Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ciprodex – Poison Marketed to Children

Ciprodex Ear Drops

Ciprodex is an ear drop that is used in children, especially children under the age of 3, the main people who get ear infections, that contains Cipro, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, and Dexamethasone, a steroid. Let me list the ways in which this is HORRIFYING:

  1. Fluoroquinolones are dangerous drugs. Their adverse effects include DESTRUCTION of all connective tissue throughout the body. This includes tendons, ligaments, fascia and cartilage. Destroying the connective tissue of a growing child is a REALLY BAD IDEA. Fluoroquinolones also adversely effect the nervous systems – central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems. Destroying a child’s central nervous system, its BRAIN, is also a REALLY BAD IDEA. A child’s brain is not fully developed and to damage it with chemicals is unconscionable. Fluoroquinolones are so dangerous that many have been removed from the market due to serious adverse reactions and safety concerns. The fluoroquinolones that have been removed from the market include gatifloxacin, repafloxacin, temafloxacin,trovafloxacin and afloxacin. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may be formulated in a way that makes it slightly less strong, or, if you’re feeling cynical, it may be formulated in a way that adverse effects tend to be delayed, and thus it is not perceived as being as dangerous as other, recalled, fluoroquinolones, but it’s still REALLY DANGEROUS. Hell, it messed me up pretty severely, and I was a strong and healthy 32 year old. I can only imagine what it would do to a child. I shudder at the thought.
  2. Fluoroquinolones should NEVER be co-administered with a steroid. They are contraindicated with steriods. Yet Bayer, in all its glory and brilliance, decided that it would be a good idea to combine a fluoroquinolone and a steroid in a single medication then market it to children. Awesome. Steroids weaken tendons, fluoroquinolones weaken tendons, putting them together is a toxic cocktail. Steroids also intensify the toxicity syndrome that is “Floxing.”
  3. Because Ciprodex is an ear drop, it doesn’t carry the same warnings as orally administered Cipro. I’m sure that a drug that goes into the digestive tract is metabolized differently than a drug that goes into the body via the ear. However, I am also sure that people can be floxed by ear and eye drops because I’ve talked to people who have been poisoned that way. To take the warning labels off of ear and eye drops is absurd. The drugs are still going into the body. Eyes and ears aren’t disconnected from the rest of the body just because they’re not directly connected to the digestive tract. I’m not asking anyone to believe in homeopathy or to go to a holistic physician, but I am saying that it is crazy to think that drugs that go into the ear and/or the eye don’t go into the body. Ears and eyes actually are part of the body, not separate floating entities completely disconnected from the rest of the being. Yet the FDA treats them this way and doesn’t demand the same warning labels on ear and eye drops. So parents are completely uninformed of the dangers of Ciprodex when they administer it to their children.
  4. Again Ciprodex is specifically marketed to children – what is wrong with these people? And what is wrong with the FDA? Children, the most inherently vulnerable people in our society, the people who are depending completely on others to take care of them, are being endangered at the least and permanently damaged at the worst, by pharmaceutical companies and a medical system that isn’t looking out for them. This is disgusting.

Here is the package insert for Ciprodex – http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/lookup.cfm?setid=0ed518de-4ae1-43d1-84ff-26872d9e6a0f . Some things to note in the insert are:

