Just over eight years ago, one of the consultants I was under prescribed me the most controversial drug of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Hydroxychloroquine.
I had been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis & Palindromic Rheumatism.
This post is about my experience whilst taking it and looking at if it really can help in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
It Worked for Me
It did a great job of elevating my symptoms, including swollen, painful joints, chronic back pain, and restricted mobility.
The downside to the upside was the acute side effects; for me, it was the loss of smell and taste. I couldn’t live with that; I love my food too much, can you imagine?
Hydroxychloroquine is a synthetic form of a Quinine drug that originated from the Cinchona Tree bark.
It has been used in malaria treatment since the 1950s and has shown to have various immunomodulatory effects.
Hydroxychloroquine is used to treat and manage rheumatic diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, skin disease, and chronic Q fever.
President Trump & Hydroxychloroquine
I’m guessing that’s why it has been talked about so much by Donald Trump.
He referred to it as a potential ‘game-changer and proclaimed that he took hydroxychloroquine and another drug called Azithromycin to prevent developing COVID 19.
The Huff Post on 22 March 2020 reported,
“Trump Touts ‘Game-Changing’ Drug Cocktail For Coronavirus Linked To Fatal Arrhythmia”
“What do we have to lose? he asked. The president, who is not a doctor, recommended a potentially dangerous drug combo to his 74 million Twitter followers.
However, it did not prevent President Trump from testing positive for coronavirus on October 3rd 2020, and First Lady Melania Trump both had to self-isolate.
Many other members of his close allies also fell prey to testing positive for COVID 19.
Two other prominent world leaders, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, also tested positive for coronavirus.
Can Hydroxychloroquine Treat COVID 19?
The British Government website: www.gov.uk
“Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not licensed to treat COVID- 19 related symptoms or prevent infection.”
The US Department of Health & Human Services website: www.nih.gov
“Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit adults hospitalised with COVID-19.”
The Pharmaceutical Journal website: www.pharmaceutical-journal.com
“Down, but not out: Hydroxychloroquine could still have a role against COVID-19.”
As you can see, the US and UK governments are very much against the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID 19 and warn against its use.
Whilst others claim there is some evidence that suggests hydroxychloroquine does indeed alleviate symptoms and has the potential of becoming a key player in the treatment and recovery of COVID 19.
Studies and trials have not stopped; they are current and ongoing.
Then & Now
That was ten years ago, I am now 54 yrs of age, and I thankfully no longer have or feel the need to take any of those drugs anymore, or any other prescribed medication for that matter and haven’t done so the past six years.
It was a book given to me as a gift; it was a revelation, that little red book was the key, it taught me about the power of right thinking, the power of thought.
I tried it, and for me, it worked; it wasn’t, hasn’t been and still is not easy, no way.
Right now, it’s the hardest it’s ever been trying to stay well and healthy, to remain positive and hopeful for the future. It is challenging for everyone.
Not to be deterred; I’m still on my journey pursuing better health, happiness, peace and longevity.
With the pandemic, lockdowns, division, riots, protests, and alternatives, there is confusion in the world today.
I feel a real urgency to discover more for myself, my family, friends, community, you, and anyone.
To Share, To Inform, To Signpost
I guess I’m reaching out to anyone, like me, that seeks to survive this far from ordinary reality both physically, mentally and spiritually.
I, for one, intend that my family and I make it out alive in the best possible way we can with one of the most powerful resources we have available to us right now!
Back then, I began by instead looking toward Aloe Vera, the ‘Doctor Plant’ to help me cope. I began to discover and learn about the vitamins and minerals the human body needs and that I had been lacking. All my efforts began to help alleviate the pain and symptoms.
As I grow older, experience more, as circumstances change and present themselves, I research more, learn more, understand more and evolve, it’s the only way I know-how.
So I intend to continue and move forward.
Please feel free to join in the conversation; all comments, advice, information are encouraged and always very much appreciated.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong
*Please note the information in this post is intended for general information and not used as a substitute for healthcare professionals’ expertise and judgment.