Carnal and Vile :: By Cynthia Nuara

Carnival, Carnaval, or Carnivale festivals, whatever the name depending on location, are typically thought of as occurring at the end of winter. Many do; however, today these festivals can be found in every month of the year. 1 And there is one thing they all have in common: they’re all carnal and vile. What are the origins of these festivals of the flesh, now celebrated in 50 countries around the world?

Some claim Carnival has its roots in Europe; others say Egypt or other African nations. Yet others say the source is in Babylon. Let’s find out, but first…

There is one carnival in the news recently that UNESCO was planning to consider at its Dec. 9-14 meeting, whether to remove it from the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage due to widespread complaints that this past spring’s carnival contained blatant anti-Semitism. But it’s not the first time, nor the second that there have been complaints.

I’m talking about the Aalst Carnival in Belgium. Its annual parade has floats specifically created to mock politicians, events in the news, etc. Officials in Aalst announced ahead of this meeting that they would remove the Aalst Carnival from the list themselves. They haughtily say they will not allow anyone to tell them who they can make fun of or how they go about doing it. Aalst’s mayor, Christoph D’Haese, says “Aalst will always remain the capital of mockery and satire,” and that mocking Jews is ‘unavoidable’ in the 2020 carnival. D’Haese also called the Jewish organizations that criticized the carnival “a power apparatus.” “They are well organized,” he said. “We have received messages from all over the world, often not in the friendliest terms.”

While you may not see scantily-clad women grinding their hips in the Aalst Carnival Parade like you see in all the others I’ve researched, including vile displays from the following crowds, there is debauchery to be found at this Aalst Carnival, most especially in the celebrations from dusk to dawn where “anything goes.” Here is what Aalst has to say about its Carnival:

“Aalst Carnival is full of ancient folkloric pagan traditions…passed down through the generations. Many of these traditions having rarely changed from their original form, which is why in 2010 it was recognized by UNESCO as being a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

[My comment: Aalst is obviously proud of the pagan roots, as is UNESCO.]

The comment continues on the Aalst Carnival site:

“Everything is put on display and absolutely nothing is off limits, not religion, race, politicians or even celebrities… After dark is when the fun and debauchery begins… The night celebrations are wild and full of crass behavior… Anything and everything goes.” – source

This Aalst Carnival made the news this year for taking its “satirization” to a level that is unacceptable to a number of people. So, what is it that has caused outrage regarding this Carnival whose annual festival dates back 600 years to the Middle Ages?

Let’s start with the outrage. Fifty-eight Jewish organizations gathered in New York City on July 31st to address the ever-increasing scourge of anti-Semitism in the US, Europe and around the world. Various disturbing incidents were brought up that occurred in the past year, which you can read about in this article. While researching these incidents, I came across disgusting displays of anti-Semitism that have occurred at the Aalst Carnival.

This annual Carnival, a raucous 3-day event, takes place just before Catholic Lent begins (a 40-day fasting against meat, and can include giving up something else that one enjoys). The float display that was created as its 2019 theme was meant to address how “everything has become so expensive,” according to a spokesperson for the Carnival. It was titled “Shabbat Year” and featured caricatures of Orthodox Jews atop money bags. One of the caricatures had a rat on his shoulder. A platform following the float carried revelers who dressed like these puppets and danced to a song about “bulging coffers” and “Jews getting extra fat.”

In 2013, this event had a float resembling a Nazi railway wagon used to transport Jews to death camps. A poster on the wagon showed Flemish Belgian politicians dressed as Nazis who held canisters labeled Zyklon B, the poison used by Nazis to exterminate Jews in gas chambers in the Holocaust. The people who designed the float marched nearby dressed as Nazi SS officers and Haredi Orthodox Jews. These Nazi officers drank champagne and danced to German songs.

Supposedly, there was an anti-Semitic float in the Aalst Carnival parade in 2009 as well. Finally, after the outrage over this year’s mockery of the Jews, UNESCO was petitioned to review its “Heritage of Humanity” designation of the Aalst Carnival at their upcoming meeting in December.

The creators of the display were not the least bit regretful even after the backlash that followed. Aalst’s mayor defended it, saying “In Aalst it should be allowed.” – source

Some heritage of humanity!

The defenders of these anti-Semitic displays make the claim that it’s satire and all in fun. But the facts are that Aalst’s carnival is not the only entertainment in Belgium filled with anti-Semitism. Last August, when a Belgian soccer team celebrated their victory over a rival team that it considers Jewish, supporters of the Belgium team broke out with this chant: “My father was in the commandos; my mother was in the SS; together they burned Jews, because Jews burn best.” Such chants now occur at soccer matches in other European countries as well, whether the team they’re playing is Jewish or not.

