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posted ago by tobeselfevident ago by tobeselfevident +74 / -0

Article for reference: https://www.ksl.com/article/50246174/health-officials-warn-against-using-anti-parasite-drug-for-covid-as-utah-confirms-1326-new-cases

To the author:

Hi Ashley,

I'm wondering if you could answer some questions for me regarding the article you wrote about Ivermectin that is currently on the front page of KSL.com.

Have you, as a reporter, done any of your own research into the peer reviewed material on Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19? If so, why did your article not contain any questions related to Dr. Nolen's claim that "there is no evidence that Ivermectin helps with COVID-19...and lots of evidence that it causes harm"?

Do you not think it's your journalistic duty to do such research and ask such questions?

Since apparently you didn't know, I thought I'd inform you that the American Journal of Therapeutics published a study just this year titled: "Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19." In it, Pierre Kory, MD, Gianfranco Umberto Meduri, MD, Joseph Varon, MD, Jose Iglesias, DO, and Paul E. Marik, MD state in their conclusions:

"Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID- 19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance. Furthermore, results from numerous controlled prophylaxis trials report significantly reduced risks of contracting COVID-19 with the regular use of ivermectin. Finally, the many examples of ivermectin distribution campaigns leading to rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality indicate that an oral agent effective in all phases of COVID-19 has been identified."

Why didn't you ask Dr. Nolen about that study and those treatment trials? Is it not your job as a journalist to ask those kinds of questions? How can Dr. Nolen claim that "there is no evidence that Ivermectin helps with COVID-19" in the face of that peer reviewed data?

There are more questions you should have asked as well, one would think:

She also claimed that a single patient (no name given) was recently treated by some Utah hospital (but doesn't say which) for ingesting "large doses" (doesn't say how much) of the drug resulting in "serious health defects" (but doesn't mention what kind).

How does Dr. Nolen expect us to take her claims here seriously if she's unaware of the peer reviewed data on this matter? How can we confirm or deny her claim that even one person in our state has been harmed by this when she won't even bother to mention the ways in which the patient was supposedly harmed? Why didn't you ask her any of these questions?

She also claims that there is "very strong data showing it can do harm." Did you ask her what data she was referring to? Are you just taking her word for everything? Do you not trust yourself as a journalist to ask these kinds of questions, to understand their answers, or to verify them yourself?

She also claims that veterinary Ivermectin, like Duramectin, marketed for horse use "is unsafe for human use." Are you just going to take her word on that? Did you ask her what specifically made it dangerous for humans? Was it the ingredients? Was it the dosage?

For decades Midol and Excedrin were the exact same medicine. They had the same ingredients and dosage for each ingredient, down to the T (caffeine, aspirin, and acetaminophen -- a couple of years ago Midol replaced aspirin with an antihistamine--both are designed to reduce swelling), yet Midol was marketed to women with period cramping, while Excedrin was marketed to people with headaches and migraines.

Do you think if a woman experiencing period cramping wouldn't have benefited from Excedrin because the bottle was green? Or that men with headaches would need to cause poison control if they accidentally took a Midol? Does this kind of rational thinking escape journalists today or are there other more nefarious reasons we can't count on you to do your job thoroughly?

We count on journalists to give us the truth. We count on them to be brave. To believe in themselves. To do the research. To ask the hard questions. Why haven't you done those things? Do you not believe in your own intelligence? Do you not trust yourself to question someone because their coat is white?

I look forward to hearing why you failed to do your job and why, as a result, Dr. Nolen has been allowed to propagate a blatant, verifiable lie to the public with your assistance.

Sincerely,

(redacted for privacy)

Letter to Doctor's assistant:

Charla,

I'm sitting here reading Dr. Leisha Nolen's claims about Ivermectin in a KSL article that's currently on the front page of their website.I'd like Dr. Nolen, if she's not too busy, to answer a number of questions for me regarding her remarks.

She claims in the article: "Ivermectin is not a COVID-19 drug; there is no data to suggest this drug has any impact on COVID-19 infection."

As a simple google search will reveal to the esteemed doctor, Ivermectin has now been approved to treat COVID-19 in 79 separate countries. The American Journal of Therapeutics published a study just this year titled: "Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19." In it, Pierre Kory, MD, Gianfranco Umberto Meduri, MD, Joseph Varon, MD, Jose Iglesias, DO, and Paul E. Marik, MD state in their conclusions:

"Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID- 19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance. Furthermore, results from numerous controlled prophylaxis trials report significantly reduced risks of contracting COVID-19 with the regular use of ivermectin. Finally, the many examples of ivermectin distribution campaigns leading to rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality indicate that an oral agent effective in all phases of COVID-19 has been identified."

Is Dr. Nolen unaware of the 18 trials cited in this study? On what basis can she make the claim that "Ivermectin is not a COVID-19 drug; there is no data to suggest this drug has any impact on COVID-19 Infection."

Leisha also claims that A patient, a single patient (no name given) was recently treated by some Utah hospital (but doesn't say which) for ingesting "large doses" (doesn't say how much) of the drug resulting in "serious health defects" (but doesn't mention what kind).

How does Dr. Nolen expect us to take her claims here seriously if she's unaware of the peer reviewed data on this matter? How can we confirm or deny her claim that even one person in our state has been harmed by this when she won't even bother to mention the ways in which the patient was supposedly harmed?

She claims: 'While there is no data showing it helps with COVID-19 (a lie), there is very strong data showing it can do harm.' What data is she citing here? Can she provide it?

She claims: Animal grade ivermectin is "not safe for human use." Based on what? Can she point to the ingredients or dosages in animal ivermectin that differ from that of the kind marketed to humans? Where does she get the data to support these claims? Why shouldn't we write her off as a quack who's shilling for big pharma and Pfizer? Can we see her tax returns to see where her money comes from?

I anxiously await a response from the esteemed Dr. Nolen. Although I doubt we'll hear anything back.

Sincerely,

(redacted)

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j2daeww 1 point ago +1 / -0

Great try but they burned this.