More than 400 people marched at the event, shouting as they walked, “Freedom in Christ. It’s so nice” and “When I say Jesus, you say freedom.”
Churches and local ministries also set up booths and tents at the Lake Eola Park event to support the Freedom March.
The march was organized by Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz, both men who survived the shooting at the Orlando nightclub, Pulse, in 2016. Since the shooting, both men abandoned homosexuality and started a ministry called Fearless Identity.
Fearless Identity helps churches as they try to share God’s word with the LGBT community.
“It’s not a gay to straight thing, it’s a lost to saved thing,” Ruiz said. (emphasis added)
Many of the event’s leaders had abandoned an LGBT lifestyle. The event’s worship leader, Edward Byrd, shared that he formerly identified as androgynous before he became a Christian. The Freedom March’s founder, Jeffrey Mccall, said he was a former transgender prostitute. The Uprooted Heart founder, MJ Nixon, who baptized people at the event, said she was a former lesbian.
The event also included a moment of silence for the 49 people killed in the June 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
Speakers told attendees that God “loves gay people,” but to change your lifestyle, you first have to follow Jesus.
“God wants all your heart, not just your sexuality,” Ruiz said. “Remember, don’t make freedom your god. Make Christ Jesus your freedom.”
The first Freedom March took place in May in Washington, D.C. The group will head to Georgia in October for another March and is planning another visit to Washington, D.C. in May 2020. source
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to hold those who have made the choice to follow Jesus, and leave their lifestyle behind up in prayer every day! The devil will surely attack them and tell them that they didn’t need to leave homosexuality!
Pray for them! Share this article with many people. Most families are impacted by homosexuality in some way; and our society tries to make us seem evil and the gay lifestyle good and right!
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
South Bay Pentecostal Church of Chula Vista, California, was vandalized on Sept. 7, 2019, reportedly because of the church’s open opposition to a drag queen story hour event at a local public library.
So, at least the drag queen story tellers are being honest about who they answer to! A pentagram and Satan’s signature – yeah, we get it.
I am so glad that this church leadership had the courage to speak out against the satanic Drag Queen Story Hour. It’s sick and foul, and many of these drag queens have pedophilia listed on their very long rap sheets.
But when I look at photos of these drag queens, the people I am most angry about are the parents of the children! HOW can these mothers bring their children to these events? Are they sick? Are they demon possessed?
“Sure enough, at every corner there were phrases, hateful words, and graffiti on the walls of our church,” said Huizar. “I’m heartbroken, but I am going to continue to speak.”
Huizar reiterated his opposition to the event, telling KGTV that he felt the drag queen event was not age appropriate and should not be held at a taxpayer-supported venue.
“If the people want to make that happen, do it at a private setting, at a bookstore or at a home, but not at the Chula Vista Public Library,” he continued.
“When you do something like a ‘drag queen story hour,’ you are excluding a segment of the populous who are not in favor of this because of what we experienced today.”
The socially conservative advocacy group Mass Resistance denounced the vandalism.
“As we’ve all seen, the rabid and unhinged pro-LGBT activists believe that no laws or rules of decorum prevent them from harassing, intimidating, and destroying anyone who disagrees with their agenda,” the group said on Monday.
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas met with critics of the event, but said the drag queen story hour will go on as scheduled. “There’s nothing forcing anyone to bring children here,” she said.
“It’s not any conspiracy to try to change children, to propagandize a lifestyle. This is simply an event to provide a reading option for children,” the mayor said, according to Fox 5 San Diego.
The interfaith coalition DevOUT also supported the event, with Unitarian Universalist member the Rev. Tania Marquez commending the library and government officials.
“Our commitment to our communities is to create inclusive environments that honor the wholeness of all people,” Marquez said in defense of the event.
“I commend the work of the city of Chula Vista library for their commitment to create inclusive and LGBTQ+ affirming programming. All genders and all gender expressions are whole and holy,” he said.
Mass Resistance noted that satanic imagery is frequently featured by some drag queen performers, adding: “In our research into the backgrounds of ‘drag queen’ performers targeting young children in public libraries, we have noticed a very disturbing amount of Satanic imagery and ‘Church of Satan’ depiction. This is also found in the LGBT movement in general. Thus, it is sadly not surprising that they are attacking a Christian church with such things.”
