"COVID-19, which is a virus, has several reasons why variants developed. Every virus develops mutations – it gives them survival benefits. So it's natural for some variants to arise that way," he said.
The pioneer of the Zelenko protocol – which uses hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin for treating COVID-19 – echoed the sentiments of different experts worldwide. "If you vaccinate people during an active pandemic, you are causing evolutionary pressure to make more dangerous variants," he said.
The New York-based physician also put forward the possibility of bad actors being responsible for the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants. "I don't have proof for it, but it is a logical deduction. Since we know that COVID-19 is a man-made bioweapon, the same people that created the initial weapon could create the variants as well," said Zelenko.
The family doctor's theory appeared to line up with remarks made by cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough back in July 2021. During an interview with Del Bigtree of "The HighWire" that month, he pointed out the role of vaccines in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants that bypass immunity. McCullough zeroed in on the Sinovac shot used in different countries as an example. (Related: At least half of new coronavirus infections now happening in vaccinated people as "vaccine failure" phenomenon worsens.)
"In the case of India, it was the use of the Sinovac vaccine that really promoted the emergence of the [B16172] delta variant. We're seeing Sinovac again being the stimulus for the emergence of the [C37] lambda variant out of Peru. So mass vaccination is, in a sense, creating the problem of this immune escape of the virus."
Zelenko developed a formulation based on his COVID-19 treatment protocol. Dubbed as "Z-Stack," it consists of quercetin, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C that targets viral cells and prevents them from replicating inside the body.
He explained: "Zinc is the bullet – it kills the virus. The only problem is: The bullet doesn't get to the place where it needs to be. The virus is inside the cell, the enzyme is inside the cell – and the zinc on its own cannot get into the cell. You have a bullet without a gun."
"Now, it turns out there's a class of medications called zinc ionophores. What they do is they open up a channel, a door, which allows zinc to go from outside the cell to inside the cell." Zinc ionophores include HCQ and quercetin – the former being used in Zelenko's original protocol and the latter being a component of Z-Stack.
During a Jan. 21 interview with Clay Clark of "Thrive Time Show" on Brighteon.TV, Zelenko explained how he discovered quercetin as a zinc ionophore. According to him, he used HCQ as it was one of the most effective zinc ionophores. But a ban on HCQ put in place by former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo led him to use quercetin as an alternative.
"What happened on March 27, 2020 [is that] an executive order [was issued] blocking pharmacies in New York state from dispensing HCQ. [It] was approved for 65 years for other indications and it was safe, so I couldn't understand why that was obstructed."
"I lost a few patients because of that [since] they couldn't get medicine. I found peer-reviewed papers about a substance called quercetin, and so I started using that. I saw really great results and open-sourced that information."
This video is from the BrighteonTV channel on Brighteon.com.
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