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No cure at all… September 17, 2021

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

Last month I saw this, news that Pat Kenny on Newstalk had this guest on his show.

Dr Pierre Kory, Intensive care specialist and member of the Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) spoke to Pat this morning on the show and he explained why he believes that the drug Ivermectin is ‘the drug that can end the pandemic’.

As is well known Ivermectin has been trumpeted as a miracle cure for Covid. Unfortunately, as this site makes clear, it’s not. 

…it’s still being touted, despite an evidence base that can be described most charitably as weak. Second, two new new review articles were published last week and are being touted by ivermectin fans as significant evidence that we should take the drug seriously as a treatment for COVID-19. Hint: They’re not.

But the piece is worth reading for an outline of FLCCC and Kory’s involvement in promoting Ivermectin. 


It also turns out that Dr. Pierre Kory is president of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) and has testified before Congress. During that testimony, Dr. Kory claimed that ivermectin, used with other medicines such as vitamin C, zinc and melatonin, could “save hundreds of thousands of people,” and cited more than 20 studies.

Problem is there’s no robust articles suggesting any such efficacy on the part of the drug. And earlier this Summer there was this:

The World Health Organisation warned against the use of the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin in treating Covid-19 on Tuesday after the Indian state of Goa announced it would give the drug to all its adult residents based on an unproven claim that it may help reduce the severity of Covid-19 infections.

Which raises the question as to why newstalk though it worth talking to promoters of Ivermectin.

Be that as it may.  Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this is the manner in which those who promote Ivermectin are so attached to it. Wired from the last week notes one of those involved in trials testing a number of drugs including Ivermectin:

But political activists didn’t turn metformin into a rhetorical tool; ivermectin has stans so aggressive they make Gamergaters seem chill. Mills says he and his colleagues have been abused and threatened by ivermectin adherents; the trial designers even went through the rigorous process of changing the dosage administered to comport better to the fans’ preferred regimen of three days instead of just one. “We tested, what, seven other drugs? Nobody abuses us about the other drugs. We even showed one of them worked,” Mills tells me. His team touted positive results for fluvoxamine, “and that crowd doesn’t seem to care. If you ask them, ‘Why do you feel so strongly about ivermectin?’ they will say, ‘Because we feel there should be a cheap, effective drug that can be used by poor people.’ OK, well, we have that. We have it with fluvoxamine, and with inhaled budesonide. Why do they not care about those drugs? They don’t have an answer. They just want to talk about ivermectin.”

The reason one suspects is that it seems novel, different, an alternative of sorts to vaccines, and different to other more prosaic drugs used to treat Covid-19. Or to put it another way, it’s the not-anything supported by mainstream medical health authorities. That we have reached this point, that there is a small but not insignificant number of people who will deliberately walk – so to speak – across the street for a medical alternative is fascinating, if also deeply dispiriting. 

The small fact that Ivermectin is marketed by that Merck seems to also have escaped notice in all this – given many of its adherents complain about big Pharma trying to quash knowledge of it to retain their profits.

The point isn’t that there’s a problem with looking at drugs that might mitigate Covid-19. Anything but. As evidenced by the following:

A relatively safe, familiar, cheap drug reduced the relative risk of mild Covid getting worse by nearly 30 percent. The drug is fluvoxamine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor—an antidepressant. (It’s also an anti-inflammatory, and inflammation and an overreacting immune system are hallmarks of serious Covid infection, so that might be why it seems to help). Get a bunch of people with Covid and randomize them into two groups; 739 get fluvoxamine and 733 get a placebo. Only 77 of the fluvoxamine-takers end up in the hospital; 109 of the placebo group do. This is exciting.

There’s also a bizarre contradictory aspect to this. One will hear anti-vaxxers opine at length about ‘artificial MRNA’ vaccines. Yet, look at the US and see how: “Expensive monoclonal antibodies (touted by Florida governor Ron DeSantis as an alternative to vaccines or masks) were hits, too.”. They love monoclonal antibody treatments even though these too are as ‘artificial’ as MRNA vaccines. Indeed they love them so much that the demand for them from people who won’t take the vaccines in Florida and similar states hard hit by the pandemic is surging. Again there is this sense of the contrarian dynamic kicking in – that not-anything supported by mainstream medical health authorities, albeit in the context of monoclonal antibodies they are actually approved but they tend to be a short term treatment with short term efficacy for those who have caught Covid (and they have similar side effects to the vaccines, should that be a concern). 

But then… It is the investment of faith in a drug and attachment to it as ‘the cure’ before proper large scale testing can be carried out that is so revealing. The idea of the drug ex machina, as it were. Something that is a ‘miracle’, something that upends everything else. We have seen this time and again during the pandemic with claims about this or that measure ‘reopen now’, ‘the virus will fade away over the Summer’, ‘Vitamin D can combat the virus’, ‘Ivermectin can combat the virus’, everything is going to be alright and all will be well.

The problem being that if it looks too good to be true, it generally is. 



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