JD Scott, an actor and host of several HGTV shows including Great American Country, HGTV.com’s behind the scenes content for the hit series Brother Vs. Brother, Property Brothers: At Home, Brothers Take New Orleans, radio talk show Off Topic with the Scott Brothers and more, recently posted a health update to his Instagram and Facebook pages that notes that he has been struggling with fluoroquinolone toxicity. His post states:
It occurred to me tonight that I hadn’t actually given you an update since first announcing my illness. On the positive side, I’m still feeling better than I did last year or even the beginning of this one.
What we know so far thanks to Dr. Jacobson’s testing is:
1. I had a bad GI infection which has been fixed. (This was just before that original video)
2. Discovered through followers comments that I was exposed to and may have been suffering from fluoroquinolone toxicity (also called “Getting Floxed”). This would account for many of my symptoms and the timing is dead on. P.S. – Avoid ever taking any antibiotics that have “flox” in the name if you can.
3. Also found out last week that I have acute mercury poisoning. My levels are so high the health department got involved. We don’t know at this point how it happened but I am being treated for it and that would explain the some of the issues I’ve been having as well.
So at the end of the day, we have a lot more clarity on what was going on and how to tackle it. I’ve stuck to the diet which limits (almost to zero) gluten, sugar, soy and dairy. I have so many other things I have to take daily for this treatment but I am so grateful to finally have some real answers and direction.
I want to take a moment as well to talk about something important. We found out recently that someone we know very well didn’t believe I was actually sick. All I can say to that is “why”? How can you dare to think you know what someone is going through on the inside? What possible benefit do I get to pretending I’m fighting off this horrible illness and experience? It costs me most of what I have to treat it. For attention? I already had my presence on social media except now it’s harder for me to create content. I miss out on nearly everything that is fun and exciting to me normally. I have to explain myself over and over and over. Every minute of my day is timed out for medications, supplements and specific meals. So for any person out there who thinks someone might be faking a long term sickness (hidden illness), look deep within yourself and really ask why. My life was so wonderful before this began and all I want is to get back to that place.
Once again, I need to thank my functional doctor, Scott Jacobson with Wishing Wellness Medical who is doing amazing things for me but also the fans who helped more than they can know. I literally got some answers from your experiences which I can now help pass on to those still struggling to find a diagnosis. And most of all, to my amazing partner, Annalee Belle who powers through everything to get me better.
JD and his partner Annalee made this video describing his illness –
Annalee also posted this video about how difficult it is to have a loved-one go through a mysterious illness:
My heart goes out to both JD and Annalee. What they are going through is painful and difficult beyond description.
I’m glad that they realize the connection between fluoroquinolones and JDs illness. Hopefully it helps them to know that there is a community of “floxies” and that they are not alone in what they are going through.
It sounds like they have found a good functional medicine doctor who is helping JD to heal. I wish him all the best with his healing journey. I hope that he recovers fully quickly.
I’m glad that JD and Annalee are speaking out about what they are going through. It’s often painful, and sometimes embarrassing and difficult, to talk about mysterious illness and iatrogenic illnesses. People often don’t believe those that are suffering. Famous people aren’t immune from the suffering caused by fluoroquinolones or the disbelief that accompanies a strange illness like fluoroquinolone toxicity. In speaking out about their experience they are helping to spread the word about how dangerous and destructive fluoroquinolone antibiotics can be. Their advocacy is appreciated!
JD mentioned in his health update post that he is also suffering from mercury toxicity. Several “floxies” have noted that their mercury levels were high post-flox, and in the post “Fluoroquinolones and Mercury Poisoning” I go over some of the potential connections between fluoroquinolone toxicity and mercury poisoning, and how fluoroquinolones may trigger mercury release and poisoning.
Thank you to all in the “floxie” community that have reached out to JD and Annalee. I’m sure that they have learned a significant amount about fluoroquinolone toxicity from you.
I hope for a speedy recovery for JD. Fluoroquinolone toxicity is horrifying, for sure. I hope that he finds healing.