Thursday, December 17, 2020

Survival Guide from ICU Docs & the "Four D's" of Airborne Transmission

 
"Arguably, most doctors are not like us... we are the last line with the dying and (those with) the most severe illnesses. We are conditioned to work creatively and more aggressively under a major time limit... to reverse life threatening disorders."


Dr. Pierre Kory: Interview with an ICU Critical Care Physician

ON PREVENTION: I'm probably not the best example of maintaining health through Covid because it's pulled me in many different directions that personal health is not a premium. I've been just working, I'm working on fighting and writing and getting involved with trying to help folks treat this disease. I mean, exercise has been definitely on the back burner, but certainly now that things have calmed down a little bit, certainly exercise is a premium for me. 

Ever since the early pandemic, when quite a few healthcare providers got sick, INFECTION CONTROL was really consistent with what you needed in order to operate in a clinical area, whether it's COVID or any other event. The routine mask wearing regular hand-washing and gown donning has gotten us all through. 

 I did five weeks straight in an ICU since May- it was all COVID and none of us got ill.  In fact, when I was at Mt. Sinai/Beth Israel, not one intensivist in that division (pulmonologists) who were seeing patients in all spheres both on and off ventilators contracted the virus.  You have to understand a person on a ventilator is much less risky because you're on a ventilator, it's kind of a closed system. So their exhaled air is not going to expose to providers. There's patients who are not on ventilators, who are breathing very heavy. They're spewing a lot of virus in the hair. And WEARING A MASK CONSISTENTLY throughout the day is really important.  Those three things-  HAND WASHING, MASK WEARING and GOWNS- they will carry you through.  I'm at this now six months and I haven't gotten sick- knock on wood. My wife is pulmonary critical care specialist. She sees as much Covid as I have, but none of us have gotten nailed just by sticking to the basics. 

ON SUPPLEMENTS: Certainly vitamin D vitamin C, Zinc and Quercetin are some of the essentials. Though it's not clear if we're taking enough concentrations to help, but there's some supportive evidence for it. But certainly C and D seems to be key in not only mitigating the development or the acquisition of the attraction, but also the severity and impact.  The other one that I take routinely for years is Melatonin at night and tell him it appears to be very protective against acquiring the infection.  They're cheap, they're easy - taking supplements is really a kind of a no brainer with very little down sides.


ON THE THEORY OF AN AIRBORNE PATHOGEN: I feel very strongly about it. Since early May, we noticed how people got ill and the ways in which they got ill early on, it was clearly airborne. So many people have been debating this for months- something like 275 scientists wrote open letter to the world health organization in July telling them that all the evidence suggests that this is airborne transmission.  There's a multitude of events  which clearly supports this-  that's why it's really important that we all wear a mask, especially indoors. 

The real factors that would lead to airborne transmission is for me is generally occurring indoors- from what I call THE FOUR D's, which is the DURATION that you'll spend in that room, the DIMENSIONS of the room- this reflects on less ambient air flow in a smaller space where there's more of a likelihood that the exhaled virus can  build up to a sufficient concentration for you to inhale it. Next is the DENSITY or the crowd size that raises your probability.  And then there's the presence of a DRAB. There's a number of experiments and publications have shown just having an open window in a room appears to be very protective because it dilutes the concentration of the exhale virus. And so it makes it much less likely you're going to get infected. You have to inhale a significant concentration of a virus- what's called INOCULUM. If you're in someplace with ambient air for short term or a very large room, it's very unlikely that you're going to get infected. And so it's really about small confined, poorly ventilated spaces with a lot of people like ours- and places like bars where everyone's on top of each other or the crowded areas where you might have a high density of people. 

ON MASKS:  Based on just tons of epidemiologic data, which shows that the incidence of infection and transmission plummets when you have a certain percentage of people even wearing standard masks. My opinion on this subject evolved since in the beginning, the way I understood the airborne transmissions that everybody needed an N95 in order to fully protect themselves. But if everybody around you is wearing a mask, (as well as you) the dual mask wearing is as good as if one of you had an N95 to protect themselves. And the reason for that is because those tiny droplets that you can inhale are bursts from larger droplets. And if you're wearing any covering the big spindle or the large droplets that emit when you talk, they all get trapped in those standard masks. They're actually quite protective. So my belief is masks for all!



Respirator vs. Surgical Mask - What's the Difference?
Written by: Dr. Robert Bard, MD, PC, DABR, FASLMS  |  Edited by: Lennard M. Gettz

Months into the pandemic, we have confirmed that following CDC safety and prevention guidelines of wearing some approved form of face covering in public (or around others) is directly connected to the reduction and control of Covid-19 infection rates.  Time and time again, scientists and medical experts have valid proof that viruses travel through micro-droplets in the form of airborne contaminants. 


Fact: ANY PPE is better than NO PPE!  The science of prevention states that measures toward a reduction in risk can greatly support life-saving others - and yourself.  Meanwhile, discerning the difference between face coverings, specifically MASKS vs RESPIRATORS can be useful in identifying which situation to use which type of mask. There is a significant difference between the two, and wearing one vs. the other provides differing results.

The FDA defines a surgical mask as a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets (NOT MICRO-DROPLETS), splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Surgical masks may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others. While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the mask and your face.


