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Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Extreme Bias in the News

This Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) bias is even infecting many of my favorite entertainment videos, which is very worrisome because that is what I use to mentally escape— anyway the majority of this HCQ bias is exponentially higher in the USA than the rest of the planet, likely due to Donald Trump saying he is taking HCQ (along with Zinc) as a preventative for COVID-19.

Being a previous international globetrotter for many years due to my old job I use to rely on: the World Health Organization (WHO), the USA’s Department of State Travel Advisories and the Lonely Planet’s Guidebooks for good travel and health information.

So in short my vaccine/shot record was fairly up to date verses the common childhood diseases (Measles, Mumps, Chickenpox, Polio, Rubella etc.) and also: Hepatitis, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever and Malaria and I never had any issues, so until very recently I liked those resources.

With that said:

HCQ according to the WHO was/is still being recommended for the “Prevention” of Malaria.

HCQ in the USA has also been considered “safe” to use for over 50 years to treat: lupus, arthritis, Q fever and malaria.  Sure there are some adverse effects for some people—just like most any: drug, herb, alcohol or even many foods.

For HCQ the most common adverse effects are: nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Also associated with HCQ with some short term use is low blood sugar and “heart issues” specifically a QT interval prolongation, which doesn’t just kill people as some recent mainstream media claims or insinuates. QT interval prolongation is an abnormal heart rhythm, where the distance between two beats on and electrocardigogram is a little longer than normal.

The main concern of some Cardio Doctors is that antimalarial medicines that can induce QT/QTc interval prolongation should be used with caution in individuals with known heart disease, a family history of sudden unexplained death consistent with cardiac arrhythmias, or who are already taking medicines that can prolong the QT/QTc interval. 

The big question everyone should be asking is: Why has HCQ a drug that has been safely prescribed for decades with millions of doses administered worldwide without issues and at relatively low cost suddenly become very dangerous in the USA and a crazy/stupid drug to take? 

Of course even though HCQ has historically proven to be a good and cheap anti-malarial (anti-viral) further studies are still needed to determine how well HCQ can mitigate the severity of COVID-19. 

Some Positive HCQ Results outside the USA:

India

Police Treated in Mumbai, India

Toll climbs to 9, cops on HCQS spared the worst

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/toll-climbs-to-9-cops-on-hcqs-spared-the-worst/articleshow/75845670.cms

Costa Rica 

Hydroxychloroquine: The Drug Costa Rica Uses Successfully To Fight Covid-19

Bahrain

SCH President: Bahrain’s therapeutic protocol proved effective

https://www.bna.bh/en/SCHPresidentBahrainstherapeuticprotocolprovedeffective.aspx?cms=q8FmFJgiscL2fwIzON1%2bDmX4XVZ8fQTmaJ3pfQVhjK0%3d

In the USA a letter to the Governor of Arizona the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) said:

Hydroxychloroquine Has about 90 Percent Chance of Helping COVID-19 Patients 

I don’t believe anyone is saying that HCQ is a miracle cure, but taken early before exposure seems to help ward off COVID-19, but likely has diminishing benefits if taken after COVID-19 has progressed to a serious stage after patients are hospitalized.

It seems that for the few handfuls of mainstream media players remaining after all the buyouts and corporate takeovers the news really has become nothing more than “attention bait for advertising dollars—damn the truth or potential damage such messages might inflict upon the general public.  The current version of “Freedom of the Press” practiced in the USA is a far cry from the intended goal of the their Constitution’s FIRST amendment, but I digress.

With over 5 million confirmed cases COVID-19 worldwide, almost a third of million deaths and nearly 100,000 deaths in the USA alone according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (check out this link daily) https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html. It is way past time for people in general (and the media in particular) to stop playing politics and start entertaining any and all ideas that could become possible treatments which may benefit COVID-19 patients.

Sadly I do expect that there is a significant chance that even those terrible numbers could be a full magnitude higher in reality (10x) due to insufficient testing, but we won’t know until much later.

Other References:

Coronavirus: The Battle For Truth Rages On

[Chris Martenson, PhD @Peak Prosperity on YouTube]

Cardiotoxicity of Antimalarial Drugs (March 2017)

www.researchgate.net/publication/340935088_The_Cardiotoxicity_of_Antimalarial_Drugs/link/5ea5d86aa6fdccd794572a92/download

“Independent News Reporting by Ken Burridge”

kenneth green burridge

Independent journalist, blockchain and sustainability activist, EV of the Year Judge, photographer, and author that has published over 1500 articles. Mr Burridge’s travels have taken him to over 40 countries and 300+ major cities. He is originally from the USA, but has been residing in Australia for the last eight years. Connect to Ken Burridge on: Twitter, steemitfacebook, minds, Linked in, Uptrennd, official website

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