The Deliverance of Dave Bona

A veteran of Somalia who has suffered from quinism for more than 25 years, Dave Bona shares his insights on the disease and the importance of nutrition.

The term “quinism” may seem new, but the symptoms of poisoning by mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam®), tafenoquine (marketed as Krintafel® and Arakoda™), and related quinoline drugs are all too familiar: Tinnitus. Dizziness. Vertigo. Paresthesias. Visual disturbances. Gastroesophageal and intestinal problems. Nightmares. Insomnia. Sleep apnea. Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Paranoia. Cognitive dysfunction. Depression. Personality change. Suicidal thoughts.
These symptoms are not “side effects”. They are symptoms of poisoning by a class of drug that is neurotoxic and that injures the brain and brainstem. This poisoning causes a disease, and this disease has a name: Chronic quinoline encephalopathy — also known as quinism.
Veteran of the Somalia mission and quinism advocate, Dave Bona

When I initially began my investigation of mefloquine and the role it had to play in the “Somalia Affair”, the very first person I had a conversation with was Dave Bona. It was during that phone conversation that I would hear first hand of the destruction this drug was inflicting upon the lives of our veterans.

I had taken the time to find out what I could about Dave before I spoke with him, and consulted the vast number of articles and interviews that he is featured in online. I discovered a man who had been living in a nightmare for over a quarter of a century, the result of the neurotoxic drug he was ordered to take in 1992/93 while part of Operation Deliverance.

I had an idea about what I might expect to hear during our conversation, but hearing these things first hand was still shocking to me. He was giving me a perspective that nothing I had read to that point could ever truly give justice to. I was now speaking with someone who was living through a nightmare, and as I listened to him tell me about what his life has been like for all this time, a range of emotions began to build up inside of me.

The first thing that hits me as I talk with Dave is a sense of shock/horror/disbelief at 1) the symptoms that I am hearing this man describe to me and, 2) anger mixed with rage at the thought that this man and many others like him were poisoned at the behest of their government. This quickly added to my motivation as I set out to do something for these veterans who have paid a very high price for serving their country, a country whose government continues to deny them at every turn.

Canada’s Godfather of Mefloquine Advocacy

The former paratrooper has been actively involved in mefloquine awareness and advocacy for three years now. Although mefloquine awareness efforts in Canada had started several years before his involvement, his contributions have been enormous. Because of his efforts, a large and ever growing number of veterans has been made aware of quinism, resulting in an untold number of lives that will have been saved for receiving his message.

He’s also among the group of Canadians who have suffered its debilitating symptoms the longest, symptoms that have now lasted for the past 26 years. In that time he’s racked up a lifetime’s worth of experience in living with the disease and he shares his insights and knowledge with everyone in videos he posts on Facebook.

The importance of nutrition.

For Dave, nutrition is a critical weapon in his battle with quinism. Through his own research and by trial and error, Dave is learning the important role nutrition plays in recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Unlike PTSD, quinism is another form of TBI, though it is one that has been caused by a drug as opposed to kinetic force.

It isn’t only through videos that Dave gets his point across, as he also provides his analysis of mefloquine related issues in posts such as this one:

Dave is a very central figure when it comes to quinism in Canada, and his Facebook page is a repository of information on mefloquine and a gathering place for others who are advocating for mefloquine veterans.

Dave has also been the subject of many stories in the media over the years. Some tell of the ways that mefloquine has destroyed his life, but a great many others tell of how he is now fighting back, not just for himself but for the thousands of others just like him.

What Dave Bona is experiencing isn’t just a Canadian phenomenon. Thousands of veterans from across the globe have had the same symptoms, the same thoughts, the very same feelings that Dave has had. They are the feelings shared by battle-hardened American veterans of Afghanistan and Swedish tourists alike.

He has come to be a beacon in the darkness, helping to guide others away from peril and showing them to a safe harbour. If you or someone you know is suffering from the symptoms of quinism, and aren’t sure about what to do, Dave would be a great resource for you.

You should also visit The Quinism Foundation at www, for the most accurate and up to date information by the leading figure in quinism research, Dr. Remington Nevin. The foundation’s mission is laid out in the “About Us” section of their web page.

The foundation has an enormous job ahead. We must prepare healthcare organizations to identify those exposed to quinolines and to screen for symptomatic quinoline exposure. We must educate clinicians to diagnose chronic quinoline encephalopathy and other medical conditions caused by quinoline poisoning. We must train researchers to distinguish the effects of quinism from those of other disorders, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We must assist government agencies to recognize those suffering disability from quinism. We must identify risk factors for the disease. We must attempt to count all those affected. And, we must support a search for effective treatments.

… The foundation is proud to be listed as a registered charity in the PayPal Giving Fund, on Amazon Smile, and in the Network for Good’s donor-advised fund. You can also read more about the foundation’s charitable activities by reviewing our listing on Guidestar.

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BREAKING NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Files Suit In California Court Against Roche Pharmaceuticals

Demand For Jury Trial Filed In San Mateo County

A 26 page complaint was filed with the clerk of the county on May 21st, 2019 by attorneys on behalf of Gabriel Au Buchon, a 40 year-old U.S. Army veteran.

The complaint lists five causes of action against Roche:

  • 1. Strict Products Liability— Failure to Warn
  • 2. Negligence
  • 3. Deceit by Concealment (Violation of Civil Code §§ 1709—1710)
  • 4. Fraud
  • 5. Negligent Misrepresentation and Defendants. Concealment

From the complaint: “Plaintiff was U.S. Army infantryman from October 1, 2002 to September 13, 2015. He was deployed to the Horn of Afiica from December 16, 2003 to July 20, 2004. In early to middle December 2003, he was given Lariam as part of his deployment”

“…He has suffered classic neuropsychiatric symptoms of mefloquine toxicity since: insomnia, abnormal dreams and nightmares, anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, aggression, paranoia, and cognitive dysfunction, which have contributed to his diagnoses of depression, major depression not otherwise specified (NOS), major depressive disorder, adjustment disorder with depressed mood and anxiety, anxiety disorder NOS, generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia, chronic neurologic symptoms of tinnitus, dizziness, headache, Visual photosensitivity, paresthesias, and other vestibular disorders.

15. anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, paranoia, suicidal ideation, insomnia, restlessness, and periodic limb movements during sleep, which have contributed to his diagnoses of adjustment reaction, dysthymja, depression, mood disorder not otherwise specified (NOS), bipolar disorder, and restless leg syndrome (RLS), dizziness and disequilibrium.

The Allegations

Quite simply, that Roche Pharmaceuticals knew that Lariam was a dangerous drug, yet did nothing to mitigate this danger and continued to market the drug.

In the series of articles I wrote on mefloquine, Poison Pill: The History of Mefloquine From The Lab To The Courtroom”, I showed that there was compelling evidence of the dangers the drug posed prior to it being approved for use, and even more afterwards.

Prayer For Relief

These are the damages sought, which are to be determined by the court.

  • PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays for judgment against each of the Defendants as follows:
  • a. Awarding actual damages in an amount to be determined at trial;
  • b. Awarding punitive damages to the Plaintiff;
  • c. Awarding pre-judgment and post-judgment interest to the Plaintiff;
  • d. Awarding the costs and expenses of this litigation to the Plaintiff;
  • e. Awarding reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs to the Plaintiff as provided by law; and
  • f. Granting all such other relief as the Court deems necessary, just and proper.

Updates As They Happen

I will be following this case very closely, and will be posting updates as they happen. Stay tuned for further developments.

Vær opmærksom på alle humanitære arbejdere og feriegæster

Læs disse vigtige oplysninger, hvis du har rejst til en malariazone siden 1985.

Sara Thompson var et fredskorps frivilligt. I 2010 gik hun til det vestafrikanske land Burkina Faso, hvor hun skulle tjene i to år i en lille landsby i den østlige del af landet. Hun havde lært fransk, og var ivrig efter at gå til et fransktalende land.

Ligesom ather Peace Corps frivillige går ind i et område, hvor malaria er endemisk, var hun forpligtet til at tage et anti-malarial for profylakse. Ifølge fredskorpsmandatet skal alle frivillige have en konsultation med en fredsorganisationskonsulent. Der vil blive diskuteret de forskellige forskellige medicinoptioner, og en liste over fordele og ulemper ved hver medicin ville blive overskredet, samt de mulige bivirkninger af hvert lægemiddel.

Ifølge Sara var der tre stoffer tilgængelige: doxycyclin, malarone og mefloquine. Men da hun kom til Burkina Faso fik hun en taske indeholdende flere doser mefloquine efter et frafald, som hun måtte underskrive. På ingen tid blev hun underrettet om de mulige bivirkninger hun måtte opleve, bortset fra at blive fortalt at hun måske havde mareridt, men at det ville være okay. Kort tid senere ville hun opdage, at det helt sikkert ikke var okay.

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RPCVs Sara Thompson og Jennifer Mamola fra Health Justice for Peace Corps frivillige, med Rep Ted Poe i sidste uge, efter at Rep Poe delte Sara’s historie som en del af hans vidnesbyrd på House Floor om de negative virkninger, som nogle PCV’er oplever, når de tager mefloquine / larium. RPCVHealthJustice
National Peace Corps Association Facebook Gruppeside

Forventes at tage mefloquine

I 1989 blev en gruppe af fredskorpsfrivillige valgt til at deltage i et lægemiddelforsøg, der testede mefloquins effektivitet som profylaktisk malaria eller behandling. Fredskorpsfrivillige blev udvalgt, fordi det føltes, at de kunne have tillid til at forblive kompatible under hele forsøget. Overholdelse havde været et problem i andre forsøg, der testede mefloquine, da mange ville stoppe med at tage det efter starten af ​​alvorlige bivirkninger. Fredskorpsens frivillige ville ikke være anderledes end andre i denne henseende, kun de måtte skjule deres manglende overholdelse.

Som de frivillige begyndte Sara at opleve ubehagelige bivirkninger. Hun siger, at hun sov meget, og hun har ofte fundet sig svimmel eller lettehår. Hendes følelser begyndte at blive gennemført, da hun siger, at hun ofte ville reagere på situationer uhensigtsmæssigt. Der var tid, hun ville græde uden nogen anstændig grund og ville overreagere i visse situationer.

Hun begyndte at opleve de mest alvorlige neurotoksiske symptomer i slutningen af ​​hendes tjeneste i Afrika og sagde, at hun ville blive svimmel over for opkastning. Efter en særlig distresserende aften gik hun til læge, der fortalte hende, at hun havde en øreinfektion og gav hende medicin til at behandle sin kvalme.

Symptomerne gik ikke væk.

Selv efter at have vendt tilbage til hendes hjem i Midtvesten, svækkede symptomerne ikke. Hun ville ofte snuble som om hun var fuld og blev udsat for pludselige og blændende hovedpine. Hun så en praktiserende læge, men han kunne ikke foretage en diagnose, så hun blev henvist til en neurolog. At være ude af stand til at finde en grund til hendes symptomer, ville neurologen også misdiagnose Sara med et indreøresproblem.

Efter at have talt med en anden fredskorps frivillig, der tidligere havde tjent, blev hun bedt om at søge Dr. Remington Nevin, den ledende myndighed i mefloquine toksicitet. Efter at have mødt med Sara og gennemgå sit diagram, konkluderede han, at hun lider af kronisk kinolin encephalopati, også kendt som kinisme.

Erhvervet hjerneskade

I et signifikant mindretal af patienter er det antaget, at mefloquin ophobes i visse dele af hjernen og forårsager skade. Hjernestammen udføres, og skaden sker til vestibulærsystemet, som er ansvarlig for at sende signaler til hjernen om bevægelse, hovedposition og rumlig orientering.

Faktisk er der en række andre symptomer, hvoraf nogle efterligner PTSD, der fører til hyppig fejldiagnose af lidelsen. Der er ingen test, som i sig selv kan diagnosticere mefloquine toksicitet, og en ordentlig diagnose kan ofte tage måneder. Der er ingen kur mod quinisme, men symptomerne på sygdommen kan dog styres.