Meanwhile, an N95 respirator is an "efficient filter and a respiratory protective device designed to PROTECT YOU from airborne particles". Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s because it is actually rated by NIOSH to keep out or resist an estimated 95% of the harmful particulates in the air. [11]







"GETTING THE SHOT"- A Move Towards Progress  By: Rebecca Nazario
 
Getting the vaccine is a key way that we can protect ourselves, our families, our community and our colleagues. The vaccine is safe and effective. Although its development happened quickly, it went through all the same kinds of testing and rigorous approval that any vaccine does.  I posted my selfie on LinkedIn "getting the shot" because there's so much apprehension out there... especially in our minority communities.  As a Cuban American I know there’s a lot of the mistrust and fear is based on rumors that run rampant through our communities, not the science.  I strongly believe we can lead through example, and a picture is worth a thousand words! My goal is to be a small drop that creates a lot of ripples that ultimately instills more confidence. We need to empower each other to pass that message along, and dispel the rumors in whatever way possible.




IVERMECTIN: A Covid-19 Game-Changer?
On Dec 8, 2020, committee chairman Republican Sen. Ron Johnson called ICU Pulmonary specialist Dr. Pierre Kory of the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center (WI) and president of the FLCCC to the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The hearing was called “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II.”  Dr. Kory gave his testimony on behalf of frontline physicians about the current state of care in the Covid pandemic and what his group specifies as the logic-based treatment with scientifically proven data that he pleads the NIH to review.  (
See complete video and Transcript of Dr. Kory's Testimony)



COVID AND STROKE

COVID-19 was rapidly understood as a disease caused by severe and widespread inflammation and “hypercoagulability” (a tendency to spontaneously form clots in the blood vessels. Autopsies have revealed extensive small vessel strokes, with such strokes often occurring despite aggressive blood thinner treatment and regardless of the timing of the disease course, suggesting that it plays a role very early in the disease process. In one autopsy series, there was a widespread presence of small clots with acute stroke observed in over 25%. In a recent review of the incidence of stroke in COVID-19, almost 2% of all hospital patients suffered a stroke, which is 8x higher than in patients with influenza. More worrisome is that this is almost definitely a gross underestimate given the many likely missed strokes in patients who died on ventilators who were too ill to obtain imaging, the general restrictions on and lack of autopsies, and the well-recognized decrease in the number of patients with acute stroke symptoms seeking medical attention in the COVID-19 era.  (go to complete article)



THE KIRBY PROJECT: Re-assessing the "Deadly" Cost of Cancer Meds
According to a report from the NIH, "the cost of cancer care is the most rapidly increasing component of U.S. health care spending and will increase from $125 billion in 2010 to an estimated $158 billion in 2020, a 27% increase. Most experts agree that the current escalation of costs is unsustainable and, if left unchecked, will have a devastating effect on the quality of health care and an increasing negative financial impact on individuals, businesses, and government."  A coalition of patient advocates kickstared by 2x cancer victim Kirby Lewis enacted an initiative to speaks for the countless cancer patients in this country that are drowning from the high cost of cancer meds. "Insurance never covers everything- especially when it comes to drastic cases like cancer. If you're lucky, most insurance covers 50% - or even at the very best, 90% - and a vial of chemo that might be $20,000 you still have to pay a balance or a copay that can easily wipe your family out!" (see complete article)



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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

MICHAEL'S CHOICE: A DIFFERENT END-OF-LIFE PLAN

By: Lorraine S. Davi (San Francisco, CA)- edited by: Graciella Davi & Carmen R. Dewitt  / NY Cancer Resource Alliance

INTRODUCTION:
I dedicated my career in Cancer Awareness and Recurrence Prevention not just to fight cancer, but to promote the public commitment to staying proactive with their health ("GET CHECKED NOW!" mission).  My own experience of having lost someone who DID NOT WANT TO UNDERGO ANY CANCER TREATMENT was a challenge that shaped all this.  It took a long time for me to put my feelings aside and honor his wish to "live all the remaining final days to the fullest"- instead of undergoing the many pains and challenges of treatment.  

Since Michael, I found more and more victims choosing this decision.  Some are convinced that cancer treatment is a temporary band-aid and that cancer will always come back anyway (so why bother).  Another deciding factor was MONEY- where the cancer victim chose the path of not bankrupting his/her family with what many consider to be a "deadlier" bill than the cancer itself. Others choose to exist a post-diagnosed life without STRESS, that which adds to the malignancy.  In the case of Michael's story, the thought of a pre-determined or pre-destined cancer from known heredity became a self-fulfilled program.  Either way, I chose to finally share my story hoping to keep everyone in the fight... IF they choose to. 

This is my story.


In April of 2008, my (then) fiancée Michael received his colonoscopy report showing scans of a golf ball-sized tumor in his colon.  Michael was always a bit closed about his family, but it was then that I learned about his parents' history of hereditary cancers and the rare genetic disorder that ran through his father's side called Lynch Syndrome.  

As shocking as the diagnosis was, we were even more stunned to receive Michael's reaction-- what seemed like a pre-written plan to something that he seemed to expect was going to happen.  "My whole family is a ticking time-bomb and I guess now is my turn", he said, with an icy calm. "Since I was a kid, I've been thinking about how to handle this if and when it was going to come. I made a simple plan to live out the rest of my life the best way I can-- not putting ANY attention to (this) cancer.  This means NO treatments or spend a second fighting the inevitable".

At first, I found his view to be boldly selfish. "How could he do this to his loved ones?" But the more I thought about it, maybe WE were the selfish ones to make him undergo all those horrible chemotherapies and radiation at the hopes of keeping him around indefinitely.  Either way, this was unlike any other reaction I have ever heard of when someone gets diagnosed.

