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Acknowledgement of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Toxicity

It is important to get acknowledgement from the doctors you are working with.

Though fluoroquinolone toxicity is not near as acknowledged as it should be, it’s not completely unheard of.  After all, most of the symptoms that people experience are listed on the warning labels.  Fluoroquinolone toxicity has also gotten some attention over the years, from Stephen Fried’s 1998 book, “Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs,” to Nancy Edwards’ documentary, “Certain Adverse Events,” to the PBS Frontline special, “Certain Antibiotics Spur Widening Reports of Severe Side Effects,” to the dozen+ news stories about fluoroquinolone dangers done in the last month (linked to here).  Hundreds of media, blog, and peer-reviewed journal articles have also been written about the deleterious effects of fluoroquinolones (linked to here).

So, when a healthcare worker says, “I’ve never heard of reactions like that,” it makes me wonder, are they ignoring the warning labels, not paying attention to the media, or both?  (Yes, I know that my perspective is a bit biased and not everyone sees FQ toxicity everywhere, but it has been getting some genuine mainstream attention lately, and any doctor who prescribes these drugs should at least have his/her interest piqued by the stories and/or the existing journal articles.)

I suggest to everyone that they find doctors (or other health-care personnel) who, at the very least, acknowledge that fluoroquinolone toxicity is possible.  You can find a list of positively reviewed doctors here.

Fighting with your doctor for anything, much less a baseline of acknowledgement, is counterproductive to healing.  You don’t want to have that tension with the person who is supposed to be helping you.

Many Floxies have reported the relief they have felt when gaining acknowledgement of fluoroquinolone toxicity from a doctor.  In Diego’s Story, he noted that, “My doctors validating that LEVAQUIN did this to me” was one of the things that has helped him to heal.

Mike, a frequent commenter on this site, told me how great it was to hear from a doctor, “you are definitely floxed.”  And I appreciated hearing from him that his doctors told him that they read Floxie Hope.  🙂

Josh sent me this message:

“So, as I was telling you before, I had to schedule a root canal and was nervous about the procedure. When I went in to the dentists office, I filled everything out about my allergies to fluroquinolones and that I was under no circumstances to be exposed to them. Then, the doctor comes in and first thing she says is…

‘So I see you’re allergic to that poison that I would never dream of prescribing anyway.’

Can you imagine my relief? For about 5 minutes we talked about the adverse effects of quinolones and she assured me she would have never used them in the first place. As for the procedure itself, the first phase went very well (I have to get it finished in two weeks). I was given a lot of novacaine and she used eugenol (clove oil) to pack and seal the cavity temporarily and to bring down the swelling from a small infection in my tooth. I did experience a small flare (some mild muscle ache, nothing serious) for about 36-48 hours after the procedure. But 2 week out from the first phase, and 2 weeks until the second, my floxie symptoms are fine.

Please feel free to share the good news with the community that there ARE more and more medical professionals seeing things from the right perspective here! This woman is a very well respected endodontist in the Philadelphia area and she was just as adamant as I was about staying away from these drugs. Definitely encouraging news, and I felt like God really sent me her way to calm my nerves about the procedure and show that there are some doctors who know what’s up.”

It is noted regularly in The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Group, a facebook support group for Floxies, that a doctor or other medical professional has acknowledged fluoroquinolone toxicity.  (Frustration with doctors not acknowledging fluoroquinolone toxicity is also noted often, and I suggest that everyone who experiences that try to find a new, more empathetic and educated doctor, if possible.)

Life is too short and precious to fight for the baseline of acknowledgement.

There is a lot of information about fluoroquinolone toxicity available.  Curiosity isn’t too much to ask for either.

The words, “I believe you,” are healing.  I hope that you all get that.  It’s more healing than any medication I can think of.

I’m really glad that more and more doctors are acknowledging fluoroquinolone toxicity, and how dangerous and destructive fluoroquinolones are.  To every doctor who acknowledges the pain and suffering of their patients going through fluoroquinolone toxicity, and especially to those doctors who don’t prescribe these drugs because of the devastation they bring – THANK YOU!