Mefloquine toksicitet forårsager en række symptomer, som tidligere nævnt ses nogle også i PTSD. Imidlertid bliver symptomerne på quinisme ikke bedre over tid og reagerer ikke på behandling. Faktisk ved at forsøge at behandle quinisme som PTSD, kan mere skade faktisk ske.

Symptomer på quinisme forårsaget af forgiftning af de neurotoksiske lægemidler mefloquin og tafenoquine-kan omfatte tinnitus, svimmelhed, svimmelhed, paræstesier, angst, forvirring og søvnforstyrrelser som søvnløshed og levende mareridt. Quinisme kan være invaliderende og permanent.

Udtrykket “quinisme” kan virke nyt, men symptomerne på forgiftning fra mefloquine (tidligere markedsført som Lariam®), tafenoquin (markedsført som Krintafel® og Arakoda ™) og relaterede quinoliner er alt for bekendt: Tinnitus. Svimmelhed. Svimmelhed. Paræstesier. Visuelle forstyrrelser. Gastroøsofageale og tarmproblemer. Mareridt. Søvnløshed. Søvnapnø. Angst. Agorafobi. Paranoia. Kognitiv dysfunktion. Depression. Personlighedskifte. Selvmordstanker.

Disse symptomer er ikke “bivirkninger”. De er symptomer på forgiftning af en klasse af lægemiddel, der er neurotoksisk, og det skader hjernen og hjernestammen. Denne forgiftning forårsager en sygdom, og denne sygdom har et navn: Kronisk kinolin encephalopati – også kendt som kinisme.

The Quinism Foundation

Få informeret

Hvis du rejste til en malariazone siden midten til slutningen af 80’erne og tog migfloquine for at forhindre malaria, og du har disse symptomer, skal du evalueres korrekt. Hvert år tager et utalligt antal mennesker med udiagnosticeret mefloquine toksicitet deres eget liv. De bliver despondent, uden at vide, hvorfor de føler den måde, de gør og giver op med alt håb.

Men der er håb. For mange er det bare at vide, at årsagen til, at de er som de er, fordi de blev forgiftet, nok til at give dem en grund til ikke at tage deres eget liv. At vide, at det ikke er deres skyld, kan få nogen til at kæmpe for at leve.

Hvis det, jeg har skrevet her, lyder velkendt for dig på grund af dine egne symptomer eller en andens, skal du klikke på linket til quinism fundamentet. De kan ikke diagnosticere dig, men de vil give dig værdifulde oplysninger for at komme frem i din kamp mod denne sygdom.

Hvis du lider af quinisme, er du ikke alene. Tusindvis af andre er ligesom dig, og som et fællesskab kan de yde en masse støtte, råd og information. De vil stå sammen med dig og lade dig vide, at de er #intetog sammen med dig.

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Posh Corps Podcast Ep. 15: Mefloquine

Quinism Foundation – Hjemmeside

International Quinism Awareness Day, September 19th, 2019

Call to action in cities across the globe.

On September 19th, 2019, the third Veterans Mefloquine Rally will take place in Ottawa. One of its primary goals is to increase awareness about mefloquine within the veteran community in Canada, in order to educate them and hopefully, save some of their lives.

Sadly, Canadian veterans and their families aren’t the only ones whose lives have been destroyed by this toxic drug. In the United States and several other countries around the world other military veterans along with their families are experiencing the same thing.

Another anti-malarial drug, tafenoquine (Krintafel), was tested on a group of Australian troops, and the results indicate that this drug is even more dangerous than mefloquine. Some of those test subjects had taken BOTH mefloquine and tafenoquine.

Civilians also welcome

An overwhelming number of those effected by mefloquine were in the military, however a great many civilians have also had their lives forever changed because of it. These are people who volunteered to do humanitarian work, or were required to travel to a malaria zone for business, or vacationers who wanted to see exotic locations. They have been without a voice and deserve the opportunity to ask for justice.

So the time has come to spread the message of the Ottawa rally around the world. On September 19th, I’m hoping that around the world people will rally in their national capitals. If they can’t make it to their national capital then a protest at the federal building in their town or city would do just fine.

A global effort.

In Ireland, there is a large and determined group of veterans who have been working hard for years to spread awareness and seek justice for what has happened to them. I’m calling on them to rally in Dublin on September 19th, or at their nearest federal government building if they are unable to make the trip.

Veterans in Australia also have a very strong voice, and I am hoping that some will be able to get together in Canberra and/or the provincial capitals.

Whether you are in Washington D.C. , Lisbon, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, or any other city or town. Make a sign and take a stand. Demand to be heard and let the world know what happened to you. Let those in power know that you are out there and you will not be going away.

Together, we can be loud enough for the whole world to hear our message.


Attention All Somalia Veterans

Dr. Remington Nevin wants to speak to you if you took mefloquine.

Last week was big for Dr. Remington Nevin and the Quinism Foundation. On Monday he was in Kanata, Ontario, where he accepted a $25,000 grant from the Royal Canadian Legion. It didn’t come via an oversized novelty cheque, but Dr. Nevin is flashing an oversized smile.

What the money will do is allow Dr. Nevin to conduct a review of a LIMITED number of veteran’s records. The reviews have a number of purposes. First, they will allow for an assessment to determine whether or not mefloquine is the cause of any current disabilities.

Second, they will also allow for reports to be made that will be primarily for the information of the veteran, but could also be used when applying for disability benefits.

The criteria

Reviews of this type are very detailed and as such, the funding only allows for a limited number of them. In order to make the most of the reviews, there are a number of criteria that must be met in order to participate.

  • Must be a Somalia-era veteran, preferably with objective neurological findings (diagnosed seizure or paresthesia disorder, or diagnosed vestibular or visual problems, such as vertigo, eye-teaming, or accommodative disorders). 
  • Must have complete Canadian Forces medical documentation including documentation of receipt of mefloquine.
  • Must have complete medical documentation following separation from service.

Contact Dr. Nevin

If you are a Somalia-era veteran with COMPLETE medical documentation, you can contact Dr. Nevin. After an initial email review, he may ask you to submit your medical records to him electronically for screening, at which time he will provide you with further details via email.

