Qui l’originale in inglese. Perché Cristiano l’ha scritto in inglese.
I hadn’t quite understood or followed this “horse dewormer” story. And I don’t mean whether it works or not. I mean, why it is called “horse dewormer” everywhere. I know it is called “horse dewormer” by media such as NPR or The Atlantic, and other similar venues of the kind typically followed by people who, because of an inferiority complex, need to be joiners in order to somehow feel smart.The expression “horse dewormer” was absent from everybody’s mouth only 2 weeks ago, and now it’s everywhere. “Horse dewormer!”, “horse dewormer!”. The entire spin, and the puzzling unison, sounded weird. So I made a rapid research, on the most trusted source in the word, to which, evidently, only I have access (Wikipedia
). I very rapidly learnt that:1- Ivermectin is not a horse dewormer. It is for humans, developed for humans, and used by humans2- It can be ingested or used topically3- WHO lists it among the “essential medicines”4- The dudes who developed it, in fact, got the Nobel prize, 6 years ago. For medicine–they don’t have one for horse veterinary. 5- Research on its use/efficacy for COVID is ongoing, reasonably widespread, and started already a year ago. Time will tell. After a profound literature search that took circa 17 seconds on google scholar, I found this review (of only two weeks ago) that claims: “Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease.” here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8248252/ Adding 72 seconds to my literature search on google, I found a non-peer-reviewed article co-authored by the Nobel laureate discoverer of Ivermectin, which among other things states:”clinical trial results have been and continue to be accumulated showing that ivermectin is effective in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19″ here: https://www.psychoactif.org/…/documents/161/74-1_44-95.pdfIs it true? I don’t know. I don’t have a Nobel prize in medicine, as Dr. Satoshi Ōmura, who makes these claims.But at the very least it should clarify that it’s not as if one day people woke up and mysteriously decided to “eat horse dewormer”. 6- As for many human drugs, ivermectin is also used on animals. As e.g. Ibuprofen is. Or Prozac. So I guess that’s where the epithet “horse dewormer” and surrounding idiocy comes from. Bizarre. I am assuming ivermectin requires a prescription, and thus, simply put, people buy the animal version because the human version is not yet authorized for COVID, not unlike what is done by many, for many other drugs. And as in those cases, one can get the dosage wrong. Not something I would suggest doing, using veterinary versions of Ibuprofen or Prozac, or indeed anything, and without medical supervision. Yet, also not something unheard of. And certainly does not justify calling Ivermectin “horse dewormer”. Now, I don’t really know if ivermectin works or not for covid. Nor do you. Nobody does, in fact. Though some experts (as in friggin Nobel laureate expert) are convinced it does. But they might be wrong. Research will tell us. Importantly, that’s beside the point of this post, really. This is not about Ivermectin. This is about the “horse dewormer”. Which is ivermectin. Which is not, per se, a “horse dewormer”. No more than water is a “toilet flusher”. The point indeed is: why virtually all the pseudo-smart people/media keep call it “horse dewormer” when it was in fact invented for humans, the WHO considers it essential for humans, its discoverers won a Nobel for HUMAN medicine?Ibuprofen is also used on horses, but nobody ridicules you for curing your migraine with “the horse anti-arthritis”. If you take Prozac for OCD–and it is not even clear that it works–nobody laughs because you are taking the “crazy dog pill”, even though it is given to dogs. And even if you have no insurance and thus buy veterinary Prozac. So, why is instead ivermectin “the horse dewormer” according to the enlightened media and the most abundant drones parroting them? I don’t know. It is truly bizarre: As if “signo dato”, suddenly I see a bunch of NPCs posting the same identical memes about “horse dewormers” and congratulating each others for their mutual brilliance and superior intellect. They remind me of the idiots in Idiocracy, who, when somebody demanded to use water for drinking or for watering crops, instead of Brawndo (=Gatorade), would answer:”Water? Like, in toilettes? This guy! He wants us to drink from a toilet!” Not that I dislike seeing self-congratulating dimwits: it is funny, that’s why they put it in movies. And yet it would have taken a few seconds to realize their own silliness.Weird. So, I’ve asked a friend and colleague whom I trust why ivermectin inspired such a specially visceral derogatory reaction among many pseudo/quasi-smart people, as to generate the entire “horse dewormer” nonsense. His answer, simple yet explicative:”It is only logical that a drug that kills parasites evokes such strong feelings from parasites.”