I can hear and sense the despair in my patients when they share their concerns and fears about both contracting the COVID-19 infection and their ambivalence in receiving, or not, the vaccine. Contributing to this air of hopelessness is the internet and media being awash with information some of which is true, but much of which is spun, twisted, and spewing forth false impressions.
Many have the mistaken impression that there is absolutely not much that can be done to confront and alleviate the symptoms of this disease. As we are in the midst of a pandemic there will of course be those who will succumb to it. Deaths in the middle of a pandemic are inevitable. But the impression that there is no hope of treating or ameliorating the symptoms of COVID-19 is simply not true. The mantra to vaccinate everyone “no matter what”, disregarding the existing early treatment of COVID-19, further instills this hopeless feeling especially since we are now witnessing vaccinated individuals contracting, shedding the virus, and dying from the COVID-19 infection.
Much more information has come to light since last year regarding both the infection and the vaccines. Medical historians will probably look back on 2020 in awe and declare it to be a great scandal as to why the available early treatment of a viral illness was so aggressively suppressed in favor of a vaccine that continues to miscarriage as a PREVENTIVE vaccine.
Out of desperation for a meaningful treatment to assuage the symptoms and outcomes of the COVID-19 infections, doctors around the world have sought out and continue to seek out various medications that are unquestionably effective, based on their mechanisms of actions in the human body, and their safety.
One such medicine, Ivermectin, in addition to other pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals (see below), continues to make a difference in outcomes that decrease hospitalization rates, severity of illness, and death. For decades, these medicines have been approved, established, and proven for their respective treatments.
Ivermectin was discovered by two physicians who for their work on it were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine because the drug essentially wiped out River Blindness, a parasitic deforming infection in Africa. Merck owned the patent on Ivermectin for years; their patent expired in 1997. Even though Merck donated 3.7 BILLION doses to developing countries, they reportedly disavowed the usefulness of the drug one week before they accepted and qualified to receive a $356 MILLION contract from the US government to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Recently, clinician researchers have analyzed the global experience in treating the COVID-19 infection with Ivermectin. In June and July, two papers were published in the form of a meta-analysis that reveals the benefits of Ivermectin’s effect on COVID-19 infections. A meta-analysis, the gold standard in statistically analyzing the results, gathers all of the available studies, statistically analyzes them to determine if the results are by chance or the result of the agent, in this case Ivermectin. Sixty-three (63) of these studies have been analyzed to date, thirty-one (31) of which are random controlled trials. Currently, there are 79 countries whose Health Ministries have imposed the use of Ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19. This past week, Japan has recommended all citizens with COVID-19 take Ivermectin.
Ivermectin has been approved by the CDC for many years for the treatment of worms/parasites. If you google “CDC Parasite Scabies Medications” you will find that of the five medications recommended Ivermectin is the fifth. The CDC’s dosing recommendation for Ivermectin in treating parasites and worms is the same dose being recommended by leading physicians (FLCCC.net) using it to treat COVID-19 – (0.2mg/kg).
Ivermectin has very effective anti-viral properties. It does not kill the COVID-19 virus, and is not a replacement to a vaccine but rather a complement. It has 22 known and proposed mechanisms of action against the virus. It prevents its entry into the body’s cell and it disrupts the virus’s biological action if it’s already inside the cell, allowing the body’s natural immune system to confront and stay ahead of the ill effects, while also ameliorating the inflammatory effects. The results are remarkable.
This past week, the province of Uttar Pradesh in India, a population of 241 MILLION people, reports they have effectively eliminated COVID-19 using Ivermectin, with only 5% of their population being vaccinated. For the previous two weeks, of 2.5 MILLION people tested, only 201 were positive (=0.0007%). This compares to the U.S. at 0.14% (…a 2000-fold difference). The WHO has held them up as a model.
Interestingly, it is reported that Pfizer has begun work (March) on a chemical/medication/pill to treat COVID-19 that works by inhibiting the protease enzyme in the cell. This is the primary way that Ivermectin prevents the COVID-19 virus from entering the cell. The supposition is that when it is approved you will be told it is necessary to take this “new” medication along with any boosters that will be necessary in order to stay protected. If you’re holding your breath that this medication will be inexpensive, don’t.
Every month brings a new set of insights, facts, and data; everything is dynamic. It turned out to be an illusion in 2020 to believe being vaccinated would bring us all to herd immunity. It was an illusion before July that the pandemic was dying down. And it is an illusion now to think that being vaccinated is more beneficial to the public’s health than being unvaccinated, as we witness before our eyes the consequences of a leaky vaccine that is specific for preventing the original virus but not any variants.
The way forward, whether you are vaccinated or not, according to expert virologists and immunologists, is that when you contract the symptoms of COVID-19, you should not wait before seeking medical help; that you should obtain early treatment that blocks and disrupts the virus’ actions, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and monoclonal antibody infusions, that significantly reduces the inflammatory response and allows your natural antibodies to do its thing. Your chance of being hospitalized or having a severe case, or dying, will be SIGNIFICANTLY reduced.