Taking a short break.

The last few months have been especially difficult. The passing of my friend Bob Grozier was very sad. He was a great guy and a tremendous advocate against fluoroquinolone poisoning. In addition, my mother was hospitalized with pneumonia and had to do a lot of rehab. A week after discharge she fell and suffered a compression fracture so she is back in rehab. Because of all this, I have been taking a break from blogging about fluoroquinolone poisoning. After this break, I will resume my advocacy. I am working on a 2015 Johnson & Johnson shareholder protest with other Levaquin victims. Thank you all for helping to spread the word about this terrible toxicity.

Johnson & Johnson 2014 annual shareholder meeting.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to travel to the annual Johnson & Johnson shareholder meeting. Fortunately, I have a lot of help with making this trip since it is hard on my body. We’ll see what the con artists have to say this year. I am allowed a two minute speech to the CEO, Board Directors, and shareholders. There are about 1,000 people in attendance. This will be my fifth year in a row. I will definitely keep my speech more civil than last year. I want to make sure that I am allowed to return every year to give a presentation. My life, and far too many others, has been ruined by Levaquin. And this is just one drug. There are over 28,000 lawsuits for their vaginal mesh product alone. There is also the metal on metal hip scandle and all the problems with marketing Risperdal for indications that were never approved as safe and effective by the FDA. Johnson & Johnson knowlingly and needlessly put the elderly, children, and the disabled at risk of harm. It simply doesn’t get any worse than this. If Johnson & Johnson tries to harrass me in any way, I will put out a press release on prnewswire through the PR firm that my family hired. I don’t think J&J will do anything to me, but it is best to be prepared.

Johnson & Johnson vaginal mesh

Below is a link to a recent jury decision about Johnson & Johnson’s vaginal mesh product. I feel so sorry for all the women that were injured. Nobody really understands the magnitude of suffering unless you personally go through it. It is simply staggering the magnitude of people injured by Johnson & Johnson products. Please make sure to boycott all Johnson & Johnson conumer products. This company doesn’t deserve your hard earned money. As always, thank you for your advocacy.      


Eat Wild. Support local farmers.

So many of us Floxies ( Fluoroquinolone injured victims ) have ravaged guts. We need to be very careful about what we put in our bodies. Many of us suffer from leaky gut syndrome. The majority of us that are moderately and severely affected do not tolerate chemicals, growth hormones, GMO’s, antibiotics that are in animal feed. Below is a great resource for purchasing organic animal products. You can click on that state you live in for a directory of local farmers that have grass fed beef and chemical free animal products. Personally, I sometimes react to organic animal products that I buy in supermarkets. Perhaps it is because some suppliers use a vegetable feed that consists of soy instead of a grass fed diet. I don’t eat much animal products but I know it is important to at least get a little in my diet to help with vitamin B12. It is always good to support local farmers so if you do purchase animal products, you may want to visit this website.   http://www.eatwild.com/products/index.html

New study on the risk of arrhythmia and death associated with Levaquin ( Levofloxacin )

Below is a recent study on the increased risk of heart arrhythmia and death with the use of Azithromycin and Levaquin. I remember watching the national news one night and seeing a story by Diane Sawyer on the increased risk of arithymia and death associated with Azithromyacin. Hopefully there will be some sort of follow-up news segement on this newly found risk associated with Levaquin. It would have been nice if Johnson & Johnson had made the public more aware of this risk.   http://www.annfammed.org/content/12/2/121.full



New article on Fluoroquinolone induced peripheral neuropathy and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Ayad Ali wrote an article published this month on Fluoroquinolones causing peripheral neuropathy and Guillain-Barre syndrome. More and more information keeps coming out on the damage that this class of antibiotics causes.     

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Levaquin Toxicity

I read on the FQ Facebook forums of a couple of victims who did hyperbaric ( HBOT) treatment. Both of them had some level of improvement. Niether of them were close to being cured though. Fluoroquinolone toxicity is often so severe and diffuse that there really is no single cure. I figured I would give HBOT a try as I have been on pain medications for many years from my Levaquin poisoning. I have completed thirty treatment sessions in a hard shell chamber. The office staff is really wonderful. None of them ever heard of Levaquin toxicity. I gave them lots of cards and literature on this poisoning. I plan on doing ten more treatment sessions for a total of fourty. The hard shell chamber is equiped with a small Tv so that patients can watch dvd videos. So far, I haven’t seen any reduction in pain. My head tremor is slightly reduced but none of my other symptoms have lessened. I was told that the benefits of HBOT are sometimes seen after treatment. I hope this is true. In addition to HBOT, one of my many doctors prescribed supplemental oxygen. The oxygen company provided a portable unit along with the free standing machine. Maybe it will provide some benefit along with the HBOT. I would be estatic if there was even a 10 percent reduction in symptoms. 

