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Gerard has asked me to post this message for him.  I’m a friend with whom he’s been in touch.  He was hospitalized a couple of days ago with COVID, because his oxygen levels were somewhat low.  Fortunately that’s now been stabilized.  He would have been released from the hospital over the weekend, except for the fact that he’s now in a lot of back pain that they’re investigating.   Prayers and good wishes are welcome, and Gerard or I will keep you updated.


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  • hooodathunkit January 2, 2023, 8:56 AM

    Best wishes for recovering. Sometimes the back aches from strain of breathing, once the lungs clear up so does the back pain. Hoping for the best.

  • Blackwing1 January 2, 2023, 8:56 AM

    Mr. Van der Leun:

    May a stranger offer you my best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.


  • captflee January 2, 2023, 9:06 AM

    Praying hard for your imminent recovery, GVDL.

  • Mike Austin January 2, 2023, 9:13 AM

    I was wondering and fearing the worst. I don’t really know why I “always fear the worst”. Maybe because I am almost 70. But thank you for the update on Gerard. He is sorely missed. And of course there will be prayers.

    Tell him that “Dr. Austin” recommends hot toddies indefinitely.

    2 fluid ounces boiling water
    1 ½ fluid ounces whiskey
    1 teaspoon honey
    3 whole cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 slice lemon
    1 pinch ground nutmeg

    Drink until health improves. And even when it does.

    • John Venlet January 2, 2023, 9:28 AM

      Your toddy recipe sounds downright medicinal, Mike, but it’s the accompanying directions for imbibing that sound downright spot on.

    • Tom Hyland January 2, 2023, 9:28 AM

      Quoting the great H.L. Mencken… “Alcohol to a man over 60 is not only harmless, but is a positive benefit. It has an effect on the heart muscle… it seems to be very salubrious… and a man who drinks a moderate amount… at least according to my program… is not harmed but benefitted which is good news to me.”

      • Mike Austin January 2, 2023, 9:44 AM

        Dear John and Tom: I decided to make a few myself. For health reasons of course. They will serve as a vaccine—sort of.

      • John Venlet January 2, 2023, 9:49 AM

        It’s good to be over 60 years of age, in more ways than one.

        • Mike Austin January 2, 2023, 9:52 AM

          So very true. I cannot imagine going back to some former time and some former self. These are the finest years of my life and—as Paul sang—“getting better all the time”.

          • Tom Hyland January 2, 2023, 10:16 AM

            Beatle nerd that I am… actually that was John. He used to be cruel to his woman he beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved. Man, he was mean but he’s changing that scene and he’s doing the best that he can. It’s getting better all the time.

            • Mike Austin January 2, 2023, 10:30 AM

              John starts with “It’s getting better all the time!” But then Paul takes over. John of course can be heard in the chorus and background, but it’s mostly Paul all the way.


              Paul McCartney – double-tracked vocals, bass guitar, handclapping
              John Lennon – backing vocals, rhythm guitar, handclapping
              George Harrison – backing vocals, lead guitar, tambura, handclapping
              Ringo Starr – drums, congas, handclapping
              George Martin – piano, pianet

              Yeah, I like Fab Four as well! I have most of their stuff on 180-gram remastered or re-engineered vinyl. They are played on either a Rega P6 or a Harman Karman Rabco ST-8. Think I’ll play “Sgt. Pepper’s” today. While imbibing that hot toddy.

              • Tom Hyland January 2, 2023, 3:07 PM

                Holy shit… yer right! It’s such an edgy little tune about beatings and deprivation that I thought out loud that it’s John… who threw in the line “Can’t get much worse.”

              • Tom Hyland January 6, 2023, 9:31 PM

                This was VERY nice. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Flute worthy stuff gives me something to do. Jerry Garcia Band 1980….. “Dear Prudence” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8lYGRVNRWY

      • My two cents January 2, 2023, 11:18 AM

        Not to be a grinch, but as H.L. Mencken was not an M.D., let me introduce to you a second opinion, that of “Moderation In All Things” [—the Greek poet Hesiod (?) (c.700 bc)].

