A senior well being official and physician on Maui are selling controversial COVID-19 remedies
When Canadian Merlyn Travis landed in Hawaii early last year, he planned to retire, “enjoy the great outdoors” for himself, and work on his novel, which focuses on Starbucks’ use of the siren as a logo to get ideas to explore nature, mysticism, corporatism and culture. In Greek mythology, the mermaid lured sailors to rocky shores where they would encounter a watery death.
“It goes down a lot of crazy rabbit holes, but Starbucks really is kind of a story of our generation,” said Travis of his home on the north coast of Maui.
But then the coronavirus pandemic struck, sending Travis down another avenue of scientific investigation and off the beaten track theories about the COVID-19 vaccine, which he absolutely does not want to take.
“You just start connecting the dots and you understand that we are entering a radically new era,” said Travis, who concluded that promoting COVID-19 vaccines is not about safety and public health goes. Rather, in his opinion, it is ultimately about the establishment of a world government and world currency with “a high degree of surveillance and control over the population”.
Travis points to conspiracy theories that have been circulating on the Internet for months and that include a secretive globalist cabal headed by personalities such as Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.
Over the past few weeks, Travis has stepped up efforts to uncover what he believes is really going on and has formed a group called the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent. The group’s website says they are in favor of real informed consent before taking the experimental COVID-19 vaccines.
“We are breaking through censorship and propaganda and adhering to the highest standards of transparency and scientific discourse,” says the group’s website.
But on its social media platforms it has promoted various conspiracy theories and sources that are derided for spreading false and dangerous information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. For example, earlier this month the Pono Informed Consent Coalition retweeted a message from “Vaccine Truth” that read, “If you are under 65, the vaccine is more likely to kill you than save your life.”
Viral spreading of misinformation about the vaccines has become the standard for senior federal and state health officials as they desperately try to increase vaccination rates to protect themselves from a virus that has now killed more than 630,000 Americans. In Hawaii, these efforts have gained momentum in recent weeks as cases have skyrocketed and the state’s hospitals are overflowing with people infected with the virus, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated.
But what is particularly unusual about the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent’s campaign is who it has enlisted as part of the group, including the state’s top health officer on Maui and a local doctor who is secretly treating COVID-19 patients with drugs, the Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly warned against this.
Dr. Lorrin Pang, who served as the Maui District Health Officer for the State Department of Health for more than two decades, is a co-founder of the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent.
His government role includes administering government health programs and serving as the principal public health representative for the director of the State Department of Health, currently Dr. Libby Char is.
In an interview with the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Pang said that as a member of the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent, he speaks as a private person and does not always agree with the views of other members of the group. He stressed that he supports the state’s efforts to increase vaccinations against COVID-19.
“If you are guilty by association, that’s some kind of prejudice, bias and censorship, isn’t it?” He said. “I thought that nowadays we look at people for who they are, not who they connect with.”
Char didn’t respond to a question about whether she feared that Pang’s participation in the group could undermine the health ministry’s public health news.
The group includes Dr. Kirk Milhoan, a pediatric cardiologist and senior pastor at Calvary Chapel South Maui. Milhoan and his wife, who is also a doctor, are members of the founding advisory board of the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent.
Milhoan said he is conducting medical missions around the world to help treat children with heart problems. He doesn’t have a clinic on Maui, but says he made house calls during the pandemic and treated more than 80 people on Maui for COVID-19.
“I’m like the Little House on the Prairie Doctor on Maui,” he said. He says his services are free and that residents can find out about him via the “coconut WiFi”.
“You hear that there is a doctor out there who is willing to help people and it’s just a friend of a friend of a friend,” he said.
Milhoan’s treatment regiment differs widely from approved medical protocols.
He outlined his treatments in a videotaped discussion with Pang, moderated by Travis and recently posted on the group’s Rumble account. It includes the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as early treatment options, drugs that the FDA has warned people about to treat COVID-19.
Hydroxychloroquine has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of malaria and certain autoimmune diseases. The World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that the drug is effective in reducing the chance of serious illness or death from COVID-19, and warns that when used in COVID-19 patients it may increase the risk of arrhythmias . Blood and lymphatic disorders, kidney damage, liver problems and failure.
Ivermectin is widely used to treat parasitic worms, but has caught on as an alternative treatment for COVID-19, causing the FDA to tweet unusually this week, “You are not a horse.” You are not a cow. Seriously, all of you. Stop it.”
The FDA warns that using the drug to treat COVID-19 can be dangerous and even fatal. If someone ingests too much, they can cause an overdose, which, according to the FDA, causes symptoms like vomiting, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, seizures, coma, and even death.
But Milhoan contradicts the FDA, claiming that his early treatment protocol is an option for people like him who don’t want to get vaccinated.
Milhoan said he was wary of the speed at which the emergency vaccines were approved and was concerned about unknown side effects.
“There are vaccines that I really like,” he said. “I’m really not that keen on this one.”
Milhoan says he contracted COVID-19 in June, which has given him immunity as he treats patients with the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus.
Milhoan said the COVID-19 vaccines might be the right choice for some people. However, he points out that they could cause miscarriages and reproductive problems, although a recent analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found no increased risk of miscarriage. The CDC recommends that anyone thinking of becoming pregnant or who is pregnant should get vaccinated.
Pang said he supports the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin to treat COVID-19. “I agree with Milhoan,” he told the Star Advertiser, adding that the drugs must be given at the right time and in the right dosage.
“It’s a matter of timing,” he said. “You give the wrong thing at the wrong time, it’s very dangerous.”
A health ministry spokesman said hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin should not be used to treat COVID-19. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who is also an ambulance doctor and has worked on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said that as a doctor, he has serious concerns about Milhoan’s promotion of drugs to treat COVID-19.
“I don’t know who this doctor is or what his mobile clinic does, but we have professional standards of care in Hawaii that the Medical Association and Department of Health must adhere to to keep patients safe,” said Green. “I fear that this clinic, which operates outside of the standard of care, could very well harm patients.”
Green called Pang’s support for using the drugs to treat COVID-19 “somewhat shocking” and “not something I would ever expect from a leading health agency in our state.”
Meanwhile, Travis said the Pono Coalition for Informed Consent, which has testified publicly against the University of Hawaii requesting that students receive the COVID-19 vaccine or regularly test for the virus, needs to revise its strategy now as the FDA has given final approval for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, an approval it described as a “fraud”.
“It’s not safe and it’s not effective,” he said of the vaccine.