Floxie Hope

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This site is to give HOPE to those who are suffering from Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome as a result of being poisoned by fluoroquinolone antibiotics – Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Floxin, etc.  It contains stories of healing.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and all other fluoroquinolones are dangerous drugs that can have devastating effects that cumulatively I’ll refer to as Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome or Floxing.  Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome/Floxing includes damage to connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fascia, etc.) throughout the body, damage to the nervous systems (central, peripheral and autonomic), and more. The damage done by fluoroquinolone antibiotics can destroy a person’s quality of life or even kill them. Certainly, there is a time and a place for drugs with dangerous side effects. If you find yourself in a septic shock induced coma, fluoroquinolones may save your life. Unfortunately, these drugs are not being reserved for life or death situations. People are being prescribed them for urinary tract infections, suspected prostate infections, upper respiratory infections, as a prophylactic for travelers’ diarrhea, ear infections, pink eye, etc. Thousands of people have suffered needlessly from the devastating effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, when another, safer antibiotic could have, and should have, been used.

The damage done by fluoroquinolones is largely unacknowledged by the medical establishment and an accurate diagnosis, compensation and relief are difficult to come by. There is no known cure for Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome/Floxing.  However, many people continue to LIVE after being poisoned by fluroquinolones.  They find healing, recovery, perseverance, compassion and hope.  These are their stories.

This site is meant to give hope for healing to those who are adversely effected by fluoroquinolones.  It is no way meant to disregard the pain of those who are chronically suffering from the horrifying effects of Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox or the other fluoroquinolones.  There are people who don’t recover.  Their stories are real and they matter.  There are also people who are able to recover and I share their stories with the hope that they inspire others, or at least give hope that recovery is possible.

Here is a New York Times article about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/popular-antibiotics-may-carry-serious-side-effects/?_r=0 – more news stories, research papers and other resources can be found on the “Links and Resources” page.

Here is a Facebook group that is a great resource for those going through Fluoroquinolone Toxicity – https://www.facebook.com/groups/floxies/

Featured post – I’m floxed. Now what?

The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution Ebook has helped many Floxies to recover, including DanielCindy and Ruth.  As a bonus, you will also receive The Floxie Food Guide – a book of diet guidelines to help you through fluoroquinolone toxicity:

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25,112 thoughts on “Floxie Hope

  1. Andrea March 29, 2020 at 11:53 am Reply

    Hey, does anyone know how long a mask for the covid 19 last? I’m always thinking that, bringing home something that could have been infected and reusing it time after time it’s probably more dangerous than not using one at all? Any idea? I’ve heard some people disinfect them with alchol…The problem with these masks, it’s that are almost impossible to find, at least here, and they cost quite a lot. Using it once a day it become pretty expensive

    • L March 29, 2020 at 1:25 pm Reply

      Well they are SUPPOSED to be one time use. Sadly doctors are using them over and over again. I saw one on the news who had a paper bag clipped to her waistband…where she kept her one and only mask. This CDC site is for healthcare workers but says “Hang used respirators in a designated storage area or keep them in a clean, breathable container such as a paper bag between uses. To minimize potential cross-contamination, store respirators so that they do not touch each other and the person using the respirator is clearly identified. Storage containers should be disposed of or cleaned regularly.
      Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching or adjusting the respirator (if necessary for comfort or to maintain fit).
      Avoid touching the inside of the respirator. If inadvertent contact is made with the inside of the respirator, discard the respirator and perform hand hygiene as described above”

      https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/recommendedguidanceextuse.html

    • Sheila March 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm Reply

      What I have been reading says that the Covid19 virus is 1 micron wide and the N95 masks are 3 microns wide the assumption is that if the doorway is 3 microns and you have a blast of 1 microns that you will still protection cause they can’t all get through that one opening at one time sparing you somewhat. We need better protection.

    • Andrea S. March 29, 2020 at 6:18 pm Reply

      My understanding is it is a one time use deal. Disposable! My friends husband who is an ER doc said they had resorted to having to sanitize and reuse them.