Acknowledgement, curiosity, knowledge, and caring will bring change.  When doctors bring those traits to their practice, they can change the lives of all of their patients.  The more doctors who see and acknowledge fluoroquinolone toxicity, and care about the patients who are suffering from it, the more quickly change will happen and the better the world will be.

 

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The Floxie Hope Podcast Episode 9 – Rick Radcliff

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In Episode 9 of The Floxie Hope Podcast I had the opportunity to interview Rick Radcliff.  Rick is a long-time flox survivor.  He was hurt by Avelox/moxifloxacin ten years ago.

In the ten years that Rick has been a floxie, he has learned a lot about fluoroquinolone toxicity.  He reveals a lot of interesting information about the links between fluoroquinolone induced mitochondrial damage and thyroid health.  Balancing his hormones has helped him to improve immensely.

Please listen to Rick’s story and share it with your friends.  Thank you!

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http://www.floxiehopepodcast.com/episode-009-rick-radcliff/

As always, reviews of The Floxie Hope Podcast on iTunes are greatly appreciated!

 

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The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution Ebook

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Many Floxies, including Cindy and Lizzy– whose Floxie Hope recovery stories can be found HERE and HERE, have noted that they found the information in the e-book, The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution, to be helpful.  Ruth also found it to be helpful, as she mentioned in her story.  I’m a fan of things that help and guide Floxies, so I’m going to review and promote The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution.

NOTE 1 – The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution has been re-branded as The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution.  Some updates were made to the ebook, but it is largely the same book.

NOTE 2 – I have been in touch with The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution’s author, Kerri Knox, and I have agreed to be an “affiliate” for The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution.  This means that if you purchase The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution through any of the links in this post, I will get a commission from the sale.  The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution costs the same amount whether you purchase it through one of my affiliate links, or if you purchase it directly from Kerri / Joshua / Easy Immune Health.  If you purchase it through one of my affiliate links, I’ll greatly appreciate your support!  I will try not to let the benefit that I will gain from sales of The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution influence what I say about it.  I want to be upfront though, and to let you know that some bias may be present.

NOTE 3 – I wrote the ebook, “The Floxie Food Guide: Guidelines for Recovery from Fluoroquinolone Toxicity.” The Food Guide is to help Floxies to give their bodies the nutrition needed to heal from fluoroquinolone toxicity. It has nutrition suggestions that are healing to the mitochondria, that are full of the minerals that fluoroquinolones deplete, and that help to rebalance the microbiome with “good” bacteria. The Floxie Food Guide is now included with purchases of The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution. I hope that both books, and all the extra goodies, are helpful to you!!

You can read what Kerri Knox and Joshua Tucker say about their e-book, The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution on their web site – http://www.tendonitisexpert.com/levaquin-tendonitis-solution.html

Here are some of my thoughts on The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution

Many of the tips that are in The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution can be found in the stories on Floxie Hope.  However, The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution puts a lot of good information into one easy-to-understand e-book that you can reference over and over again.  As I mentioned earlier, a lot of Floxies have found it to be a helpful guide.

I’m really grateful to Kerri Knox and Joshua Tucker for writing The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution.  They put a lot of time and effort into creating an e-book to help Floxies.  The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution tries to strike the balance that I try to have on Floxie Hope – acknowledgement that fluoroquinolone toxicity is serious, severe and that there is no known cure for it; while also noting that there are things that help people to heal and recover.  I recommend it.

If you purchase it through one of my affiliate links (throughout this post – or HERE), you will be supporting Floxie Hope, and I want to give a huge shout-out of THANKS to anyone who supports Floxie Hope in any way.

I hope that The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution helps you!  If you have any questions or concerns about it, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the authors of The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution – Kerri Knox and Joshua Tucker (http://www.tendonitisexpert.com/contact.html).

Note 3 – Neither Kerri, Joshua, nor I are doctors.  Please note the disclaimer on this site, as well as the disclaimer in The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution.  For medical advice, please seek the help of a physician.  With that said, I hope that the information in The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution, and throughout Floxie Hope, is helpful to you!

 

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Election Day

November 4th, 2014. Today is election day in the U.S. It’s a mid-term election, which means that the obnoxiousness level of the campaigning is a 9 on a 1-10 scale. During presidential elections, it gets up to a 20 (yes, on a 1-10 scale of obnoxiousness).

