Public demand is ramping up for an anti-malarial pharmaceutical called hydroxychloroquine to be used as an over-the-counter preventative for Covid-19, including in elderly care homes. This demand has been manufactured, in part, by media reports that Donald Trump pops this drug daily. (Highly doubtful.)
I'm not certain of the full politics at play with this drug, but I do know this:
Before people take this drug, before people demand that this drug be available over-the-counter, and before people clamour for this drug to be used as a daily preventative, including in care homes, they need to understand the very real dangers related to this family of drugs.
Hydroxychloroquine is far from a miracle drug, and it should not be touted as such.
The anti-malarial drugs being suggested as a cure for Covid, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, are chemical cousins to fluoroquinolone antibiotics - on the quinolone substrate.
Fluoroquinolones have killed tens of thousands of people (at least) and long-term debilitated millions around the world. I'm one of these people. I took three pills of Ciprofloxacin, prescribed to me for a very mild urinary tract irritation in 2009, and was bed-ridden immediately. I experienced years of daily pain, tendon dysfunction, exhaustion, digestive problems, life-threatening food sensitivities and cellulitis infections, morbid and suicidal thinking, and many other disabling symptoms. I've clawed my way back to a modicum of health over the past decade but have permanent debilitation from this drug, and if I had known then what I know now, I never would have swallowed those three little pills.
You can see all my reporting on fluoroquinolones here: Cipro is evil
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics have already long-term debilitated hundreds of thousands of elderly and/or put them in early graves. Regular use of hydroxychloroquine as a blanket preventative in care homes could have similar effects.
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can be very dangerous, and people should know the risks before using them - especially since there is strong evidence many people are reacting to 5G frequencies, not just a virus. I would suggest these drugs are too dangerous to be taken as a preventative, especially for an illness that has a 99.7% recovery rate. People who have had adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics or to other pharmaceuticals in the past should be particularly cautious.
"“In susceptible individuals, these drugs act as idiosyncratic neurotoxicants, potentially causing irreversible brain and brainstem dysfunction, even when used at relatively low doses,” said Dr. Nevin. “This drug-induced dysfunction causes a disease of the brain and brainstem called quinoline encephalopathy, or quinism, which can be marked acutely by psychosis, confusion, and risk of suicide, and by lasting psychiatric and neurological symptoms.”
“Symptoms of chronic quinoline encephalopathy include tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo, paresthesias, visual disturbances, nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, agoraphobia, paranoia, cognitive dysfunction, depression, personality change, and suicidal thoughts, among others,” said Dr. Nevin. “Particularly among military veterans, in whom these drugs have been widely used for decades as prophylactic antimalarials, these symptoms can mimic and be mistaken for those of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.”"
These neuropsychiatric effects are also found in fluoroquinolone antibiotic poisoning and can be long-lasting or even permanent.
If you would like a natural preventative, boil grapefruit peels for a couple hours, and take the broth regularly as a treatment, along with zinc. Grapefruit peels contain quinine.
The author of these articles is a man named David who was permanently disabled by the fluoroquinolone antibiotic Levaquin, produced by Johnson&Johnson. I certainly do not agree with his summations about the spread of the virus and how to contain it, but the information on the anti-malarial drugs is important.
The use of hydroxychloroquine has also been shown to cause dangerous heart arrhythmia and an increased chance of death.
I'm not telling people not to take hydroxychloroquine. I'm telling people not to get caught up in the manufactured health panic around it. I'm telling people not to jump on the HCQ bandwagon without understanding the very real risks related to this drug. Research and learn the risks of any drug you're planning to take before you put it in your body.