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Antibiotic Resistance in the ICU

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
The emergence of superbugs is now a serious issue. Using antibiotics in ICU to prevent or control infection is understandable, but it has consequences. It is important to hold back on their usage until certain there is an infection.            

Antibiotics and the GI Tract

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
This is an extensive review of what antibiotics do to the microflora of the GI tract. Many MDs overuse antibiotics "just to be sure" that a bacteria may be causing symptoms; this is very dangerous thinking. It is common knowledge that antibiotics are massively overused in treating colds, flus, ear infections, etc. Yeast syndromes, leaky gut syndrome,...

Antibiotics and Their Dangers

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
Antibiotics are massively overused in medical practice. Their side effects are far more profound than most MDs recognize. We review some of these complications, especially in modifying the microbial ecosystem in the gut.            

Blue Light Treats MRSA Infections

submitted by: admin on 01/09/2014
An article published in November of 2013 in the journal, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, documented that using blue light therapy at both 405 and 470 nm was effective in vivo to treat skin infections in rats infected with MRSA.  More than two billion people now carry some strain of staphlococcus aureus, and 53 million now carry MRSA (methicillin...

C. Difficile: How to Treat it

submitted by: admin on 03/15/2017
A natural defense mechanism used by cells in the gut neutralizes toxins generated by the C. Diff microorganism. The toxin produced requires multiple stages to become activated and this can be blocked by stopping this effect. Cysteine protease is the enzyme that can do this and researchers are hoping to discover how to stop this process in clinical practice. Despite...

Can Antibiotics Cause Weight Gain in Infants?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Treating infants with antibiotics may predispose them to being overweight later in childhood according to an article published in August 2012 in the International Journal of Obesity. When treated in the first 5 months of life, the risk among 10,000 infants of being overweight was 22% higher than those not treated with antibiotics. The type of microbes...

Colds and Flu

submitted by: admin on 06/14/2024
Colds and influenza are different. Both are viral and are not helped by antibiotics but they are still often prescribed. Immunizations are controversial

D-Mannose For Urinary Tract Infections

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Chronic use of antibiotics may help with chronic urinary tract infections, but they also effect the microflora in the GI tract. E. Coli cause 80% of all urinary tract infections. When E. Coli sticks to the lining of the urinary tract it causes inflammation of the urinary tissues. A simple sugar that the body cannot metabolize coats E. Coli and prevents them from...

Fever Reducing Medications Increase Mortality From Influenza

submitted by: admin on 10/22/2018
A study from McMaster University published in the March issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed that fever-reducing drugs that include aspirin, Tylenol, and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, could lead to thousands of more cases of influenza and more deaths because of it. They pointed out that ill people may give off more virus when fever is reduced....

Garlic Superior to Antibiotics for Common Food-borne Illnesses

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  A compound in garlic, diallyl disulfide, according to an article in the May issue of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, is more than 100 times more potent than Cipro or erythromycin in food borne illnesses caused by campylobacter, pathogenic E. coli, and listeria infections. There are far more complication from pharmaceutical drugs than from...

Gut Microbes Control Allergic Disorders

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  An article in Nature Medicine in March of 2012 showed that changes in the commensal microbes in the gut or antibiotic treatment predispose people to systemic allergic diseases. The role of the basophil white blood cell in this process was found to be related to heightened allergic responses in the lung and to elevated levels of IgE antibodies. We...

H. Pylori DNA Reduces Inflammation from Colitis

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  DNA from H. pylori minimizes the effects of colitis in mice with regard to weight loss, GI bleeding, and stool consistency. More than 50% of the world has significant amounts of this microbe in their intestinal tracts. The bug in some settings could be good for us! Radical treatment with triple therapy that includes several antibiotics, acid blockers,...

H. Pylori Protects Against Intestinal Infections

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
People who have the ulcer-inducing microbe, H. pylori, may be protected against intestinal infections. While 50% of us harbor this microbe, only a few of us develop problems from it. It has also been shown to protect against the development of asthma. A study published in the December 2011 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases reported that soldiers infected...

H. Pylori: Good or Bad?

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Infection with H pylori provides reliable protection against allergy-induced asthma by impairing the production of dendritic cells and triggering the accumulation of regulatory T-cells. Researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that the dramatic increase in allergic diseases in industrialized countries is linked to the rapid disappearance...

Heart Murmurs and Antibiotic Prophylaxis

submitted by: admin on 06/14/2024
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How Antibiotics Can Make Your Kids Fat

submitted by: admin on 12/17/2014
We already know that children who are exposed to antibiotics at an early age may be associated with obesity in their early years. However, this study is the first to show that offspring of pregnant mothers who take antibiotics during the second or third trimester have an 86% increased risk of becoming obese by age 7 compared to those mothers not taking antibiotics....

How Do You Know if the Treatment Your Doctor Prescribes is Good for You?

submitted by: admin on 03/05/2015
How Do You Know if the Treatment Your Doctor Prescribes is Good for You? According to an article published in the NY Times on February 2, 2015, far fewer people benefit from medical treatment than we're led to believe from our doctors, advertisements such as direct to consumer TV ads, ads in medical journals, and even in medical journal articles, and...

New Research to Curb C. Diff

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a vicious bacterial infection in the intestinal tract that causes a bloody diarrhea caused by the overgrowth of C. diff. It is usually caused by treatment with oral antibiotics and kills 14,000 Americans every year. Ironically mainstream medicine has elected to treat this condition with very powerful antibiotics and...

Overtreatment of Sinus Infections with Antibiotics

submitted by: admin on 06/14/2024
Sinus infections are overtreated with antibiotics. Only about 3% of sinus infections are bacterial�the rest are viral. Antibiotics don't work in viral infections, but they are still too often prescribed.

Preview: Antibiotics and the GI Tract

submitted by: admin on 06/14/2024
This is an extensive review of what antibiotics do to the microflora of the GI tract. Many MDs overuse antibiotics "just to be sure" that a bacteria may be causing symptoms; this is very dangerous thinking. It is common knowledge that antibiotics are massively overused in treating colds, flus, ear infections, etc. Yeast syndromes, leaky gut syndrome,...

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