  1. The amount of Cipro in it is low. This is good. Seriously, thank God.
  2. It is approved for use in patients 6 months of age and older. This is appalling.
  3. CIPRODEX® Otic is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to ciprofloxacin, to other quinolones, or to any of the components in this medication.” So, if your baby starts having seizures, you may want to discontinue use of this drug because it turns out that your child now has a history of hypersensitivity to Cipro. Too bad they don’t mention that an adverse reaction isn’t reversible. And how, other than poisoning their children, are parents supposed to know whether or not their child has a history of hypersensitivity to these drugs?
  4. Serious acute hypersensitivity reactions may require immediate emergency treatment.” This implies that there is a treatment. There isn’t. If your child has an adverse reaction to this drug and you take him or her to the emergency room, he or she will likely be pumped full of steroids which will make him or her worse. Then the child will have connective tissue and nervous system issues for a while, possibly for the rest of his or her life. But sure, tell your doctor immediately if your child experiences a hypersensitive reaction. They won’t be able to do anything about it, but they may realize that they poisoned your child and may avoid doing it again in the future.
  5. If the infection is not improved after one week of treatment, cultures should be obtained to guide further treatment.” Cultures should be obtained before the administration of any antibiotic, period. Fluoroquinolones should not be used as a first line of defense against verified bacteria, period.
  6. The systemic administration of quinolones, including ciprofloxacin at doses much higher than given or absorbed by the otic route, has led to lesions or erosions of the cartilage in weight-bearing joints and other signs of arthropathy in immature animals of various species.” Yup. And I wouldn’t trust that the amount absorbed by the otic route is too small, especially seeing as everyone’s tolerance for fluoroquinolones seems to be different. Some people die after 2 pills, others take 90 before they have a reaction. Besides, the people who are testing these drugs are the ones selling them. Don’t trust the bastards.
  7. Guinea pigs dosed in the middle ear with CIPRODEX® Otic for one month exhibited no drug-related structural or functional changes of the cochlear hair cells and no lesions in the ossicles.” Well, it’s nice to know that their ears looked okay. Could they run though? Could they still find their way through a puzzle (or do whatever cognitive things guinea pigs can do?) How did their brains look? How did their tendons look? You don’t know because you weren’t looking? Oh…. I see.
  8. It is very important to use the ear drops for as long as the doctor has instructed, even if the symptoms improve.” It is very important to stop using fluoroquinolones as soon as possible after you start having an adverse reaction. Even after stopping administration of them, the adverse reaction can continue. Since we’re talking about children, it’s really important that you stop giving your children drugs that are poisoning them. Discontinue use immediately.
  9. Specific drug interaction studies have not been conducted with CIPRODEX® Otic.” I’ll tell you that NSAIDs and steroids trigger adverse reactions.
  10. Ciprofloxacin and corticosteroids, as a class, appear in (breast) milk following oral administration.” This is bad.
  11. No clinically relevant changes in hearing function were observed in 69 pediatric patients (age 4 to 12 years) treated with CIPRODEX® Otic and tested for audiometric parameters.” Your child will still be able to hear. That’s good. He or she may even be able to hear constant ringing (tinnitus), a common effect of fluoroquinolone toxicity. That’s bad.
  12. All of the adverse events listed are things involving the ear. Of course, adverse effects on the ear should be noted when studying ear drops, but the rest of the subject should also be noted. Of the 937 babies poisoned by Ciprodex, how many suffered from subsequent tendon pain? How many had cartilage, tendons, ligaments or fascia that were mal-formed? How many of these children subsequently read at a normal level? How many of these children displayed symptoms of autism? Could they run? Could the jump? Could they think? Could they concentrate? Did they have GI problems? ALL of these things are problems associated with fluoroquinolone toxicity, and if none of these questions were asked, then the researchers were LOOKING AT THE WRONG THINGS. THEY WERE ASKING THE WRONG QUESTIONS AND THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF THIS DRUG HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED PROPERLY.

Even if all of the 937 children who were part of this study (side-note – don’t put your children in drug studies, just don’t) were fine, (and I doubt that is the case), effects of fluoroquinolones appear to be cumulative. So, even if these children didn’t react to these drugs the first time they were administered, they may react horribly to them when they get a fluoroquinolone in the future. A ticking time-bomb in their little body has been triggered, and it may get set off by future fluoroquinolone use, steroid use, NSAID use, or maybe even vaccines. (I’m not trying to vilify vaccines any more than I’m trying to vilify ibuprofen, the culprit is the fluoroquinolone, not the triggering toxin.)

fluoroquinolone-lawsuit-banner-trulaw

Ciprodex and plain Cipro ear drops are given to children constantly. A very good friend of mine brought her then 9-month old daughter to an emergency services clinic with a suspected ear infection. The doctor never cultured the bacteria in her ear, he simply prescribed her some Cipro ear drops. Thankfully I was with my friend when she went to pick up the drops and she never filled the prescription (because I flipped out). The infection went away on its own.

The following was recently posted in a Facebook group that I belong to – “My 20 month old grandson is visiting from GA. He had a follow-up appointment at Vanderbilt for his ear tubes. The physician prescribed Ciprodex Otic Suspension for an ear infection. This is a combination of Cipro and corticosterod given via the ear. The insert does not disclose all the potential side effects. The insert states there are other potential risk and if you have concerns get additional information from your health care provider (which we know how that goes). After watching my wife go from a normal life to a life with disabilities…..I am concerned. In my personal research, children are at high risk of floxing. Does anyone know of floxing via the ear drop forms of quinolone antibiotics?”

Children are being given this poison every day. A child has probably been given a dose of Ciprodex in the amount of time that it took you to read this post. I hope and pray that they are okay.  

 

flu tox get help you need banner click lisa

Is Our Meat Floxed?

Feedlot Dangers

My favorite theory about the pathology/cause of floxing (of course, fluoroquinolone use is the CAUSE of floxing, but not all people who use fluoroquinolones get floxed – something goes horribly wrong in the bodies of the people who do), is that a neurotoxin is produced by the damaged bacteria within the body and that neurotoxin is the actual cause of the health problems that Floxies experience. More information on this theory can be found on https://floxiehope.com/2013/06/20/test-post/ and at the bottom of this page.

This theory, that neurotoxins are produced when fluoroquinolones mess up the bacteria, makes me think about a lot of things. One of these things is our meat.

Fluoroquinolones are used rampantly in agriculture, even though there has been some regulation limiting their use. If fluoroquinolones cause the production of neurotoxins, could it be possible that these neurotoxins are in the flesh of the animals that are exposed to fluoroquinolones – the meat that we eat? If so, what are the health consequences of this to the humans who eat that meat?

