What follows is a story woven by three recent articles showing the continuing decline in American medicine and health care.
In a July, 2013 article in Science News, titled “New Insights Into How Antibiotics Damage Human Cells Suggest Novel Strategies for Making Long-Term Antibiotic Use Safer”, researchers admit that therapeutic levels of antibiotics can cause oxidative stress that can damage DNA, enzyme systems, proteins and cell membranes in human cells. But they say the good news is that these effects can be alleviated by antioxidants.
The study tested three antibiotics ciprofloxacin, ampicillin, kanamycin that are known to cause oxidative stress in human cells. The safe zone for these drugs lasted for only six hours and by day four, human cell mitochrondria are malfunctioning.
Mitochondria are “cellular power plants” generating most of the body’s energy called ATP. The mitochondria also take part in cell signaling, cell differentiation, cell death and control the cell cycle and cell growth. Longer than 4 days and levels of the body’s own antioxidant, glutathione, begins to decline.
The researchers say there are two solutions. One is to go back to bacteriostatic antibiotics that stop bacteria from replicating but don’t kill them (and in the process kill human cells). The second solution is to use antioxidants to help undo the damage that bactericidal antibiotics cause. Magnesium, selenium, vitamins A, C, and E are the major supplemental antioxidants. Never is there any talk of using alternatives to antibiotics such as you will find in my Future Health Now Encyclopedia.
Magnesium is my top choice as antioxidant and when you consider the facts, antibiotics cause magnesium depletion. Magnesium is a necessary factor in ATP production; of the 10 enzymatic steps involved in making ATP, magnesium is required for 6 of them. Magnesium is required for the production of glutathione. Also, drugs deplete magnesium; Cipro is the worst offender of the three named in this study because it contains fluoride molecules which irreversibly bind magnesium making it unavailable in the body
But here’s the kicker on the supplement front. This story made headlines in Forbes magazine on October 18, 2013: “Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia Bans Dietary Supplements From Its Pharmacy.” Right when supplements are being acknowledged as being lifelines to people on antibiotics, hospitals are removing supplements from their formularies.
Some of you may know, this is exactly what Codex Alimentarius was designed to do. I wrote about it in 2005 in an article called “Kiss Your Vitamins Goodbye” and in my Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions book. Dietary supplements are being regulated world wide to make sure they do not reach therapeutic levels that could interfere with drug therapy. But instead of drug companies saying they don’t want supplements to compete with their toxic drugs, supplements are being labeled dangerous and should be banned! But, I guarantee you will see these supplements return soon enough when drug companies figure out how to patent them, make them prescription items and charge exorbitant fees for them.
Add to this overwhelming travesty the recent LA Times report that “Science Has Lost Its Way, Costing All Of Us.” The LA Times reports that most scientific research is false. A few years ago, scientists at the biotech firm Amgen analyzed the results of 53 landmark papers in cancer research and blood biology that Amgen was investing in. Of the 53 landmark papers evaluated, only six papers, or 11 percent, proved valid.
What is the take-home message here? Medicine and drug companies are in the business of making a profit, not health, leaving you responsible for your own health and your own health care. My aim is to Educate Not Medicate.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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