      • L March 29, 2020 at 6:33 pm Reply

        Yes it is SUPPOSED to be…but desperate times…

        • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 1:11 am

          Concidering mask use:the best solution seems to be a mask that kills virusses,and is reusable.These researchers took three filter layers (out of three masks),and imprignated them with salt.Here are the research results,as published in Nature:

          https://www.nature.com/articles/srep39956

        • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 1:37 am

          About the difference between a “normal” surgicaal mask and the N95 respirator mask:

          https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/pdfs/UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508.pdf

          Conclusion: the “normal” surgical masks,most people use,are almost useless against the corona- and other virusses.N95 is a better,but not the ultimate solution,but hardly usable for most people.My opinion is,that the “salt-mask” is the best option to go for (three layers of filter material from the usual surgical masks,and salt impregnated to eliminate corona and other virusses).

          Best of all:avoiding contact with other,possibly infected people,direct AND indirect (things that might be contaminated by infected people),and wash your hands frequently with SOAP (kills virusses by disolving their outer layer).

  2. Don M March 29, 2020 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Andrea…………. Here is an article about masks. You read it and then decide about masks. https://www.positivemed.com/2020/03/13/which-masks-actually-protect-against-covid-19/

    • L March 29, 2020 at 1:34 pm Reply

      This seems mostly contrary to what the Korean doctor said in the video that was posted here. Their numbers are low because everyone is wearing different types of masks there. It just makes sense that ANY kind of barrier put in front of the nose and mouth will offer more protection than nothing. But again, these kinds of pronouncements are put out to keep people for hoarding masks, I believe.

      • Andrea March 29, 2020 at 2:28 pm Reply

        Uhm…but in the video the doctor seems to be quite sure about the N95 and the KF94 types…

        • L March 29, 2020 at 3:17 pm

          yeah, but if you look at the videos of people walking around, there were a variety of masks being used. There are hospitals where they are using scarves. Any kind of barrier is better than nothing. Obviously N95 is ideal…but when you don’t have that…..

      • Andrea March 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm Reply

        I came to this conclusion : surgical mask, good to not spread the virus around, not good for your own protection, N95 and KF94, good for not spreading the virus and your own protection.

      • Don M March 29, 2020 at 4:36 pm Reply

        L….. Your right. Anything is better than nothing. Just so people don’t start thinking that masks are the complete answer. The only thing that seems to be nearly 100% OK is a properly fitted full face respirator.

  3. Don M March 29, 2020 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Video about masks and respirators. Just any mask does not cut it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=38&v=D38BjgUdL5U&feature=emb_logo

  4. L March 29, 2020 at 4:18 pm Reply

    One of my integrative doctors sent out this video, from a Dr David Price, working in NY. Lots of good info, but at around 32:20 he talks about how the nurses are wearing surgical masks ONLY 80 percent of the time, and use the N95 only during certain procedures. (and around 47 minutes he talks about home made masks.)

    https://vimeo.com/399733860?ref=em-share

  5. Don M March 30, 2020 at 2:28 am Reply

    The US office of the FDA has given emergency approval to using hydroxychloroquine to treat seriously ill patients of the COVID-19 virus.
    The side effects that are possible with this drug.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/hydroxychloroquine-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20064216

    Azythromicine is also being used along with the hydroxychloroquine
    Azythromicine possible side effects.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/azithromycin-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20072362
    Wow what a cocktail!!
    No doubt some of the recovered patients will be subjected to some of these side effects.
    They may live and recover but as many floxies know. Life may never be the same.

    • L April 2, 2020 at 8:37 pm Reply

      Deja Vu

    • Henk Noordhuizen April 3, 2020 at 1:20 am Reply

      The Farmafia conciders this epidemic to be a great opportunity for experimenting in vivo with very willing patients,and their accompices in government are 100% collaborating with them.Up till now I haven’t read of a single experiment,here,in the “civilized world”,with high dose IV vit.C. being done! It’s,again,all about the patents and the gain!