I don’t like to quote from the liberal-left Haaretz; and the writer of the article on the Aalst Carnival, etc., at this link is a EU supporter and calls nationalism fascist. Speaking for the United States, our not wanting to be part of a global government has nothing to do with fascism. That said, the article mentions other disgusting instances of anti-Semitic crowds in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.

Carnal and Vile, Every One of Them

Every Carnival parade I researched for this article had people from the crowds following behind who stopped along the way to perform simulated sex acts. (Even the “satirical political” parade in Aalst showed a gay simulated sex scene by one of the followers.) In a couple of the songs at the Carnivals I researched, I heard lyrics about performing sex acts, using the F word – even in a Carnival with the word “Saint” attached to its title. YouTube is full of the degeneracy at “Carnivale.”

Also, read this article, with photos, about the various carnivals and the history behind them: The Origins of Carnival– And the Special Traditions of Dominican Carnaval.

Carnival’s Pagan Origins

The ancient, wild festivals were centered around the winter and spring solstices, and spring and fall equinoxes. One cannot discuss the festivals without mentioning the false worship associated with them.


It was here where the Tower of Babel was located and where God confused the speech of the builders. Babylon was a biblical symbol of the confusion that can be caused by godlessness. The earliest inhabitants were the Sumerians whom the Bible refers to as the people of the “land of Shinar.” A system of gods was established, with a temple in each city of the land. The temple-centered culture often held huge festivals. – source

Ancient Babylonian Festivals

Tablet fragments from the Neo-Babylonian period describe a series of festival days celebrating the New Year. The Festival began on the first day of the first Babylonian month, Nisannu, roughly corresponding to April/May in the Gregorian calendar. This festival celebrated the re-creation of the Earth, drawing from the Marduk-centered creation story described in the Enûma Eliš (the Babylonian creation myth).

Importance of idols

In Babylonian religion, the ritual care and worship of the statues of deities was considered sacred; the gods resided simultaneously in their statues in temples and in the natural forces they embodied. – source

The Enûma Eliš is recorded in Old Babylonian on seven clay tablets which describes [its false version of] the creation of the world, a battle between gods focused on supremacy of Marduk [also became Bel], the creation of man destined for the service of the Mesopotamian deities, and ends with a long passage praising Marduk. Its primary original purpose is unknown, although a version is known to have been used for certain festivals; there may also have been a political element to the myth. – source

Ancient Babylonia Fertility Rites

“Magico-religious ceremonies to insure an abundance of food and the birth of children. The rites, expressed through dances, prayers, incantations, and sacred dramas seek to control the otherwise unpredictable forces of nature. In primitive agricultural societies natural phenomena, such as rainfall, the fecundity of the earth, and the regeneration of nature were frequently personified.

One of the most important pagan myths was the search of the earth goddess for her lost (or dead) child or lover (e.g., Isis and Osiris; Ishtar and Tammuz; Demeter and Persephone). This myth, symbolizing the birth, death, and reappearance of vegetation, when acted out in a sacred drama, was the fertility rite par excellence.

Other rites concerned with productivity include acts of sympathetic magic, such as kindling of fires (symbolizing the sun) and scattering the reproductive organs of animals on the fields, displays of phallic symbols, and ritual prostitution. In India it was once believed that a fertile marriage would result if virgins were first deflowered by means of the lingam, a stone phallus symbolizing the god Shiva. Sacrifices of both humans and animals were believed to release the powers embodied within them and so make the fields or forests productive where the sacrifices had taken place. Many ancient fertility rites have persisted in modified forms into modern times.” – source

Babylon Had an Ishtar Gate

The main entrance to the inner city was called the Ishtar Gate. The portal was decorated with bright blue glazed bricks adorned with pictures of bulls, dragons and lions. The Ishtar Gate gave way to the city’s great Processional Way, a half-mile decorated corridor used in religious ritual to celebrate the New Year (spring equinox; beginning of the agricultural season). – source

Ishtar: Queen of Heaven

What is the identity of this Queen of Heaven? The reference was to an Assyrian and Babylonian goddess called Ishtar (also called Ashtoreth or Astarte by various other groups). In their system of gods and goddesses, Ishtar was believed to be the wife of the false god called Baal, [Bel], or Molech. As the wife of the chief male deity in these pagan-worshiping cultures, Ishtar became known by the name ‘Queen of Heaven.’

The reason people, especially women, worshiped this deity was based on the belief that this Queen of Heaven could bless a woman with fertility. Cakes and drink offerings would be given to this Queen of Heaven in worship. [The Israelites began to take on the worship of the false gods of the population around them, including worship of the queen of heaven goddess]. In response, the prophet Jeremiah told the people that such actions were the reason God destroyed Jerusalem and that false worship was not a source of blessing:

“It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the LORD and did not obey the voice of the LORD or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day” (Jeremiah 44:23).

