Floxie Hope Podcast Episode 19 – Ian


I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Ian for Episode 19 of The Floxie Hope Podcast.

Check it out!



Ian was an Olympic athlete prior to getting “floxed” by Levaquin. He has experienced severe fluoroquinolone toxicity symptoms, including multiple tendon tears that put an end to his cross-country ski racing career. Athletes should NEVER take fluoroquinolones. Ian went from being in the 2002 Olympics, to barely being able to walk around the block. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone. Please warn all your loved athletes so that they never take these dangerous, disabling antibiotics.

Ian is incredibly wise and insightful. His advice about how to face fluoroquinolone toxicity emotionally, mentally, socially, and psychologically is incredibly valuable. Please take the time to listen to him, and consider sharing this podcast with friends, family, and other loved ones. Ian’s measured and thoughtful voice of wisdom will help them to understand fluoroquinolone toxicity.

One thing that has recently helped Ian is KT tape. He posted this:


I had to let my body cure itself for 8 years, but then this KT and cloth tape job along with compromising my technique is what is enabling me to ski. I use about $25 worth of tape per week! I do this tape job on both legs every time I go out. I am very grateful to be able to ski some again!

Thank you all for listening!

I apologize for the poor sound quality. My voice echoes at the beginning of the podcast. Feel free to skip what I say – it’s not near as important as what Ian says. 🙂


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6 thoughts on “Floxie Hope Podcast Episode 19 – Ian

  1. sarah wells February 6, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I took Lexofloxin . I had tons of pain and swelling in my legs and knees. I got help from a book Clear Body Clear mind . It is detox program. The pain is very much lessened. My right knee still in trouble. But I can walk so much better . I took the drug in Jun 2016. I had immediately struggled with walking . Any way please go to http://www.clearbodyclearmind.org I want everyone to know how this drug is harmful . I will share your post . Love Sarah

  2. Marie - Sweden February 6, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Thanks Lisa and Ian for the podcast.

    I became interested in “floxing” because a person close to me was but on Cipro. It happend long ago, more than 10 years. He was put on Cipro both as a drip and as pills. He was also put on it more than once and together with other medications for instance NSAID:s (anti-inflammatory drugs), cortisone and a statin..

    I was as supriced as you, Ian, when I stared to google and found story after story and people who called themselves “floxies”. I think I started in 2005..

    I read Stephen Frieds book and got more information. As a matter of fact I sent two books (at different occasions) to the local hospital (department for infections) to make them aware of the problems I have had no reaction what-so-ever, but I might try to send them a link to this site and recommend articles and pödcasts. I shall just figure out to which person.

    Floxing is almost unknown by doctors and public here in Sweden, but I do my best to tell people to be very careful, not to take fluoroquinolones if there is an other less dangerous alternative.

    I always felt that the adverse effects of fluoroquinolones are very similair to those of statins (cholesterol lowering drugs such as simvastatin, atorvastatin, rosuvastation etc.)
    Both contain fluoride for instance.

    Thanks again for spreading the “news”.

    . . .

  3. tammyrenzi February 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Ian, thank you so much for sharing your story. I have to go to work, so I was only able to listen to the first 30 minutes. It’s very inspiring to hear your positive approach. Best quote so far, “Happiness is a choice.” I, too, suffered after taking Levaquin in 2006. Though I am largely healed, I do sometimes have relapses. Even so, the years post-Levaquin have been the best in my life – not because I took it….not at all…but because of what I have learned about myself, my husband, what I’ve incorporated into my life, and how important it is to remain positive and hopeful even in the midst of pain and struggle. Many thanks to you for your time (and, as always, Lisa, to you too!).

  4. Mike February 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Thanks for the podcast. Maybe I missed it, but I am curious to know what sorts of things Ian tried over the years in terms of supplements, diet, alternative treatments, etc.? Did he go down the magnesium road, or try any of the other various “popular” choices we turn do? Can he eat as he always had without making his issues worse, or is his diet now totally clean? Just wondering if there was ever anything in terms of diet/supplements that made him feel worse, or slightly better, over the years…or if it really was all just time that led to some improvement?

    Thanks again….keep up the good work with the podcasts Lisa, I really get something from them (and assume others do too).

  5. Don February 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Hello Ian, thank you for sharing your story. My situation is very similar to yours as far as length of time and symptoms. I also have the same problems with my eyes that you experienced and had to leave my job in IT because of it. I’m going to try to find a CRT monitor as you suggested but wanted to know are there any other specifications I should look for. Also do you feel anything else you’ve done might contributed to your eyes getting better?

    Thank you,

  6. Lisa Moss February 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm Reply

    Thank you Lisa and Ian.
    I have symptoms similar to Ian’s.
    I too am trying to stay positive and enjoy each day to the best of my ability .
    I wanted to know if he tried anything to help with his eyes .
    My eyes hurt so much. I also have nausea and need to lay down.
    Want to know what he may have done to help thiis!
    Thanks. I’m also Lisa

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