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UPDATE: Controversy Erupts Over Doctor’s Hydroxychloroquine Claims

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Editor’s Note (Aug 20, 2020): This story is a straight news report about an event in Washington, D.C. that occurred last month. The story not only presents and attributes statements to the doctor herself, but it also raises questionable medical claims she’s made in the past. We let the public read the story and form their own opinions.


UPDATE (July 28, 2020): Other media outlets are covering this story and reporting on discrepancies with Dr. Immanuel’s past medical claims. For example, the Daily Beast reports, “She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches. She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious.”

This reporter has reached out to Dr. Immanuel for comment on her claims and practice. We will update this story when there is a response.


A primary care physician in Houston, Texas, Dr. Stella Immanuel, spoke in front of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, sharing her experience treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus, saying she’s not lost one and attributes that to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.

“I actually went to medical school in West Africa, in Nigeria where I took care of malaria patients, treated them with hydroxychloroquine and stuff like that, so I’m actually used to these medications,” Dr. Immanuel said. “I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID. Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, all people. I think my oldest patient is 92, 87-year-olds. And the result has been the same: put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they are all well.”

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She continued, “For the past few months, I’ve taken care of over 350 patients. We’ve not lost one. Not a diabetic, not somebody with high blood pressure, not somebody with asthma, not an old person. We’eve not lost one patient. And, on top of that, I’ve put myself, my staff, and many doctors that I know on hydroxychloroquine for prevention because by the very mechanism of action, it works early…”

Dr. Immanuel’s practice treats 10-15 COVID patients each day, typically giving them breathing treatments, she said. The doctors, only wearing surgical masks, have avoided contracting the virus with the proactive measures of taking hydroxychloroquine for prevention.

Citing the National Institute of Health studies showing the success of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID patients and one specifically used to treat a patient suffering from hiccups, an apparent symptom of the disease, the Doctor explained, “So if the NIH knows that treating the patient with hydroxychloroquine proves that hiccup is a symptom of COVID, then they definitely know that hydroxychloroquine works. I’m upset. Why I’m upset is that I see people that cannot breathe, I see patients walk in, I see diabetics walks in my office knowing that this is a death sentence and they can’t breathe and I hug them and I tell them ‘It’s gonna be ok, you’re gonna live.’ And we treat them and they live, none has died.”

“So, if some fake science, some person sponsored by all these fake pharma companies, say ‘oh, we’ve done studies, we’ve found out that it doesn’t work,’ I can tell you categorically it’s fake science. I want to know who is sponsoring that study, I want to know who is behind it because there is no way I can treat 350 patients and counting and nobody is dead, and they all did better and you’re gonna tell me that you treated 20 people, 40 people and it didn’t work.”

Dr. Immanuel was speaking alongside frontline doctors as part of a conference this week hosted the Tea Party Patriots on debunking myths about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m a true testament,” she added, “So I came here to Washington, D.C. to tell America, nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax… you don’t need masks, there is a cure. I know they don’t want to open schools. No, you don’t need people to be locked down. There is prevention and there is a cure.”

Criticizing ‘fake doctors,’ using CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as one example, that are unconvinced by or against the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID patients and want “double-blind studies,” Dr. Immanuel asked, “have you ever seen a COVID patient? Have you ever treated anybody with hydroxychloroquine and they died from heart disease?”

“When you do, come and talk to me because I sit down in my clinic every day and I see these patients walk in everyday scared to death. I see people driving two, three hours to my clinic because some ER doctor is scared….. of something and they will not prescribe this medication to these people.”

“I tell all of you doctors that are sitting down and watching Americans die, you’re like the good Germans that watched Jews get killed and you not speak up. If they come after me, they threaten me, I mean I’ve gotten all kinds of threats, or they’re gonna report me to the boards. I say, you know what, I don’t care, I’m not gonna let Americans die. And, if this is the hill where I will get nailed on, I will get nailed on it, I don’t care. You can report me to the boards, you can kill me , you can do whatever, but I’m not gonna let Americans die.”

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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