Yes, you read that right. I have checked with my doctors and have heard nothing against my practice of drinking Schweppes.” Tonic contains 83 mg. of quinine in a liter. No, A Nurse in Alabama Did Not Die from COVID-19 Vaccine. Researchers have long observed that some quinoline drugs appear to act against some kinds of viruses, including coronaviruses, but the mechanism for these actions is poorly understood, and almost all of the research in support of the notion comes from cell culture studies that may have limited relevance in demonstrating efficacy in humans.     Wired Magazine. Tonic water originally existed as a way to deliver quinine, an antimalarial drug derived from the bark of the South American cinchona tree. This is simply not true — a significant subgroup of COVID-19 deaths or complications occur in young, healthy people with no known risk factors, as reported in Vox: “A lot of young patients without comorbidities are getting very sick, and we wish we knew who was going to deteriorate,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard, told reporters last week. Deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise across the globe. Here we analyze the claims, misrepresentations, and pseudoscientific assertions that make this video potently dangerous in the time of a global pandemic. Do quinine and zinc prevent COVID-19, and will Schweppes Tonic Water help? Instead, Nepute explained what he believes to be a preventative against coronavirus. Spotted something? Schweppes Tonic Water began in 1783 as the world's original soft drink. However, if you think drinking a glass of … The quinine dose in tonic water is much much lower than the quinine dose used to treat malaria, roughly ten times higher than what you’d get in a 1 liter bottle of tonic water: 500-1000 mg versus 83 mg. Despite these incontrovertible realities, some individuals online remain invested in convincing you the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is an overblown media invention. From two news reports about young children’s deaths being classified, with some controversy, as COVID-19 related, Nepute has concluded that the news media is trying to cause a COVID-19 panic with the ultimate goal of pushing a new vaccine on the American populace. ", After taking viewers through a conspiracy theory claiming the media is supposedly controlled by the CIA -- and that viewers shouldn't believe that hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients -- he doubled back to his point that the quinine and zinc are a "game-changer". Hospitals Have a Request: Stay Home.” “Our Pandemic Summer.” [It’s] one of scariest parts of this disease.”. “That’s different from saying COVID-19 caused someone’s death.” An autopsy is currently being performed to determine the cause of death.     7 April 2020. Due to this similarity, some people think tonic water products, such as Schweppes and Canada Dry, might be beneficial against SARS-CoV-2. : Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others. Social media users have been sharing a video of a doctor making the primary claim that quinine present in Schweppes tonic water and zinc will "knock out" … Nepute’s video is a case study in the abuse of anecdotal information. Drinking a few ounces of tonic water shouldn't be harmful, but it isn't "So clinically, I am seeing a resolution.". Here’s the truth. It's Dr. Nepute. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have stated that there is no cure or vaccine for coronavirus. He urged people to take his advice for the prevention of COVID-19: I'm telling everybody right now: If you know someone who's got flu-like symptoms, if they've got symptoms of COVID-19, the cold, the flu -- whatever -- go and get some either quinine and or Schweppes Tonic Water.". I've got some things that we need to talk about today. Tonic water contains less than 20 mg of quinine per six fluid ounces, which is not a very big amount for one glass. What you should do instead is find a bar near you that has a black light and order yourself a tonic cocktail to revel in its beautiful, iridescent blue glow thanks to its fluorescence quantum yield. Exactly one liter of tonic water contains about 83 milligrams of quinine. Yong, Ed. “The Department of Public Health tally of COVID-19 deaths includes all people who test positive for the virus just before or after their death,” Connecticut State Epidemiologist Matthew Cartter explained on April 10. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Logan University and is accredited by the state of Missouri where he runs his own clinic.     6 April 2020. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars. “Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activity In Vitro and Zinc Ionophores Block the Replication of These Viruses in Cell Culture.” For comparison, the amount of quinine approved as a treatment for simple cases of malaria is “648 mg every 8 hours for 7 days.” To get a sense of how little quinine is in tonic water compared to the amount required for medical use, think of it this way: You would need to drink more than 12 liters of Schweppes tonic water every eight hours to maintain those therapeutic levels of quinine (usually provided in pill form) from tonic water. Hope you're having a great day today. The “similar-ish” mechanism shared by these three chemicals, according to Nepute, is their alleged ability to make “the cell wall more permeable so that it helps get toxins out of the cell and helps get nutrients in.” Suggestions of the interchangeability of these three chemicals are misleading and falsely imply the same level of risk associated with each treatment. Quinine is a naturally occurring chemical derived from quinoline, an alkaloid found in the bark of cinchona trees. To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Harrison, Sara. Saslow, Eli. NIH MedlinePlus.     PLOS One. The truth is this. The proposed “toxin” mechanism in no way describes the reason for the potential antiviral properties of quinoline drugs. No, neither are true: A chiropractor in St. Louis posted a video in which he touted a quinine and zinc combination as a preventative measure for coronavirus. He also shot down the idea that a vaccine would be a "saving grace," claiming any vaccine would not have "safety or efficacy studies done," and again told viewers to "go get yourself some zinc and quinine today.     Accessed 15 April 2020. Quinine is an ingredient in tonic water. In support of that argument, Nepute cited a local news article about a Los Angeles doctor who claims he has been treating patients at his private practice with a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc successfully. One day they’re okay, the next day they require intubation. I mean, I guess that's my disclaimer. A 20-minute screed live-streamed by Nepute is memorialized on that platform (confusingly attributed to “Frank Hahnel” in many cases). This claim, based on the testimony of a doctor/CEO who benefits financially from people visiting his clinic and provided without any data about the condition of the patients treated, is at best anecdotal and more likely than not scientifically useless. These beverages contain dissolved quinine, which explains their somewhat bitter taste. Were Ashes of ‘Star Trek’ Star Smuggled onto Space Station? | Save Time.     Antiviral Research. Let us know!. “Had she not been COVID-19 positive, had not required ventilatory support, had not had shortness of breath and the hypoxia that’s associated with the virus, likely she would have not gone into preterm labor and there would have been a different outcome.”. Nepute spends a perplexing amount of time in the livestream advocating Schweppes tonic water for the prevention of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Nepute then instructed his viewers to "take the quinine with high doses of zinc," and said he was going to share the dose he believed they should take. In fact, Cardillo has claimed that he has had a 100% success rate treating patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms with hydroxychloroquine and zinc.     Washington Post. And what he's saying is, when people get on this protocol, then typically within 12 to 24 hours, they're literally walking out of the hospitals. As if the Tonic Water party hasn't gone on long enough, I have yet another plastic bottle tonic to review. Not the crap in the middle of the aisles, this process, but go get some vegetables, eat a little bit of fruit, eat some clean meat, some grass fed beef. Jeff Rhode, a staff photographer at a hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey, has been documenting the response to COVID-19 there almost daily since the pandemic began. Kluska, Mariusz, et al. Contrary to TikTok shenanigans, the boat is neither the RMS Titanic nor the Ottoman frigate... No, mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not ‘Alter Your DNA’. Considering that you take a small amount regularly, just for the sake of the flavor, you should ideally not be at risk. medication used to treat malaria and babesiosis -- which he said, https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2020/04/Fact-Check-Quinine-And-Zinc-Do-NOT-Prevent-Coronavirus-NO-Proof-Schweppes-Tonic-Water-Helps.html, Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and. Is This Pic of ‘Fat’ Trump on a Golf Course Real? In reality, the uncertain nature of this death and its reporting in the press stem from two different standards of evidence. None of Us Will Ever Be the Same.” Let’s get some quinine. From a single news report about a handful of cases at one clinic in Los Angeles, Nepute concluded that chloroquine and zinc “crushes” COVID-19. The first report concerned the death of an extremely preterm baby in Louisiana born after the infant’s mother, severely ill with COVID-19, was placed on a respirator. This material may not be reproduced without permission. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. In confusing set of of claims, Nepute stated that the "answer is quinine" -- a medication used to treat malaria and babesiosis -- which he said prevents coronavirus. The second story cherry-picked by Nepute stems from the death of a 7-month-old Connecticut baby described by Gov. Schweppes Tonic Water Quinine Schweppes is a soft drink in which quinine is dissolved, this drink went viral on the internet lately as people were claiming that this was helpful in malaria so it might help with covid 19 pandemic virus infection too. Fact Check: Top German Doctor Did NOT Seriously Recommend Whiskey to Protect Against COVID-19, Fact Check: India Is NOT Suing Bill Gates For Vaccination Deaths, Verified signatory of the IFCN Code of Principles, Facebook Third-Party Fact-Checking Partner. 20 October 2012. From a big-picture perspective, unless you are planning on drinking around 25 liters of Schweppes tonic water a day, any claim that equates tonic water with any of these three treatments is meaningless. 25 March 2020. And he assured that he is not some "crazy doctor from St. Louis," who "claims he can cure COVID-19 with zinc and supplements. Although tonic water lacks enough quinine to reduce the symptoms of malaria in normal amount, it still is known as a tonic — meaning that it is essentially healthful — because of its use of quinine. Tonic water has a ton of quinine in it.".     WFSB Hartford. Let’s take our supplements. Stein, Robin and Caroline Kim. So how much tonic water would you have to drink to get a pharmacological dose of quinine? … If you know someone who’s got flu like symptoms, if they’ve got symptoms of COVID-19, the cold, the flu, whatever, go and get some … quinine and/or Schweppes Tonic Water. To do this, Nepute cherry-picked two news reports that, he seems to believe, prove the media’s duplicity. White. 3 April 2020. Shop Schweppes Tonic Water, 1 L bottle at Dollar General. Tonic water these days is far less bitter than it was in its earlier days, with modern brands using a much lower quinine … In the United States, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the quinine content in tonic water to 83 ppm (83 mg per liter if calculated by mass), while the daily therapeutic dose of quinine is in the range of 500–1000 mg, and 10 mg/kg every eight hours for effective malaria prevention (2100 mg daily for a 70 kg adult).     Accessed 15 April 2020. The first tonic waters contained powdered quinine, sugar, and soda water. Did David Bowie Say He Supports Fascism and Call Hitler a ‘Rock Star’? But the whole of his video did exactly that. People are trying to get us all riled up and in a panic.” To make this argument, Nepute claimed that the media and/or the government overcounts COVID-19 deaths. It’s time instead of getting fat, let’s get fit. Does the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Swimming Pool Still Exist? Nepute said: He's been prescribing the combination drugs of the chloroquine and zinc and is crushing this thing. “Pandemic Diaries: Photographer Documents History on the Coronavirus Front Lines.” “Worried About COVID-19? You can also view videos leaked to the media from ER doctors fighting COVID-19, such as this one published by The New York Times. Touret, Franck and Xavier de Lamballerie. Quinine, when found in small doses in tonic water, is safe to consume. Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly. 4 November 2010. It remains unclear if this mechanism would have a clinical relevance in the human body, however. “New Analysis Breaks Down Age-group Risk for Coronavirus — and Shows Millennials Are Not Invincible.” I mean everyone every person needs to share this, because there's a lot of bullshit going on right now that everybody needs to know about. “How the Pandemic Will End.” “Understanding Units of Measurement.” It's in tonic water. Its founder, Jacob Schweppe, was drawn to the new art of carbonating beverages, so he refined and patented his own process of creating mineral water. Drinking tonic water with quinine for cramps could provide relief November 13, 2011 Transformation of quinine from miracle drug to tasty tonic water November 6, 2011 Is it safe to drink too much tonic water with quinine October 30 8 April 