Just so happens, I spent years as a volunteer fundraiser to a handful of cancer organizations and knew then that there was no shortage in cancer research programs for ANY kind of cancer.  I have read and reported about so many treatment protocols, clinical trials and diagnostic innovations where the race for a cure is definitely at the highest point ever.  By this, there is always HOPE for an eventual CURE.  But regardless of generations of advancements at our grasp, Michael's decision was firm.  He always believed that his limited TIME and MONEY should be best spent living each moment, and not "gamble on hope."


By the fall of 2009, Michael passed away, but not without fulfilling his so called "set of final Hurrahs"- or what most call a 'bucket list'.  The crescendo of his final days ended in a stark silent emptiness in the hearts of many.  But to some of us, supporting the fight for a cure was fanned with new energy and conviction. I may not be an oncologist or a genetic specialist or a cancer immunologist (or even a patient advocate), but Michael's story helped shape my crusade toward anyone else from CHECKING OUT this way.  I became a data fiend, tracking cataloguing all available resources for cancer patients.  From personal grants to treatment alternatives to  housing help to the smallest wish and possible need - literally everything is available and accessible! But in addition, if we can show (and prove to) our loved ones that the fight to extend life was worth it, and we can introduce a new program by bringing confidence in the current global cancer initiative - maybe that's what TRUE PREVENTION really means.


VIEWPOINTS

ROBERTA KLINE, MD (genomicmedicineworks.com)
This story brings out complex issues with our healthcare system, including power imbalance. In my experience, people who refuse treatments have one thing in common: feeling disempowered. Whether it expresses as fear, rejection, rebellion or self-sacrifice, in the end the person is taking back their power from a system that, at its core, strips their locus of control. Honoring each person’s spiritual journey, and their health challenges within that, is imperative. But our system fails patients all along the way. How we research, convey information, make diagnoses and prognoses, and approach treatment including the cost of it. Especially with inherited genetic diseases, too often a “death sentence” is given without any understanding of how to empower people with the right knowledge and resources to make critical decisions. Innovations like Genomic Medicine are changing that. With a holistic approach to DNA-based care, people feel empowered to create a health strategy that works for them. 

ELIZABETH BANCHITTA, Technical Contributor / EMT
The article Michael’s Choice paints a realistic picture of the painful realities facing patients with an aggressive illness and the options, advances and need for continued perseverance toward cure and the insistence upon hope. It also reminds us of why we are driven and persistent in what we do; fighting so hard for a cure. It is my belief that the best way to prevent illness and injury is to remain disciplined and diligent in one’s efforts including "getting checked" by one’s health care team. I completely understand why Michael made the choice to forego cancer treatment as he was prepared with a mindset and a plan as he anticipated the outcome of his inherited genetic disorder and chose what was comfortable for him. The truth is that cancer, with all its complexities and uncertainties, is scary for everyone involved. Perhaps Michael would have changed his mind if fear of a  heavy financial burden of treatment could have been offset. The best way to determine your options is to stay educated. Cancer treatments and protocols are changing by the day. The diagnoses, written only as “Ca”, and once considered a "death sentence" when my mother was a new nurse in 1981, these cancers are now detected earlier and are more easily treated with various options for comfort and cure. Education in many areas may be one of the most powerful tools for successful healing answers for a patient and their family.

CHERI AMBROSE (President, Male Breast Cancer Coalition
I found Michael's Choice to sadly be the voice of many.  That feeling of fear that grips so tightly when hearing a cancer diagnosis can often time cause us to shut down. Though Michael had options, he knew that prolonging the inevitable would only make him feel less power over his own life and choices.  I feel the medical community as a whole can and should do better to engage each patient. To treat the whole person and not just the disease. In doing so, patients would experience a better quality of life and be more apt to opt into treatments. 


SYLVIE BELJANSKI (Author: "Winning The War On Cancer") 
Michael’s story is about how painful it might be to be respectful, and to accept our loved ones’ decisions regarding their choice of treatment. Whether they choose to go with conventional, integrative or alternative medicine, or no treatment at all, this ultimate decision remains theirs. We can only hope they reach their decision in the most educated way. And there is so much out there! There is definitively no bad time to start educating yourself about health and wellness, but doing it under the pressure of a diagnosis is not the way to go, because the information is just too overwhelming. 





11/28/2020- According to a report from the NIH, "the cost of cancer care is the most rapidly increasing component of U.S. health care spending and will increase from $125 billion in 2010 to an estimated $158 billion in 2020, a 27% increase. Most experts agree that the current escalation of costs is unsustainable and, if left unchecked, will have a devastating effect on the quality of health care and an increasing negative financial impact on individuals, businesses, and government."   A sensible first base was to connect with all the community groups and cancer foundation leaders or anyone in a leadership role who recognizes this economic dilemma and "the real price of cancer". (see complete article)



CANCER RECURRENCE: Viewpoints and Strategies (See Video)
11/8/2020- When cancer comes back after treatment, doctors call it a recurrence-  or recurrent cancer. Finding out that cancer has come back can cause feelings of shock, anger, sadness, and fear. But you have something now that you didn’t have before—experience. You’ve lived through cancer already and you know what to expect. Also, remember that treatments may have improved since you were first diagnosed. New drugs or methods may help with your treatment or in managing side effects. In some cases, improved treatments have helped turn cancer into a chronic disease that people can manage for many years. (see complete article)