One clinical counselor recently told The Christian Post that Drag Queen Story Hour events constitute “the greatest grooming program ever devised” and predators “are laughing all the way to the bank.”
In Texas, two men charged with sexually assaulting a child were allowed to read to children at a library in Houston last year as part of its Drag Queen Story Hour event. source
So…….did you read that last sentence? I’ll bold it in caps this time – so let this sink in.
“IN TEXAS, TWO MEN CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A CHILD WERE ALLOWED TO READ TO CHILDREN AT A LIBRARY IN HOUSTON LAST YEAR AS PART OF DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR.”
Brethren, are you as angry as I am?? We need to be angry. Can you imagine what Jesus would do about the abuse of these children?
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you,unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Woe to the world because ofoffenses! Foroffenses must come, butwoe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:2-7)
US evangelical leaders (including Joel Rosenberg) held meeting with Saudi Crown Prince on eve of 9/11
In the video you will see that Joel speaks about being invited to Saudi Arabia by Mohammed Bin Salman. Joel had been told by many not to go.
The last time I wrote about Saudi Arabia was when our president visited the Royal family soon after his election. We watched as President Trump danced the “Sword Dance” with the Saudis. Some of us watched in horror. Others, who think that our president can do no wrong, lashed out at me for writing a derogatory piece on Trump.
The point which I attempted to make was not so much against Trump – as it was against his advisors for not warning him that Saudi Arabia is no friend to America, or to the world for that matter.
Not long after that, the world was astounded when the news broke about a journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who had been assassinated and dismembered at the order of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS).
Alarming and brutal, wouldn’t you say?
But in the video, MBS claims that he had nothing to do with that; that perhaps the people who did this thought that they were doing a good thing for Saudi Arabia and himself. He spoke of arrests and how people will be accountable for this “heinous” crime.
I’m very sorry if there are readers who think that I am off the rails about MBS. I don’t think I am. Remember that when asked if they were going to take in Muslim Migrants back in 2015, the Saudis responded by saying that Saudi Arabia’s contribution to this initiative was to build mosques in the “host” countries.
Christianity is against the law in Saudi Arabia. People wearing crosses can be arrested!
People have said to me “But in the Bible, the Saudis even ask the invaders of Israel if they are there to take spoils.” I believe that the Saudi Arabian government are masterminds at being the “invisible” accomplice to horrific terrorism (think 9/11) and because of their wealth, they can fund most anything without appearing to be part of the atrocity.
My question to Joel Rosenberg is simply this “What do you feel you have accomplished by going to Saudi Arabia and meeting with MBS?”
US evangelical leaders held meeting with Saudi crown prince on eve of 9/11
On the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a delegation of American evangelical leaders met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the state of religious freedom and the battle against extremism in the kingdom.
The delegation — led by joint U.S. and Israeli citizen and author Joel Rosenberg — also met with a wide range of senior government and military officials where they discussed planned reforms as part of the country’s 2030 Vision and visited the ancient Nabatean city of Al-Ula.
Tuesday’s meeting also included Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Princess Reema bint Bandar; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir; Vice Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman; and Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Mohammed al-Issa.
During the multiday trip, the delegation was also briefed on the history of Christianity in the Arabian peninsula, and shown evidence that Iran is aiding Houthi rebels in the Yemeni conflict.
This was the second visit to Saudi Arabia for the Rosenberg-led delegation. Their first visit occurred last November in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.
The meeting with Salman this time came on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on American soil. The timing of the visit drew the ire of critics on social media who noted that 15 of the 19 hijackers who participated in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens.
“While it may surprise some that we would choose the week of September 11 to visit the kingdom, we actually feel there is no more appropriate time to focus on where the kingdom must go, can go, and where we believe it is going,” a statement released by the delegation reads.
“In fact, our visit here on this profoundly important week is in defiance of those that aim to derail reform in the kingdom through an embrace of hate and fear rather than courage and moderation.”
