TGIF readers! I hope you’ve had a great week and that you’ve made the best of some difficult times; however, there’s light at the end of this long and dark tunnel. The United States will begin opening up state by state in the coming week. Now, as much as we would all like to get this over and done with, it is essential for your personal safety and the safety of others to adhere to the proposed guidelines. We hung in there this long so what’s another couple of weeks.
Those of you who engaged in regular shoot the shits are emotionally whole, not wanting to hurt yourself, fighting with your partner or paying a psychologist, otherwise known as a jackass who studied behavioral science so he or she could understand themselves, $150+ per hour to hear them tell you that its ok to have a short penis complex.
One of the things that I want to bend your ear about in this week’s shoot the shit is my opinion of what the media’s role should be during this pandemic. We have a media, that lacks a modicum of integrity, so we find ourselves listening to baseless criticisms of the CDC, FDA, NIH, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, by individuals who wouldn’t understand the difference between a eukaryote and a Trojan. The classical example is the unqualified endorsement of hydroxychloroquine sulfate as an antiviral pharmaceutical, effective against the coronavirus, to include suggesting its use as a prophylaxis!
So let’s tackle the hydroxychloroquine subject but before we get started let me state that my objective is not to discourage its use or that of any other medication for that matter. This is a decision that you and your physician will make and not on some media personality’s recommendation. Alright let’s get started.
Hydroxychloroquine sulfate has been around since the early 1950’s; it was first approved for use in the United States in 1955, so it is 65 years old! Moreover, most clinicians will admit to not understanding how it functions – bare with me as we go through this.
The slide on the right is the structural formula of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate, note the H2SO4 component. H2SO4 is sulfuric acid; it and Hydrofluoric acid are some of the most corrosive acids available and they are usually used in generating an active ingredient like fluoride in a pharmaceutical. It has a molecular formula that looks like this C18H26ClN3O.H2SO4, again the H2SO4 is sulfuric acid. Hydroxychloroquine is administered orally. One of its characteristics is the speed with which it’s absorbed in tissue – it usually takes no more than 2 to 3 hours. It has a half life ( the time it takes for the concentration to be reduced by half after it’s discontinued use) of 40+ days. So every forty days, the remaining concentration is cut in half and It may take a year or more for your body to completely get rid of it.
The H2SO4 component is not specific to the COVID 19 virus; it will react with any cell membrane that it comes in contact with. Try a little experiment, place a little piece of meat in any strength sulfuric acid solution and see what happens. I don’t know about you but I’m not excited about having an inorganic highly corrosive compound floating around inside my body.
Some of the side effects associated with the use of Hydroxychloroquine include vision failure (retinal damage), heart tissue damage (called cardiotoxicity) and a few other goodies. It alters the pH and there is some concern about it impacting the immune system. These longer term side effects don’t manifest overnight. You won’t start pooping golf balls the day you start taking it, but you may experience problems down the road. It may also produce a resistant virus.
Topping all of that is the fact that there have been no clinical trials to establish its effectiveness and safety to the patient. So, in closing take your direction from your M.D.not news media endorsements.
To the media, when it comes to medicine inform rather than endorse and don’t take uninformed potshots at the CDC, FDA , NIH or Dr. Anthony Fauci, people need to have confidence in these organizations especially in a national crisis,
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As with all shoot the shits, participants need not know anything about the topics being discussed, they can make any unsupported statement, use uncensured profanity, insult anyone the wish or change the subject altogether.
Have a great weekend. Be safe and stay on track with the CDC guidelines.