The Ten Commandments were clear that the people were to worship only the Lord. Worship of any other god or goddess, including the Queen of Heaven, was condemned. – source

Speaking of Baal (Bel; Molech): Also, in the news this week, Russia will team will Syria to reconstruct the Palmyra ruins in Syria which contain the Arch of Palmyra and the Temple of this pagan god to which the arch leads. Also involved is UNESCO, a UN branch, which named it a World Heritage Site. Like I said, UNESCO is obviously proud of pagan traditions.

“Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation” (Judges 10:14).

Baal was worshiped under his various names as the sun god, storm god, and a fertility god who could enable the earth to produce crops and people to produce children. Followers sacrificed their children, usually the firstborn, to this pagan god in order to gain personal prosperity. The babies were burned alive on the hot iron statue.

Speaking of Bel, Beltane is a Celtic word that means “fires of Bel.” Today, Pagans believe that, at Beltane, the God (to whom the Goddess gave birth at the Winter Solstice) achieves the strength and maturity to court and become lover to the Goddess. Some pagans believe fire has the power to cleanse, purify and increase fertility. Beltane, also known as May Day, is celebrated to this day by Wiccans and Neopagans, in which the union of the god and goddess takes place. Celebrants at these Beltane Festivals light fires, dance, feast and perform fertility rites [to put it mildly]. – source

Ancient Festivals in Egypt

Communal gatherings for worship [of their gods] took place during festivals, and as the Egyptians set a premium on enjoying life, there were many of them throughout the year. Particular images of the gods, sometimes carried in portable shrines, were taken out of the temple sanctuaries and carried through the streets or sailed on the Nile. Stations of the Gods were erected throughout the various cities in order to provide stages for the processions. A deity was thought to live in the statue housed in the inner sanctum of that god’s temple. The festivals marked the progression of the year, which would end in the same celebration with which it had begun, thus emphasizing the cyclical, eternal, nature of life.

The festivals in ancient Egypt were centered around the worship of their deities. There was feasting, drinking, singing and dancing. There was even a “Lady of Drunkenness” festival.

The Bast Festival honored the birth of the cat goddess Bastet who was the guardian of hearth and home and protector of women, children, and women’s secrets. Herodotus claims that Bastet’s festival was the most elaborate and popular in Egypt. Herodotus said, “women were freed from all constraints during the annual festival at Bubastis. They celebrated the festival of the goddess by drinking, dancing, making music, and displaying their genitals.” This “raising of the skirts” by the women exemplified the freedom from normal constraints often observed at festivals but also had to do with fertility. – source

This video  shows roots in ancient Egypt, which is located in the continent of Africa. From there, Alexander the Great brought it to Greece, then it assimilated into Rome where it later became overlaid with Catholic [they call it Christian] meaning, hence the feast before the fast of Lent; and it became Carnivale. The word carne means meat, and the word vale means farewell.

Ancient Festivals in Greece

The carnival in Greece is said to have its origins in ancient Greece in the gods of Olympus. Dionysiaka, the origin of the Greek carnival, was a celebration in the name of ancient god Dionysus – god of wine- that used to be held around springtime, involving public parades. The advent of spring foreshadows the period of fertility… People who were on the floats used to wear masks and swear to the attendees, while other attendants – also dressed up and in masks – used to join the celebrations after the floats, singing satirical songs. – source

Dionysus (god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy) was believed to have been the son of Zeus and represented an underworld aspect of Zeus… The cult of Dionysus is a “cult of the souls”; his maenads (meaning “raving ones”) feed the dead through blood-offerings, and he acts as a divine communicant between the living and the dead. He is sometimes categorized as a dying-and-rising god. The Dionysia was a celebration of spring’s return and Earth’s regeneration. The festival included rituals dedicated to the souls of the dead whom ancient Greeks believe rejoined the living around March 1st. – source

Ancient Festivals in Rome

The Bacchanalia were Roman festivals of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy. They were based on the Greek Dionysia and the Dionysian mysteries, and probably arrived in Rome c. 200 BC via the Greek colonies in southern Italy, and from Etruria, Rome’s northern neighbor. Like all mystery cults, the Bacchanalia were held in strict privacy, and initiates were bound to secrecy; what little is known of the cult and its rites derives from Greek and Roman literature, plays, statuary and paintings. – source

Carnival: Pre-Lent Festival

Carnival takes place in many Roman Catholic countries just before the Lenten season. The historical origin of Carnival possibly has its roots in a primitive festival honoring the beginning of the new year and rebirth of nature, though it’s also possible that the beginnings of Carnival in Italy may be linked to the pagan Saturnalian festival of ancient Rome. – source

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the so-called ‘god Saturn, held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to 23 December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms. – source

African Roots of Carnival

A Catholic tradition brought to the colonies by the Spanish, French, and Portuguese since the 1500s, Carnival has become increasingly fused with traditions of African slaves and their descendants. Many of the rhythms, costumes, masks, and feathers in Carnivals in Caribbean countries can be traced to African festivals celebrated once upon a time, and even in places today. Enslaved masses, many from West Africa, brought with them to the Americas a variety of musical instruments, dance rhythms, and singing styles that gave birth to today’s Carnival sounds.