Along with Rosenberg and his wife, Lynn, the delegation included A. Larry Ross, founder and CEO of one of the nation’s most respected Evangelical public relations firms; Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell; former National Religious Broadcasters President Wayne Pederson; former Christian Broadcasting Network CEO Michael Little; megachurch pastor Skip Heitzig; and Heitzig’s wife, Lenya.
The delegation also included evangelical public relations executive Johnnie Moore, who also serves as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and is a spokesperson for evangelical leaders who have informally engaged with the Trump administration. Moore is also president of the Congress of Christian Leaders.
The trip marked Moore’s third time visiting Saudi Arabia in the last year.
Moore told The Christian Post that most of the evangelical delegation arrived in the kingdom on Sunday and left Thursday. He said that the days were packed with meetings and trips. Moore detailed that the crown prince devoted much of his Tuesday afternoon to the meeting with the delegation.
He said the fact that the meetings were held on the week of the anniversary of 9/11 “took the conversation to a different level.”
“No terrorist can sleep easy at night any longer in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Moore said. “This is not a place like it was in 2001 were under the noses of a lot of people a figure like [al-Qaeda founder] Osama Bin Laden could have arisen.”
“When you talk to the young Saudi leaders, they take it very personally,” he added. “They say that [Bin Laden] not only hijacked their religion and the name of God, but they also said they are not going to let him win the war by destroying our future.”
Rosenberg said in a statement that the delegation is encouraged that U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Angus King, I-Maine, visited Saudi Arabia this week and met with the crown prince. However, he voiced disappointment that they were the only two senators that have traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2019.
“Saudi Arabia is one of America’s most important strategic allies in the war against Radical Islamist terrorism and in countering the rising Iranian threat,” Rosenberg said.
“Yes, there are significant challenges in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. But we urge more senators to come here, see the sweeping and positive reforms that the Crown Prince is making, and ask him candid questions directly rather than sniping at him from Washington.”
According to Moore, there has been a “seismic shift” in the religious freedom discussions taking place over the last year in the Sunni-majority kingdom.
He pointed to a four-day conference with over 1,200 top Islamic scholars held earlier this year by the Muslim World League. The conference resulted in the Mekkah Charter promoting ideas of toleration, moderation, diversity, and coexistence. **** I will place the “Mekkah Charter” at the end of this article.
Moore added that the “wheels are on the road” when it comes to the diversification of the Saudi economy from a “reform perspective.” He said there are many economic barriers on institutional, political and ideological levels that are “falling down quickly.”
Moore expressed optimism in the fact that reports have indicated that the kingdom is going to announce new tourism visas.
“Why does that matter? Because the kingdom has been closed off and modernization and reform require openness,” Moore stressed.
In their discussions, Moore said that he and the other evangelicals pressed for certain laws and policies to be changed.
“It was a very substantive discussion. It was so substantive that we can’t even share the vast majority of what we talked about,” Moore said, adding that he did not want to unveil publicly finite details of the private conversation. “The conversations were that candid. We are realistic and we are patient.”
“I do feel like things are moving forward and moving forward quickly. If, in the end, they only accomplish half or a third of their proposed Vision 2030 reforms, the kingdom will be unrecognizable and the region will be unrecognizable. We met a lot of people that are instituting the reforms on the managerial level, I think they are going to achieve a lot more than that. I think they are going to get a lot of it done.”
Moore said that Saudi’s treatment of Shiias was among the many things that were brought up in the discussions.
“We talked a lot about those types of questions. I have always been a bit more sympathetic to the national security question as it relates to the way that the Iranian’s use religion as a shield for some of their activity in the region,” Moore said.
“We tried to take a nuanced view while not wavering at all from our commitment to human rights and religious freedom while recognizing entirely that there are plenty of examples of unjust actions.
Meanwhile, we also acknowledge that the Saudis are not being deceptive when they say ‘Yes, we are committed to improving that area. But you have to also recognize that there are both Sunni and Shia extremists that have cleverly recognized that the most effective shield to protect either them or their extremist activity is to raise the shield of human rights and religious freedom.’”
In their joint statement, the evangelical leaders concluded by saying they are “delighted” by the scope of the developments taking place in Saudi Arabia but have an expectation for more change.
