Medical science and political science are not the same thing

COVID-19
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Learn to tell the difference

One of my favorite movies is “Jurassic Park.” The author of the book that inspired the movie, the late Michael Crichton, was also a medical doctor. Like all of us who are medical doctors, he was trained in basic science, the science of modern medicine. 

“Jurassic Park” was an amazing story of one man’s attempt to bring back to life prehistoric dinosaurs. If you saw the movie, you know some really bad things happened. 

Michael Crichton showed people what could happen when people tampered with science. He also firmly believed that when non-scientists, like politicians and the media, start messing with science, all hell can break loose as it did in “Jurassic Park.”

Dr. Crichton once wrote about the frightening, real-life example of what happened in the early 1900s when politicians, the media and others promoted “fake science.” His example was about “eugenics.” This fake science claimed some people, like Blacks and Jews, were inferior and should not be allowed to reproduce.

Eugenics was gladly accepted by scientists, universities, politicians and the press. In fact, Planned Parenthood was created from the false science of eugenics. In 1939, founder Margaret Sanger wrote in a shocking letter to Clarence Gamble, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”

Eugenics was also used by Nazi Germany as an excuse to murder millions of innocent people. All in the name of fake science.

Politically driven science

But, what does this have to do with the COVID-19 virus? It is certainly not eugenics. Like the false science of the past, we must always be alert to detect politically driven science from true medical science.  

One recent controversy between political science and medical science was over the use of an old medication with a long name. It’s called hydroxychloroquine or HCQ. 

HCQ has been prescribed safely and effectively millions of times for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and malaria. In 2005, scientists published a study that showed HCQ’s weaker cousin, chloroquine, could stop coronaviruses like COVID-19.

In March of this year, a French researcher showed that HCQ with an antibiotic and zinc was effective against cases of COVID-19. In July of this year, Henry Ford Medical Group and Mount Sinai Hospital showed that HCQ dropped the COVID-19 death rate by 50%!

Sounds good so far.

Unfortunately, when President Trump spoke in defense of HCQ, politicians and those with an agenda against the president said that the opposite was true about HCQ’s use and safety. Cable news networks like to broadcast negative stories such as claiming that, after decades of safety, HCQ was suddenly dangerous.

The use of HCQ for COVID-19 was quickly silenced. A number of brave doctors, who only cared about their patients and not anyone’s political agenda, still used HCQ with antibiotics and zinc for COVID-19. These doctors got positive results in stopping COVID-19 in their patients.

A fellow Black female physician, Dr. Stella Immanuel, from Houston, Texas has successfully treated hundreds of COVID 19 patients with HCQ. In a recent tweet Dr. Immanuel wrote:

“I refuse to be chained by fake science. I have successfully treated over 250 patients with HCQ, zpack [antibiotic] and zinc. No deaths. All these…studies by big pharma [major drug companies] is fake science.”

She also wrote, “Physicians failed America. We allowed bureaucrats, politicians and fake news media to dictate how we treat patients. We attacked each [other] & cowered in fear. Many [patients] died when there is a cheap, safe and effective treatment for COVID-19. Shame on us doctors.”

The cost of HCQ is about $20. 

So, what do you do if your doctor is afraid to use HCQ? Many are. Your doctor’s responsibility is to treat you when you are sick. Yours is to keep from getting sick. Three important things you can do for your own health are:

  1. Strengthen your immune system.
  2. Practice basic safety.
  3. Learn to tell political science from medical science.

Strengthen your immune system

Your immune system was created to fight off bacteria and viruses to protect you. Of the nearly nine million children under 18 in California, thankfully not one child has died of COVID-19. And these kids have been to the grocery store, Target and Walmart.

A major difference between the immune system of a child and an adult is that adults have often had many rounds of antibiotics and drugs, lost sleep, been stressed, used alcohol and cigarettes, and have had poor diets. All of these weaken the immune system.

Strengthen your immune system with:

  • Good sleep and exercise
  • A diet with sufficient protein
  • Vitamin C—3,000 mg daily
  • Vitamin E—300 international units
  • Vitamin D—2000 international units
  • Selenium—200 micrograms
  • Zinc—20 to 30 mg

(Always double-check with your doctor for doses.)   

Practice basic safety

  • Wear a mask around others.
  • Social distance.
  • Wash your hands a lot.

Know real science from political science

  • Become a detective and ask a lot of questions.
  • Don’t accept the first things you read on Google. The truth may be buried on the second or third page.
  • Political science focuses more on opinions. Medical science focuses on absolute, repeatable results. If politicians get too involved, keep digging. An early broadcasted claim might be denied or trashed later on.

That happened to HCQ. Eventually, the virus will fade. We’ll get through this. Until then, strengthen that immune system, practice safety, and be on guard for political science vs. medical science. 

Editor’s note: Hydroxychloroquine is not FDA approved to treat COVID-19. Before starting any medication, consult your doctor.

Dr. Alyse Hamilton is the founder and medical director of the Advanced Health and Vitality Center in Edina, Minnesota. Dr. Hamilton offers her patients positive results from her exceptional professional training and an extraordinary passion to provide safe, proven and effective treatments for adrenal insufficiency, thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue and pain, menopause, andropause (male menopause), fibromyalgia and age-related conditions.

She partners with her patients to guide them to true health from the inside out. Her goal is to ensure that her patients reclaim their energy, memory and vitality so that they can once again enjoy the things that are missing in their lives. Her practice also offers IV nutritional support with the Myer’s Cocktail and Glutathione, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and the Riordan protocol for high dose Vitamin C infusion therapy.

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