5/5/2020- Cancer is a genetic disease—that is, cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. Genes carry the instructions to make proteins, which do much of the work in our cells. Certain gene changes can cause cells to evade normal growth controls and become cancer. For example, some cancer-causing gene changes increase production of a protein that makes cells grow. Others result in the production of a misshapen, and therefore nonfunctional, form of a protein that normally repairs cellular damage.   Inherited genetic mutations play a major role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. Researchers have associated mutations in specific genes with more than 50 hereditary cancer syndromes, which are disorders that may predispose individuals to developing certain cancers. Genetic tests for hereditary cancer syndromes can tell whether a person from a family that shows signs of such a syndrome has one of these mutations. These tests can also show whether family members without obvious disease have inherited the same mutation as a family member who carries a cancer-associated mutation. (See complete article)





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Saturday, November 28, 2020

RE-ACCESSING UNUSED CANCER DRUG$ - A COST-CONSCIOUS INITIATIVE

"FACT: CANCER DRUGS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE AND NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD THEM! Just check out some price tags in this link @ GOODRX.com"

NYCRA News connected with Mr. Kirby Lewis, a 2x cancer victim and a survivor-crusader.  He and a handful of community leaders are framing a grassroots outreach program to explore new solutions to making cancer drugs accessible and affordable. "I came from a family that did not believe in hording, excess or wasting anything useful.  This is why it hurts to see my massive stockpile of unused cancer drugs from my episodes of treatment under the bathroom sink.  When I think about so many people out there who truly need and cannot afford any of this, I am compelled to find a way to save those lives through the redistribution of these meds.  I'd like to add that as a military vet, I am blessed with benefits to acquire my treatments and these drugs at no charge or a much reduced charge than most- where some of these doses cost in excess of $20-30,000 a shot."

Aptly called THE KIRBY PROJECT, Kirby's initiative speaks for the countless cancer patients in this country that do not have his type of medical support.  He added, "Insurance never covers everything- especially when it comes to drastic cases like cancer. If you're lucky, most insurance covers 50% - or even at the very best, 90% - and a vial of chemo that might be $20,000 you still have to pay a balance or a copay that can easily wipe your family out!" 

From his recent collaborative discussion with MBCC president Cheri Ambrose, references of drug prices and insurance coverage caps where heavily referenced to launch this point. "If you think about a range of drugs that cost anywhere between $71,000 to $27,000 for a 30-day supply, no insurance company would enjoy covering such a bill and chances are, they won't.  Carriers have been bankrupted, have DROPPED patients for situations like this or have simply rejected claims for this brand, replacing it with a lower cost (and possibly not as effective) alternative", states Ambrose.  


Diagram (L)- courtesy of goodrx.com/ data & report by: Lauren Chase & GoodRx research team -(8/11/2020). In an effort to continue to shed light on drug prices and increase transparency, the GoodRx Research Team regularly tracks the most expensive drugs in the U.S. Since 2018, we have tracked the list price and dosing requirements to identify the most expensive drugs. Here we look at the most expensive drugs that patients can get at a pharmacy and administer themselves. This list does not include medications that must be administered by a healthcare practitioner. In March, the GoodRx Research team put together the list of the most expensive drugs including those that must be administered by a medical professional. 

 See complete article.


According to recent NIH reports, pharmaceutical donation and reuse programs are distinct prescription drug programs providing for unused prescription drugs to be donated and re-dispensed to patients since 1997. -- but the operative term here is UNUSED. Once a drug touches the home and the hands of a consumer, the value, safety and guarantee of that drug for its intended function DISAPPEARS (see complete details below/ Plan B)


THE KIRBY PROJECT:
 
UNITING TO RESOLVE THE DEADLY PRICE TAG OF CANCER MEDS

According to a report from the NIH, "the cost of cancer care is the most rapidly increasing component of U.S. health care spending and will increase from $125 billion in 2010 to an estimated $158 billion in 2020, a 27% increase. 

Recently, first started a discussion with a handful of cancer survivors and org leaders from the NY Cancer Resource Alliance and Dr. Robert Bard (CancerScan Center) who were very supportive of my idea and were willing to help me convert this into a real initiative.  Before I knew, it, more and more people joined in to brainstorm about how to appeal to the pharma companies and (hopefully) discover the WIN-WIN together.  We looked into the many legal parameters and even searched for the right legislators to help build an awareness platform that might help leverage change from the top down.  It was clear that we were going to need a lot more friends to make a dent at this.  A sensible first base was to connect with all the community groups and cancer foundation leaders or anyone in a leadership role who recognizes this economic dilemma and "the real price of cancer". 

WHY CAN'T WE REUSE EXPENSIVE (UNUSED) DRUGS?
In a series of panel discussions to explore opportunities to address the astronomical cost of cancer medication, we kept returning to a plan of SUSTAINABILITY.  We explored the policy of re-purposing, re-selling or donating what is commonly identified as USED, UNWANTED or SURPLUS DRUGS.  

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/tylenol-murders-1982 

While carrying tremendous merit, in accordance with laws about recycling drugs, this concept in its raw form violates various public safety guidelines.  ANY drug that has left the authorized distributor and whose seal is broken are called this, hold a tremendous liability for safety, leaving open to massive potential lawsuits from the manufacturer, the distributor and the prior owner- should any issues/side effects or injury occur upon re-use. (source: https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-prescription-drug-return-reuse-and-recycling.aspx)

PLAN B:  According to the NSCL (National Conference of State Legislatures),  pharmaceutical companies are able to subscribe to the national Pharmaceutical Donation and Reuse Programs - providing unused prescription drugs to be donated and re-dispensed to patients. Since 1997, 38 states have participated in this program. (See complete NSCL news). Safety restrictions carry strict guidelines as to who can donate and what types of prescription products may be donated.  