I believe that meat is tested for antibiotics and other agriculturally utilized pharmaceuticals before it goes to market, but if the meat is actually contaminated with a neurotoxic byproduct of the pharmaceutical, as opposed to the pharmaceutical itself, then maybe the wrong thing is being tested for. Is our meat contaminated with neurotoxic byproducts of fluorquinolone antibiotics? I don’t know, but it’s something that is definitely worth looking into.

Admittedly, this line of thinking involves a lot of unproven jumps and assumptions, but I don’t think that I’m being completely unreasonable. The theories described below seem more than reasonable, they seem right, and I think that looking into the health consequences of eating meat that is from animals that have been floxed is something that we should do. Question everything. It’ll keep you safer and make you smarter.

There are many good reasons not to use fluoroquinolone antibiotics on livestock animals. Antibiotic resistance is becoming a bigger and bigger problem and the thought that we may be breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria in our feedlots is appalling. This problem, though not without controversy, is generally acknowledged and some regulation is being put into place to try to prevent an atrocity from happening. However, humans are slow to change the status quo unless there is an emergency and I doubt that real, meaningful regulation will come about until an antibiotic resistant bacteria is bred in feedlots and that bacteria infects people. Antibiotic use in livestock also enables ranchers to keep their animals in dirty, unsanitary, inhumane conditions – something that is also appalling. Even though I haven’t done a whole lot of research into the topic, I think that with the research that has been done, we can add potential contamination with neurotoxic byproducts to the list of reasons that antibiotics generally, and fluoroquinolones specifically, should not be used in livestock.

I like meat and I eat it, but I’ve tried to exclusively consume organic meat since I got floxed. I’m going to try harder now. I suggest that you do the same.

From https://floxiehope.com/2013/06/20/test-post/

Is a neurotoxin produced by the damaged/bad bacteria after exposure to fluoroquinolones (or the die-off of the “good” bacteria that keep the bad ones in check)?  There are several interesting things noted in Beyond Antibiotics by Michael Schmidt.  Dr. Schmidt points out that both tartaric acid and tricarbalyte are noxious compounds produced by bad gut bacteria when good gut bacteria in the gut are not available to keep them in check.  Tartaric acid “is a known poison of the energy system of mitochondria,” and tricarbalyte “binds to magnesium and may reduce the availability of dietary magnesium.”  (pages 28-29) Dr. Schmidt also says that antibiotics cause the production of clostridiam which is a known neurotoxin producing organism (p. 44). And, on page 47 he says, “Whever a CPY enzyme is blocked or slowed, its ability to detoxify other drugs can be impaired.”  My thought on this is that the fluoroquinolones slowed our CPY enzymes then the NSAIDs, steroids, other toxins in our system, did other damage – and maybe that’s why each of us have so many different symptoms.

Also, John Travis reported in Science News (July 2003;164) that research performed by John F. Prescott found that certain antibiotics, such as the fluoroquinolones, the class of antibiotics that includes the name-brands and generic brands of Levaquin[R], Cipro[R], Tequin[R], and Avelox[R], actually are known to trigger a type of virus called bacteriophages (viruses that can infect bacteria) to change the genetic sequencing of the bacteria, causing the bacterium they have infected to start producing toxins. These viruses can act as genetic delivery vans, invading bacteria, such as spirochetes, often lying dormant, until activated by a change in the host (your body’s) environment. Once activated, these viruses insert their toxin-generating genes into the bacterial chromosomes. These viruses can turn basically harmless bacterium into killers through this genetic sequencing of toxins (Travis 2003).  Not only are these toxins released through bacteria die-off and not only can antibiotics actually increase the production of the toxins, but these viruses can cause the bacteria to rupture, spilling their toxins into the body (Waldor 2004).  http://www.benbrew.com/lb/lyme5.pdf

* I haven’t had the time to do a whole lot of research into this theory, so if anyone has any articles about it, please forward them on to me.

flu tox get help you need banner click lisa

Taking Supplements After Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

Supplements After Fluoroquinolone Poisoning

“I am not a doctor and none of the advice contained in this site should be seen as a replacement for the advice of a doctor or other medical professional. Please be careful with all supplements and treatments that you self-administer. Trusted supervision by a medical professional is a good idea.”

That’s the disclaimer that I have up on the Stories page of Floxie Hope. I have no idea how solid it is as a disclaimer. I’m not a lawyer either. Please don’t hurt yourself or sue me.

The disclaimer is understood. Sure.  Fine. We all know that each individual’s experience is different, their biochemistry is different, no one on here is doing a controlled scientific experiment because it’s IMPOSSIBLE to do a controlled scientific experiment on yourself, and we even know that we should probably avoid getting medical advice on the internet.

Fine.

