Donating to Research
On this page I give options to those who want to donate to FQ research and FQ causes.
My Caveat: Retiring from a career in law enforcement, I want you to know that I abhor victimization or the making of money off of other’s misfortunes, especially health related issues. Oh yes, I know that it is common place on the Internet today and our entire medical industry is based on this, but I still don’t like it. I have seen FQ toxicity destroy lives, ruin marriages, and make people homeless and destitute. Because of this I want you to know that I do not personally make any money through this blog. Personally, I do not need anyone’s money. Despite being floxed, I was able to retire with a pension, albeit much smaller due to my having to retire early because of the Levaquin, but I was able to get healthcare for my family. In 2018, I was also able to win disability due to my floxing.
Why We Need Donations For Research
I also abhor asking for money but I also understand the need to fund research. We have only three academic researchers in the U.S. that officially research FQ’s and FQAD on an academic level. The problem is that the research is NOT community directed or funded. It is highly unlikely, no its damn near impossible, to get funding to research a popularly prescribed drug, so researchers do not have many options. Instead what they do and when the can, is piggy-back FQ research into other grants, etc… This means that very little research actually gets done and it usually is limited in scope. The bottom line is that we do not get a very big bang for our buck and it won’t result in any tangible treatments for the foreseeable future.
There are a few FQ related non-profits that are in our community. The problem is that these non-profits are either involved in advocacy or they are chasing the elusive ’cause’ of FQAD. Although I have nothing against these non-profits, and they may serve a useful function, they are not working towards any tangible treatments for the foreseeable future.
Bottom line, my goal is to get usable treatments out to the community sooner than later.
My Proposed Research Solution
If we had an unlimited pool of money, I believe we would already have treatments for floxed individuals, or at least some of them, as the technology to determine ‘what’ is uniquely breaking in each person already exists. The problem is that money does not exist.
As far as I know, and I have been around the FQ community for quite some time, I am the only one who has a goal of researching true treatments to help sooner than later. Don’t get me wrong, there are some alternative practitioners and doctors who claim to have various treatments, but none of them pan out to be of much help to the larger community. As a matter of fact, many people get harmed by many of these “treatments.”
To be truly helpful and long lasting, a person needs to know ‘what’ is breaking before attempting treatment. The technology now exists to find the answers, it just needs to be tweaked for floxing.
My Research Plan:
Metabolomics & Seahorse Bio Science Assays
Metabolomics Phase 1: Using metabalomics & Seahorse XF Cell Mito Stress Test, I want to develop a combination testing that will identify “what” is breaking in each floxed person. Initially I will do this running metabolomic assays on myself and a few select floxed folks through a private metabolomics lab in the U.S. That will happen in several phases, as long as my health holds out. I have already started some of the preliminary aspects of this running tests on myself. Concurrently I will be working conducting Seahorse XF Cell Mito Stress Test, which currently is the best optimized solution for assessing mitochondrial function. If you would like to donate to this phase of my research click the link below (the donation will be earmarked for this purpose):
Metabolomics Phase 2: I will hopefully be able to collect enough money to then fund metabolomic assays with Dr. Beatrice Golomb at UCSD. She has the expertise, and the equipment to take it to the next level. She is however in need of funding to do so, since she takes no funding from the pharmaceutical industry. It is important however to collect the necessary amount before this phase is started, as opposed to just trickling in donations directly to her. By going into the research with a ‘full purse’ and the preliminary metablomics already completed, the research can be community directed and still remain academically authoritative. If you would like to donate to this endeavors click the link below (the donation will be earmarked for this purpose):
Please note: If at any time I am unable to complete any of these research trials, the totality of the money would be donated to Dr. Beatrice Golomb at UCSD for ongoing FQ research.
Other Donation Options:
Website Upkeep: I have a professional web developer who actually runs the nuts and bolts of the website programming. For the most part he does this pro bono and I pay for the design, web-hosting, because it is my passion. Nonetheless, it still takes a considerable amount of bandwidth and behind the scene costs to keep the website up and running. If you feel led to donate to the website’s upkeep you may do so by clicking the link below (the donation will be earmarked for this purpose):
Please note that donations to me are NOT tax-deductible, although after the restructuring of the U.S. Tax code in 2018, most small donations to do not make a difference for tax sheltering. Either way, if you are not comfortable with donating to me I will give you some options listed below.
Most donations for the institutions listed below should be tax deductible but please check with your tax advisor for specific questions.
Dr. Golomb – University of California Sand Diego (UCSD)
Dr. Golomb accepts no financial support for her research from the pharmaceutical industry. Her team is always accepting donations to the “Fluoroquinolone Effects Study” care of UCSD. To learn how to donate to Dr. Golomb’s work you can go here: http://fqstudy.info/Fluoroquinolone_Effects_Study/Contribute.html Instructions on how to contribute are listed.
Dr. Mark Noble – University of Rochester
To donate to the U of R for FQ research, contact:
Jill Van Atta
FQ Toxicity Study
Dept. of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Institute
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 633
Rochester, NY 14642