Originating from European religious events in celebrations of harvest, Carnival street parades were traditionally a way to honor the spirits or ancestors. It was the custom of many places in Africa for people to walk around the village, singing, dancing, and wearing carefully crafted masks and colorful costumes to bring good luck. These parades were meant to scare away spirits of angry dead relatives; thus, it’s no surprise that symbols of death are common in many Carnival street-parades today.

One aspect of Carnival recognizable worldwide is the use of masks and feathers. In Europe, masks are used to hide a person’s identity, whereas in the African tradition, masks are meant to bring to life some spirit. The colorful feathers used to decorate masks in major carnival regions of the Caribbean can be traced to some practices in African traditions. Feathers and other natural objects were believed to lend certain spiritual strengths to the wearer. – source

So, we see that, as Carnival spread, various cultures added their own elements to the festivals.

How the Roman Catholic Church Infused All this Paganism

For 280 years, the early church was horribly persecuted. Then, in 312 A.D., the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed to have had a miraculous conversion to Christianity – yet he still worshipped the so-called ‘sun god.’ Constantine and his successors gave their support to the bishop of Rome as the supreme ruler of the church. This way, they could make sure the Roman government and state religion would be centered in the same location.

Pagan rituals and idols were gradually incorporated into so-called “Christian” worship. For example: The pagan gods over the cities became “saints” over the cities. The pagan mother-with-son statues were renamed Mary and Jesus, and pagan rites and rituals became so-called Christian holy days.

Christians who opposed this blending of paganism with so-called Christianity were then persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church using the name of Christ.


The Bible and other recorded history show us that these celebrations and false religions have their roots in ancient Babylon. It all links back to false god and mother-goddess worship in Babylon, no matter the name changes through the various cultures and centuries. Babylon is the root of all false religion.

The Bible tells us that apostate Christianity would morph in the last days into the worldwide ecumenical religious system of the Tribulation called “Mystery Babylon The Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of The Earth” (described in Revelation 17). We see this happening today with the push for all religions to unite, and we see the actual worshiping together of so-called Christians with non-Christians. The pope is calling all to Rome, to what he calls “the Mother Church,” insinuating that all paths lead to God (in his usual smooth and deceitful way of using ambiguous words to disguise his real purposes).

False pastors in the Protestant churches are leading their flocks down that same road.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times [speaking of the times beginning after Jesus’ ministry and ascension] some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

“Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has a temple of God with idols? For we are a temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).

Mankind is without excuse.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature [creation; created things] more than [rather than] the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Romans 1:18-25).

God warns about the last days religious and political Mystery Babylon. “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities… How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow… And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth” (Revelation 18:4-5, 7, 24).


Source showing that Carnival occurs in places throughout the year around the globe:

1 World Carnival Calendar

Quinolones: A Danger Zone :: By G. Ungurean & C. Nuara

This article is actually Part II of the previous one on the horrific side effects of taking the class of antibiotics called Fluoroquinolones. That article can be found at this link.

Since writing the original piece, I have been receiving many emails, asking questions such as, “Are the effects of Cipro and the other sister drugs reversible?”

After intensive research on the effects of these horrific drugs, what Cindy and I have found is quite alarming. I even thought about not writing this follow-up piece. But I asked my husband if he would rather know the truth about Fluoroquinolones (FQ for the duration of this article) or just hold onto hope?

He answered that he would want to know the truth instead of holding onto false hope.

If you missed the original article, I am posting it here:

“WARNING: Cipro, Levaquin and All Fluoroquinolones Causing Permanent Ligament and Nerve Damage”

Below is an excerpt from an article Cindy found by a former Toxicologist (written several years ago):

Toxicology of Fluroquinolones/Quinolones [Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, etc.] by Dr. Joseph King

“I too have been devastated by the Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin) and have some major health issues and physical damage from this drug. However, having been a former Toxicologist and a retired university professor, I began to investigate the routes the Fluoroquinolones take in the body. I was able to find the original records by the original chemist that first developed the quinolones in Germany. And here is what I have discovered and proved through clinical testing and laboratory analysis on my own blood and body tissue(s):

The quinolones (Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, etc.) adduct to the DNA of mammalian cells. It is called a DNA Adduct. I proved this with my own blood analysis. I sent my blood to a registered Toxicology lab requesting a DNA Adduct Mass Spectrogram Analysis, and the analysis confirmed that the quinolone had adducted permanently to my DNA (every cell in my body including Stem Cells). This is how the quinolones work; this is how they were designed to kill bacteria, by adducting to the bacteria’s cell-level DNA, disrupting its reproductive (replicating) cycle and thus extinguishing itself. The same process happens with good and healthy cells throughout the body.

