Billionaire Clive Palmer claims he was ‘one day from dying’ from Covid before treating himself with horse dewormer and malaria drug.

The unvaccinated mining magnate and United Australia Party founder was rushed to Pindara Private Hospital on the Gold Coast with breathing difficulties on February 27 after contracting the Delta variant of Covid.

He was also diagnosed with double pneumonia, but refused to go on a ventilator as advised by doctors and instead returned to his mansion on Sovereign Island where he called controversial American specialists by Zoom.  

The 67-year-old told Sky News he ‘didn’t’ regret being unvaccinated because with his dual Covid and pneumonia diagnoses he ‘didn’t stand a chance’.

‘I had a great team of doctors, when I was in hospital they said I was about one day away from dying at the time, which was pretty tragic,’ Mr Palmer claimed. 

Billionaire Clive Palmer says he cheated death with a cocktail of anti-viral drugs including Ivermectin to beat Covid after he fled hospital

The billionaire’s medical team fast-tracked him onto a American trial of discredited drugs promoted by alt and far-right voices.

Mr Palmer took several courses of the controversial hydroxychloroquine, an anti-rheumatic drug used to treat malaria and arthritis, as well as ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug used to deworm horses. 

Neither drug is authorised by Australian or American health regulators as a Covid treatment and there is no evidence they are effective.

However, many high-profile anti-vaxxers used and endorsed them anyway, including podcaster Joe Rogan and former US President Donald Trump. 

‘I would have died otherwise, without doubt,’ Mr Palmer, 67, told Sky News Australia

Mr Palmer claims he was 'one day from dying' from Covid before successfully treating himself with a horse dewormer and malaria drug

Mr Palmer claims he was ‘one day from dying’ from Covid before successfully treating himself with a horse dewormer and malaria drug

US specialists fast-tracked him onto a trial of experimental drugs - like those used by ex-President Donald Trump - which included controversial ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine

US specialists fast-tracked him onto a trial of experimental drugs – like those used by ex-President Donald Trump – which included controversial ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine

‘I’ve been told that without the anti-viral intervention on that Sunday night I would likely have been dead within five hours.

‘The US specialists, a couple of whom treated (Donald) Trump for Covid, were very strong about not going onto a ventilator.

‘I had faith in the US doctors. I’m not being critical of the Pindara people at all. They believed ventilation was necessary but I had alternative advice and I stuck with that.

‘I said that won’t be happening and I went home.’

His senior management staff contacted American gastroenterologist and ivermectin advocate Professor Thomas Borody, who brought in his team.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer (pictured here with wife Anna) was rushed to Pindara Private Hospital on the Gold Coast with breathing difficulties on February 27

Mining magnate Clive Palmer (pictured here with wife Anna) was rushed to Pindara Private Hospital on the Gold Coast with breathing difficulties on February 27

He discharged himself from Pindara Prive Hospital when medics tried to put him on a ventilator on ICU, he said

He discharged himself from Pindara Prive Hospital when medics tried to put him on a ventilator on ICU, he said

They liaised with four Australian doctors who monitored the billionaire’s progress and treatment at home, while an ambulance waited on standby close to his mansion in case he needed to be rushed back to hospital.

The sale of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine is tightly restricted to their original uses, but can be obtained for unapproved use with little effort.

Dr Timothy Geary, one of the world’s foremost experts on ivermectin, said the drug did not have any effectiveness fighting viruses in humans.

In more serious cases, a person could overdose and suffer severe damage to their central nervous system, and potentially even die. 

Clive Palmer was treated at his Sovereign Island home over Zoom by the US specialists while an ambulance waited on standby nearby if he needed to be rushed back to hospital

Clive Palmer was treated at his Sovereign Island home over Zoom by the US specialists while an ambulance waited on standby nearby if he needed to be rushed back to hospital

Clive Palmer claims he was within five hours of dying, but the cocktail of drugs prescribed by the US specialists had him feeling better within just 10 hours

Clive Palmer claims he was within five hours of dying, but the cocktail of drugs prescribed by the US specialists had him feeling better within just 10 hours

The billionaire imported 39 million doses of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the fight against Covid at the start of the pandemic in the expectation it would be approved for use.

When it was not, more than ton of the drug had to eventually sent for destruction in late 2020.

Mr Palmer – who was in a high Covid risk category because of his age, weight, and being unvaccinated – was also treated with the powerful steroid dexamethasone to keep his lungs functioning.

‘I started to come good within 10 hours,’ he said. ‘I’m still not a 100 per cent. 

‘I get tired pretty easily but I’m not getting any younger I suppose.’

He revealed that, despite official advice for the population to be vaccinated against the disease, he still has no plans to get jabbed.

He added: ‘I’m pro choice.’

Top Ivermectin expert says the drug does not treat COVID-19

Dr. Timothy Geary, one of the world’s foremost experts of Ivermectin, says the drug does not have any effectiveness fighting viruses.

Geary, who is the Research Chair in Parasite Biotechnology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, says that the 2020 study which spawned much of the Ivermectin-craze is not being correctly read.

Dr Timothy Geary (pictured) is one of the top experts on ivermectin and has researched the drug for  over a decade

Dr Timothy Geary (pictured) is one of the top experts on ivermectin and has researched the drug for  over a decade

He told DailyMail.com that the study did show that Ivermectin could inhibit the replication of COVID-19 virus cells, which is what many are reading from the study that makes them believe the drug has virus killing properties.

Geary explained, though, that the concentration of the drug used in the study were so high that it could not be used for treatment in a human, and would likely cause an overdose.

‘In that study they showed that in cell cultures, Ivermectin could inhibit [Covid] replication, but the concentrations required for that effect were in a range called the micromolar range – very high concentrations relative to what you would find in the plasma of a treated person or an animal, which would be 20 to 50 times lower.’

He does not see too much harm in people using the drug in human-sized doses, though, as Geary assures that it is safe for consumption.

It is safe to use in doses of around 200 micrograms, and even people who are using it to incorrectly treat Covid are unlikely to suffer any major symptoms.

‘There’s no significant toxicity from those doses,’ Geary says.

He also mentioned that the drug has been used billions of times in between humans and animals, and has never shown any ability to combat viruses outside of the laboratory.

The typical Ivermectin prescribed by doctors com in pill form in small doses

The typical Ivermectin prescribed by doctors com in pill form in small doses

But many Americans are facing problems with Ivermectin because they are not using the versions of the drug prescribed by doctors.

Instead, many are finding their own over-the-counter solutions, most notably going to local feed stores and buying medicine meant for horses, cows and sheep.

Prescribed versions of the drug come in pill form, while these versions are liquid.

The dosages are also much larger, meant for an animal that can weigh over 1,000 pounds, not a person that can weight less than one-fifth of that.

Taking doses too large can cause a person to have nausea, body pains, diarrhea limb swelling and other serious side effects.

In more serious cases, a person could overdose and suffer severe damage to their central nervous system, and potentially even die.

Mr Palmer was also asked about Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, speaking about the man he says he’s met ‘many times’.

‘His view from discussions I’ve had with him, he thinks the West is approaching Russia, he was concerned about nuclear weapons getting closer to the country. So he thought it was better to invade now rather than let that happen,’ he told Sky.

‘I don’t think there was any chance of the Ukraine joining NATO or the EU. But he wanted to demonstrate that he was still in charge.’

He also described China as ‘ruthless’ and who were ‘prepared to go to any length’ to get ‘control’ of Australia and its resources.



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