Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae
1, 2011 - The CDC and LA Times reports a "Superbug" that kills 40% of the people
it comes in contact with has hit 35 US States and is now being spread through
California medical facilities. A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has spread
to patients in Southern California, according to a study by Los Angeles County
public health officials.
More than 350 cases of the Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella
pneumoniae, or CRKP, have been reported at health care facilities in Los Angeles
County, mostly among elderly patients at skilled-nursing and long-term care
facilities, according to a study by Dr. Dawn Terasheta, an epidemiologist with
the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Is the Age of the Miracle Drug Over?
The period once euphemistically called the Age of the Miracle Drug is now
dead. And the indiscriminate use of antibiotics is leading us to one of the
most frightening eras in recent memory. That is, the return of infectious diseases
for which there is no effective treatment. Two decades following the introduction
of antibiotics, the medical community began to see a disturbing trend. Bacterial
infections that were once treatable no longer responded to antibiotics.
is effective today against only 10 percent of the strains of Staphylococcus
aureus that it used to eradicate easily. Those that did respond often required
five to ten times the dose of the drug that previously was effective. One example
of this is the resistant strains of gonorrhea that developed as a result of
the antibiotics that were used to treat it. have seen children who for
years, suffer one common cold after another, due to
compromised immune systems fundamentally brought about by a course or two
of antibiotics without supplementing the lactobacteria killed off by the antibiotics.
In this instance, it is important to replenish the friendly bacteria as soon
as possible in order to maintain good health.
Superbug Gene, Could Spread Worldwide, Doctors Warn
Antibiotic resistance is a type of drug resistance where a microorganism is able to survive
exposure to an antibiotic. Genes can be transferred between bacteria in a horizontal
fashion by conjugation, transduction, or transformation. Thus a gene for antibiotic
resistance which had evolved via natural selection may be shared. Evolutionary
stress such as exposure to antibiotics then selects for the antibiotic resistant
trait. Many antibiotic resistance genes reside on plasmids, facilitating their
transfer. If a bacterium carries several resistance genes, it is called multi-resistant
or, informally, a superbug or super bacterium.
The primary cause of antibiotic resistance is genetic mutation in bacteria.
The prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a result of antibiotic use
both within medicine and veterinary medicine. The greater the duration of exposure
the greater the risk of the development of resistance irrespective of the severity
of the need for antibiotics. As resistance becomes more common there becomes
a greater need for alternative treatments. However despite a push for new antibiotic
therapies there has been a continued decline in the number of newly approved
drugs. Antibiotic resistance therefore poses a significant problem.
Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem, and one that the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention calls "one of the world's most pressing public
health problems." Bacteria that were once highly responsive to antibiotics have
become increasingly resistant. Among those that are becoming harder to treat
are pneumococcal infections (which cause pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections,
and meningitis), skin infections, and tuberculosis. Certain antibiotic classes
are highly associated with colonization with superbugs compared to other antibiotic
classes. The risk for colonization increases if there is a lack of sensitivity
(resistance) of the superbugs to the antibiotic used and high tissue penetration
as well as broad spectrum activity against "good bacteria"
On The Brink Of A Genetically Engineered Disaster
Monsanto dumped their genetically engineered versions of four newly-created
species of bacteria into European sewer systems. What arrogance. What a complete
disregard for human kind. They gave birth to and then released their monster
onto this world. First Europe. Now, America. A newly-published study confirms
the European beginning of America's growing MRSA epidemic. The Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) has published the shocking results of an investigation suggesting
that the MRSA infections now sickening and killing Americans began in Europe.
"Americans are walking along the cutting edge blade of an environmental apocalypse.
Previously unreleased FDA insider investigations revealed that Monsanto dumped
their GMO mistake into sewer systems. That 'sludge' may very well have contained
the untreatable version of Staphylococcus which is now killing Americans."
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The widespread use of antibiotics plays significant role in the emergence of resistant bacteria
widespread use of antibiotics both inside and outside of medicine is playing
a significant role in the emergence of resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are often
used in rearing animals for food and this use among others leads to the creation
of resistant strains of bacteria. In some countries antibiotics are sold over
the counter without a prescription which also leads to the creation of resistant
strains. In supposedly well-regulated human medicine the major problem of the
emergence of resistant bacteria is due to misuse and overuse of antibiotics
by doctors as well as patients.
Other practices contributing towards resistance
include the addition of antibiotics to the feed of livestock. Household use
of antibacterials in soaps and other products, although not clearly contributing
to resistance, is also discouraged (as not being effective at infection control).