If you meet the criteria your information will provide Dr. Nevin with valuable data that will assist in gaining a better understanding of quinism, with the ultimate long-term goal of finding a treatment or cure. Your contribution will forever be a part of scientific history.

Dr. Remingtin Nevin

Phone: 1-802-291-3651



Stjålet Ære

Opløst regiment fortjener at få sit ry rehabiliteret.

Ved rettigheder bør dette spørgsmål klassificeres som en skandale, med meget mere pressedækning end den har modtaget indtil dette punkt, og det forekommer også at være en, der er meget personlig for mig.

Jeg tror, at jeg måske har nævnt min families historie i militæret i et tidligere indlæg sammen med mine bånd til PPCLI. Min onkel “Spike”, som han vidste, var en sergent, da han trak sig tilbage i begyndelsen af 80’erne, og et par år før han gik på pension, blev han spurgt (spurgte dig) at blive med i det canadiske luftbårne regiment. En engang hær-boxing mester, han havde hvad det tog at være en jumper. Han løb stadig hver dag i kampstøvler i 50’erne og skiftede til løbesko, indtil han stoppede med at løbe i sine sene 60’ere.

Så da regimentet blev opløst i skændsel den 1. september 1995, i kølvandet på Somalias skandale, følte jeg det chok, man føler, da han fortalte, at et familiemedlem er død. Det var som om en del af mig selv var væk på en eller anden måde nu. Jeg kunne ikke forestille mig, at det aldrig var et luftbårligt regiment.

I starten følte jeg vrede over for dem, der havde begået de brutale handlinger, der førte til det. Dem, kommandokæden på jorden, mange af dem. Disse var en masse racister, hvis chefer havde givet dem fri regeringsførelse for at terrorisere den lokale befolkning, fordi de var for dumme dovne eller ikke gav en lort eller begge dele. Takket være dem havde de canadiske kræfter et sort øje, og det canadiske luftbårne regiment var ophørt med at eksistere. Vejen at gå, assholes.

Men så engang senere lavede mefloquine nyhederne, og pludselig var tingene ikke så snittede og tørrede. Efterhånden som historien begyndte at udfolde sig, begyndte skylden at løfte fra soldaterne, og i sidste ende ville landet stå i firkant i afdelingen for det nationale forsvar og den schweiziske farmaceutiske bekymring Hoffman-La Roche.

På grund af deres handlinger er to somaliske teenagere døde, og nogle af soldaterne levede for evigt. Et stort antal veteraner fortsætter med at lide af de mareridtlige bivirkninger, og efter al sandsynlighed vil domstolene være hørselssager i flere år fremover i retssager.

Ting af mareridt

Marked under mærket Lariam, mefloquine er et anti-malarial stof. Antivarale lægemidler har været tilgængelige siden 1800-tallet, da franske forskere var i stand til at udvinde kinin fra barken af Cinchona-træet, der var hjemmehørende i Andes-regionen i Sydamerika.

Kinin var efterspurgt af europæiske militærer, da kolonialismen gik ind i tropiske områder, og i dag tager militærpersonalet størstedelen af doser af anti-malaria medicin udleveret. Det er kun fornuftigt, at militærer ville have en interesse i deres udvikling, og har hjulpet i fremskridt af disse lægemidler gennem årene.

Big Pharma og den militære industrielle kompleks

Lariam blev udviklet af det amerikanske militær i slutningen af ​​Vietnamkriget som en del af et forsøg på at finde et anti-malarial, der var effektivt, økonomisk og sikkert. De første rapporterede forsøg med mefloquine blev udført i 1975 på fanger i Joliette Correctional Center i Illinois, mens en anden blev udført det følgende år på Maryland House of Correction. Der findes ingen detaljer om disse forsøg.

I løbet af 1980’erne begyndte lægemiddelindustrien at lobbyisere den amerikanske kongres i et forsøg på at få deres produkter til markedet hurtigere. Testprotokoller forsinkede den tid, det tog for at få et lægemiddel på markedet, og lægemiddelvirksomhederne ønskede at forkorte den tid, det tog, så de kunne begynde at tjene penge hurtigere.

Så da FDA godkendte Lariam til brug i 1989, var der endnu ikke foretaget en række kritiske undersøgelser vedrørende tolerabilitet og interaktioner med andre lægemidler. Inden for få måneder efter at være frigivet, ville sikkerhedsproblemerne begynde at komme frem, men stoffet ville fortsat være at gå til forebyggelsen af ​​klorokinresistent malaria.

Start af en skandale

Det canadiske luftbårne regiment forlod Somalia i december 1992, fem måneder efter, at premierminister Brian Mulroney havde begået canadiske tropper til missionen. Kaldet Operation Deliverance, ville det blive en del af den amerikanske led Operation Restore Hope, som i sidste ende ville falde under FN-kontrol og blive UNOSOM II.

Medlemmer af det canadiske luftbårne regiment springer i position, da de ankommer til at påtage sig ansvaret for lufthavnen i Bali Dogle, Somalia den 15. december 1992. Canada deltager i en FN-nødhjælpsoperation i det østafrikanske land. (CP Photo / Andrew Vaughan)

Beslutningen om at sende 2 Commando til Somalia havde været kontroversielt fra begyndelsen. Enheden vidste at være overflod af racisme og blev betragtet som dumpingpladsen for dem med disciplinproblemer. Regimentets CO var blevet afskediget for at sige, at regimentet var uegnet til missionen og erstattet af Lt.Col. Carol Mathieu, som ville lede kontingentet i Somalia.

Uanset hvilken grund, DND havde truffet beslutningen om, at Lariam ville være den antivarale profylaktiske, der skulle anvendes til denne udbredelse. Selv om de var tilgængelige i USA, var Lariam stadig utilgængelig i Canada, selvom det kunne være, hvis det blev brugt i et klinisk forsøg.

Som med ethvert klinisk forsøg ville der være strenge protokoller, der skulle overholdes. Der er meget overvågning, testning og optagelse involveret i et klinisk forsøg, og det vidste dette, at DND besluttede at deltage i det kliniske forsøg for Lariam. Uanset om nogen har problemer med at søge efter eksisterende kliniske data fra USA, er det diskutabelt, selvom jeg væddemål ingen generede.