QUESTIONING HIGH-COST DRUGS

Excerpted from "The Cost of Oncology Drugs: A Pharmacy Perspective, Part I"

"Health care costs are the fastest growing financial segment of the U.S. economy. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates health care spending in the U.S. will increase from $3.0 trillion in 2014 to $5.4 trillion by 2024.1 About 19.3% of the U.S. gross domestic product is consumed by health care, which is twice that of any other country in the world. It is often stated that the increasing cost of health care is the most significant financial threat to the U.S. economy. The cost of medications, including those for treating cancer, is the leading cause of increased health care spending."

See this complete report on NIH/PubMed




VIEWPOINTS: FROM THE PROS

Robert L. Bard, MD, PC, DABR, FASLMS
Like Kirby, I am a former military physician with global experience in pharmaceutical kinetics.  We have long known that the effective life of many medications extends months and possibly years after the expiration date (artificially mandated by governmental agencies).  With copycats [from other countries], faulty manufacturing practices or careless packaging, many products found on the market are either ineffective or harmful.  An example, I recently learned about foreign copycats are drug formulas that have been stolen and replaced - like “hair crème” being passed off as penicillin at some US bases. Prices in the US or overseas facilities are significantly higher than in most hosting nations. While initial cost of creation and FDA acceptance is staggering, so is the payback of a successful launch for such drugs as anticholesterol agents. One must recognize that individual tolerance and therapeutic delivery vary greatly so a personal validation of the treatment is useful.  Many “cures” may kill the disease but devastate the patient as well in the process, both economically and healthwise.  Caveat emptor- make sure it works and investigate the side effects.

Cheri Ambrose
(President, Male Breast Cancer Coalition)
I hear from survivors all the time who have lost their jobs, their homes, and in some cases their families while navigating a cancer journey. The stress of the diagnosis and treatment alone can be insurmountable.  Add to that the startling cost of drugs needed to fight the disease and you have the makings of a Perfect Storm.   Patients should never have to make the decision to choose between putting food on their table or treating their disease.  Pharmaceutical companies can and should do more to help those uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise financially stressed patients.  I also feel the Insurance industry should do more to ease the burden of cost on patients being treated for cancer. After all, people don't choose cancer, Cancer chooses them. 








MICHAEL'S CHOICE:
A Different End-of-Life Plan
By: Lorraine S. Davi (San Francisco, CA)

Every cancer advocate carries a story that inspired their personal mission to help others.  A rare and compelling one is about accepting and surviving the passing of a cancer victim who chose the uncommon path of facing their fate and living the rest of his days without any cancer-fighting treatment.










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Monday, November 16, 2020

IVERMECTIN: A Covid-19 Game-Changer?

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Front Line Covid Specialists: "NIH- Please Read our Data!"

On Dec 8, 2020, committee chairman Republican Sen. Ron Johnson called ICU Pulmonary specialist Dr. Pierre Kory of the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center (WI) and president of the FLCCC to the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The hearing was called “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II.”  Dr. Kory gave his testimony on behalf of frontline physicians about the current state of care in the Covid pandemic and what his group specifies as the logic-based treatment with scientifically proven data that he pleads the NIH to review.  (See complete video and Transcript of Dr. Kory's Testimony)





November, 2020, the world is almost one year deep into the CoronaVirus pandemic, falling into a third infection surge.  The global health community floats the latest report of a near-ready deployment of the Covid vaccine while ICU reports a new spike in cases in all 50 states.

WHAT IS IVERMECTIN?
According to health officials at the FLCCC (Front Line Covid-19 Care Alliance), a new report of a prophylactic solution & a treatment protocol for Covid-19 infection is available in the global market NOW. This community of intensivists in FLCCC expresses tremendous confidence in this clinical strategy with climbing evidence of success domestically and abroad., "... in keeping with the robust and emerging evidence reviewed above, the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance recently created a prophylaxis and early treatment approach for COVID-19 called “I-MASK+”. This protocol includes IVERMECTIN as a core therapy in both early treatment and prophylaxis of both high-risk patients and post-exposure to household members with COVID-19 . The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance is committed to measuring outcomes in those treated with ivermectin and reviewing all emerging results from the current and any future clinical trials of Ivermectin in COVID19"

Will ivermectin interfere with the vaccine and can I continue to take ivermectin once vaccinated?
Our understanding of the importance of ivermectin in the context of the new vaccines, is that ivermectin prophylaxis should be thought of as complementary bridge to vaccination until the vaccines are made available to all those in need. At this time and speaking with the vaccine experts we do not believe that ivermectin prophylaxis interferes with the efficacy/immune response to the vaccine, however it must also be recognized that no definitive data exists to guide use more specifically on this question. However, given that maximal immunity from the vaccines is only achieved 2 weeks after the second dose of vaccine, it is reasonable to take bi-weekly ivermectin until this time point. The “New’ mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 appears to be less susceptible to pre-existent neutralizing antibodies; this may have potential implications for the current vaccination program.

