By Michael Thau for RedState
Last month, I reported on the thousands of doctors and scientists trying to cut through all the media gaslighting and make people understand just how deadly the pseudoscientific quack medicine Anthony Fauci’s been peddling really is.
Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist, Michael Levitt, has been sounding the alarm about our suicidal response to COVID-19 from the very beginning:
A few weeks after my column dropped, some of the working physicians who deal with the catastrophic consequences of Fauci’s policies every day formed a group called Frontline Doctors and did a 7-hour summit on capitol hill to educate the public on just how badly we’ve been led astray.
One of the group’s leaders, emergency room physician Dr. Dan Erickson, stressed that the fear-mongering Fauci’s used to convince Americans to adopt his lethal regimen is totally divorced from the actual data.
Dr. Erickson has also pointed out that “social distancing” – which somehow wasn’t mentioned when the Swine Flu hit under Obama or in all of recorded history prior to the propaganda campaign that kicked in five months ago – should really be described as “quarantining the healthy.” As such, it contradicts the basic tenets of both microbiology and immunology.
We decided to keep people at home and isolate them, even though everything we’ve studied about quarantine…[says] you quarantine the sick. When someone has measles you quarantine them. We’ve never…[taken] those without disease and without symptoms and lock[ed] them in [their] homes. So, some of these things [given] what we’ve studied from immunology and microbiology aren’t really meshing with what we know as people of science…
Dr. Erickson and his colleagues also described in tragic detail all the perfectly predictable deadly medical side effects of locking down the entire population that Fauci somehow never factored in and the media made sure never to emphasize.
One of the most harrowing presentations came from Dr. Mark McDonald, a Los Angeles child psychiatrist who recounted some of the horrific consequences of keeping our nation’s children in an unrelenting state of fear that a lot of them will be struggling with for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Erickson summed up the carnage following Fauci’s advice has caused with bitter irony:
Was the lockdown successful? I say yes very successful. Successful in things like this. Anxiety hotline calls up 1000 percent. Child abuse both sexual and non up. Financially, emotional distress, Suicide. Alcohol. 150,000 Americans a month not receiving cancer screening. It’s been effective alright, in all the wrong metrics — in all the areas we didn’t want it to be effective. Delay in medical care. We talked about that. Orthopedics, nonessential. Suicide calls up 600 percent. Suicide calls. We heard other doctors mention this. So was the lockdown effective? If that’s the effect you were going for, then yes.
Then, last week, we got the best possible news when Trump announced he’d just added one of the most relentless critics of Fauci’s reign of terror to his team of advisors: former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and current senior fellow at Stanford’s ultra-prestigious Hoover Institution, Dr. Scott Atlas.
Way back in April, Dr. Atlas penned an op-ed titled, “The data is in — stop the panic and end the total isolation,” in which he explained 5 facts about COVID-19 that Fauci and his media enablers have kept from the public:
- Fact 1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.
- Fact 2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.
- Fact 3: Vital herd immunity is actually PREVENTED by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.
- Fact 4: People are dying from being denied other medical care due to hypothetical COVID-19 fatality projections that turned out to be garbage.
- Fact 5: We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures.
Then in May, Trump’s new advisor tried to warn us that the lockdown death toll from denying medical treatment for other ailments alone will far exceed even the worst of the wildly inflated COVID-19 fatality projections.
Now three more physicians have joined the growing chorus of experts who’ve had enough of Fauci’s disastrous leadership and penned an open letter to the man who’s inflicted more damage on the American people than our worst foreign enemies have dreamt of that contains some of the harshest direct criticism to date.
Drs. George C. Fareed, Michael M. Jacobs, and Donald C. Pompan open with a perfect description of the disturbing way Fauci’s opinions are presented as incontrovertible fact “without formal public opposition from physicians who passionately disagree,” which, despite his media branding as a “man of science,” is actually the antithesis of how science should operate and, in fact, emblematic of a cult.
You were placed into the most high-profile role regarding America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Americans have relied on your medical expertise concerning the wearing of masks, resuming employment, returning to school, and of course medical treatment.
