Setting Up The International Mefloquine/Tafenoquine Advocates Network Will Take A Lot Of Work

And I will be in need of some assistance to make it happen.

This past Thursday and Friday were very busy days for me and I went for over 48 hours without sleep, so I made up for it yesterday, and today I’m refreshed, recharged, and reinvigourated. I’ll have to be because I have a LOT of work to do.

Under ideal conditions, I would have dealt with these issues before I rolled out this idea. But these are not ideal conditions. People’s lives are literally at stake, which means that I can’t wait. If even one person learns something today that could save their life, then ready or not, I’m going to get it out there for people to see.

So, I am asking for your patience while things get set up, and if you are able to, I’m asking for a little bit of help.

International Mefloquine/Tafenoquine Advocates Network (IMTAN)

Facebook

A Facebook group as been set up, and I have set up pages in six languages, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, and Dutch.

As much as I would like to speak these languages fluently I do not, and rely on Google Translate to do this for me. This of course takes time, and so if anyone would be willing to lend me a hand with this I would greatly appreciate it.

Also, if you happen to notice issues with the translations of anything I post, please notify me immediately so that I can deal with it as quickly as possible.

In Need Of Administrators and Moderators For Facebook Group

I’m going to need a hand with this so I will be contacting people to see if they might be interested. Please message me if this is something you would be interested in.

I would also like to hear from the admins and mods from other Facebook pages for any advice you may have, and so that I can start to establish a list of advocacy contacts from across the globe.

YouTube Channel

A YouTube channel has been created and I am going to be working on translations of videos. I’m new to YouTube in this capacity, so please be patient with me. That being said, if anyone can lend me a hand in doing this and/or by showing me how to do it, please message or email me.

Twitter Account

I will also be setting up a Twitter account for IMTAN shortly.

A Need For Hindi Translators

हिंदी अनुवादकों की आवश्यकता

I could use Google Translate to translate into Hindi, however there are certain technical and medical words and concepts that will absolutely require the need for a person to do the translation.

The importance for a proper Hindi translation is especially crucial because of the introduction to the market of tafenoquine, the next generation of quinoline anti-malarial. It has been called “mefloquine 2.0” and “mefloquine on steroids”. Hundreds of millions of Hindi speaking people will be at risk, and they must be given some vitally crucial information before they take the drug.

Ideally, I am looking for a medical student(s) from India, preferrably at the University of Calgary. They would also need to understand that they will not be paid for their services, I simply can’t afford it, and I’m hoping this will appeal to those looking to contribute to a humanitarian cause. It will save the lives of an untold number in India.

Your Donations Would Help Immensely

I’ll start off by saying that I am not asking for donations on behalf of anyone else, and that these donations would be for my benefit.

I have spent a great deal of time getting to this point, and there is a great deal more work that needs to be done. This has essentially been a full-time commitment for me, and I’m hoping to make it so into the future.

That being said, I have expenses to pay like everyone else. Rent, utilities, internet,phone, food, transportation, all cost money. My expenses run from $1500-$2000 per month depending on the season. I have been getting by on student loans up until now, but I’m putting my education on hold for the time being in order to dedicate my full attention to this.

I am going to be researching any and all avenues of funding that are available in order to make sure that this is successful, but in the meantime, any amount you could give, $2, $5, anything would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made in Canadian funds through PayPal on this page.

Soon, the world is going to hear us.

All around the world people from all walks of life are suffering because of meloquine and tafenoquine and aren’t aware of it. They are feeling alone because they think nobody else knows what they are going through.

But they aren’t alone, and they need to hear that. Together, with the combined efforts of people and groups around the world, we will be heard with a voice loud enough to make everyone listen.

D.B.

Red Internacional de Defensores de Mefloquina

https://it.insideover.com/guerra/soldati-italiani-vittime-della-sindrome-vietnam.html

Soldados italianos víctimas del “síndrome de Vietnam”.

Hace aproximadamente una semana, noté que una de mis publicaciones se compartía en Facebook. No hay nada inusual en eso, sucede a menudo, pero lo que era inusual es que cuando se compartió esta publicación, la persona que la compartió hablaba español y comentó la publicación en ella.

De repente, me di cuenta de que la mefloquina ha afectado a personas en países de todo el mundo que hablan otros idiomas además de mi idioma nativo. Entonces, pensé que lo mejor sería comenzar a traducir mis publicaciones al español. También se me ocurrió que había muchos veteranos aquí en Canadá que podrían vivir en Quebec y solo hablar francés.

Entonces, pensé que sería una buena idea traducirlos al francés mientras estaba en eso (gracias a Dios por Google Translate es todo lo que tengo que decir). WordPress me proporciona una serie de estadísticas sobre mis publicaciones, incluidos los países en los que se leen mis publicaciones. En Europa, Francia, Italia y Alemania tienen la mayor cantidad de clics, por lo que pensé que podría comprobarlo.

Una vez más, utilizando Google Translate, eché un vistazo a la situación en Italia y no tardé mucho en alarmarme por lo que estaba viendo. Las tropas italianas habían estado tomando mefloquina desde la primera Guerra del Golfo en 1991 y por lo que puedo decir, todavía se les está dando.

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/esteri/follia-i-soldati-colpa-pillola-954029.html

Locura entre los soldados culpados a la píldora

Las tasas de suicidio entre los veteranos italianos son altas, al igual que el número de veteranos diagnosticados con trastorno de estrés postraumático. Aunque ha habido cierta cobertura de los medios sobre el tema en Italia, no parece que se esté haciendo nada al respecto, y no puedo encontrar ninguna señal de ningún tipo de actividad de promoción.

Esto me ha llevado a tomar algunas medidas que espero comiencen a reunir todos los recursos disponibles en un solo lugar y tener un amplio alcance a nivel mundial. Para empezar, envié un correo electrónico a Marco Marco, un diputado en el parlamento italiano que había estado investigando la gran cantidad de suicidios entre los veteranos.