For complete information on IVERMECTIN, see the FAQ section of the FLCCC site (link)


NOT JUST FOR SCABIES... IVERMECTIN FOR COVID-19 SHOWS SUCCESS FROM ICU DOCS
By: Dr. Robert L. Bard 


If you looked up IVERMECTIN in 2019 or earlier (pre-pandemic), you may find it as a topical anti-bacterial to popularly treat SCABIES (and kill scabies mites).  It is also known as an oral antiparasitic agent approved for the treatment of worm infestations. Evidence suggests that oral ivermectin may be a safe and effective treatment for scabies; however, ivermectin is not FDA-approved for this use.  [4-cdc]. Scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. Scabies is found worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks. Child-care facilities also are a common site of scabies infestations. [5-cdc]

In addition, Ivermectin is FDA-approved for use in animals for prevention of heartworm disease in some small animal species, and for treatment of certain internal and external parasites in various animal species. People should never take animal drugs, as the FDA has only evaluated their safety and effectiveness in the particular species for which they are labeled. Using these products in humans could cause serious harm. [6-fda

Today, a unified global voice in the medical community for alternative care of Covid-19 infection is offering new scientific data supporting the surprising benefits of Ivermectin. The FLCCC (Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance) reported over 30 countries from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa now have growing communities of subscribers to this protocol, employing and attesting to the positive response that Ivermectin appears to provide in the prevention or care of Covid patients. According to Dr. Paul Marik of Eastern Virginia Medical School, "There is no one silver bullet... there are a few things that we should be doing simultaneously to control the virus. There is now overwhelming evidence is profoundly efficient in treating this disease- in preventing it early and in the late phase... what makes Ivermectin truly a remarkable drug is that not only is it a potent antibacterial and an anti-viral drug (but) it is a potent anti-inflammatory drug. So it's all the 'magic' you want in one pull" (see Dr. Marik's complete video interview)

 Also: see Prophylaxis & Early Outpatient Treatment Protocol for Covid-19 (source: FLCCC)

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ROBERT L. BARD, MD, PC, DABR, FASLMS
Recipient of nationally acclaimed Ellis Island Award (2020) for his lifetime achievement in advanced cancer diagnostic imaging. He co-founded the 9/11 CancerScan program to bring additional diagnostic support to all first responders from Ground Zero. His main practice in midtown, NYC (Bard Diagnostic Imaging- www.CancerScan.com) uses the latest in digital imaging technology and has been also used to help guide biopsies and in many cases, even replicate much of the same reports of a clinical invasive biopsy. Imaging solutions such as high-powered sonograms, Power Doppler Histogram, sonofluoroscopy, 3D/4D image reconstruction and the Power Doppler Histogram  are safe, noninvasive, and do not use ionizing radiation. 


The following overview is a repost of the current feature published by the FLCCC Alliance and Dr. Pierre Kory. 

Review of the Emerging Evidence Supporting the Use of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19

In March 2020, an expert panel called the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) was created and led by Professor Paul E. Marik with the goal of continuously reviewing the rapidly emerging basic science, translational, and clinical data in order to gain insight into and to develop a treatment protocol for, COVID-19. At the same time, many centers and groups employed a multitude of novel therapeutic agents empirically and within clinical trials, often during inappropriate time points during this now well-described multi-phase disease. Either as a result of these frequent trial design failures or due to the lack of their insufficient anti-viral or anti-inflammatory properties, nearly all trialed agents have proven ineffective in reducing the mortality of COVID-19. Based on a recent series of negative published therapeutic trial results, in particular the SOLIDARITY trial, virtually eliminates any treatment role for Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir, interferon, convalescent plasma, tocilizumab, and mono-clonal antibody therapy.

Despite this growing list of failed therapeutics in COVID-19, the FLCCC recently discovered that ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine, has highly potent real-world, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties against SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. This conclusion is based on the increasing numbers of study results reporting effectiveness, not only within in-vitro and animal models, but also in numerous randomized and observational controlled clinical trials. Repeated, consistent, large magnitude improvements in clinical outcomes have now been reported when ivermectin is used not only as a prophylactic agent but also in mild, moderate, and even severe disease states from multiple, large, randomized and observational controlled trials. However, the review that follows of the existing evidence for ivermectin relies on “emerging” data in that, although convincing, as of November 14, 2020, only a minority of studies have been published in peer-reviewed publications with the majority of results compiled from manuscripts uploaded to medicine pre-print servers or posted on clinicaltrials.gov. 
The most recent paper, currently in production, reports a 6.1% hospital mortality rate in COVID-19 patients measured in the two U.S hospitals that systematically adopted the MATH+ protocol, a markedly decreased mortality rate compared to the 23.9% hospital mortality rate calculated from a review of 39 studies including over 165,000 patients (unpublished data; available on request). For a review of the therapeutic interventions comprising the current MATH+ protocol.

source: www.covid19criticalcare.com
Although the adoption of MATH+ has been considerable, it largely occurred only after the RECOVERY and other trials were published which supported one of the main components (corticosteroids) of the combination therapy approach created at the onset of the pandemic.4-9 Despite the plethora of supportive evidence, the MATH+ protocol for hospitalized patients has not yet become widespread. Further, the world is in a worsening crisis with the potential of again overwhelming hospitals and ICU’s. As of November 10th, 2020, the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the United States reached 245,799 with over 3.7 million active cases, the highest number to date. Multiple European countries have now begun to impose new rounds of restrictions and lockdowns. Further compounding these alarming developments was a wave of recently published negative results from therapeutic trials done on medicines thought effective for COVID-19, that now virtually eliminate any treatment role for remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir, interferon, convalescent plasma, tocilizumab, and mono-clonal antibody therapy, particularly in later phases.