But can you blame us?  What are we supposed to do? The doctors, the people who prescribed us a poison that MESSED US UP, could chat with us, but most Floxies are understandably wary of listening to their doctors. Doctors also have no answers. They have no advice, no course of action for us to take, and no cure. I don’t blame them for not having answers.  They just don’t know. They have no idea what is going wrong in our bodies or how to fix it. It would be nice if they tried to understand, explored different theories, answered the questions in my “What is going on???” post (https://floxiehope.com/2013/06/20/test-post/) compiled a database of what helps and what hurts, looked for a cure, etc. But seeing as we’re fighting to even get our ailments acknowledged and linked to fluoroquinolones, it’s pretty far-fetched to think that meaningful research into a cure is going to be done any time soon.

So we seek answers on the internet. We try different supplements that have helped other people. Luckily, unlike pharmaceuticals, supplements have an excellent safety record. But the combinations that any of us try may hurt us. We may inadvertently harm ourselves while trying to heal ourselves.  We don’t intend for that to happen, but it may.

I’ve had two minor mishaps with supplements. I took a niacin supplement and got a “flush” that scared the $*&% out of me. I recently started taking Magnesium Malate / Malic Acid (same thing, two names). It’s given me a nice energy boost, but it’s made it difficult to sleep.  Having a little more energy is not even close to worth insomnia – for me. Neither of these mishaps caused me any real harm. They were learning experiences. Taking Cipro was also a learning experience, but a lot of harm was done and the lessons learned came at a ridiculously high price.

I think that most of the supplements that I take help me in one way or another. I wouldn’t take them if I didn’t think that they were beneficial. Yeah, I see the benefit in each of them, but my attachment to them and the money that I spend on them isn’t completely healthy. I spend way too much money on supplements and I am only sure of the benefits of some of them. Iron, magnesium and chlorophyll help me immensely. I eat beets and brewer’s yeast daily and I think that something in them (probably the uridine) is helpful. What helped me may not help you so only take that for what it’s worth, not a lot, only a teensy bit more than your doctor’s advice, seeing as he/she knows nothing about this. (I say that tongue-in-cheek – but don’t take my advice as medical advice, seriously, don’t.)

It would be really, really, really nice if our doctors could acknowledge what happened to us, note that they don’t know how to fix us, and explore alternative treatments with us.  Hahahahahaha, I know, pipe dream, hahahahahahaha – I crack myself up.

I’m sure that it’s frustrating for doctors to hear from patients, “I heard about this remedy on the internet,” but if they can’t give any answers, seriously, what are we supposed to do?

I see the people who look for answers to their ailments on the internet as hopeful. We HOPE that there is something out there that can help us, that can cure us. We hope that someone else has found the magic combination of supplements and diet that will lift our brain-fog and cure our connective tissues. I don’t care if this hope is entirely false, hope is a good thing. I hope that the stories of hope and healing in this web site are helpful to you and that what worked for others works for you as well. Please don’t hurt yourself with supplements or diet, and especially don’t get hurt with pharmaceuticals again. And as always, have hope.

 

flu tox get help you need banner click lisa

 

Was Lady Gaga Floxed?

Lady Gaga in Hospital

I suspect that Lady Gaga was floxed.

Before I continue with my explanation as to why I think this, let me say that this is pure conjecture. If, by chance, Lady Gaga reads this post and she wants me to take it down, either because it is false, or because it is true but none of my business and who the f am I to out her illness(?), she should please just let me know (and please note that a call from her as opposed to a note from a lawyer would be appreciated, but I will pay attention to either).

So, back in February, 2013 there were news reports that Lady Gaga (her real name is Stefani Germanotta, but I’ll keep referring to her by her stage name ’cause that’s what everyone knows her by) was sick and that she had undergone a whole bunch of tests to see if she had an autoimmune disease. Then there were reports that she couldn’t walk.  Shortly thereafter she canceled a concert because she tore her labrum – cartilage in her hip.  Then her entire concert tour was canceled. Then she disappeared for a while. If you take out the rockstar parts, her story is awfully similar to mine. My body started to go hay-wire in a way that seemed like an autoimmune disease, I got tested for the gamut of them and all the tests came back negative. Shortly thereafter I stopped being able to walk. I was lucky that I didn’t rupture any tendons and that I didn’t have to have surgery, but the fact that she did tear her labrum and had to have surgery is consistent with floxing. When I saw a video of her recently, she was standing and looked good, but she looked…. floxed. She looked like the energy had been sucked out of her. She wasn’t exuding confidence and energy, she looked like a Floxie.

It makes me really sad to think that Lady Gaga is a Floxie. I don’t want this to happen to anybody, but I’m a fan of hers. I have to be careful how I say this because I don’t want to stick my foot in my mouth, but it really bothers me when high accomplishing people, people who have found their greatness and are living it, get knocked down by fluoroquinolones. No one deserves to be floxed and no one is any better or worse than anyone else, but some people are living larger than other people. Some people are making a difference in the world, and for their trajectory to be stopped because of a stupid antibiotic is tragic. If I dare say, it’s more of a loss for the world for Lady Gaga to be floxed than it is for, say, me, to be floxed. I was, and still am, living a good life. But I wasn’t, and still am not, making art, effecting the culture of the country (even the world), fighting for civil rights or just generally living large. Lady Gaga was, and hopefully still is, or at least will be again, doing all those things.

