FDA Quinolones Petition Response 4-Years in The Making

A Slow Response But At Least A Response

I filed a petition with the FDA in 2014 to ban the Flouriquinolone Class of antibiotics from common prescription use. I requested it to have the label changed so that it is not used for everyday conditions, such as UTI, bronchitis, and similar diseases that are easily treatable by other antibiotics and which do not need a broad spectrum antibiotic.  I recommended to have Fluroquinolones be reserved for life-and-death situations only when there are no alternatives and to change the label reflecting all adverse side effect that were already well understood, and to “blackbox” the medication. In my previous article on this subject, found here, I updated the FDA information, since new side effects made it imperative to immediately restrict all quinolones from common use. Why is this all interesting now? Because of a letter I just received from the FDA!

4-Years in the Making and an Invalid Response

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Fluoroquinolones & Aneurysm the FDA Warns

Fluoroquinolones Back in the News

I have written many times about the fluoroquinolones family of antibiotics, referred to as quinolones on the run and often by the condition they so far were the most well-known for: causing major neurological damage–often permanent–leading to a condition termed FLOXED. I spent quite a bit of time fighting for blackboxing quinolones, which was finally achieved in 2016. There were many lawsuits on the part of those injured by quinolones as well. I wrote many articles about the trouble they cause, health stories, even about a suicide, and general information. See some here, here, herehere, here, and here.

The Drugs in the Fluoroquinolones Class:

  • ciprofloxacin (CIPRO, CILOXAN)
  • enoxacin (PENETREX)
  • levofloxacin (LEVAQUIN)
  • moxifloxacin (AVELOX)
  • norfloxacin (NOROXIN, CHIBROXIN)
  • ofloxacin (FLOXIN, OCUFLOX)

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NIH Commentary for Nutrition Research

What Research Should Be Funded?

In November 2018 through December 15, 2018, the NIH invited public comments to guide the kind of research they will support for the next decade. This comment period was short but critical. Historically, the NIH has been influenced tremendously by business interests that provide huge chucks of financial support to the government and thereby to the NIH. Thus there has ever been any unbiased research funding for nutrition research. This may also be true of other research areas–I am no familiar with them.

I found it very important to submit my commentary, which I did on the 11th of December, so a few days before the deadline. Here I copy-paste my commentary so you can see what I see as weakness in the NIH funding process through my recommendations. There is no way to know if the NIH considers anyone’s recommendations at all. However, it cannot hurt to try. Right? Right. So here is my comment, which starts with the greeting letter. I copy-paste the whole thing. I also attach it in a PDF in case you want to download it–it is a public document now: NIH–comment–AAStanton–12-11-2018 Continue reading

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Astroturfing Revealed–the Ruining of Wikipedia

Astroturfing

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participants. It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word “grassroots.” The implication behind the use of the term is that instead of a “true” or “natural” grassroots effort behind the activity in question, there is a “fake” or “artificial” appearance of support. (source: you guessed it, Wikipedia)

And who is the most well-known astroturfing entity that is publicly visible and is used by millions every day for what they think is good information? Wikipedia!

And you thought you knew Wikipedia! And you may even have donated money to Wikipedia every year–like I have been–thinking it is for an open database of great information that knowledgeable people edit and update. Right? Wrong.

Wikipedia is Astroturfing

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One more misleading article

The image shows how cardiovascular disease is not associated with high cholesterol, yet the article concluded that high cholesterol causes coronary cardiovascular events.

coronary artery disease cause

coronary artery disease cause

 

 

 

Yellow highlighting is mine to show what actually does contribute to cardiovascular events.

How strange that scientists have to conclude the opposite of what their data shows to be able to publish!

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Sugar to Type 2 Diabetes to Warning Labels

Sugar is Addictive and Causes Diabetes

Sugar Pack in Sri Lanka--photograph by Marc Richard

Sugar Pack in Sri Lanka–photograph by Marc Richard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I run a Facebook migraine group with thousands of members. The goal is to become migraine free, using only nutritional methods, which over the years has turned into what I call the Stanton Migraine Protocol(R). We have many discussions on foods in the group and sugar often comes up–sugar is something migraineurs should not ever eat. The members also post hundreds of testimonials into the group, which I then ask for permission to share on my testimonials page. Take a look at our success stories.

The Case of Sugar Warning

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Reflections on a Carbage Article

What is a Carbage Article?

In September, a “carbage” (carb garbage) article was published in The Lancet Public Health based on very inadequate data analysis, that made the headlines in less than 5 minutes around the world. I have written two previous blog articles about it. See how bad the science was in that paper here and see the ripple effects of such bad science here.

The headlines of that academic article suggested that the consumption of reduced carbohydrates is dangerous. Lots of news flashes followed and several generations of hard nutrition-science work were swept under the rug by those who benefit from industrial profits and those with conflicts of interests (including some of the original authors, who didn’t declare such conflicts of interests!). However, sensationalism is just about that: no one cares about truth and facts, only headlines. In fact, headlines were twisted to make it even more sensational, stopping just short of suggesting that you will die tomorrow if you don’t eat a slice of cake today.

The Responses

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Testimonial from a Migraine Sufferer

Testimonial

Over the years I have received several hundred (maybe add a zero to that) testimonials from migraineurs who use my protocol, which is LCHF or my special ketogenic diet, designed specifically for migraineurs. I sometimes share a testimonial here and there. I am sharing this one because it is so amazing. Although this migraineur permits me to use his name, I prefer not to since he is an attorney. Enjoy the story.

About my interview with BioHackers Lab:

“Angela is my guru. Loved your interview on Biohackers.

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An Apology–Thank You Dr. Lundberg

It’s Not the Fat That Makes Us Unhealthy

***This is a re-post of Dr. Lundberg’s note found at MedScape it is also in video but you need to have an account to see it. The re-post is based on copy-paste, with link to the original. There is nothing added or subtracted from his comment. Here is what he said and wrote. Since this entire piece is a quote, I am not placing quotation around it. Just understand that it is not me talking here:

George D. Lundberg, MD

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The Ripple-Effect of Bad Science

Real Science?

“When scientists die, their published papers live on—even if they’re based on lies. Downloaded in seconds from anywhere in the world, fake results continue to steal other scientists’ time, influencing their choice of which research avenues to follow and which trials to design and seek ethical approval for.” (here)

When I wrote my blog last week Taking Apart Bad Science, I had  not yet read the article from which I took the quote above. Coincidentally that article and my blog published on the same day.

What Bad Science Is & What It Does

Good scientific findings make the news much less often than headlines based on bad science. Unfortunately, the science you hear on TV or read about in newspapers is more likely to be bad science than real science. What do I mean by bad science? Bad science can be bad  for two reasons: Continue reading

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