        I have an 80-yr-old ex-relative, M.D. and longterm alcoholic, who is currently broke, in constant back pain for which he is not a potential surgical candidate, and pretty much totally dependent on his current wife for his survival at this point.

        I’m pretty sure this what not what he had in mind for his life when he was 40.
        “When we choose the behavior, we are also choosing the consequences.”

  • John Venlet January 2, 2023, 9:25 AM

    Thank you for updating us on Gerard’s condition. Prayers continue to be offered on this end.

  • Stephen Barron January 2, 2023, 9:30 AM

    Here’s to feeling better soon and a very Happy New Year!

  • Phil in Mount Dora January 2, 2023, 9:34 AM

    Thank you for the update. Prayers and the very best wishes for Gerard’s quick recovery. He is a wonderful bright light in the world; we need him and more like him.

    • Boat Guy January 2, 2023, 8:37 PM

      An excellent description of an excellent man.
      Prayers for GVDL’ s speedy and complete recovery

  • Anonymous January 2, 2023, 9:39 AM

    May you have a speedy and complete recovery. You are missed!

  • jwm January 2, 2023, 9:41 AM

    I’ll add my prayers and wishes for a quick recovery.


  • Walter Sobchak January 2, 2023, 9:54 AM

    We pray that the Eternal One, whose name is Merciful, restore Gerard Vanderluen to perfect health, and heal him in body and in spirit, speedily, without delay, together with all of who are suffering from illness or injury; and let us say: Amen.

  • Anne January 2, 2023, 10:13 AM

    Dear Lord:
    Please send him back to us in good health and spirits. We need him so much in these times.

    • Margot January 2, 2023, 3:49 PM

      Amen 💗

  • Steve (retired/recovering lawyer) January 2, 2023, 10:14 AM

    I join with the estimable Mr. Sobchak in imploring the mighty God of all Creation to minister health and healing to our brother, Gerard, whose presence among us for these many years has been a comfort and balm for the soul. May The Lord bless Gerard for his ministry to those who are lost and wandering in this strange, strange land. And all the people said, “Amen.”

  • Dan Patterson January 2, 2023, 10:30 AM

    Thank you for the update.
    My very best on a complete recovery.

  • Joe Krill January 2, 2023, 10:34 AM

    Walter Sobchak

    Ditto to your beautiful prayer. Sincerely, Joe Krill

  • julie January 2, 2023, 10:41 AM

    Amen to all of the above, Gerard, and I hope & pray you get better soon. That bronchitis that’s going around is horrible for those who contract it, and it takes a while to clear up. Please be patient with yourself, and take the time to heal properly!

    God bless you, and I hope your year only gets better from here onward.

  • greg January 2, 2023, 11:04 AM

    Gerard, sorry to hear about getting sick. Prayers for you brother. Amen

  • My two cents January 2, 2023, 11:23 AM

    Thanks much, Update, for keeping us posted. We care. Hoping that he will get the help he will need going forward. It is no picnic to live alone and have big medical problems at this age.
    GVDL: Get well soon! 🙂

  • David January 2, 2023, 11:28 AM

    All the best Gerard. May the Good Lord bless you with a quick recovery.

  • BroKen January 2, 2023, 11:37 AM

    Fervent prayers for a speedy recovery as painless as possible.

    Saw this on Facebook. I don’t subscribe to its dark intent but it does have a point. Perhaps Gerard will find it funny and laughter is good medicine.


  • Anonymous January 2, 2023, 11:59 AM

    Covid now is not the covid of then- a much better chance with what exists these days. I had the grand daddy in ’20 and two arguments with the child’s portion since. In my thoughts along with all others here.

    Deus eum habeat in custodia sua hac die secundo mensis Ianuarii anno 2023

  • Mary Ann January 2, 2023, 12:01 PM

    Prayers for you Gerard. Take all the time you need to get strong. At times like this I return to my ancestral rituals, so, a candle is lit. 💖

  • Doug January 2, 2023, 12:02 PM

    God, give Gerard the blessings that he needs.

