One Houston doctor is fighting for a drug combination with which she has successfully treated over 350 Covid-19 patients. She says that given in the early stages of the virus, the drug is an effective treatment and can also be given as a prophylaxis for high risk patients.
Stella Immanuel, MD, is a primary care physician who runs an urgent care and pediatric clinic and also works in the emergency room. She has over 30 years’ experience and sees patients at the Rehoboth Medical Center in Houston. She was recently featured in a panel discussion hosted by Texas State Senator Bob Hall, along with five other doctors, all discussing the need to shift strategy to early intervention of those infected and the medically vulnerable.
Immanuel has a unique background that lends credence to her assertion that the combination of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin or doxycycline, and the nutritional supplement zinc is an effective Covid treatment. Hailing from Cameroon, she attended medical school in Nigeria, where the drug is administered for the treatment and prevention of malaria. Here in the states, she has given the drug to patients who are traveling to malaria-endemic zones. In her research, she found an article published in 2005 by the National Institute of Health stating that hydroxychloroquine stops corona virus replication. Working out of her urgent care clinic in Houston, she has treated over 350 Covid-19 patients, many with various pre-existing conditions like diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, along with the elderly. Every patient, when treated with a combination of these drugs, has recovered. While she continues to collect data, she has seen no major side effects to this method of treatment and has not had a single death as a result of Covid-19.
“I do believe that the mainstay in the management of this virus is early intervention,” Immanuel said. “We are treating patients early and seeing people recover. We had a 30-year-old woman, 7 ½ months pregnant, come into our office gasping for air. After treating her with this drug combination, we had her up and walking within days. This medication works.”
Immanuel refers to an article by Harvey A Risch, MD, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health. Risch says of hydroxychloroquine, “When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.”
Many question why, if at least some doctors have had success, the positive effects of this medication are being downplayed by the media and the larger medical community. Risch’s response is powerful: “The medication has become highly politicized. For many, it is viewed as a marker of political identity, on both sides of the political spectrum. Nobody needs me to remind them that this is not how medicine should proceed. We must judge this medication strictly on the science. When doctors graduate from medical school, they formally promise to make the health and life of the patient their first consideration, without biases of race, religion, nationality, social standing—or political affiliation. Lives must come first.”
Dr. Immanuel agrees. She feels people are dying unnecessarily so that big pharmaceutical companies can reap the benefits of an expensive vaccine. She says we already have the treatment, but we’ve been led to believe it doesn’t work.
“It is an outright lie and propaganda coming from the media that hydroxychloroquine is a dangerous drug. How could a drug given to lupus patients twice a day for years with no major issues all of a sudden be dangerous to take twice a day for 5 days? If you listen to who is speaking out against this, they fall into three categories: 1. those who aren’t primary care physicians and have never even treated patients with Covid (such as Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon), 2. those who are choosing their political ideology over human life and know there is way more money to be made creating more expensive drugs and vaccines, and 3. far left democrats who are opportunistic and see this as their chance to win the next election.
“But I can’t let people die. It goes against my Christianity. I know this drug works. Just look at India: they have 1.4 billion people. You cannot even social distance in the slums of Calcutta but the death toll is way lower because they use this drug. People have threatened me but I’m not worried because I only live to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. I am ready to go to battle to keep Americans alive. People caution me all the time about speaking up. My reply is they can’t do anything to me. I died to my own will so long ago and I live to fulfill God’s will. What will I say to God if I know the truth that COVID has a treatment and I let people die?
“Covid is not a death sentence. We need to treat people instead of making people more fearful.”
Dr. Immanuel is treating patients in person and via tele-med. Patients can call her office @ 281.530.1230. or reference www.rehobothmedicalcenter.com.