Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ): Setting the Record Straight
Updated: May 22, 2020
We’ve all seen the countless reports, articles and news stories bashing President Trump for promoting the use of Hydroxychloroquine + zinc, touting it as a cure for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel SARS-Coronavirus.
The problem is that it seems like almost every article contradicts the last, and possesses an unparalleled level of bias in a seemingly choreographed effort to label the President as irresponsible for supporting the use of this decades old treatment.
Earlier today, Lee Moran of the Huffington Post, a bleeding-heart agenda-fueling cess-pool of media bias and piss-poor journalism, published a story discussing statements made by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough (another MSM hack), declaring that the President’s statements w/r/t the use of HCQ and the inquiry into the use of disinfectants (we’ll save the disinfectants for another story) would likely be earmarked in history as his downfall, should the President lose the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election.
After reading the Lee Moran story today, I felt compelled to set the record straight on this subject, once and for all. In order to do this, I feel it would be most effective if I presented you with some of my background in the healthcare landscape so that you can at least have some faith that I know what I am talking about.
I have worked in the healthcare industry for the last 5 years, starting my career in the pharmacy marketing arena building referral networks, but quickly moved into consulting independent physicians and automating clinic management operations. Over the last 3 years, I have opened an integrated clinic, a medical billing and coding company, and founded multiple healthcare startups focused on the development of telehealth and mhealth technologies. One of the most recent products I developed was a telehealth application that helped to facilitate inter-operational workflows between genetic testing laboratories, ordering physicians, insurers and the patients themselves.
One of the contracts my physician consulting organization held was that of Clinical Trials Management and Principle Investigator (P.I.) recruitment. Our duties outlined in this contract were to recruit physicians to participate in clinical research trials (mainly Phase III trials), assist them in applying for and securing trials, and training them on the proper methods of collecting and documenting their investigative research data, as well as how to properly interpret the subsequent reports.
Ok, so now that you know I at least have some inkling of an idea as to what I’m talking about (unlike most of these mainstream media hacks), let’s have a look at some the data behind Hydroxychloroquine.
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) belongs to a family of drugs known as “antimalarials” (Ams), which are classified as Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). This class of drugs was first used to treat Cutaneous Lupus as early as 1834. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Chloroquine (CQ) were first synthesized in the mid 1940’s, and by 1955 HCQ had shown to be effective in the treatment of Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
“In 1956, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved HCQ for symptoms of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, particularly skin inflammation, hair loss, mouth sores, fatigue, and joint pain.” – lupus.org
Common side-effects in patients taking HCQ include gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and diarrhea, although these typically subside after just the first few days of treatment, once the body has had time to adjust.
Additional common side-effects include loss of appetite, tiredness, and headaches, but again these also typically vanish on their own with time.
In some extreme cases, although it is rare, patients may experience a condition known as retinal toxicity which can cause serious symptoms including permanent loss of vision (blindness).
The American Academy of Ophthalmalogy (AAO) states that there is strong suggestion that the occurrence of retinal toxicity in HCQ patients is heavily tied to dosage and duration of use, with the majority of cases occurring in doses of 6.5mg/kg/day and at a duration of five years of use.
I don’t think you need me to cite sources to tell you that COVID-19 patients do not require 5 years of HCQ treatment to kick the disease.
Ok, so now you may be thinking that if this stuff can cause blindness, then maybe there is some truth to the media’s claims of safety concerns and unknown risk factors. In case this is you, let’s now take a look at another commonly prescribed drug for comparison.
Sertraline, more commonly known by the brand name Zoloft, is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Not only is Sertraline the most commonly prescribed antidepressant medication, it is actually the 14th most commonly prescribed medication overall. I think almost all of us have known someone to have taken Zoloft (especially if you grew up in the suburbs), and many have probably even taken it themselves.
Some of the most common side-effects patients taking Sertraline experience include nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, increased perspiration, sexual health problems, insomnia and agitation.
This sounds pretty familiar right? There isn’t a huge difference between the seriousness of the common side-effects of Sertraline and that of Hydroxychloroquine.
Ok, so now let’s compare the more serious side-effects known to be caused by the use of Sertraline…
Serious side-effects can include:
• Suicide attempts
• Acting on dangerous impulses
• Aggressive or violent behavior
• Thoughts about suicide or dying
• New or worse depression
• New or worse anxiety or panic attacks
• Serotonin Syndrome. This condition can be life threatening and symptoms can include:
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Loss of consciousness
- Increased heart rate
- Changes in blood pressure
Whoa! These seem to be pretty serious side-effects, yet how many of you have seen a bottle of these babies just laying around at your friend’s parent’s house? I think you’ll agree with me when I say that we certainly do not see the media force feeding us fear of side-effects and unknown risk factors for antidepressants. Here is the crazy thing, neither Sertraline nor any other SSRI has ever been proven to work in studies w/r/t the treatment of depression in patients. Yet, it is common practice to send a patient on their way with a 3 month supply of these things.
So why is the media attempting to instill fear in our minds when we hear the word Hydroxychloroquine and not when we hear Sertraline, or SSRIs?
I can help here too...
Drug prices for antidepressants have continued to surge in America, meaning that big Pharma makes big-bucks off of this class of drugs, however that is not quite the case when it comes to HCQ.
Boom! So now the agenda touting mainstream media is able to kill two birds with one stone for their masters:
1) discredit the use of HCQ to further validate the need for a more profitable vaccine and
2) discredit President Trump by making him look careless and stupid in an effort to stifle his chances of re-election this November.
To further support the case I am presenting here, have a look at this *report from the National Institute of Health (yep, Dr Fauci’s crew) stating that the use of Hydroxychloroquine has proven effective and efficacious in the treatment of COVID-19.
Hopefully this helps clear things up a bit so that the next time you see one of these lame-excuses of a journalist report on the subject, you will know better than to fall for their lies and prevent yourself from falling victim to their fear-mongering, at least in the case of HCQ.
Story by: Chris Deluge
(HMM co-founder and Editor-in-Chief)
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*Meo SA, Klonoff DC, Akram J. Efficacy of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19.Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2020;24(8):4539‐4547. doi:10.26355/eurrev_202004_21038
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