Oleandrin is being promoted as the new COVID-19 snake oil – but it is a deadly toxin.
Steven Novella on August 19, 2020
This compound, oleandrin, which is being pushed as a possible cure for COVID-19, is a microcosm of the many things that are wrong with the supplement and alternative medicine industries. This particular snake oil has some urgency because it is being promoted to president Trump. As Axios reports:
The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.
Lindell told Axios that in the meeting, Trump “basically said: …’The FDA should be approving it.’”
This is a new twist on an old scam. […]