Afdelingen for National Defense havde absolut ingen mening om at gøre noget af det, der var påkrævet af den til undersøgelsen, og dette var tydeligt, så snart missionen startede. Der var ingen overvågning, ingen rapportering af uønskede hændelser, ingen indsats for at få det til at se ud som om de prøvede.

Endnu værre havde mændene ingen anelse om, at de skulle deltage i et stofforsøg. Mens de fik at vide, hvad medicinen var, og hvad de mulige bivirkninger var, blev de ikke givet de former, der skulle underskrives, der ville have udgjort informeret samtykke. Så vidt de vidste, ville de ikke have fået medicinen, hvis regeringen havde troet, at det var farligt. Det er en antagelse, vi laver hele tiden. De ville have antaget det forkert.

De uønskede virkninger

Det var ikke længe før nogle forstyrrende bivirkninger begyndte at fremstå, ligner dem, der blev rapporteret i USA. Angst, mareridt, paranoia, hallucinationer, depression og andre alvorlige symptomer begyndte at ses.

Det er blevet afsløret i de senere år, at mange af dem, der serverede i Somalia, havde udvist disse symptomer, herunder de involverede i de pågældende hændelser. For mange fortsætter symptomerne til denne dag, år efter at have taget stoffet.

Scenen blev nu sat til et scenarie lige ud af en film; en bataljon af stærkt væbnede, højtuddannede, potentielt psykotiske, racistiske dræbende maskiner, ville blive droppet i en højspændingsmission i Afrika. Det værste tilfælde var ved at spille ud.


For at holde dette fra at blive en roman, vil jeg aflevere de fleste af detaljerne, men vær så velkommen til at gøre noget for dig selv online. Nøglepunkterne er to somaliske teenagere, Shidane Arone og Ahmed Arush blev dræbt, og en tredjedel, Abdi Hinde Bei Sabrie, blev alvorligt såret.

Mastercorporal Clayton Matchee ville blive anklaget i forhold til Arones død, men han ville forsøge selvmord ved at hænge sig og ville lide permanent hjerneskade. På grund af omfanget af hans skade vil han kræve konstant pleje, og han står ikke længere over for de kriminelle anklager, der blev bragt imod ham.

Trooper Kyle Brown ville blive fundet skyldig i mord og tortur og tjene en 40 måneders fængselsstraf. Hans liv efter at komme ud har været svært, da han fortsat lider af PTSD og de neurotoksiske virkninger af mefloquin.

Flere andre ville have anklager i forhold til sagen, men de fleste ville senere blive frikendt af en domstolskamp. Disse mænd og hundredvis af andre ved denne udstationering vil lide af psykologisk angst forårsaget af mefloquin neurotoksicitet, som blev identificeret i 2006.

Det var først i 2017, at det canadiske militær besluttede at begrænse brugen af mefloquine. Det tilbydes ikke længere som den første mulighed i malaria profylakse for implementeringer. Faktisk ser det ud som om mefloquine bliver brugt mindre og mindre på verdensplan, da opkald går ud for yderligere undersøgelser af de langsigtede virkninger. Litigation advokater i mange jurisdiktioner er travlt med at forberede briefs for handlinger, der sandsynligvis vil være i milliarder af dollars.

Vi har virkelig brug for en undersøgelse Do-Over

En trepersoners undersøgelseskommission for Somalia-sagen blev indkaldt i slutningen af 1995 af Forsvarsminister Art Eggleton, der udgav sin rapport i september 1997, efter at være blevet afkortet af David Collenette, Eggleton’s erstatning.

Collenette var vokset utålmodig med kommissionen, og da det blev bragt til ophør, havde der endnu ikke været meget vidnesbyrd. Den endelige rapport indeholdt 2000 sider over fem bind, og var yderst kritisk over for ledelsen og kulturen inden for det nationale forsvar. Der er ingen omtale af mefloquine overalt i den.

Marj Matchee holder et foto og støvler af sin mand Master Corporal Clayton Matchee under et anti-malarial drug mefloquine rally 19. september 2017 på forsiden af Parliament Hill i Ottawa.

I 2017 begyndte Clayton Matchee’s kone, Marj Matchee, at opfordre regeringen til at genåbne undersøgelsen. En stor del oplysninger er kommet i lys, da Kommissionens ufuldstændige rapport blev frigivet, og den skal afsløres. Hvis oplysningerne var tilgængelige på det tidspunkt, er der ringe tvivl om, at det ville have haft indflydelse på den endelige rapport. For ikke at genåbne forespørgslen ville det være et retfærdigt abort.

Kyle Brown, Clayton Matchee, og resten af 2 CDO var ikke helgener af nogen form for fantasi, og nogle havde nogle temmelig modbydelige synspunkter, men de var fagfolk. Den måde jeg ser det på, og mange vil være enige med mig herom uden mefloquin, ville det ikke være sket. Mændene på 2 CDO skulle ikke være nødt til at bære kappen af destroyers af det canadiske luftbårne regiment. De, sammen med det canadiske luftbårne regiment, fortjener at få deres omdømme genoprettet.

Ex coelis


Honor robado

El regimiento disuelto merece que su reputación sea rehabilitada.

Por derechos, este tema debe clasificarse como un escándalo, con mucha más cobertura de prensa que la que ha recibido hasta este momento, y también es uno que es muy personal para mí.

Creo que puedo haber mencionado la historia de mi familia en el ejército en un post anterior, junto con mis vínculos con el PPCLI. Mi tío “Spike”, como se le conocía, era un sargento cuando se retiró a principios de los años 80, y un par de años antes de retirarse, se le pidió (le pidió que lo hiciera) que se uniera al Regimiento Aerotransportado de Canadá. Campeón del boxeo del ejército de una sola vez, tuvo lo necesario para ser un saltador. Todavía corría todos los días con botas de combate a los 50, cambiando a zapatillas hasta que dejó de correr en sus últimos 60.

