Paul Marik, M.D., a critical care physician at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in eastern Virginia, is known for his work in developing the “Marik Cocktail,” which significantly reduces sepsis mortality using inexpensive, safe and generic drugs.
No Honest and Useful Scientific Information
According to Marik, treatment of early-stage COVID-19 patients in the U.S. and around the world has been botched, and the continued recommendation that people stay home and isolate themselves until they become cyanotic, turning blue from lack of oxygen, is a disgrace because early treatment options are available.
“There is a scientific vacuum, and it goes back to March of last year,” Marik said. “The major medical institutions around the world have completely failed. Every major society has failed to provide honest and useful scientific information.
While the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have stated that there is no treatment for COVID-19, only supportive measures to treat the fever or hydrate, Marik calls this a scandal:
We may not have the best answers, but we do have some answers, and telling people to stay home and isolate themselves so they can turn blue is an absurdity that actually does a lot of harm because we are now waiting for the virus to trigger the cytokine storm in some people. And when they arrive in that state, it’s very difficult to reverse it and stop it and bring them back.
The FLCC’s COVID-19 Treatment Protocol
Marik and four other intensivists formed the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Working Group (FLCCC) early on during the pandemic. Not content with providing “supportive care” to COVID-19 patients, Marik recruited some of the most experienced pulmonary specialists to solve the COVID-19 treatment puzzle and stop the hyperimmune response-including multiple organ inflammation and blood clotting-that is usually the cause of death in fatal COVID-19 cases.
Marik told Mountain Home Magazine, “As pulmonary specialists, we know how to treat inflammation and blood clotting with corticosteroids and anticoagulants. This is first-rate science.” However, when the pandemic began, press releases failed to include clinicians who were actually treating COVID-19 patients to explain, “These are the symptoms and this is what you need to do.”
The FLCCC released its MATH+ protocol for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in March 2020. It takes its name from:
- Intravenous methylprednisolone
- High-dose intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
- Additional optional treatments thiamine, zinc, and vitamin D
- Full-dose low-molecular-weight heparin
The MATH+ protocol resulted in high survival rates. Of more than 100 hospitalized COVID-19 patients treated with the MATH+ protocol through mid-April 2020, only two died. Both were over 80 years old and had advanced chronic disease. FLCCC has also developed I-MASK+, a mass distribution protocol for prevention and outpatient treatment of COVID-19.
Step-by-step guide to COVID Prevention and Early Treatment
The FLCCC’s I-MASK+ protocol can be downloaded in its entirety and includes step-by-step instructions for preventing and treating the early symptoms of COVID-19. The prevention protocol is designed for individuals who are at high risk for COVID-19 or know they have been exposed to the virus and includes the following:
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin C
The early outpatient protocol for those with early symptoms includes all of the above, plus aspirin and nasopharyngeal decontamination, such as essential oil inhalation three times daily, as well as chlorhexidine mouth rinses and betadine nasal spray. Fluvoxamine is also recommended in certain cases, as is monitoring oxygen saturation with a pulse oximeter.
The FLCCC also has home prevention and early treatment (I-MASS) protocols that include ivermectin, vitamin D3, a multivitamin, and a digital thermometer to monitor body temperature during the prevention phase, as well as ivermectin, melatonin, aspirin, and antiseptic mouthwash for early home treatment. Households or close contacts of COVID-19 patients may take ivermectin (18 milligrams, then repeat dose in 48 hours) for postexposure prophylaxis.
Marik’s original COVID protocol, published in March 2020, recommended hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a zinc ionophore, to shorten the duration of viral shedding, especially in elderly patients with comorbidities.11 The most recent I-MASK+ protocol, updated June 30, 2021, recommends quercetin instead.
Quercetin, also a zinc ionophore, is an over-the-counter alternative to HCQ and acts similarly to HCQ. According to Marik:
“Experimental and early clinical data (published in high-impact journals) suggest that this agent has broad-spectrum antiviral properties (including against coronaviruses) and is active at various stages of the viral life cycle. It also appears to be a potent inhibitor of heat shock proteins (HSP 40 and 70) required for viral assembly.”
Censors keep this Information Under Lock and Key
If you are surprised that there is an established protocol for prevention and treatment of COVID-19, it is probably because you have not heard about it in the mainstream media. This is intentional and an example of the censorship that has taken place throughout the pandemic. “What we’re going through now is unprecedented in the history of science,” Marik said.
I mean, this goes back to witchcraft and really prehistoric behaviors. Science is based on sharing information, and that’s been censored. So I think history will look back on this time very unfavorably.
I think this is a very dark period in the history of humanity, the history of science, the history of the press, you know, the history of free speech, just because of the complete lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and censorship. I mean, it’s absurd … what we say is censored and labeled as scientific misinformation.
Ivermectin is a glaring example that continues to be ignored, even though it has shown remarkable success in preventing and treating COVID-19. In December 2020, the FLCCC called for widespread adoption of ivermectin, both as prophylaxis and for treatment of all phases of COVID-19.
In one study, 58 volunteers took 12 milligrams of ivermectin once a month for four months. Only four (6.96%) developed mild COVID-19 symptoms during the trial period from May to August 2020. In comparison, 44 of 60 healthcare workers (73.3%) who refused the drug were diagnosed with COVID-19. Ivermectin is safe, inexpensive, widely available, and has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, leading Marik to call it the perfect drug to treat COVID-19.
