Horowitz: Even doctors in red states are being punished for saving people from COVID

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You are not allowed to treat COVID outpatient. It’s not about any one drug. You will be punished if you dare treat patients with anything that works. What began as 15 days to flatten the hospital curve has grown into a ban on all treatment outside the hospital to ensure everyone sick with moderate disease lands in the ER. No, they will not prosecute a doctor, they will just threaten to pull his license, which is why doctors won’t even prescribe azithromycin or prednisone, much less ivermectin and other proven antiinflammatories. What if you are part of the 1% of doctors who actually save lives — who run toward the fire rather than away from it? Instead of getting a medal of honor, these national heroes are now losing their licenses.

Idaho is not California. In fact, many Californians are fleeing to Idaho to escape the progressive persecution of the once Golden State. Yet now, with their investigation of Dr. Ryan Cole, the Idaho Medical Board wants to ensure that no doctor will ever treat you for this virus.

If you contract this virus, there is probably nobody in the world you’d want access to more than Dr. Cole. A Mayo Clinic-trained anatomic and clinical pathologist who is licensed in 12 states, Cole knows the mechanisms of pathogens and various medicines as well as you know the streets of your neighborhood. He has lived the COVID pandemic in his Idaho lab since last March, diagnosing over 100,000 cases, and has given up much of his regular work to treat patients on his own time and own dime for months. His record is remarkable, and I have many friends and listeners of my podcast who are alive today because of his brilliance and kindness.

So there will be a ceremony in the Oval Office next week to present Dr. Cole with a medal for treating people in a pandemic while others let their patients die, right? At least the Idaho governor, Brad Little, will offer him some state reward? Nope. Instead, they are threatening to yank his license.

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Steven Kohtz, MD, president of the Idaho Medical Association’s board of trustees, and Susie Keller, CEO of the association, wrote a letter to the state’s board of medicine on Oct. 7, lamenting that “he has treated patients ‘from Florida to California'” with ivermectin. The horror! He should have let them die and not treated them at all, like Kohtz and his colleagues have done since last March.

In the letter, they claim Cole’s statements have killed people. “Many of those statements have advocated that people not be treated appropriately and undoubtedly have led to and will continue to lead to poor health outcomes as people are encouraged not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain appropriate treatment for it when such treatment could improve their health.”

Well, how could treating pulmonary symptoms with steroids and antiinflammatories be worse than not treating them at all? This is the ultimate exercise in projection. They assuage their own guilt of letting patients die by preventing others from treating people in the critical early days of the virus.

“We understand that as a dermatopathologist Dr. Cole has a laboratory, but we do not believe he has a clinic in which he sees and treats patients.”

That is quite rich for people who refuse to treat COVID. In fact, Cole has been performing hands-on clinical treatment of COVID from day one, and there are a lot of people who escaped the grave because of it. Perhaps Kohtz and Keller missed the memo from the FDA stating that physicians can always prescribe off-label FDA-approved drugs “when they judge that it is medically appropriate for their patient.” In fact, the FDA has made it clear that there is a particularly strong rationale for prescribing off label if there is no “approved drug to treat your disease or medical condition.” If Kohtz and Keller have another treatment option, they should tell us about it; otherwise they should close their mouths.

To suggest the vaccine alone is an alternative is absurd given that thousands of vaccinated people are coming to doctors like Cole for treatment because they are getting clinically ill based on the false promise peddled by people who wrongly suggest that the shots still work. I’m sure people like Colin Powell would have liked to get “unorthodox” treatment from a doctor who didn’t tell him to wait at home for a week until his lips turn blue or suggest, “Relax, you can’t get seriously ill because you got the shots.”

If anything, there needs to be an investigation into the Idaho Board of Medicine for causing the death of countless citizens by discouraging, for the first time in medical history, all outpatient doctors from treating the virus. Perhaps if Dr. Cole had used remdesivir, which causes liver and renal failure, or Olumiant, which has an FDA black box warning for blood clotting, he would have been heralded as a hero.

It’s time for the Idaho legislature to step up to the plate. Republicans have 4-1 majorities in the legislature. How can patriot doctors be subjected to this harassment in a state like Idaho? Legislators must immediately pass a bill barring the state medical board from taking actions against any doctor for prescribing FDA-approved drugs, speaking their conscience on all aspects of the virus and its treatment, and choosing not to wear a worthless Chinese face burka. In addition, all members of the board should be subject to termination by the legislature. It’s bad enough that blue-state doctors are being forced to follow the political $cience. Do we really need to persecute those who actually follow the life science in red states?

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