Also unsound practices in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry can contribute
towards the likelihood of creating antibiotic resistant strains.
After 40 years of pushing antibiotics for any ailment, physicians are now
confronting bacteria that have built defenses against those same drugs. Some
infectious bacteria that were once treatable are stronger and often deadly.
The reappearance of highly infectious bacteria is caused in part by the overuse
and frequent misuse of antibiotics, but the resilience
of bacteria also stems from the ingenious biochemistry of the microorganisms
themselves. To survive, microorganisms and fungi mutate into resistant strains.
But carbapenem-resistant genes have been spreading elsewhere. The 2009 case
of a woman in Sweden with a carbapenem-resistant infection picked up in India
prompted the UK's Health Protection Agency to issue a National Resistance Alert
at the beginning of last year. In it, the HPA warned of a slow international
accumulation of bacteria armed with the resistant gene, listing spreads of infection
in the USA, Israel, Greece and Turkey.
The Danger of Antibiotic Overuse
The data may be new, but the issue has become a perennial one: the overuse
of antibiotics. Earlier this week, the University of Nebraska reported the results
of two national surveys on the issue. These polls have estimated that between
approximately 70 to 80 percent of physician visits for sinus infections resulted
in a prescription for antibiotics. The problem lies in the fact that these medications
are designed only to attack bacteria, not viruses. Yet, it is viruses which
cause the overwhelming majority of sinus infections (often referred to as a
"cold" or "the flu"). So, what is the harm? The answer is a phenomenon known
as bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
Resistance occurs because there are millions of “healthy” bacteria which live
symbiotically within us. These bacteria help us to live normally, and we allow
them the same in return. When the occasional unhealthy strain arises and causes
disease, we can knock that strain out with antibiotics. Unfortunately, testing
for unhealthy strains of bacteria can take days to weeks. Hence, the concept
of a “magic bullet” is exceptionally attractive in acute illness,
both to patient and caregiver alike.
But if we take antibiotics when unhealthy
bacteria are not causing trouble, we only hurt the healthy bacteria in our bodies.
Naturally, our healthy bacteria begin to fight back, and they find ways to avoid
succumbing to antibiotics. It is only a matter of time before these antibiotic
resistant, healthy bacteria become antibiotic resistant unhealthy bacteria.
The result is a disease-causing bug that can be treated with few or no available
medications. Such drug-resistant strains represent a potent danger, both to
self and to others: and especially to those whose immune systems are most vulnerable.
Homeopathy and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Homeopathy is a system of medicine used by tens of millions of people around the world that is based on a law of
nature first discovered by Hippocrates and others.? That law states that substances
capable of producing symptoms of disease can cure those symptoms in a sick person?
In the US, the medicines used in homeopathy are produced in pharmacies under
strict FDA guidelines. They are non-toxic, gentle, inexpensive – and effective.
There are hundreds of high quality, peer reviewed pre-clinical and clinical
studies published in journals like Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Lancet, CHEST,
and others showing that homeopathy works for patients with a range of ailments.
What’s more, reliable medical records from the 19th and 20th centuries
recorded during deadly bacterial and viral epidemics of influenza, pneumonia,
cholera, diphtheria, yellow fever, dengue fever, scarlet fever, typhoid, malaria
and other infectious diseases repeatedly show that homeopathy is an effective
system for treating patients with virulent infectious conditions. Epidemiological
evidence from those epidemics reveal mortality rates in patients treated with
homeopathy that were a small fraction of those seen in untreated as well as
conventionally treated patients.
Homeopathic medicine developed significant popularity in the nineteenth century
in the United States and Europe as a result of its successes treating the infectious
disease epidemics during that era. Homeopathic medicine is a medical system
that is specifically oriented to using nanopharmacologic and ultramolecular
doses of medicines to strengthen a person's immune and defense system rather
than directly attacking the microbial agents.
The U.S. Congress was urged in testimony before the House Government Reform
Committee, Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chairman, full committee hearing, November 14,
2001, to consider the use of homeopathic medicines for both viral and bacterial
illnesses associated with bioterrorism. In testimony from Wayne B. Jonas, MD,
former director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the U.S. National Institutes
of Health and current director, Samueli Institute for Information Biology, Alexandria,
Virginia, and associate professor, department of family medicine, Uniformed
Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine,
the panel learned that Homeopathic medicines have a 200-year history of safe
and successful use in epidemic disease of both viral and bacterial origin; Homeopathic
drugs are recognized by the FDA; Homeopathic medicines are generally inexpensive
and widely available in the United States. In addition to their use against
infectious disease, homeopathic medicines are being commonly used for stress
related symptoms following trauma.