      • selcem April 3, 2020 at 6:16 am Reply

        Hello Henk,

        this high dose of vitamin c was asked to a doctor in an interview here and he stated that it is risky for liver. On the other hand they are using drugs with countless side effects. You know doctors always tell same, we do proven treatments based on clinical studies. I hope we wont catch this virus, because even the way of treatment will be a big challenge and discussion.

        • Henk Noordhuizen April 4, 2020 at 4:02 am

          You’re right,Selcem,attacking high dose vit.C IV on the fact that it is risky for the liver (is there any proof of this claim?),while most of the alopathic “medicines” are known to be toxic for liver,kidneys (even at the “normal” dose)and,part of them,even for the whole body is absurd! And these “clinical studies” have proven to often be frauded,cherry-picked etc.Some of them are 100% made up by ghost-writers.

          My doctors confirmed what I already thought;I have a serious anemia,and they prescribed me Ferrofumaraat.I read the insert and was “not amused”.Went to a website (in english:MyMedicine) and only a few tolerated this “medicine well;most of them write that this poison is far worse than the anemia itself.One man noted that a university/hospital here,in NL,actually did research on the usual dose,because of the extreme adverse reactions,and experimented with a lower dose.Not 3 pills dayly,but 1 pill,every other day.

          Conclusion was: this way,you very much limit the aadverse reactions wwhile the effect on the anemia is almost as good.Why? Because after taking one dose,the body rejects further iron uptake for 2 day’s (!),and because the uptake of iron is exclusively in the upper track of the guts,taking too much iron at once will,because of this self-limiting effect,bring too much iron to the lower part of the guts,where it promotes growth of the bad bacteria aand causes severe gut and other problmens.Some even report heart arrithmea!

          This initial research was published in 2015;why do doctors NOT react on this new knowledge and cause lots of misery,and many stopping the iron supps,where this new way of dosing offers a solution? Because,during all these (very luxury!) “After schhol weeks” they learn to prescribe MORE,not LESS “medicines”.The medical world is so severaly corrupted,and we,the patients/customers are the ones who pay the bill.In money and health.

          After 3 pills,in five days,my stomach turned,and aalthough I had just eaaten a meal,most of it was slime,and in it,two little brown ….pills? Could only have been the pill I took that morning,and the one I took 2 days earlier.That made me stop taking them.Now I supplement with red meat (and pork liver;I don’t like it but it is a great iron supp),and there’s a fruit sirop with added iron supp (advising not to use it without doctors agreement),called Roosvicee Ferro,of which I use about 1 table spoon/day (max is 3),and my HB is going up (from 7.6 to 8,2 in just the few days since I bought my HB/glucose/cholesterol/Uric Acid meter.When I tell this to my female doc she ‘s gone be angry on me again,screaming “Are you “playing” doctor yourself,again? Yes;I am!

        • Henk Noordhuizen April 4, 2020 at 5:01 am

          Ohh,I don’t use the Roosvicee every day,just once in 2-3 days,and,of corse,I printed the publication about the “less is better” research (https://www.radboudumc.nl/nieuws/2015/betere-behandeling-van-ijzertekort-bij-bloedarmoede-ontdekt ).The link is in dutch;use google translate if you want to read it.

  6. Don M March 30, 2020 at 5:59 am Reply

    Spent the better part of an hour putting together information about how the FDA has rushed through an approval of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19 and because it had 2 references in it the spam filter canned it and did not allow it. Thanks!!!!!!

    • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 9:38 am Reply

      Don,when you put more than one link in your comment,Lia has to permit it before it is placed.That can take a while.After having done a lot of work on your comment,you can make a temporary back-up of your work by copy-pasting it to a text document,just to be sure.I did that quite a few times,but,untill now,most of my comments were placed,sometimes after a few minutes,those with more than one link took a bit longer (Lisa is a very busy woman).

  7. rae March 30, 2020 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Some help dealing with hives, please!

    • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 12:34 pm Reply

      Rae,you might try some of these advices:

      A good zinc,or colloïdal silver might help,too.

    • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 12:38 pm Reply

      Rae,I tried to place a link to a YT advice clip on hives,but my post wasn’t placed.Once again:

      Two more things you might give a try:colloïdal silverwater,or a good zinc salve.Hope any of this works for yoiu.

    • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 12:41 pm Reply

      I found some good advice in a YouTube clip with the name “How to treat hives in children” but two times after another it wasn’t placed.You might search for it,yourself.Two other thoings that might help:Colloïdal silverwater,and a good zinc salve.I hope,one of these aadvices will help.

    • Henk Noordhuizen March 30, 2020 at 12:43 pm Reply

      Well;now all the comments I wrote you were placed.I guess the spam filter reacted a bit slow.

      • rae March 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm Reply

        Thank you, Henk. But in my case, the hives move around, so I dont thing anything topical would help taht. It would help the itching at the time, but not stop why they are coming out. As soon as one area is finished, another area pops up!

        • Henk Noordhuizen March 31, 2020 at 2:43 am

          I know,Rae,that’s mentioned in the YouTube movie I linked.Also mentioned is the fact that certain foods can cause hives,so,you could tackle the problem by avoiding those foods,and,by experimenting,find out what foods are the foods you react on.I think that the foods,known to caause hives,are listed in the movie.Otherwise;do a web search on it.

          I know that several Floxies,here have (had) hives;maybe they can help you better than I do.

  8. joanneg March 31, 2020 at 6:09 pm Reply

    Hey L,
    I thought of you when i saw this
    https://www.ivtogo.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1Iv0BRDaARIsAGTWD1sMguVSePzwzN9Aoe18veb1E9W6PcErv9ircdbhvlBoh7l0JsEjr1MaAijsEALw_wcB
    I never did iv nutrients but if I did this would be interesting.

    • L March 31, 2020 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Thanks for thinking of me, Ms. Egg 🙂 I actually got one yesterday to see if I could get relief from this breathing thing. To date, since my poisoning, I have done over 140 IVs (high dose C, glutathione, Myers, Immune bag, H2O2, phosphatydilcholine…) It was what got me headed in the right direction, after the body wide devastation. In fact, I would likely be dead had I not discovered this ND and started on the IVs. I was just a 90 lb shuffling, gasping ghost at that point.

      Thanks again

      • joanneg April 1, 2020 at 9:30 am Reply

        You’re welcome hope you feel better😊

        • L April 1, 2020 at 1:39 pm

          Thanks. And hope you are doing well. Are you in the states?

  9. joanneg April 1, 2020 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Hi L,
    Yea, I live in Ohio, and I’ve been fighting a flu for 3 days now. So far it just feels like a regular flu, I’m praying. I’m taking olive leaf and a lot of vitamin c. The first day it took it completely away for a day and a half, but today its not working as good. I don’t go anywhere but my husband is still working.
    Hopefully I’ll be posting in a couple weeks that it’s all gone.
    Stay home and stay safe😊

    • L April 1, 2020 at 8:10 pm Reply

      Well that may be one of only a few states I have not been to…driven through.

      I went to my integrative MD/pulmonolgist/internist today and was told to take 3K mg of vitamin C three times a day! I think I will work up to it, since it can cause “issues.” I will do 1,000 x 3 for a couple days and go up from there. He also told me to go BACK to 5,000 IU vitamin D with K daily. But you may want to consider the same, especially since you already have flu symptoms. Hope it’s just that! Keep us posted!

      • joanneg April 1, 2020 at 11:41 pm Reply

        Thanks for the supplement tips😷

      • Madge Hirsch April 4, 2020 at 3:45 am Reply

        My daughter lives in London and both her and her housemate have probably had the coronavirus. They had all the symptoms. They started to feel better after taking a loading dose of vit D .

        • L April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

          They’re lucky then. The verdict isn’t 100% in yet, but most experts believe having had it will give them immunity.

