In the four centuries since it was discovered as a cure for malaria, quinine has saved million of lives and brought relief to millions of sufferers in tropical countries (“Eastern Congo has the world’s largest quinine plantations,” The Economist, June 8, 2019).
It has potential side effects, but it is not a particularly dangerous drug if used properly according to FDA guidelines and under a doctor’s instructions. Like many drugs, including aspirin, it can be toxic if abused.
Our family, including the children, took it all through the 1980s when we would go to India or Thailand (every three months for 10 years). I knew lots of people who took it in this part of the world and never heard of any negative thing.
The National Library of Medicine at the National Center for Biotechnology Information says, “Quinine is a natural cinchona alkaloid that has been used for centuries in the prevention and therapy of malaria. Quinine is also used for idiopathic muscle cramps. Quinine therapy has been associated with rare instances of hypersensitivity reactions which can be accompanied by hepatitis and mild jaundice.”
No one is calling for the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin combo to be taken willy-nilly. It is to be taken under a doctor’s instructions, at the right time in the right dosage.
Some of the medical doctors who are recommending the hydroxychloroquine combo are among the top doctors alive. They know the full picture. For example, Dr. Stephen Smith, one of America’s preeminent infectious disease doctors, described his own experience with the treatment in New York. He said, “It’s a game changer. It’s an absolute game changer. I think this data will go to really support the French data. Now you actually have an intra[inaudible] comparison saying that this regimen works ... I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. I’m very serious” (Laura Ingraham show, Fox News, Apr. 2, 2020). Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care in Los Angeles, says he is seeing dramatic effect on coronavirus patients with hycroxychloroquine combined with zinc (The Daily Wire, Apr. 6, 2020). Ben Carson, world famous neurosurgeon, said that the drug combo is showing promise in trials in New York City (interview with Alex Marlow, Breitbart News Daily, SiriusXM, Mar. 31, 2020). On April 23, Dr. Vladimir Zev Zelenko of Monroe, New York (near New York City), said that the evidence is in that the drug cocktail hydroxychloroquine, azirthromycin, and zinc, with an exact prescribed dosage protocol, reduces Covid-19 deaths by 95%. He has treated approximately 75% of the adult population of the America’s’ only Hasidic Jewish town, Kiryas Joel, in which the infection at first spread rapidly and unchecked. Dr. Zelenko is a Russian immigrant who became Hasidic as a young adult. In an interview with Kevin McCullough, Zelenko said, “Basically my results mirror that of Didier Raoult of France and that of the country of Brazil. The president of Brazil deployed my protocols three and a half weeks ago in several hospitals and clinics, and they had a decrease in deaths by 95%. The common denominator is that we all started treating early before the patient needs to go on the ventilator. It is clear to me that early intervention with these medications will essentially fix this problem. ... I’m going to say this ... and history will prove this to be true, that if we deploy these protocols nationwide and begin to treat patients at the primary care level, meaning at the doctor’s office early in the infectious process, this plague will end, the number of deaths will go down by 90-95%, the hospital crisis and ventilator crisis will naturally resolve itself, and the economy could reopen within a week” (“Dr. Zev Zelenko’s Dismantling of Chloroquine,” Kevin McCullough Radio, Apr. 23, 2020).
The bottom line is that the combo treatment is for sick people, who could die without it. If you were dying of something and there was a possible cure, you wouldn’t worry about a small chance of a side effect.
The danger of the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin combo treatment has been blown way out of proportion by some.
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