You are largely unchallenged in terms of your medical opinions. You are the de facto “COVID-19 Czar.” This is unusual in the medical profession in which doctors’ opinions are challenged by other physicians in the form of exchanges between doctors at hospitals, medical conferences, as well as debate in medical journals. You render your opinions unchallenged, without formal public opposition from physicians who passionately disagree with you. It is incontestable that the public is best served when opinions and policy are based on the prevailing evidence and science, and able to withstand the scrutiny of medical professionals.
The rest of their letter focuses mostly on the deadly misinformation Fauci has spread about the COVID-19 cure, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), and his blatant shilling for the far more expensive but much less effective drug remdesivir.
Like many other experts, they think the science has unquestionably shown President Trump’s early enthusiasm for hydroxychloroquine was on the money and a huge percentage of U.S COVID-19 fatalities would be alive today if not for Fauci’s bizarre determination to suppress it.
In fact, they explicitly lambaste Fauci for stymying Trump’s efforts to get HCQ to the people who needed it:
President Trump had the foresight to amass 60 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, and yet you continue to stand in the way of doctors who want to use that medication for their infected patients.
emdesivir, can only be used in patients who’ve been hospitalized since it has to be given intravenously every day for five days. At $3200 a dose, it’s also 60 times more expensive than HCQ, which is administered orally and anyone can take at home.
The upshot is that high-risk patients who are old or antecedently ill – and, contrary to Fauci’s determination to keep us living in fear, the only ones for whom a virus with a median fatality age of 80 poses any real threat – can start taking HCQ when symptoms first occur to nip it in the bud and avoid any serious complications.
Drs. Fareed, Jacobs, and Pompan point out the stunning fact that countries like Senegal and Nigeria, where HCQ was used as the first line of defense against COVID-19, wound up with half the U.S. fatality rate despite having much worse health care systems. Cutting our fatality rate down to theirs would have saved almost 90,000 lives to date.
Moreover, there’s a lot more than mere anecdotal evidence that HCQ would have saved tens of thousands of American lives if Fauci had followed Trump’s lead instead of doing everything he could to suppress it. From the very beginning of the pandemic:
[Through][e]xperience accrued in treating COVID-19 infections, physicians worldwide discovered that high-risk patients can be treated successfully as outpatients, within the first five to seven days of the onset of symptoms, with a “cocktail” consisting of hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin (or doxycycline). Multiple scholarly contributions to the literature detail the efficacy of the hydroxychloroquine-based combination treatment.
The three MDs point out that, besides the “hundreds of physicians in the United States and thousands across the globe who have had dramatic success treating high-risk individuals” with HCQ, there are also “at least 10 studies demonstrating” its effectiveness.
They go on to cite an article by esteemed Yale epidemiologist, Dr. Harvey Risch in the American Journal of Epidemiology that urged in its very title – sadly to no avail – that prescribing HCQ should be “…Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to Pandemic Crisis.”
That’s just a small sample of what Drs. Fareed, Jacobs, and Pompan have to say. Their letter contains a list of 121 very pointed questions that every member of Congress ought to be studying for when Fauci makes his next inevitable appearance required to make sure the mindless state of fear he’s so intent on keeping every man, woman, and child in America living in 24 hours a day is sustained.
Many Americans will likely find all the facts about HCQ hard to believe given that Fauci has repeatedly insisted that “the overwhelming evidence of properly conducted randomized clinical trials indicate no therapeutic efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.”
Dr. Risch and the thousands of physicians worldwide who’ve had such great success using HCQ, however, recommend it only for high-risk patients within the first five to seven days of the onset of symptoms.
It also has to be administered in a “cocktail” along with zinc and another medication.
No one has ever claimed that HCQ is effective when taken by itself or more than a week after symptoms first appear.
Yet, as Drs. Fareed, Jacobs, and Pompan directly rebuke Fauci for his shameless deception, “NONE of the randomized controlled trials to which you refer were done in the first five to seven days after the onset of symptoms.” Nor did any use the full cocktail consisting of hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and Azithromycin.
The studies Fauci’s touting to keep people from using HCQ might as well be about some other drug entirely for all the relevance they have to the actual course of treatment those who’ve been saving lives with it since the pandemic began are recommending.
