Don’t Make More Antibiotics! - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Don’t Make More Antibiotics!

June 17, 2014

At a time when “Doctors Urge Quick Action on Bill to Develop New Antibiotics” I get emails every day from people desperate to overcome toxicity from antibiotics like Cipro. Fluoroquinolones, including Cipro, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages.

A Medscape article reports that “Several major medical societies are telling Congress to act quickly on a bill that would spur the creation of new antibiotics in the face of antibiotic resistance.” That’s right, antibiotics aren’t working so let’s make more of them. Lord Suffering Cats, instead of looking at the many natural options for keeping the body healthy, doctors are still looking for the eternally elusive magic bullet.

I’ve been writing about Cipro antibiotics for a while now, commenting that they deplete magnesium and that intensive magnesium therapy can help treat the side effects. However I got even more information from a Chemist who developed Cipro toxicity.

He said he developed symptoms of very tight muscles and cramping immediately after taking a course of Cipro (six 500mg doses). He was surprised because he had taken Cipro three times before without obvious ill effects. So, he reasoned that the drug has a cumulative effect.

The Chemist said that “It is clear from the chemical structure of fluoroquinolone antibiotics that they chelate ions like magnesium and I suspect that they allow cell (and mitochondrial) membranes to “leak” magnesium (out) and calcium (in), leading to an intracellular magnesium deficiency that, without replenishment, persists until the next assault by the antibiotic. Eventually the deficiency reaches crisis levels.” The fluoride molecule added to the fluoroquinolones to make the drug more fat soluble allows it to enter through the fatty cell membranes and cause more damage.

He continued “Once inside cells the drug could wreak havoc, disrupting the many enzymatic process that require magnesium as a cofactor. These include glutathione (antioxidant) synthesis, signaling pathways that require ATP hydrolysis and basic mitochondrial functions such as oxidative phosphorylation. Even worse, the drugs could leave the cell bound up to magnesium reducing the intracellular magnesium concentration in an irreversible way.” Personally, I don’t think the magnesium deficiency is irreversible. I’ve seen so many people improve dramatically when they take picometer-sized magnesium (ReMag) that is able to be fully absorbed at the cellular level and reverse the cellular deficiency.

Fluoroquinolones target joints and bones, so I have always wondered if the fluoride molecules in these drugs could bind to magnesium as MgF2 causing this brittle substance to deposit around joints and tendons. My Chemist friend suspects that fluoride is tightly bound to the carbon in the drug but then we both lamented the fact that there is so little research on drug side effects that we didn’t know for sure what is really going on. Drug side effects are continually swept under the rug because doctors don’t want to admit that they are harming their patients.

What is the bottom line?
Don’t be so eager to take medications and research alternatives.

Fortunately you don’t have to look far. Here is what have I have found in the 4 decades I’ve been researching health matters. I hear so many amazing testimonials on my radio show from people following the advise below that I can say that anyone and everyone can benefit.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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