Fluoroquinolones and the Vagus Nerve

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I was on Bulletproof Radio – It was amazing!

Did you hear me on Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey? We chatted about fluoroquinolone toxicity in episode #263. Bulletproof is one of the most popular health podcasts in the world, so hopefully the interview helped to spread the word about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

The main point that I was trying to make is that Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and other fluoroquinolones are DANGEROUS drugs, and they should only be used in life-or-death situations.

Please share the interview far and wide. Thanks!

https://www.bulletproofexec.com/lisa-bloomquist-know-antibiotics-restore-mitochondria-263/

Right after I was on the show, Dr. Stephen Porges gave an excellent interview in episode #264 of Bulletproof.

https://www.bulletproofexec.com/stephen-porges-the-polyvagal-theory-the-vagal-nerve-264/

The Polyvagal Theory is fascinating, and I suspect that vagal nerve damage has a lot to do with fluoroquinolone toxicity.

Here is a post about the connections – https://floxiehope.com/2015/06/13/hacking-fluoroquinolone-toxicity-via-the-nervous-system/

Most “floxies” have some sort of autonomic nervous system dysfunction; they stop sweating, their heart rate increases dramatically, their breathing becomes difficult, their eyes become dry, they lose the ability to regulate body temperature appropriately, they lose their balance, they have blood-sugar swings, etc. The vagus nerve controls the autonomic nervous system, and it is undoubtedly involved in these symptoms.

Things that improve vagal tone are healing. Things that make you feel good, socially connected, happy, relaxed, etc. improve vagal tone. Conversely, stress and trauma decrease vagal tone. Many things that helped me through my fluoroquinolone toxicity journey were things that are purported to improve vagal tone – meditation, healing arts (e.g. dancing and music), mindfulness, acupuncture, chiropractic, and eliminating stressful stimuli from my life (getting off the internet helped me immensely). In his Bulletproof interview, Dr. Porges notes that being held in the arms of a person (or pet) who makes you feel safe and loved is a way to improve vagal tone. Dave Asprey also notes that fostering a feeling of gratitude is good for vagal tone and is healing.

We are social beings. It makes sense that our nervous systems have mechanisms that respond positively to social cues.

I’m not sure exactly how fluoroquinolones damage vagal nerve tone. Maybe they demyelinate the myelinated part of the vagus nerve. Maybe the “conversation” between the gut and the brain is a two-way conversation and damage to the gut damages the nervous system. Maybe fluoroquinolones exacerbate hiatal hernias which press on the vagal nerve. Maybe fluoroquinolones mess up neurotransmitters that have to do with vagal nerve tone. Maybe fluoroquinolones disturb RSA breathing, and disturbed RSA breathing throws they whole system out of whack.

These notions are explored in the following links (and links within the links):

I find this work to be fascinating. I don’t have time to go into it more, but I’ll just say: LOVE IS HEALING – for your vagus nerve and for, well, everything.

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