It’ll take a hell of a lot more than this to keep me down, especially right now.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been as active online lately, or maybe you haven’t because you never noticed me in the first place. In any event, circumstances are such that I have had to relocate from the bunker in which I was previously hunkered, and am in the process of finding something new.
I will spare you all of the details, but rest assured that my basic needs are being met. I am safe, well fed and watered, and have a place that’s warm and dry to lay my head at night. That being said, any financial support you could provide at this time would be very greatly appreciated.
Coming up this week.
I am putting the finishing touches on two articles that will be must-reads.
First, the story of Major Stuart McCarthy of the Australian Defence Force. While on deployment in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in 1999, he was the subject in an unethical drug trial which was testing a new anti-malarial, tafenoquine. This drug has been shown to be even more neurotoxic than mefloquine and ineffective in 25% of people who take it.
Then, I will tell the story of Niaz Hussaini, who worked for the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan as an interpreter. In 2006, he lost both legs below the knee in an IED explosion and survived the blast because of the heroic actions of a Canadian medic. Despite the fact that he and his family were at risk because he worked for the Canadians, the Department of National Defense decided to fire Niaz, rendering him unable to seek refuge in Canada like many others were able to.
Contact established in Italy.
I have heard from someone in Italy who has a personal blog on Facebook “lariam meflochina reazione avversa Italia”. Rosa Iasevoli is one of an untold number of people in Italy with quinism, and she now knows that she is not alone in her nightmare. With her help, more Italians will receive the information that could save some of their lives and improve the quality of life for many others.
Remember September 19th.
Just a reminder that September 19th is the third annual Mefloquine Veteran’s Rally in Ottawa, Ontario, and will mark the first International Mefloquine and Tafenoquine Awareness Day. Wherever you are in the world, let the government and the public know who you are and what happened to you as a result of taking one or both of these drugs. Demand recognition, and demand these drugs be taken off the market pending further study.
Keep reading and sharing
So please, keep reading and sharing so that this can reach as many people as possible.