Le di toda la información que pude mientras intentaba ser breve. Le envié numerosos archivos adjuntos, artículos académicos, etc. que le dirían lo que necesitaba saber. También le dije que necesitaba encontrar una manera de contactar a tantos veteranos italianos como fuera posible y rápido.

La Red Internacional de Defensores de Mefloquina


Obviamente, ahora habría que hacer una traducción al italiano y pensé que también podría hacer un alemán mientras estaba en eso. Siguiente en algún lugar para comenzar a publicar las cosas de manera tal que no haya 5 traducciones diferentes de un artículo en una página a la vez.

Para resolver este problema, configuré un grupo de Facebook llamado International Mefloquine Advocates Network. También he creado una página para él, así como páginas para traducciones en francés, italiano, español y alemán. Mis publicaciones en estas páginas se traducirán antes de que yo las publique en ellas, obviamente.

Espero que, a través de este grupo, los esfuerzos de defensa y educación se puedan uniformar para comenzar a organizar los esfuerzos a nivel mundial. También espero que los expertos en el campo también lo utilicen para proporcionar las noticias y opiniones médicas y legales más actualizadas.

Montando un esfuerzo coordinado.


Al unirnos de esta manera, nuestra voz solo se hará más fuerte hasta que el mensaje haya sido escuchado y entendido por todos. Estamos muy lejos de eso todavía, pero las cosas tienen que empezar en alguna parte.

Este es también un grupo para todos y todos los que tienen interés en esto, incluidos los defensores, los veteranos, los voluntarios del Cuerpo de Paz, los vacacionistas, así como sus cuidadores, amigos y / o familiares, y ciertamente también los profesionales médicos.

No importa dónde se encuentre en el mundo, puede ser parte de la misma batalla mundial y agregar su voz a las muchas otras que ahora han comenzado a elevarse.

La amenaza que viene: tafenoquina

La próxima generación de quinolinos contra la malaria ha llegado al mercado en Australia y, en todos los aspectos, es mefloquina con esteroides. Por el nombre de marca Krintafel, la tafenoquina se probó en miembros de la Fuerza de Defensa australiana. A juzgar por los informes, otro monstruo está siendo liberado entre un público desprevenido.

#intinamente

Hay momentos en que suceden cosas en la vida que cruzan las barreras de ubicación, idioma y cultura, y una de esas cosas, desafortunadamente, es la encefalopatía crónica de quinolina o quinismo. Las masas de personas en todo el mundo han sufrido y hay muchas más por ahí que no saben lo que les está sucediendo en este momento.

En términos estadísticos, el número total de personas en un solo país que actualmente padece toxicidad por quinolina será extremadamente bajo y, como tal, es difícil que se escuchen sus voces. Pero cuando esas voces de todo el mundo se elevan como una sola, su mensaje es escuchado por todos.

Todos somos más fuertes porque somos el # noveno.

Ahora, si me disculpan, tengo algo que traducir.

D.B.

Grupos de Facebook

  • Red Internacional de Defensores de Mefloquina (EN)
  • Red Internacional de Defensores de Mefloquina (SP)
  • La mefloquina internazionale difende la rete (IT)
  • Réseau international des défenseurs de la méfloquine (FR)
  • Internacionales De Mefloquine Advocates Netzwerk (DE)


 

International Mefloquine Advocates Network

https://it.insideover.com/guerra/soldati-italiani-vittime-della-sindrome-vietnam.html

Italian soldiers victims of the “Vietnam syndrome”

About a week or so ago, I noticed one of my posts being shared on Facebook. There’s nothing unusual about that, it happens often, but what was unusual is that when this post was shared, the person sharing it spoke Spanish, and commented on the post in it.

It suddenly struck me that mefloquine has effected people in countries across the globe who speak languages other than my native tongue. So, I thought the best thing to do would be to start translating my posts into spanish. It also occurred to me that there were a lot of veterans here in Canada that might live in Quebec and only speak french.

So, I figured it would be a good idea to translate them into french while I was at it (thank God for Google Translate is all I have to say). WordPress provides me with a number of statistics about my posts including which countries my posts are being read in. In Europe France, Italy, and Germany have the most clicks, so I thought I might check into this.

Once again utilizing Google Translate, I took a look at what the situation was like in Italy, and it didn’t take me long to become very alarmed at what I was seeing. Italian troops had been taking mefloquine since the first Gulf War in 1991 and from what I can tell, it is still being given to them.

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/esteri/follia-i-soldati-colpa-pillola-954029.html

Madness among soldiers blamed on pill

Rates of suicide among Italian veterans is high as is the number of veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Although there has been some media coverage of the issue in Italy it doesn’t appear as though anything is being done about it, and I could find no sign of any kind of advocacy activity whatsoever.

This has prompted me to take some action that I hope will begin to marshal all of the available resources into one place, and have a wide reach globally. To begin with I sent an email to Marco Marcolin, a deputy in the Italian parliament who had been looking into the high number of suicides among veterans.

I gave him as much information as I could while still trying to be brief. I sent numerous attachments to him, academic articles, etc. that would tell him what he needed to know. I also told him I needed to find a way to get in touch with as many Italian veterans as possible, and fast.

The International Mefloquine Advocates Network

Obviously an Italian translation would now need to be done and I thought I might as well make a German one while I was at it. Next someplace to start posting things in a manner such that there wouldn’t be 5 different translations of an article going on a page at a time.

To solve this problem, I set up a Facebook group called the International Mefloquine Advocates Network. I have also created a page for it, as well as pages for translations in french, italian, spanish, and german. My posts to these pages will be translated prior to me posting on them obviously.

It is my hope that through this group advocacy and education efforts can be made uniform, in order to begin organizing efforts globally. It is also my hope that experts in the field will also utilize it to provide the most up to date medical and legal news and views.

Mounting a co-ordinated effort

By coming together in this way our voice will only get louder, until the message has been heard and understood by all. We’re a long, long way from that just yet, but things have to start somewhere.

This is also a group for any and all who have an interest in this including advocates, veterans, Peace Corps volunteers, vacationers, as well as their caregivers, friends and/or family, and certainly medical professionals as well.

