisory on January 20, 2021 for labs processing PCR tests. The advisory instructs technicians to carefully determine if manual adjustment of the PCR positivity threshold is recommended by the manufacturer. It goes on to say that “careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed,” asserting that a positive PCR test result does not automatically constitute a case of COVID-19.

So we must ask ourselves, what does a positive test even mean? What percentage of the “positive cases” used to keep society locked down and socially isolated is from those who are asymptomatic, based solely on a positive PCR test?

Other Issues with PCR Testing

Both the United States and the United Kingdom have reported large-scale testing kit contamination.

Additionally, testing site/lab contamination has led to “countless” false positives.

Finally, the test can pick up on non-infectious virus fragments long after an active infection has resolved.

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Transparency and accuracy are imperative during a public crisis. Call the labs that are processing PCR tests in your area and ask what cycle threshold they are using.

Making History with a “Test-Only Model”?

“Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, none absolutely certain.” – Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning American physicist

Testing is designed to substantiate clinical observations. Per the WHO, a PCR test is a diagnostic aid that must be looked at in conjunction with multiple other factors. Yet this appears to be the first time in history that a pandemic is being measured and managed through testing alone, without clinical oversight to verify the tests or even justify the administration of a test. Without this clinical observation and oversight, it’s impossible to determine what percentage of positive tests will never be symptomatic or never be infectious.

Can we change course on this testing and reporting catastrophe? Can we hold health departments and other regulatory agencies and powers-that-be accountable for their acquiescence in this charade? Our human rights and freedoms, including our children’s future — hinge on our response to this unreliable testing model that’s defrauding the public. And it will undoubtedly be instructional for the next pandemic — how we respond today will set a precedent for tomorrow.

How Public Officials Can Help

Ask your state and local health department how they are responding to the WHO’s new guidance for the proper use of the PCR test. Also ask them to:

  • Count only those test results that are run at 30 cycle thresholds or less.
  • Publish the PCR cycle thresholds for their area, region or state.
  • Retract any case numbers that are based on cycle thresholds above 30.

If you truly care about tracking, tracing and accuracy of results, then you should care about this information.

We’re told we must comply without question if we care about others. Many are doing it willingly, but too many are being pressured into getting tested for COVID, sometimes repeatedly. However, genuinely caring for others doesn’t involve weaponizing fear or selling false solutions. It is truthful and transparent. And, in today’s fear- and anxiety-ridden climate, those attributes are more important than ever.



Note: Use this information to make public comments at state and local health department meetings. You can also use this information to bring concerns to any elected official and ask them to do their part to correct this injustice. Lastly, share the information with your friends and contacts.

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Jill Hines

Directory of Advocacy
A former banker turned homeschool mom, Jill Hines began researching alternatives to conventional medicine in 2010 and what she discovered changed the trajectory of her life. She corrected a worrisome health issue, and embraced a natural approach to wellness. Advocating for informed consent and parental rights became a full-time mission when she joined the board of the Georgia Coalition for Vaccine Choice and later became the co-director of Health Freedom Louisiana. Due to her advocacy efforts during the COVID crisis, Jill was one of 25 Louisianans selected by Central City News as “a hero of the constitutional crisis.” She was also presented the Impact Award for Outstanding Public Service from the government watchdog organization Citizens for a New Louisiana. Jill now represents hundreds of millions of Americans who experienced censorship due to the Biden administration's efforts to suppress disfavored speech as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. Jill holds a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and now passionately “sells” health freedom full-time. Serving as Stand for Health Freedom’s advocacy director provides an incredible opportunity to advance the growing movement to preserve the sacred right to refuse unwanted medical interventions for ourselves and our children without fear of retribution.
“We have lived through a terrifying societal, psychological, and medical experiment which afforded us a knowledge that our forefathers tried to impart and we can no longer ignore: Our freedom is tenuous. For our children’s sake, the time is now to take a stand for health freedom.”