This adduction permanently altered the manner in which all of my cells reproduce in my body to repair tissue (including muscle, tendon, all connective tissue, organs, etc.) at the mitochondrial level. This was further proven through additional series of blood tests….

All the tests confirmed the destruction to the tissue at the cell levels of my body. The damage is permanent and progressive. Other words, the Fluoroquinolone is dissolving me, to put it into street terminology. There is NO reversing the effect. Once the DNA is “adducted,” (altered) there is no repairing it, or stopping the process-progress. The individual’s DNA has been placed on an abnormal destructive course (cycle) [de-railed] from the normal healthy cycle. Thus, all the problems that everyone is reporting after taking this drug.

The process is similar to the long-term effects of exposure to radioactive fall-out. Are there any methods to correct this alteration? Unfortunately, No. Not with the current science or medical applications that we have.

One has to treat the various medical and health problems on an ad-hoc basis with whatever works. Yes, there are things, chemicals, events, food products, supplements, and drugs that can make the condition worse or better. And there are some good lists and surveys on various web sites that all of us have reported on what works and hurts our conditions. Just as many of my former students who are now molecular bio-chemists, neuro-scientist/biologist, doctors, nuclear biologist, and molecular toxicologist have told me, “Joe, get ready to spend a lot of time in the Emergency Room.” And they have been correct in their prediction.

I wish I could offer some solutions to the adverse side effects we have all encountered from these drugs, but I have nothing. Believe me, I have investigated this from every angle, avenue, source, and every research facility world-wide. And please save your money; there is no supplement, treatment, cryo, detox, ozone, hyperbolic, flush, vitamin, nutriment, infusion, injection, patch, filter, organic compound, puncture, or holistic method that will correct and reverse the damage.

There has been a lot of talk about stopping the manufactures of the quinolone-based drugs because of the extensive damage and adverse effects from these drugs. This is NOT going to happen. These medications will continue to be prescribed UNTIL victims bring legal action directly against the doctors in their hometowns that prescribed the drug to them for treatment. Once a few doctors in a city have been hit with lawsuits for prescribing this class of antibiotics to patients, rest assured the word will travel fast throughout the medical community, and the practice will stop.

Doctors are treating minor infections with a drug that is an Atomic-bomb in the body and handing these quinolone antibiotics out like candy to patients. How sad.

My prayers are with everyone that has been damaged like myself from the Fluroquinolones.

It is not my desire to be so hopeless in my posting, but we have to face the facts and science behind the drug. There is way too much puffy fluffy garbage being posted all over the internet about fixing and reversing the damage from this drug. It is just not so. Once poisoned, you are poisoned – bottom line.

However, we must all learn to manage our condition(s) the best we can, and not depend on the medical community to help us, because they are basically ignorant on the matter; they are just not trained in med school in these areas (molecular biology, toxicology, etc.). Therefore, we must all band together and post what helps our conditions, what decays us further, and why the interactions.

For example, why do some people who take the quinolones have little side-effects, while others are blown away?

Answer: It has to do with two obscure liver enzymes (I have their code numbers if you want them) that metabolize the quinolones and thus minimizes their DNA-Adduct actions.

There are only two labs in the country that can detect these two enzymes in a blood sample (Nichols Institute Division of Quest Diagnostics, and Aurora Labs). If you have high levels of these two enzymes, you fair better and can tolerate the drugs. If your levels are low or non-existing, you hit the floor – “game over.” The drug DNA-Adducts all over the DNA chain causing widespread hits to the body. I had a 71% hit to my DNA; my two liver enzymes were extremely low, and I was hit hard by the drug. I hope this explains better the mechanics behind the quinolones [this was info that was not revealed to the FDA during the approval process for the drug(s)]….

[*A link to the full article is provided at the end of this excerpt for those who want to learn specific details about these liver enzymes and DNA adduct testing.]

In my case, and after a week in the hospital for the 14th time sick as a dog, the hospital sent me home. I could not sleep, and went into my room to watch some TV. On came an ad asking if you have ever had tendon ruptures, etc. I called the phone number the next day – this was three years ago. Talked to a New York lawyer that was putting together the class action suit against J&J. He was surprised that I was still alive. He Fed-Ex’d me all the material and stories on Levaquin. Got the package the next day, and read it.

After reading the material, I went straight to my doctor’s office, walked into his office and told his nurse I wanted to see him, and I would wait all day if I had to. Well, my doctor is an old friend of mine, and he knew the hell I had been going through, just like the rest of you, same stuff. He saw me and took me right into an exam room. I told him, “I think I have been poisoned by Levaquin?” Showed him the documents from the lawyer, and he said to me with his head buried in his hands, “Joe, you are screwed” (I cleaned up the verbiage). He did not know what to do except tell me that he had never used that class of drugs; that just seemed too dangerous. He told me to tell him whatever I wanted him to do for me, and he would.

