Hail to the Plaquenil, Chief!

So our much beloved and most able leader, President Donald J. Trump, has been taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for prophylaxis against COVID-19 for the past week and a half, and even some on his own side of the fence have gone apoplectic (see Judy McLeod’s article from today’s Canadian Free Press, below). I applaud him. He’s a healthy obese 73 year old, but that’s two marks against him right there should he contract COVID-19. He runs into a lot of people and doesn’t practice social distancing. Mike Pence is a great guy and will make a fine president, but I’d rather he wait till 2024. The last thing we need is a sick PDJT.

Most antimalarial drugs, the class in which you find Plaquenil (although no one’s taken Plaquenil for malaria for decades), are given for prophylaxis, not treatment. You start taking the drug before you travel to the malaria infested region, not wait till you’re there and bitten by a falciparum carrying mosquito). And Plaquenil is incredibly safe long term, speaking as a retired rheumatologist who practiced medicine for 40 years and prescribed buckets and buckets of the stuff to hundreds of patients for decades. Their eyes have to be watched yearly, and once in a great while muscles of heart or skeleton might be compromised. And that’s it. The deaths that befell the patients “Doctor” Cavuto rails about were already sick with COVID-19 and likely were going to die anyway.

The little tidbit towards the end of the article I like is mention of the random survey of doctors that found by the first week of April, 22% were taking Plaquenil themselves for prophylaxis. https://www.foxnews.com/science/controversial-coronavirus-treatment-hydroxychloroquine-used-25-percent-doctors-say. Physician heal thyself, eh? If I were back facing patients who had a chance of carrying COVID-19, I’d sure be taking it, with a zinc chaser, just like PJDT.

Here’s the Canada Free Press column:

‘Physician-in-chief at Fox News’ Neil Cavuto has gone apoplectic

‘Dr. Neil Cavuto’: ‘Taking Hydroxychloroquine Can Kill You’

By Judi McLeod (/members/1/JudiMcLeod/2) —— Bio and Archives (/members/1/JudiMcLeod/2)May 19, 2020

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How dare the President of the U.S. take physician-prescribed Hydroxychloroquine as a potential preventative measure against the coronavirus without first runnining it by Fox News!

At least three Fox News talking heads have gone off the rails after finding out the president’s been taking Hydroxychloroquine supplemented by Zinc pills for the last week and a half: Juan Williams says Trump taking Hydroxychloroquine shows ‘he’s worried about getting sick’ in the White House. Never mind that the president’s been in the White House most every day since the pandemic struck, obviously not too worried about coming down with it.

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Manny Alvarez criticized President Trump’s announcement, describing it as “highly irresponsible”.

But ‘physician-in-chief at Fox News’ Neil Cavuto has gone apoplectic. A Fox News-described “stunned” Neil Cavuto Warns About Hydroxychloroquine After Trump Says He’s Taking the Drug: ‘What Have You Got to Lose? … Your Life’. (Mediaite (https://www.mediaite.com/tv/a-stunned-neil-cavuto-warns-about-hydroxychloroquine-after- trump-says-hes-taking-the-drug-what-have-you-got-to-lose-your-life/), May, 18, 2020)

Are all three trying to add weight to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s argument that, Donald Trump should not be taking Hydroxychloroquine—because he is “morbidly obese”?

“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — morbidly obese they say.” (Breitbart, https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/05/18/pelosi-not-a-good-idea-for-morbidly-obese-trump-to-take-hydroxychloroquine/), May 18, 2020)

“Fox News’ Neil Cavuto was so shocked by President Donald Trump announcing he’s taking Hydroxychloroquine that he took a few minutes to explicitly warn viewers about the risks of taking it. (Mediaite) Dr. Cavuto insists that you know that taking. “At one point the president asked “what have you got to lose,” but as Cavuto said, “Hydroxychloroquine could take your life. A number of studies, those certainly vulnerable in the population have one thing to lose, their lives. A VA study showed that among a population of veterans in a hospital receiving this treatment, those with vulnerable conditions, respiratory conditions, heart elements, they died.” (Mediaite)

“Cavuto read from a number of other studies about the effects of Hydroxychloroquine and said, “Those who took it, in a vulnerable population, including those with respiratory or other conditions, they died. I want to stress again — they died. If you are in a risky population here and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or, in a worst-case scenario, you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you. I cannot stress that enough. This will kill you.” “So again, whatever benefit the president says this has — and certainly has had for those suffering from malaria, dealing with lupus — this is a leap that should not be taken casually by those watching at home or assuming, ‘well, the President of the United States says it’s okay,’” Cavuto continued, bringing up the FDA’s own warning. “Cavuto emphasized he’s making a “life and death point,” not a political one.”

“President Trump revealed to reporters on Monday he’s taking the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine in an effort to prevent getting coronavirus, saying he’s been taking a pill every day for about a week and a half. (Fox News (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-reveals-taking-hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus), May 18, 2020

President Donald Trump’s physician on Monday noted that he concluded with the president that Hydroxychloroquine has a “potential benefit” against coronavirus.(Breitbart (https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/18/white-house-physician-donald-trump-taking-hydroxychloroquine-for-potential-benefit/), May 18, 2020)

A more recent display of now infamous words by former President Barack Obama:”If you like your doctor, you can keep him”.

But President Trump obviously didn’t first check in with the media who obviously think they know so much more than White House physicians.

“Hydroxychloroquine is being tested around the world to see if it can be used as a treatment for the coronavirus pandemic. As the debate intensifies on whether or not it works, 25 percent of physicians around the world believe health care workers should take the drug to prevent COVID-19 infections, according to a new survey. (Fox News

(https://www.foxnews.com/science/controversial-coronavirus-treatment-hydroxychloroquine-used-25-percent-doctors-say), April 21, 2020)

Hydroxychloroquine can kill is Bill Gates’ and Big Pharma’s highly coveted, one-size-fits-all coronavirus vaccine

“A study published in March by French researchers suggested that COVID-19 patients could be treated with antimalarial medication and antibiotics in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

“New York state recently started coronavirus drug trials in an attempt to control the pandemic’s impact on the state, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the state had acquired 70,000 doses of Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of zithromax and 750,000 doses of chloroquine.

“As of Tuesday morning, more than 2.49 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed worldwide, more than 787,000 of which are in the U.S., the most impacted country on the planet.”

It’s not likely that President Trump would be taking Hydroxychloroquine if it was likely that it was going to kill him.

Media activists, perhaps some secretly hoping that the president they live to hate will soon be kicking the bucket, should remember the text of a long ago cable sent from London to the press in the United States by Mark Twain after his premature obituary had been published: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Meanwhile, time may prove that the only thing Hydroxychloroquine can kill is Bill Gates’ and Big Pharma’s highly coveted, one-size-fits-all coronavirus vaccine.

If so, we’ll never hear the end of it because if that happens, it will all be President Donald Trump’s fault.

Judi McLeod — Bio and Archives (/members/1/JudiMcLeod/2) Copyright © Canada Free Press

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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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