No matter where you are in the world, you can be a part of the same world-wide battle, and add your voice to the many others that have now begun to rise up.

The coming threat: tafenoquine

The next generation of quinoline anti-malarial has hit the market in Australia, and by all accounts it is mefloquine on steroids. Going by the brand name Krintafel, tafenoquine was tested on members of the Australian Defense Force. Judging by reports, yet another monster is being set loose among an unsuspecting public.

#inthistogether

There are moments when things happen in life that cross the barriers of location, language, and culture, and one of those things unfortunately is chronic quinoline encephalopathy, or, quinism. Masses of people around the world have suffered and there are many more out there who don’t know what is happening to them right now.

Statistically speaking, the total number of people in any single country who is currently suffering from quinoline toxicity will be extremely low, and as such it is hard for their voices to be heard. But when those voices from all around the world rise as one, their message is heard by all.

We’re all stronger because we’re #inthistogether.

Now if you’ll all excuse me, I have some translating to do.

D.B.

Facebook Groups

  • International Mefloquine Advocates Network (EN)
  • Red Internacional de Defensores de Mefloquina (SP)
  • La mefloquina internazionale difende la rete (IT)
  • Réseau international des défenseurs de la méfloquine (FR)
  • Internationales Mefloquine Advocates Netzwerk (DE)
  • Internationaal Mefloquine pleit voor netwerk (NL)

La délivrance de Dave Bona

Un vétéran de la Somalie qui souffre de quinisme depuis plus de 25 ans, Dave Bona partage ses idées sur la maladie et l’importance de la nutrition.

Le terme «quinisme» peut sembler nouveau, mais les symptômes d’empoisonnement causés par la méfloquine (auparavant commercialisée sous le nom de Lariam®), la tafénoquine (commercialisée sous les noms Krintafel® et Arakoda ™) et les médicaments à base de quinoléine apparentés sont bien connus: acouphènes. Vertiges. Vertige. Paresthésies. Perturbations visuelles. Problèmes gastro-oesophagiens et intestinaux. Cauchemars. Insomnie. Apnée du sommeil. Anxiété. Agoraphobie. Paranoïa. Dysfonctionnement cognitif. Dépression. Changement de personnalité. Pensées suicidaires.
Ces symptômes ne sont pas des “effets secondaires”. Ce sont des symptômes d’empoisonnement causés par une classe de médicaments neurotoxiques qui endommagent le cerveau et le tronc cérébral. Cet empoisonnement provoque une maladie, et cette maladie a un nom: encéphalopathie chronique à la quinoléine, également appelée quinisme.

https://quinism.org/
Dave Bona, ancien combattant de la mission en Somalie et avocat du quinisme

Lorsque j’ai commencé mes recherches sur la méfloquine et le rôle qu’elle devait jouer dans «l’affaire Somalie», la toute première personne avec laquelle j’ai eu une conversation était Dave Bona. C’est au cours de cette conversation téléphonique que j’entendais de première main les dégâts causés par cette drogue sur la vie de nos anciens combattants.

J’avais pris le temps de découvrir tout ce que je pouvais sur Dave avant de lui parler et de consulter le grand nombre d’articles et d’interviews dans lesquels il figure en ligne. J’ai découvert un homme qui vivait dans un cauchemar depuis plus d’un quart de siècle à cause du médicament neurotoxique qu’il avait reçu l’ordre de prendre en 1992/93 dans le cadre de l’opération Deliverance.

J’avais une idée de ce que je pouvais m’attendre lors de notre conversation, mais entendre ces choses de première main me choquait toujours. Il me donnait une perspective que rien de ce que j’avais lu jusque-là ne pouvait vraiment rendre justice. Je parlais maintenant avec quelqu’un qui vivait un cauchemar et lorsque je l’ai écouté, il m’a raconté comment était sa vie pendant tout ce temps, une gamme d’émotions a commencé à s’accumuler en moi.

La première chose qui me frappe lorsque je parle avec Dave est un sentiment de choc, d’horreur et d’incrédulité chez 1) les symptômes que cet homme me raconte et, 2) la colère mêlée de colère à la pensée que cet homme et beaucoup d’autres comme lui ont été empoisonnés à la demande de leur gouvernement. Cela a rapidement ajouté à ma motivation lorsque je me suis mis à faire quelque chose pour ces anciens combattants qui ont payé un prix très élevé pour avoir servi leur pays, un pays dont le gouvernement continue de les nier à tout le monde.

Le parrain du Canada pour la méfloquine
 

L’ancien parachutiste participe activement à la sensibilisation à la méfloquine et au plaidoyer depuis trois ans. Bien que les efforts de sensibilisation à la méfloquine aient commencé au Canada plusieurs années avant son implication, ses contributions ont été énormes. Grâce à ses efforts, un nombre important et de plus en plus grand d’anciens combattants a été informé du quinisme, ce qui a permis de sauver un nombre incalculable de vies.

Il fait également partie du groupe de Canadiens qui souffrent depuis le plus longtemps de ses symptômes débilitants, des symptômes qui durent depuis 26 ans. À ce moment-là, il a accumulé une expérience inépuisable dans la vie avec la maladie et partage ses idées et ses connaissances avec tout le monde dans des vidéos qu’il publie sur Facebook.

L’importance de la nutrition.

Pour Dave, la nutrition est une arme essentielle dans son combat contre le quinisme. Par ses propres recherches et par essais et erreurs, Dave apprend le rôle important que joue la nutrition dans la guérison des lésions cérébrales traumatiques. Contrairement au SSPT, le quinisme est une autre forme de TBI, bien qu’il ait été provoqué par un médicament, par opposition à la force cinétique.

Dave est une figure centrale en matière de quinisme au Canada et sa page Facebook est un référentiel d’informations sur la méfloquine et un lieu de rencontre pour les défenseurs des anciens combattants de la méfloquine.

Dave a également fait l’objet de nombreuses histoires dans les médias au fil des ans. Certains racontent comment la méfloquine a détruit sa vie, mais beaucoup d’autres racontent comment il se bat maintenant, pas seulement pour lui-même, mais pour les milliers d’autres comme lui.

