Lessons from Entrepreneurs

One of my favorite podcasts is Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas. It’s a fun and interesting podcast that fits just about perfectly into my commute. In it, John Lee Dumas interviews business owners about their entrepreneurship journey.

Because I relate everything in my life back to fluoroquinolone (FQ) toxicity, some things brought up on Entrepreneur on Fire often made me think about flox-related issues.

One thing that is brought up regularly on Entrepreneur on Fire is the power of networking. It seems that every time I talk with someone about FQ toxicity they say, “that happened to me,” or, “that happened to my husband, wife, sister, brother, mom, dad, uncle, aunt, child, neighbor, etc.” However, it also seems that no one outside of the “floxie” community really knows about FQ toxicity. It’s a strange combination of common and unheard of. It’s as if everyone thinks that they’re a rare case, or they internalize the lack of recognition of FQ toxicity in the medical community, or they assume that there must be other factors at play because antibiotics “don’t do that,” or they get better and don’t think about it any more.

I’m honestly not sure where the dissonance lies, and I am certainly biased in thinking that I see FQ toxicity everywhere, but I wonder if there just aren’t enough people talking about it. I wonder if, like in business, what is necessary for getting the word out about FQ toxicity is a whole lot of chatting about FQ toxicity and a whole lot of networking. If all of us who know about FQ toxicity shared something on our social media sites about FQ toxicity on a regular basis (daily, weekly, monthly – whatever you feel comfortable with), maybe more people would connect the dots and start talking about FQ toxicity. If people see articles or blog posts about FQ toxicity, maybe they’ll realize that they’re not alone in their suffering, or maybe people will start to believe that their loved one who is sick after taking a FQ isn’t just “being difficult,” or maybe people will think twice before taking a FQ themselves, or giving a FQ to a loved one. Maybe, if people hear about FQ toxicity enough, they’ll see that it’s a problem, and that something needs to be done about it.

I think that there is a lot of value in in-person networking and discussion of FQ toxicity as well as social media networking. Conversations can be initiated, and a lot of people can learn about the dangers of Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and the other fluoroquinolones if, when we are asked, “What do you do?” those who know about FQ toxicity answer, “I’m a ____, and I also advocate for fluoroquinolone toxicity awareness,” or something like that. I understand that it’s not entirely healthy to base your identity in your sickness, but, in my case it’s an accurate description of my life. I spend more time and energy working on FQ toxicity advocacy than I do on my “real” job. If we all opened up the door to talk about FQ toxicity when networking, maybe we could not only make people more aware of FQ toxicity, maybe we could chat with the “right” person to advance our cause. You never know who someone is connected to. Maybe the next person that you chat with at a networking event is connected to a powerful doctor, or someone influential in the media, or whatever.

The book, “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, was brought up on Entrepreneur on Fire the other day. According to the back of the book, “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” One day, FQ toxicity is going to reach a tipping point where it “spreads like wildfire,” and people know that fluoroquinolones are dangerous drugs that cause multi-symptom illness. One day, everyone will know how foolish it is to disrupt the DNA and RNA replication process of bacteria and mitochondria with chemo drugs masquerading as antibiotics. One day, it will be seen as a crime against humanity that these drugs were given out to children with ear infections. We’ll get to that tipping point where everyone realizes the dangers of fluoroquinolones, as us “floxies” do. Talking about FQ toxicity incessantly, and networking and sharing information, insights and stories is how we will reach the FQ toxicity awareness “tipping point.” And once the tipping point is reached, change will occur.

As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We change the world, and we reach the tipping point, one person at a time. We contact people, we take opportunities that are in front of us, and we create change – through networking, sharing and talking. It will behoove us to take tips from successful entrepreneurs – network, talk, spread ideas and knowledge, sell our world-view, etc. until the tipping point is reached.


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8 thoughts on “Lessons from Entrepreneurs

  1. Bob January 5, 2015 at 9:02 am Reply

    Lisa i have had a similar experience as you. It seems as if everyone I talk to knows someone who was floxed or even was floxed themself but did not attribute the damaged to the drug. The ones that did just feel lucky to have recovered and don’t talk about it. I have often thought about submitting this issued to Avaaz so it gets worldwide attention. I have heard that cipro is the most prescribed antibiotic in the world. I keep thinking what I will do when I recover but I am still in pretty bad shape and lucky to be employed. I don’t have the energy to start something like that now. If you are not familiar with them you put in your email and send a message to politicians or whomever would have the power to change things. I even called my senator to make an appointment to talked about this issue but couldn’t make it in to see him. I would like to see a march on Washington but I am afraid half the people would be in a wheelchair. The FDA is out of control and something needs to be done. A big campaign with an organization like Avazz would at least call attention to the issue. The way they are set up you can start your own campaign.

    • Lisa Bloomquist January 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm Reply

      Thanks for mentioning Avazz, Bob! I haven’t looked into it. I will though. One of my 2015 goals is to do more activism aimed at the FDA and politicians regarding FQ toxicity. Your note helps give me direction to do that. Thanks!!

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  3. Staveren January 5, 2015 at 5:07 pm Reply

    I would love to be more of an activist. But I am too sick. Can’t even cope with daily life since being floxed by Levaquine. Makes me very frustrated.

    • Lisa Bloomquist January 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm Reply

      One step at a time, my friend. Getting well and being kind to yourself are more important than activism. Hugs!

  4. Terry Chattsworth January 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Hi, Lisa – as you know, I agree with you 100%. The general public needs to learn the dangers of FQs, and doctors need to stop overprescribing them for minor infections that would respond to other drugs.


    I started a new topic at GHN Forums “Cipro & Levaquin Dangers”. It takes just a few clicks of the mouse, folks. A public thread the world will see. Let’s start the discussion. 🙂

    • Lisa Bloomquist January 7, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply

      Thank you, Terry! I’ll write a post plugging GHN and Heal With Friends. Both have similar goals – get people connecting and writing about FQ toxicity in a searchable forum. If you don’t see a post from me about that in the next couple weeks, please shoot me a reminder email. 🙂

  5. Marusia Marrapese February 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Beautifully honest, tragically true. 8 years ago the Cipro IV combined with a vacomycin IV for a most a week took me past my tipping point. Previous in the mid 1990’s I was floxed but recovered. Glyphosate also impairs the cytochrome p450 enzyme that regulates CYP paths. Bad made worse. I am so grateful to be led to Dr. COHEN’S Newsletter. Thankyou.

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