Entonces, cuando el regimiento se disolvió en desgracia el 1 de septiembre de 1995, a raíz del escándalo de Somalia, sentí la conmoción que uno siente cuando se le dice que un miembro de la familia ha muerto. Era como si una parte de mi ser se hubiera ido de alguna manera ahora. No podía imaginar que NO fuera un regimiento aerotransportado.

Inicialmente, sentí enojo hacia aquellos que habían cometido los actos brutales que lo llevaron. Ellos, la cadena de mando en el suelo, la mayoría de ellos. Eran un grupo de racistas cuyos jefes les habían dado rienda suelta para aterrorizar a la población local, porque eran demasiado perezosos o no les importaban una mierda o ambas cosas. Gracias a ellos, las Fuerzas Canadienses tenían un ojo morado y el Regimiento Aerotransportado de Canadá había dejado de existir. Camino por recorrer, gilipollas.

Pero luego, un tiempo después, mefloquine fue noticia y, de repente, las cosas no se cortaron y secaron tan bien. A medida que la historia comenzó a desarrollarse, la culpa comenzó a levantarse de los soldados, y finalmente aterrizaría en el regazo del Departamento de Defensa Nacional, y de la empresa farmacéutica suiza Hoffman-La Roche.

Debido a sus acciones, dos adolescentes somalíes están muertos y las vidas de algunos de los soldados cambiaron para siempre. Un gran número de veteranos continúan sufriendo los efectos secundarios de pesadilla, y con toda probabilidad, los tribunales escucharán casos en los próximos años en acciones legales futuras.

La materia de pesadillas

Comercializada bajo la marca Lariam, la mefloquina es un medicamento contra la malaria. Los medicamentos contra la malaria han estado disponibles desde el siglo XIX, cuando los científicos franceses pudieron extraer la quinina de la corteza del árbol de Cinchona, nativa de la región andina de América del Sur.

La quinina era solicitada por los militares europeos, a medida que el colonialismo se abría paso en las zonas tropicales, y hoy en día, el personal militar toma la mayoría de las dosis de medicamentos contra la malaria dispensados. Sólo tiene sentido que los militares tengan interés en su desarrollo y hayan ayudado en el avance de estos medicamentos a lo largo de los años.

Gran Farma Y El Complejo Industrial Militar.

Lariam fue desarrollado por el ejército de EE. UU. Cerca del final de la guerra de Vietnam, como parte de un esfuerzo por encontrar un medicamento contra la malaria que fuera efectivo, económico y seguro. Los primeros ensayos de mefloquina informados se realizaron en 1975, en prisioneros en el Centro Correccional Joliette en Illinois, mientras que otro se realizó al año siguiente en la Casa de Corrección de Maryland. No se pueden encontrar detalles de estos ensayos.

Durante la década de 1980, la industria farmacéutica comenzó a cabildear en el congreso de los Estados Unidos en un esfuerzo por llevar sus productos al mercado más rápido. Los protocolos de prueba demoraron el tiempo que llevó llevar un medicamento al mercado, y las compañías farmacéuticas querían reducir el tiempo necesario para que pudieran comenzar a obtener ingresos más rápido.

Entonces, cuando la FDA aprobó Lariam para su uso en 1989, todavía no se habían realizado una serie de estudios críticos relacionados con la tolerabilidad y las interacciones con otros medicamentos. A los pocos meses de ser liberados, las preocupaciones de seguridad comenzarán a surgir, sin embargo, el fármaco seguirá siendo la solución para la prevención de la malaria resistente a la cloroquina.

Comienzo de un escandalo

El Regimiento Aerotransportado de Canadá partió para Somalia en diciembre de 1992, cinco meses después de que el Primer Ministro Brian Mulroney hubiera comprometido tropas canadienses para la misión. Llamada Operación Entrega, se convertiría en parte de la Operación Restaurar la Esperanza dirigida por EE. UU., Que finalmente quedaría bajo el control de las Naciones Unidas y se convertiría en UNOSOM II.

Los miembros del Regimiento Aerotransportado de Canadá se colocan en posición para asumir la responsabilidad del aeropuerto de Bali Dogle, Somalia, el 15 de diciembre de 1992. Canadá participa en una operación de socorro de la ONU en el país de África oriental. (Foto CP / Andrew Vaughan)

La decisión de enviar 2 Comando a Somalia había sido controvertida desde el principio. Se sabía que la unidad estaba plagada de racismo, y que se consideraba el basurero para aquellos con problemas de disciplina. El CO del regimiento había sido despedido por declarar que el regimiento no era apto para la misión, y fue reemplazado por el teniente coronel. Carol Mathieu, quien lideraría el contingente en Somalia.

Por alguna razón, la DND había tomado la decisión de que Lariam sería el profiláctico contra la malaria que se usaría en este despliegue. Aunque disponible en los Estados Unidos, Lariam todavía no estaba disponible en Canadá, aunque podría estarlo si se utilizara en un ensayo clínico.

Al igual que con cualquier ensayo clínico, habría protocolos estrictos que deberían observarse. Hay una gran cantidad de monitoreos, pruebas y registros involucrados en un ensayo clínico, y al saber esto, el DND tomó la decisión de participar en el ensayo clínico para Lariam. Si alguien se molestó o no en buscar datos clínicos existentes en los EE. UU. Es discutible, aunque apuesto a que nadie se molestó.

El Departamento de Defensa Nacional no tenía absolutamente ninguna intención de hacer nada de lo que se requería para el estudio, y este hecho fue evidente tan pronto como comenzó la misión. No hubo monitoreo, ni informe de eventos adversos, ni esfuerzo por hacer que parezca que estaban intentando.

Peor aún, los hombres no tenían idea de que debían ser parte de un ensayo de drogas. Si bien se les informó para qué era el medicamento y cuáles eran los posibles efectos secundarios, no se les dieron los formularios para firmar que habrían constituido un consentimiento informado. Por lo que sabían, no habrían recibido la medicación si el gobierno hubiera pensado que era peligroso. Es un supuesto que hacemos todo el tiempo. Habrían asumido mal.

Los efectos adversos

No pasó mucho tiempo antes de que empezaran a aparecer algunos efectos secundarios perturbadores, similares a los que se informaron en los Estados Unidos. Comenzaron a aparecer ansiedad, pesadillas, paranoia, alucinaciones, depresión y otros síntomas graves.