Ce que Dave Bona expérimente n’est pas simplement un phénomène canadien. Des milliers d’anciens combattants du monde entier ont eu les mêmes symptômes, les mêmes pensées, les mêmes sentiments que Dave. Ce sont les sentiments partagés par les anciens combattants américains endurcis par la guerre et par les touristes suédois.

Il est devenu un phare dans l’obscurité, aidant à éloigner les autres du danger et à les emmener dans un port sûr. Si vous ou une de vos connaissances souffrez des symptômes du quinisme et que vous ne savez pas quoi faire, Dave serait une excellente ressource pour vous.

Vous devriez également visiter The Quinism Foundation sur www, quinism.org pour obtenir les informations les plus précises et les plus à jour du Dr. Remington Nevin, éminent chercheur dans le domaine du quinisme. La mission de la fondation est décrite dans la section «À propos de nous» de leur page Web.

La fondation a un énorme travail devant elle. Nous devons préparer les organismes de santé à identifier les personnes exposées aux quinoléines et à dépister les expositions symptomatiques à la quinoléine. Nous devons éduquer les cliniciens pour qu’ils diagnostiquent l’encéphalopathie chronique à la quinoléine et d’autres conditions médicales causées par un empoisonnement à la quinoléine. Nous devons former les chercheurs à distinguer les effets du quinisme de ceux d’autres troubles, notamment le trouble de stress post-traumatique (TSPT) et la lésion cérébrale traumatique. Nous devons aider les organismes gouvernementaux à reconnaître les personnes handicapées souffrant de quinisme. Nous devons identifier les facteurs de risque de la maladie. Nous devons essayer de compter tous ceux qui sont touchés. Et nous devons soutenir la recherche de traitements efficaces.

… La fondation est fière d’être répertoriée comme organisme de bienfaisance enregistré dans le fonds de dons PayPal, sur Amazon Smile et dans le fonds conseillé par les donateurs de Network for Good. Vous pouvez également en savoir plus sur les activités de bienfaisance de la fondation en consultant notre liste sur Guidestar.
  

https://quinism.org/about-us/

S’il vous plaît visitez le site Web pour obtenir des informations sur la façon de faire un don.

D.B.
 

Attention Registered Nurses

Important Patient Safety Information! Please Read and Share!

Eventually it will work its way into the cont. ed. requirements for clinicians but for now it’s very important that you read this information. It could save your patient and most importantly yourself a lot of unnecessary aggravation.

The inspiration for this is the man you see above, Shaun Arntsen. who was recently admitted to hospital after complaining of feeling unwell, bloating, and abdominal pain. His white cell count was 19,000 and he was taken to the OR on an emergency basis, where a laparotomy was performed and his very septic appendix removed.

At the time of this writing he remains admitted to medicine and is receiving IV antibiotics. Okay, so far there doesn’t seem to be anything worth mentioning here, but there actually is. You see, Shaun also has an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), and unless he were to tell you himself, you likely wouldn’t know he had one. This particular ABI won’t appear anywhere on his chart or in his medical history.

Chronic quinoline encephalopathy

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.

https://quinism.org/

Shaun is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, among the first battlegroup of Canadians in the country. While he was deployed he was ordered to take the anti-malarial drug mefloquine (Lariam) and subsequently developed chronic quinoline encephalopathy, also called mefloquine toxicity, or quinism.

Like thousands of others he was incorrectly diagnosed with PTSD, however it must be noted that it does share a number of symptoms with mefloquine toxicity. Anxiety, depression, nightmares, restlessness, and confusion are among the symptoms shared between PTSD and mefloquine toxicity.

PTSD vs. chronic quinoline encephalopathy

I’m going to rely on cut and paste in certain sections, if for no other reason than for accuracy. As medical professionals, you as nurses should be able to understand this just fime.


Intoxication with the antimalarial drug mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam) is a potentially life-threatening condition marked by changes in affect, behavior, cognition, and thought that may be associated with a risk of central nervous system (CNS) neuronal injury as well as chronic neurological and psychiatric sequelae. The acute symptoms of mefloquine intoxication may mimic and be mistaken for a number of acute psychiatric disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Particularly in deployed settings, this may delay the correct diagnosis of mefloquine intoxication, risking subsequent morbidity. As the subacute and chronic psychiatric and neurologic sequelae of acute mefloquine intoxication may also confound the later diagnosis and management of PTSD, as well as other chronic neuropsychiatric disorders prevalent among deployed cohorts, health-care providers must screen for prior mefloquine exposure and consider the diagnosis of mefloquine intoxication in patients with appropriate history and findings on clinical evaluation.


To avoid missed diagnosis, mefloquine intoxication or its prodrome must be considered in any psychiatric differential diagnosis where mefloquine exposure is a possibility. As no available biomarkers, imaging, or objective testing modality has sufficient sensitivity to identify mefloquine intoxication in every setting, clinicians must be prepared to rely on details of history, clinical presentation, and the ruling out of other similar disorders for diagnosis.


Accumulated experience suggests that where the presentation of mefloquine intoxication is not fulminant as in this case, intoxication may begin with a subtle prodrome that may present with a sense of unease [10] or impending doom and restlessness [1112], personality change [10], agoraphobia [13], or other phobias [14]. Prodromal symptoms of intoxication may also include vivid dreams [15], nightmares [15], or sleep disturbances [16], including hypersomnia and often-severe insomnia [17]. Such symptoms may not be easily recognized, or may be misattributed to other causes including common stressors [18].


Over time these prodromal symptoms may progress to a more acute intoxication. Commonly reported symptoms of acute mefloquine intoxication include anxiety [19], paranoia [19] and persecutory mania [2021222324], panic attacks [252627], emotional lability [12], and aggression [28]. Patients may also experience symptoms of psychosis [29] including magical thinking [30] and grandiose [31], persecutory [32] or religious [1733] thoughts and delusions, and auditory [10203334], visual [1519343536], and olfactory [37] hallucinations, although as with the case, not infrequently with some degree of preserved insight.