I hope that you all voted for representatives who are not corporate whores beholden to the pharmaceutical industry. I hope that the people who come into office with this election care more about the health and safety of the American citizens than they do about their personal stock portfolio. I hope that the newly elected representatives care more about honesty, justice, truth and protection of the people than they do about their slimy lobbyist friends who wine and dine them and tell them convenient lies.

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It’s not going to happen (at least not in this election). There is no movement toward restricting the power and influence of money and corporate interests in government. Corporate interests are becoming more and more entrenched in our political system, and the voices of the people are getting drowned out.

I’m not sure that the people who are screaming are doing so in the best way to be heard though. I don’t know if I’m screaming in the most effective way. Is a blog the best way to bring about change? I don’t know, but I doubt it. Changing minds and influencing people is one way to push change in the right direction though, and it’s (part of) what I’m trying to do with this site. It’s a way to make my voice heard by significantly more people than it would be if I didn’t have the platforms of the internet and wordpress.com. I doubt that politicians are reading Floxie Hope though. (But you never know – I recently got word that several doctors referred their floxed patient to Floxie Hope, so some doctors are reading what I write. Maybe some politicians are too.)

Maybe talking to politicians is the way to change how fluoroquinolones are prescribed and viewed. I think that it’s worth a try, and that’s why I went to Washington DC in May. Honestly though, talking to politicians and their aides didn’t seem to push the dial in any notable direction either. Politicians and their aides are people just like the rest of us, and just like everyone else, they need to hear a message multiple times before it sinks in enough for them to see it as a problem. The most valuable feedback that I got from one of the aides I met with was the advice to get a lobbyist. Maybe a lobbyist who is known and respected in Washington could consistently push our message that fluoroquinolones are dangerous drugs that should be restricted. After all, that’s how things are done in Washington – through the influence of lobbyists. If only we had 10% of the money to spend on lobbyists that the pharmaceutical companies have, maybe we could get somewhere. But we don’t. (The aide that gave us the advice to get a lobbyist also said to be sure to target legislators with requests that are under their purview, and the FDA with things that are under their purview, which is, of course, good advice.)

Do we have a bunch of retired Floxies that want to move to Washington DC and chat with legislators and the folks at the FDA as if it’s a full time job? Anyone?

If I ever go back to Washington to chat with legislators, I will ask for legislation that requires that a certain percentage of pharmaceutical company revenues be set aside in a fund that goes toward research of adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals. The lack of incentives to study drugs after they go to market is a huge problem, and the result is a massive number of people being hurt and killed by prescription drugs, used as prescribed. “Every week, about 53,000 excess hospitalizations and about 2,400 excess deaths occur in the United States among people taking properly prescribed drugs to be healthier. One in every five drugs approved ends up causing serious harm, while one in ten provide substantial benefit compared to existing, established drugs.” (Risky Drugs: Why The FDA Cannot Be Trusted, July 17, 2013, Donald W. Light) That is absurd. It is wrong. It needs to be fixed.

There are a couple of politicians who understand that protecting the people from harm done by pharmaceuticals is more important than keeping the Bayer board members happy. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has THIS wonderfully scathing overview of the harm caused by medical errors on his web site. I don’t know if he’s doing anything further about it, but at least he is acknowledging that the massive number of people hurt by the medical system is a problem.

It seems as if, generally, people have become numb to the problems of toxic mitochondria damaging and endocrine disrupting chemicals hurting us. The damage done by those toxic chemicals is tricky. It takes a while to manifest and is non-linear. Our little human brains don’t like to comprehend delayed, or non-linear, reactions. They’re confusing and difficult and we prefer to think that we are immune from the damage. It is only after we get damaged that our vulnerability is revealed, and by that time, we’re too weak to fight.

This article in Newsweek, “Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World” illustrates the problem well. In it, it is noted that:

Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the Europe Union (EU) is attempting to regulate endocrine disrupting chemicals, setting down criteria to define, identify and, where necessary, ban EDCs. Already, this is sending shockwaves through boardrooms across the world because companies selling their goods in Europe will be forced by law to comply. Everyday goods may be taken off the market; industry could lose billions. The emphasis is on the word “could” because the fightback has already begun. Already a year over deadline, the procedure has finally gone to public consultation, where it has met with uproar.