“We are also patient friends with realistic expectations that it will take time to reform what took years to create,” the statement reads.
In addition to their meetings with government officials, the evangelical delegation also met with leaders from the Muslim World League on Wednesday, the day of the 9/11 anniversary, to discuss ways to promote peaceful coexistence.
“On May 28, 2019, the “Charter of Makkah” was endorsed unanimously by an unprecedented group of the world’s leading Muslim scholars, who gathered in the Holy City for the promotion of moderate Islam.”
All I can say about this “Charter” is that it’s a good thing that Islam has “Taqiyya” – permissible lying to advance the cause of Islam. If you take the time to read the Charter, you will discern that each point made is totally disingenuous. I wondered if the imams had help writing this from Pope Francis.
Brethren, I believe that this whole dog and pony show by Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince MBS is a strategic move on their part to insure that America remains a close ally because of their fear of Iran.
Joel Rosenberg will most likely not read this piece, but if he does – I want him to know that he is putting his life and the lives of his entourage at risk being in the presence of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. I believe that this man ordered the assassination and dismemberment of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
He is ruthless, and all of the smooth words spoken and written should not be trusted – not even for one minute.
UPDATE: I have been researching and I’ve found that Joel Rosenberg has gotten himself involved with NAR/ Kingdom Now theology. That explains a lot of why he would go over there. If the reader is going to a church where they think that this aberrant theology is taught, I recommend that they meet with the pastor and elders to find out for sure. To find out more about this “cult” look up “NAR” as a category on my WP. It will bring you to articles I’ve written on this.
This is not the kind of article one typically finds on my Word Press. Yet, this is quite possibly one of the most important articles I have written.
Many years ago, I had been treated with Cipro for an infection. After taking the second dose, I noticed that I had intense pain – especially in my knees. I called our pharmacist and he said that I should immediately stop the Cipro and call my doctor.
After speaking with my doctor, I was put on a different antibiotic which was not in the class of drugs as Cipro. I tolerated the other antibiotic without any side effects.
My doctor made a note on my chart that I was very sensitive to Cipro and therefore other Flouroquinolones as well. The antibiotics which fall under this class of drugs are:
Brand: Cipro Generic: ciprofloxacin
Brand: Levaquin Generic: levofloxacin
Brand: Avelox Generic: moxifloxacin
Brand: Noroxin Generic: norfloxacin
Brand: Floxin Generic: ofloxacin
Brand: Factive Generic: gemifloxacin
In 2012 I had spine surgery to remove a very large cyst from my spine. The surgery was successful, but when I came home I developed a severe bladder infection. I knew the cause – being catheterized during surgery leaves many women with UTI’s (bladder infections).
Being in pain from the surgery and then from the UTI, after the doctor on call from the hospital prescribed Cipro, I decided to try it again. It was only after the first dose when the pain in my legs was so severe, I spent the night trying to walk off the pain. Sitting or laying down was so brutal; the pain was beyond description.
Anyone who has had this kind of pain knows what I mean by trying to walk it off. My husband called the doctor from the hospital and he immediately changed the antibiotic to Keflex. To this day, that is the antibiotic my GP prescribes for me.
Being a writer, I am by nature a very curious person; and I have learned how to research a topic and then vet the information I have found. I did this with “Cipro” as I was determined to find out why this antibiotic could cause such horrid pain in my body.
First I read that this was the strongest antibiotic available. Doctors treated people with Anthrax poisoning with Cipro. But then I read that in certain people, this drug could cause permanent ligament tears. I wondered back then why the pharmaceutical company was not being forced by the FDA to warn unsuspecting patients of the potential and permanent harm from Cipro.
My Good Friend and Sister in Christ
Almost three years ago, my friend, Cindy, (please pray for her) told me that she was in so much pain – she could hardly breathe. She said that she had spasms in her body if she moved certain ways. But her doctor just could not figure out the source of her pain.
I prayed for Cindy every day, as many of us did. It was heartbreaking to hear that she was still in such pain; and that it was worsening.