    • sheila April 2, 2020 at 9:34 am Reply

      A little input here, the CDC and W.H.O. have stated that anyone who has flu like symptoms needs to automatically isolate themselves from family so that the family member does not become a “carrier” to others out in the public the fact that your husband is still working means that if it is covid he is contaminating others in the workplace who will then do the same he needs to quarantine with you for 14 days to see if this is the flu or covid. Others are depending on us all to do the right thing and stay home even if it’s just the sniffles we are supposed to be proactive with isolation from others. Please try to convince your husband to stay home for quarantine.
      I took 2,000mg of Vit C a couple of years ago to fight off a flu while my motherinlaw had cancer and was living with us and whew that had me in the bathroom several times a day I wasn’t sure it would ever let up so keep us updated on how that much vit C affects you.
      Stay well. Keep that husband at home.

      • Don M April 2, 2020 at 10:32 am Reply

        shiela……….. I second your admonishment. The ONLY reason that this virus is spreading so widely is because far to many people are ignoring the recommendations.

        • sheila April 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

          I certainly didn’t want to come off harsh but dang people are dying cause others won’t stay home or they think they won’t carry the germs on their own clothes from an infected family member, to someone in the public. I mean how long as this man been working knowing his wife is sick with something?? every day that he went to work knowing his wife was fighting something like the flu means everyone – I do mean everyone he came into contact with has the potential to carry those same germs to others – he needs to let his employer know he might have contaminated the whole workplace and others and let the employer notify those people so that they too can quarantine themselves for 14 days – this is not a thing to just say oh well we did this or that to limit exposure no you quarantine cause it’s now been proven it’s in the air when you breathe out and it’s in the air when you speak – how many people did the man speak too during his whole day and for how many days????
          This just upsets me to no end…….the lack of recognizing how dangerous each person is to the next.
          Anyway I get really angry about germs being passed to people unaware and then becoming aware and still not notifying those that have come into contact with said person. This IS how pandemics continue …….and it doesn’t matter that the man is now laid off that doesn’t fix the people who may become sick as a result of working until now……. it fixes nothing to say he’s now laid off yes it’s great for him cause he can isolate from others but what about the “others” he contaminated in the meantime.

          I hope that the man involved contacts his employer asap and lets EVERYONE know who came into contact with him they need to isolate for 14 days at least. This is scary.

    • Andrea S. April 2, 2020 at 9:58 am Reply

      Buckeye state here also. Friends ex husband and son came down with fever last week. They did not get tested as it was mild and after the fever broke they seem to be doing well. So it’s here and spreading. I hope you feel better are you running a temp? I so chances are you have it. And if so please isolate from your husband, sleeping in a diffrent room and using a separate bath. They say if a family member has it, obviously you avoid and wear a mask when you do get near them. According to a New Jersey Doc, the CDC states if a doctor gets it, once his fever breaks and he is no longer symptomatic he can return to work but must wear a mask all the time. Not sure when that is lifted.

    • sheila April 2, 2020 at 11:54 am Reply

      Please for everyone’s safety have your husband notify his employer that you are sick with flu like symptoms and everyone that he came into contact with at work needs to isolate for 14 days or more to ensure they too are not contaminated with whatever it is.

      This is our public responsibility to keep others safe – please call the employer regardless of your husband being laid off he needs to inform those he came into contact with……do it for us all…….and let’s hope it’s just the flu for sure but just in case keep others safe by calling the employer
      Hope you get to feeling better real soon I do mean that

  10. Henk Noordhuizen April 2, 2020 at 2:23 am Reply

    Another interesting article by Dr.Mercola,explaining the possible role of Melatonin in treating a COVID-19 infection,explaining why the death toll in elder people is so much higher,and why high vit.C intake works:

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/04/02/melatonin-and-sepsis.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20200402Z2&et_cid=DM495103&et_rid=841970611

  11. joanneg April 2, 2020 at 10:34 am Reply

    Yea I’ve been sleeping in a seperate room since getting sick, and my husband’s last day at work is today, he got played off. We only go out for groceries with a mask. So doing all we can, and his layoff came at a perfect time. I’ve been taking about 3-4k mgs of vitamin c throughout the day and olive leaf 3x’s a day, and so far no stomach upset.
    Anyhow thanks for all the advice and stay safe cuz it’s so stressful even if it’s a regular flu you can’t help wondering if it’s covid 19 and on top of that after being floxed you feel so much more vulnerable.

