In case you missed former State Senator Joe Balyeat (R-Bozeman) on Monday's Montana Talks statewide radio show- we now have the full audio posted.

On Monday's show Balyeat detailed his personal battle with COVID-19, and how hydroxychloroquine reversed his "downward spiral."

We also took listener comments and questions, as we took phone calls from across the state. Check out the full conversation below:

 

Original Story from April 17, 2020

"I’m Joe Balyeat ... And I have COVID-19." Not only that, but the longtime Bozeman Republican lawmaker says he used hydroxychloroquine, and it reversed the "downward spiral" that he was facing from the coronavirus.

Balyeat shared the news first with friends and family on Facebook, and now writes about his experience in a guest opinion column for The Great Falls Tribune. Here's an excerpt:

I’m in the coronavirus crosshairs – enlarged heart, AFib, and blood clots in both lungs. As such, I read COVID-19 articles for weeks; becoming convinced that  hydroxychloroquine, while unproven, was my best option.

Despite biased daily CNN anti-Trumpian warnings that  hydroxychloroquine was unproven and not as safe ..., I started taking it Wednesday, saw reversal of my downward spiral within a day, and today (have) only a slight cough.

Click here for the full column. And make sure you tune in Monday so we can hear from Joe Balyeat in his own words. Joe Balyeat joins us on Monday's Montana Talks statewide radio show, in an exclusive interview with Aaron Flint.

Catch “Montana Talks” with Aaron Flint statewide at 9 AM on the following stations:

  • Billings: Newstalk 95.5 and 95.1 FM, 970 AM KBUL
  • Bozeman: 1450 AM KMMS
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  • Missoula: 930 AM and 99.7 FM KMPT
  • Kalispell: 880 AM and 107.9 FM KJJR
  • Glendive: 1400 AM KXGN and 103.1 FM
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  • Great Falls: 102.7 FM KINX
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