May 19 2020

What Have You Got To Lose?

During a news conference Donald Trump claimed that he is taking hydroxychloroquine for a couple of weeks, as a prophylactic to prevent against becoming infected with CoVid-19 despite FDA warnings that this is dangerous and can be life threatening.

While this claim was suspect, it was confirmed by White House physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, a naval officer, who stated in a memo that after “numerous discussions” with the president “for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks”.

This use of hydroxychloroquine has not been clinically tested nor is it recommended as a prevention by the FDA or CDC.

I’m not going to get into the medical, ethical and legal risks and ramafications of prescribing a drug that has been deemed dangerous outside its specific use for prophylactic treatment of malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. That’s on Dr. Conley. The dangers of giving this medication on a long term to a morbidly obese 73 year old who is on medication for high LDL cholesterol and has cardiovascular disease can be fatal.

Besides the effects of hydroxychloroquine on the heart, according to the Mayo Clinic, it can also cause other numerous side effects that could be very troubling foe someone in Trump’s position as a head of state: feeling that others are watching you or controlling your behavior; feeling that others can rhear your thoughts; feeling, seeing, or hearing things that are not there; severe mood or mental changes; and nightmares. Nightmares cause sleep disorders, such as insomnia.

Trump is  an admitted insomniac. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and can exacerbate the symptoms of someone with mental health disorders.

Besides being a pathological liar with an ego the size of the universe, Trump refuses to admit he has ever made a mistake or take responsibility, it’s part of what psychologists recognize as narcissistic personality disorder. Insisting that the White House physician prescribe hyroxychloroquine is not rational, it is suicidal. If Dr. Conley did, what was he thinking????

MSNBC Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough doesn’t believe that Trump, a germophobe, is taking it. All Americans should hope so and that this was just distraction, like “Obamagate,” from the dismissal of the State Department Inspector General. Agree or disagree with Trump’s governmental style, no one should wish him harm.

Whether or not Trump is taking it, no one should be taking hydroxychloroquine to keep from getting CoVid-19. Trump asks “what have you got to lose?” Just your life. Is that worth the risk?