I came home and called the Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office and asked them if they could run a DNA-Adduct test for me. I knew about the DNA-Adduct test from my old training in toxicology. They told me that they used an FBI-approved and certified Toxicology Lab, and gave me the phone number. I called the lab and the director answered.

Come to find out the director had contacts at the university where I taught, so we had a connection. She told me to fly two vials of blood up to her and she would personally run the analysis. She was aware of this problem with the quinolones, having been a certified clinical lab tech and micro biologist and a forensic biologist/toxicologist. So she did it for me as a favor. She had two other cases of the same nature from two friends of hers, and a family member.

She got the results and contacted a number of her peers to review the findings and advise on the results and prognosis. She contacted some real heavyweights in the field of toxicology, pharmaceutical toxicology, and pharmaceutical research and development, plus numerous med schools and research centers. Nobody could afford a solution to help me.

I wish I could tell you the name of the lab, but she asked me not give it out; they are not equipped to handle such a load with all of their other work they must do. Very sorry about that. But there are other tox labs out there that you can contact; I do not know the cost to perform such an analysis. They will tell you how they want the blood sample, and how to ship it to them, and you can have your doctor pull it. He does not have to order the test, BUT I AM SURE HE/SHE will freak out when you inform them of what you are going to do.”

*Link to Dr. Joseph King’s full article: “Toxicology of The Fluoroquinolones/Quinolones”

Video link: Dr. Joseph King discussing his health issues from a fluoroquinolone in an interview.

Here’s a link to another article of interest: “Fluoroquinolone Trouble Untangled” From May 2018.

It links to a good article on the Nature site but warns: “There’s a disturbing part of the Nature article, though, where some researchers in the field talk about their worries about publishing results that could affect the commercial prospects of widely used drugs. I understand companies wanting to protect themselves against unfounded accusations, and there’s an endless supply of those. This blog allows me a personal look at many of them, and they just keep on coming. But not all reports of trouble with marketed drugs are unfounded – far from it. It’s a black eye for the industry to go after honest researchers reporting their honest results.”

Here is the link to that article from the Nature website dated March 2018. It’s titled “When Antibiotics Turn Toxic.”

Gulf War Syndrome

We’ve heard about so many soldiers who came back from the Gulf War with very strange physical complaints. My husband volunteered for Special Ops in that war, and he told me that he and all other soldiers were given injections monthly. They were told that this would protect them from Anthrax poisoning. The injections were mandatory.

My husband must have high levels of the liver enzymes which protected him from horrific damage to his body from the FQ drugs.

I remember a doctor once telling me that FQ’s were first used as way to prevent Anthrax poisoning. My husband is sure that is what was given to all of the troops by injection.

From New FDA warnings on Cipro may tie into Gulf War illness

During the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, then-Navy corpsman David Ridenhour often browbeat troops in 1st Battalion, 5th Marines to take their medications — the anti-nerve agent pyridostigmine bromide and another pill, new to the market, to prevent anthrax.

Ridenhour took them. And while he doesn’t completely blame his Gulf War illness symptoms on the drugs, he was interested to learn that last summer the Food and Drug Administration toughened its warnings for Ciprofloxacin, or Cipro, saying the potent antibiotic can cause severe and sometimes permanent nerve damage.

Ridenhour has that damage, known as peripheral neuropathy, which manifests as tingling and numbness in his limbs.

“They told us to start taking the Cipro, and I didn’t know what it was for,” he said. “But I clearly remember being told it was to prevent anthrax. Until then, as far as I knew, anthrax was a sheep disease.”

It’s been well-documented that the Defense Department stockpiled 30 million doses of Cipro during the Gulf War, and 150,000 troops received anthrax vaccines to prevent infection. But less well-known is that during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, some troops actually took Cipro in anticipation of an anthrax attack.

According to Marine Corps documents, members of I Marine Expeditionary Force near Jubayl, Shaikh Isa and Bahrain International Airport and elsewhere took Cipro for a week or more as a prophylactic — although it was not approved to prevent or treat anthrax.

That approval from the FDA wouldn’t come for nine more years.

“What gives me nightmares at night is that I feel like I helped poison the guys in my unit,” Ridenhour said in a recent interview with Military Times.

Powerful antibiotics

Cipro and other fluoroquinolones — including Levaquin, Avelox and other medications with “flox” in their names — are powerful antimicrobials used to treat serious bacterial infections.

But along with potency comes a litany of precautions, warnings and side effects — information that service members and their families should consider when they are prescribed these medications, or when they request them to treat routine infections.