“The policy has been hijacked by industry,” says Axel Singhofen, the environment and health adviser for the Green Party European Free Alliance. “They seem to have forgotten the scientific roots of the problem and are much more concerned with appeasing business interests, whatever the costs to health and wildlife.”

And, later in the article, it is noted that “If people are scared, they’re not showing it. Since the European public consultation on EDCs opened last month, only five people have logged in to give their opinion.”

Five people. And that’s in France – where they protest about everything and consumer protection legislation is actually enacted on a regular basis.

I’m sure that the same story could have been written about the vineyards in California, or the vast agricultural spaces in the midwestern United States. People have become numb to the damage.
We have gotten to a point where the scientific consensus on endocrine disrupting pesticides, and the (admittedly, developing) effects of mitochondria damaging pharmaceuticals on human health, are being disregarded. It’s sad. Tragic, actually. Our mitochondria and endocrine systems have a huge amount of influence over epigenetic signaling, so, like all current problems, we’re pushing the pain on to our children and grandchildren.

Back to the elections – If you can find a representative who is willing to make current sacrifices of money and even political goodwill in order to protect the people from the disastrous influences of big pharma and big ag, by all means, vote for him or her. Good luck, and may he or she win.

I’m obviously cynical about the whole system, but I really do hope that all of you vote.  Your voice matters.  It may not seem loud enough, but it does, indeed, matter.

“Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly, he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it. Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.” – Gore Vidal

 

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The Trail

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Lisa Bloomquist – 2010 – Molas Pass

My boyfriend and I went camping over Labor Day weekend (2014). We went to a pass in southwestern Colorado called Molas Pass. It’s between Silverton and Durango in the beautiful San Juan mountains. Molas Pass holds a special place in my heart, not just because it’s spectacularly beautiful, but also because it’s where I finished hiking the 500 mile Colorado Trail in 2010. (The Colorado Trail goes from Denver to Durango and I had completed the Molas Pass to Durango section before I completed the section that ended at Molas Pass – so my last miles were to the top of Molas Pass, not into Durango.)

I was so strong, and so fit, when I completed The Colorado Trail in 2010. I could hike 15 to 20 miles in a day, with a 45 pound backpack on, without trouble. My legs were like rocks. My arms and core were pretty solid too.

Completing The Colorado Trail was an accomplishment. It was on my bucket list and I did it. I walked every step of the 500 mile trail in one summer. I spent more nights in a tent that summer than I did under a roof. There were times that my body hurt while I was hiking. Of course my back and feet hurt at times – that’s what happens when you carry a backpack up and down mountains for hundreds of miles. But it wasn’t really that hard for me. It took effort – for sure. But I was strong, fit, prepared, lucky and I had the right equipment, so it wasn’t hard necessarily. It was putting one foot in front of the other and I knew that I could do that.

I had taken seven 500 milligram Cipro pills before I hiked the Colorado Trail. I was under my tolerance threshold for fluoroquinolones. I had no idea that a fuse had been lit inside of me and that a bomb would go off a year and a half later. My tendons were fine at that time. So was my cartilage. Neuropathy wasn’t a word that I had heard, much less one that I thought would ever apply to me. I was never so pompous to think that I was indestructible, but I knew that I was strong – very, very strong. I had no idea that I had already been exposed to something that would knock me down and make me feel very, very weak for a while. I had no clue – none.

I spent several days hiking with a guy who had a horrible disease that was causing him to dissolve from the inside out. His bones were disintegrating and so were parts of his brain. Despite the pain that he was in from his disease, he also hiked the entire Colorado Trail in 2010. It must have been hundreds of times more difficult for him than it was for me. The amount of perseverance, strength and tenacity that he had is beyond admirable. I hope that he gained what he wanted from hiking the CT – strength, a sense of accomplishment, the knowledge that he could do it, etc. He certainly gained the admiration and respect of everyone that he encountered. He is a braver person than most – certainly braver than me.

