Open Letter and Challenge for Rachel Maddow (Incomplete text deleted by Medium)
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 30 Aug 2021
[From TMS editor: this post was deleted by Medium. It is reposted HERE]
Ivermectin: Truth or Consequences
29 Aug 2021 – I used to watch your show religiously, having followed you for years. I remember you on Air America and watched your first MSNBC show, I believe on your grandmother’s birthday. You are brilliant, know how to investigate deeply and connect dots. You are an amazing teacher and educate my family members on current events.
I am a psychologist, with a former practice in psychoneuroimmunology, studying exceptional physical healing, and a political psychologist analyzing psychological dynamics in politics, psychological manipulation of fear, nuclear proliferation, demystification, and conflict transformation. I moved to DC to be near think tanks and do more good. We have a mutual friend, Steve Clemons.
A few months ago, I stopped watching cable news because I could no longer tolerate the condescending, contemptuous tone. I had been analyzing dynamics, mostly MSNBC, plus some CNN and FOX. I tuned in to your show again on August 20 because my sister told me that your reporting was amazing.
I experience you as a decent, ethical person with integrity, but am troubled by some reporting that succumbs to corporate influenced groupthink. We need smart analysts like you to challenge and demystify seductive, inflammatory, harmful, mindsets.
I debate with friends about whether you indeed have integrity and would revise your opinion upon a deep investigation of independent, accurate scientific information, or whether you are beholden to your Big Pharma sponsors’ conflicts of interests that promote false information which endangers the public. Big Pharma is by far the biggest US lobby, more than double Big Oil.
I was beyond shocked at your August 20 segment with false, misleading information on Ivermectin that discourages the use of this life-saving drug, thus allowing unnecessary suffering and death while attributing its use to a Republican agenda. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rachel-maddow-rips-fox-news-060454042.html
Since completing this article I saw your August 27 segment, https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/new-facet-of-covid-crisis-misguided-people-taking-ivermectin-anti-parasite-animal-drug-119660101526
Anyone who reads the links and listens to testimonies in this article first and then listens your segment will get a lesson in propaganda. My apologies for this Rachel. I think you believe that what you are saying is true.
You suggested that
· Ivermectin (IVM) was only a horse de-wormer
· IVM and Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) have no studies showing they work
· One IVM study was withdrawn because data was faked and plagiarized
· IVM and HCQ are snake oil, mainly promoted by Fox and Trump, insinuating that people who use them are stupid, crazy, and Republican
· the FDA NIH, WHO, and Merck advises against IVM. True, but why?
I will fact-check these after presenting irrefutable facts about IVM.
For brevity and flow, there are links throughout and detailed scientific information at the end to establish impeccable credibility and to share. Most people have not seen this highly censored information and are mimicking scripted propaganda to doctors and patients, including several of my loved ones.
· What is Ivermectin (IVM)?
A 5-minute search would reveal that Ivermectin is an inexpensive, extremely safe drug used by 3.7 billion people for over 40 years, that won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine. It is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines. It is sold over-the-counter in many countries. Merck’s patent on IVM expired in 1996, so it can’t make billions for Big Pharma.
Originally approved to treat parasites, IVM was discovered to be a “multifaceted medication” with antiviral, antimicrobial, anticancer, and immune-modulating mechanisms beneficial for many conditions. Doctors repurposed IVM for “off label” uses, a common practice. It has been considered a “miracle drug” by those who study it.
· Covid Cure Search Leads to IVM
Since the US government refused to explore immediate treatments for Covid, in March 2020, Professor Paul Marik created an expert panel of reputable published treating physicians, the Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC). They formed a task force to search the medical literature for existing drugs to repurpose for Covid, ASAP.
They discovered Ivermectin to be highly effective for prevention, early treatment, late-stage disease, and long-haul symptoms against coronaviruses and variants. Early treatment prevented cytokine storms, hospitalizations, the use of ventilators, and deaths.
Doctors share data and collaborate on dosage and combinations to make the protocols more effective against the variants. The current protocols, continuously updated, can be found online here.
