This is a letter to government agencies in my state.
July 24, 2021
Today is World Ivermectin Day. Ivermectin is an FDA-approved, off-patent, inexpensive medication that has been used to treat parasitic diseases for over four decades. It is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, has been given 3.7 billion times around the world, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. Ivermectin has been widely-studied and proven to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2 and to suppress inflammation. Although it is shown to be an effective intervention at all stages of COVID-19, it is especially powerful as an early treatment and a prophylaxis strategy. This is supported by 60 (30 randomized control) trials consisting of 574 scientists and 21,814 patients (c-19ivermectin.com). Ivermectin is also used for long-haul COVID and for what is being referred to as post-vaccination syndrome. In addition, Ivermectin has been shown to work against all COVID-19 variants thus far.
This information may come as a surprise. In fact many people believe that COVID-19 is untreatable. Unfortunately, early treatment strategies, which should be one of the four pillars of a pandemic response plan, have received comparatively minimal attention and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, information surrounding Ivermectin has been suppressed and misrepresented in the media. This censorship of medicine and science has inflated the COVID-19 mortality rate, physical and mental suffering, and the economic and divisive impact COVID-19 has had on our community and the world.
Censorship has been pervasive with the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC). The FLCCC was formed by Dr. Paul Marik, MD, FCCM, FCCP, Endowed Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Marik has authored four critical care books and written over 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and 50 book chapters. The FLCCC and its affiliates include other critical care specialists who are on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients around the world. These doctors have been instrumental in developing studies and protocols to treat COVID-19. (These include the I-MATH+, a hospital treatment protocol, and the I-MASK+, a prevention and early outpatient protocol.) These protocols are used in select areas globally, but Ivermectin is not formally supported by US government agencies as a possible COVID-19 treatment.
Recent epidemiological analyses on Ivermectin and COVID-19 are striking when comparing Ivermectin’s use (and lack of use) in different territories: Chiapas, Mexico which has had an Ivermectin distribution campaign (vs. the rest of Mexico); the eight states using Ivermectin in Peru vs. Lima, Peru; Uttar Pradesh, India; and the provinces in Argentina using Ivermectin vs. those not using Ivermectin at all. The positive impact Ivermectin has had on mortality rates in the areas with an Ivermectin intervention plan should be celebrated and part of a larger conversation about addressing this virus (https://covid19criticalcare.com/ivermectin-in-covid-19/epidemiologic-analyses-on-covid19-and-ivermectin/).
The FLCCC has no financial interest in promoting medication. It is motivated by “doctoring”—by the Hippocratic Oath. Even so, the FLCCC has been temporarily or permanently removed from multiple platforms including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, and Linked in for “offensive content.” This content has included the process by which the FLCCC was formed as well as efficacy comparisons. Even Senate testimony was censored when Dr. Pierre Kory (FLCCC President) presented information about Ivermectin to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on December 8, 2020. This has not deterred the FLCCC, as they have moved to different platforms. However, this should be a warning to all of us. We are not just dealing with a COVID-19 crisis, we are dealing with a censorship crisis.
Another example of the recent coordinated censorship of medicine and science involves Dr. Tess Lawrie, MBBCh, PhD, the Director of Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd. in Bath, UK. Dr. Lawrie is a top medical analyst in the UK, a consultant to the World Health Organization, and a frequent member of technical teams responsible for developing international guidelines for medicines. Her peer-reviewed publications have received in excess of 3000 citations and her ResearchGate score is among the top 5% of ResearchGate members (https://trialsitenews.com/news-roundup-dr-tess-lawrie-discusses-her-ivermectin-meta-analysis-the-fda-and-dr-andrew-hill/ March, 15, 2021). Dr. Lawrie has completed meta-analyses on Ivermectin studies, addressed the censorship taking place in professional journals, and formed the British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group (BIRD). In doing so, Dr. Lawrie was informed that a published review on Ivermectin went against LinkedIn policies.
Science is being silenced, and many medical professionals have not considered the scope of resources available to treat this virus. As a person trained in research methods and statistics, I believe this situation has signaled a deterioration in the integrity of science and a rise of what has been referred to as “fundamentalist medicine.” Please ask why. Why should doctors be censored for sharing observational data, for following their Hippocratic Oath, and for participating in rational discourse—the heart of science. Also ask what are the credentials of those censoring science. Science is not static. It is open for debate and discussion and depends upon dissenting views and transparency to progress.
I am happy to say that I know multiple people who have had COVID-19, were treated with Ivermectin, and recovered (applying early treatment and long-haul COVID-19 protocols specifically). Early treatments that include Ivermectin and other therapeutics (which are part of the FLCCC protocols and many at home care kits) should be the norm and not the exception. Not only would early treatment empower individuals, help keep them out of the hospitals, and save lives, knowledge that COVID-19 is largely treatable would help minimize the extreme fear and polarization of our community and the world.
Given the questions surrounding the long-term safety of the mRNA technology, the efficacy of vaccines against current and future variants, and the duration of efficacy, it is reasonable to say we need to learn to live with COVID-19 to some degree. No matter one’s position on the COVID-19 vaccines, shouldn’t we have as many tools as possible in our COVID-19 tool kit? Other countries do.
Dr. Justus Hope, MD, pointed out that History is highlighted by turning points, moments of brilliance in the journey of humanity, episodes that changed civilization. These junctures often took place at times of great tragedy, during wars, famines, plagues, and revolution. Because at precisely those times, when the worst of human depravity became evident, we also witnessed the emergence of some of our greatest humanitarians, those who withstood opposition with grace and wisdom.
Dr. Tess Lawrie and the FLCCC doctors are such humanitarians. They have inspired me to write on this important day—World Ivermectin Day. The story of Ivermectin transcends a story about a medicine saving lives. It is a story about bravery in the face of censorship and loss—loss of integrity and trust. While history will show that this year will be viewed as the year we lost much integrity in science, it will also show whether one voice or many voices make good science. I hope history will also show that it is the year we fought censorship to save science and that you will play a positive role in this process. The short and long-term health of the Lincoln community and our larger community depends on it. It depends on people like you dedicating yourself to due diligence, critical analysis, and rational discourse and to consider lifesaving information that might otherwise be unpopular or unprofitable to the pharmaceutical industry. The guidance of the public health agencies such as the CDC, the WHO, and the NIH are not without conflict of interest and are recommendations—not laws. There is nothing to lose by treating sick members of our Lincoln and greater Nebraska community with this safe, effective, inexpensive, and accessible medication.
Stacey Skold, PhD