Across the nation, physician access to therapies is currently being blocked by many governors, state medical boards and state pharmacy boards. According to Craichy, this is a direct interference of the physician-patient relationship.
In addition, he points out that these same state boards have allowed many other therapies that also already have approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used off-label for other medical conditions. This has him begging the question of why these aren't allowed for COVID-19 as well.
As part of the Pandemic Town Hall, Craichy invited three doctors to talk about treatments and therapies that they've been using and even pioneered against the coronavirus.
Dr. Pierre Kory is a critical-care specialist with experience treating COVID-19 patients in Madison, Wisconsin. To treat patients, Kory uses the MATH+ Protocol that he developed alongside other critical-care doctors in the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC).
This protocol, which Kory presented to the Senate during a hearing on May 6, 2020, includes intravenous methylprednisolone, intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C), thiamine (vitamin B1), heparin alongside oxygen, zinc, magnesium, vitamin D3, melatonin and occasionally other treatments.
According to data from the FLCCC, hospitals using the MATH+ Protocol to treat COVID-19 patients have been reporting hospital mortality rates from the disease of just between four to 10 percent as of July. This is a marked improvement compared to the 23 percent expected hospital mortality rate for COVID-19, based on published reports from the U.S., Italy and China.
Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy also supports the use of supplemental nutrients, similar to those used in MATH+. Connealy, who owns and runs the Center for New Medicine in Irvine, California – the largest integrative medical clinic in the U.S. – recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article on the use of integrative medicine in the pandemic, published in the journal Proceedings of ACIM Research.
The paper stated that there were “many nutraceuticals that are effective for preventing and treating viruses in early stages of exposure.” It also encouraged individuals to “ routinely consume sufficient amounts of essential nutrients from diet and supplements to support their immune system.”
In the town hall, Connealy talked about some of the supplemental nutrients that were covered in the paper that can enhance immunity and help prevent infection. In addition, she also mentioned that these could also be used in combination with other treatments against the disease.
Dr. George Fareed has treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients in California using hydroxychloroquine, zinc and doxycycline. He has seen good results with uses low doses of hydroxychloroquine early in the course of the illness, without any significant side effects.
In addition, Fareed also pointed to a meta-analysis of COVID-19 deaths by country with or without early hydroxychloroquine intervention. Based on these studies, he stated that early treatment with hydroxychloroquine reduced the death rate by 85 percent in the 1.8 billion people from nine countries, compared to the 0.66 billion people in eight countries not using early treatment with the drug.
Despite these numbers, however, the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 remained mired in a legal bog of controversy and misinformation. Despite other doctors coming out in support of the drug, authorities, such as the FDA, continue to caution against its use. This, in light of evidence that it is effective against the disease, has led some to wonder if there are other reasons at play for why authorities have spoken against it.
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