· The First International Ivermectin for Covid Conference on April 24–25, 2021 held by BIRD, BRITISH IVERMECTIN RECOMMENDATION DEVELOPMENT, convened by Dr. Mobeen Syed. https://bird-group.org
Dr. Mobeen Syed’s introductory lecture, “What is IVM and how does it work?” described 5 mechanisms of IVM https://bird-group.org/conference-post-event/ See all 5 at the end of this article.
For example, here is Mechanism #2
· Prominent Published, Treating Physicians Testify for Early Treatment of Covid to Prevent Deaths
Dr. Pierre Kory testified before the Senate on December 8, 2020. https://odysee.com/@FrontlineCovid19CriticalCareAlliance:c/Dr.-Pierre-Kory-FLCCC-Alliance-testifies-to-senate-committee-about-I-MASK-incl.-the-following-QA-part-490351508:3 Many sites of the recording were removed.
Dr. Kory and others refer to a study in Argentina in which “0.0% of the 788 workers taking ivermectin vs. 58% of the 407 controls contracted COVID-19.”
Dr. Peter McCullough, the most published doctor in his field, in the world, in history, editor of two prestigious medical journals, authored the most articles about Covid, including the most downloaded article in the world. He frequently testifies about the importance of early treatment. Here is his testimony to Texas Senate HHS Committee (19 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAHi3lX3oGM
Here is a 2-minute video
Dr. Peter McCullough — 5 Things About COVID That They Don’t Want You To Hear
· Withholding Treatment
These doctors are practically in tears about the suppression of information, unethical deprivation of early treatment, and censorship of independent doctors who keep patients out of hospitals. Why is this information unknown in hospitals?
How did almost every US doctor get the same memo? There is no treatment. Do nothing. Stay home until it gets worse. Then go to the hospital.
Hospital patients’ families knowledgeable enough to request Ivermectin are refused. Three New York hospitals and their lawyers denied patients IVM despite a prescription from their doctors. “In essence, the argument was that they did not have the right to try a potentially life-saving medication.”
They had to sue to get IVM. The New York State Supreme Court Justices sided with the patients. Lawyer Ralph Lorigo won three court orders forcing New York hospitals to administer Ivermectin to dying patients. Each “made near-miraculous recoveries after the Ivermectin was given. In each case, these patients were in the Intensive Care Unit on ventilators, unable to breathe on their own, and universally, after the drug was given, they rapidly improved and were able to breathe on their own.” Ivermectin Wins in Court Again: For Human Rights By Justus R. Hope, MD
These doctors estimate a high percentage of deaths could have been prevented. Dr. Kory calls this “unforgivable.”
· Propaganda, Censorship, Suppression, Fraudulent Studies
Doctors and scientists promoting inexpensive, unpatentable drugs and combinations with nutraceutical treatments are censored, de-platformed, punished, and suspended. Facebook, Reddit, Change.org, and YouTube remove posts on these, citing violation of “community standards.” I mentioned Ivermectin on a FB post and was immediately flagged.
On July 24, Youtube shut down World Ivermectin Day with 3000 participants. https://worldivermectinday.org Here are IVM stories, https://worldivermectinday.org/ivermectin-stories/
· Afraid of the Wrong Things
FLCCC doctors decrying pervasive medical orders to do nothing, passionately warn that not using Ivermectin is dangerous. It is astonishing how people are afraid of the wrong things.
People are terrified of taking an extremely safe, potentially life-saving, suffering-reducing, Nobel Prize-winning, WHO essential medicine, but are not afraid of allowing the disease to progress to the cytokine storm and beyond. People are also afraid of taking highly recommended supplements like Vitamin C, quercetin, and others but not afraid of doing nothing.
I know people who were given IVM by people who love them who were frightened out of taking it. They are at the center of a hysterical tug of war with friends, relatives and doctors on each side pulling them, causing more stress and anxiety and preventing or delaying early treatment. In my small sample, fear of IVM wins more often.
In addition to the excruciating frustration of watching people suffer and getting worse when they can be helped, those of us who recommend IVM to help our loved ones are disbelieved, distrusted, accused of believing silly conspiracy theroes and being influeced by Republicans. We lose respect. Our credibility is damaged while provoking new conflicts in our relationships.
