By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. – https://vivelifecenter.com/
The COVID death rate in the United States is one of the highest in the world, even with our advanced medical care delivery and resources. Many less affluent countries have death rates 20 times lower than the U.S., even with fewer hospitals, doctors, nurses and high tech equipment.
What is the common factor that accounts for the marked difference in death rates?
It is quite simply this: Other countries use EARLY OUTPATIENT TREATMENT with widely available antiviral medicines, begun at the first signs of symptoms, usually without waiting extra days for test results to confirm the physician’s clinical diagnosis.
The LATE STAGE treatment model promoted by Dr. Fauci and FDA’s Dr. Hahn has been for U.S. patients to be sent home to self-quarantine until symptoms worsened, and then go into the hospital when seriously ill with respiratory distress and heart damage. Only then do patients get offered medication, oxygen support, steroids, anti-coagulants, and others that typically don’t work as well at this critical illness stage.
But home therapy could prevent thousands of hospitalizations and deaths, according to a just-published article from the respected American Journal of Medicine. The U.S. urgently needs to implement this early successful model. Lead author Peter McCullough, M.D., a cardiologist at Baylor, one of the most widely published physicians in America, is not just theorizing. He is actually treating COVID patients at home.
Dr. McCullough’s recommendation would clearly save lives using cheap, safe, FDA-approved medicines—hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with azithromycin or doxycycline, possibly ivermectin or colchicine, inhaled budesomide or oral steroids, home oxygen concentrators, plus supplemental zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D.
The supply of HCQ has been ramped up to handle its use in early treatment of COVID, but we have millions of doses in the Strategic National Stockpile deteriorating in government warehouses—vital medicine that is not being distributed because, for political reasons, doctors are still not prescribing for COVID-19 outpatients.
Why don’t Americans have the freedom to use HCQ as in other countries? FDA’s false narrative about HCQ causing harm to outpatients has led to more deaths with unprecedented restrictions on physicians’ off-label prescribing rights imposed by state governors, medical boards and pharmacy boards. Thirty-seven states still restrict HCQ.
There are other major forces pushing AGAINST home-based treatment that have resulted in our high death rate. These coordinated efforts are amplified by the main stream media megaphone perpetuating the constant drum beat of fear to keep the public afraid of returning to normal activities.
- The hospital lobby is preventing outpatient treatment to maintain hospital income. The issues raised in Avik Roy’s classic 2013 review have been made worse during the COVID-19 pandemic because hospitals received significantly higher payments for COVID patients, especially those who go on a ventilator.
- Big Pharma pushes for new high-cost medicines still on patent—for example, Gilead’s major push to discredit HCQ and favor remdesivir, its costly experimental drug.
- Enormous financial conflicts exist within the NIH, CDC and FDA –all of whom get payments from pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers, as well as income from patents on new vaccine adjuvants and processes. Dr. McCullough’s editorial, “The Great Gamble of Covid-19 Vaccine Development,” explained this multibillion-dollar financial incentive to preserve vaccine windfall profits in wealthy countries.
- Big Medicine, as shown clearly by the AMA’s actions to falsely malign HCQ, no longer advocates for physicians and patients, but works to protect its revenue from government contracts.
- Academic medical centers all have research programs dependent on NIH grants. Many academic physicians have been “muzzled” by their institutions from speaking out because of threatened loss of funding.
In contrast, the forces pushing FOR early, home-based treatment are few in number, smaller, and do not have financial clout or a media megaphone.
- One medical organization, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), has stood against the juggernaut preventing access to HCQ with many efforts, including a lawsuit against FDA.
- Frontline doctors, primarily independent physicians not employed by hospitals or contracted with insurance companies that dictate treatment protocols doctors are allowed to use.
- Grassroots citizens groups such as the Tea Party Patriots, Open Texas, America’s Black Robe Regiment, and a few others.
- A few national political leaders willing to advocate publicly for early and widespread access to HCQ: President Trump, Trade Advisor Peter Navarro, Senator Ron Johnson, Congressmen Andy Biggs (AZ) and Louie Gohmert (TX).
So what do patients need to do NOW to advocate for early home treatment if they get sick? Here are 10 ACTION STEPS to take:
- PRINT Dr. McCullough’s article and read about your options before you get sick.
- COPY Dr. McCullough’s article and give to your doctors and family members.
- ASK your doctor now: “If I get sick with COVID, will you treat me at home with medicines already available for off-label use?”
- CHECK with your pharmacist: “Will you dispense HCQ if I get sick with COVID and my doctor prescribes it?”
- If your doctor and pharmacist will not prescribe or dispense HCQ, start now to explore other options – next four steps.
- READ about Telemedicine options to see what is available for early intervention and treatment at home.
- IDENTIFY the TeleMedicine services that fit your needs and budget, and keep a list handy in case you get sick.
- SEARCH for direct pay primary care medical practices who are more likely to tailor treatment to your individual needs. You need a trusted physician who shares your views.
- LOCATE independent pharmacies who will dispense the medicines you need and ship to you—they may be in another state.
- ACT to stay healthy! Adequate sleep, exercise preferably outdoors NOT wearing a mask, prayer and meditation (immune boosters!), eat healthy diet avoiding excess sugars and processed foods, take vitamins such as zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, and immune boosting anti-viral supplements such as quercetin, elderberry, NAC, and others.
The Bottom Line: “If you get COVID-19, you don’t want to be admitted to hospital. The death rate for patients sick enough to be admitted is quite high. And you will probably be a prisoner with no visits from family, clergy, or the doctor of your choice. Patients need a trusted physician who shares their views,” said Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of AAPS.
Author/Contributor short bio:
- Dr. Vliet has been a leader in patient centered, individualized medical care. Since 1986, she has practiced medicine independent of insurance contracts that interfere with patient-physician relationships and decision-making. Dr. Vliet focus is medical freedom and free market approaches to healthcare. Dr. Vliet is the founder of Vive Life Center and Hormone Health Strategies with medical practices in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX, specializing in preventive and climacteric medicine with an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems from puberty to late life.
- Dr. Vliet is a 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient for her national and international educational efforts in health, wellness, and endocrine aging in men and women, and is recognized in the US as a motivational speaker in health and wellness and a powerful patient advocate, proponent of free market approaches to lower healthcare costs. Dr. Vliet is the recipient of Voice of Women Award from Arizona Foundation for Women in recognition of her pioneering advocacy for the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health.
- Dr. Vliet’s consumer health books include: It’s My Ovaries, Stupid; Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect– And Doctors STILL Ignore; Women, Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Great Sex, Strength, and Stamina.
- Dr. Vliet is a past Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a member of the AAPS Editorial Writing Team on healthcare reform, and a member of International Menopause Society and the International Society for The Study of the Aging Male (ISSAM). She received her M.D. degree and internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and completed specialty training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her B.S. and Master’s degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
- Dr. Vliet has appeared on FOX NEWS, Cavuto, Stuart Varney Show, Fox and Friends, Sean Hannity and many nationally syndicated radio shows across the country as well as presented hundreds of Healthcare Town Halls addressing the economic and medical impact of the 2010 healthcare law and free market reforms, as well as seminars and radio shows on healthcare reform, Men’s Health and Women’s Health.
- Dr. Vliet speaks as an independent physician, not as an official spokesperson for any organization or political party. Dr. Vliet has no financial ties to any health care system or health insurance plan. Her allegiance and advocacy is to and for patients.