Recently, Cindy has had a UTI which seems to be resistant to antibiotics. Her doctor has had her on various antibiotics, but the UTI comes right back. She told me that her doctor wanted her to be on Cipro for 3 days.
It was during that course of Cipro when Cindy’s pain raged in her body – worse than ever. When she had told me that it was only for 3 days, I was hesitant in saying too much about what I knew about the drug. The UTI still came back with a vengeance.
Crippled with a Walker, Cane and Wheel Chair
Cindy began to put the puzzle pieces together about the decline of her health and the intense pain. She realized that it was the Cipro (which her doctor had prescribed in the 3 year period) which was the culprit of her suffering. But the damage is done, and Cindy needs the aid of a walker, cane and wheel chair to be mobile.
It is a CRIME what the pharmaceutical companies are getting away with and making billions of dollars doing it. Our government should be our advocate, but I suppose that when they get their pockets lined with Big money from Big Pharma, the ones who are unethical keep their mouths shut. Despicable, isn’t it?
Research on Fluoroquinolones
As I began to do up-to-date research on these drugs and how people are being crippled by them, I realized that there is SO much information now; this article would just be too long to site all of the sources. So, I decided to take the most credible sources and give the reader an excerpt and a link to read the rest of the article.
Feb. 7, 2019 — In 2006, Rachel Brummert developed a sinus infection, and her doctor prescribed Levaquin, one of a class of powerful antibioticscalled fluoroquinolones. Shortly after she began taking the drug, she went on an errand. While crossing a parking lot, her Achilles tendon ruptured. Her foot went limp. The agony felt unbearable.
“I felt the tendon snap and then ball up,” she recalls. “It was more painful than kidney stones.”
By 2009, she’d had three ruptures. Each required surgery. Her orthopedic surgeon couldn’t understand why this was happening to Brummert, who was otherwise healthy. They began to review her medical history, and he stopped her when she mentioned the Levaquin. The previous year, the FDA had warned that tendon ruptures were a potential consequence of taking this class of drug.
To date, Brummert, who lives in Charlotte, NC, has had 25 tendon ruptures. That’s not all. She also has memory problems, trouble balancing, seizures, and sudden drops in blood pressure. All are rare but known side effects of fluoroquinolones.
“They are completely unpredictable,” Brummert, 48, says of her ongoing symptoms.
FDA adds warnings
In the past year, more concerns about the drugs’ side effects have led the FDA to issue new warnings about their use. In December, the federal agency announced that, in rare cases, the drugs have caused tears or ruptures in the heart, called aortic dissections, which can be fatal. Five months earlier, in July, the FDA updated the safety label of fluoroquinolones to include stronger warnings about mental health side effects like trouble paying attention, disorientation, and memory loss.
The same update also raised concerns about severe drops in blood sugar levels that could lead to a coma, especially in the elderly and in people with diabetes. Previous FDA warnings included the risk of harm to tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and the central nervous system, all of which can occur in the same person and may be permanent, as happened to Brummert, who testified before the FDA panel that led to the 2016 warning.
“They are over-prescribed because they are so potent and so easy to use,” says Antonio Crespo, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Orlando Health. “It’s very important that prescribers understand the risks.”
“They are completely unpredictable,” Brummert, 48, says of her ongoing symptoms.
People may have developed peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage affecting the arms and lets) after taking Levaquin, Cipro or any other bran-name antibiotic that falls under the class of drugs known as Fluoroquinolones. In 2013, the FDA published a safety announcement stating that the labeling on these would be updated to include clear warnings that the medications may cause early-onset, potentially permanent nerve damage. It has been alleged that the makers of the drugs knew for years that patients taking these antibiotics could develop serious nerve damage, yet failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about this risk.
People may have developed peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage affecting the arms and legs) after taking Levaquin, Cipro or any other brand-name antibiotic that falls under a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones.In 2013, the FDA published a safety announcement stating that the labeling on these drugs would be updated to include clearer warnings that the medications may cause early-onset, potentially permanent nerve damage.It has been alleged that the makers of the drugs knew for years that patients taking these antibiotics could develop serious nerve damage, yet failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about this risk.