Rachel — Fact-Checking Your Reporting
· You reported that Ivermectin was a horse de-wormer.
IVM is one ingredient in animal parasite medications. IVM for humans is safely sold over-the-counter in many countries. Many people procure IVM to prevent Covid or to have handy in their “Just in case Covid kit” of remedies if needed, including IVM, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Quercetin, Zinc, Melatonin, Gargle/mouthwash.
· You reported that poison control gets calls from people taking Ivermectin for animals. True, but why?
Since propagandized, disinformed doctors admonish patients against using IVM, it is hard to get. Some resort to available medications for animals, including smaller animals like dogs. Antibiotics, antivirals, and many medications are commonly used for humans and other mammals.
Carlos Chaccour, of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, receives texts from people with infected family members searching for any form of ivermectin. “They send me a photo of a veterinary formulation and ask me, ‘Would you mind telling me what dose we should use? It is broadly available and people are broadly desperate and this could lead to misuse.”(High-profile coronavirus retractions raise concerns about data oversight)
· You said no studies showed IVM worked and one faked study was withdrawn 63 trials, 613 scientists, 2,398 patients, 31 randomized controlled trials 86% improvement in 14 prophylaxis trials, 72% in 27 early treatment trials, 40% in 22 late treatment trials 58% improvement in 25 mortality results and in the 31 r. controlled trials per ivmmeta.com
In a review of 51 studies, 50 showed benefits. One claiming a neutral effect was criticized in an open letter signed by 120 physicians, “Open Letter by U.S. Doctors: JAMA Ivermectin Study Is Fatally Flawed.” IVM is most potent in the first days of the virus. Studies can be manipulated to administer IVM too late and claim it is less effective.
Interview with Dr. Mobeen Syed & Dr. Paul Marik Slide showing phases of viral infection. IVM should be given very early, before the cytokine storm. Photo by the Author
“Ivermectin has already been adopted by 25 percent of the world’s countries to prevent and treat COVID-19. Bangladesh, where Ivermectin is broadly used in almost every home, enjoys a 99% lower per capita death rate from COVID-19 than the US.”
chart “many countries have recently taken such action” – 17 nations , most recent 3 or 8 of 2021 (region of India) from flccc.net
· You accused FOX News of selling dangerous, ineffective “snake oil”
You showed clips of Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity claiming that Ivermectin was effective. Actually, it is, even though it was they who said it.I am not a Republican and no fan of FOX News, but I am not so mindless that I refuse to discern any validity in their reporting. I do not have a compulsion to automatically reject 100% of their content just because it’s on FOX.
MSNBC, CNN, and FOX are gripped in a pathological dance of compulsory mutual disparagement. You all incite contempt and disdain. It hurts individuals and the country. It fuels a collective cognitive disorder, characterized by black-and-white, all-or-nothing, concrete thinking, splitting everything into opposites. People mindlessly identify in opposition to the other without conscious thought or discernment. “Poor reality testing” is when the perception of objective reality is colored by emotions.
People are suffering and dying because of the politicization of health. Can you help us rise above this? “We share the same biology regardless of ideology” from song by Sting, “If the Russians Love Their Children Too” on Dream of the Blue Turtles Album
There is a terrible reason why doctors and scientists appear on FOX News to report on Ivermectin, HCQ, vitamin D, preventive measures, early treatments, and immune boosters.
It is not because they are Republicans or Trump lovers. It is because they are blacklisted from MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and Big Pharma-sponsored mainstream media. They would love to be on your show but are censored and ostracized while you tout life-saving treatments as poison.
You played a clip of Trump saying that HCQ is working. You said there were no studies showing that HCQ worked. Actually, there are.In Covid’s early days, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko figured out a protocol combining HCQ, zinc and azithromycin, used around the world. He successfully treated over 6000 patients and evolved his protocols to include Ivermectin and “nutraceutical bundles,” potent nutritional supplements which were new to him. Here is an interview with him [hyperlink lost here]
Here are his latest protocols.
Ivermectin – Zelenko Protocol for COVID-19
The original Zelenko protocol consists of zinc, low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (Zithromax). Based on…
A propaganda campaign against HCQ sponsored by competitive special interests manipulated research methodology by giving lethal doses to older, ill subjects to claim it increased mortality.
