When plain old water is called ‘dihydrogen monoxide’ – an accurate description of its chemical composition – people tend to be frightened of it. Particularly so when some of its potentialities are listed including causing suffocation (drowning). Yet, water is fundamental to life on Earth.
I would argue that the medicine Ivermectin is fundamental to my community effectively dealing with Covid. Yet because a campaign has been run against it, people are now frightened of it.
There is a documentary entitled ‘Incarceration Nation’ about the speed with we jail people here in Australia, especially people of colour – and for the pettiest of crimes. After receiving an exemption from Covid vaccination, the greatest tennis player in the world, Serbian Novak Djokovic, flew into Australia. He is now being held in a detention centre; the relevant government Minister says he is free to leave our country at any time – but he is not free to leave the detention centre to play tennis, because he is unvaccinated.
Australians were initially told that they needed two injections, sometime apart, to be protected from the Covid virus, and that vaccination rates needed to reach 70 percent of the population to contain outbreaks. With the emergence of a new and very different strains of the Covid virus we are now being told that we must get a booster shot to be protected. In the beginning there were two very different vaccines available one known as AstraZeneca and the other Pfizer. Initially we were told that it was important that the two injections be from the same product, Pfizer and Pfizer or AstraZeneca and AstraZeneca. It is now the case that all boosters will be Pfizer.
Yet my doctor, a registered General Practitioner in Queensland, advised me against Pfizer on the basis it was very much an experimental vaccine using a new technology and that the risk of Pericarditis from a Pfizer vaccination, while rare, was a real possibility – particularly for young men and boys.
While arranging for me to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, my doctor also prescribed what is known in anti-vaccination circles as ‘The Triple Therapy’ against Covid: Ivermectin, zinc and an antibiotic. He advised me that should I get covid, even after being vaccinated, I should immediately begin the treatment. Covid, he advised me, was a potentially terrible disease, and there was no guarantee that the vaccine would remain effective against new strains, but that the triple therapy: Ivermectin, with zinc and the antibiotic would.
Within a week of my doctor writing that prescription, Ivermectin was banned from sale in Australia for the treatment of Covid – by the government.
The unofficial advice has been that the Australian government wants everyone vaccinated rather than relying on medicines.
Yet if you read the peer reviewed literature – The Science – Ivermectin has a real role to play in both the treatment and as a prophylaxis against Covid. For example, the conclusions from a review of Ivermectin trials published in the American Journal of Therapeutics (volume 28, pages 434 – 460) is that given the evidence of efficacy, safety, low cost, and current death rates, Ivermectin is likely to have a positive impact on health and economic outcomes of the pandemic across many countries. The same review article explains that Ivermectin is not a new and experimental drug with an unknown safety profile. It is a WHO ‘Essential Medicine’ already used successfully to treat other diseases and very safe at correct doses. The review article also states: ‘Ivermectin is likely to be an equitable, acceptable, and feasible global intervention against COVID-19. Health professionals should strongly consider its use, in both treatment and prophylaxis.
Yet the Australian government has banned my doctor from now prescribing Ivermectin for use as either a prophylaxis or treatment against Covid.
There is no avoiding the reality that the Australian government’s approach to the management of this pandemic has been unscientific. Rather than empowering doctors to sift through the available information as it is published, the Australian government has tried to force us all to be vaccinated.
Anyone who has refused has been ostracised, and many have been forced to close their businesses. For example, my friend Patrick ran a very successful restaurant (Sushi Monster) here in Noosa for 12 years, but he chose to close the day before the vaccine mandate was introduced – he closed his restaurant on December 16, 2021 rather than have his 16-year-old son who worked in that business vaccinated with Pfizer. The mandate decrees that to legally work in a restaurant in Queensland that provides table serve and/or that serves alcohol you need to be vaccinated.
It is the case that Patrick, and perhaps also Novak Djokovic, are more frightened of Pfizer than they are of Ivermectin – and perhaps for good reason.
Of concern, the information relied on to license the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has never been made public. On Thursday, the very same day that Novak Djokovic’s lawyers were arguing for his right to play tennis in Australia despite his vaccination status, a judge in the U.S. ordered that Pfizer’s pre-licensure safety data be all released and within the next eight months. It had previously been argued in court that this was impossible because there was so much documentation, apparently it needs to be released at a rate of 55,000 pages a month for it to be all released within the next eight months! This would suggest to me that the safety of Pfizer is dependent on many ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’.
When I asked Patrick, as he closed-up his shop on the last day, what his hopes and fears were for the future he replied that he just hoped he could stay out of jail.
I initially thought he was joking, but there was no smile on his face.
Afterall, like Novak Djokovic, Patrick is not the type to agree to 9pm curfews or keeping his boys from visiting playgrounds. Yet if you didn’t agree to these imposts and you were a resident of Melbourne this last year, and you weren’t prepared to pay fines, you risked jail.
Australia is no longer a free nation – if it ever was.
Each of us today, has a choice.
We can choose to hate Novak and Patrick because they have the arrogance and intelligence to go against what has been decreed and what is popular. The alternative is to stand with them and for science, and for choice.
- About the Journal that published the review study about Ivermectin
The American Journal of Therapeutics is a bimonthly medical journal covering advances in drug therapy, comparative effectiveness research, and post-marketing surveillance. The journal was established in 1994 by John Somberg MD and is published by Wolters Kluwer.
The journal has been part of the Web of Science Core Collection since 2010, with an impact factor of 2.688. The journal is included in the Index Medicus(Medline).
- Why we need boosters
An additional “booster” dose of Moderna or Pfizer mRNA-based vaccine is needed to provide immunity against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study by researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The results of this study, reported in the journal Cell, indicate that traditional dosing regimens of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States do not produce antibodies capable of recognizing and neutralizing the Omicron variant.
- Why the Pfizer safety data is not public
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce, at a rate of 55,000 pages per month, the documents it relied on to license the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
The case was brought by the Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT), which said the data should be made public quickly because the FDA took just 108 days to review the data before granting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine full approval.
The group which bought the case comprises public health professionals, medical professionals, scientists, and journalists, includes Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, who was until recently a professor of psychiatry at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, and Dr. Peter McCullough, a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and internist.
4. A guide to treating Covid, at home
I’ve been asked various questions on Facebook that need context, so I have uploaded a guide popular with the unvaccinated.