Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) is demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about why the federal agency hasn’t promoted the use of nasal sprays to treat or prevent COVID-19.
In a four-page letter released to The Epoch Times, Mace asks HHS Secretary Xavier Beccera why the agency has ignored studies that show that nasal sprays are an effective treatment of COVID-19 and why it hasn’t promoted their use to the public during the pandemic. The freshman South Carolina Republican lawmaker implies a coverup by HHS and other federal agencies over the benefits of nasal sprays against COVID-19 in her letter.
“It has come to my attention that even prior to the initial vaccines, HHS and its components, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), were aware of data and expert determinations that simple nasal hygiene could serve as an effective additional layer of protection against the SARS-COV-2 virus,” Mace wrote in her Feb. 15 letter to Beccera.
Mace also wants the department to explain why HHS and other federal agencies “haven’t informed the American people about the potential benefits” of nasal sprays and other “prophylaxis and therapeutics.”
The letter follows stories by The Epoch Times about a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Xlear Inc. for promoting its all-natural xylitol- and grapefruit seed-based nasal spray as a prevention and treatment for COVID-19. The stories covered several world studies, including ones conducted in the United States that concluded that the spray had proven virucidal effects.
One of the stories also featured an exclusive interview with Dr. Mark Cannon, a global expert on the use of xylitol, who discussed the longtime use of the natural sweetener in other countries against viruses, specifically respiratory viruses such as COVID-19.
Robert Housman, senior counsel for Xlear, told The Epoch Times that he expects more members of Congress, like Mace, to demand that federal agencies such as the FTC explain why they’re filing lawsuits that appear to be suppressing beneficial treatments of COVID-19.
“The federal government’s failed plan to vaccinate its way out of the pandemic is falling apart, and I think you are starting to see people realizing in the meantime that nasal hygiene … in the expert community and within some Congress as well—can be an important adjunct in upper respiratory disease and prevention and treatment,” he said. “I don’t really get what the government is doing, but I think a big piece of solving that is going to be our court case.”