If, as I believe, Lady Gaga is/was floxed, her tour was taken away from the world by either Bayer or Johnson & Johnson. Not only does that mean that a $50 million tour was canceled for LiveNation (aka Ticketmaster – the ones who were putting on the concert who lost a whole bucketload of moolah) and Lady Gaga, but all of the jobs that were to be supported by that tour were lost, and, more importantly in my opinion, the joy that her art would have given to all of her fans was lost. Money, art, culture, influence, joy, spectacle, energy – all of it was stolen by Bayer (or J&J).

I hope that I’m wrong. I hope that Lady Gaga is not floxed. I hope that she really did just injure herself with over-exertion originally then recovering from the surgery has kept her down for a while. I really hope that the official story is the truth and that I’m just crazy and biased because of what happened to me and now I think that everyone is floxed. I hope that this is all in my head.

I can understand several reasons why Lady Gaga would not want to come forward with being a Floxie, if, indeed, I am correct and she is a Floxie. First, this is unheard of. Who the hell gets messed up by an antibiotic? I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t gone through it and I suspect that Lady Gaga suspects that no one will believe her if she comes forward. People will likely say that she’s lying, or that she was on other drugs, or that this was somehow her fault. They’d be wrong if they said those things, but I can understand her wanting to avoid the false criticism. Second, as I wrote about in my blog essay entitled “Shame” (https://floxiehope.com/2013/07/03/shame/ ), there is a lot of shame associated with floxing. Lady Gaga took an antibiotic, and now she can’t tour, she can’t dance, she can’t be a rockstar. And if you think that you’re loved only because you’re capable of those things, it’s natural to hide your illness, to not tell anyone that you’re not capable any more. Third, she probably feels the same powerlessness, doom and fear that most of us do when we are floxed.

Just in case Lady Gaga reads this, let me say – it gets better. It does. You will recover. Most people do. I did. You are young. You are strong. You are a ROCKSTAR. You can do this. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes healing. It takes compassion for yourself and your situation. It takes love. And even if you can’t wear your heel-less heels any more, you’re still loved, by millions. And you’re still a rockstar. And you’ll still be loved even if you are a different kind of rockstar than you were. Your energy will return. Your light will return. It will. Have faith. Be strong. Have hope.

Lady Gaga, while I’m sure that you just want to get well and leave this whole mess behind you, let me plug fighting the pharmaceutical companies for a second. The fight against the pharmaceutical giants who care only about their bottom line and who treat people like they are expendable, like collateral damage, like they don’t matter, has just begun. It would be wonderful to have someone as powerful and influential as you standing up and saying that this is not okay. It is not okay to maim and hurt people. It is not okay to treat people as if their health doesn’t matter, like their lives don’t matter, like they don’t matter. There is nothing okay about that. It would be wonderful to have your help in that fight. It’s daunting though, I know. And it’s not sexy. But your help would certainly be appreciated. In case this can push you over the edge toward advocacy – they give this poison to children, to babies, for ear and eye infections. If it almost wrecked you, as it almost wrecked me, imagine what it would do to a child who doesn’t have coping skills yet, who doesn’t have a mind yet to lose.

Lady Gaga, I am inspired by your words, “I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.” I hope that you feel those words to be true. They are. Regardless of whether or not you fight the pharmaceutical giants, I hope that you find healing and hope and that your life gets back to the greatness that it was before you got sick. You’re amazing. Present tense. You can do this.

Always a fan,

Lisa Bloomquist

P.S. – Here’s a little video of me and a friend dancing to Just Dance, in 2009 (pre-flox – but I can still dance like I do in this video – poorly, but with a lot of heart) – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1149570256573&l=2493007612854014142

Money Picture

The following may go a bit over the line considering that this is all conjecture.  I may be reading way too far into my own theories that are based on my own biases.  Oh well.  It’s my blog, I can be crazy and off-base if I want to.  (Again, I will take this all down if asked to by Lady Gaga.)

I want Lady Gaga to sue the hell out of Bayer and/or J&J.  Additionally, I want all of the organizations associated with her to sue the hell out of Bayer and/or J&J.  So many people, and so many corporations, have LOST SO MUCH MONEY because she has been out of commission for the last five months.  She was supposed to tour this summer.  She didn’t and if that’s either Bayer or J&J’s fault, they should PAY.  They should pay so much that their stock plummets.

Despite what the sinister Supreme Court may rule, corporations are not people and thus they do not have a soul.  Their soullessness is demonstrated through their lack of compassion toward their victims, their structure of fighting, overpowering and bullying their victims as opposed to compensating them, changing their actions based on caring for the actual souls that they effect, and working toward meaningful human goals like caring, compassion, empathy, connectedness, etc.  The ONLY thing that they, the corporations, not the individuals within the corporations, care about is their bottom line.  Thus, the ONLY way to hurt them is to hurt their bottom line.

