I love this title “Thinking of a Fluoroquinolone? Think Again”. It’s a Medscape Commentary that warns people about taking this very dangerous drug. It’s written by a medical officer with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC.
Look at the statistics: “Fluoroquinolones are the third most commonly prescribed outpatient antibiotic class in the United States in adults, with an estimated 115 prescriptions per 1000 persons annually.” This is in spite of a 2016 black box warning by the FDA. The warning read that there are “serious and disabling adverse events associated with systemic fluoroquinolone use, including damage to tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and the central nervous system.”
In the commentary the writer says that “A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases reports that fluoroquinolones are commonly prescribed for conditions when antibiotics are not needed at all, or when fluoroquinolones are not the recommended first-line therapy.”
Not only do you have a black box drug but it’s being overprescribed. So, what’s the point of a black box warning! How many times have we heard a customer say they were prescribed Cipro for a cold or a bladder infection, yet “Fluoroquinolones are not recommended for such conditions as uncomplicated urinary tract infections and respiratory conditions, including viral upper respiratory tract infections, acute sinusitis, and acute bronchitis.”
So, what’s the answer? As another Medscape article puts it “Multidrug-Resistant Infections: What’s on the Horizon?” Modern medicine’s answer to antibiotics that don’t work or that are harmful is to sink a ton of money into bacteriophage therapy. What’s a bacteriophage you ask? It’s a virus that parasitizes a bacterium by infecting it and reproducing inside it. It’s a completely unwieldy, parasitic virus over which we will have no control once it’s inside our body. Well that makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? NOT!
The authors admit that there is a “paucity of data demonstrating clinical effectiveness in large-scale studies.” Right, probably because bacteriophage therapy doesn’t work. In one experimental case “It was concluded that the patient’s death was not necessarily a result of phage failure; potential considerations included intravenous administration rather than local phage therapy, baseline critical illness with poor chance of recovery, and perhaps inadequate serum bacteriophage levels.” And the spin cycle begins for the next round of drugs that don’t work.
In the meantime I’m working with a stabilized ionic silver product that boosts the immune system, encourages tissue regeneration, and exhibits anti-aging properties. But of course we aren’t allowed to say what it can do for infections – that would make it a drug and require billion dollar studies. You can find out for yourself with your own experiments!
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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