FDA Requests Label Updates Over Fluoroquinolone Nerve Damage Risk
In 2013, the FDA required the labels and medication guides for all fluoroquinolone drugs, including Levaquin and Cipro, to be updated to include clearer warnings about the potential risk of nerve damage in patients taking or being injected with these medications. The FDA made this decision after reviewing dozens of adverse event reports describing the development of peripheral neuropathy in patients taking these antibiotics.
The FDA concluded that that the “potential rapid onset and permanence” of this side effect was not adequately described in the drugs’ labeling and required that statements describing the condition as “rare” be removed. The agency advised that those exhibiting symptoms of peripheral neuropathy should immediately seek the attention of their healthcare providers.
As early as 1992, studies linked fluoroquinolone drugs to peripheral neuropathy
These companies knew or should have known about several studies that linked fluoroquinolone drugs to peripheral neuropathy
Despite these findings, the companies continued to market their drugs as safe and effective
The companies failed to disclose that nerve damage could develop quickly and may be permanent
The companies failed to issue “Dear Doctor” letters related to the label updates in 2013, leaving doctors and patients uninformed about the serious side effects highlighted in the new warning
“Taking ciprofloxacin increases the risk that you will develop tendinitis (swelling of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle) or have a tendon rupture (tearing of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle) during your treatment or for up to several months afterward. These problems may affect tendons in your shoulder, your hand, the back of your ankle, or in other parts of your body. Tendinitis or tendon rupture may happen to people of any age, but the risk is highest in people over 60 years of age. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant; kidney disease; a joint or tendon disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function); or if you participate in regular physical activity. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking oral or injectable steroids such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), or prednisone (Rayos). If you experience any of the following symptoms of tendinitis, stop taking ciprofloxacin, rest, and call your doctor immediately: pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or difficulty in moving a muscle. If you experience any of the following symptoms of tendon rupture, stop taking ciprofloxacin and get emergency medical treatment: hearing or feeling a snap or pop in a tendon area, bruising after an injury to a tendon area, or inability to move or to bear weight on an affected area.
Taking ciprofloxacin may cause changes in sensation and nerve damage that may not go away even after you stop taking ciprofloxacin. This damage may occur soon after you begin taking ciprofloxacin. Tell your doctor if you have ever had peripheral neuropathy (a type of nerve damage that causes tingling, numbness, and pain in the hands and feet). If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking ciprofloxacin and call your doctor immediately: numbness, tingling, pain, burning, or weakness in the arms or legs; or a change in your ability to feel light touch, vibrations, pain, heat, or cold.
Taking ciprofloxacin may affect your brain or nervous system and cause serious side effects. This can occur after the first dose of ciprofloxacin. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had seizures, epilepsy, cerebral arteriosclerosis (narrowing of blood vessels in or near the brain that can lead to stroke or ministroke), stroke, changed brain structure, or kidney disease. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking ciprofloxacin and call your doctor immediately: seizures; tremors; dizziness; lightheadedness; headaches that won’t go away (with or without blurred vision); difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; nightmares; not trusting others or feeling that others want to hurt you; hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist); thoughts or actions towards hurting or killing yourself; feeling restless, anxious, nervous, depressed, memory changes, or confused, or other changes in your mood or behavior.
Taking ciprofloxacin may worsen muscle weakness in people with myasthenia gravis (a disorder of the nervous system that causes muscle weakness) and cause severe difficulty breathing or death. Tell your doctor if you have myasthenia gravis. Your doctor may tell you not to take ciprofloxacin. If you have myasthenia gravis and your doctor tells you that you should take ciprofloxacin, call your doctor immediately if you experience muscle weakness or difficulty breathing during your treatment.
Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking ciprofloxacin.
Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer’s patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with ciprofloxacin. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You can also visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs) or the manufacturer’s website to obtain the Medication Guide. Read rest of article HERE
FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is requiring safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones to strengthen the warnings about the risks of mental health side effects and serious blood sugar disturbances, and make these warnings more consistent across the labeling for all fluoroquinolones taken by mouth or given by injection.
