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April 8, 2020

‘What Do You Have to Lose?’ Your Life

“What do you have to lose?” is the rationale expressed by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) in persuading people to take a drug for COVID-19 that can make people extremely ill. In a press briefing, he repeated:

“I’ll say it again: What do you have to lose? Take it. I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice and it’s their doctor’s choice, or the doctors in the hospital. But hydroxychloroquine—try it, if you’d like.” 

DDT’s pitch sounds like the TV ad when two boys try to convince Mikey to eat a cereal by claiming, “Try it. You’ll like it.” Except the drug hydroxychloroquine isn’t a benign cereal.

Three weeks ago, DDT started pushing the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 despite no evidence it would be successful. The drugs are approved for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, but no clinical studies have shown any success for the coronavirus. Since that time, DDT has stressed its use so much that his followers have started to take it on their own. One man in Arizona died from taking it, and his wife went to the hospital in critical condition.

DDT is so convinced that this drug is a “game changer” for people with COVID-19 that he is forcing the government to stockpile tens of millions of dosages, using taxpayer money. People who need hydroxychloroquine for its approved purpose can no longer get it. Because India needs the drug for its own people, the country had stopped shipping it to the U.S. DDT threatened India with retaliation if they didn’t immediately send large quantities of the drug to the U.S.  

After downplaying the coronavirus as a hoax engineered by mainstream media and Democrats, Fox host, “Dr. Hannity,” as he calls himself, wrote that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “creating a much bigger crisis” by limiting people’s ability to access the drug. Along with Fox’s Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity constantly evangelizes hydroxychloroquine, especially to older patients with laudatory segments on the Fox network 109 times over three days in late March. Once again, Fox depicts knowledgeable experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, as part of a liberal ploy to remake society.

DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has no medical background, says he spends his days on the phone with doctors, patients, and hospital administrators pushing hydroxychloroquine as well as a stem cell treatment, which Giuliani describes as removing “placenta killer cells.” Giuliani’s information comes from a former pharmacist who pled guilty to conspiring to extort the actor Steven Seagal.

Medical experts disagree with DDT, his trade adviser Peter Navarro, and Fox network hucksters about the medication’s efficacy. With no random trials, experts have serious doubts that a drug, with serious toxic problems and a lack of evidence, should be prescribed for seriously ill patients. The CDC, often forced to agree with DDT’s wacky ideas, has changed its statement about dosages of the drug being anecdotal by “some U.S. clinicians” to this warning:

“There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19.”

WebMD, a highly credible medical source, lists the side effects of hydroxychloroquine: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, or headache. The use of this drug can cause heart arrhythmia and other symptoms of heart failure—shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, extreme fatigue, unusual/sudden weight gain. Then there’s mental/mood changes such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations along with hearing changes (loss of hearing or ringing), easy bruising/bleeding, and infections such as sore throats or fever. Other people may suffer signs of liver disease (severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, and dark urine), muscle weakness, uncontrolled twitching including tongue and face, hair loss, and hair/skin color changes. The medication is problematic for diabetics because of low blood sugar symptoms such as sudden sweating, shaking, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands and feet. Other vision problems include sensitivity to light, light flashes and streaks, difficulty reading, and missing areas of vision. People taking this medication can even suffer seizures. In Sweden, hospitals stopped giving chloroquine to coronavirus patients following reports of adverse side effects such as vision loss, cramping, and headaches “that felt like stepping into a high voltage plant.”

The Mayo Clinic issued guidelines that hydroxychloroquine can cause “the heart’s rhythm [to] generate into dangerous erratic heart beats, resulting ultimately in sudden cardiac death.” according to the Mayo Clinic. Mark Gladwin, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, describes the heart problems. Hydroxychloroquine lengthens the “QT interval,” the time for the heart’s electrical system to reset between contractions, which push blood into the vascular system and around the body. Resulting irregular heartbeats can be fatal. Doctors may not have time for an electrocardiogram or find out what other drugs the patient is taking. Without research, doctors cannot know the appropriate dosage, if any, especially because people metabolize dosages very differently. And COVID-19 causes a heart infection, myocarditis, in some of the most seriously ill patients.

