Approx. 42 Min.

Trump Holds Meeting With Recovered COVID-19 Patients – First One Has Chronic Lyme

The first patient to speak is Representative Karen Whitsett who credits President Trump’s promotion of a malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, with her recovery from coronavirus. Other COVID-19 survivors also speak after her at the White House. During their informal discussions, Rep. Whitsett, who had a severe case of  COVID-19, brought up her chronic Lyme disease as an underlying condition. Throughout the 41-minute meeting, President Trump highlighted how serious and devastating Lyme disease is, stating that it “can kill you.”

https://lymediseaseassociation.org/government/federal-government/mediaother/president-meets-covid/#excerpts

EXCERPTS OF LYME DISEASE DISCUSSION DURING MEETING 

Starting at 2:15 – Whitsett’s’ husband talks about getting hydroxychloroquine late at night for his wife as she was not doing well. Rep. Whitsett goes on to say she’s lost several family members to COVID-19. Evidently, many of them were turned away from the hospital. She brings up the important point that this treatment needs to be available for everyone – not just her, due to her name and position.

Starts at 9:40- STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: The shortenings of — the shortening of breath is what really got me afraid because I do have Lyme disease. And thank you for always mentioning about Lyme disease.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Yeah. No, Lyme disease is a big deal.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Thank you for always bringing that to the forefront.

THE PRESIDENT: Do you think you still have Lyme disease?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: I do. I have chronic Lyme disease because I was never treated in time.

THE PRESIDENT: Can that be — can you get rid of it?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: I’m hoping that we’ll talk about that.

THE PRESIDENT: Lyme disease is a thing that people don’t talk about. It is brutal —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: It is brutal.

THE PRESIDENT: And if you have a certain type of blood, you have no chance.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: It’s brutal. It’s brutal. And then, on top of having COVID-19 with it, it is a nightmare.

THE PRESIDENT: Incredible.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: But the breathing is what scared me the most. And it came — I went from 0 to 100. It was from getting tested that day on March 31st to trying to do a few things around the house, to just all of a sudden my breathing became labored.


(Later In Discussion)

Start at 15:40 THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. No, if — by the way, we have tremendous endorsements. But if it were somebody else other than President Trump that put it forward — if some other person put it forward, they’d say, “Oh, let’s go with it.” You know.

What do you have to lose? They’ve been taking it for 40 years for malaria, which — by the way, it’s an unbelievable malaria pill. Unbelievable lupus pill. Unbelievable. In fact, the problem we had is people with lupus —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: And with Lyme disease.

THE PRESIDENT: Huh?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: And with Lyme disease. It was (inaudible) with Lyme disease.

THE PRESIDENT: And with — I heard Lyme disease, too.


(Later In Discussion)

Start at 22:00 THE PRESIDENT: I’m a little surprised they can’t do something with your Lyme disease. The Lyme disease is really terrible.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: That’s because that’s federal. I need you.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Well, but —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: I need you on that.

THE PRESIDENT: — I mean, I could even have you see the doctor over here, because White — White House doctor. Ask the White House doctor to come.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: Seriously. Because Lyme disease can be very, very bad.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Yeah. I don’t have a doctor any longer.

THE PRESIDENT: But it also can be — it also can — is it legal for me to allow her to use the White House doctor? You know what? If it’s not, I will suffer the repercussions. (Laughter.) I don’t care.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Well, there are —

THE PRESIDENT: The Democrats might not like that.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Well, there are a lot of people in Michigan and I do have eight Lyme bills that I am putting forward for Lyme disease —

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Do it.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: — because you cannot get treated in Michigan, as a doctor sees fit, for Lyme disease.

THE PRESIDENT: People don’t know about Lyme disease. It’s a very bad —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: It’s horrible.

THE PRESIDENT: — very bad thing. And it —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: So it is something I’m working on.

THE PRESIDENT: But it is something, over a period of time, you can treat generally. It also can kill you. Lyme disease — if you —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: If you have a certain type blood, you get Lyme disease —

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: — it’s over.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: I’m glad you know that.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s literally over.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: I’m glad you know that.

THE PRESIDENT: I think type O — type O blood is not too good. If you have type O blood, stay out of the woods. Right?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: It’s not even the woods. I got this at home at five years old.

THE PRESIDENT: You got it at home?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: In Detroit.

THE PRESIDENT: But usually it’s from a deer tick, right?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: It is a deer tick.

THE PRESIDENT: So where did the tick come from?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Well, the tick does not discriminate. It will get on anything.