Recently, my uncle suggested that I hike The Colorado Trail again. To prove to myself that I could do it post-flox. To show myself that I had recovered. To demonstrate that I still am strong. I don’t know that I need to prove my strength to anyone else. But maybe I need to prove it to myself.

I know that my tendons, cartilage, muscles and nerves have recovered to the point that I can live normally. For all intents and purposes, I am fine. I am healthy and active. I am not sick.

But I’m not sure that I can hike 500 miles. I’m not sure that my body can hold up to that kind of stress now that the flox-bomb has gone off in me. I’m not sure that my tendons are strong enough, or that my knees can hold up.

My own doubt (and not being sure that I want to do it – to tell you the truth) is probably holding me back more than anything else. Hiking the CT again would also require giving up my job and things like that. Giving up health insurance is something that I don’t take as lightly as I used to. Excuses, excuses.

I should do it. I should put strong back in present tense when describing myself. It would be an accomplishment to hike the trail again. I’m not sure that I can do it post-flox. That doubt makes doing it more meaningful. I would feel as if I had not only done something difficult, but overcome something even more difficult in order to do it.

If a guy whose bones are dissolving could do it, a recovered floxie can too.

It’s on the bucket list. Again.

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Take Fluoroquinolones

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I’ve been writing about the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics(cipro/ciprofloxacin, levaquin/levofloxacin, avelox/moxifloxacin, floxin/ofloxacin and a few others) for a little over a year. As my friends, family, and associates have read what I’ve written, their skepticism has waned and many of them have realized that I actually know what I’m talking about when I say that fluoroquinolones are dangerous drugs that lead to destruction of connective tissues and nerves throughout the body. They have glanced at my source articles and noted that there are peer-reviewed journal articles that back up what I say.  It feels nice to be believed. It feels even nicer when those people let me know that they didn’t take fluoroquinolones because of the information that I gave them. It’s nice to know that they won’t get “floxed.”

In the last few months, several friends have approached me, asking about alternatives to fluoroquinolones. Here are some of their stories. All their names have been changed, but the stories are true.

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Please visit http://www.hormonesmatter.com/flouroquinolones-misuse/ for Rick, Melissa, Denise and Violet’s stories.

Thank you, as always, for reading and sharing information about FQ toxicity!

 

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Fluoroquinolones Surpass Vioxx and Thalidomide in Harm Done

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In a May, 2014 letter to the U.S. SenateDoctor Jay S. Cohen said of fluoroquinolones, “In my 40+ years in pharmacovigilance, FQs (fluoroquinolones) surpass Vioxx and Thalidomide in the degree of permanent harm done.”  Let that sink in for a bit.

Fluoroquinolones – cipro/ciprofloxacin, levaquin/levofloxacin, avelox/moxifloxacin and floxin/ofloxacin – drugs that are seen as simple antibiotics (though they do severe cellular harm and are more appropriate for use as chemotherapy drugs), that are prescribed more than 20 million times per year in the U.S. alone – are doing more harm than Vioxx – a drug that led to more than 140,000 American heart attacks, and Thalidomide – a drug that has caused birth-defects and deaths of thousands of children world-wide.

Vioxx has been removed from the market, and the use of Thalidomide is severely restricted.  Fluoroquinolones, on the other hand, are prescribed with abandon, despite the fact that hundreds of studies have shown that they do severe cellular damage and thousands of patients have filed reports with the FDA noting that a variety of severe health problems have been experienced after taking a fluoroquinolone.

Transgenerational Side-Effects

I have argued that fluoroquinolones have transgenerational ill effects and that children are suffering because of the epigenetic effects of fluoroquinolones (HERE and HERE).  I have never hoped to be wrong about anything more than my assertions that fluoroquinolones are related to autism, but the possibility exists – because we really don’t know what the transgenerational effects of microbiome destruction and depletion of mitochondrial DNA are – and fluoroquinolones do, indeed, both obliterate the microbiome and deplete the only non-redundant form of DNA that we have – mitochondrial DNA.  (1)………………………………..

READ MORE ON COLLECTIVE EVOLUTION

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/06/25/these-popular-antibiotics-are-prescribed-to-millions-every-year-they-have-detrimental-effects-everyone-needs-to-be-aware-of-this/

 

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