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Results from a controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

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The initial results from a placebo-controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 indicate that patients hospitalized with mild illness recovered more quickly with addition of the drug than with placebo at the start of a standard treatment. The results also suggest that hydroxychloroquine might convey some protection against the illness worsening.

Zhan Zhang, MD, of Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, and colleagues reported results from 62 patients randomized to receive either placebo or hydroxychloroquine 200mg twice daily for 5 days on admission in addition to standard treatment consisting of oxygen therapy, and unspecified regimens that could include antiviral and antibacterial agents, and immunoglobulin with or without corticosteroids.

"The data in this study revealed that after 5 days of hydroxychloroquine treatment, the symptoms of patients with COVID-19 were significantly relieved, manifesting as shorten(ing) in the recovery time for cough and fever," Zhang and colleagues reported.

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Setting up to fail: Gates funded clinical trial on hydroxychloroquine uses Vitamin C as placebo

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As many as 4,000 seriously ill coronavirus patients in New York are being treated with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, state health officials say.

President Trump has touted hydroxychloroquine as a potential life-saver, although there is no widespread scientific evidence to date showing it helps battle COVID-19.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month said health care providers in the state would be using the drug in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax, or azithromycin, for some last-ditch cases, based on potentially promising research.

Comment: What a transparent scam! Why they would actually tell journalists they're using vitamin C as a placebo is either stupidity or hubris (or both).

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Oxalate toxicity forced Liam Hemsworth to quit his vegan diet

Liam Hemsworth
"I had to completely rethink what I was putting in my body."

Liam Hemsworth had long been a proponent of veganism after making the switch the plant-based eating back in 2015, but in this month's issue of Men's Health the Aussie actor revealed he's transitioned away from the diet for health reasons.

"The first two years, I felt great," he says. "I felt my energy was high. I felt like my body was strong, cardio was high, everything felt really good."

However, the 30-year-old says that began to change in early 2019.

Comment: It's hardly surprising Hemsworth succumbed to oxalate toxicity given the massive quantities of high-oxalate foods he was eating. Unfortunately, high oxalate foods are found in many popular diets, from vegan to paleo.

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Researchers warn the COVID-19 lockdown will take its own toll on health

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It's the most dramatic government intervention into our lives since World War II. To fight the coronavirus outbreak, governments across the globe have closed schools, travel and businesses big and small. Many observers have fretted about the economic costs of throwing millions of people out of work and millions of students out of school.

Now, three weeks after the United States and other countries took sweeping suppression steps that could last months or more, some public health specialists are exploring a different consequence of the mass shutdown: the thousands of deaths likely to arise unrelated to the disease itself.

The longer the suppression lasts, history shows, the worse such outcomes will be. A surge of unemployment in 1982 cut the life spans of Americans by a collective two to three million years, researchers found. During the last recession, from 2007-2009, the bleak job market helped spike suicide rates in the United States and Europe, claiming the lives of 10,000 more people than prior to the downturn. This time, such effects could be even deeper in the weeks, months and years ahead if, as many business and political leaders are warning, the economy crashes and unemployment skyrockets to historic levels.

Comment: The above article is coming from the perspective that "the coronavirus is bad, but..." But what if the coronavirus isn't any worse in it's death toll than the seasonal flu? Or even not as bad? Then how can all the above consequences be justified?

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Health

Arizona doctor believes Vitamin C could be game changer in COVID-19 treatment

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One Arizona doctor explains why vitamin C through an IV might be effective.
Could a common vitamin prove to be a key in helping treat the coronavirus? Some doctors in both China and New York have been using Vitamin C to try to treat their patients. One Arizona doctor who's been using this technique for other infections explains why vitamin C might be effective. The key, he says? Absorption through an IV.

"When people get sick, the first thing in their body that actually gets depleted is vitamin C," said Dr. Steven Katz, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale.

Dr. Katz often sees patients with pneumonia or bronchitis. The World Health Organization says coronavirus can lead to things like pneumonia.

Comment: The WHO and CDC are proving willfully ignorant on the subject, no doubt due to their vested interest in the pharmaceutical industry. Doctors who were in the heat of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan reported remarkable results from vitamin C infusions and clinical trials are underway. Does this not count as evidence?

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Propaganda

The Myth of "Darwinian Medicine"

Randolph M. Nesse
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Randolph M. Nesse
Editor's note: As biologist Jonathan Wells observes, "[T]he measures being taken against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic owe nothing to evolutionary theory." Yet a persistent claim from evolutionists is that medical research would be crippled without a Darwinian framework. Evolution News presents a series of our previously published work addressing the myth of "Darwinian medicine."

