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The Emporia Gazette

Twenty-eight positives and 93 recoveries were reported Wednesday as both Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Lyon County Public Health officials sent out calls to the public against the use of a common de-worming medication to treat COVID-19.

KDHE cited a “rise in calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency rooms” for the public service announcement against taking the medication “unless prescribed by a physician” exactly as prescribed.

“This drug is not approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or prevent COVID-19. Ivermectin has been approved in humans to treat specific skin conditions like rosacea, head lice or some parasitic worms,” according to a release from KDHE. “Ivermectin is used in livestock as an anti-parasite medicine and can be found in livestock supply centers. Livestock drugs are highly concentrated for large animals and can be highly toxic in humans.”

“Kansans should avoid taking medications that are intended for animals and should only take ivermectin as prescribed by their physician,” said Lee Norman, M.D., Secretary of KDHE. “These highly concentrated doses can cause severe illness and even death in humans. The COVID-19 vaccine remains the most effective way to prevent COVID-19.”

“There is growing interest in a drug called ivermectin to treat COVID-19,” Lyon County Public Health said in a post to social media Wednesday. “This is not a ‘miracle cure’ for COVID-19, and taking medication designed for animals can cause serious harm.

“Don’t take livestock medication. You are not a sheep. Stop following internet fads that can affect your health.”

An ivermectin overdose causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Overdoses are associated with hypotension and neurologic effects such as decreased consciousness, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, coma and death. Ivermectin may intensify the effects of other drugs that cause central nervous system depression, such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates.

KDHE said the COVID-19 vaccine “is the safest and most effective way to prevent getting sick and protect against severe disease and death from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including the Delta variant.” Mask-wearing, hand hygiene and social distancing is also encouraged to mitigate the spread of the virus. Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you by visiting

Overall, 4,809 total positives have been reported since March 2020 including 4,619 recoveries and 88 deaths. There are currently 102 active cases. There have been 113 collective breakthroughs — 32 were Janssen, 57 were Moderna and 24 were Pfizer. Six people are hospitalized.

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The point I’ve been trying to make here has less to do with Ivermectin (which I’ve never used) and far more to to with with Kevin Williamson calls, rightfully so, “reflexive prejudice.”

I’m really troubled when people who should know better think reflexively and negatively when the better angels if their nature should prevail. It happens on all sides. It’s especially acute in newsrooms, both national and local. It happens on forums. It happens in government.

The Oklahoma/Ivermectin story from Rolling Stone has been thoroughly debunked, but the intended damage was done. “Reflexive prejudice” has taken hold. That was probably the intent all along.

I’m not advocating for Ivermectin. I’m advocating for honesty and decency.


As I’ve said before, I haven’t taken Ivermectin, but I’m not going to join in with the gaggle of “experts who treat doctors who have prescribed (in the correct dosage, of course!!) as if they’re lunatics or quacks and people who have used it as if they’re neanderthals.

It’s time for that crap to stop!


At the end of the day, there is no correct dose of ivermectin for covid because it's not an approved treatment for covid, and there is no solid evidence that it works outside of a petri dish anyways. Doctors who prescribe any drug for an unapproved use is unethical. It gives people false hope and a false sense of security.


Baby aspirin isn't approved, either, for heart issues, yet its use has been encouraged for decades.


Baby aspirin is not a prescription drug, lol.


Also there is an approved use for "baby aspirin" for heart issues, under the name Durlaza... "Durlaza is a prescription-only form of Aspirin used to reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes in high-risk patients."

There's also a livestock form I'm sure you'll be interested in... under the name "Aspirin 60 grain" It says a horse needs 6 tablets, but luckily for you sheep only need 1.


So a person can get a small bottle of baby aspirin for about a dollar or two, BUT Big Pharma gets hold of how many people who've been helped and "creates" a drug that does the same thing? Go to GoodRX and see how much a pharmacy will charge you for this Durlaza baby aspirin you described: about $500.00. Hmmm $1.50 vs. $500.00? Guess I'm stocking up.

Yup, sounds like Big Pharma.

Maybe Big Pharma is behind this anti-Ivermectin push because they want to do to Ivermectin what they did to baby aspirin- jack up the price from $7.00 a tube to $3,500.00/tube if we're looking at the same percentage of increase.


I've taken it and I feel great!



There is as much “expert” misinformation about Ivermectin floating around as there is information.

As I said earlier, I haven’t used Ivermectin, but I do understand why some people do. For me, it all revolves around the issue of trust. And, unfortunately, a lot if our “experts” have proved they are not worthy of that trust.


Our "experts" are giving us the best knowledge they have... yes they have changed some recommendations as they've become more knowledgeable, but that is normal. Misinformation is telling somebody something false deliberately, which I don't believe our "experts" are doing.

There is some evidence that ivermectin inhibits viral reproduction in the early stages of infection of Covid, but "efficacy and safety of ivermectin for prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 treatment is conflicting." People found out that an anti-parasitic livestock medication contained ivermectin and started recommending people take doses of ivermectin intended for a 2000 pound animal, which is what led to these warnings about taking ivermectin. The forms of ivermectin used to treat animals vs humans are not the same product.

