Why You Shouldn't Trust the FLCCC Ivermectin I-MASK+ Protocol?

The following is a brief history of how the FLCCC Alliance came together during the time that the Coronavirus Pandemic was rapidly spreading from China and Europe to the United States in early 2020.

January, 2020. Dr. Paul E. Marik, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, creates a COVID-19 hospital treatment protocol for the medical school. Called the EVMS protocol, it is based on Dr. Marik’s safe, effective treatment protocol for sepsis — the famous “Marik Cocktail” of intravenous Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid, and Thiamine (HAT).


McCullough et al. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine, 2020

January/February, 2020. Dr. Marik discusses the EVMS protocol with Dr. Pierre Kory, then Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Kory shares his interest in the research and treatment of intravenous AA in septic shock and ARDS with the hopes of finding a reduced need for fluids, vasopressor support, and intubation in COVID patients. Their discussions lead to a decision on a more aggressive dosing strategy for both AA and anticoagulation, to optimally counteract the hyper-inflammation and hyper-coagulability they and others have seen at the bedside and from the COVID outbreaks in China and Italy. The decision on anti-coagulation type and dosing is also heavily influenced by early investigations done using sophisticated clotting assays by Dr. Kory and his group of seasoned critical care doctors and expert hematologists.

March 16–21, 2020. New York City internist Keith Berkowitz searches for a way to treat his patients who contract COVID. He finds the EVMS protocol and calls Dr. Marik, who suggests he also talk to Dr. Kory. Convinced of the benefits of intravenous AA, Dr. Berkowitz wants to get word of the new treatment protocol to government officials and the media. He calls his longtime patient, former CBS News Correspondent Betsy Ashton, for advice. Newly locked down in New York City, Betsy is eager to help him reach out to major media in an effort to potentially save thousands of lives. Dr. Berkowitz urges Drs. Marik and Kory to recruit more critical-care experts to the cause.

April 5, 2020. Dr. Kornfeld hosts the first Zoom meeting (see photo), allowing all eight doctors, plus the two media experts, to meet each other and plot the best way to get word of the safe, inexpensive, readily available, and seemingly effective treatment out to the world. The five critical care experts begin sharing many papers a day on a multitude of pathophysiologic and therapeutic topics, while also regularly discussing clinical insights and experiences with their wide network of intensivist colleagues from New York, Italy, and even China. Many deliberations over drugs and dosages follow, deciding whether to use all or limit some of the components in the EVMS protocol, and particularly focus on which corticosteroid to use. Dr. Meduri’s expertise in and rationale for the use of methylprednisolone wins the steroid argument. Needing a name for their group, they decide to call themselves the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Consortium.

Mid-April, 2020. Throughout April, the doctors read and share studies, modify the dosages, and care for more patients. Dr. Kornfeld sets up the covid19criticalcare.com website for the group hosted by Malik Soomar of webconsuls.com. Joyce Kamen interviews and edits videos of the doctors talking about the new protocol for the website, and for social media platforms. During the group’s second Zoom meeting, Joyce talks about the benefits of naming the protocol with an easy to remember acronym. During that meeting, Fred Wagshul scribbles out the names of the key medicines (see photo), and MATH+ is born — the letters standing for components Methylprednisolone, Ascorbic acid, Thiamin, and Heparin, with the “+” indicating a few other medicines, such as melatonin, zinc, and vitamin D3 to be added based on the high safety, low cost, and emerging scientific data suggesting efficacy.

July–September, 2020. Tens of thousands of people view FLCCC’s posts on social media, and many ask where they can they go for COVID treatment to be assured of getting the MATH+ protocol. In view of the need to respond and grow, FLCCC changes the name of the group to “FLCCC Alliance” and invites other doctors and hospitals who use the protocol to join. Those who use all, or even part, of the MATH+ protocol are urged to join the growing FLCCC Alliance and in August their names are posted on the newly redesigned website. An extensive scientific review of the pathophysiologic and clinical evidence supporting the use of each medicine in MATH+ is added to the website, written over the preceding months by Drs. Kory, Meduri, Iglesias, Varon and Marik.

October, 2020. President Donald Trump and much of his White House staff contract COVID-19 a few days after he holds a large gathering at the White House to announce his nominee for Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The President gets three days of experimental treatment with monoclonal antibodies and remdesivir along with supplemental oxygen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He also receives several of the medicines in the MATH+ treatment protocol. He recovers quickly, however the media focuses almost solely on the two newer drugs — they never mention the vitamins or zinc from the MATH+ protocol. They continue to ignore the FLCCC Alliance team’s notices about continued success with MATH+ in their Houston and Norfolk hospitals, despite rising case loads and mortality rates from COVID-19 across the country, especially in the Upper Midwest and Mountain states where Trump resumes campaigning in front of large crowds of people not wearing masks or social distancing. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warns of a catastrophic “second wave” of COVID cases due to hit in the colder winter months if people refuse to wear masks and keep at least six feet apart.

Meanwhile, Dr. Paul Marik informs the group of many new studies showing ivermectin (IVM) to be a safe, effective, and inexpensive antiviral and anti-inflammatory drug that could be given once a week with zinc + vitamin C + vitamin D to provide prophylactic protection from SARS-CoV-2. Three RCTs favor its use against the virus. Dr. Marik claims ivermectin plus wearing masks may protect better than a vaccine. Available without prescriptions for veterinary use, ivermectin costs only $13/dose for humans by prescription. Off-patent, Merck provides ivermectin free to many poor countries to fight parasitic diseases. The group then performs a comprehensive review of the published and posted clinical trial evidence in support of ivermectin and, after extensive discussion, reaches a consensus to develop a prophylaxis and early treatment protocol centered around the potent drug ivermectin. This becomes the new I-MASK+ prophylaxis and at-home treatment protocol for COVID-19.

Why You Shouldn't Trust the FLCCC Ivermectin I-MASK+ Protocol?

Firstly, you shouldn't trust the I-MASK+ protocol alone. Never attempt to self medicate. Discuss with your healthcare provider before you decide to take the nutrients or drugs as per the protocol.

In addition, you shouldn't trust the I-MASK+ protocol as there is no mandate. The FLCCC does not make it mandatory for you to trust the protocol.

Furthermore, you shouldn't trust the I-MASK+ protocol for your horses. Stop it! Your horse is not a human.

Also, you shouldn't trust the I-MASK+ protocol if you are pregnant. The safety of ivermectin in pregnancy has not been determined.

Finally, you shouldn't trust the I-MASK+ protocol as the protocol might keep you away from the hospital. You should discuss with your healthcare provider and get to the hospital as soon as possible? Please follow the guidelines as advised by your local health authorities in order to minimise your risk.

Key Takeaway

You should never attempt to self medicate without the guidance of a licensed medical provider. If you are not a medical doctor, you are likely to find the information in the I-MASK+ protocol overwhelming. 
Also, please follow other precautions (as advised by your local health authorities and doctors) in order to minimise your risk.

Do your own research. Discuss with your healthcare provider. Make your own conclusion and decide on the best informed decision after weighing the potential benefit and risk.

Treatments do not replace vaccines and other measures. All practical, effective, and safe means should be used. Elimination is a race against viral evolution. No treatment, vaccine, or intervention is 100% available and effective for all variants.

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