The important things first. Oleandrin, which is extracted from the poisonous plant oleander, could be a lifesaver when that life is threatened by certain cardiac events. Even then, medical experts say, the toxicity levels are so high that a slip like an incorrect dose could prove fatal. This plant is known as cardiac glycoside.
Second. The National Institutes of Health database, PubMed, has many peer-reviewed articles that have discussed oleandrin for medicinal purposes. Some focused on whether oleandrin could help bone cancer cells accept chemotherapy more effectively. Other research has looked at protecting brain cells from stroke or glioblastoma.
Third. Only one article was found in the database whose research was based on cells rather than humans. From July 15, 2020, it was not reviewed by experts. In the world of science, a paper is nothing until this review is done.
Oleandrin is the White House's latest treatment for COVID-19 for those who have pulled out of the news in the past few days. A key Trump backer, a new board member at the company that produced the only research paper, said he spoke to the administration about oleandrin. Mike Lindell, a pillow maker, told KTTC in his hometown of Minnesota, "All [Phoenix Biotechnology] wanted was an IND [new investigational drug] to show that we could get it to hospitals to be tested." Drug screening doesn't work that way.
If you think contact with a poisonous plant that hasn't passed the rigorous tests of clinical trials is a bad idea, so do the professionals. "As of February this year, our poison control center has handled 5 oleander-related inquiries, including 1 this week," said Robert Bassett, DO, assistant medical director of the Poison Control Center at Philadelphia Children's Hospital. "I want to make it clear that we advise against inducing vomiting in patients who have ingested or inhaled oleander. Unfortunately, the early signs and symptoms of cardiac glycoside toxicity can be subtle, so it is imperative that you see a doctor immediately if you do You did this. " has been debunked, "he told Medical Daily in an email interview.
Since the pandemic began, the White House has touted various means. There was the hydroxychloroquine story, the disinfectant injection proposal, the UV radiation proposal. All have been resolutely rejected by the established medical community as COVID-19 treatments. Following Oleandrin's suggestion, the media and health articles came out one by one, pronouncing them unproven, toxic, and fatal.
How do these utterances affect those of us who are anxious to get good news around? Scott Roth, Psy.D, a licensed psychologist in Cranbury, New Jersey, said the levels of fear and worry in some people reminded him of parents of children with autism. In this area, he said, there are many untested treatments, such as chelation therapy, that are touted for curing autism, but there is no science to support them. "If there is a feeling of despair, it can have a profound impact," he said.
And it is practically impossible to ignore the politics involved in this story. Mr. Lindell, said Dr. Roth, has joined President Trump. And as with the fear of ingesting hydroxychloroquine and disinfectants, "some people will trust him because of the messenger".
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If someone swallows or is exposed to the oleander plant, leaf or stem, or yellow oleander, call the Poison Help Hotline: 800-222-1222. From there you will be directed to your local poison center.