With implicit memory typically preserved [48], those affected by explicit memory impairment from mefloquine intoxication may nonetheless be able to continue to participate in complex learned actions [49]. In certain cases, patients may even demonstrate improved performance during certain rote tasks [50], but may later experience profound amnesia to their actions or to events occurring during their period of intoxication [48]. Symptoms of memory impairment may also limit the reliability and completeness of reporting of prodromal symptoms preceding acute intoxication, or limit the reliability of history on initial examination [36].


Rather than reflecting a purely psychiatric disorder triggered or unmasked by the drug, these symptoms of mefloquine intoxication and its prodrome should be considered as organic manifestations of an underlying progressive toxic encephalopathy affecting particularly the limbic system and brainstem [10]. While potentially acutely reversible, this encephalopathy may be associated with a risk of chronic psychiatric effects [3055] as well as additional neurological effects likely due to central nervous system (CNS) injury [4].


These neurological effects most typically include dizziness, vertigo, and nystagmus, but not uncommonly also include sleep disorders, photophobia, accommodative disorders, dysesthesias, paresthesias, and occasionally myoclonus or dyskinesias, dysarthrias, dysautonomias, central apnea, and esophageal and gastrointestinal dysmotility, many of which have been observed from brainstem toxicity in closely related quinoline-based drugs [4].

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans pp 257-278| 
The Mefloquine Intoxication Syndrome: A Significant Potential Confounder in the Diagnosis and Management of PTSD and Other Chronic Deployment-Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Remington Lee Nevin
Elspeth Cameron Ritchie

Early stages of acceptance

In World War I soldiers on both sides by the thousands were diagnosed with “shell shock” and by World War II it would be “battle fatigue”, many of whom would be labelled as cowards or goldbricks. It would take decades before what we know as PTSD would become an accepted diagnosis.

For mefloquine toxicity, these are its days of shell shock and battle fatigue, still not fully accepted by the medical community and greeted with scepticism. In many cases, the clinicians that have the most patient contact are nurses, and as such you get to know the patients and what is going on with them.

I only ask that you keep these things in mind, especially if your patient is a veteran. You don’t have to change the world, but you can save some lives by spreading some awareness, and educating others so that they can do the same.

You may have patients who feel completely alone and are ready to give up, but an angel of mercy can turn that around. Nurses play a very influential role in the medical profession, and the people suffering from this disease need you to advocate for them.

In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you for the work that you do. Overworked, unappreciated, and underpaid, the place really would fall apart without you.

D.B.

Link to The Quinism Foundation:

https://quinism.org/

A serious nightmare: psychiatric and neurologic adverse reactions to mefloquine are serious adverse reactions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5684859/

So, You Have A Brain Injury And Your Appendix Explodes

Now what?

Hopefully you will have found your way to the emergency room and surgeons were able to remove your inflamed appendix before peritonitis set in (if you haven’t made it to the hospital by now you’ve likely died a painful, unpleasant death).

Fortunately for Shaun Arntsen, he made it to the hospital in time but he’s still pretty sick, so he’ll be there for a few days resting and taking in IV antibiotics. Ever the soldier, he continued to send updates as he was waiting for surgery and is still doing so now from his hospital bed.

It was in one of his updates that he brought up a very good point, and it’s one that is worth sharing. What happens when you have a brain injury and you end up in the hospital? It can be difficult being a patient with a brain injury, particularly if you have quinism.

For starters, brain injuries aren’t always readily apparent. You could be sitting next to someone with a brain injury, perhaps even talking with them, and you would never know that they had a brain injury.

The next issue presents itself because Shaun’s particular brain injury isn’t widely known about yet. Relatively speaking, chronic quinoline encephalopathy (aka quinism), is a new discovery and is still in the early stages of introduction to medicine. This highlights the need for education and awareness efforts aimed towards clinical medical professionals including physicians and pharmacists.

It’s an adjustment

For many people with brain injuries, routines are important. These routines help provide a sense of order in an otherwise disordered view of the world, and when these routines are broken, it can be very distressing and frustration can begin to build up.

Nutrition is another key aspect in the overall well-being of someone with a brain injury, especially for those with quinism, and any change in diet can also lead to difficulties for the patient.

Dave Bona Talks Super High Strength Probiotics and Brain Stem Injury

Chronic quinoline encephalopathy

…compelling evidence that the adverse health effects of mefloquine, tafenoquine, and related quinolines are not mere ‘side effects’, but symptoms of a disease called neuropsychiatric quinism caused by poisoning of the brain and brainstem by these drugs. The signs and symptoms of quinism reflect the localization of known neurotoxic injury of drugs of this class.”

Dr. Remington Nevin, Director, Quinism Foundation
https://quinism.org/press-releases/the-quinism-foundation-will-address-a-committee-of-the-national-academies-investigating-the-long-term-adverse-health-effects-of-mefloquine-among-veterans/

There are two kinds of brain injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and acquired brain injury (ABI). A TBI is the result of physical trauma to the brain, usually because of a severe concussive force placed upon it. Sometimes severe TBI’s are apparent through the manifestation of a variety of symptoms, such as aphasia, or, speech difficulties.


Acquired Brain Injury(ABI) refers to any damage to the brain that occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. Causes include traumatic injury, seizures, tumors, events where the brain has been deprived of oxygen, infectious diseases, and toxic exposure such as substance abuse.

https://www.braininjurycanada.ca/acquired-brain-injury/

People suffering from chronic quinoline encephalopathy were exposed to a neurotoxic substance when they took mefloquine (Lariam), and for some the damage was done after taking only a single dose of the drug.

The strong temporal association reported in this case between the use of mefloquine and the onset of anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, dissociation and short-term memory impairment, accompanied by chronic disequilibrium and vertigo, is consistent with the development of a progressive limbic encephalopathy and an associated, likely multifocal brainstem injury caused by exposure to the drug. This case provides insights into the clinical significance of evidence in the neuroscience literature of brainstem neurotoxicity, limbic gap junction blockade, and GABAergic interneuron dysfunction attributable to mefloquine, and demonstrated in recent animal model studies.

