Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Featured in NATURE

Fluoroquinolone toxicity is highlighted and featured in NATURE – one of the oldest, most reputable, journals in the world. This is so exciting!!

You can read the article, When antibiotics turn toxic, that was published in Nature on March 21, 2018 HERE.

Here are some highlights from the Nature article:

First, thank you to Dr. Miriam van Staveren whose story was told in the Nature article. She is a physician and a fellow “floxie.” Even as a physician, she had trouble getting her experience of being poisoned by Levofloxacin acknowledged:

“Since then, she has seen a variety of medical specialists. Some dismissed her symptoms as psychosomatic. Others suggested diagnoses of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Van Staveren is in no doubt, however. She’s convinced that the antibiotic poisoned her.”

Second, the article mentions Fluoroquinolone Toxicity and Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability (FQAD) by name. This is huge! Rather than calling what we are experiencing something like, “a rare adverse reaction,” it is referred to as fluoroquinolone toxicity or FQAD. This is subtle acknowledgement that what we are going through is a syndrome–a thing in itself–not just a “side-effect” to be dismissed.

Third, even though the word “rare” is used throughout the article, and I know that this is annoying and off-putting for all of us who see that fluoroquinolone toxicity is NOT RARE, the article also notes that the frequency of fluoroquinolone toxicity is higher than many assume:

“From the 1980s to the end of 2015, the FDA received reports from more than 60,000 patients detailing hundreds of thousands of ‘serious adverse events’ associated with the 5 fluoroquinolones still on the market (most commonly tendon rupture, as well as neurological and psychiatric symptoms), including 6,575 reports of deaths. The FDA says that the reports of adverse events it receives — sent in by drug manufacturers, by doctors and directly by consumers — cannot be used to reach conclusions about the severity of problems associated with drugs. Still, the fluoroquinolones have attracted more complaints than other more widely used antibiotics. And only 1–10% of adverse events are estimated to be reported to the FDA, suggesting that fluoroquinolones might have harmed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone, says Charles Bennett, a haematologist at the University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy in Columbia. Bennett is also director of the Southern Network on Adverse Reactions, a state-funded pharmaceutical-safety watchdog, which has been working with people affected by fluoroquinolones since 2010.”

Fourth, mitochondrial damage is noted as a cause of fluoroquinolone toxicity:

“Accumulating evidence, Golomb says, suggests that fluoroquinolones are damaging mitochondria, the power packs inside human cells that evolved from symbiotic, bacteria-like cells billions of years ago. This kind of harm can affect every cell in the body, explaining why a wide range of symptoms can appear and get worse over time.”

Fifth, the article noted that Dr. Charles Bennett, may have found some genes shared by people who are hurt by fluoroquinolones:

“At a conference last September, Bennett reported preliminary data that might hint at why only some people develop serious side effects from fluoroquinolones. He took saliva samples from 24 people who reported neuropsychiatric side effects — such as memory loss, panic attacks and depression — and found that 13 of them (57%) shared a gene variant usually seen in only 9% of the population.”

If there are genes that make people more succeptible to disabling fluoroquinolone toxicity, perhaps those can be tested for before fluoroquinolone prescriptions are written.

Sixth, the article notes the obstacles that scientists, researchers, and doctors face when they question and investigate adverse drug reactions. It is noted that little support or funding for adverse drug reaction research is available, and that many scientists face push-back from pharmaceutical companies when they attempt to research fluoroquinolone toxicity.

Last, Floxie Hope was mentioned in the article. Squeee! What an honor and a privilege to be mentioned in an article in Nature!

“On websites and Facebook groups with names such as Floxie Hope and My Quin Story, thousands of people who have fallen ill after fluoroquinolone treatment gather to share experiences. Many of them describe a devastating and progressive condition, encompassing symptoms ranging from psychiatric and sensory disturbances to problems with muscles, tendons and nerves that continue after people have stopped taking the drugs. They call it being ‘floxed’.”

Those seven points are the highlights of the article, in my opinion, but I suggest that each of you read the article yourself. It’s currently (03/25/18) on the home-page of nature.com. Squee!



