I’ve been hearing about the need to curb antibiotic resistance for decades. From my naturopathic training, I always knew that antibiotics could kill all the bacteria in the gut enhancing yeast overgrowth and they seem to be causing more and more side effects.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic-resistant infections are associated with 23,000 deaths, 2 million illnesses and billions in health care costs in the U.S. every year.
A March 2015 public health initiative US Charting New Path to Combat Growing Antibiotic Resistance: New Action Plan Coordinates Response using ONE BILLION dollars of taxpayers money has five main goals:
1. Preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance
2. Strengthening surveillance efforts
3. Advancing diagnostic testing
4. Accelerating the development of new antibiotics
5. Improving global collaboration.
Did you notice that number four is DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ANTIBIOTICS! Didn’t they just say that antibiotics aren’t working – if so, why do we need more of them? Why keep flogging a dead horse and using the same strategies that have failed us for years? What they don’t say is that the solutions have to be patented drugs to keep the trillion-dollar drug industry happy and employing people in the US. Yes, folks, the global pharmaceutical industry is worth one-trillion dollars.
When antibiotic resistance became the byword for new drug development, the fluoroquinolone class of drugs made their entrance onto the market with lots of hype about their ability to beat drug resistance. By 1997, the fluoroquinolones had worldwide sales of $3.04 billion.
Fluoro stands for fluoride. This toxic element binds magnesium making it unavailable and ineffective. Magnesium fluoride, MgF2, called sellaite is insoluble and brittle. It replaces magnesium in bone and cartilage, making bone prone to fracture. My question is: Does the fluoride in fluoroquinolones (of which there are over 30) cause sufficient magnesium deficiency to fracture bones and rupture tendons? Some of these antibiotics are even contraindicated in athletes – perhaps because they tend to be magnesium deficient and may be more susceptible to fluoroquinolone side effects.
Twenty percent of all drugs (not just fluoroquinolones) have added fluoride molecules to make them stronger. However fluoride drugs are the majority of commonly used drugs. Prozac, Paxil, Lipitor, Prevacid, Diflucan, Celebrex, Flecainide, Flonase, Advair to name a few. Why is fluoride used? Fluoride increases the drug’s ability to dissolve in fats and cross cell membranes, which means quicker access to cells and access to the brain, higher blood levels and longer half life.
According to the Mayo Clinic, 70% of Americans take prescription medication, which means that potentially, many people take fluoride drugs. These drugs tend to cause cardiovascular side effects and I think it’s because they cause magnesium deficiency. Ironically, magnesium deficiency symptoms (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation) are often treated with fluoridated drugs, which makes the deficiency even worse! Go to the Fluoride Toxicity Research Collaborative for a complete list of fluoride drugs.
With allopathetic medicine only looking for drug solutions to antibiotic resistance, they will ignore natural medicine recommendations such as: Sovereign Silver, Prescript Assist, Vitamin C, Golden seal, Cranberry juice etc. You can research alternatives to drugs in my Future Health Now Encyclopedia. Of course, the best course of action is to stay healthy so that you won’t need drugs. Many very ill people take my Total Body ReSet formulas and get well. I’d like to see more people taking them to stay well to lessen the chance of ever needing medical intervention.
CAVEAT: Of course there are times when you need an antibiotic and they are there for those times. On the first rotation of my Internship in the ER I was working with strep throat and refused to call in sick. The nurses were so alarmed they asked one of the attending physicians to give me a prescription and send me home. The antibiotic worked beautifully. Infected diverticulitis, abscesses, Lyme disease, endocarditis – these and many more conditions may require daily life-saving antibiotics. However, if you have to take one or more courses of antibiotics, be sure and balance your intestinal flora with a good probiotic. My choice is Prescript Assist. This article is to warn people to research antibiotics; try and avoid fluoroquinolones; look for alternatives, and take your probiotics.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
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