Ivermectin is an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, off-patent drug used to treat, amongst other things, river blindness. FDA-approved, it is used for animals to treat heartworm disease and certain external parasites.
In addition, the active ingredient, hydroxychloroquine, is an immunosuppressant used in Plaquenil (brand name) to treat lupus.
In a study by Caly et. al., it is said to inhibit HIV-1 replication and is able to affect an approximately 5000 fold reduction in viral RNA (ribonucleic acid) at 48-hours.
Why is the reduction in viral RNA important?
COVID is a SARS-CoV-2 virus, meaning that the genetic material is in the RNA. The viral RNA tricks human RNA into mistaking it for its own, thus allowing it to replicate and take over and take over its host.
And it has been very effective in this case.
Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance
The Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) is a group of renowned physicians and researchers who have been researching and developing cures and treatment for COVID, at all stages, since March 2020.
Pierre Kory, MD, President of the FLCCC, appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. In this video (facts begin around 4:10) he testified to the amazing anti-viral properties of ivermectin.
According to Kory, when taken prophylactically, it prevents COVID. In addition, when taken by hospital patients, it stops the disease in its tracks, thus lowering the mortality rate. These findings were the result of randomized controlled clinical trials in hospital patients and caregivers.
You can read the results from around the world here.
Ivermectin has been distributed among populations in Brazil, Paraguay. and Peru resulting in a decrease in new COVID cases and deaths.
What the FDA is saying
Proponents of ivermectin sing its praises and downplay its dangers, claiming that it has a low rate of adverse events, that most were mild, and that serious reactions took place in less than one percent of cases.
The FDA claims that yes, ivermectin is approved for the treatment of parasites and worms, and topical treatment of external parasites such as head lice and rosacea. It has also approved for veterinary use for heartworm disease and external parasites.
However, they claim that side effects are severe and include skin rash; nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; stomach pain, facial and/or limb swelling; dizziness, seizures, and confusion; a sudden drop in blood pressure; severe skin rash requiring hospitalization; hepatitis; decrease in white blood cells; and elevated liver tests.
They claim that safety has “not been established.”
An FDA task force has been organized to monitor fraudulent COVID-19 products and they’ve removed dozens sold online.
Animal v. Human Use
The sternest warning is that not all ivermectin products are created for human use or consumption. Products designed for veterinary use are only for animals.
This makes sense, though if ivermectin can be manufactured for human use, and it is an effective treatment against all things COVID, why isn’t it being researched, manufactured, and distributed as such?
There isn’t enough to go around.
There aren’t enough doses of the vaccine to go around.
The world population is 7.8 billion and enough vaccine for 2.6 to 3.1 billion people have been pre-ordered by countries that can afford to pay. As such, poorer countries may need to wait until 2023 or 2024.
Yes, the poor go last.
But the poor could afford ivermectin.
At this point, you might begin to suspect a conspiracy theory. Is the FDA working hand-in-hand with the pharmaceutical industry to squelch the manufacture of an inexpensive remedy to COVID? Are they protecting us or big business?
Ivermectin may be dangerous or at best ineffective. It could be an inexpensive treatment that will not make billions for the pharmaceutical industry, but will banish this horrible virus from the face of the earth.
We need to take a closer look at the research that’s out there, do our own, and decide.
Time will tell. So it’s a good time to start digging.
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