If I ever get the flu, the last thing in the world I’d do is take oseltamivir, aka Tamiflu.
No matter how sick…
No matter how weak…
No matter how much my own doctor (yes, doctors have doctors too!) might urge me to try it…
You couldn’t get me to TOUCH the stuff, because I’ve seen what’s going on behind the curtain with this one (and I’ll show you what’s there in a sec).
As far as I’m concerned, it should be yanked off the market and any supply in the pipeline sealed in a vault and sunk in the deepest part of the ocean.
But instead they’re looking to do the opposite.
They might EXPAND it to more patients, for more conditions.
Inside the ugly new oseltamivir push
The new study claims oseltamivir hits the spot right where we need it most.
It can “cure” sepsis, the frightening complication of infection in which the immune system spirals out of control, attacks your own body with overwhelming inflammation and could even KILL you in a matter of hours.
In tests on mice with sepsis, the drug tripled the odds of survival. Just 20 percent of untreated mice made it… versus 60 percent who were given the drug.
Sounds great. Y’know, if you’re a MOUSE.
If you’re a human?
I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one – because if this drug delivered on this promise, it would be the first time it delivered on ANYTHING!
A few years back, the world-renowned Cochrane Collaboration… a scientific initiative that specializes in analyzing a TON of evidence for various drugs and conditions… turned its microscope on oseltamivir and a similar flu drug, zanamivir (Relenza).
And what they found was absolutely outrageous!
The analysis of more than 160,000 pages of regulatory documents… as well as 20 oseltamivir trials and 26 zanamivir trials involving more than 24,000 people… delivered four main findings, each one worse than the other:
- These drugs DO NOT reduce the risk of hospitalization for flu
- These drugs DO NOT reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia
- These drugs DO NOT reduce flu transmission
- These drugs DO increase the odds of sickening side effects
What’s more, they found evidence that oseltamivir was not only ineffective, but that the company behind it KNEW that – yet PUSHED governments to stockpile it anyway.
One of the Cochrane reviewers has since filed a whistleblower suit over the drug, claiming the company falsified the results and defrauded the U.S. government.
Last year, a judge ordered the case to move forward and it’s still under way now.
So, you’ll have to excuse me for being skeptical over ANY claim made about this drug.
The most promising treatment I’ve seen for sepsis is a “cocktail” therapy involving intravenous vitamin C, thiamine and the steroid hydrocortisone.
And for flu, my own secret is to take 10,000-20,000 IU of vitamins A and D, twice a day, until you feel better.
I’ve seen it work in as little as 24 hours.
It doesn’t work for everybody; nothing does… but it certainly has a better track record than oseltamivir!