Those corporations that have had their bottom lines effected by the loss of Lady Gaga as a performing artist – her record label, her management company, Live Nation / Tickemaster, etc.  – everyone – should sue the hell out of Bayer (or Johnson & Johnson) for what they did to your bottom line.  They hurt your corporation.  Seek justice for your corporation and you will gain a small piece of justice for the individuals, the people, the actual souls, who have been hurt by these companies.  It is not your goal to seek justice for us, or even for Lady Gaga.  Your goal is to restore your bottom line and to recoup losses.  But a side-effect of hurting the bastards that hurt us is that you will be achieving a small amount of justice for all of us who have been hurt by them.  Your billion dollar lawsuit will be greatly appreciated.

I sent this letter to Live Nation / Ticketmaster back in February.  I just got the lawyer’s name off of the internet.  I have no idea if I sent it to the right place or not.  I didn’t get a reply.

fluoroquinolone-lawsuit-banner-trulaw

February 20, 2013

Dear Mr. Rowles,

I am writing to encourage you to look into the causes of Lady Gaga / Ms. Germanotta’s illnesses and, if they can be linked to fluoroquinolone antibiotics (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, etc.  Please note that adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics can occur up to a year after the drugs are taken, and stopped), to sue the manufacturer of the drugs – Bayer in the case of Cipro and Avelox and Johnson & Johnson in the case of Levaquin – for the losses incurred by LiveNation/Ticketmaster resulting from the cancellation of the Born This Way tour. 

Ms. Germanotta’s reported injuries are consistent with those of many other victims of fluoroquinolone antibiotics.  Torn ligaments and tendons, an inability to walk, symptoms that seem like an autoimmune disease (it was recently reported that Ms. Gremanotta was tested for Lupus and other autoimmune diseases).  Additional symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity include:

Peripheral Nervous System: Tingling, numbness, prickling, burning pain, pins/needles sensation,

electrical or shooting pain, skin crawling, sensation, hyperesthesia, hypoesthesia, allodynia

(sensitivity to touch), numbness, weakness, twitching, tremors, spasms.

Central Nervous System: Dizziness, malaise, weakness, impaired coordination, nightmares,

insomnia, headaches, agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, disorientation, impaired concentration or

memory, confusion, depersonalization, hallucinations, psychoses.

Musculoskeletal: Muscle pain, weakness, soreness; joint swelling, pain; tendon pain, ruptures.

Special Senses: Diminished or altered visual, olfactory, auditory functioning, tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Cardiovascular: Tachycardia, shortness of breath, hypertension, palpitations, chest pain.

Skin: Rash, swelling, hair loss, sweating, intolerance to heat and\or cold.

Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Further information about how fluoroquinolone antibiotics can ravage a person’s body can be found on www.ciproispoison.com and through doing a search for “The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain” on Facebook.  Additionally, the New York Times ran a recent article about the danger of fluoroquinolones – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/popular-antibiotics-may-carry-serious-side-effects/ (the comments after the article shed some light on the pain that many experience after being poisoned by fluoroquinolones). 

Please note that though some side effects are listed on the package inserts of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, many warnings are missing.  The facts that damage caused by fluoroquinolone antibiotics can be permanently debilitating, that the effects are not reversible through any actions taken by doctors and that steroids and NSAIDs are contraindicated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics are not mentioned anywhere on the list of side effects. 

Thousands of people have been hurt by fluoroquinolone antibiotics.  Most do not have the power or resources to sue Bayer or Johnson & Johnson.  LiveNation / Ticketmaster does have the resources to seek justice and to recoup the damages caused by Ms. Germanotta’s poisoning.  Please, if fluoroquinolone antibiotics are responsible for the loss of the tour (and possibly the ending of Ms. Germanotta’s career), hold the manufacturers of these dangerous drugs responsible and recoup the money lost from the cancellation of the tour. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Regards,

Lisa Bloomquist

flu tox get help you need banner click lisa

 

Warning Signs of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

Signs of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

Almost every time I mention how Cipro messed me up, I get the response, “Oh yeah, I’ve taken that – it doesn’t affect me.”  To which I respond, “I took it several times before I reacted to it too.  My body went completely hay-wire the second time I took Cipro.   Don’t take it again.”

Adverse reactions to fluoroquinolones aren’t allergic reactions, they’re something else.  The pathology of adverse reactions to fluoroquinolones is unknown – to anyone (or, if someone knows, they’re not publishing research papers about it).  My guesses to the pathology can be found at https://floxiehope.com/2013/06/20/what-is-fluoroquinolone-toxicity/.

Unlike allergic reactions, adverse reactions to fluoroquinolones often occur long after the fluoroquinolone use has stopped.  Antihistamines do nothing to stop an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone (though they may be able to help with some of the inflammation symptoms and they don’t seem to hurt most Floxies).

Though some people react to their first dose of a fluoroquinolone, many don’t, which leads them to falsely believe that these drugs are safe and that they won’t react to them in the future.  Unfortunately, an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone can occur even if (maybe especially if – because there is (anecdotal) evidence that fluoroquinolones accumulate in the body and that there is a “tipping point” at which the body overloads) they have been taken with no adverse reaction in the past.