In 2008, the FDA added a boxed warning — its most serious alert — to fluoroquinolones, noting they can cause tendonitis and tendon rupture. In 2011, the agency added a second boxed warning, saying the medications can worsen the symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

And while the most recent warning for peripheral neuropathy is not the most severe alert, it is alarming. According to the FDA, nerve damage “may occur soon after these drugs are taken and may become permanent,” and is unrelated to dosage levels.

The warning applies to oral medications as well as those delivered by injection.

“The onset of peripheral neuropathy after starting fluoroquinolone therapy was rapid, often within a few days. In some patients, the symptoms had been ongoing for more than a year despite discontinuation of the fluoroquinolone,” according to the FDA.

In 2011, 23 million patients received prescriptions in the U.S. for Cipro and other fluoroquinolones, including 294,069 prescriptions dispensed at Defense Department facilities. From 2009 to 2012, a total of 1.2 million prescriptions for fluoroquinolones were distributed at military treatment facilities.

‘Guinea pigs’

Cipro has a long history of use in the U.S. military, dating to at least 1989 when it was tested on soldiers in Egypt for travelers’ diarrhea.

It was again widely used in the Persian Gulf War, although the number of those who actually took it is not well-documented. Former troops who wrote Military Times said they took white pills that they later figured out were Cipro when the drug became more widely recognized and distributed.

“I’m one of those Marine combat veteran guinea pigs who took those pills,” one former service member wrote. “I’m 100 percent service-connected [VA disability] because of the toxic soup we were exposed to and those damn pills.”

Biological warfare experts and retired Marine Gen. Walter Boomer, who led I MEF during the Gulf War, said precautions were taken because the threat of an anthrax attack was legitimate.

By September 1990, Iraq had achieved industrial-scale production of anthrax, had stockpiled 30 tons of the medium needed to grow more and had shown no reservations about launching chemical attacks on its own people.

“We viewed [anthrax] with as much seriousness as their potential to use chemical weapons; … I was presented by [U.S. Central Command] with these options that if we were attacked it would prevent an outbreak; so with that information, it was a fairly simple decision,” Boomer said.

Scientists have spent years trying to determine what may have caused 250,000 Gulf War veterans to develop multiple and often debilitating symptoms after the war.

Because symptoms are varied and troops were exposed to a variety of environmental hazards, from oil well fires, pesticides, vaccinations, medications and possibly nerve agents, researchers say it will be difficult to pinpoint a cause.

But Ridenhour thinks the recent FDA warning may explain some of his symptoms. “It clearly says ‘peripheral neuropathy,’ and that’s what I have,” he said.

In 2000, the FDA approved Cipro to prevent inhalation anthrax after possible exposure, the first antibiotic approved as a treatment in the event of a biowarfare attack.

During the 2001 anthrax attacks, thousands of workers at the U.S. Postal Service, the White House, the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere took Cipro. The Department of Health and Human Services requested enough to provide 12 million people with doses for 60 days.

While Cipro and other fluoroquinolones are widely prescribed, their use has leveled off since 2002. Within DoD, prescriptions for fluoroquinolones actually are waning, down 14 percent since 2009, according to Pentagon data. – source

Brethren, even though the former toxicologist used terms (in his full article) that lay people would not ordinarily understand, I think that he did a good job of explaining what FQ’s do to the DNA (every cell) inside the human body.

I know that this is very discouraging news for people who have been harmed by these drugs. But at least we have answers. And we can pray that the Lord would allow doctors and chemists to find something that would stop or at least slow down the damage being done to the DNA.

From Postal Workers Sue Maker of Cipro (article from 2003):

Four U.S. Postal Service workers have sued the maker of an antibiotic they took during the anthrax scare two years ago, saying the drug caused harmful side effects.

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court on Friday alleges that Bayer Corp. failed to disclose data that Cipro could damage nerves and tendons.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, also accuses three New Jersey hospitals of failing to provide warnings, perform exams or offer alternative medications.

Thousands of people who may have been exposed to anthrax spores were encouraged to take Cipro or doxycycline, another antibiotic. Anthrax spores were found in mail or mail processing facilities in the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut.

The anthrax attacks killed five people and sickened 17 nationwide. No arrests have been made.

Representatives from Bayer Corp., the Pittsburgh-based U.S. subsidiary of German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, and the New Jersey hospitals said they were unaware of the lawsuit and had no immediate comment on it.

Last month, after a Philadelphia law firm announced plans for a similar lawsuit, a Bayer spokeswoman said Cipro’s label warns of side effects.

The four New Jersey postal workers suing Bayer worked at the Hamilton postal facility, where at least four anthrax bacteria-laden letters with Trenton postmarks were processed. That building has been closed since 2001.

Mail handler James Sherman said he developed pain in his elbows, knees and groin shortly after taking Cipro.