Some studies tested HCQ without zinc, essential to the protocol, to claim it doesn’t work, to manufacture falsehoods, fears and politicization.The purpose of HCQ, a zinc ionophore, is to get the zinc inside the cells where it prevents viral replication. Thus, people still believe myths about HCQ, including you.
Why don’t you know that the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine retracted their fraudulent articles about HCQ?
From a personal note from Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH, author of ten books on homeopathic medicine –
“Further, the fact that the Lancet published this study even if there was FULL transparency ignores the fact that THIS study was set-up to FAIL and set-up to “disprove” HCQ because the experimenters purposefully left out the inclusion of ZINC. Once again, these are FACTS, not theories.
The power of science is being replaced on the power of economics on science. Sad…and true.
— Dana Ullman, MPH, CCHDr. Meryl Nass describes 53 strategies used to block HCQ in How a false hydroxychloroquine narrative was created, and more which “produced a unified message about hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), and produced similar policies about the drug in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ and western Europe. The message is that generic, inexpensive hydroxychloroquine (costing only $1.00 to produce a full course) is dangerous and should not be used to treat a potentially fatal disease, Covid-19, for which there are no (other) reliable treatments.”
“Hydroxychloroquine has been used safely for 65 years in many millions of patients. And so the message was crafted that the drug is safe for its other uses, but dangerous when used for Covid-19. It doesn’t make sense, but it seems to have worked.”· You asserted that the FDA NIH, and WHO advise against Ivermectin. True, but why?
While suppressing cheap IVM and HCQ, the FDA encourages the use of Gilead’s patented Remdesivir on Emergency Use Authorization for $3200 a person. Remdesivir has very little benefit and serious side effects. On your August 27 show you reported that IVM caused liver and kidney damage. It does not. Remdesivir does. See “Renal and liver injury following the treatment of COVID-19 by remdesivir” in the Journal of Nephtopathology and elsewhere.
IVM is approved by the FDA but NOT for Covid.Emergency Use Authorization can only be granted if no other effective treatments exist. If every doctor used IVM to prevent or treat early Covid, or if everyone could buy it over the counter and people were kept out of hospitals, there would be no legitimate need for new drugs and “vaccines.”Doctors in the FLCCC, BIRD and others are exploring plausible ways to end the pandemic in a short time, with IVM as a significant part of the solution, based on data where it has widespread use.
BIRD is campainging for UK approval to help it beat Covid https://bird-group.org BRITISH IVERMECTIN RECOMMENDATION DEVELOPMENT
Questions for Rachel
Am I right in my debate with my friends in believing that you would be willing to revise your reporting based on investigation of suppressed facts and independent science?
Are you free to speak the truth or are you beholden to your Big Pharma sponsors to promote falsehoods for their profit?
Might you evolve your rhetoric and help soften the intolerable disparagement and help us transcend the hostile right/left split? Might you create a space for amicable dialogue and enlightenment?
Challenges for Rachel
Do a story on censorship of IVM and doctors who use it and what is behind it.
Review your show’s policies, staff and process of vetting information for scientific accuracy and conflicts of interest.TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
I am very sorry for the Covid trauma that you went through with your partner, Susan. I am grateful that she survived. I hope she is well. Imagine if she had been given IVM in the first days and if you could have taken it prophylactically to be with her during a brief, untraumatic recovery.
Rachel, you have a huge, loyal following, a brilliant mind and are an awesome teacher. You are in a position to raise consciousness, badly needed, and to do nothing less than reduce suffering and save lives by speaking the truth about IVM.
This is not about right and left, but about life and death.
You have literally before you a choice between life and death, health and sickness, truth and lies, integrity and complicity. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life”. DEUTERONOMY 30:19 We all need you to choose life.
