By Dr. Mercola, September 9, 2021
It didn’t take long over Labor Day weekend 2021 for the Rolling Stone to get slammed for claiming that an Oklahoma hospital was so inundated with ivermectin overdose patients that it left gunshot wound victims standing in line to be treated. Oklahoma doctor Jason McElyea was quoted as the source of the story.
Accompanying the claim was a photo of a line of people wearing coats and sweaters. Besides the fact that no one would be wearing coats at this time of year, the hospital quickly countered that they not only hadn’t seen a single ivermectin overdose, but the doctor who made the claims hadn’t worked at the hospital in over two months.
The story went viral, though, with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow getting caught up in the lie, quoting the doctor on her Twitter feed as saying the “scariest” thing he’d seen was people losing their eyesight from using ivermectin. Again, Northeastern Health System — Sequoyah begged to differ, and posted a message on its home page denying the story.
While ivermectin is an antiparasitic used for livestock such as horses and cattle, in 2011 it was called a “wonder drug” for fighting river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (worms) in humans. In fact, ivermectin’s use for fighting these human diseases, as well as scabies and lice, is so remarkable that the UNESCO World Science Report declared that “the progress that has been made in combating the disease represents one of the most triumphant public health campaigns ever waged in the developing world.”