  • Auntie Analogue January 2, 2023, 12:16 PM

    Dear Mr. Van der Leun, get well, and get well quickly, and throughout may your soul remain in the Lord’s good Grace.

  • Casey Klahn January 2, 2023, 12:22 PM

    We were worried, and typical of Gerard he updates us quickly via a friend.

    Blessings and well-wishes. I sympathize on the back pain but know it will go away soon.

  • Kerry January 2, 2023, 1:23 PM

    Rest, but get yourself upright and mobile even if just 15 minutes a day. Breathe through your nose only, and, if possible, consume homemade fatty soups using boiled bones as the base. You will prevail in spectacular fashion. Looking forward to your return!

  • Lee Also January 2, 2023, 1:25 PM

    My prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

  • CA January 2, 2023, 1:27 PM

    Keep fighting, Gerard.

    Many people are praying for you.

  • Mike Seyle January 2, 2023, 1:34 PM

    So, I had vowed to quit posting and confine my visits to reading the smart folks here. But … extraordinary times. Be well, Gerard; I miss you.

  • Octothorpe January 2, 2023, 1:42 PM

    Best wishes for health, friend! Positive thoughts, as always.

  • Scott M January 2, 2023, 1:44 PM

    I’m praying you have a fast recovery. May God bless you.

  • mmack January 2, 2023, 2:10 PM


    May you have a full and healthy recovery and return with your unique take on the world.

    Prayers for you sir. 🙏🏻

  • lh January 2, 2023, 2:49 PM

    I would like to join the chorus of prayers and well-wishes for Gerard’s speedy recovery. His writings are a light in the world.

  • jd January 2, 2023, 2:59 PM

    Thought I posted once already and maybe I did but here I am again,
    Gerard, adding my prayers to all the others. God bless.

  • Margot January 2, 2023, 3:50 PM

    Amen 💗

  • LP January 2, 2023, 4:18 PM

    Amen 🙏

  • JJ January 2, 2023, 4:24 PM

    Sorry to learn of your illness. Hang in there. The world needs your writing. God bless you, Gerard.

  • ThisIsNotNutella January 2, 2023, 5:38 PM

    Amen to all the above and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

    I’d also recommend topping off with Glühwein. It’s another (albeit seasonal) Universal Panacea.

  • Klaus January 2, 2023, 5:48 PM

    With all due respect Gerard get the F out of there now!

    • Terry January 2, 2023, 6:20 PM

      I was so anxious as to, where is Gerard. My dear father passed on the 20th. So my mind was on overload. Ninety-seven years and worn out—Not COVID related.

      And I concur, get out of the “hospital” ASAP. (No explanation necessary).

      Excellent advice from Frontline Doctors: Ivermectin treatment.

      Also: Z STACK
      A vitamin supplement that works wonders:

      I quit drinking about 20 years ago, but may have to introduce some drinks as suggested above.

      Prayers for Gerard-

  • Hoss January 2, 2023, 6:35 PM

    Thank you for the update. Get better soon Gerard.

  • Jeff Brown January 2, 2023, 7:22 PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. God Bless

  • Kristin January 2, 2023, 8:06 PM

    Gerard, get better soon. You are on my good vibes/wishes list tonight till you are all better!! Get home soon please.

  • Warren e shafer January 2, 2023, 8:44 PM

    I pray for your recovery. May it be quick. God Bless, and keep up the good fight.

  • Mike Hendrix January 2, 2023, 8:50 PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, my friend.

  • The Remnant IS Out There January 2, 2023, 10:10 PM

    Hang tough, we’ll need a good raconteur for the rebuild.
    Prayer up!

  • Doctor Samizdat January 3, 2023, 12:15 AM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Get out of that hospital as quickly as you can.

  • Centurion_Cornelius January 3, 2023, 2:01 AM

    Better health–NOW!

    You are admired, loved, and needed.