Looking back, I had some of these warning signs after I took Cipro the first time, in 2010.  My eyelid twitched and I developed strange, but passing, abdominal cramping.  I experienced a “weak bladder” that I attributed to genetics and age.  I had itchy legs at times and just thought it was dry skin.  I didn’t connect any of these things to the prescription antibiotics that I took to treat a urinary tract infection.

If I had connected those symptoms to the fluoroquinolones, I may have been able to avoid taking Cipro again, and I may have avoided the pain and suffering that I went through starting in December, 2011.  (https://floxiehope.com/lisas-story/).  I hope that this list of minor symptoms serves as a warning to you.  Please don’t take any fluoroquinolone antibiotics no matter what, but especially if you are experiencing any of the following, heed your body’s warnings and stay away from these drugs!

I got this from a Facebook post.  Thanks for posting it, Mazieta!

What FQ can do (HINTS AND CLUES THAT MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE)

Perhaps you have taken quinolones in the past and you think that they worked well and that you did not react negatively to them. Check the following subtle symptoms of the beginning stages of a quinolone intoxication from an earlier treatment and the normal interpretations that people make of them.

* You had a strange bout of tendinitis, for instance in the outer tip of the hip, normally diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis caused by tight belts or resting on you side at night. The same applies to other areas of the body, like the elbow (epicondylitis) diagnosed as an overuse of your tennis racquet or gardening practices, but you remember that you had never had it before.

* It takes you longer to recover after exercise. It is not alarming and you have not paid much attention to it.

* You sleep worse than before; it seems normal as you have a lot of pressure at work.

* From time to time you have some small throbbing pains in different parts of the body. They last only for a few seconds, so there is nothing to worry about it.

* It is strange- but you have occasional twitching in an eyelid, or any other part of the body. It is not painful.

* Some nights you feel some mild itching migrating along your body. One brief itch here, and another there. It is more intense in the scrotum or groin. Instead of identifying it as a peripheral neuropathy, you conclude that your clothes, your perspiration or the new brand of soap that is more irritating must be causing it.

* You feel some stiffness, and your range of movement is not as full as before, especially in one or both legs, but it is normal because you are getting older.

* You do not tolerate coffee as well as before. Now you have to reduce the amount of coffee that you used to drink.

* Your memory is not as good as it used to be. The cause may be too many things to think about and too much stress. And you are no longer a young person.

* There is an urge to urinate when the bladder is partially full. When you feel the need to urinate you have to rush for the toilet. Most urologists think that it is due to a dysfunction associated with a benign enlarged prostate but in reality it is a neurological deficit caused by the prescriptions of quinolones that they gave you.

* You cannot flex fully, or strongly, your big toe (one or both), or sustain the flexion for more than a few seconds. This is an indication that your large nerves (anterior tibialis) have started to fail due to the toxicity. This sign is a strong warning that your body will not tolerate more quinolones.

* Sometimes, you have nightmares while falling asleep that scare you. How strange you think. They are toxic panic attacks that reflect toxic damage to your brain.

If you have experienced some of these symptoms since you took your first quinolone, perhaps you have reached your first threshold of tolerance, that -once surpassed- can result in the destruction of your life soon thereafter if you take more quinolones.

Thank you for reading Floxie Hope!  I hope that all who read Floxie Hope gain insight, support, understanding and, most of all, HOPE.  If you would like to support Floxie Hope, all contributions will be greatly appreciated!  Click HERE to contribute to Floxie Hope.  Thank you!

support button 2 72dpi

Wish List

Wish List of Fluoroquinolones Antibiotics Survivor

Here is a list of things I want. I figure that it can’t hurt to state my wishes. People generally try to give you what you want, if you ask for it. So…. hereyago –