    • Andrea S. April 2, 2020 at 1:39 pm Reply

      So glad your feeling better. I belong to a group where they really talk up mega dose vitamin C. So I ordered some. Would you believe it was all sold out and also marked up 4xs the normal price on E bay? Amazon was mostly sold out also however I did end up getting quite a bit. Be well Joanneg!!!

  12. Henk Noordhuizen April 3, 2020 at 1:32 am Reply

    And what about this (article by Open Markets Institute):

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  13. Henk Noordhuizen April 3, 2020 at 1:34 am Reply

    And what about this (article by Open Markets Institute):

    The New York Times reported last week that a 2012 acquisition by multinational medical device manufacturer Covidien stopped the planned production of highly affordable ventilators that the government had sought to produce in case of a national emergency. The lack of ventilators might well cost the lives of Americans suffering from COVID-19. As the Times report made clear, this shortage appears to be the result of an anti-competitive acquisition.

    In 2008, Newport Medical Instruments, a small medical device company in California, was awarded a government contract to produce 40,000 ventilators. These ventilators were meant to provide a buffer to meet the demand from hospitals during a national emergency, such as a pandemic, when lifesaving ventilators are needed. By 2010, Newport had developed a highly capable ventilator and had managed to lower the per-unit price to $3,000. However, after Newport was acquired by Covidien for $100 million, Covidien canceled the government contract, and no ventilators were ever produced for the original government project.

    As the total number of confirmed U.S. cases from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 this week, hospitals are increasingly in dire need of ventilators for infected patients. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state, the hardest hit by the outbreak, will need 30,000 ventilators. The United States, however, only has 12,700 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile. The government has even asked Ford and General Motors to produce ventilators to increase our national supply. The ventilator shortage means that medical professionals will have to make difficult decisions, rationing ventilators to infected patients. Many of those hospitalized might die – unnecessarily – as a consequence of these decisions.

    Public officials and rivals say that Covidien bought Newport to eliminate Newport as a competitor in the ventilator business. Covidien pulled out of the government contract in 2014, possibly because the deal was not profitable enough for the company and would reduce its profits for its existing ventilator products.

    Covidien’s purchase of Newport is an example of a literal “killer acquisition” – one that has life or death consequences for individual Americans and families. This acquisition should have been illegal under antitrust law, as the merger substantially lessened competition in the already highly concentrated ventilator industry.

    In recent years, many reformers have adopted a framework of analysis based on the idea that the political economy has been “financialized” by Wall Street, and that this process has shifted economic activity away from making things to making money. But as the Times article on ventilator production makes clear, there is a much more simple explanation. This is that the radical overthrow of anti-monopoly law a generation ago freed monopolists and mercantilists to consolidate power over entire realms of the political economy, and to use their power in ways that degrade and destroy entire systems of production on which we rely for many of our most vital goods and services.

  14. Henk Noordhuizen April 3, 2020 at 1:39 am Reply

    In 2008, Newport Medical Instruments, a small medical device company in California, was awarded a government contract to produce 40,000 ventilators. These ventilators were meant to provide a buffer to meet the demand from hospitals during a national emergency, such as a pandemic, when lifesaving ventilators are needed. By 2010, Newport had developed a highly capable ventilator and had managed to lower the per-unit price to $3,000. However, after Newport was acquired by Covidien for $100 million, Covidien canceled the government contract, and no ventilators were ever produced for the original government project.