This case suggests that careful testing of brainstem function may provide an objective method for evaluating subjective complaints of neuropsychiatric or physical adverse reactions attributed by patients to their use of mefloquine, particularly when these seem aphysiologic or significantly out of proportion to results of initial examination. Given the possibility of multifocal and typically microscopic brainstem lesions demonstrated due to quinoline neurotoxicity and the inherent difficulty in the diagnosis of such lesions, referral to ENT and neuro-optometric specialists and others with experience with central injury may be appropriate. This may be particularly true for patients with exposure to mefloquine who present reporting chronic disequilibrium or vertigo, who present with atypical neurologic findings, or among whom a diagnosis of ill-defined, personality, malingering, factitious, somatization or conversion disorder is being considered.

Limbic encephalopathy and central vestibulopathy caused by mefloquine: A case report*
Remington L. Nevin* Department of Preventive Medicine, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, 1585 Third Street, Fort Polk, LA 71459, USA Received 15 November 2011; received in revised form 21 February 2012; accepted 21 March 2012 Available online 9 April 2012

In most instances people with quinism are incorrectly diagnosed with PTSD. There are two explainations for this. First, many people with mefloquine toxicity will also have concomitant PTSD. Because many of those taking mefloquine are in the military and potentially performing high-risk duty, a diagnosis of PTSD would not be unreasonable.

Secondly, PTSD and mefloquine toxicity share a number of the same symptoms. Depression, insomnia, nightmares, rages, among a number of others could be symptomatic of either one. There are however a set of symptoms that occur with mefloquine toxicity that do not with PTSD.

This is because there has been damage to the brain stem and vestibular system. This accounts for symptoms like vertigo, tinnitus, headaches, and personality changes that are also seen in every instance of mefloquine toxicity.

  • Table 1 Pertinent history, symptoms, and clinical findings.
  • History
    • No prior head injury
    • No prior mental illness
    • No prior psychotropic drug use
  • Symptoms
    • Anxiety and paranoia
    • Auditory hallucinations
    • Disequilibrium
    • Derealization
    • Depersonalization
    • Headache
    • Palpitations
    • Personality change
    • Short-term memory impairment
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Spatial disorientation
    • Suicidal ideation
    • Tinnitus
    • Vertigo
  • Clinical findings
    • Aphysiologic pattern on computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) with falls on sensory organization tests (SOT) 5 and 6
    • Downbeat nystagmus
    • Normal brain computerized tomography (CT)
    • Normal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (except for 3.9 mm plate-like area of “lesser enhancement” within the right anterior pituitary)
    • Normal endocrine labs (except for slightly low morning cortisol, with normal cosyntropin test)
    • Normal liver function tests (except for low alanine aminotransferase)

Limbic encephalopathy and central vestibulopathy P.147

The importance of communication.

The importance of communicating with your nurses cannot be overemphasized. They likely don’t know about your condition to begin with, and in Shaun’s case, weren’t aware that the condition existed. Try to be patient with them, no pun intended.

If you have brain injury things in your life can be stressful enough to begin with, but throw in the added stresses that a hopital stay can add, and your life can get downright miserable. But it doesn’t have to be.

Remember to breathe, and bring yourself into the moment. Be calm and communicative. The doctors and nurses are there to help you but you have to help them to. Tell them what’s going on with you, and it will make your life a little bit easier at a time when you’ll need it to be as easy as it can possibly get.

In the mean time, get better.

D.B.

Internet Exclusive. Causes of Action: The Facts of the Case Against The Government

The shocking and incredible elements of the case against the government.

Lawyers filed statements of claim in federal court in Toronto yesterday on behalf of eight Canadian veterans who are suing the federal government. Details of the suit were made available Wednesday night and,in an internet exclusive, I am publishing the details of the suit as described in the statements of claim.

The plaintiffs have presented a number of factual elements which they intend to prove in court, that will show that the government committed the following:

  1. Negligence
  2. Negligent Misrepresentation
  3. Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  4. Breach of the plaintiffs Section 7 Charter rights
  5. Battery
  6. Wilful Concealment
  7. Affected defendants mental and psychological state
  8. Misdiagnosis

Were the defendant in this case an individual or a corporation, it’s highly likely that they would also be facing criminal charges in Court of Queen’s Bench. But this is the government, and the only punishment available to them comes in the financial form. This means that the taxpayer is ultimately on the hook to serve the sentence whenever the government commits a crime.

What this is meant to do is to teach the government a lesson, that flouting the law comes at a price. It will then be up to voters to decide if the government deserves clemency or the death penalty, metaphorically of course.

Some of what is contained here could be upsetting. It is unfathomable that any government would treat its soldiers the way these defendants were treated, but yet it happened. It must be held accountable for these actions so that it never happens again.

CAUSES OF ACTION

65. Pursuant to s. 3 of the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-50, the Defendant is directly and vicariously liable for any wrongs committed by DND, CAF or any of its employees and agents.

Negligence

The Government owed a duty of care to CAF Members. The Government knew or ought to have known that if it carried out its duties negligently, it could reasonably cause the kind of harm that was in fact suffered by the Plaintiffs.

The Government was required to:

a. use reasonable care to ensure the safety and well-being of the Plaintiffs;

b. obtain the införmed consent of the Plaintiffs before requiring them to take Mefloquine; and

c. use reasonable care in the operation, administration, prescribing, dispensing, managing, supervising, and monitoring of the use of Mefloquine.