Information and Resources for a Deeper Dive Into Covid
· Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines
· Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19
· The Expert Review Report, “Medical Safety of Ivermectin” can be downloaded here
Good Blog with resources, Dr. Meryl Nass
Interview with Dr. Ryan Cole
Dr. Dan Stock’s 6 minute presentation to the Mt. Vernon School Board in Indiana
Global Medical & Scientific Experts Call Upon World Governments to Act Now to Save Lives (March 19, 2021)
Interview With Dr. Hector Carvallo: Pioneer in Ivermectin, Iota Carrageenan, Bromhexine And COVID-19. Whiteboard Doctor
This is a DO NOT MISS video! We are extremely excited to debut this video for you all. We interviewed pioneer and ground-breaking researcher Dr. Hector Carvallo. He is the investigator and author of the IDEA Trial and IVERCAR Trial, two ground-breaking studies on Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. He has done substantial work on Ivermectin, Iota Carrageenan, Bromhexine, and more for both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19! He was one of the first researchers to do significant work on treating and preventing COVID-19 with Ivermectin. He not only will help us in understanding the science and evidence behind these therapies, but will also give us a glimpse into the challenges they have faced in getting this cheap, broadly available therapeutic approved on a larger scale! Do not miss this tremendously interesting discussion! *IDEA Trial — Ivermectin, Dexamethasone, Enoxaparin, Aspirin for COVID-19 *IVERCAR Trial — Ivermectin and Iota Carrageenan Prophylaxis for COVID-19
To date, the efficacy of ivermectin in COVID-19 has been supported by the following:
1. Since 2012, multiple in vitro studies have demonstrated that Ivermectin inhibits the replication of many viruses, including influenza, Zika, Dengue, and others.9–17
2. Ivermectin inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication and binding to host tissue through several observed and proposed mechanisms.18
3. Ivermectin has potent anti-inflammatory properties with in vitro data demonstrating profound inhibition of both cytokine production and transcription of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), the most potent mediator of inflammation.37–39
4. Ivermectin significantly diminishes viral load and protects against organ damage in multiple animal models when infected with SARS-CoV-2 or similar coronaviruses.31,32
5. Ivermectin prevents transmission and development of COVID-19 disease in those exposed to infected patients.40–45
6. Ivermectin hastens recovery and prevents deterioration in patients with mild to moderate disease treated early after symptoms.45,49–52,61,62
7. Ivermectin hastens recovery and avoidance of ICU admission and death in hospitalized patients.45,51,53,63–66
8. Ivermectin reduces mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19.45,53,63
9. Ivermectin leads to temporally associated reductions in case fatality rates in regions after ivermectin distribution campaigns.48
10. The safety, availability, and cost of ivermectin are nearly unparalleled given its low incidence of important drug interactions along with only mild and rare side effects observed in almost 40 years of use and billions of doses administered.75
11. The World Health Organization has long included ivermectin on its “List of Essential Medicines.”Conclusions:
In summary, based on the totality of the trials and epidemiologic evidence presented in this review along with the preliminary findings of the Unitaid/WHO meta-analysis of treatment RCTs and the guideline recommendation from the international BIRD conference, ivermectin should be globally and systematically deployed in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Dr. Mobeen Syed’s slide, What is IVM and how does it work? Photo by AuthorMechanism 1: IVM docks with the SARS-COV-2 spoke protein. IFN is interferon Illustration by Dr. Mobeen Syed Photo by AuthorMechanism 2: IVM binds to the ACE2 receptors on our cells. Illustration by Dr. Mobeen Syed Photo by Author
Mechanism 3: IVM disrupts the function of the 3-Chymotrypsin Like Protease dependent (3-CTLP) Illustration by Dr. Mobeen Syed. Photo by Author
Mechanism 4: IVM disrupts the function of the RNA dependent Protease (RdRp) enzyme. Illustration by Dr. Mobeen Syed Photo by Author
Mechanism 5: IVM disrupts the importin alpha and beta usage by the SARS-COV-2 Illustration by Dr. Mobeen Syed Photo by Author
Diane Perlman, PhD is a clinical and political psychologist, devoted to applying knowledge from psychology, conflict studies and social sciences to designing strategies and policies to reverse nuclear proliferation, to drastically reduce terrorism, reduce enmity, and to raise consciousness about nonviolent strategies for tension reduction and conflict transformation. She is a visiting scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, is active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, and on the Global Council of Abolition 2000. Some of her writings can be found on her websites, www.consciouspolitics.org and www.SanityandSurvival.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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