One year into the pandemic, the only therapy considered “proven” as an effective treatment in COVID-19 is the use of corticosteroids in patients with moderate to severe illness.18 Similarly most concerning is the fact that little has proven effective to prevent disease progression to prevent hospitalization.

Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medicine whose discovery won the Nobel Prize in 2015, has proven, highly potent, anti-viral and antiinflammatory properties in laboratory studies. In the past 4 months, numerous, controlled clinical trials from multiple centers and countries worldwide are reporting consistent, large improvements in COVID-19 patient outcomes when treated with ivermectin.




Despite this growing list of failed therapeutics in COVID-19, it now appears that ivermectin, a widely used anti-parasitic medicine with known anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties is proving a highly potent and multi-phase effective treatment against COVID-19. Although much of the trials data supporting this conclusion is available on medical pre-print servers or posted on clinicaltrials.gov, most have not yet undergone peer-review. Despite this limitation, the FLCCC expert panel, in their prolonged and continued commitment to reviewing the emerging medical evidence base, and considering the impact of the recent surge, has now reached a consensus in recommending that ivermectin for both prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19 should be systematically and globally adopted.

The FLCCC recommendation is based on the following set of conclusions derived from the existing data, which will be comprehensively reviewed below:

1) Since 2012, multiple in-vitro studies have demonstrated that Ivermectin inhibits the replication of many viruses, including influenza, Zika, Dengue and others 

2) Ivermectin inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication, leading to absence of nearly all viral material by 48h in infected cell cultures

3) Ivermectin has potent anti-inflammatory properties with in-vitro data demonstrating profound inhibition of both cytokine production and transcription of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), the most potent mediator of inflammation 

4) Ivermectin significantly diminishes viral load and protects against organ damage when administered to mice upon infection with a virus similar to SARS-CoV-232

5) Ivermectin prevents transmission and development of COVID-19 disease in those exposed to infected patients

6) Ivermectin hastens recovery and prevents deterioration in patients with mild to moderate disease treated early after symptoms 




7) Ivermectin hastens recovery and avoidance of ICU admission and death in hospitalized patients 

8) Ivermectin reduces mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19

9) Ivermectin leads to striking reductions in case-fatality rates in regions with widespread use

10) The safety, availability, and cost of ivermectin is nearly unparalleled given its near nil drug interactions along with only mild and rare side effects observed in almost 40 years of use and billions of doses administered 

11) The World Health Organization has long included ivermectin on its “List of Essential Medicines”

Exposure prophylaxis studies of Ivermectin’s ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19

Data is also now available showing large and statistically significant decreases in the transmission of COVID-19 among human subjects based on data from three randomized controlled trials (RCT) and one retrospective observational study (OCT); however, none of the studies have been peer-reviewed yet.

The largest RCT was posted on the Research Square pre-print server on November 13, 2020 while the two other RCT’s have submitted data to clinicaltrials.gov, which then performed a quality control review and posted the results. The OCT was posted on the pre-print server medRxiv on November 3, 2020.

The largest RCT by Elgazzar and colleagues at Benha University in Egypt randomized 200 health care and households contacts of COVID-19 patients where 100 patients took a high dose of 0.4mg/kg on day 1 and repeated the dose on day 7 in addition to wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), while the control group of 100 contacts wore PPE only.52 There was a large and statistically significant reduction in contacts tesing positive by RT-PCR when treated with ivermectin vs. controls, 2% vs 10%, p<.05.

The second largest RCT, conducted in Egypt by Shouman et al. at Zagazig University, included 340 (228 treated, 112 control) family members of patients positive for SARS-CoV-2 via PCR.

Ivermectin, (approximately 0.25mg/kg) was administered twice, on the day of the positive test and 72 hours later. After a two-week follow up, a large and statistically significant decrease in COVID-19 symptoms among household members treated with ivermectin was found, 7.4% vs. 58.4%. Similarly, in another RCT conducted by Carvallo et al. in Argentina involving 229 healthy citizens, 131 were randomized to treatment with 0.2mg of ivermectin drops taken by mouth five times per day. After 28 days, none of those receiving ivermectin prophylaxis group had tested positive for SARS-COV-2 versus 11.2% of patients in the control arm (p<.001).53 More recently, in a large retrospective observational case-control study from India, Behara et al. reported that among 186 casecontrol pairs (n=372) of health care workers, they identified 169 participants that had taken some form of prophylaxis, with 115 that had taken ivermectin prophylaxis (n=38 of the COVID-19 cases and n=77 of the controls). After matched pair analysis, they reported that in the workers who had taken two dose ivermectin prophylaxis, the odds ratio for contracting COVID-19 was markedly decreased (0.27, 95% CI, 0.15–0.51). Notably, one dose prophylaxis was not found to be protective in this study.

Based on both their study finding and the Egyptian prophylaxis study, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences included a consensus statement in the manuscript recommending health care workers take two 0.3mg/kg doses of ivermectin 72 hours apart and to repeat monthly.