Chrissy Scott

Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager

A labor and delivery nurse with a lifelong passion for maternal and fetal health, Chrissy Scott left her job of 19 years after learning the truth about the harms caused by the medical system. In 2009, she was mandated by her employer to receive the H1N1 vaccine during her first trimester of pregnancy with her second child. She was assured that the vaccine was “safe and effective” for pregnant women, but her son was born with a kidney defect that could have been fatal. She didn’t connect the dots to vaccine injury until several years later when the declining health of her oldest son drove her to seek answers outside of allopathic medicine.

This personal journey ignited in her a new passion for truth and transparency in health care. As SHF’s Executive Assistant, Chrissy facilitates communication and local advocacy initiatives alongside Leah Wilson for their home state of Indiana. She also manages and creates graphics for SHF’s social media accounts and the website’s swag shop.

Chrissy earned her nursing degree from Anderson University and served her entire career at her local hospital. While she’s no longer a floor nurse, her five very active boys frequently test her nursing skills! She homeschools her children and has been co-owner of a successful home décor sign business with her sister.

“Parents, being the experts on their own children, are best suited to make decisions for the well-being of their family. To do this properly, they must be given full and accurate information and be free from force or coercion.”

Ellen Chappelle


Ellen Chappelle serves as SHF’s resident wordsmith. A seasoned writer and editor, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring that our content is clear, concise, and inspiring.

Ellen is most energized by working on projects that transform lives. A truth seeker as well as a journalist, she’s disturbed by the lack of accuracy in today’s media and determined to help share fact rather than fiction. And having found greater healing with alternative approaches, she’s also passionate about preserving our freedom to make informed health choices.

Past projects include serving as regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, ghostwriter, and creator of website content for artists and small businesses.

With a degree in journalism and theatre, Ellen is also a performer. She enjoyed singing and dancing on a cruise ship and traveling with a national musical theatre tour, as well as recording industrial videos, television commercials, and radio voiceovers. She also creates handcrafted jewelry in wire, chain maille, and fused glass.

“Despite what some would have us believe, the fact remains that this nation was founded on biblical principles by people who wanted freedom to worship God and live their lives without government involvement. It’s never been more critical to fight for those rights.”


Executive Director and Co-founder

An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah Wilson is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade.

The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, Leah witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that, in addition to many extensive requirements, the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to Leah that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the United States is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) in 2019.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Leah holds dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to her advocacy work with SHF, Leah is the owner and former operations director of MaxLiving Indy, one of the largest natural health centers in the Midwest. She is also an educator on holistic health as well as a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from religious rights to greening your home.

“Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”

Sayer JI

Director and Co-founder

Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, lecturer, activist, and educator on natural health modalities. Among his many roles, he is an advisor to Stand for Health Freedom, a reviewer and editor of the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, a steering committee member of the Global GMO Free Coalition, and the co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed Inc., a revolutionary scientific validation framework.

Most notably, Sayer is the founder of, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded the platform in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Today, has more than a million visits per month, serving as a trusted resource on myriad health and wellness topics to physicians, healthcare practitioners, clinicians, researchers and consumers worldwide.

Sayer attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he studied under the notable American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1995, with a focus on the philosophy of science. His new book, Regenerate: Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience through the New Biology, was released in March 2020 and is an Amazon bestseller.

“I truly believe that education will be our greatest shield against accelerating the erosion of civil liberties, including the right to bodily sovereignty, as well as the greatest catalyst for positive change on this planet moving forward.”

Bailey Kuykendoll

Associate Director

Designer and visual marketer Bailey Kuykendoll began advocating for health and religious freedom and parental rights in 2014 after learning she was pregnant. A self-described skeptic, she’s not afraid to ask questions and do copious amounts of research to reach her own conclusions.

She’s also not afraid of hard work. As SHF’s Relationship Manager, Bailey truly keeps the organizational boat afloat. Working closely with health freedom advocates in each state, she ensures that SHF has campaigns for health-freedom-related bills and petitions on our website and across social media, spreading the word to encourage people to contact their legislators. She builds campaigns, graphics, website pages, and relationships.

