In my July 10, 2020 article I wrote about the use of certain therapeutic re-purposed prescription drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms. I especially talked about the potential benefits of inhaled budesonide and hydroxychloroquine.

After I published that article, I received some harsh criticism from several folks who accused me of not following the science. Well, it turns out 18 months later that I was right all along.

Treating the symptoms of original COVID-19, along with its delta and omicron variants, has been driven by politics rather than science from the very beginning. The pharmaceutical companies who make the vaccines administered in the United States get paid by the federal government every time someone gets vaccinated, including the booster shots.

So, exploring treatments of COVID-19 with inexpensive therapeutic repurposed drugs, such as budesonide, hydroxychloroquine, and ivermectin, undermines the profit margins that these large pharmaceutical companies expect to make.

There is a growing number of people who have been reading the science on the coronavirus and who are turning to off-label utilization of (i.e. utilizing a drug for purposes other than those approved by the FDA when a company originally files for approval) therapeutic drugs as an alternative to vaccines, especially for treating the symptoms of the coronavirus.

My intention today is not to dissuade you from getting vaccinated against COVID-19; instead, I believe that the coronavirus vaccines should be a private matter between an individual, his or her physician, and healthcare team without any undue interference from the government.

Government mandates that force people to get vaccinated against their will are grossly immoral and inappropriate, especially in a society where freedom reigns.

Some institutions are now secretly turning to therapeutic drugs to treat the symptoms of COVID-19. One such institution is the NFL. The Green Bay Packers star quarterback, Aaron Rogers, recently let the cat out of the bag when he was interviewed on Pat McAfee’s Sirius XM show. When Rogers contracted the disease earlier this year, he took ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as well as monoclonal antibodies. Rogers told McAfee during the interview, “There are many teams who are recommending a lot of the same treatments I got for their players.”

In response to how Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s medical correspondent, scorned the use of ivermectin as a horse dewormer, Rogers said, during the interview “If you want to rip on me for taking horse dewormer, and whatever else you want to talk about, that’s fine. But I also got better in 48 hours. And I had symptoms.”

Numerous studies have shown that ivermectin has many anti-viral properties which Dr. Gupta failed to acknowledge to his CNN audience.

Rogers ended that segment of the interview by calling for a fair and honest debate on the use of therapeutic drugs for treating coronavirus symptoms. Rogers called for a public debate between Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Peter McCullough, who is one of the world’s leading cardiologists and epidemiologists, who advocates for the use of these therapeutic drugs.

Rogers said, “Let’s have a debate. Let’s hear about sides. Wouldn’t that be awesome?”

I agree.

Until we can have an honest and fair debate in our country about how best to treat the coronavirus and its variants, news about the coronavirus will continue to be slanted by political ideologies and spun by corporate interests. We owe it to the citizens of the United States of America to end the cancelling of all dissenting opinions and to give them news instead of propaganda.

Steve Erdman represents dist. 47 — west of Lincoln County — in the state legislature. His district includes the town of Sidney. Contact him at Room 1124, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509, (402) 471-2616, email: serdman@leg.ne.gov

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