Four positive signs we’re seeing as we move into year 3 of this pandemic
Here we are in May 2022. We made it through the “winter of death.” The springtime birds are singing, the sun is shining and we’re feeling hopeful… So let’s briefly take stock of how things are looking, shall we?
1) The FLCCC and CDC found something to agree on
It took a while. A lot longer than any of us thought it would, in fact. And although it wasn’t how we imagined it might go, and certainly not how we suggested, the Centers for Disease Control recently came to a bold conclusion — one the FLCCC has been championing all along: “Early treatment works.”
Still, we agreed on something: COVID is treatable. Let’s take our wins where we can.
2) States are starting to push back
Legislatures in 30 states – 60% of the country — have now proposed bills either putting limits on the authority of health boards to punish doctors who promote alternative treatments, or explicitly enabling the promotion of those treatments.
As Drs. Kory and Marik say, the federal public health agencies have been captured by Big Pharma, so our only hope is in individual states fighting back. And state legislators will only do that if they hear the voice of the people — i.e., you!
Let’s have a look at some recent advances:
- On May 5, New Hampshire’s Senate adopted a bill that allows licensed providers to create a standing order for pharmacists to dispense ivermectin (for a legitimate medical purpose). The bill also prohibits medical, nursing and pharmacy boards from disciplining licensees based on that standing order.
- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill making ivermectin accessible as a treatment for COVID-19 with no need for a prescription. Under the new law, anyone over 19 will be able to go to the pharmacist and “describe their symptoms and provide additional information about other conditions and medications to help the pharmacist determine the dosage.”
- A bill introduced in Ohio late last month would prevent health departments, healthcare facilities and pharmacies from refusing to promote or expand access to ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for COVID.
This doesn’t mean you can roll right into a pharmacy in Nashville or Nashua and grab some ivermectin off the shelf just yet, but after two years of a near-daily struggle just to be allowed to treat COVID, these are small victories. Thanks to the dedication, sacrifice and hard work of many people around this country, change is beginning to manifest — slowly but surely.
Wendy Zukerman hosts a podcast called ‘Science Vs’ and she recently devoted an episode to what she calls “the wild and bizarre tale of … ivermectin.”
Of the 82 studies from around the world that have now looked at IVM and COVID, Zukerman focused on just two – the now discredited Elgazzar paper and the recently released and highly suspicious TOGETHER trial.
Here’s the conclusion her podcast came to:
“Ivermectin didn’t work”
We all know that’s not true. Even the TOGETHER trial’s principal investigator, Edward Mills, knows it’s not true:
“I advocate that, actually, there is a clear signal that IVM works in COVID patients, just that our study didn’t achieve significance. I really don’t view our study as negative… I think if we had continued randomizing a few hundred more patients, it would have likely been significant.”
According to Zukerman, having a nice doctor like Pierre Kory, who gives you a drug they really believe will work, maybe just makes you feel better. Hear her out:
She cites a previous episode of her own show from 2019 on placebos to back this up.
Another podcaster suggests some people were going to get better from COVID anyway, so doctors who get results by prescribing ivermectin can’t really claim the drug is having an effect. He explains:
If it’s true that a lot of people will have a mild case and recover on their own, then it’s hard to understand why vaccines should be mandatory and why people should be encouraged to take an expensive medicine like Paxlovid with its many drug-drug interactions. But that’s a topic for another time.
Other people who still struggle to “explain” the effectiveness of ivermectin, demonstrated in study after study, put it down to the fact that many of those studies were conducted in places where people are infected with worms.
Or, it could just be that ivermectin works for COVID… Go figure.
4) There is a growing understanding of how clinical trials can be corrupted or designed to fail
Thanks to the tireless work of researchers and investigators like Alexandros Marinos, Phil Harper, Steve Kirsch, Pierre Kory, Flavio Cadegiani and many others, people are gaining a better view into the inner workings of clinical trials and medical journals.
Sadly, what’s being revealed is not a pretty sight.
The story of how Andrew Hill was likely coerced into changing the conclusions of his meta-analysis on ivermectin, and the many ways in which the much-touted TOGETHER trial was based on bad science, are now well documented.
Will this awareness change anything? Maybe, maybe not. As a society, we may have become indifferent to the truth if that truth threatens to shatter our illusions. But as a group of people with a moral conscience, the FLCCC will not stop exposing lies when we see them. We will not stop encouraging critical thinking. We will not stop pursuing solutions for a better world.
For over two years, the members of the FLCCC have endured assaults on our character, integrity, personal and professional reputations, and livelihoods. We have had ample opportunity to turn and walk away, to acquiesce, to give in.
But we didn’t.
We will never give up on our patients. We will never give up on fighting for safe, science-based solutions to one the greatest medical challenges we have ever faced.
We will be here when others see the light and decide to come join us. We won’t even complain (much) if others try to co-opt our ideas and take credit for them. Treating patients and saving lives is in our DNA and will always come before divisive politics and crony capitalism.