  • j0edaddy January 3, 2023, 2:55 AM

    Ivermectin. Dr. Zelenko’s protocol. etc. It will pass, the jabs will not.

    • ghostsniper January 3, 2023, 4:53 AM

      He should do 1/4 tube a day for 4 days.
      I did 1/4 tube on the 1st, will do another 1/4 today, etc.
      $45 for 3 tubes:

      I have about 30 tubes on hand.

      • jwm January 3, 2023, 5:48 AM

        You can get the liquid injectible stuff on amazoo. 2ml per week per Ann.
        A little easier to take than the paste.


        • John Venlet January 3, 2023, 6:14 AM

          Yes, but do not inject it.

          • jwm January 3, 2023, 6:51 AM

            I use a shot glass. 2ml IVM with a coffee chaser. It ain’t tasty.


        • ghostsniper January 3, 2023, 6:51 AM

          How do you mean easier John?
          The flavor?
          If so, possibly, as I have never had the liquid stuff.
          The paste is supposed to have an apple flavor but I’m not tasting it.
          To me the paste is not enjoyable but is over in a second so it’s no big deal.
          The consistency is very slippery, like jewelers grease, and the flavor is like metallic plastic, hard to describe. I squeeze it out onto a plastic spoon and then right down the hatch, chase it with a swig of water. Oh yeah, the paste is a transparent light yellow color. When in the spoon it looks like it was squeezed from a toothpaste tube, and for me, is about 1-1/4″ long x 1/4″ dia. 10 mins later and I can still vaguely taste it.

          • jwm January 3, 2023, 6:56 AM

            Simultaneous posting!
            2ml is a tiny amount. I got filler syringes from amazon. I put a couple of squirts in a shot glass, and mix it with a splash of black coffee. The liquid has an unpleasant aftertaste, but that goes away quickly.


            • John Venlet January 3, 2023, 7:05 AM

              John, I take it the exact same way. I get both the Ivermectin and the syringes at Tractor Supply. One stop shopping.

  • David Marshall January 3, 2023, 5:46 AM


    My wife and I are wishing you gezant of nay yor (very good health on this new year)

    David and Mae

  • waitingForTheStorm January 3, 2023, 6:07 AM

    I wish you a speedy and complete recovery, sir. Sorry to hear that you are ill.

  • Aggie January 3, 2023, 6:15 AM

    Thank you for the update on Gerard. Please pass our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, toddy-enhanced, and a swift return to the things in life that count the most. Get Well Soon and All the Best for 2023, Gerard!

  • Jack January 3, 2023, 6:33 AM

    We love you and we pray for you G. Take your time in recovery, we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

  • Jack Lawson January 3, 2023, 6:38 AM

    Praying for you!

  • leelu January 3, 2023, 7:22 AM

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Bear Claw January 3, 2023, 7:34 AM

    Prayers up and for God’s sake do not let him let them give him remdesivir please.

  • anthony gaudio January 3, 2023, 7:41 AM

    God’s peace. God’s strength.

  • azlibertarian January 3, 2023, 7:44 AM

    I too am just a nom-de-internet…little more than a stranger….but I’ve been here long enough to consider you a friend. My very best wishes to you, Gerard. A little prayer has been sent in your name.

  • Callmelennie January 3, 2023, 8:17 AM

    You are a true original, Gerard. Unique, as a matter of fact. When I get the usual crap from some of my extended family about conservatism as Qanon, Doug Jones imbecility, I reply, “Oh, really? Try reading this blog called “American Digest” Read an essay by this Gerard Van Der Leun fella. Then come back at me with your Knuckle Draggin’ Redneck bigotry.”

  • Tom Hyland January 3, 2023, 9:03 AM

    “Freedom is responsibility. That’s why most men avoid it.” – George Bernard Shaw
    My greatest enjoyment at American Digest is that it’s greatly populated by free thinking independent responsible types. Not order followers. I bet Gerard has been threatened during his hospital stay to take the clot shot. I hope like hell he’s been cognizant and alert to not allow these dutiful zombies to get near him. Karma is a bitch. Here’s a breaking story of yet another who called for imprisonment of the unvaxxed… only to keel over dead at the age of 38.