Darwinist Randolph Nesse has been peddling "Darwinian medicine" for years. He laid out his vision of medical science informed by Darwinian speculations two decades ago in a book, Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine, co-authored with Darwinist George C. Williams. He pointed out (correctly) that Darwinism has no current role in medical education and medical research. He means to change that. He argues for integration of Darwinian science into medical school curricula, and he argues that the light cast by Darwinian insights will significantly advance medical education and research.

That is a dubious claim. The very admission that Darwinism has had no role in medical science is a telling argument not for its inclusion, but for its irrelevance. Medical science is remarkably successful. Antibiotics, cybernetics, cancer chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, hip replacements, heart transplants, and a host of near-miraculous advances have greatly extended our lifespan and improved the quality of our lives — all without Darwin.

Health

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko has now treated 699 coronavirus patients with 100% success using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko

Dr. Vladimir Zelenko
IMPORTANT UPDATE (April 3): In an exclusive interview, Dr. Zelenko provides a major update about the results of his COVID-19 patients: 700 coronavirus patients treated with 99.9% success rate using Hydroxychloroquine, 1 outpatient died after not following protocol.

Last Wednesday, we published the success story from Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in New York, after he successfully treated 350 coronavirus patients with 100 percent success using a cocktail of drugs: hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate. Dr. Zelenko said he saw the symptom of shortness of breath resolved within four to six hours after treatment. Hydroxychloroquine is now being used worldwide, according to a map from French Dr. Didier Raoult. In the meantime, scientists at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine believe they've found potential vaccine for coronavirus.

Health

Why is New Orleans' coronavirus death rate twice New York's? Obesity is a factor

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A view of Bourbon Street amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. March 25, 2020.
The coronavirus has been a far deadlier threat in New Orleans than the rest of the United States, with a per-capita death rate twice that of New York City. Doctors, public health officials and available data say the Big Easy's high levels of obesity and related ailments may be part of the problem.

"We're just sicker," said Rebekah Gee, who until January was the health secretary for Louisiana and now heads Louisiana State University's healthcare services division. "We already had tremendous healthcare disparities before this pandemic - one can only imagine they are being amplified now."

Along with New York and Seattle, New Orleans has emerged as one of the early U.S. hot spots for the coronavirus, making it a national test case for how to control and treat the disease it causes. Chief among the concerns raised by doctors working in the Louisiana city is the death rate, which is twice that of New York and over four times that of Seattle, based on Thursday's publicly reported data.

Comment: What has become clear over the course of this pandemic is that those who are at risk of death from the disease overwhelmingly have pre-existing conditions. The article above states 78%, but given the way deaths are being recorded, the number is likely much higher. This essentially means that one's best defense against the virus is the same as one's best defense against any health condition or disease - keep yourself in good physical condition with diet, exercise, sleep and other lifestyle factors. The majority of people on the planet have nothing to worry about coronavirus.

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Biohazard

Thailand hit by African Horse Sickness, killing over 100 horses

African Horse Sickness

Diseased horse
More than 100 horses have died from African Horse Sickness (AHS) in Thailand, government data showed, in the Southeast Asian country's first instance of the illness that only affects animals.

"This disease has just occurred in Thailand. We've never had it in the past," director-general of the Department of Livestock Development, Sorawit Thanito, said on Thursday.

The government has quarantined sick horses to limit the spread of the disease, Sorawit said.

At least 131 horses have died across four provinces, latest government data showed.

Comment: This comes alongside the African Swine Fever outbreaks and rising bird flu cases, as well as numerous strange outbreaks of various kinds amongst humans.


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What seems unnatural about COVID-19 (SARS CoV-2)?

Dr. Pekova
An interview transcript with a medical doctor/viral genome scientist.

While conducting some online research on SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19), I came across a video interview with Dr. Pekova, a Czech medical doctor, molecular biologist, and geneticist with an extensive research portfolio.

In an interview with TV channel T3, Dr. Pekova states that the genome sequence of SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) is unlikely to be natural, and its characteristics suggest it was genetically engineered.

Dr. Pekova is the head of the research team at Tilia Laboratories, that has developed a more efficient, faster, and less expensive test to detect SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19). The laboratory has offered the test methodology to labs around the world for free.

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