“The use of fluoroquinolones has a place in the treatment of serious bacterial infections — such as certain types of bacterial pneumonia — where the benefits of these drugs outweigh the risks, and they should remain available as a therapeutic option. The FDA remains committed to keeping the risk information about these products current and comprehensive to ensure that health care providers and patients consider the risks and benefits of fluoroquinolones and make an informed decision about their use,” said Edward Cox, M.D., director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
FDA-approved fluoroquinolones include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets, moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin, gemifloxacin (Factive) and delafloxacin (Baxdela). There are more than 60 generic versions. The safety labeling changes the FDA is requiring today were based on a comprehensive review of the FDA’s adverse event reports and case reports published in medical literature.
Across the fluoroquinolone antibiotic class, a range of mental health side effects are already described in the Warnings and Precautions section of the drug labeling, but differed by individual drug. The new class-wide labeling changes will require that the mental health side effects be listed separately from other central nervous system side effects and be consistent across the labeling of the fluoroquinolone class. The mental health side effects to be included in the labeling across all the fluoroquinolones are disturbances in attention, disorientation, agitation, nervousness, memory impairment and delirium.
Additionally, the recent FDA review found instances of hypoglycemic coma where users of fluoroquinolones experienced hypoglycemia. As a result, the Blood Glucose Disturbances subsection of the labeling for all systemic fluoroquinolones will now be required to explicitly reflect the potential risk of coma with hypoglycemia.
Today, the FDA also published a drug safety communication about safety information regarding hypoglycemic coma and mental health side effects with fluoroquinolones.
The FDA first added a Boxed Warning to fluoroquinolones in July 2008 for the increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. In February 2011, the risk of worsening symptoms for those with myasthenia gravis was added to the Boxed Warning. In August 2013, the agency required updates to the labeling to describe the potential for irreversible peripheral neuropathy (serious nerve damage).
In 2016, the FDA enhanced warnings about the association of fluoroquinolones with disabling and potentially permanent side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and the central nervous system. Because the risk of these serious side effects generally outweighs the benefits for patients with acute bacterial sinusitis, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections, the FDA determined that fluoroquinolones should be reserved for use in patients with these conditions who have no alternative treatment options.
The patient Medication Guide that is required to be given to the patient with each fluoroquinolone prescription describes the safety issues associated with these medicines.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products. source
FLUOROQUINOLONES: THE DEADLIEST ANTIBIOTICS ON THE MARKET?
In a 2001 study by Dr. Jay Cohen, the following reaction rates were documented: 2
Nervous system symptoms occurred in 91 percent of patients (pain, tingling and numbness, dizziness, malaise, weakness, headaches, anxiety and panic, loss of memory, psychosis)
Musculoskeletal symptoms in 73 percent of patients (tendon ruptures, tendonitis, weakness, joint swelling)
Sensory symptoms in 42 percent of patients (tinnitus, altered visual, olfactory, and auditory function)
Cardiovascular symptoms in 36 percent of patients (tachycardia, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations)
Skin reactions in 29 percent of patients (rashes, hair loss, sweating, intolerance to heat or cold)
Gastrointestinal symptoms in 18 percent of patients (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain)
In a letter to his Congressman, he wrote:
“These severe reactions are occurring in patients who are usually healthy, active, and young. Most often, the antibiotics are prescribed for mild infections such as sinusitis, urinary or prostate infections. Most reactions occur very quickly, sometimes with just a few doses of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Reactions are acute, severe, frightening, and often disabling.
I will devote the topic of fluoride in our water, and how toxic this is to us in the next article.
In the meantime, PLEASE pray for our sister Cindy. Also do NOT let a doctor prescribe Cipro or any of its sister drugs!
Tell the doctor that you don’t want it. Trust me when I say that he/she will understand perfectly WHY you refuse this drug!
Doctors get kick backs from Big Pharma for prescribing their most expensive drugs!
And one more thing to ponder: Have you ever wondered why there are so many diagnoses for “Fibromyalgia?” I always tell my friends that is a doctor’s way of saying “I don’t know what is wrong with you.” Could it be that all or most of these people seeking out help for their pain may be due to Cipro and other Fluoroquinolones?