2020. As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars. See if you can buy some quinine and, if not, go get some Schweppes Tonic Water. Zinc, too, could play a role in limiting viral replication, but the evidence here is conflicting as well. For valid information and hard data from actual medical doctors with expertise in virology, immunology, or pandemic responses, we recommend the COVID-19 information portals at the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Johns Hopkins University. A viral bit of copypasta falsely claiming to have been authored by Robert F. Kennedy... Did Eric Clapton Once Unleash a Racist Rant Onstage? Even so, many of the healing properties are still intact … But the concentration of quinine in tonic drinks is significantly below the levels found in anti-malaria drugs, effectively busting that myth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits quinine content in tonic water to no more than 83 parts per million. As antiviral treatments, however, things are far less clear cut.     The New York Times. And I'm gonna throw some common-sense at you because most people aren't looking at this. Snopes and the Snopes.com logo are registered service marks of Snopes.com, About That Khalilah Mitchell COVID-19 Vaccine Video. This explanation evidently incensed Nepute, who used this single incident as evidence that COVID-19 death counts, in general, are incorrect. “‘You’re Basically Right Next to the Nuclear Reactor.’” Most of you guys are on lockdown for the next two weeks to four weeks. In tonic water, the dosage of quinine is minimal, only used to provide the signature tart flavor. ", He suggested that people take the quinine and zinc combination daily "as a preventative." Several qualified individuals, it also bears mentioning, have already done valuable work documenting the pandemic. Polar is a sweeter, high fructose corn syrup tonic that occupies that middle ground as a safe tonic water stocked in most supermarkets. There people are trying to get us all riled up and in a panic again. 26 March 2020. Most research suggests that these chemicals’ antiviral properties stem from an ability to alter intracellular pH levels in a way that blocks viruses from replicating. "Every patient I've prescribed it to has been very, very ill, and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free," Cardillo told Los Angeles ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Research suggests that zinc may be able to inhibit the spread of some viral infections, but the question remains unsettled. Let’s get some C, some zinc, some vitamin D. Let’s get some elderberries, some astragalus. Begley, Sharon. Spotted something? “Zinc for the Common Cold.” Otherwise we're going to blow through our supply for patients that take it regularly for other disease processes.". Did Dr. Despite being described as a “real doctor” on YouTube, Nepute is not an MD or DO — the two degrees that allow one to be recognized as a medical doctor in the U.S. According to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, “trials conducted in high-income countries since 1984 investigating the role of zinc for the common cold symptoms have had mixed results.” The idea behind mixing zinc with quinoline-style treatments stems, as suggested by Nepute, from laboratory studies that suggest the former aids in the cellular absorption of the latter. ‘Real Doctor’ Promoting Tonic Water for COVID-19 Spreads Dangerous Misinfo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.     Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. Every day! “Newborn in Louisiana Dies After Mom with COVID-19 Goes Into Preterm Labor.” How much sugar is in tonic water-Is there sugar free tonic water Similar to other drinks such as fruit juice and coffee, the sugar content in tonic water should be of major concern for consumers. Medical experts say as of now there is no proven medication or home remedy that can cure coronavirus. “I’m an E.R. “Analytics of Quinine and its Derivatives.” Tonic water contains no more than 83 mg of quinine per liter—a much lower concentration than the 500 to 1,000 mg in the therapeutic dose of quinine tablets. But if you're sick, chugging tonic water won't do much beyond keeping you hydrated. Save Money. The video, at least one version of which had been viewed 1.3 million times, makes several unsupported, contradictory, or dangerously misinformed arguments about a) the media’s misrepresenting the severity of the pandemic; and b) the efficacy of Schweppes tonic water in preventing or treating COVID-19. “Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine in the Treatment of Covid-19 With or Without Diabetes: a Systematic Search and a Narrative Review With a Special Reference to India and Other Developing Countries.” How safe is quinine in tonic water?     