Crony Medicine Missing the Mark on Chloroquine

May 21, 2020

Zinc seems to be the key to the drug’s effectiveness, but many trials ignore it. Why? Action Alert!

New reports indicate that President Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to protect against the coronavirus. As we’ve written before, research indicates that high concentrations of zinc inside cells inhibit the replication of RNA viruses such as COVID-19, but due to zinc’s other characteristics, cells do not typically tolerate high levels of this mineral. Further research indicates that hydroxychloroquine helps by getting zinc into the cells.

It is interesting that either President Trump or his physicians understand the importance of zinc, whereas most of the clinical trials on hydroxychloroquine in the US deliberately leave zinc out, presumably because zinc is not a patentable drug. Moreover, hydroxychloroquine is now off-patent, so it is a cheap drug which will not make large profits for Big Pharma. Predictably, we’ve seen these trials so far find no benefit for hydroxychloroquine alone.

Hydroxychloroquine is a highly toxic drug with potentially negative side effects. By contrast, quercetin, a natural substance, is completely non-toxic and enhances the entry of zinc into cells. Note too that quercetin itself has anti-viral properties. There have already been animal trials on the zinc/quercetin combination for use against Ebola and SARS-CoV1, and human clinical trials have been approved by the FDA. EGCG from green tea also may enhance the entry of zinc into cells.

Missing the importance of zinc is yet another example of a crony medical system that largely ignores unpatentable, natural products in preference for expensive pharmaceutical drugs. In order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc that work are completely ignored by our health system.

Now is the time to educate Congress about this unlevel playing field that throttles natural products.

Action Alert! Write to the FDA and Congress, telling them to allow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions. Please send your message immediately.

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29 responses to “Crony Medicine Missing the Mark on Chloroquine”

  1. Virgina Waldron says:

    Use good science and common sense. Do what is right. You know that.

  2. Linda says:

    Please allow nutrient/COVID research.

  3. Adrienne Ross says:

    Please support and allow nutrient/Covid research by changing current rules so the research and approval process is expedited and the costs are no longer billions of dollars. Thank you.

  4. Renee Klein says:

    Please listen to the research

  5. Diane says:

    Not everyone can afford their health insurance or, don’t even have any coverage at all. Some tried and true methods work so well and are much safer. Everyone deserves a choice in what is put in their bodies. With so many people out of work and those who were already struggling financially it only makes sense to do what is right!

  6. David Lawrence says:

    You should arrange for those of us who subscribe to your Action alerts to have our personal info easily populate on your Action pages. Otherwise we will keep losing participation in many Actions we would like to take.

  7. Robin Blake says:

    I routinely use zinc because i am deficient for reasons of an inherited condition. I now have trouble finding the form of zinc I need because of this new popularity. I do not want this run on the store shelves to continue. So I am not going to sign your petition.

    If you think in the U.S. of A. we’re going to overcome the power of big Pharma, you’re sorely mistaken. I wish it were so.

  8. Eliza Rudolph says:

    Pease allow homeopathy and supplement research for treating COVID-19 at an affordable price.

  9. Al Stone says:

    We must defend our right to choose how we will treat and take care of our bodies, it is sad some people cannot mind their own business and find something worthwhile to do such as picking up garbage along the street or volunteer to help disabled or the sick a.

  10. Jessica Rollins says:

    Allow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions.

  11. Kathy says:

    Zinc seems to be the key to the drug’s effectiveness, but many trials ignore it. Why?

    New reports indicate that President Trump is taking hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to protect against the coronavirus. As we’ve written before, research indicates that high concentrations of zinc inside cells inhibit the replication of RNA viruses such as COVID-19, but due to zinc’s other characteristics, cells do not typically tolerate high levels of this mineral. Further research indicates that hydroxychloroquine helps by getting zinc into the cells.

    It is interesting that either President Trump or his physicians understand the importance of zinc, whereas most of the clinical trials on hydroxychloroquine in the US deliberately leave zinc out, presumably because zinc is not a patentable drug. Moreover, hydroxychloroquine is now off-patent, so it is a cheap drug which will not make large profits for Big Pharma. Predictably, we’ve seen these trials so far find no benefit for hydroxychloroquine alone.

    Hydroxychloroquine is a highly toxic drug with potentially negative side effects. By contrast, quercetin, a natural substance, is completely non-toxic and enhances the entry of zinc into cells. Note too that quercetin itself has anti-viral properties. There have already been animal trials on the zinc/quercetin combination for use against Ebola and SARS-CoV1, and human clinical trials have been approved by the FDA. EGCG from green tea also may enhance the entry of zinc into cells.

    Missing the importance of zinc is yet another example of a crony medical system that largely ignores unpatentable, natural products in preference for expensive pharmaceutical drugs. In order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc that work are completely ignored by our health system.
    Allow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions!

  12. Francesca Testa says:

    Kindly allow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions.

  13. Thomas Libbey says:

    Missing the importance of zinc is yet another example of a crony medical system that largely ignores unpatentable, natural products in preference for expensive pharmaceutical drugs. In order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc that work are completely ignored by our health system.

  14. Melissa Powers says:

    i want hydroxychloriquine if i get sick! i will not be vaccinated!

  15. Jana Hair says:

    More and more people are realizing how important it is to give our bodies the nutrients they need in order to stay healthy, and how most pharmaceutical drugs only treat symptoms and may create more health problems. We need to make testing affordable for all possible treatments, otherwise the balance will remain tipped towards giant pharmaceutical companies.

  16. Rossen Vassilev Jr says:

    You must allow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions–do research just on Zinc, a mineral that may be a Covid/19 cure/treatment.

  17. Robert Balthis says:

    It is a sad state of affairs, people suffer so drug companies can profit. What a upside down world we live in. It is very sad.

  18. Linda Beck says:

    Do not presume that big Pharma has the proper medication you might be able to afford. Natural homeopathic medicine supplements will help your natural immunity promote healing without pharmaceuticals.

  19. Sue says:

    Missing the importance of zinc is yet another example of a crony medical system that largely ignores unpatentable, natural products in preference for expensive pharmaceutical drugs. In order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc that work are completely ignored by our health system.

    This unlevel playing field that throttles natural products.

    Please aallow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions.

  20. N Jenkins says:

    Thank You

  21. anna winn says:

    Please do research on zinc. It helps me with my c.o.p.d. I take it everyday and it helps better the meds. the Dr. prescribes with no side effects.

  22. Robert Waldon says:

    The homeopathic preventative approach is the best.

  23. Linda Chamberlin says:

    Interesting that Fauci endorsed hydroxychloroquine in 2005, but now he doesn’t? He doesn’t make enough money off it? It’s been in use without controversy for decades, but now it’s a political issue? What gives?

  24. Marcia Ganeles says:

    Please allow nutrient/COVID research by changing the rules so that the research and approval process no longer costs billions.

  25. t craig says:

    Please allow nutrient research for treatment of CoVID19.

    Regrding hydroxychloroquine. USA studies do not use zinc which is well known by all other countries, and many USA health care providers to be a necessary component of the treatment.

  26. Bharat Adarkar says:

    From the available data, BHRT may prove to be cardioprotective and not increase the risk for breast cancer

  27. Patricia Jones says:

    The crony medical system ignores unpatentable natural products for expensive pharmaceutical drugs. Getting a supplement through the FDA approval is enormously expensive and keeps natural products from being approved. Please allow nutrient covid-19 research by changing the rules, so that research no longer costs billions.

  28. Marilyn Peterson says:

    Please change the rules so research and approval processes do not cost billions of dollars and Covid -19 research can continue.

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