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After being mocked for attempting to treat his recent COVID infection with the drug ivermectin - a widely discredited treatment commonly used to deworm horses - Joe Rogan has lashed out at media outlets in a recent podcast episode. Hear what he had to say below:
On Tuesday's episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, comedian and guest Tom Segura greeted the host by remarking 'Well, well well, if it isn't Ol' Horse Worm Rogan'; a remark which saw the host fly off the handle and immediately threaten to sue CNN.
"Bro, do I have to sue CNN? They're making s**t up," Rogan responded.
"They keep saying I'm taking horse dewormers. I literally got it from a doctor. It's an American company. They won the Nobel Prize in 2015 for its use in human beings, and CNN is saying I'm taking horse dewormer.
"They must know that's a lie."
After testing positive for COVID-19 on September 1, the podcast host took to Instagram to explain how he'd been treating the virus with 'monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything'.
However, despite making a full recovery, Rogan has been heavily criticized for his controversial treatments, particularly his use of Ivermectin which has been recently touted in some circles as a 'miracle cure' for COVID and an alternative to vaccines. It's also frowned upon for human use, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Although Rogan claims that the medicine was recommended to him by multiple doctors, the treatment has strongly been discouraged by the FDA, with the agency going to great lengths to dissuade humans from taking it.
"You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it," the FDA wrote on Twitter.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
- U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
In a statement by Merck, the manufacturer of ivermectin (who, in fairness, did win the Nobel Prize in 2015 for their discovery), the company states there is 'no scientific basis for a potential therapeutic effect against COVID-19 from pre-clinical studies'.
Rogan also appeared to take issue with the fact that the media only focused on him being sick and not on his recovery, and claimed pharmaceutical companies were trying to suppress the use of ivermectin as part of some conspiracy.
"What (critics) didn't highlight is that I got better. They're trying to make it seem as if I'm doing some wacky s**t that's completely ineffective, and CNN was saying that I'm a distributor of misinformation."
"This is the grand conspiracy, right? The grand conspiracy is that the pharmaceutical companies are all in cahoots to try and make anybody who takes this stuff look crazy. But what's crazy is, look how better I got. I got better pretty quick, b***h."
Although it's unlikely that Rogan will press ahead with a lawsuit against CNN or any other media outlet, only time will tell for certain. In the meantime, the podcast host continues to remain a controversial figure with controversial viewpoints and that looks unlikely to change any time soon.
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