10 April 2020. Rob Oswald Claim COVID-19 Was a Hoax? It's amazing what it does for muscle aches and pains. While not dangerous, tonic water does not have any benefits and could lead to … That's why we took it off the market. Savino, Mike and Olivia Lank. inaccurate stories (or media) making the rounds on the internet. It was first used to treat malaria hundreds of years ago, according to the National Institutes of Health website. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows tonic water to contain no more than 83 parts per million of quinine, because there can be side effects from quinine. In his video Nepute asserted that, “You guys are being lied to, propagated to us by the false news fake narratives that are out there. Let’s exercise, let’s move. 7 April 2020. Tonic water contains no more than 83 mg of quinine per liter—a much lower concentration than the 500 to 1,000 mg in the therapeutic dose of quinine tablets. The CDC, in fact, has said there is no cure or vaccine for coronavirus. Ouyang, Helen. 18 March 2020. Both Schweppes and CANADA DRY brands of tonic water emitted fluorescent light upon ultraviolet A irradiation, and contained quinine at concentrations of 67.9 and 61.3 mg/L, respectively. Let us know!. No, I never said you can cure anything...nor did I say you could cure anything with a vitamin because, in our country, it is illegal to make claims about curing anything unless it's a drug.". Furthermore, is slimline tonic water good for you? Hey everybody. “Scientists are Trying to Figure Why Covid-19 Hits Some Young, Healthy People Hard.” NBC News.     The New York Times. “LA Doctor Seeing Success with Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19.” Tonic water contains a small amount of quinine, which is being touted as a potential cure for the coronavirus. I want everybody listening right now to go do this. “Doctor of Medicine Profession (MD).”     Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry. “When people get on this protocol, typically within 12 to 24 hours, they’re literally walking out of the hospitals,” he stated in the video. 3 April 2020. “I’m a physician,” he stated at one point in the video. Xue, Jing, et al. Regardless, armchair speculation about fraudulent COVID-19 deaths counts miss, catastrophically, the bigger picture of the pandemic. 172.575 Quinine.” Seagram's Tonic Water, Contains Quinine, 12 oz Can (Pack of 18, Total of 216 Oz) 3.9 out of 5 stars 45 $26.95$26.95 ($2.25/Fl Oz) Save more with Subscribe & Save Cardillo, the CEO of Mend Urgent Care, explained his hydroxychloroquine treatment only worked when combined with zinc. Quinine is an ingredient in tonic water. Tonic water was granted an English patent in 1858, Schweppes brought it to the United States in 1953, and to this day it remains an essential component of Anglo-American mixology. EPA Center for Hazardous Substance Research. In late 2020, internet users highlighted a shocking episode from the legendary blues guitarist's past. ", No, I never said that. As antimalarials, these drugs have a similar mechanism of action: Their structure allows them to block the ability of the malaria-causing parasite to digest the chemical hemoglobin found in blood without poisoning itself. Tonic water contains added sugar usually high fructose corn syrup. Nepute asserts that an adequate defense against COVID-19 is healthy living, adding that “we’re going to get through this in the next couple of weeks” — an assertion that bears scant semblance to any scientific reality: You know what? He also claimed Schweppes Tonic Water contains quinine and will prevent COVID-19. Tonic water contains quinine, a medicine that is distantly related to hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug being tested to treat COVID-19. “Questions Remain About the Death of a Hartford Infant, Despite Governor’s Claim Death Was Linked to Coronavirus.” “Questions Linger Whether a Newborn Baby from CT Died from COVID-19.” ABC7 Los Angeles. In doing so, he referenced Los Angeles-based Dr. Anthony Cardillo, who has claimed that he is treating his patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms with a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Nepute’s video jumps between the problematic medical advice discussed above and anti-media conspiracy theories — oftentimes mid-sentence. “We do know it happens precipitously. If you are a consumer of tonic water then it is wise you know what dangers you might be exposing yourself to. Murdock, Zach and Dave Altimari. A 12 oz serving of tonic water contains 32g of sugar, just like soda. 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