Ben Carson Pushing Untested COVID-19 ‘Treatment’ From MyPillow Founder
Mike Lindell, founder of MyPillow, is not a doctor. He’s a CEO. However, he’s been pulled into the COVID-19 response by Donald Trump, and now Ben Carson, who is a doctor, says he’s taken Lindell’s medical advice.
Lindell is pushing oleander extract as a treatment for COVID-19, according to the Washington Post. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon, former presidential candidate, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is one of those who’s buying.
He claims that hours after taking the extract, his symptoms disappeared completely. Lindell, who has a financial stake in the product, claims that “anybody who has ever gotten covid and taken it, they are fine in five hours, and the next day are running around playing floor hockey in the hallway.”
Lindell appeared at a COVID-19 task force press conference n March, where, according to Fox News, he encouraged the public to take this time, during shutdowns of businesses and schools, to focus on the Bible and family.
In September, CNN reports, the FDA refused to approve the supplement — marketed under the name Oleandrin — for COVID-19 treatment, citing safety concerns. In August, Forbes reported that Donald Trump was now pushing the FDA to approve the extract, despite the high toxicity of the plant, and noted Lindell’s status as a major Trump donor.
Marketed as a supplement, rather than a treatment or cure, the extract would only need to be approved for safety, not for effectiveness. However, claims from public figures like Ben Carson can help convince the general public that Oleandrin is both safe and effective, without evidence. Carson did say that he would like to see the drug put through clinical trials.