Further data supporting a role for ivermectin in decreasing transmission rates can be found from South American countries where, in retrospect, large “natural experiments” appear to have occurred. For instance, beginning as early as May, various regional health ministries and governmental authorities within Peru, Brazil, and Paraguay initiated “ivermectin distribution” campaigns to their citizen populations. In one such example from Brazil, the cities of Itajai, Macapa, and Natal distributed massive amounts of ivermectin doses to the city’s population, where, in the case of Natal, 1 million doses were distributed.45 The data in Table 2 below was compiled on September 14, 2020 and was obtained from the official Brazilian government site (https://covid.saude.gov.br) and the national press consortium by an engineer named Alan Cannel whose findings were published on the website TrialSiteNews and are thus not peer-reviewed. 

For the complete report, visit: www.covid19criticalcare.com



VIEWPOINTS

CONRAD G. MAULFAIR, DO. - Osteopathic Physician | Allentown, PA 
"
Dr. Kory's testimony to a Congressional Hearing on the benefits of a 40 year history in clinical medicine of a simple and inexpensive drug repurposed for the treatment of his current Covid 19 patients could not be more important in these times.  The clinical experience and research of a physician who cares passionately about his patients, as well as the current state of worldwide treatment for Covid victims, is critical in overcoming our problems.  He is an inspiration to all physicians and patients alike.  It is common practice for us to utilize available drugs in "off label" application where our patient's health is our responsibility and clinical experience as well as the literature supporting our prescription.  What he is recommending has been done continually for years and years by physicians who care for patients. He uses ivermectin because it helps his patients.  We need to use ivermectin in the manner recommended as well as any other effective protocol shown to be helpful in patient care for our patients."

ROBERTA KLINE, MD  - Obstetrics/Gynecology & Genomic Education |  Santa Fe, NM
"This is an amazing SUCCESS story of using science to guide a collaborative effort to solve clinical challenges quickly. From my perspective of supporting each person's biochemistry for health, I'm glad to see they included antioxidant and vitamin support to enhance efficacy. But this story is also one that highlights the frustration around politics, money and power controlling low-cost, innovative solutions that are more effective than pricey designer drugs. This information needs to get out. NOW. We may now have a vaccine that can help in the long term, but people are getting sick and dying in record numbers. My neighbor is a nurse administrator at our local hospital here, where COVID is finally overwhelming them and they have shut down elective surgeries for the first time in the pandemic. I have reached out to her to share this information and hope approval can be expedited so this can make a difference." 

ANNELIES MOONS, MD - Gen. Practitioner & Lifestyle Medicine | Belgium
"I have reviewed all of the testimonials before the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and was very impressed with Dr. Kory's emotional testimony. Today it is difficult to decide who to believe, but this doctor takes the Hippocratic Oath very seriously. I am a general practitioner living in Belgium. ... I have my doubts about the new vaccine as long as there is no more data about its efficacy in the long term. In recent weeks I have posted links on articles about Ivermectin in response to articles about the covid pandemic in medical press. Ivermectin is only on the market here in Belgium in cream form.  I hope your work is rewarded and more and more doctors are discovering the potential of this drug for covid19. But you can imagine, the new vaccine is produced here in Belgium. Ivermectin can serve the patients at risk in addition to the vaccine. Humanity owes the corona crisis to itself, more will come if we don't change course. I wish you and your team success, but I am sure,  if you are right, you will achieve your goal." 

RAKHIM TOJIBOEV, MD - Cardiac Anesthesia / Intensive Care | Uzbekistan
"
I am a cardiac anesthesiologist and intensivist which allows me to work on a different level with critical patients. I am the only member of FLCCC from former Soviet Union countries and am the only one in my country who uses this (MATH+) protocol. I am very proud that I started using this protocol in many patients and I can see faster recovery from Covid-19. Unfortunately, we do not have Ivermectin in our country but I would like to say that the MATH+ protocol works very well even without Ivermectin.  My whole work is based in world standards. This war urged us to work differently... in order to get good results."

NOELLE L. CUTTER, Ph.D  - Molloy College | Assoc. Professor of Biology & Chemistry | NY
"The incredible work that has emerged from the group of scholars working on the MATH+ formula for patient care reminds me of the importance of collaboration in medicine.  This treatment formula was designed with patient care in mind, during an unprecedented time in our history.  The formula has clearly been shown to be an effective treatment to combat the virus.  The combination of Corticosteroids, Ascorbic acid and Heperin has effectively been shown to reduce severity of patient symptoms and greatly reduce the need for the ventilator.  This is certainly a step forward in treatment options for COVID19 patients."   - 

ELIZABETH BANCHITTA - EMT / Medical Student - NY
"I feel 
Dr. Kory's testimonial - it comes from the deep end of the ICU where most of the patients are extremely critical and there's not that many interventions that would make much of a difference.  I can't imagine being so highly trained and knowing exactly how something works and thinking, 'I know this will work but I can't give it to my patients and they're going to die possibly for no reason'.  Meanwhile, we don't know how the vaccine is going to play out, but regardless of that, there needs to be other resources."



COUNTERPOINT

FROM THE NIH

COVID-19 TREATMENT GUIDELINES: IVERMECTIN Last Updated: August 27, 2020

"Ivermectin is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved antiparasitic drug that is used to treat several neglected tropical diseases, including onchocerciasis, helminthiases, and scabies.1 It is also being evaluated for its potential to reduce the rate of malaria transmission by killing mosquitoes that feed on treated humans and livestock.2 For these indications, ivermectin has been widely used and has demonstrated an excellent safety profile. Recommendation: The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel recommends against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, except in a clinical trial (AIII). The available clinical data on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 are limited."  See complete NIH report and references: https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/antiviral-therapy/ivermectin/

 




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