A look at hydroxycholoroquine (without the spin)

The anti-malaria medicine hydroxycholorquine is being studied as a possible treatment for and prevention of coronavirus.

How did this medicine that was held out as having so much promise for Covid-19, based on early studies and treating physicians’ experience, become so controversial? What started the media drumbeat to say the medicine is dangerous… even quackery?

Sunday on Full Measure, we investigate. See what I found when I spoke to scientists and followed the money. We’ll report without the spin.

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  1. In 1965, I ws prescribed Aralen Phosphate (today’s Chloroqyin) as a malaria preventive for malaria. I was involved in airborne research in South Asia, operating as air navigator in a navy P3-B Orion. That Rx has been in existence since 1955, bit nobody at the time issued any warning about possible heart damage.

    1. NIH has a warning about future use of QUININE if you ever had massive doses to treat a malaria infection.

      HOWEVER they do not have a counterpart warning (contraindication) for synthetic analogs like plaquinil and chlorquin…..

      (that I could find).

      The warning has been out there for some time and refers to an “allergic reaction”.

      I’m just going to guess that doctors who used quinine up until 1937 with the release of Chloroquin, and then that use up to 1947 with the release of Plaquinil KNEW about what was substituting for what.

      Later on, you have doctors who never used quinine nor chloroquin…. so they only know plaquinil and FDA banned over the counter dispensing of plaquinil for leg muscle cramps…. some people even got the idea it was dangerous….. and that FDA had banned quinine.

      Then, people like Dr. Bright came along and he was supposedly AGAINST getting plaquinil from manufacturers in India and Pakistan ~ preferring? Did he prefer Chinese p0laquinil? Maybe French Plaquinil? Or possibly small business produced plaquinil in the West Indies and the Mosquito Coast?

      This stuff is made all over the world wherever there are STDS or mosquitos. I found it’s used as an ingredient in so many products it isn’t funny. And most are sold on shelves worldwide, even in the USA.

      Frankly I prefer sheep dip ~ called Invermectin ~ because it has kept New Zealand and it’s 60 million sheep free of COVID19 and dozens of other viruses, parasites and heart worms.

      1. Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Says Hydroxychloroquine Has 90% Success Rate In Treating Covid-19

  2. The protocol for the more successful studies included zinc and viatamin d, both of which help with testosterone production which in turn helps with the immune system ( as a steroid free bodybuilder, zinc is one of the prime supplements we use) The US studies have not had the zinc regimen in them as far as what I have seen, Might be worth the digging to see if this info is correct ( on the difference in studies)

    1. Dr Zelenko (NY) uses zinc sulfate in his treatments, He healed over 900 people. But according to Dr Fauci, he didn’t do it “right!”


      This will blow your mind:

      What I want to know, is why NIH/Fauci have a partnership with Wuhan Virology Lab? NIH had contract with that lab. So how can Fauci stand up and look puzzled about it, when he had to know something about what was gone on in Wuhan?

      And media neglect to mention Dr Brix & Fauci both on board of Gates Foundation, as is Dr Birx daughter.who is a project manager. (Gates is big funder of WHO…WHO helped China bury this story… US Experts both on Gates Board!)

      Use DuckDuckGo to find Wuhan Lab:

  3. Michael Bollinger

    The heart damage that is reported by anti-HCQ protocol, is caused by the Wuhan virus in later stages of the progression of the disease. If properly prescribed and added with other substances the side effects are rare and minimal.

  4. This study indicates that the addition of zinc ( hydroxychloroquine, as one of its main actions, aids in zinc penetrating infected cells where the zinc is known to interfere with viral replication and propagation.

    Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin plus zinc vs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin alone: outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

    Philip Carlucci, Tania Ahuja, Christopher M Petrilli, Harish Rajagopalan, Simon Jones, Joseph Rahimian
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.02.20080036
    This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed [what does this mean?]. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.
    AbstractInfo/HistoryMetrics Preview PDF

    Background: COVID-19 has rapidly emerged as a pandemic infection that has caused significant mortality and economic losses. Potential therapies and means of prophylaxis against COVID-19 are urgently needed to combat this novel infection. As a result of in vitro evidence suggesting zinc sulfate may be efficacious against COVID-19, our hospitals began using zinc sulfate as add-on therapy to hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. We performed a retrospective observational study to compare hospital outcomes among patients who received hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin plus zinc versus hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin alone. Methods: Data was collected from electronic medical records for all patients being treated with admission dates ranging from March 2, 2020 through April 5, 2020. Initial clinical characteristics on presentation, medications given during the hospitalization, and hospital outcomes were recorded. Patients in the study were excluded if they were treated with other investigational medications. Results: The addition of zinc sulfate did not impact the length of hospitalization, duration of ventilation, or ICU duration. In univariate analyses, zinc sulfate increased the frequency of patients being discharged home, and decreased the need for ventilation, admission to the ICU, and mortality or transfer to hospice for patients who were never admitted to the ICU. After adjusting for the time at which zinc sulfate was added to our protocol, an increased frequency of being discharged home (OR 1.53, 95% CI 1.12-2.09) reduction in mortality or transfer to hospice remained significant (OR 0.449, 95% CI 0.271-0.744). Conclusion: This study provides the first in vivo evidence that zinc sulfate in combination with hydroxychloroquine may play a role in therapeutic management for COVID-19.

  5. Glad you are doing an in-depth “dive” on hydroxycholoroquine. There is so much spin and hype surrounding this now it’s almost impossible to sort our the “wheat from the chaff”. After my own research starting in Early March when I was introduced to Dr. Vladimir Zelenko MD of Monroe, NY and the amazing results he is getting with his #ZelenkoProtocol (Hydroxycholoroquine, Azithromycin (Z-Pack) and Zinc Sulfate). to fight the SARS-COV-2 Virus before it takes over the body and turns into COVID-19 Lung Disease. He has been telling everyone who will listen for the past two months that this simple $20, 20-Tablet, 5-day therapeutic treatment using the #HCQ anti-malaria drug, the Z-Pack Antibiotic, and the Zinc Trace Mineral has been responsible for him saving the lives of over 1,500 people in his medical practice from getting the COVID-19 Lung Disease ! More info here:

    A Jewish doctor’s off-label virus treatment is now being used in multiple states

    Dr. Zelenko: “This is a Game-Changer Potentially”

  6. Chloroquine has been used for six decades for malaria by tens of millions. In Africa, Asia, Central and South America. I take 500 mg twice a week whenever I o where Malaria is endemic. It is also a good immune modulator prescribed now for Lupus.
    Now all of a sudden it has too many side effects?
    Finally!! Almost 4 months late, the NIH and Fauci are initiating clinical trials. And why now! Remdesivir mediocre clinical trials on very few patients, yet they quickly approved it while Didier Raoult’s results were ignored.
    Whether or not the trials are successful is not the point. The fact as I have been pointing out that experiments reported in nature showing Corona viral inhibition in vitro since February 4th and Professor Raoult’s published 90% success with this protocol, it is criminally negligent that the NIH and Fauci did not initiate clinical trials since then.
    And if the trials prove successful then they must be held accountable and give a logical explanation as to why they procrastinated so long.

  7. Twitter will not show tweets with images that are derogatory to left.
    Example, a reprint of Dallas BLM parade where 5 police were dead and others injuried in front of an ambulance .. then Obama White House with BLM guests days later.

    Please don’t use my name, but maybe Fox could show the banning by Twitter.

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