Fauci has also deceived the public about the safety of HCQ.
Despite 65 years of use for malaria, and over 40 years for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, with a well-established safety profile, [HCQ] has been deemed by you and the FDA as unsafe for use in the treatment of symptomatic COVID-19 infections.
Yale epidemiologist, Dr. Risch has rejected Fauci’s attempts to stifle HCQ by claiming it’s dangerous as well, insisting that after 65 years on the market, there’s simply no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is a dangerous drug.
And these aren’t the only experts adamantly insisting that tens of thousands of lives have been lost because Fauci’s false claims about the dangers of HCQ have caused “[g]overnors in a number of states to restrict” its use, “doctors to be punished by state medical boards for prescribing” it, and pharmacies to refuse to dispense it when it is prescribed.
In addition to Yale University’s Dr. Risch, and the Frontline Doctors group, Steven Hatfill, a veteran virologist who helped establish the Rapid Hemorrhagic Fever Response Teams for the National Medical Disaster Unit in Kenya, made the same points about Fauci’s gaslighting on HCQ in an op-ed at RealClearPolitics titled, “An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch.”
Hatfill, by the way, is also the guy who got a $5.8 million dollar settlement from the Justice Department because then FBI chief Robert Mueller spent seven years relentlessly trying to pin the 2001 Anthrax attacks on him and dropping leaks to the press – turning Hatfill’s life into a living hell. The real culprit committed suicide when America’s real-life Frank Drebin finally noticed him and gave up the project of destroying an innocent man’s life – or at least that particular innocent man’s life, at any rate.
But speaking of bumbling bureaucrat mediocrities puffed up by media hype so they can front operations for the deep state… the fact is we may never know why Fauci pushed so much deadly misinformation about HCQ.
As I reported last week, it turns out eight of his colleagues who serve on the NIH advisory panel on COVID-19 treatments just happen to have financial ties to
As I also reported, this is by no means the first time Fauci has caused a lot of needless death by putting up roadblocks against cheap and effective treatments while pushing for less effective experimental ones that will wind up being vastly more expensive:
Before he supplanted Bill Nye as the left’s go-to science guy, Fauci was vilified by AIDS activists in the harshest possible terms for helping to block the use of cheap and effective drugs that could have saved thousands of lives.
He also managed to squeeze tens of billions of dollars out of congress by wildly exaggerating the threat of AIDS to fund his 40-year fruitless alternative search for a vaccine.
Moreover, Fauci himself admits he’s responsible for killing thousands of AIDS patients:
The gay groups said we were killing people with red tape. When the smoke cleared we realized that much of their criticism was absolutely valid.”
It’s appalling that someone who’s admitted to killing thousands of Americans with red tape the last time he led our response against a new virus even kept his job, let alone that he was put in charge again this time.
Moreover, the fact that Fauci admits he’s done this sort of thing before would lend a lot of credence to all the experts saying his suppression of HCQ in favor of remdesivir has caused tens of thousands of needless deaths even if the evidence weren’t so clear cut and the studies Fauci’s citing actually bore some relevance to the treatments they’re proposing.
Everything about the way Fauci’s been allowed to inflict so much ruin and death on America is as surreal as it is awful to contemplate.
With regard to his motives, I’ll just close with what I said at the end of last week’s piece:
A couple of liberal watchdog groups are collecting signatures on petitions demanding that Fauci be forced to fully disclose any and all financial ties he has just like the members of the COVID Treatment-Advisory Panel.
And, whatever one thinks of liberal watchdog groups in general, they certainly have a point here given the enormous power Fauci has, which he’s clearly not shy about using, to massively boost a pharmaceutical company’s return on investment.
And the financial ties people working for his own agency have to firms that sell drugs Fauci seems to be doing everything in his power to promote – even going so far as suppressing the use of life-saving treatments offered by competitors – is another in the long list of reasons that someone with the power to issue indictments ought to be investigating exactly what motivated Anthony Fauci to spend the last five months using his considerable power to drive the nation into a completely unjustified panic that was certain to cause far more misery and death than it averted.