DDT’s former FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, said the data on hydroxychloroquine is “very preliminary” and the drug has been used widely in the United States and Europe without “any obvious benefit.”

DDT found another hydroxychloroquine supporter in television celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz, also a Fox regular appearing at least 21 times in two weeks after March 24 and eight times on Fox & Friends, DDT’ favorite show. Other doctors dub Oz a “quack” for pushing phony weight-loss remedies and claiming that Umckaloabo Root Extract is a cure for the common cold. Three Mayo Clinic scientists published a piece in the AMA Journal of Ethics about how Oz is “visibly out of step with his profession.”

With Fox and loyalist quacks behind him, DDT used a press briefing to contradict his own expert, Dr. Fauci, about the lack of efficacy by DDT’s drug of choice. The next day, DDT tweeted,  “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance ….”

Rising Pharmaceuticals, a U.S.-based drug corporation, doubled the cost of chloroquine because of DDT’s “enthusiasm.” The company has a record of price fixing and forced to pay $3 million in fines and restitution after a lawsuit in 2019.

Bayer invented the medicine chloroquine in 1934, and hydroxychloroquine was invented during World War II to provide an alternative with fewer side effects. The drugs are synthetic variations of quinine, an herbal remedy derived from the bark of the cinchona tree. A small French study combined hydroxychloroquine with the antibiotic azithromycin that showed benefit in six patients. Another similar French study in 11 patients showed no evidence the drugs worked. A Chinese study also showed no benefit over the standard course of treatment. Indiscriminately using Z paks with both these drugs and no indication of a bacterial infection adds to the proliferation of superbugs that is rapidly occurring. By promoting unsuccessful drugs, however, DDT tries to persuade his followers that he’s taking action in his “war.”

Because DDT gets upset with negative information, DDT’s aides give him only happy news. About COVID-19, White House officials hand him only news articles about people who said that hydroxychloroquine helped them. Last Monday, they emailed a piece from KABC in Los Angeles: “CORONAVIRUS FLAG: LA doctor seeing success with hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.” The election is coming, and DDT is desperate to find that silver bullet to cover for all his mistake in handling the health crisis.

DDT has a history of conning people about magical ways to make money. Ideal Health, a multi-level-marketing company (aka pyramid scheme), sold personalized vitamin supplements based on the results of a fake urine test. People lost all their money from investing in the company and filed complaints. Ideal Health settled a lawsuit over its false claims that one of their products “cured cancer” and paid DDT to lease his name, calling the business The Trump Network. The company then sold miracle pills for diet, skin care, and energy. DDT promised people who bought these products “a new dream” but dropped the lease in 2011. FTC complaints led to a 2018 RICO lawsuit that stated DDT “deliberately defrauded” vulnerable people.

DDT also has a financial investment in the company that manufactures Plaquenil, the brand name for hydroxychloroquine. How much no one knows because he refuses to release his financials. 

“What can you lose?” A lot, according to a large number of respected doctors and other health specialists. Instead of listening to them, however, DDT wants only people who agree with him. That’s why he frequently calls for “my Peter,” referring to Navarro who Kushner picked for trade adviser from amazon.com because he wrote an anti-China book. A description of Navarro’s meltdown when Dr. Fauci, who does have medical knowledge, disagreed with him.

Other than killing people and creating permanent damage in others who take the unapproved medication, DDT’s obsession with hydroxychloroquine could stop research in more viable cures. DDT’s “interest” in a miracle cure—in which he has financially invested—could ultimately kill far more people. But … “What do you have to lose?”

On today, April 8, 435,128 people in the U.S. have confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 14,795 of them have died. The world has 1,528,773 confirmed cases and 88,505 deaths. 

[Note: thanks to the former nurse who suggested that I write more about the dangers of DDT’s hydroxychloroquine cocktail.]

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