So you think we should trust the FDA and CDC?

Everyone trusts the FDA and CDC. At least most people do. And why not? Haven’t they given us good advice?

I have asked some questions about the advice and decisions of the FDA and CDC that don’t seem to make sense. I forgot to mention that when the FDA recommended against treating outpatients with hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)–only patients in hospital–it relied on no scientific studies–only on its own adverse events database, which showed miniscule numbers of problems and no deaths using HCQ. The FDA hyped up fear about HCQ for no good reason. The American College of Rheumatology writes about HCQ:

Hydroxychloroquine typically is very well tolerated. Serious side effects are rare. The most common side effects are nausea and diarrhea, which often improve with time. Less common side effects include rash, changes in skin pigment (such as darkening or dark spots), hair changes, and muscle weakness. Rarely, hydroxychloroquine can lead to anemia in some individuals. This can happen in individuals with a condition known as G6PD deficiency or porphyria.

In rare cases, hydroxychloroquine can cause visual changes or loss of vision. Such vision problems are more likely to occur in individuals taking high doses for many years, in individuals 60 years or older, those with significant kidney or liver disease, and those with underlying retinal disease. At the recommended dose, development of visual problems due to the medication is rare. It is recommended that you have an eye exam within the first year of use, then repeat every 1 to 5 years based on current guidelines.

Additional rare reports of changes in the heart rhythm have been reported with the use of hydroxychloroquine, particularly in combination with other medications. While monitoring for this risk is not typical in the office setting, it has been indicated in hospitalized and critically ill patients to evaluate for interactions with other medications.”

Rare reports of problems in heart rhythm? No mention of fatalities? And this is in patients who take HCQ chronically for many years? So why did the FDA make such a big deal about a rare problem when most covid patients could tolerate and perhaps benefit from HCQ?

Why hasn’t the CDC provided any guidance about how to rule out covid vaccines as the cause of death? A German pathologist has shown how this ought to be done, but not the CDC. And it’s not anything that most pathologists have been trained to do.

Why did the FDA remove its Emergency Use Authorization for HCQ based on a fraudulent, now-retracted Lancet article? And why weren’t clinical trials re-started after the paper was retracted?

Why did the FDA fight so hard to prevent disclosure of the Pfizer trial data? Why did it take a court battle over a FOIA request to get the data? Why was the FDA hiding the trial data?

Let’s consider the possibility that these questions might just expose some honest mistakes. Is there a common link to these mistakes? These mistakes undercut inexpensive early-treatment competitors to vaccines, hide data about vaccines, and fail to aid investigators in determining whether covid vaccines cause deaths. The mistakes all go in the same direction–to the benefit of vaccines. But why? Aren’t the FDA and CDC looking out for the public–for our health?

The FDA is charged with regulating drugs. During the tenure of the FDA, various pharmaceutical companies have been convicted of crimes and assessed billions of dollars in fines for fraudulent marketing and for failing to disclose trial data showing harms from their products. And the FDA was well aware of these harms, but did nothing. Absolutely nothing.

So, do you still think that we should simply believe what the FDA and CDC tell us? Shouldn’t we be a little skeptical about what they say and maybe demand evidence and accountability?

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