The tragedy is it’s not saving more
by Linda bonvie
The story of ivermectin could easily translate into a script for a sci-fi flick.
The Good Guys (a group of top-rated physicians) discover a cure for a worldwide pandemic in a safe, cheap, old drug that’s been administered billions of times. Their attempts to save humanity, however, are thwarted by armchair doctors from public health agencies who control what treatments (if any) are allowed. The Good Guys are censored if they try to talk about how they are curing patients with this medication. Research and observations are dismissed, and “blue chip” practicing physicians are treated like kooks.
Perhaps one day it will be a movie. But for now, it’s real life.
As I reported at the end of May, Ivermectin: why is the FDA opposed to using it to treat Covid?, the drug ivermectin is incredibly safe (referred to as “one of the safest drugs known to medical science”), has been extensively used since 1987 and FDA-approved for humans since 1996, and is able to stop Covid in its tracks. Ivermectin can prevent one from becoming ill with the virus and is a reliable treatment even for those who are extremely sick. Prescribing a medication such as ivermectin off-label (meaning not for a drug’s approved FDA indication), is a legal, common, and never-before-questioned practice (20 percent of all Rx’s are for off-label uses already).
The only thing “wrong” with ivermectin appears to be the astonishingly bizarre way public health authorities are reacting to it, along with social media’s knee-jerk reaction – censoring practically any mention of this old drug. (An article I wrote about ivermectin in May, for example, was recently removed from the blogging platform Medium, which stated it posed an “elevated risk of potential harm to persons or public health.”)
To truly appreciate just how absurd this story has become, you need to know about the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC). First organized in early 2020 to research the most useful therapies and protocols for Covid-19, the group was appalled by the fact that doctors were being told to “stand down” and provide only “supportive care,” such as Tylenol, with patients receiving no medical help until they were gasping for air.
The five FLCCC founding members are among the most knowledgeable, published, hands-on docs out there, especially where lung diseases are concerned. The core group includes Dr. Paul Marik, head of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, a top clinician and researcher with more than 500 peer-reviewed papers to his credit; Dr. Pierre Kory (FLCCC president), critical care and lung disease specialist and former medical director for the Trauma and Life Support Center at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center; Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff and critical care at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston; Dr. G. Umberto Meduri, professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; and Dr. Jose Iglesias, associate professor at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall in New Jersey.
Ivermectin was not included in the FLCCC Covid protocols until October of 2020. What was originally called for by the group for hospitalized Covid-19 patients – and which they were first vilified for, but now has become the standard of care – were corticosteroids and blood thinners.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
By December of 2020 Dr. Kory took his case for ivermectin use for Covid, along with “mountains of evidence,” right to Congress. The resulting video, shot and posted by C-SPAN was removed by YouTube after receiving millions of views. In fact, many videos the FLCCC have posted tend to mysteriously disappear, with a “Sorry, this video does not exist” message. (The group has recently moved to another online platform called “odysee” where you can still see Dr. Kory’s Senate testimony as well as the group’s weekly updates.)
But with all the suspicion being aroused about ivermectin by Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the FDA, one might think that it can only be obtained on a dark street corner in a brown paper bag. A quick survey of big-name pharmacies in my locale in South Jersey found that all were stocking ivermectin, with one “having a run” on the drug and being temporarily out. It’s being used in certain hospitals in the U.S. and prescribed by many doctors, while on a larger scale, many countries around the world have adopted ivermectin-based protocols for both prevention and treatment. (For a map and full details of global ivermectin use for Covid-19 go here.)
None of these little details, however, are being mentioned in mainstream or even most sub-mainstream media. Dr. Kory was quoted in an article in TK News in June as saying “it was decided that all information must go in one direction, from the Gods of Science down. But that’s not the way it works. Science happens on the ground…(not) at the top of the mountain.”
‘It’s an Antiviral!’
One of those doctors “on the ground” is Key West-based cardiologist Bruce Boros, who has been treating hundreds of patients successfully with ivermectin including actor Louis Gossett Jr., who credits the drug with “saving my life.”
Boros’s early research led him to ivermectin back in 2020 and he can’t seem to emphasize enough the antiviral properties he has observed with the medicine, saying that especially with the Delta variant you can’t wait for a positive test to come back, advising both people and practitioners to start treating with ivermectin on “day one.”
