Viki Purdy promoted several debut claims and told KTVB in an email that “Pharma” is to blame for the lack of credible evidence of malaria drug use.
CALDWELL, Idaho – During a Tuesday morning meeting at Southwest County Health, a debate erupted over the use of hydroxychlorine to treat COVID-19 patients. It began with the question of why certain demographics, specifically a person’s race, have been identified in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho.
In the Gem state, several COVID-19 blasts have been linked to food processing plants where most of the workforce is Spanish.
However, the question of COVID-19 affecting minorities quickly spread to something very different after a county commissioner and a health board member made some dubious claims.
Adams County Commissioner and Southwest County Health Board member Viki Purdy said:
“Something is something you are missing when it comes to the Black, Spanish and Asian populations: they are all very low in vitamin D, and that ‘s what we’ve been talking about in recent meetings is, why aren’t we tell people that they need to control their vitamin D levels, start taking vitamin D, zinc, and is there anything else we need to consider here as a board to push forward here, a hydroxychlorine protocol for those patients, that an early protocol when they take COVID-19 so that they do not have lung damage, they do not end up in the hospital? I mean there are studies all over the world right now, there is no denying that it works. we as a board make a move to push this forward and should the state do something about it and get it there so that all the doctors can prescribe it as needed? ”
A study released in June found that some minorities are naturally deficient in vitamin D, and by raising those levels to normal, minorities would be more likely to survive the COVID-19 virus. However, that study does not link the use of Hydroxychlorine, an anti-malarial drug used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus in the US
Currently, Idaho physicians can prescribe hydroxycholine to patients as they see fit. However, the patient must be diagnosed before writing a prescription. The medicine is not available at the counter.
Dr Sam Summers, the board physician representative, responded to Purdy by giving examples of hydroxylorine studies.
“There is a very large, placebo-controlled trial, where half of the patients took hydroxychlorine, zinc, vitamin D, and the other half did not, and there was no change. Absolutely no change,” he said.
“I would like to differ with Dr. Summers in those studies. There is a tsunami of evidence that hydroxychlorine and zinc and other antibodies work together and they work very well, especially in the early protocol,” Purdy said. “There were a couple of articles in (inaudible) and another in the American Medical Journal I think they should have withdrawn because they were misleading.”
We reached out to Commissar Purdy and asked for a copy of those articles she referred to. This link is what we got from the “Frontline Doctors Summit”. The initial home is disabled.
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“Anyone can find the research, but sometimes the money involved prevents us from seeing all the evidence,” Purdy said in an email. “Advertising dollars are in the billions for the media. Vaccines are a money-maker for Pharma. People are losing their livelihoods, many more [have] health conditions are not being cared for. Suicide has risen 360% since March. Healthy activities for our children have been eliminated. “We have to get back to work and to life.”
However, Idaho suicide rates have actually dropped since the onset of the pandemic.
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“Clearly the pandemic has created additional stress for everyone, including all of us here in this room,” Dave Jeppesen, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, told a news conference in June. “And that has led to an increase in anxiety, depression and behavioral health issues. Something is something we have been worried about from the beginning. We track down death records, and clearly a suicide is a lot of suicide. But we in “We have seen a slight drop in suicides over the last two months, which was surprising to us, but a good thing. We will take it whenever we can.”
Adams County currently sits on 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March and no deaths.
A trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health was stopped early because the researchers found no proven benefit. Another study by the Henry Ford Foundation claimed that COVID-19 deaths cut hydroxychlorine by 50%.
However, that study has been widely criticized for two reasons – patients also took a steroid in addition to hydroxychlorine, which has been shown to help cure COVID-19 patients, and because it is an ‘observational study’, rather than a ‘study’ odd’.
In June, the Food and Drug Administration revoked the urgent use of the drug to treat certain hospitalized patients with COVID-19 when a clinical trial was not available.
Last month, the FDA released its findings, claiming the drug caused “serious heart rhythm problems and other safety issues, including disorders of the blood and lymphatic system, kidney injuries and liver problems, and failure “in some patients.