While more and more physicians and countries are advocating the use of ivermectin for COVID-19, many others oppose it and even go so far as to ban its use in patients. Legal battles are ensuing, with family members bringing in lawyers to fight hospital boards to ensure their dying loved ones receive the life-saving pills – even when all other treatment options have been exhausted. Urgent change is needed, Marik said, because profits are being put ahead of lives:
“They’re most interested in preserving the one organ that could be most damaged, which is the back pocket. They are afraid of the back pocket being damaged. The heart, the brain, the lungs – they don’t care. It’s the back pocket that’s driving this.”
The most Dangerous Vaccines We’ve Ever Used
Knowing there are treatment options could change people’s decisions about COVID-19 vaccines, which Marik calls “categorically and without question … the most dangerous vaccines we’ve ever used.” To be blunt: Marik is vaccinated himself and received the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, which he says he received because he is over 60 years old, which puts him in a higher risk category.
However, if he were 24 years old, he would not get the vaccine, and he does not recommend it for younger children because he believes that for people younger than 30 years with no risk factors, the risks of the vaccine outweigh those of COVID-19:
I think the risk of a bad outcome from COVID in a 12- to 17-year-old is very low, and the risk of an adverse effect from the vaccine is probably much higher. So it’s just unreasonable to force such children to be vaccinated.
I think it’s a risk-benefit ratio. With a type 1 diabetic, an immunocompromised child or a severely obese child, you might want to reconsider, but with a healthy 12- to 17-year-old, I think I would be hesitant to vaccinate those children.
While Marik believes the vaccines are “reasonably effective” in reducing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, he stresses that they come with significant risks. “The number of adverse events and deaths from these vaccines – and this is based on reportable data from WHO and the VAERS network – the number of deaths and adverse events is in the 10- to 100-fold range of all other vaccines.
He calls the COVID mass vaccination campaign the largest experiment in human history and points out that we don’t know what the long-term effects will be. “And to make it worse,” Marik says, “the vaccine manufacturers know a lot about these vaccines, but they haven’t given us that information. They’re hidden.”
For example, when you get the mRNA vaccine, people assume it stays in the arm, but it doesn’t. The spikes tend to spread throughout the body. The vaccine manufacturers know this, but they won’t tell us. We have to find out for ourselves.
… We have to respect [people’s] autonomy. We have to respect their informed consent. They should be able to decide for themselves. We shouldn’t be forcing this on people, and this mandate that universities and some hospitals have, I think, violates the basis of freedom of choice, freedom to do what you respect with your own body, and freedom of consent. “24
Symptoms of Long COVID ” Identical” to Vaccination Syndrome
FLCCC has also developed a treatment protocol – I-RECOVER25 – for Long COVID-19 syndrome, which includes a range of symptoms such as malaise, headache, joint pain, chest pain, and cognitive impairment.
The protocol is still in development as more is learned about the disease, but it has already been used successfully to treat post-vaccination inflammatory syndromes. As Marik notes, long COVID and post-vaccination inflammatory syndromes have many similarities, but it is taboo to talk about the latter:
Adverse events after vaccination are much more common in younger people. That is our impression. There’s not a lot of data, and when you approach the experts about a post-vaccine syndrome, they have no idea what you’re talking about because … it’s not politically correct to talk about it. They don’t want to hear about it.
As far as I know, there are no peer-reviewed publications on post-vaccine syndrome, but we know from patients that they develop symptoms that are almost identical to those of the long-distance runner.
They develop severe symptoms very similar to those of post-COVID syndrome. So you know people say, “Oh, they’re making it up. They’re just making it up. It’s a psychiatric illness. They’re trying to make something out of it.’ I think it’s a real disease … and these people really have monocyte activation that produces cytokines, similar to post-COVID syndrome.”
This could End the Pandemic in a Month
Syed asked Marik what he would do if he had the opportunity to end the pandemic in the next month. His answer was remarkably simple: a mass distribution program of ivermectin along with melatonin, vitamin D and aspirin. Assuming everyone is infected and treating with this safe combination of inexpensive compounds, Marik said, “we will eliminate SARS-CoV-2. It will disappear.”
However, this is unlikely due to “economic and political factors that benefit from the ongoing pandemic.” Marik also commented on the theory that SARS-CoV-2 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China:
“I think the evidence strongly suggests that it is an engineered virus that leaked, whether accidentally or intentionally, from the Wuhan lab … the molecular structure of the spike protein suggests that it is an engineered protein that has been specifically manipulated and enhanced …
The variety of symptoms, the systems it affects, the depth of the damage it does, and the permanence of the damage – that it first causes the acute disease and then becomes a Long COVID and then just stays with us – I have not seen any other virus in my lifetime that causes that kind of destruction.
Going forward, Marik calls for health authorities to learn from the enormous mistakes made during the pandemic, which revealed a global lack of collaboration among health care providers and a lack of honesty and openness.
“This pandemic was an example of what not to do. I think everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong,” he said. Once COVID is under control, Marik hopes to focus his efforts on sepsis, which remains a leading cause of death and also plays an important role in COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Mobeen Syed talks about trends in the treatment of COVID-19 and what he thinks could have eradicated the virus early: