Joe Rogan Had a Plan --- Do You?

By Betsy Barnett

2021-09-18 23:32:36

Go ahead, admit it.  For some months now, you have had a plan of attack developed in the back of your mind in the event you or one of your loved ones actually tests positive for COVID-19.  At this point, it doesn’t seem to matter if you have the vaccine or not, most of us eventually are more than likely going to contract the virus.  So, by now, with all the discussion about off label therapeutics and a handful of medical IV treatments offered by the local hospital, you pretty much know what you’re going to do. Right? 

Joe Rogan has one of the most popular podcasts in the country.  Not considered a “conspiracy theorist” by no means or even one of those “crazy Q-anon people,” Rogan upset the left-leaning apple cart last week when he told the world he was unvaccinated, got COVID-19, and has had a plan for quite some time in the back of his mind that involved throwing a combination of ivermectin, monoclonal antibodies, high doses of Vitamin C and D3, zinc and azithromycin at the virus.  He went on to say, “I felt absolutely horrible on day one, got tested on day 2, and started taking the therapeutics.  I felt better immediately and within a day or two I was well again.  I am completely back to normal.” 

Rogan’s actions set off an alarm in the world of the “politically correct story line” we are all following these days.  So much so, that the media was sent out to debunk this outrageous claim made by Rogan who is a mainstream superstar.  Within a few days, the Rolling Stone magazine put out a story with a headline that read, “Gunshot Victims Left Waiting as Horse Dewormer Overdoses Overwhelm Oklahoma Hospitals, Doctor Says.”

The article began by making the case, “The rise in people using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug usually reserved for deworming horses or livestock, as a treatment or preventative for Covid-19 has emergency rooms so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting access to health facilities, an emergency room doctor in Oklahoma said.”

The doctor quoted in the Rolling Stone article was Dr. Jason McElyea who stated, “I blame the lack of hospital beds on an influx of patients who had taken ivermectin to counteract COVID-19 symptoms.”   

Despite the drug’s long history of successful prescribed use in human patients, the online left has taken to calling the Nobel Prize-winning drug a “horse dewormer.”

McElyea added some scare tactics to his story, claiming, “The scariest one that I’ve heard of and seen is people coming in with vision loss,” the doctor said.

Hundreds of major media outlets such as CNN and prominent left-wing journalists such as Rachel Maddow were quick to retweet and post about this huge problem that was affecting the arguably most conservative, so therefore most backward, state in the country. 

But there was just one problem.  The hit piece was absolutely false, and the article was debunked within hours.  McElyea was identified by an Oklahoma hospital as a pool doctor that hadn’t been seen at their hospital in over two months.  

That same hospital, NHS Sequoyah, released a statement saying that not only has it not been overrun by ivermectin ODs, but the hospital “also has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdoses.”

This media craze came about because Joe Rogan basically endorsed ivermectin as part of a powerful group of therapeutics he used to kick COVID-19’s butt in an intelligent and informed way.

But why try to criminalize the use of ivermectin?  And why don’t we know more about the therapeutics available to us?  Why aren’t we being given other options?

Even Pfizer, yes, those guys who somehow received the fastest FDA approval for an experimental vaccine in the history of the FDA, knows the efficacy of ivermectin as they are using it, among other substances, in their new COVID-19 pill medication that will be released soon ---- well, just as soon as the FDA can approve it.  It is being touted as the Theraflu for COVID-19.

So, while we wait for yet another, and more likely expensive pill from Pfizer, what is your plan in the near future if you get COVID-19?  Have you ever asked anyone you know locally who got the virus about what kinds of treatments and medications were given to them by our local medical professionals? 

So far, it seems that our only option is to get the vaccine so that at least if we do get the virus, as hundreds of vaccinated people across the state has already, we should be able to live through it.  But what about those who, for an array of reasons, have decided against getting the vaccine? 

In Kiowa County there is a family that had 4 generations of family members test positive for the virus within days of each other.  The oldest of the family is in their 80s, the next generation in their 50s, the third in their mid-20s and the youngest generation is a toddler.  None were vaccinated.  All were treated differently by their health system.  All had differing levels of severity of symptoms ranging from hardly the sniffles to a real battle to get through it. 

The young parents and their toddler were not advised at all and sent home to quarantine and tough it out.  The parents felt the symptoms but managed to stay busy around the house while they waited to end their quarantine requirement.  Their toddler had a runny nose and was cranky.  They self-medicated with Tylenol, essential oils and cold medicine. 

The grandparent in their mid-50s got the virus first and was also not given any medication or advise except to go home and drink water and they were prescribed some pain medicine.  The grandparent had the worst symptoms and the hardest time recovering of all four generational groups.  The grandparent may have inquired about ivermectin but was never prescribed the medication. 

The 80+ great-grandparents were immediately given monoclonal antibodies in an out-patient IV procedure.  Out of all of the family members, the great-grandparents did the best and recovered quickly with little problem.

Based on what we can see in this simple example, monoclonal antibodies could be given immediately to those who are considered high risk.  Ivermectin may not be prescribed in this area, although it is not clear why it was not provided.  It is still worth talking to your medical provider if you would like to take ivermectin.   The young adults and children were treated the same way they would be treated had they gone to the doctor for the common cold.  “Go home and rest, stay hydrated, and take Tylenol for pain.”  They weren’t even advised to take lots of Vitamin C, D3 and Zinc. 

So, get your plan lined out and be ready to follow through if and when the time comes.  Obviously, there are therapeutics available that work on COVID-19.  The monoclonal antibodies are available.  Ivermectin should be accessible, but you may have to be vocal in your request.  You can also discuss with your doctor about adding azithromycin to a regimen of zinc, vitamin C and D3 like Joe Rogan did.  And the biggest thing is --- these therapeutics are available for anyone ---- the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated, the young and the old, and the healthy and the compromised with excellent outcomes in most cases IF TAKEN EARLY---within the first couple of days.



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