Promise In The War Against Covid-19

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 4 weeks ago

We’ve previously seen the work by French doctors using hydroxychloroquine as a therapeutic for Coronavirus.  Those studies have been supplemented by another 80 patients.

For an Israeli doctor in Italy, “the hospital where he works has also seen positive results from the antiviral drug Remdesivir.”  He adds, “One technique he said had yielded dramatic results was to have patients lie on their stomach instead of on their back while on a ventilator. “Suddenly the oxygen level in the blood jumped by hundreds of percents,” he said.

But there is also copious data from doctors in New York concerning this new treatment protocol.

Last Wednesday, we published the success story from Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in New York, after he successfully treated 350 coronavirus patients with 100 percent success using a cocktail of drugs: hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate.  Dr. Zelenko said he saw the symptom of shortness of breath resolved within four to six hours after treatment.

Now, Dr. Zelenko provides updates on the treatment after he successfully treated 699 COVID-19 patients in New York. In an exclusive interview with former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Vladmir Zelenko shares the results of his latest study, which showed that out of his 699 patients treated, zero patients died, zero patients intubated, and four hospitalizations.

Dr. Zelenko said the whole treatment costs only $20 over a period of 5 days with 100% success. He defines success as “Not to die.” Dr. Zelenko first posted his Facebook video message last week calling on President Trump to “advise the country that they should be taking this medication.”

There are many other success stories about hydroxychloroquine across the country. Last week, Dr. William Grace, an oncologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said they’ve not had a single death in their hospital because of  hydroxychloroquine. “Thanks to hydroxychloroquine, we have not had a death in our hospital,’ Dr. Grace said.

Also, in a study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) also confirmed some of Dr. Dr. Zelenko’s findings. The study by NIH showed that Zinc supplementation decreases the morbidity of lower respiratory tract infection in pediatric patients in the developing world. A second study also conducted by NIH titled: “In Vitro Antiviral Activity and Projection of Optimized Dosing Design of Hydroxychloroquine for the Treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2),” also showed hydroxychloroquine to be more potent in killing the virus off in vitro (in the test tube and not in the body).

He has participated in an instructive video to explain his position.  There is hope with these protocol, but it’s clear from the data and information that the intent isn’t to wait until the patient isn’t responsive to other treatment.

Contrary to that, I’ve mentioned that I am personally aware of one local hospital that takes the position that only a pulmonologist can prescribe these drugs, and then, only as “rescue adjunctive therapy” after ARDS has already begun to occur.  In other words, he must wait until it’s too late to invoke this protocol.

Who knows why?  Perhaps this is because doctors are slow to accept these protocol, perhaps it’s because they are loath to accept treatment protocol that hasn’t been taught to them in medical school or accepted by the FDA.  But for whatever reason, this shows that America still isn’t prepared for this pandemic, and won’t be until doctors are willing to think outside their boxes and listen to others who have gone before them.

Politics may be standing in the way of the health and safety of the public.

UPDATE:

FDA Authorizes Use.

The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence.

“Scientists in America and around the world have identified multiple potential therapeutics for COVID19, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar tweeted on Sunday night, praising Trump and the EUA.

Career scientists have been skeptical of the effort, noting the lack of data on the drugs’ efficacy for coronavirus care and worried that it would siphon medication away from patients who need it for other conditions, calling instead for the agency to pursue its usual clinical trials.

What else would you expect from Politico.  “Despite scant evidence.”

Career scientists want to control what is administered to whom, when, under what conditions, and to ensure they get the credit for it.

I’m beginning to smell a rat.  My daughter observes to me that the potential side effects are nausea.  It isn’t like the drug can kill people when administered under the direction of a health care provider.

Do you think that perhaps some of this is political, and possibly a turf war, with American lives hanging in the balance?


Comments

  1. On March 30, 2020 at 10:17 pm, Checkers said:

    I am a physician in Ohio. The Governor here has banned our ability to use this protocol. I would agree that it should be given to positive cases and not just passed out willy nilly. That said, I am waiting 5-6 days on test reports on my suspected cases.. this is after filling out protocol forms to get the test and being told some cases “don’t qualify”. Thus,current testing does not allow use of the protocol as these folks go south fast, 6 days to wait on results is not workable. I think the treatment is likely useful, it can’t be used till we have rapid testing readily and widely available and the government doesn’t threaten to take my license for doing it.

  2. On March 30, 2020 at 10:35 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @Checkers,

    I grok your pain. I hope there is hope on the horizon.

    https://www.engadget.com/2020-03-28-abbott-covid-19-lab-in-box-test-fda.html

  3. On March 31, 2020 at 6:50 am, ragman said:

    Checkers: I call BS on your “plan”. I am responsible for “me”. No one else, including “doctors”. Instead of making this protocol available to anyone over 60 and allowing the individual to use it as they see fit, the “medical profession” continues on its power trip. We are possibly talking life and death here, sports fans. Oh, by the way doc, why don’t you enlighten us: how many Americans are killed every year due to the gross incompetence of “doctors”? Sorry for the rant, Captain. Throw me off your forum if you wish, but I simply won’t stay silent about this anymore.