Se ha revelado en los últimos años que muchos de los que prestan servicios en Somalia habían mostrado estos síntomas, incluidos los involucrados en los incidentes en cuestión. Para muchos, los síntomas continúan hasta hoy, años después de tomar el medicamento.

El escenario ahora estaba listo para un escenario sacado de una película; un batallón de máquinas de matar racistas fuertemente armadas, altamente entrenadas, potencialmente psicóticas, sería lanzado a una misión de alto estrés en África. El peor escenario estaba a punto de desaparecer.

El resultado

Para evitar que esto se convierta en una novela, prescindiré de la mayoría de los detalles, pero siéntase libre de hacer una investigación por ustedes mismos en línea. Los puntos clave son dos adolescentes somalíes, Shidane Arone y Ahmed Arush fueron asesinados, y un tercero, Abdi Hinde Bei Sabrie, resultó gravemente herido.

El cabo Corporal Clayton Matchee sería acusado en relación con la muerte de Arone, sin embargo intentaría suicidarse ahorcándose y sufriría daño cerebral permanente. Debido a la extensión de su lesión, requerirá atención constante, y ya no enfrenta los cargos criminales que se presentaron contra él.

El soldado Kyle Brown sería declarado culpable de homicidio y tortura y cumplir una sentencia de 40 meses de prisión. Su vida después de salir ha sido difícil, ya que sigue sufriendo de PTSD y los efectos neurotóxicos de la mefloquina.

Varios otros enfrentarían cargos en relación con el asunto, sin embargo, la mayoría más tarde sería absuelto por una corte marcial. Estos hombres y cientos de otros en ese despliegue sufrirían de angustia psicológica provocada por la neurotoxicidad de la mefloquina, que se identificó en 2006.

No fue hasta 2017 que los militares canadienses decidieron comenzar a restringir el uso de la mefloquina. Ya no se ofrece como la primera opción en la profilaxis de la malaria para los despliegues. De hecho, parece que la mefloquina se usa cada vez menos en todo el mundo, a medida que se abren las llamadas para estudios adicionales sobre los efectos a largo plazo. Los abogados de litigios en numerosas jurisdicciones están ocupados preparando informes para acciones que probablemente sumen miles de millones de dólares.

Realmente necesitamos una consulta Do-Over

Una comisión de investigación de tres personas sobre el asunto de Somalia fue convocada a fines de 1995 por el Ministro de Defensa Art Eggleton, que emitió su informe en septiembre de 1997, luego de ser interrumpido por David Collenette, el reemplazo de Eggleton.

Collenette se había vuelto impaciente con la comisión, y cuando se terminó, aún no se había escuchado mucho testimonio. El informe final contenía 2000 páginas en cinco volúmenes y era muy crítico con el liderazgo y la cultura dentro del Departamento de Defensa Nacional. No hay mención de mefloquine en ninguna parte.

Marj Matchee sostiene una foto y las botas de su esposo, el Maestro Corporal Clayton Matchee, durante un mitin de la mefloquina contra la malaria, el 19 de septiembre de 2017, en los escalones de la Colina del Parlamento en Ottawa.

En 2017, la esposa de Clayton Matchee, Marj Matchee, comenzó a pedir al gobierno que reabriera la investigación. Una gran cantidad de información ha salido a la luz desde que se publicó el informe incompleto de la Comisión, y debe sacarse a la luz. Si la información estuviera disponible en ese momento, no hay duda de que habría tenido un impacto en el informe final. No volver a abrir la investigación sería un error judicial.

Kyle Brown, Clayton Matchee y el resto de los 2 CDO no eran santos ni por asomo de imaginación, y algunos tenían algunas opiniones bastante repugnantes, pero eran profesionales. De la manera que lo veo, y muchos estarán de acuerdo conmigo en esto, sin mefloquin, esto no hubiera sucedido. Los hombres de 2 CDO no deberían tener que usar el manto de destructores del Regimiento Aerotransportado de Canadá. Ellos, junto con el Regimiento Aerotransportado de Canadá, merecen que se les restablezca su reputación.

Ex coelis


You Can Help Mike & Tim Achieve Their Goals. Here’s How.

You can do your part in the effort to spread quinism awareness by opening your home for an evening.

Mike Rude, courtesy Facebook

There are a number of ways that one can show support for a cause. The most obvious one of course is financially and there isn’t a cause out there that will turn down financial support.

But, there is another way that one can back a good cause other than financially, and that is by making a donation of your self. Volunteering is another way that you can show your support. A gift of your time, a hot meal, a hot shower, a bed for the night, or any or all of the above would go a long way.

For all you veterans out there, it would be an awesome way of helping out your brothers in their time of greatest need, and your kindness would be very greatly appreciated.

Mike Rude

I am going to be going over things with Mike next week to talk about his plans for the tour, so watch for that information to come out in the next few days. He’s getting the pre-trip maintenance done on the truck, and starting to work out his plan of attack.

A tune-up and new wheels in preparation for a cross-country journey.

Tim Brown

Tim Brown, courtesy Facebook

For Tim Brown, fighting quinism is a daily battle, but it is one he has learned is worth the fight. He trains and exercises daily, and is now extremely conscious of the importance of nutrition in the fight against the brain disease.

He mission is to spread awareness not only of quinism, but of the hope its sufferers have of living a better quality of life.

His plan is to get on his bicycle on June 22nd and head for Edmonton. From there, where Tim goes will be entirely up to you. You see, Tim’s original plan was to bike his way from Vernon, B.C. to Edmonton, Alberta.

However, he’s also willing to take on a challenge and go further if it is possible.

This is where you come in.

A good soul in eastern Quebec sent me a message letting me know that he would offer up a hot shower, a hot meal, and a bed for the night. I passed the information along and then got to thinking.

Something like this would help both Mike and Tim immensely. Neither have the sponsorship of wealthy patrons and are doing this themselves, with their own time, effort , and yes, money. To know that they would have your support would mean so much to them, and it will help them plan their tours as they try to connect with as many veterans as possible.