“I later complained to the hospital,” Sherman told the Star-Ledger of Newark. “But now, I walk like I’m crippled all the time. I never had these aches and pain before.” source

From Cynthia Nuara: I was prescribed Cipro two months ago, and there was no warning on the label. The only warning I had was from a doctor at an urgent care place I went to on the weekend. He said Cipro is best reserved for use when other antibiotics fail, and that in my case it could interfere with another medication I took regularly. I mentioned that I’d heard of a possibility of it causing an Achille’s tendon rupture, but he said that was rare. However, another doctor there called me on the phone when test results came in, and told me to stop the antibiotic I was on and switch to Cipro for three days.

Not only did the Cipro not work, the muscles spasms on one side that I’d suffered nearly three years before came back. I’d ended up in the ER with those; and doctors did not find the cause. Those spasms had subsided since, though the soreness had never gone away. I’d had to be very careful, especially when turning from one side to the other while lying down. But not only did these spasms come back after taking Cipro in August, other symptoms that had begun nearly three years before came back that, until that time, I had not connected with the cause of the spasms. Those symptoms were joint pain, hair thinning, and shortness of breath.

This is when a lightbulb went off in my head, and I decided to check medical records that were in an online chart to see if those symptoms three years ago had begun after I’d been prescribed Cipro. Sure enough, the proof was there. This led me to further research Cipro, and I was floored at what I found.

Those online records only went back to 2015, but I have to wonder if I got hold of all my medical records if I would find out that Cipro or another fluoroquinolone, Levaquin, that I’d been prescribed a number of times in the past had caused chronic fatigue and pain that finally sent me on a quest in 2005. At that time, I was found to have fibromyalgia and complex sleep apnea (obstructive and central sleep apnea).

With obstructive, your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. With central, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep because your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing (definitions from Mayo Clinic).

Having read Dr. King’s and others’ reports about fluoroquinolones causing the brain to fail to send the proper messages to the body of those susceptible, causing weakened muscles, respiratory issues and insomnia – it seems to me that it could be a contributing factor to sleep apnea.

Due to recent worsening sleep apnea, I was sent for a sleep study last week. This time the results were exponentially worse than in 2005 (And just like in 2005, the cpaps/bipaps made my central apnea worse.) Granted, I had gained weight since 2005, but here’s the lowdown on sleep apnea: untreated (as in my case since these breathing machines didn’t help), it contributes to weight gain due to increase of the stress hormone cortisol that it causes your body to produce, etc. See the Johns Hopkins 2017 report, “More Evidence: Untreated Sleep Apnea Shown to Raise Metabolic and Cardiovascular Stress.”

Here is a list of the symptoms I experienced after taking Cipro nearly three years ago:

Painful muscle spasms on my right side; increased back pain; knee pain; shortness of breath with any activity at all; hair thinning; dry eyes; intense itching, and rashes including occasional hives. The only thing that subsided were the spasms and hair thinning.

Here is a list of the symptoms after taking Cipro in August:

Painful muscle spasms in the same place; feeling like my back and hip muscles were weak and that I could collapse; worsening shortness of breath; knee and elbow pain, spasms in my legs; stenosing tenosynovitis (aka trigger finger), increased hair thinning; vision worsening; dry eyes worsening. The right-side muscle spasms have subsided “somewhat.”

Geri and I will continue to research these fluoroquinolones and case studies of those who’ve been affected.


First, here are some other articles that may be of interest to you:

Dr. Joseph King pictured here with photo and links to some articles.

Daily Beast: Floxed: Why Are Doctors Still Prescribing These Dangerous Antibiotics? (Sept 2019)

New York Times: Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects (Sept 2012)

Good Rx: Why Doctors Are Rethinking Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics (Jan 2019)

Wikipedia: “Ciprofloxacin”

There are also support groups on Facebook for those who’ve been affected by fluoroquinolones. May God help all who have been severely affected by these antibiotic atomic bombs that doctors have prescribed “freely,” even as a first choice to treat infections that could have been treated by less strong antibiotics, even after increasingly strong “black-box warnings” began to be issued to them since 2008 regarding the potential dangers of these drugs. (The FDA began requiring the first black box warning for fluoroquinolones after the public interest group, Public Citizen, pressured them.) Sadly, those warnings weren’t given to patients.

Fluoroquinolones should be reserved for infections that have become life-threatening due to no other antibiotic successfully treating the infection – in other words, when the benefit could potentially outweigh the risk.

Unfortunately, investigating medications that have already been on the market for years isn’t a priority for research agencies such as the US National Institutes of Health, and drug manufacturers aren’t trying to find alternatives to treat resistant infections. Why? M-O-N-E-Y. It doesn’t pay them to do so.

So, what can we do? Speak up. Spread the word about the potential dangers of taking fluoroquinolones, hold manufacturers accountable, and make sure doctors stop “killing flies with machine guns.”