    As the total number of confirmed U.S. cases from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 this week, hospitals are increasingly in dire need of ventilators for infected patients. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state, the hardest hit by the outbreak, will need 30,000 ventilators. The United States, however, only has 12,700 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile. The government has even asked Ford and General Motors to produce ventilators to increase our national supply. The ventilator shortage means that medical professionals will have to make difficult decisions, rationing ventilators to infected patients. Many of those hospitalized might die – unnecessarily – as a consequence of these decisions.

    Public officials and rivals say that Covidien bought Newport to eliminate Newport as a competitor in the ventilator business. Covidien pulled out of the government contract in 2014, possibly because the deal was not profitable enough for the company and would reduce its profits for its existing ventilator products.

    Covidien’s purchase of Newport is an example of a literal “killer acquisition” – one that has life or death consequences for individual Americans and families. This acquisition should have been illegal under antitrust law, as the merger substantially lessened competition in the already highly concentrated ventilator industry.

    In recent years, many reformers have adopted a framework of analysis based on the idea that the political economy has been “financialized” by Wall Street, and that this process has shifted economic activity away from making things to making money. But as the Times article on ventilator production makes clear, there is a much more simple explanation. This is that the radical overthrow of anti-monopoly law a generation ago freed monopolists and mercantilists to consolidate power over entire realms of the political economy, and to use their power in ways that degrade and destroy entire systems of production on which we rely for many of our most vital goods and services

  15. Henk Noordhuizen April 3, 2020 at 1:41 am Reply

    Hmmm,sorry;again,at first my comments didn’t seem to come true.Something is slowing down the process.

  16. Henk Noordhuizen April 3, 2020 at 1:51 am Reply

    Here the link to this great institute.Concider to registrate for regular updates on the fight against monopolization of our world:

    https://openmarketsinstitute.org/

  17. joanneg April 3, 2020 at 9:32 am Reply

    Reposting from a friend’s page:

    Doctors are reporting they now understand the behavior of the COVID 19 virus due to autopsies that they have carried out. This virus is characterized by obstructing respiratory pathways with thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs. So they have discovered that in order to apply a medicine you have to open and unblock these airways so that the treatment can be used to take effect however all of this takes a number of days. Their recommendations for what you can do to safeguard yourself are …
    1) Drink lots of hot liquids – coffees, soups, teas, warm water. In addition take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes bc this keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that’s entered your mouth into your stomach where your gastric juices will neutralize it before it can get to the lungs.
    2) Gargle with an antiseptic and warm water like vinegar or salt or lemon every day if possible
    3) The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. And detergent or soap kills it but you must take bath or shower when you get in from the street. Avoid sitting down in your home and go straight to the shower. If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in sunlight which also helps to neutralize the virus
    4) Wash metallic surfaces very carefully bc the virus can stay viable on these for up to 9 days. Take note and be vigilant about touching hand rails, door knobs, etc. and keep these clean in home home
    5) Don’t smoke
    6) Wash your hands every 20 minutes with any soap that foams and do this for 20 seconds
    7) Eat fruits and vegetables. Try to elevate your zinc levelS
    8)Animals do not spread the virus to people. Its a person to person transmission.
    9)Try to avoid getting the common flu as this already weakens your system and try to avoid eating and drinking any cold things.
    10) If you feel any discomfort in your throat or a sore throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods. The virus enters the system through the throat but will sit in the throat for 3-4 days before it passes into your lungs.
    In addition …
    Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.

    I copied and pasted this…. Stay Safe🙏🏾

    • sheila April 3, 2020 at 10:27 am Reply

      this is false information I checked you cannot wash away the virus with water to the stomach that is not how this virus works it invades the nasal cavity and lungs and throat but you cannot wash it away dear god wouldn’t that be a wonderful scenario though

      not factual information

  18. joanneg April 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Yea, I don’t know, I didnt check it out, I just thought it was interesting.

  19. joanneg April 3, 2020 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Andrea S,
    Thanks for the well wishes.
    I feel a lot better!😊

  20. joanneg April 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm Reply

    Andrea S,
    Thanks for the well wishes.
    I’m feeling a lot better!😊

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