The Government breached that duty of care by:

ordering the Plaintiffs, on pain of court martial, to take a drug that it knew or ought to have known was not safe and could have serious and long term adverse health effects;

ordering the Plaintiffs to take Mefloquine without conducting a proper medical screening for contraindications;

failing to provide a medication guide or other information to the Plaintiffs regarding the proper use of Mefloquine;

failing to adequately warn the Plaintiffs of the risks associated with taking Mefloquine;

failing to warn the Plaintiffs not to consume alcohol while taking Mefloquine because of the risk of adverse interactions with alcohol, including the greatly increased risk of experiencing mental problems;

failing to tell the Plaintiffs to immediately stop taking Mefloquine if they experienced any of the following symptoms: mental problems, including anxiety, depression, paranoia, hallucinations, feeling restless, confused or disoriented, unusual behavior or changes to mood; nervous system changes, including dizziness, spinning, ringing in the ears, loss of balance, seizures or convulsions; or issues with nerves, including prickling or tingling sensations, numbness and loss of an ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, a burning or sharp pain, loss of balance or co-ordination, feeling pain from a very light touch, or muscle weakness or paralysis;

ordering the Plaintiffs to continue taking Mefloquine after the above symptoms were reported;

failing to monitor or record adverse reactions and complications experienced by the Plaintiffs and other CAF Members as a result of taking Mefloquine

failing to properly investigate the side effects, adverse reactions and complications experienced by the Plaintiffs and other CAF Members as a result oftaking Mefloquine;

failing to consider and account for the risk of interaction of Mefloquine with other psychological conditions and injuries commonly experienced by CAF Members including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury;

failing to provide and/or consider suitable alternative anti-malarial drugs to mefloquine;

requiring that the Plaintiffs take an anti-malarial drug that was unsuitable for use in a military or combat setting;

failing to provide necessary medical treatment to the Plaintiffs in a timely manner;

failing to refer the Plaintiffs to appropriate medical specialists in a timely manner, or at all;

failing to administer Mefloquine to the Plaintiffs in a safe and competent manner;

putting its own interests ahead ofthe interest of the Plaintiffs by ignoring and remaining wilfully blind to the risks of Mefloquine to individual CAF Members; and

such further and other particulars as may become apparent and counsel may advise.

As a result of the Government’s breach of its duty of care, the Plaintiffs suffered damages as set out below.

Negligent Misrepresentation

The Plaintiffs were highly dependent on information provided by the Government regarding the risks posed by Mefloquine. The Government knew that the Plaintiffs would rely on information provided by DND and CAF to the Plaintiffs in order to make decisions regarding risks to their health and safety.

DND and CAF repeatedly represented to the Plaintiffs and CAF Members as a whole that Mefloquine was safe. These representations specifically downplayed or denied the risks associated with Mefloquine and were inaccurate, incomplete, false, deceptive and/or misleading.

Canada knew or ought to have known that the representations made by CAF and DND regarding the safety of Mefloquine were inaccurate, incomplete, false, deceptive and/or misleading.

The Plaintiffs state that Canada owed a duty of care to the Plaintiffs and is liable in deceit and/or negligent misrepresentation for the Representations that were inaccurate, incomplete, false, deceptive and/or misleading and as a result of which the Plaintiffs’ suffered damages as set out below.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

The Government owed the Plaintiffs a fiduciary duty. The relationship between the Plaintiffs and the Defendant is one of complete trust, reliance and dependency. While in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Government had extraordinary and unilateral powers over the lives of CAF Members. Because of the hierarchical and authoritarian command structure of the CAF, the binding nature of enrolment in the CAF, the oaths and declarations required by CAF Members, and the strict requirement to follow all orders of superiors, the Plaintiffs were in a position of complete vulnerability and dependence on the CAF and DND. In particular, the Plaintiffs were at the Government’ s mercy regarding what drugs they were ordered to take prior to and during deployment. Prior to and while deployed, the Government was solely responsible for the protection of the health, safety and well-being of the Plaintiffs.

The Government breached its fiduciary duties to the Plaintiffs. The particulars of the breach include:

putting its own interests ahead of the interest of the Plaintiffs by ignoring and remaining wilfully blind to the risks of Mefloquine to individual CAF Members;

ordering the Plaintiffs to take Mefloquine;

ordering the Plaintiffs to take Mefloquine without conducting a proper medical screening for contraindications;

ordering the Plaintiffs to continue taking Mefloquine after adverse symptoms were reported; and

failing to safeguard the physical and psychological health of the CAF Members.

Charter claim (breach of s.7)

I’m just going to note here that Omar Khadr claimed that the government violated his section 7 charter rights. Should the plaintiffs win this case, they could get the $5,000,000 they are asking just for this cause alone. It’s still less than half of what was paid to a confessed murderer.

The Government’ s action in forcing the Plaintiffs to take a drug that seriously impaired the Plaintiffs mental and physical health and caused severe psychological harm is an infringement of the Plaintiffs right to security of the person as enshrined in s. 7 of the Canadian Charter ofRights and Freedoms. This infringement is not justified in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

The breaches of the Plaintiffs’ Charter rights are not demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

The Plaintiffs are entitled to a declaration that their Charter rights were infringed.

The Plaintiffs are also entitled to a monetary remedy pursuant to section 24(1) of the Charter in order to:

compensate the Plaintiffs for pain and suffering;

vindicate the Plaintiffs’ fundamental human rights; and

deter systematic violations of a similar nature by the Government in future.

Battery

The Plaintiffs assert that the forced ingestion of Mefloquine without their informed consent, in the circumstances pleaded above, amounts to battery.

Wilful Concealment

The Government has and continues to willfully conceal the fact that the injuries suffered by the Plaintiffs were caused by the fact that the Government ordered the Plaintiffs to take mefloquine.

Mental and psychological state

The Plaintiffs have suffered severe and debilitating mental and psychological conditions as described above as a result of taking Mefloquine and otherwise. As a result of these severe and debilitating mental and psychological conditions, the Plaintiffs were previously incapable of commencing a claim against the Defendant.

Misdiagnosis

The Plaintiffs have been misdiagnosed by doctors, including doctors employed by the government, as suffering only PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries, when in fact, the PlaintifTs were suffering from neurological and psychological injuries caused by mefloquine.

Stay tuned, there will be a lot more to follow.

D.B.

Exclusive: Read The Shocking Statements of Claim Here

8 vets launch actions seeking over $80 million in damages.

https://www.hshlawyers.com/blog/may-1-2019-3-mefloquine-lawsuits-filed-against-government-of-canada/

Law firm Howie, Sacks, and Henry announced today that they are launching three separate statements of claim on behalf of 8 veterans, who are seeking damages of over $10 million each.