  • SK January 3, 2023, 9:31 AM

    Mr Vanderleun,
    You and your writing are loved and admired by friends and strangers alike. What a miracle this medium is when well used by someone like you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You are missed.

  • James January 3, 2023, 9:34 AM

    Get well……,and soon!

  • Webutante January 3, 2023, 9:48 AM

    Gerard, praying for your complete recovery.

  • Sharon W January 3, 2023, 12:21 PM

    God bless you with quick and complete recovery with no residual issues, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Nori January 3, 2023, 12:41 PM

    Sage advice from Doc Austin and the Ivermectin Warriors.
    Prayers for a speedy recovery, Mr V.

    Wirecutter at Knuckledraggin My Life Away had this gem under The Shit I Posted On Facebook
    A haiku about my life:
    I am so tired
    Where did all my money go
    My back is hurting

  • LadyBikki January 3, 2023, 1:39 PM

    Prayers daily.
    And the Motus prayer warriors are on it !

  • Milton January 3, 2023, 3:04 PM

    Get well soon.
    All the best.

  • Hale Adams January 3, 2023, 6:10 PM


    I was beginning to wonder…..

    Get well soon!

    Hale Adams
    Pikesville, People’s Democratic Republic of Maryland

  • Humdeedee January 3, 2023, 6:24 PM

    Each day that passed without a message in my inbox from NAD made me wonder what was going on. Gerard is so faithful in his posts I knew something sudden had occurred to keep him from his daily offering. Since NAD I don’t come over here to the legacy site as often, but decided to check in to find out what might be the cause of his absence. So sorry to hear that illness is the reason, but grateful to Gerard for dispatching his friend to keep his AD and NAD friends from worrying any longer than we had to. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Be gentle with yourself, take one of Mike’s toddy’s at least once a day and stoke up on the FCCC protocols. You’ll be better in no time. Right? Right! Get well soon. We miss you.

  • Terry January 3, 2023, 6:51 PM

    I posted a comment here yesterday but it is no where to be seen.

    Wishing you a very speedy recovery Gerard. You are like an unseen brother to me. A close member of my family.

  • sisjustjen January 3, 2023, 7:15 PM

    Me too.
    Oh how we miss you.
    You rest. We’ll wait.

  • Jason January 3, 2023, 9:43 PM

    Praying for a speedy recovery!!

  • Jimmy January 3, 2023, 11:18 PM

    Gerard – you survived the fire. You can survive COVID! Best wishes.

  • Pbird January 3, 2023, 11:54 PM

    Waiting to hear the good news of your recovery!
    Adding my stamp to all the prayers!

  • The Tactical Hermit January 4, 2023, 12:01 AM

    My Family’s prayers go out for a Speedy recovery to Mr. Van Der Leun… although I do not know him personally, his writings on American Digest speak volumes of his character. 🙏

  • Cletus Socrates January 4, 2023, 1:28 AM

    Prayers out for you, brother!

  • CW January 4, 2023, 5:14 AM

    The current version of the virus will tag you nicelyfor three or four days, then it should be over and done with. Ivermectin is very helpful if you can get some early on. All the best wishes to you Gerard for a full recovery from both ailments!

  • Gluck January 4, 2023, 6:30 AM

    Back pain is soooooo common with influenza, which is what you’ve got…influenza. Hope that’s all the back pain is. I just had 3 weeks of it. Pony paste (yes) helped a little to keep my lungs from getting a secondary infection, which is what kills us older people (called pneumonia).. I swear these “medical” school graduates are absolute morons. Don’t let them hurt you Gerard! Praying for you today.

    • Froggy January 4, 2023, 7:02 AM

      WHEN WILL YOU LEARN? There is no COVID! Why the heck did you get double-jabbed up if you didn’t think it would protect you from the ‘rona? Your logic is flawed: you got the shots and then you tested yourself.
      There are at least 6 known corona viruses, none of them are classified as diseases. COVID does not exist medically or scientifically. Great is your faith in false science. I hope you get over your flu.

