Trump ‘saved my life’: Dr. Ben Carson says he was ‘desperately ill’ with Covid-19 when the president stepped in
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson stated in a recent interview that he took oleander extract, an unapproved herbal supplement that has been promoted by the CEO of MyPillow, after contracting COVID-19 and it initially helped him start to recover. But he said it was President Trump personally clearing him to use Regeneron’s experimental antibody therapy that saved his life.
“President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, which I am convinced saved my life,” stated Carson in a Facebook post. It was unknown previously that Carson, 69, was that ill even though it had been reported he had COVID-19.
“Thank you everyone for your support and prayers as Candy and I battled COVID-19. I was extremely sick and initially took Oleander 4X with dramatic improvement. However, I have several co-morbidities and after a brief period when I only experienced minor discomfort, the symptoms accelerated and I became desperately ill. President Trump was following my condition and cleared me for the monoclonal antibody therapy that he had previously received, which I am convinced saved my life.”
“President Trump, the fabulous White House medical team, and the phenomenal doctors at Walter Reed have been paying very close attention to my health and I do believe I am out of the woods at this point. I am hopeful that we can stop playing politics with medicine and instead combine our efforts and goodwill for the good of all people. While I am blessed to have the best medical care in the world (and I am convinced it saved my life), we must prioritize getting comparable treatments and care to everyone as soon as possible.”
“There are a number of promising treatments that need to be tested, approved, and distributed (sooner rather than later) so that the economy can be re-opened and we can all return to a semblance of normalcy. Also, people should recognize that there are a number of defined steps that legally have to be taken before vaccines are released to the public and trying to cause alarm by saying dangerous shortcuts were taken only serves to stoke fear. Together we will be victorious. God is still in charge.”
Regeneron in October applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization of its antibody treatment.
The Washington Post initially reported that Carson took the oleander extract after it was recommended by Mike Lindell.
Carson told the newspaper that his symptoms disappeared within hours after taking the supplement, also called oleandrin.
“Anybody who has ever gotten COVID and taken it, they are fine in five hours, and the next day are running around playing floor hockey in the hallway,” Lindell has previously stated.
In an August interview with ABC News, Carson was a bit more hesitant to give the treatment his full approval just yet.
“It’s not time for it yet,” said Carson, adding that it should go through human trials. “What hopefully will happen is that clinical trials will occur. This should go the same route as other things do. We shouldn’t, you know, skip the process.”
He also pointed out that the Food and Drug Administration was studying the extract and referenced Lindell’s reported push for the extract’s use during meetings with Trump.
“You know, what happened with Mike Lindell, who is a fantastic salesperson, but not a scientist, perhaps distorts the process,” Carson reportedly said.
Matthew Heinz, a physician caring for COVID-19 patients, told ABC News in August that oleander extract can be dangerous.
“This is not a friendly plant … don’t go near this plant,” said Heinz, who added that he had to field calls about oleandrin poisoning while he staffed a poison control center hotline.
“Accidentally ingesting even small amounts can kill you,” cautioned Heinz.
Actual headline about actual cabinet secretary:
"Ben Carson says he used unproven COVID-19 treatment recommended by MyPillow CEO"https://t.co/lTWJElZ5Y3
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) November 19, 2020
In August, CNN’s Anderson Cooper viciously referred to Lindell as a “snake oil salesman” for recommending oleander extract as a therapeutic treatment.
During his interview with Cooper, Lindell said it was what “Jesus has me do” and stood his ground on the benefits of the remedy.
Lindell defended himself against a hostile Cooper: “Why would I do this? Ask yourself why would I ruin my reputation if I didn’t believe in this product?”
“Money,” answered Cooper. “You don’t have a great reputation. … You have an ‘F’ from the Better Business Bureau.”
Regardless of Cooper’s smear, many have reportedly used the extract and have benefited greatly from it as a remedy for COVID-19.