Bailey earned a design degree from Harrington Institute of Design in 2008. She then served as a production assistant on several shows for HGTV, followed by working behind the scenes on the X Factor, small indie films, music videos, and documentaries. Bailey joined Health Freedom Florida after moving to the East Coast, becoming co-president of the grassroots organization in 2019. While at Health Freedom Florida, she successfully filed a state bill designed to stop discrimination based on your health status. She joined SHF in the fall of 2020.

“God placed a calling on my heart back in 2008 to be a part of something bigger for Him. Twelve years later, the opportunity came knocking to help others lean into their natural-born rights and take a stand for themselves and their families. I knew this is where I was called to be, and I have never looked back.”

Valerie Borek


Valerie Borek is a passionate advocate for health rights and family privacy. A mother of two with degrees in law and biochemistry, she is perfectly positioned to lead SHF advocates through complex health-rights policy. Her work is guided by a love for American values, uncovering truth, and a passion for empowering others. Valerie has served as SHF’s policy analyst since 2021.

Valerie’s understanding of the value of freedom to make one’s own health care choices is not just academic. Health freedom has kept her boys alive and thriving. Her choice to have home births jump-started her advocacy for health privacy. Her eldest son survived a rare and deadly cancer because her family was able to navigate medical care while holding onto values that were sometimes at odds with recommendations.

Before joining SHF, Valerie specialized in health and parenting rights at her boutique law firm, especially surrounding birth and vaccine rights. She advocated for informed consent in health care and transparent food labeling in her state. She helped found the Birth Rights Bar Association and was honored to present their argument to the Delaware Supreme Court that midwifery is not the practice of medicine, in support of a trailblazing midwife.

“Health is the foundation of how we show up in this world to love, serve, and create. Americans are blessed to live in a country that gets stronger the more we protect fundamental rights, like informed consent and privacy, so individuals and families can thrive.”

Mary Katherine LaCroix


Mary Katherine LaCroix became involved with SHF as a volunteer in 2019 when the religious exemption for childhood vaccines was at risk in her home state of New Jersey. She believes strongly that parents have the responsibility for their children’s health, education, and faith formation and that only they have the right to make medical decisions and manage their care.

She has worked in fundraising for more than 25 years at various educational, cultural, human services, and political organizations. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a degree in History and English Literature.

Mary Katherine is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with and help grow SHF, believing that together we can achieve even greater impact in protecting our rights and caring for our loved ones. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family, as well as volunteering to support the special needs community.

“Parents are taught that they must trust the experts. That’s what we did, until we learned that the experts can be wrong and don’t always know what is best for your child. Parents should instead feel empowered by their natural, God-given ability to advocate and care for their children. SHF is here to give them the tools to do just that.”

Sheila Ealey

Political Analyst

Dr. Sheila Lewis Ealey is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a therapeutic day school for children who are on the autism spectrum or struggling with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. The wife of a former U.S. Coast Guard Officer, she is also the mother of four children. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. He is now a young man and considered moderate and emerging.

Sheila and her twins were featured in the documentary “Vaxxed.” She has traveled extensively, advocating for medical freedom. She continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions, their ability to live sustainably on a limited budget, and the importance of nutrition and biomedical interventions for optimum health with autism. She also writes individual homeschool curriculums for parents of children with autism or intellectual disorders. Sheila is a trustee for the Autism Trust, USA, and on the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense.

Over the past 20 years, she has educated herself to use natural healing modalities for the body and brain. Her formal education includes degrees in communication, special education curriculum, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education. Sheila serves as an assistant content advisor and political analyst for SHF.

“It is not the Constitution’s job to protect our liberties, as it is not a philosophical document but a legal one. Its purpose is to limit the powers and authority of our federal government in hopes of preventing an intrusion upon our unalienable rights. We are obliged to maintain our government within its limits.”

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