If you are having a bad time with a covid infection, there are trusted treatments like the monoclonal infusion therapy the untrustworthy "experts" developed that helped out your wife, then why risk telling someone to take a drug that could cause someone to have seizures, become comatose, or even die? The FDA is investigating doctors that are prescribing ivermectin for an "unapproved use". Glad you and your family are good. Have a good labor day weekend.

Ivermectin for preventing and treating Covid Study ----->


I’m not recommending Ivermectin. I’ve never taken it. But before we got someone to tune us in to the antibody treatment we had two docs tell us not to use it because it was a “Trump thing.” If we hadn’t had a friend who told us we were getting bad “expert” advice we might have been up the creek.

I think we both agree that the last thing we want are more needless deaths. We don’t people to O.D. on Ivermectin and we don’t want people to die because they were told to avoid a treatment like Monoclonial infusion because it was a “Trump thing.”

I think the lack of trust one of the factors that is contributing to the death toll.



Did NRH get $48,000 for every patient who died from covid after being on a ventilator?

Other hospitals did.

It explains the push for ventilators. The hospitals get paid by the patient's family, the insurance company, then a bonus check for $48,000.


When prescribed ivermectin works. This is not the liquid poor on you buy at bluestem, But true pill prescription!! It does work!


It works...for parasitic infections. Got roundworm? OK...get a physician's prescription. Got COVID-19? Follow your medical team's advice.Don't self-diagnose. Don't self-treat.


There’s been a lot of press about Ivermectin lately, almost all of it bad. I’ve never taken it. In fact, I’ve done all the “right” things when it comes to Covid. I quarantined when I got it. Thankfully I never had any symptoms in the fourteen days. Not a hint of any symptom. I isolated because an “expert” told me to. When the vaccine was approved, I got my two doses of the Ofizer vaccine. I did so despite reading that overcoming Covid through isolation had given me antibodies. But, “experts” are “experts” and I got the vaccine. “Experts” tell me to wear a mask, so I wear a mask.

So, there’s Ivermectin and some folks are using it to treat or prevent Covid. They’re being ridiculed because “experts” are telling them Ivermectin is only supposed to be used in livestock like horses.

I used to be a member of the Emporia Lions. We supported lots of projects locally regarding sight issues. We did eye exams, transported tissue to eye banks, gathered up eye glasses to go to under developed nations for further use. We funded eye exams for people who couldn’t afford them. Internationally, we provided hundreds of millions of dollars to work on treatments and cures for River Blindness, which in parts of the world, Africa and Asia, is a real scourge.

While we were doing our part, some scientists were researching the use of Ivermectin to treat River Blindness. Guess what? Ivermectin actually worked. Even more interesting, a Japanese scientist win a Nobel prize for his work on the use if Ivermectin in the treatment of parasites in.....humans.

Nevertheless, the drumbeat of ridicule goes on.

I’ve never taken Ivermectin, but I understand when folks get desperate enough to try it. The “expert” opinions about treating Covid haven’t exactly been stellar. “Don’t use masks.” “Use masks.” Etc, etc, etc. The “experts” have their heads spinning. They don’t know which way to turn and they’re desperate, figuring any port in a storm.

I don’t fault them. They don’t trust the “experts.” I think there’s some justification for that lack of trust. There’s Fauci and his admitted “noble lies.” And there’s the old adage thst reminds them that it was “experts” who gave us the Titanic, nuclear weapons, Zyklon B, the Tuskegee experiment, Thalidomide, and so on.

No. I don’t fault them. I don’t ridicule them. They’re desperate and they don’t trust what they’re being told by “experts.” I think there just may be some justification for that lack of trust.


One of the problems is we haven't taught people how someone becomes an expert, or how to tell good information from bad information. It's pretty appalling when someone can't tell the difference between antiparasitic and antiviral meds.


Dear Rationa1--Ivermectin has been studied, peer reviewed and there is science behind the use of it. The tragedy is when people cannot read and critically think for themselves. A drug can be both anti-parasitic AND antiviral. Two things can be true at the same time. Go figure...


And yet one of those is still "off-label use." Go figure, Ear"nurse."


Lol, so sad this even needs to be published. What a bunch of sheep.


I thank NRH and staff for treatment I received and ivermectin prescription I got when I had covid, was able to recover without being admitted.


Big difference getting something prescribed by a doctor and getting it from Bluestem Farm and Ranch supply.


Under normal circumstances, but when the bond of trust breaks down, some people get desperate enough to act outside the “approved” channels.

My wife got Covid about six months ago. It was really a bad case and I was worried about losing her. We’d heard if Monoclonial Infusion therapy, but we had a couple of doctors tell us to avoid the treatment. It had as much to do with Donald Trump as anything dlse and they said so. After all, anything to do with Trump had to be bad. Thankfully we got a call from a friend who’d gotten the treatment and got us in touch with a doc at North KC hospital who in turn called my wife and made immediate arrangements for her to get the treatment. She got it on a Tuesday afternoon and the Covid was completely gone by Wednesday morning. I occasionally wonder what might have happened if we had done what the medical “experts” had told us. I’d probably be a lonely widower today,

“Experts” can be wrong, even dead wrong. “Experts” can be motivated by political agendas. As I said, when trust breaks down, all bets are off.

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