Zelenko, who died at the age of 48 in June 2022, became famous for his so-called Zelenko protocol for COVID-19. He initially utilized hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID-positive patients while practicing in New York state. However, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a ban on HCQ sales in drugstores.
This did not deter the family physician, who later discovered the positive effects of zinc against COVID-19. Zelenko's efforts eventually bore fruit in the form of the Z-Stack tablet, which combines zinc, quercetin and vitamins. He dubbed this supplement "a gift from God in response to tyranny."
"Zinc is the bullet – it kills the virus; the only problem is the bullet doesn't get to the place where it needs to be. The virus is inside the cell, the enzyme is inside the cell, and the zinc on its own cannot get into the cell," he explained. "You have a bullet without a gun – useless."
"Now, it turns out that there's a class of medications called 'zinc ionophores' … that open up a channel, a door, which allows zinc to go from outside the cell to inside the cell. They're the guns that shoot the bullet. The bullet then gets into the cell and stops the virus enzyme from helping the virus replicate."
Zelenko also recounted that "patients were having trouble" sourcing the four different components of the Zelenko protocol. Either the ingredients weren't always available in the same place, or they had trouble finding the right doses. "It was a puzzle that was a little too complex for people to put together," said the Ukrainian-born American physician.
In 2022, the late family physician appeared on the Jan. 21 episode of the Brighteon.TV program "Thrive Time Show." Zelenko recounted to program host and ReAwaken America Tour founder Clay Clark how he stumbled upon his eponymous protocol that eventually became Z-Stack.
"In March , my [original] treatment protocol was based on the use of HCQ, zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin. But what happened on March 27, 2020 [is that] the 'ghoul' Cuomo issued an executive order (EO) blocking pharmacies in New York state from dispensing HCQ," he told Clark. "[It] was approved for other indications and it was safe, so I couldn't understand why that was obstructed." (Related: Doctor who developed HCQ protocol has now successfully treated thousands of COVID-19 patients.)
"I lost a few patients because of that EO [since] they couldn't get medicine. I found peer-reviewed papers about a substance called quercetin, and so I started using that. I saw really great results and I open-sourced that information. I let everyone know about quercetin, which is [sold] over the counter."
According to Zelenko, there were two reasons why people died from COVID-19. First, there is "the moronic doctor who delays care." Second, there is "the tyrannical government that obstructs access to life-saving medication."
He also told Clark of a "prescription for those seeking a return to normality," which he borrowed from the book of Psalms. "'Turn away from bad, do good, and live.' That's a very good prescription, and let me define the terms."
"'Turn away from bad,' in this particular case, [means] don't get into the fear. Do not put on [your] face diaper, don't listen to the mandates. 'Do good' means if you're in the higher-risk category, take antiviral prevention. If God forbid, you do get sick – start treatment within the first few days and you will live."
This video is from the BrighteonTV channel on Brighteon.com.