  4. On March 31, 2020 at 7:18 am, dad29 said:

    The very BEST reason for ‘waiting’………LAWYERS.

    The PI’s will sue, and no MD will have a vote b/c his malpractice carrier will settle–and his rates will go up.

  5. On March 31, 2020 at 7:40 am, Heywood said:

    You hit it on the head with the last line, Herschel. This is ALL political. The medical field has been veering into politics for many years. Had DJT said this drug combination was crap and nobody should try it, MDs would be giving it out like candy at a parade. Now imagine the politics with single payer……

  6. On March 31, 2020 at 8:43 am, Fred said:

    Mr. Checkers and all,

    “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

    There is a higher law. If life is in danger it is incumbent upon every man to save the individuals that Holy God puts in front of them. If you know of a curative cocktail, especially of readily available common compounds, and you don’t administer it to the those that are under your charge, you are criminal before the throne of Holy God, reprobate, an Idolater of your false gods; State and Orgs of men, you are a murderer in the sight of a thrice holy resurrected Christ, you are without excuse, may you burn forever and forever. Amen.

    Thou shalt not kill; is clearly invoked against all men, direct, and enjoined, and not avoidable by rejecting our conscience due to some law of men that countermands Holy God. You are to do this thing even if it means losing your license, losing your livelihood, losing your standing, losing your property, being jailed, and even if they torture you to death on the cross!!!

    America is full of weak men, who know not the power of God, have not this power in them, know not how to invoke His holy name unto Justice.

    I told you before and I’m telling y’all again: you are about to witness every terrible act of tyranny against you and the most bazaar of behaviors and it’s your own fault. America is a wicked sin filled pustule that needs to be lanced and drained.

    “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

    Until you are no longer fearful of man, and fear God, I don’t understand how you can call yourselves saved of God, born again, being converted, transformed, being regenerated into the likeness of His Son. Now is the time for men known of God to stand forth; seek the lost, don’t back down, reject false edicts, tell your neighbors that there is a God who can save their soul alive if that they would only believe that God has raised His Son from the dead, even if it means being burned alive in a vat of oil.

    God doesn’t call us unto fear, He calls us unto power: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

  7. On March 31, 2020 at 10:14 am, Frank Clarke said:

    “First, do no harm.”

    If waiting causes harm, waiting violates the Physician’s Oath.

  8. On March 31, 2020 at 1:29 pm, Drake said:

    I’ve been on that stuff while in the tropics for anti-malarial purposes. I noticed no ill-affects at all (and no malaria despite hikes through the jungle). The stuff is about as inexpensive and common as aspirin in equatorial countries. I truly hope that is both a cure and prevention for this virus.

    As for the Governors banning – perhaps the most evil and despicable political acts I’ve witnessed in the United States. It will cost lives and cause incredible suffering. If the families of victims lynched those three, I’d cheer.

  9. On March 31, 2020 at 2:09 pm, Drake said:

    If I remember correctly, you have to be careful with the stuff if you have a bad ticker, otherwise pretty safe stuff at normal doses.

  10. On March 31, 2020 at 3:18 pm, BRVTVS said:

    They’ve now just about guaranteed a black market for it. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the shortages are, in part, due to employee theft at pharmacies due to the lucrative black market they’ve created.

  11. On March 31, 2020 at 8:16 pm, Wes said:

    The story from Checkers seems to make the Governor complicit in war crimes (and I would agree if true). Perhaps, then, I’m not understanding the updated Emergency Rule from the State of Ohio Pharmacy Board found here:

    https://www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/Documents/Pubs/Special/COVID19Resources/Emergency%20Rule%20for%20Dispensing%20Chloroquine%20and%20Hydroxychloroquine.pdf

  12. On March 31, 2020 at 8:22 pm, Wes said:

    Sir, my apologies for the way that link to the Ohio Pharmacy Board pasted in. Not familiar with the browser syntax or I’d have certainly made it tidier.
    Guess I’d better shuffle off & do a conference call & touch base with the grand-kids.
    Mea culpa. Dang!

  13. On March 31, 2020 at 9:42 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    @Wes,

    It ain’t no thing. No worries.

  14. On April 2, 2020 at 12:15 am, Georgiaboy61 said:

    Re: “Do you think that perhaps some of this is political, and possibly a turf war, with American lives hanging in the balance?”

    Anyone – Democrat, Republican or Independent alike – who uses the present disease outbreak as an opportunity to play politics – is guilty of a contemptible act, one truly beyond the pale.

    Acts amply deserving of censure, if not actual punishment – up to and including criminal charges if warranted.

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