by Bretigne Shaffer
group of doctors
is helping push
it over the edge...
So now we don't have to listen to what
those doctors said in front of the
US Supreme Court, because it turns out that one of them has some
whacky beliefs about sex with demons causing reproductive disorders.
What a relief...
I'm not going to pretend that the things Dr.
Stella Immanuel has said don't
sound just a little crazy to me.
But I've been observing
this game long enough to have a pretty good idea of how this works:
something that contradicts the dominant narrative (in this case,
the narrative about medical science), and the machine that
supports that narrative goes into overdrive to discredit them,
with whatever information they can dig up - as long as it
doesn't involve discussing the actual substance of what the
person has said.
I understand that for
some people, maybe even for a great many, that is the end of the
So for everyone who is satisfied with the "fringe
doctors promoting hydroxychloroquine also believe demon sex causes
fybroids" narrative - please, stop here...
Your ride is over, and you may go on believing that this group of
doctors and other professionals has been thoroughly discredited by
For everyone else, if you are at all interested in,
why such a
coordinated effort has been launched to silence and discredit this
why - even before the sex demon stuff was uncovered - videos
of the group's press conference were quickly yanked from YouTube
their own website was taken down
without warning by its host,
SquareSpace, (their new website can
now be found
...then please keep reading.
AMERICA'S FRONTLINE DOCTORS GROUP SAID
What follows is a brief summary of the key points made by the group
America's Frontline Doctors at
their press conference last week.
I will not comment on the
validity of their claims, however founder Dr. Simone Gold has
provided support for much of what the group said, in a white paper
that can be found at "White
Paper on HCQ 2020".
hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for
This is the
claim made by several of the speakers, including Dr.
Immanuel, based on their own clinical experience, as well as
on multiple published studies.
those studies are listed
licensing boards are using their power to forcibly prevent
people from having access to this drug.
to Dr. Gold, many states have empowered their pharmacists to
not honor prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine to be used in
she says, is unprecedented:
says Gold, the drug is available over the counter in many
countries, including Iran and Indonesia, where it can be
found "in the vitamin section".
There is a
coordinated campaign to
discredit and suppress information about the drug
hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for Covid-19:
is speaking from experience.
He was the
co-author of a March 13
white paper arguing for the use of hydroxychloroquine
against Covid-19. The paper was made public on Google Docs,
received a lot of attention, and
was then removed - without warning - by Google.
since been put
World Health Organization WHO (the authority upon which
YouTube CEO Susan
has said she bases her company's policy on
halted its trials of hydroxychloroquine
based on a blatantly
fraudulent study that relied on data that it
appears never even
resumed trials after independent investigators
discovered the problems and the study's authors
be able to have a free and open discussion about this.
Joseph Lapado from UCLA, sums it up:
"We've been using (hydroxychloroquine) for a long
time. But all of a sudden it's been escalated to
this area of looking like some poisonous drug.
just doesn't make sense…
the very least, we can live in a world where there
are differences of opinion about the effectiveness
of hydroxychloroquine, but still allow more data to
come, still allow physicians who feel they have
expertise with it to use that medication, and still,
you know, talk and learn and get better at helping
people with Covid-19."
WHY THE ALL-OUT MEDIA
ASSAULT ON THE FRONTLINE DOCTORS?
The influence that
the pharmaceutical industry wields over media outlets is no secret.
As of 2018, an
estimated 70% of all news advertising in the US came from
pharmaceutical companies. I have written
elsewhere about how "reporting"
on medical issues can be difficult to distinguish from outright
marketing for drug companies.
platforms are not immune to this influence, whether,
via advertising dollars "partnerships" such as
that between the CDC Foundation and MailChimp (which
like many other platforms, has an explicit policy of
censoring content about vaccines that does not align with
the positions of the CDC and the WHO)
direct investment, such as that of Google's parent
at the behest of politicians such as Congressman Adam
Schiff, who last year wrote to the CEOs of
Amazon, Facebook and Google, requesting that those
companies censor information and products that did not
conform to the officially sanctioned position on vaccines.
So it should come
as small surprise that both Google and
YouTube have now taken to removing content supportive of
hydroxychloroquine, a drug that is no longer covered by patent, and
can be made and sold by any generic producer, for
a fraction of the price that Gilead, for example,
might charge for its still-patented Remdesivir.
Facebook have likewise
about the drug, most notably - and with no visible sense of
irony - removing posts of the video in which the Frontline Doctors
speak out about widespread media censorship of the topic. (You can
now see those videos on
One need not have
an opinion on the merits of the drug hydroxychloroquine in order to
recognize that something very odd is happening here. Something that
doesn't seem to have anything to do with free and open inquiry or
honest scientific discourse.
Many argue that the
politicization of this drug is founded in a desire to unseat
that the opposition to it is primarily because it
was endorsed by Trump, and if it is deemed to be a failure (or even
dangerous to patients) it will be a powerful strike against the
That may well be
part of what has motivated this.
But there is another motivation,
having to do with the desire to push
a more expensive medication onto the market,
push a new
vaccine on the
More broadly, it
has to do with the narrative that those in the business of selling
drugs demand we believe: that we are all in desperate need of their
products (but only the ones still under patent) if we are to be
healthy - or indeed, if we are to survive at all.
If it turns out
that this "new"
virus is easily treatable, with hydroxychloroquine or anything else,
then the industry's dreams go up in smoke.
hydroxychloroquine turns out to be a safe and effective way of
treating Covid-19 (as
studies and the
outside of the US
indicate it may be) then there is much less reason for anyone to
receive a vaccine for it, let alone the entire world's population.
Likewise, there is
no pressing need to develop a new, more expensive treatment.
But even more than
that: If it turns out that hydroxychloroquine
is after all a safe and
effective treatment for Covid-19, then this whole episode - the
silencing of dissenting voices, the "fact-checking"
on social media, the campaigns against "misinformation" - will
be revealed in plain sight, for what it has always been:
than a well-funded marketing campaign and damage-control effort
on behalf of the industry that wants you to believe that you
need to use its expensive products in order to go on living.
So when a group of
doctors took to the steps of the US Supreme Court and told the world
how they were having success using a cheap anti-malarial that had
been in use for 65 years to treat the most deadly contagion of our
generation, it was a massive blow to the narrative upon which the
pharmaceutical purveyors' success depends.
And over the next
few days, as viewers engaged in a race with the censors, quickly
downloading videos before they were removed, to post them on other
platforms... it became clear that the censors and the gatekeepers had
lost control of the conversation.
This is not only
Every time media outlets or social-media
platforms engage in outright
censorship of content, in a way that happens to benefit
pharmaceutical companies, both parties lose just a little more
The actions we are
witnessing now are not the actions of an industry confident in the
value of what it provides to the world.
They are the
actions of a desperate, threatened creature. They are the actions of
an entity that is not strengthened by the truth, but weakened by it.
That is what these (increasingly obvious) acts of censorship tell
What we are
witnessing are the pangs of a lumbering, wounded, behemoth.