I am contemplaing bee venom therapy as my next move. I have watched quite a few videos of bee sting treatment for pain. Bee venom therapists are known as Apitherapists. I am not sure if I can stand the sting of live bees. I may have to if I want to try and reduce my pain medications. I hope 2014 is a good year for the floxed community.

Dr. Marc Rodwin: Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine.

Dr. Marc Rodwin has written extensively about off-label marketing and the medical industrial complex.  He has a new book out below.  It looks to be a fantastic read for anyone interested in this subject.     


Camu Camu for Vitamin C

Sorry for the large and dark font size. My computer is acting up.

I have been reading a lot of information on the benefits of Vitamin C. Some say the best way to take vitamin C is from a whole plant food source. I was reading about a fruit called Camu Camu. Apparently this fruit has the highest known food source of vitamin C on the planet. The vitamin C content in a teaspoon of Camu Camu is 30 to 50 times more than the vitamin C from a glass of orange juice. I recently ordered some organic non GMO Camu Camu from Navita Naturals. There are several different suppliers of Camu Camu to order from. I will post any positive results. Below is some information on Camu Camu.

Camu camu: An incredible source of vitamin C and flavonoids

4/6/2013 – Camu camu, also called camocamo and cacari, is a small tree that grows alongside rivers in the central and western Amazon basin in South America.

Latest research on camu camu

The true history of camu camu, nature’s most potent source of natural Vitamin C

10/2/2012 – A nutritiously dense superfruit from the Amazon rainforest, camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is the most potent botanical source of Vitamin C in the world. With 30 to 50 times more vitamin C than an orange.

Camu Camu – Defend yourself with the superfood from Peru

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/camu_camu.html#ixzz2o28Sfjrp

My Meeting with a former Johnson & Johnson District Manager for Levaquin.

Several months ago I compiled a list of former Levaquin sales reps and managers. I signed up for the social media resource LinkedIn. I had hoped to establish communications with a former Levaquin representative. I generated a list of about 30 former Johnson & Johnson employees who sold Levaquin. I figured I would be very difficult to get into any meaningful discussion with a current Johnson & Johnson employee so past employees would be the best avenue to pursue. I collected contact information for the former J&J reps and emailed a few on my list. I told them about the severe disabling reactions that has happened to so many of us. I gave them the Freedom of Information documentation, PBS news segment, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Plumb letters ect. The first couple of people that I talked to told me they were unaware of the true extent of this toxicity. I pretty much knew that Johnson & Johnson senior management would not properly inform the sales team of the true toxicity of this antibiotic. Downplaying the true risk profile of this drug means more sales which mean more profit. When I communicated with a few of the Levaquin reps, they were reluctant to divulge any important and meaningful marketing information. I pretty much assumed that it would be unlikely that the former sales reps would be open to a lengthy discussion. However, the third person that I talked to was a different story. This person had some health issues that they were dealing with and I soon formed a bond with this person. I exchanged emails and over time developed a good friendship. I think this person really understood the difficulties and life challenges of health problems and really empathized with me. Since there aren’t many District Managers for Levaquin, I don’t want to get this person in any trouble by revealing his/her gender. I know whistleblowers often face some form of retribution. Especially at Johnson & Johnson. The book Blood Feud by Kathleen Sharpe is a great example.
Last week I met the former Levaquin District Manager for lunch. I brought some health documentaries for this person to keep for his/her own health. I figured if this person was nice enough to meet with me, I needed to reciprocate in some fashion. The person was shocked when they saw that I was taking so many pain medications for my nerve and tendon damage. As the lunch went on, this person showed me many emails from Johnson & Johnson sent to him/her regarding Levaquin promotional campaigns, safety information, and a Levaquin visual aid. This is something that I had dreamed about for a long time. The opportunity to sit face to face with a Levaquin sales rep or a District Manager. The meeting confirmed what I knew to be true. That Johnson & Johnson deliberately downplayed important drug safety information. Senior Management at Johnson & Johnson showed complete contempt for their patients. They completely betrayed their famous credo.
At this point, I am not quite sure what to do with the Levaquin promotional information. For starters, I think I will send the material to RedLaw, a law firm that is considering Levaquin and Cipro lawsuits. I hope to be able to put the Levaquin documention to good use for all the fluoroquinolone victims across the country.    

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