Ivermectin

Horses grazing in a fog-filled pasture.

It’s time to clear the air about something. And this may seem controversial, but it really shouldn’t be. Seriously, it’s easier than we think to be informed and make good decisions based on common sense with a little fact-checking. 

Let’s talk about Ivermectin.

There’s been a TON of breathless media coverage about people like Joe Rogan taking “Livestock paste”. Major news outlets have had to retract entire stories about people overdosing on “horse de-wormer.” While there is a kernel of truth to some of this, it’s not even close to the whole story.

So what is Ivermectin, really?

Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication used to treat infections in the body that are caused by certain parasites. It was discovered in 1975 and came into medical use in 1981. It is approved for use in humans to treat intestinal strongyloidiasis (roundworm), onchocerciasis (river blindness), head lice, scabies, ascariasis, and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis). In veterinary medicine, Ivermectin is used to prevent and treat heartworm and acariasis, among other indications.

In short, it’s not just medicine for a horse, unlike most mass media outlets would have us believe. 

In 2015, William Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for its discovery and applications.

It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines

Ivermectin is also being researched as a way to treat or prevent tropical diseases, including yellow fever and malaria.

As of right now, the WHO recommends that Ivermectin only be used to treat Covid-19 in clinical trials until it is thoroughly studied, evaluated, and tested. And those trials ARE happening.

So should you go get any source of Ivermectin you can find and start supplementing with it? Of course not! Getting drugs from an animal feed store is NEVER a good idea! Nobody should be taking medication not prescribed by their doctor.

Do your research. Get your info from reliable and legitimate sources. Question everything you read. Ask a lot of questions! AND TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF THINGS LIKE COVID! 

These are just the facts, folks.

Sources:

https://www.drugs.com/ivermectin.html
https://www.healthline.com/health/strongyloidiasis
https://www.paho.org/en/topics/onchocerciasis-river-blindness
https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html
https://www.nps.org.au/radar/articles/ivermectin-stromectol-for-typical-and-crusted-scabies
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7156140/
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/lymphatic-filariasis
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2015/campbell/lecture/
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2015/omura/facts/
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-health-organization-model-list-essential-medicines-21st-list-2019?
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fcp.12644
https://www.cochrane.org/CD013117/INFECTN_malaria-control-using-ivermectin
https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-advises-that-ivermectin-only-be-used-to-treat-covid-19-within-clinical-trials

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