      • ghostsniper January 4, 2023, 8:01 AM

        Gluck didn’t mention covid, so why did you?

      • Terry January 4, 2023, 9:32 AM

        I pray for Gerard-

        To expand on Froggy comment-

        And thank you Margaret Anna Alice (An American national treasure, yes, she, is.) The following information is within Margaret’s latest emailing.

        Go to Arkmedic’s blog.

        It doesn’t matter (12/25/22) Link below.

        Read this whole thread for an education in the fake virus and more.


        Then scroll down to comment by “Allen” (12/25/2022). Read the comment by “Allen” entirely.

        Let the entire blog and at least the comment by “Allen” sink in real well. Then you will be set free of any questions concerning the last three years.

        The world has been robbed, raped, poisoned, experimented on, murdered and is under daily gruesome torture. But you already knew that.

        The fix to this is NON COMPLIANCE.

        • My two cents January 4, 2023, 12:42 PM

          Very good link. Very bad “news”.
          Ever feel like the whole world is out to get you? (Apparently, they are.)

          • Terry January 4, 2023, 2:02 PM

            Yes, bad news, but the truth must be exposed to the light. Or we will not survive as a species. These fools have put the planet in dire straights. For instance, they do not realize that human food is produced by farmers. So, eat bugs, you will enjoy them.

            Also, these fools blame climate change on you and me. Personally I do fly C-17’s and spray chemicals in the air a 30,000′ altitude. The dot gov does however and 24 seven all over the planet.

            A neighbor here has a friend in the USAF stationed in northern Cali at a base that is home to a fleet of C-17’s. The friend told my neighbor recently that he was able to enter one of these craft. Above the cockpit door was a sign that read: “Spray, spray, spray and let God sort them out”. The plane was full of liquid storage tanks, pumps and etc. Pipes running all over the interior. Warning signs all over the interior “Danger” “Harsh and poisonous chemicals” and so forth. This is all from the USAF person who saw this. I have not personally viewed any of this.

            Have you noticed the strange weather of late?

  • jd January 4, 2023, 7:16 AM


    Two days later do we have any more news?
    Thank you.

    • My two cents January 4, 2023, 8:40 AM

      Yes. But let’s remember that CA is on Pacific time, 3 hrs. behind NY and 2 hrs. behind Central (US) time.

  • Dan Patterson January 4, 2023, 9:34 AM

    I am fearful.

    • My two cents January 4, 2023, 11:10 AM

      Yes. But the body has many systems, in any one of which something can go wrong, and the most critical problem has to be dealt with first. So an answer for us may be complicated at this point.

  • Harry January 4, 2023, 11:47 AM

    Feel better. Hurry back.

  • AbigailAdams January 4, 2023, 12:00 PM

    Fear not. I’m sure he will be updating everyone soon.

    • Dan Patterson January 4, 2023, 12:08 PM


  • Odysseus January 4, 2023, 12:09 PM

    Severe back pain (associated with sciatica) is apparently a thing with Covid. I experienced this and it went from my back down my leg to my foot on one side. Couldn’t stand, sit, or lay down for 3-4 days. When it went away completely after a week or two I had a dead spot under my foot that never went away. Met someone else who had this and I was at the nerve doctors a few weeks back for an unrelated issue. He indicated he has seen a lot of this and the foot issue is probably permanent.

  • LP January 4, 2023, 12:13 PM

    I believe all of the love and prayers Gerard is getting will encourage and strengthen him ☀️

  • Flappr January 4, 2023, 12:31 PM


    From all of us at Flappr, we are sending you prayers and wish you a speedy and full recovery.

    God bless.

  • Terry January 4, 2023, 2:08 PM

    We are with you Gerard. We all need you to be well and keep our big family warm, informed and entertained.

    God bless.

  • Larry Jones January 4, 2023, 3:24 PM

    Mr. Van der Leun,

    Prayers sent along with good wishes for a speedy recovery. We will miss you.

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