If you would be willing to help, send an email to, or message me on Facebook (Derek Bodner or the International mefloquine/tafenoquine Advocacy Network) and I will pass it along.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Any way that would be able to help Mike, Tim, and the rest of our veterans will go a long way to saving lives, and would be very greatly appreciated by them and their families.


Coming Soon: Rude Awakening Coming For Government & Department of Nat’l Defense

Two Canadian Veterans Embark On Cross-Country Tour To Bring Awareness To Their Plight.

Two veterans will soon be setting out on a cross-country tour to raise awareness for quinism. It is a disease of the brain stem and vestibular system, brought about by taking a drug called mefloquine.

Across Canada, thousands of veterans could be effected and not be aware of it. They are on a mission to spread the word to as many as they possibly can.

One doing it in his black pick up, the other on his bike.

I tell their stories in an article coming out soon.

Attention All Humanitarian Workers, Diplomats, and Vacation Travellers

Read this important information if you have travelled to a malaria zone since 1985.

Sara Thompson was a Peace Corps volunteer. In 2010, she went to the west African country of Burkina Faso, where she would serve for two years in a small village in the eastern part of the country. She had learned French and was eager to go to a French-speaking country.

Like other Peace Corps volunteers going into an area where malaria is endemic, she was required to take an anti-malarial for prophylaxis. According to the Peace Corps mandate, every volunteer is to have a consultation with a Peace Corps Medical Officer. There, the various medication options would be discussed, and a list of the pros and cons of each medication would be gone over, as well as the possible side effects of each drug.

According to Sara, there were three drugs available: doxycycline, Malarone, and mefloquine. However, when she got to Burkina Faso she was given a bag containing several doses of mefloquine along with a waiver that she had to sign. At no point was she informed of the possible side effects she might experience, other than to be told that she might have nightmares, but that it would be okay. A short while later, she would discover that it was most certainly not okay.

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RPCVs Sara Thompson and Jennifer Mamola, of Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers, with Rep Ted Poe last week after Rep Poe shared Sara’s story as part of his testimony on the House Floor about the negative effects some PCVs experience when taking mefloquine/larium.#RPCVHealthJustice
National Peace Corps Association Facebook Group Page

Expected to take mefloquine

In 1989, a group of Peace Corps volunteers was chosen to participate in a drug trial testing mefloquine’s efficacy as a malaria prophylactic or treatment. Peace Corps volunteers were selected because it was felt that they could be trusted to stay compliant throughout the duration of the trial. Compliance had been an issue in other trials testing mefloquine, as many would stop taking it after the onset of severe side effects. The Peace Corps volunteers would be no different from others in this respect, only they had to hide their non-compliance.

Like those volunteers, Sara began to experience unpleasant side effects. She says she was sleeping a lot, and often found herself dizzy or lightheaded. Her emotions began to be affected, as she says she would often react to situations inappropriately. There were times she would cry for no apparent reason and would overreact in certain situations.

She began to experience the most serious neurotoxic symptoms near the end of her service in Africa, saying that she would get dizzy to the point of vomiting. After one particularly distressing evening, she went to see the Medical officer, who told her she had an ear infection and gave her medication to treat her nausea.

The symptoms didn’t go away.

Even after returning to her home in the Midwest, the symptoms didn’t subside. She would often stumble about as though she were drunk, and was subjected to sudden and blinding headaches. She saw a general practitioner, but he was unable to make a diagnosis so she was referred to a neurologist. Being unable to find a reason for her symptoms, the neurologist would also misdiagnose Sara with an inner ear problem.

After talking with another Peace Corps volunteer who had previously served, she was told to seek out Dr. Remington Nevin, the leading authority in mefloquine toxicity. After meeting with Sara and reviewing her chart, he concluded that she was suffering from chronic quinoline encephalopathy, also known as quinism.

Acquired Brain Injury

In a significant minority of patients, it is thought that mefloquine accumulates in certain parts of the brain causing damage. The brain stem is affected, and the damage is done to the vestibular system, which is responsible for sending signals to the brain about motion, head position, and spatial orientation.

In fact, there are a number of other symptoms, some of which mimic PTSD leading to frequent misdiagnosis of the disorder. There is no one test that can on its own diagnose mefloquine toxicity, and a proper diagnosis can often take months. There is no cure for quinism, the symptoms of the disease can however be managed.


Mefloquine toxicity causes a number of symptoms, as mentioned earlier some are also seen in PTSD. However the symptoms of quinism do not get better over time and do not respond to treatment. In fact, by trying to treat quinism like PTSD, more damage can in fact be done.

The term “quinism” may seem new, but the symptoms of poisoning by mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam®), tafenoquine (marketed as Krintafel® and Arakoda™), and related quinoline drugs are all too familiar: Tinnitus. Dizziness. Vertigo. Paresthesias. Visual disturbances. Gastroesophageal and intestinal problems. Nightmares. Insomnia. Sleep apnea. Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Paranoia. Cognitive dysfunction. Depression. Personality change. Suicidal thoughts.
These symptoms are not “side effects”. They are symptoms of poisoning by a class of drug that is neurotoxic and that injures the brain and brainstem. This poisoning causes a disease, and this disease has a name: Chronic quinoline encephalopathy — also known as quinism.

The Quinism Foundation

Get informed

If you travelled to a malaria zone since the mid to late ’80’s and took mefloquine to prevent malaria, and you have these symptoms, you need to be properly evaluated. Every year, an untold number of people with undiagnosed mefloquine toxicity take their own lives. They become despondent, not knowing the reason why they feel the way that they do and give up all hope.

But there is hope. For many, simply knowing that the reason they are the way they are is that they were poisoned may be enough to give them a reason to not take their own lives. Knowing that it is not their fault can cause someone to want to fight to live.

If what I have written here sounds familiar to you because of your own symptoms or someone else’s, click on the link to the quinism foundation. They can’t diagnose you, but they will give you valuable information to take forward in your fight against this disease.

If you are suffering from quinism, you are not alone. Thousands of others are just like you, and as a community they can provide a great deal of support, advice, and information. They’ll stand with you and let you know that they are #inthistogether with you.

The Quinism Foundation – Homepage

Posh Corps Podcast Ep. 15: Mefloquine