THE PRESIDENT: So it comes somehow, right?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Yes. A squirrel, a bug, a bird — anything. It doesn’t discriminate.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s like when I hit a ball into the rough in golf. (Laughter.) You know what I say? “Enjoy yourself. I’m not going in there.” (Laughter.)
That Lyme disease is pretty tough, right?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: It is.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s a bad one. I’d like you to see our doctor before you leave, okay?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHITSETT: Thank you.


(Last Statements on Lyme)

Starts at 38:20 THE PRESIDENT: But what do I know? Am I allowed to take Karen over to see the White House doctors, see if we can help her out a little bit with Lyme disease? Because Lyme disease is a problem and there are some answers. What do you think? Are you guys going to report me for being a horrible human being? For doing something illegal? Did I do something illegal?

Q We can’t advise you on that, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: And then impeach me. Then you’ll impeach me because I tried to help her out with her Lyme disease. Do you think maybe? Because I’d like to do that. What do you think? Should I do it?

Q I can’t advise you on that, sir. But I — I certainly hope that she —

THE PRESIDENT: See, they never like to take chances, but I do. So, we’ll take a chance on it. Okay?

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**Comment**

I wonder if we can ALL see the White House doctor?  Seems like he knows something we don’t.

Fantastic that Lyme disease came up. In the video, Rep Whitsett mentions being tired due to her “underlying condition” of Lyme disease.  This is important because the majority of patients I work with have this symptom as a general ruledaily, even without the virus.

President Trump also brings up an important point about people politicizing hydroxychloroquine due to his endorsement of it. This is sad because it is a drug that can help everyone regardless of political affiliation. The fact they would make a life-saving drug political is dumbfounding.  To date, 3 states  (MI, NV, NY) deny it to COVID-19 positive patients:  https://www.thepostemail.com/2020/03/28/three-governors-deny-hydroxychloroquine-to-covid-19-positive-outpatients/

But politicizing drugs isn’t new to Lyme patients. There’s been a hard-core concerted effort to disallow antibiotics to chronically infected patients who remain symptomatic as well as IV antibiotics.  The reasons – similar to the ones for plaquenil for COVID, is there are “side effects.”  Well, I got news for you: ALL drugs have side-effects.  Isn’t that what doctors go go school to learn about so they can make educated decisions with their patients?  

Again, the control of drugs albeit opioids, antibiotics, and in this case an anti-malarial, is a common refrain.  The only people that get hurt in the process are sick patients.

He also mentions the anti-viral drug remdesivir as being a promising treatment. For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/13/washington-doctors-successfully-treat-coronavirus/

**UPDATE**  I just discovered the clinical trial on remdesivir has been cancelled:  https://endpts.com/gilead-takes-a-hit-after-quietly-terminating-a-closely-watched-covid-19-trial-of-remdesivir/

clinical trial on coronavirus patients is underway:  https://www.bioworld.com/articles/432804-gileads-remdesivir-enters-china-phase-iii-trial-to-fight-coronavirusExcerpt:

The study, expected to be completed on April 27, is a phase III randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of remdesivir in hospitalized adult patients with mild and moderate 2019-nCoV infections. It will enroll 270 patients and be carried out in the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing.

It has been tested upon animals:  https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/02/12/1922083117

Excerpt:

We tested the efficacy of the broad-acting antiviral remdesivir in the rhesus macaque model of MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) infection. Remdesivir reduced the severity of disease, virus replication, and damage to the lungs when administered either before or after animals were infected with MERS-CoV. Our data show that remdesivir is a promising antiviral treatment against MERS that could be considered for implementation in clinical trials. It may also have utility for related coronaviruses such as the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV emerging from Wuhan, China.

Hopefully after listening to this, Lyme patients will not be terrified. This virus, like so many others, looks differently on everyone due to your immune system’s ability to handle it. While the Representative had a severe case, others have a mild one or even no symptoms at all:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/15/dr-rand-paul-had-zero-symptoms-with-covid-19/

This 101 year old Italian survived both the Spanish flu AND COVID-19:  https://tanksgoodnews.com/2020/03/30/101-year-old-italian-man-recovers/

You are not doomed and play an active role in your health. The following articles have great treatment suggestions:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/16/viruses-immunity-dr-waters-fix-your-soil-and-the-seeds-cant-grow/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/07/covid-19-integrative-support-in-prevention-early-interventions/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/10/corona-virus-lyme-disease-drs-bock-rawls/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/09/coronavirus-lyme/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/02/22/how-to-protect-yourself-your-family-from-infections/