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Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 is Dead

Physicians and Scientists everywhere, led by Anthony Fauci, have been saying "Lets wait for the data on Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19".  Well, we now have that data and it is irrefutable that Hydroxycholorquine and Cloroquine, with or without a macrolide antibiotic (Azithromycin), does not work for Covid-19 and, in fact, causes increased death.

In case you are wondering about the guy who says "Hey, my uncle has been taking it and he got better in six hours", or "Hey, I know lots of people who take it every day and they are just fine", let me explain this Lancent study for you.

The researchers studied 671 hospitals on six continents involving 92,036 patients.  They looked at hospitalizations from Dec 20, 2019 through April 14, 2020.  Patients who were given Remdesivir were excluded.  The mean patient age was 53.8.

They formed two groups, a control group given standard treatment and a Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine group with and witho…

Covid Fatigue...the Good and the Bad

We have entered a new phase of the global Covid-19 pandemic.  After 9 weeks of shut-down in some areas, twenty-four hour a day news, and our lives completely disrupted, many are entering into a phase of Covid Fatigue.

The adrenaline rush that has sustained front-line caregivers is starting to wane and the grind of wearing uncomfortable PPE and seeing the virus described as a hoax makes crawling out of bed an effort.  Essential service people like food supply chain (farmers, pickers, packagers, processors, transporters, stockers and grocery clerks) have been doing double duty, caring for children, managing their own lives as well as going to work every day with fear.  And this includes police, firefighters, sanitation workers, food prep, cleaners, your local cable guy and everyone working from home too.  Covid Fatigue is part depression, part anxiety, part fear with a hint of hopelessness thrown in.
 "Will this ever end? Will I have a job? Will I be homeless? Should I close my bu…

Antibody Testing for Covid- Not So Fast

Image from The Verge - Vox
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the importance of having antibody testing for Corona Covid-19 as a pathway forward for resuming activity and work. Antibody tests are now being offered at urgent care clinics, private doctor offices, Labcorp labs and by the time you read this, there may be home antibody tests offered from ads online.

 I'm getting many requests a day from patients who think they had Covid if they had any illness from December onward.  "I want to know if it is Covid and if I am immune."   It is vitally important for us to know who has had the virus, who is immune from future exposure and who is safe for asymptomatic passing of the virus.  But...and this is a big BUT...antibody testing today is NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME.

Let's break this down.  Why?

The FDA has relaxed its usual standards and has permitted emergency use authorization for antibody testing.  This means Neighbor Joe can get some funding, throw some reagents toge…

The Hype About Coconut Oil Benefit Is False

The benefits of using coconut oil has been hyped online, in the press and in diets with stories of its benefits for health. If you google coconut oil you will see it being touted for weight loss, antimicrobial effects, calorie burning, improving good cholesterol, reducing seizures, and boosting brain function in Alzheimers.

This shows just how misled the public can be with fads and brilliant marketing by the industry.  The coconut oil and related industries have been very successful in calling coconut oil a natural, healthful product.  Their marketing worked!  The New York Times commissioned a survey in 2016 that showed 72% of the public said coconut oil is a healthful food.  Actually studies from as far back as 1955 show coconut oil is not a heart healthy oil.  And here is more evidence based truth:

Clinical trials (Reported in JAMA, April 8, 2020)  showed that coconut oil, compared to other vegetable oils, increases low density lipoprotein cholesterol.  Low density lipoproteins (LD…