They claim the government gave them the drug illegally and without thought for their health and safety. The blog reads in part:

… alleging that the Government, through the Department of National Defence, ordered members of the Canadian Armed Forces to take an anti-malarial medication known as “Mefloquine” without adequately informing CAF Members of the severe adverse reactions, despite warnings from the drug manufacturer.


Mefloquine is known to cause serious side effects that can persist for months or years and can become permanent.  Symptoms serious  include:
anxiety
unreasonable feeling that people are trying to harm you, do not like you, etc. (Paranoia)
depression
seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations)
thought of suicide or harming yourself
feeling restless
feeling confused
unusual behavior  


Mefloquine can cause serious nervous-system problems in some people. Symptoms of serious nervous system problems include:
dizziness
a feeling that you or things around you are moving or spinning (vertigo)
loss of balance
ringing sound in your ears (tinnitus)
convulsions (seizures) in people who already have seizures (epilepsy)
unable to sleep (insomnia)


For more information on the Mefloquine Lawsuits, please visit: https://www.hshlawyers.com/expertise/mass-tort-class-action-litigation/mefloquine/, or call Paul Miller at 416-361-5990.

https://www.hshlawyers.com/blog/may-1-2019-3-mefloquine-lawsuits-filed-against-government-of-canada/

Claims and Damages.

These are some of the details of the damages being sought by each plaintiff, with each asking for over $10 million.

…general and aggravated damages arising from the Defendant’s breach of statutory and common law duties in the amount of $380,000.00;


a Declaration that the Defendant has breached the Plaintiffs’ s. 7 rights under the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”);
e. damages for violation of the Plaintiffs’ Charter rights pursuant to s. 24(1) of the
Charter in the amount of $5,000,000.00;


special damages in an amount to be determined, including future and anticipated
medical and out of pocket expenses;
punitive and/or exemplary damages in the amount of $5,000,000.00;


. prejudgment and post-judgment interest;
i. the costs of this action, including HST and other taxes as applicable, on a substantial
indemnity basis; and
j. such further and other relief as this Honourable Court may deem just.


The claims against the government in this case are assinine in nature, and they make me angry just having to read them. There were times when the conduct of the government appears to be criminal, but that has yet to be proven.

The details of all statements of claim are available by clicking the links below.

If you would like more information or to add your name to the list of litigants, contact Paul Miller at 416-361-5990, or visit the website at:

https://www.hshlawyers.com/expertise/mass-tort-class-action-litigation/mefloquine/

Further details as they become available.

D.B.

Dave Bona Explains The Difference Between PTSD And mefloquine Poisoning.

Knowing the symptoms.

In his latest video, Dave Bona goes over the differences between the symptoms of PTSD and mefloquine toxicity. He also gives some helpful tips and offers a message of hope for those suffering right now.

He also has an update for Canadian veterans regarding the lawsuit, and the importance of getting involved in this action. This isn’t about the money, it’s about holding the government accountable for its actions, and the more people that get involved the more likely it is that some kind of action will be taken.

Please take the time to watch this video and if you haven’t already done so follow Dave on his Facebook page.

Breaking News: Plaintiff Veterans Release Statements of Claim

8 vets launch actions seeking over $80 million in damages.

https://www.hshlawyers.com/blog/may-1-2019-3-mefloquine-lawsuits-filed-against-government-of-canada/

Law firm Howie, Sacks, and Henry announced today that they are launching three separate statements of claim on behalf of 8 veterans, who are seeking damages of over $10 million each.

They claim the government gave them the drug illegally and without thought for their health and safety. The blog reads in part:

… alleging that the Government, through the Department of National Defence, ordered members of the Canadian Armed Forces to take an anti-malarial medication known as “Mefloquine” without adequately informing CAF Members of the severe adverse reactions, despite warnings from the drug manufacturer.


Mefloquine is known to cause serious side effects that can persist for months or years and can become permanent.  Symptoms serious  include:
anxiety
unreasonable feeling that people are trying to harm you, do not like you, etc. (Paranoia)
depression
seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations)
thought of suicide or harming yourself
feeling restless
feeling confused
unusual behavior  


Mefloquine can cause serious nervous-system problems in some people. Symptoms of serious nervous system problems include:
dizziness
a feeling that you or things around you are moving or spinning (vertigo)
loss of balance
ringing sound in your ears (tinnitus)
convulsions (seizures) in people who already have seizures (epilepsy)
unable to sleep (insomnia)


For more information on the Mefloquine Lawsuits, please visit: https://www.hshlawyers.com/expertise/mass-tort-class-action-litigation/mefloquine/, or call Paul Miller at 416-361-5990.

https://www.hshlawyers.com/blog/may-1-2019-3-mefloquine-lawsuits-filed-against-government-of-canada/

Claims and Damages.

These are some of the details of the damages being sought by each plaintiff, with each asking for over $10 million.

…general and aggravated damages arising from the Defendant’s breach of statutory and common law duties in the amount of $380,000.00;


a Declaration that the Defendant has breached the Plaintiffs’ s. 7 rights under the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”);
e. damages for violation of the Plaintiffs’ Charter rights pursuant to s. 24(1) of the
Charter in the amount of $5,000,000.00;


special damages in an amount to be determined, including future and anticipated
medical and out of pocket expenses;
punitive and/or exemplary damages in the amount of $5,000,000.00;


. prejudgment and post-judgment interest;
i. the costs of this action, including HST and other taxes as applicable, on a substantial
indemnity basis; and
j. such further and other relief as this Honourable Court may deem just.


The claims against the government in this case are assinine in nature, and they make me angry just having to read them. There were times when the conduct of the government appears to be criminal, but that has yet to be proven.

The details of all statements of claim are available by clicking the links below.

If you would like more information or to add your name to the list of litigants, contact Paul Miller at 416-361-5990, or visit the website at:

https://www.hshlawyers.com/expertise/mass-tort-class-action-litigation/mefloquine/

Further details as they become available.

D.B.