Viki Purdy promoted some of the disclosed claims and told KTVB in an email that “Pharma” was responsible for the lack of reliable evidence of malaria drug use.
CALDWELL, Idaho – During the Southwest County Health Meeting on Tuesday morning, a debate about the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients broke out. It begins with the question of why some demographics, namely a person’s race, have been identified in the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Idaho.
At Gem State, several COVID-19 outbreaks have involved food processing factories where the majority of the workforce is Spanish.
However, the question of COVID-19 affecting minorities quickly turned into something much different after a county commissioner and medical board member made some ambiguous statements.
Adams County Commissioner and Southwest County Health Council member, Viki Purdy, said:
“There’s something you’re lacking when it comes to the Black, Hispanic and Asian population: they all have very low natural vitamin D levels, and that’s what we talked about in a few meetings. Most recently, why not we tell people they need to check their vitamin D levels, start taking vitamin D, zinc supplements and there’s something else we need to consider here as a panel. To promote here, a hydroxychloroquine regimen for those patients, is it an early procedure when they get COVID-19 so as not to have lung damage and not be hospitalized? I mean, now in the world There’s been research, there’s no denying that it works.Take a move to push this forward and ask the state to do something and get it out there so all the doctors have can prescribe when needed? ”
A study published in June found that certain ethnic minorities are naturally deficient in vitamin D, and by raising that level to normal levels, minorities are more likely to survive the virus. withdraw COVID-19. However, that study does not link the use of Hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus in the United States.
Now, Idaho’s doctors can prescribe hydroxychloroquine to their patients as they see fit. However, patients must be diagnosed before a prescription can be written. The drug is not available over the counter.
Dr. Sam Summers, the panel’s physician representative, responded to Purdy by giving examples of hydroxychloroquine studies.
“There was a very large placebo-controlled trial in which half of the patients were supplemented with hydroxychloroquine, zinc, vitamin D and the other half did not, and there was no difference,” he said.
“I would like to differ from Dr. Summers on those studies. There is a tsunami of evidence that hydroxychloroquine and zinc and other antibodies work together and they work very well, especially during the ban process. head, “Purdy said. “There was a few articles in (inaudible) and another in the American Medical Journal, I think it had to be revoked because they were fraudulent.”
We contacted Commissioner Purdy and requested a copy of the articles she had consulted. This link is what we get from “Frontline Doctors Summit”. Home page has stopped working.
The doctors in the viral video shared misinformation about COVID-19 in front of Capitol Hill. The video has since been banned on several social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
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“Anyone can find research but sometimes the amount involved prevents us from looking at all the evidence,” Purdy said in an email. “Billions of advertising dollars go to the media. Vaccines are a money-making tool for pharmaceuticals. People are losing their livelihoods, many others.” [have] health condition not being taken care of. Our suicide rate has risen 360% since March. Our children’s healthy activities have been eliminated. We need to get back to work and life. “
Idaho’s suicide rate, however, has actually decreased since the pandemic began.
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Dave Jeppesen, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said: “It is clear that the pandemic has added stress to everyone, including all of us here in this room. “And that has led to an increase in anxiety, depression and behavioral health problems. That’s something we were concerned about from the very beginning. We track death data and be clear. one suicide is too many suicides, but we actually did. The number of suicides has decreased slightly over the past few months, which surprises us, but a good thing. whenever possible. “
Adams County currently has 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March and no deaths.
One trial by the National Institutes of Health was stopped early because researchers found no proven benefit. Another study by the Henry Ford Foundation claimed hydroxychloroquine cut deaths by COVID-19 by 50%.
However, that study has been widely criticized for two reasons – the patient also received a steroid in addition to hydroxychloroquine, which has been shown to help restore the patient to COVID-19, and because it is a ‘study. observational study, instead of a ‘randomized study.’
In June, the Food and Drug Administration recalled the emergency use of the drug to treat some patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the absence of clinical trials.
Last month, the FDA announced its findings, claiming the drug caused “serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including lymphatic and blood system disorders, kidney injury, and liver problems and “liver failure” in some patients.