Tag: hydroxychloroquine

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The Great Uniter/Dear Leader has spoken and his patience is all used up.  The shot is safe, effective and free!  What is anybody waiting for?  There are no more excuses.  If you remain unvaxxed at this point, you are lower than pond scum.  (Except illegals!)  You are a potential murderer.  (Except illegals!)  All your societal […]

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Don’t Get COVID-19 Without Having a Plan Ahead of Time

 

Let’s say that, God forbid, you end up contracting COVID-19. What are you going to do? That’s not a rhetorical question, it’s serious, and one that needs to be answered by everyone well before they get a positive test result. I did not have an answer to that question before I tested positive and now I’m kicking myself. And I’m pretty certain that’s been the case with millions of other people as well.

So here’s how it went down for me. I had some very mild symptoms (which later got worse) and decided to get tested just to be on the safe side. Since my job involves going in and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals, I was at higher risk than the average person. But since I had been doing that for months on end without getting the virus, I assumed that mask- and glove-wearing was keeping me safe. Wrong!

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So let’s talk facts: there is a country that is a gateway nation between the East and the West. Perhaps no other nation on the globe is as well established as the hub for where two separate parts of the world become intertwined. To say that it has an international flavor, with people from all […]

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The Lancet’s COVID Fiasco

 

On June 4, The Lancet, a venerable British medical publication, formally retracted a thoroughly flawed study on the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), originally published on May 22. The study was led by Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School—and one of its co-authors was Dr. Sapan Desai, CEO of the small healthcare startup Surgisphere, which performed the study. Immediately upon publication, Surgisphere sought to parry charges that its data was flawed by claiming that contractual restrictions forbade it from sharing its granular datasets with outside parties for review and verification.

The key findings of the study were stunners: most critically, that the use of HCQ led to a substantial increase in mortality rates—around 30 percent—and the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in these COVID-19 patients.

Many experts immediately promoted the study. Steven Nissen, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic stated: “It’s a very striking finding and it’s convincing to me… Based upon these findings and others, no one should take hydroxychloroquine with or without an antibiotic unless they are in a randomized controlled trial. It should not be used in the general population to prevent or to treat Covid-19 infection.” And Eric Topol, a leading American cardiologist, tweeted that the use of HCQ was associated with a “significant increase in death.” The ubiquitous Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-time head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confidently announced days after The Lancet study that HCQ was “not effective” against coronavirus, but stopped short of calling for an outright ban. The World Health Organization announced that it was suspending clinical trials of the drug (now fortunately resumed), and this was soon followed by bans on the use of HCQ to treat COVID-19 by France, Belgium, and Italy.

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“The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine are today acknowledging serious questions about the data used in studies they published about the potentially damaging effects of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to coronavirus patients…” I so wish this medicine hadn’t gotten politicized, so that I could see it discussed in an objective, scientific manner, without […]

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Gimme Some of That Hydroxychloriquine!

 

One of the oddest and most fascinating debates about this whole COVID thing is the battle of studies over the 60-year-old anti-malaria drug, Hydroxychloriquine (treatment often also includes Zythromax, a commonly-used, broad-spectrum anti-biotic, and Zinc supplements) being used “off label.” Its use for such off-label purposes has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Ever since President Trump lauded early reports of its successful use to treat some COVID patients, it seems a lot of “experts” have been on a quest to disprove its reported effectiveness. You would think people would be interested in any potential treatment until a vaccine is successfully developed.

You would be wrong. Social media went ablaze recently when a highly respected British Medical Journal, The Lancet, published a study that claimed the drug was not only ineffective for treating COVID but harmed some people. It looked legit on the surface. And it countered lots of other studies and reports from doctors on the effectiveness of Hydroxy for treating many COVID patients, at least early in the process. And of course, when Trump announced he was on a two-week regime, people went nuts.

Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate courts in Wisconsin and Oregon siding with freedom over heavy-handed governors, although Oregon Supreme Court just overruled the lower court and sided with the governor. They’re also exasperated as President Trump takes hydroxychloroquine, despite testing negative for coronavirus, in the latest salvo in this bizarre battle over whether the drug helps treat COVID-19. They also hammer House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for making the fight even more juvenile. And they respond to a liberal opinion writer in the New York Times pathetically changing what they really meant by #BelieveWomen so it doesn’t apply to Joe Biden and Tara Reade.

Heads Explode on Command: POTUS Takes HCQ

 

Trump thumbs upWell, the week certainly started off with a bang. President Trump held two televised meetings, one with the new White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and the other with restaurant industry leaders. In the second forum, he took “questions” from the usual suspects, who naturally asked about everything except restaurant workers and all the workers in the supply chains that are harmed by governments ordering restaurants to go out of business or go far deeper in debt. The honking gaggle gave President Trump a chance to reveal something I had suspected ever since Vice President Pence visited a hospital, on camera, without wearing a mask. President Trump, and likely Vice President Pence, are taking hydroxychloroquine as preventive medicine.*

This matters for several reasons. First, it matters that President Trump, and likely Vice President Pence, are doing all they can to keep healthy during the pandemic. They come in contact with an extraordinary number of people, who themselves have had contact with an unknown number of people. No screening test is perfect. Second, it matters that President Trump is opposing Dr. Fauci’s pet positions with the positions of many other real medical doctors. This should help push the FDA to stop the #resistance on this drug that their associates in universities and industry cannot turn to money or career profit. It should provide a stronger signal to patients and doctors who wish to use it to prevent or treat early stage COVID-19. Finally, it annoyed all the right people, including at Faux News, so that was a joy bonus to start the week.

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A Texas doctor calls out so many aspects of this hoax on us – which since we are watching as people die due to lack of the medical establishment stepping up and behaving as it should, is now a full fledged war on us. This war has consisted of:1) people seeking medical help at TX […]

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A friend sent me this link to the article covering the study of hydroxychloroquine (HC) treatment at the VA hospitals, which I commented on a day or two ago. The headline news for the tl;dnr crowd was that there is no benefit to treatment with HC or with HC and azithromycin (AZ) compared to AZ alone, […]

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