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7 thoughts on “Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Featured in NATURE

  1. Lukasz March 28, 2018 at 8:19 pm Reply

    About time people started acknowledging this debilitating condition. NATURE is a good place to start. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Dan Jervis March 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm Reply

    After 23 years of disabling chronic neuropathic pain, and countless avoidances of doctors when I said, “my hardship began while taking Cipro.” this is hopefully the turning point with Western modern medicine to acknowledge this pandemic issue. The Otolaryngologist who was treating me for a sinus infection prescribed 60,000mg in 20 days. That is four times the suggested regimen.

    Let’s not forget the 242,000 US soldiers who were floxxed in 1991 before being sent to Kuwait. They were all given 15,000 mg in advance of the conflict and then after reaching Kuwait, they were all so sick that they were given another 15,000mg. In the 16 years that followed, an average of 34 of those soldiers committed suicide. The average deaths upon US soldiers in Iraq was 28 per month due to combat. The FDA black boxed Cipro on July 8, 2008. The US Govt cancelled its $3.2 billion dollar contract with Bayer soon thereafter.

    Fighting to save ones own life is a struggle, ambitiously trying to detoxify ourselves is a struggle.

    Lisa, thank you for sharing this important breakthrough.

  3. Tracy Whiteside April 1, 2018 at 8:00 am Reply

    Margaret Hamburg, the former mass murdering eugenicist , former head of the FDA is becoming wealthy, off of her deliberate infliction of the death, hell, and, misery this Jewish, Israeli trained terrorist has deliberately caused, because she is a murderer, just like both of her murderous, deviant, monster parents, both of whom were also mass murdering, eugenicists, the Goldman Sachs lieawyers at the SEC, want to see her compensated to the tune of billions of dollars in profits, , from the half of a billion dollars, she and her equally evil husband invested in Johnson and Johnson stock, that the SEC told both her and her husband, that they weren’t allowed to have, after bribing Hillary and Obama with $ 100 million dollars each, so she could deliberately destroy the lives of millions, with her poison of choice, Levaquin, she is directly making billions of dollars in profits, because, the Goldman Sachs lieawyers, wholeheartedly support her eugenics, they’re all in on her eugenics, agenda 21 genocide is their thing. We need every flocked person, to let the SEC know, her victims do not support her billions in profits, isn’t the SEC, itself committing Securities Fraud, themselves by paying their idol, for her mass purge of human beings , with Levaquin, while making obscene profits in the billions, from the deliberate destruction of human beings, we need every floxxed person to let the SEC know angry you are, remember, the SEC met with Margaret Hamburg and her ARtificial Intelligence expert husband, who is building the robots, who will replace us, once they wipe out 90% of humans, and, told both of these greedy, evil demons, they were not allowed to own pharmaceutical stocks, but, these monsters went ahead, and, invested a half a billion dollars into Johnson and Johnson, despite the SEC telling them they weren’t allowed to do so, why does this website not ever speak about our mass murderer, Margaret ( the devil ) Hamburg, let the Sec know how angry we are, please?

    • Deborah Silver Goodman April 19, 2018 at 9:56 am Reply

      Tracey, do you really think that calling our attention to the fact she is Jewish and Israeli will help anyone who has been afflicted? If she was a white Christian, would you have included that in your comments? This is not a forum in which ones personal racist attitudes should be allowed to share nor accepted.

      • Joshua December 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply

        Thank you for that reply. I come from a Jewish background and my parents and I have all been floxed. Thanks to Cipro I have even less patience with people like Tracy than before. Thanks for piling on Tracy, you’re a real saint.

  4. Marlene August 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Thank you for publishing this article!
    The fluoroquinolones are debilitating drugs
    and chronic pain is every day.

  5. Sharon February 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Be aware of these insidious drugs. They cause delayed adverse reactions. They don’t always cause immediate reactions, like while on the drugs! Be aware that the Fluoroquinolones are given without your knowledge or permission.
    12 years ago I was given IV Levaquin as a prophylactic during minor surgery. I HAD NO INFECTION! Within a few months my body started to fall apart and I have not recovered.
    For me damage was permanent!

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