The FLCCC’s Dr. Marik agrees. “At the first onset of the disease treat it. If you treat early, you will not spread this disease and you will not end up in the hospital.”
Of interest, there are already thousands of variants of SARS-CoV-2; the “virus mutates all the time,” Marik explained. Unfortunately, the Delta variant is much more transmissible and replicates to much higher concentrations. Fortunately, the virus and all its variants “of interest” still remain “highly susceptible” to ivermectin, the doctor states. “It’s going to keep on evolving, keep on mutating and we are going to have to live with this,” Marik says.
In an inadvertent way, Andrew Pollard, head of the UK’s Oxford Vaccine Group and someone directly involved in the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid shot, agrees with Marik.
Pollard just told a UK group on Coronavirus that vaccines, despite shortening the length of time of viral shedding in Covid-positive vaccinated people and slowing the process of transmission, will not stop the spread of Covid. On top of that, the once-often-discussed goal of “herd immunity” is “not a possibility because it still infects vaccinated individuals,” Pollard said. The Oxford researcher went even further, saying that he suspects the virus will produce “a variant which is perhaps even better at transmitting in vaccinated populations.”
It would seem logical that when a vaccine researcher and proponent such as Pollard tells us that Covid isn’t going away anytime soon, health officials would jump on the ivermectin bandwagon. But so far that hasn’t been the case. The FDA continues to warn about using the drug, although the only clear rationale they put forth appears to be the risk involved in taking ivermectin in super-large doses meant for horses (the drug is also used in veterinary medicine as a de-wormer).
The bizarre nature of such reactions has led Dr. Marik to the point of exasperation, saying recently “the world has gone mad.”
“If you take it prophylactically you don’t get SARS-CoV-2. If you take it early it reduces your risk of aggressive symptoms and landing in the hospital. If you give it to patients in the hospital it reduces the risk of death by 56 percent. And yet the NIH the CDC the WHO don’t want to talk about ivermectin,” Marik said.
Positive ivermectin research has been ample and varied, and includes cellular studies conducted since 2012 demonstrating its anti-viral properties against a variety of diseases; seven randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving non-hospitalized patients; six RCTs and five observational controlled trials (OCTs), along with a database analysis study in hospitalized Covid patients; and epidemiological data and prophylaxis studies, including three RCTs and five OCTs (four of which were published in peer-reviewed journals) indicating that ivermectin can prevent transmission of Covid-19. (A one-page summary of research can be found here.)
Also, a just-out randomized, controlled, double-blind trial from May 2020 through January 2021 from Israel found that ivermectin shortens the duration of a Covid infection along with significantly reducing the time during which someone can spread the virus. Professor Eli Schwartz said his research shows “first and foremost that ivermectin has antiviral activity,” with a practically 100 percent chance a sick person will be noninfectious in four to six days.
Another recent article, this one in the journal New Microbes and New Infections by researchers and MDs from institutions as wide-ranging as Yale, Texas A&M and Tokyo’s Kitasato University, found that “the evidence to date supports the worldwide extension of IVM (ivermectin) treatments for COVID-19 complementary to immunizations.” The group also mentioned ivermectin use in Peru where “excess deaths fell by a mean of 74% over 30 days” in ten states that provided the “most extensive treatments.”
As for how to take ivermectin, the FLCCC has developed several protocols: I-Mask+ for prevention and early outpatient treatment and MATH+ for hospitalized patients. And it should be noted that ivermectin, while the core medication, is not alone. Vitamins D and C, zinc, melatonin and quercetin are also on the protocols with more seriously ill patients advised to incorporate fluvoxamine, aspirin, nasal flushes and certain mouthwashes. (See the full protocols here: https://covid19criticalcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/FLCCC-Alliance-I-MASKplus-Protocol-ENGLISH.pdf.)
In spite of all the worldwide research and use, journal articles and doctors of merit who support ivermectin, there seems to be no way for this old, safe and effective medication to avoid being politicized – described in a recent Yahoo! News story as being a drug “promoted by rightwing figures worldwide for treating Covid-19.”
Perhaps Dr. Marik is right, the world has truly gone mad.