  • I want them (the doctors, pharmacists, etc.) to stop giving fluoroquinolones to children.
  • I want for fluoroquinolones to only be prescribed/administered after all other viable options for cures of infections have been exhausted.
  • I want the FDA to do independent investigations and studies on every one of the top 10 drugs that are complained about in their adverse event reporting system.
  • I want there to be a process through which accurate and complete information about all of the possible risks associated with a drug are communicated to patients in a way that ensures that true, honest INFORMED CONSENT is given prior to the administering of any prescription drug.
  • I want pharmacists to truly be gatekeepers and to refuse to fill prescriptions that are unnecessarily dangerous.
  • I want doctors to listen to people other than other doctors.
  • I want nurses to speak up when they see something in the system that is wrong.
  • I want all Floxies, and Floxie friends and allies, to rise up and fight these pharmaceutical companies that have hurt us, who have disregarded our worth as humans so that they can have profits, and I want us to bring them down to their knees, to force them to change.
  • I want everyone who is suffering from an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone to find healing, peace, hope and happiness.
  • I want a cure.
  • I want to know what makes some people more susceptible to being floxed than others.
  • I want floxing to be acknowledged – by everyone.
  • I want for the attitude of – if it can’t be tested for, and if there isn’t a cure, then the problem doesn’t exist – to go away.
  • I want all of the victims of fluoroquinolone toxicity to win lawsuits against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and for all of us to be compensated for the damage that they have caused us.
  • I want studies to be done establishing whether or not there is a connection between fluoroquinolone use and fibromyalgia, chronic lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Desert War Syndrome, anxiety, depression, suicide, plantar fascitis, autism, leaky gut syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, M.S., Lupus, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Then, once a connection is established, I want a study to be done that firmly establishes a causal relationship between fluoroquinolone use and fluoroquinolone toxicity (in all its various incarnations and misdiagnoses) to be done.
  • I want the stock of Bayer and Johnson & Johnson to crash.
  • I want this anger that I feel to serve a purpose for both me personally and for humanity generally.
  • I want an article in The New Yorker to be written about fluoroquinolone toxicity.
  • I want to do a TED talk about floxing.
  • I want to make a living advocating on behalf of victims of the pharmaceutical industry.
  • I want the pharmaceutical industry to have a lot fewer victims – zeroish.
  • I want an apology letter from Bayer.
  • I want to know the pathology by which these drugs messed me (and others) up.
  • I want pharmaceutical companies to have a lot less power.
  • I want people to take side-effects of all drugs seriously.
  • I want everyone to treat everyone else with compassion, caring, respect and love. I want everyone to treat everyone else as if their health matters – because it does. I especially want doctors, nurses and pharmacists to treat everyone that they see as if they matter – because they do – regardless of their disease, their mental state, their hygiene, etc.
  • I want there to be a societal shift away from thinking that it’s okay for people to be sacrificed in exchange for money.
  • I want universal sympathy for those who are suffering.
  • I want this blog to go viral.
  • I want my mind fully back – my memory, my reading comprehension, my concentration, my ability to connect with others – I want it to be back completely.
  • I want a boyfriend/husband, good sex and a baby – in approximately that order.
  • I want a fully loaded, brand new Tesla.

Okay, so those last four may be a bit selfish. Seeing as I’m able to live a normal/good life, while other people who have been Floxed are bed-ridden for years and only want a normal/good life, I feel a little bad about asking for those things. But I do want them… 🙂

 

flu tox get help you need banner click lisa

The Shame of a Pharmaceutical Induced Illness

Pharmaceutical Induced Illness

I have noticed some shame associated with floxing.  I have felt plenty of shame.  I haven’t wanted people to know that I was sick.  I haven’t wanted people to know how I got sick.  I haven’t wanted people to know that I’m dwelling on being sick or that I’m participating in support groups.  I certainly have felt some shame associated with having mental health issues – a lovely part of floxing.  I have felt shame at how I dealt with getting sick – badly – something that I can at least partly attribute to my mental health issues that were caused by getting floxed.  I have felt shame about the fact that I can’t do the things that I used to be able to do.  I have felt shame about my anger.  I have felt shame about not getting better more quickly (and I am a fast recovering Floxie).  I have felt shame over the fact that I’ve changed, that I’m just different now.   Lots and lots of stupid shame.  I have noticed that other people seem to feel shame about being floxed too.  They use a pseudonym when participating in the support groups, or they ask for things not to be shared with their friends or family members.  Shame, it appears, is part of being Floxed, for many people.

I wonder where this shame came from.  For me, in some cases it was justified.  I really did deal horribly with getting sick.  I was anxious, had psychotic thoughts and sought validation of my sickness and thoughts of my impending death.  My family was worried – justifiably.  And maybe it’s okay to feel a little ashamed of the fact that I’ve dwelled on being sick.  It’s not healthy to have a sickness form your identity.  More importantly, it’s not helpful.  But I really shouldn’t have been ashamed of getting sick, or any of my symptoms.  It’s not my fault.  And the fact that you got sick is not your fault.  And I shouldn’t have felt ashamed at the pace at which I recovered.  My body, mind and spirit healed as fast as they could.  Yours will too.

Shame, I think, ultimately stems from fear that you won’t be loved.  That you won’t be loved as a sick person.  That you won’t be loved as a person who can’t run, or play football, or dance, or whatever.  That you won’t be loved as an anxious person.  That you won’t be loved as a person who isn’t as smart as you used to be.  That you won’t be loved as a tired person.  That you won’t be loved as a Floxie.  So you hide your sickness, your anger, your pain, and you feel ashamed.

I’m not sure what to say to any of you who can empathize with this post, other than stop it.  Stop feeling ashamed.  Stop hiding.  Stop being afraid.  And you may just find that you are loved just the way you are, busted tendons and all.

You are sick.  You are not broken.  You are not less.  You have nothing to be ashamed of.  You have no reason to hide.  You are loved.  Even if you are sick and scared and can’t move or think, you are loved.  You are loved by your friends and family.  Even if you don’t feel the love from them, don’t believe the love from them, you are still loved because love is within you.  You are loved.  You just are.

 

flu tox get help you need banner click lisa