The Role of Intestines in Immunology
The danger model: a renewed sense of self" is a landmark article published
in the J. Science 2002;296:301. It reminds us of the work of Dr. Metnikoff,
who won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1908 by demonstrating the ancient principle
that most of our immune system is in the intestines. This concept is being resurrected
by mainstream researchers. ("Mucosal Immuniry:its role in defense and allergy,"
J. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology 2002;128:77.)
intestinal lining becomes porous when it is inflamed, oxidized, toxic, and lacking
in energy. 'This is called " leaky gut. " This allows for "translocation" of toxins and noxious organisms from
the intestines to the rest of our body. One of the many problems that result
is a priming of the "systemic immune system" to attack molecules and tissues
it should not be attacking. This means that the immune system you are more familiar
with (white cells, antibodies, immunoglobulins, etc.) is overwhelmed, and confused.
This is the main reason why we develop "autoimmune" problems, such as arthritis,
lupus, thyroiditis, etc.
The immune system in the intestines and in the rest of the body are composed
of "glycoproteins." This
means that its components are proteins that need the correct sugars to attach
to them in order to be structured, and function the correct way. This is one
of the reasons why refined sugars depress our immune system. One can of Coke
impairs white cell function by more than half, for over three hours. Marine
phytoplankton provides the right sugars, thus healing these glycoproteins to
improve their ability to fight noxious organisms, and toxins. "Immunotoxicology"
is the science that tells us that toxins in the environment compromise our immune
system. By improving our detoxification pathways throughout our body, FrequenSea
also improves the immune system.
Dr. Joseph Rodrigo M.D - "Almost all diseases begin in the digestive
track. This includes diabetes, asthma, cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease,
memory loss, fibromyalgia, MS, and too many to even list here. If you
are seeking health, and you have not found the answers to your recovery and
healing, start here. Your intestinal track is the origin of disease, and
it is also the origin of your healing. I cannot emphasize enough how important
the cleansing of your digestive system is, to your health."
Dr. H. H. Boeker believed that over 90 percent of diseases are caused or
complicated by toxins created in the intestinal tract by unhealthy foods
that are not properly eliminated." Autointoxication occurs when, due to poor
elimination, certain toxins escape from the bowel into the blood stream and
poison the body, causing a silent form of self-poisoning. Sixty to 80 percent
of the lymphatic system is in your small intestine. Called the
lymphoid tissue (GALT),
it is almost synonymous with the term immune system. The gigantic task of your
GALT is to discriminate between nutritious components and possible antigens
passing through your bowel.
Autointoxication or "self-poisoning"
from the bowel was a recognized cause
of disease in the early 1900s. Dr. H. H. Boeker stated in 1928, "It is now universally
conceded that autointoxication is the underlying cause of an exceptionally large
group of symptom complexes." Recent research seems to support these earlier
conclusions about intestinal toxemia. Virtually every state of health is affected
by the GI tract. In addition to processing nutrients as the
principal pathway of the digestive system, the gastrointestinal tract
(GI tract.) is a prominent part of the immune system
, providing various levels of defense against pathogenic microorganisms and
potentially toxic substances throughout the path of digestion. If these
waste products are not regularly eliminated, they begin to poison the body and
blood. Unchecked, this autointoxication may ultimately lead to disease and even
Substances that are toxic to our bodies come at us from all directions: the
air we breathe, the food
eat, the water we drink, the cleaning products we use, and the metabolic waste
produced inside us. Toxins build up in the body faster than they can be removed,
contributing to premature aging and chronic and degenerative diseases.
Dr. Miller's Detox Tea - formulated by Dr. Bill Miller Ph.D. -
is a unique herbal blend of safe, all-natural ingredients designed to
gently cleanse the digestive tract and detoxify the body
H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Warning
According to a recent Fox News poll, the majority of people in the US now
believe the swine flu vaccine may be deadlier than the actual virus. Research
published in the August 25, 2009 issue of the British Medical Journal
reveals that more than half of doctors and nurses in public hospitals would
also refuse the H1N1 vaccine, due to concerns about side effects and doubts
about its efficacy.
The FDA has been reviewing reports of abnormal behavior and other brain effects
in more than 1,800 children who had taken the flu medicine
Tamiflu. The symptoms have included convulsions,
delirium or delusions, and in Japan, five deaths have been reported in children
under 16 as a result of neurological or psychiatric problems.There have also
been nine deaths among older teens and adults, attributed to neuropsychiatric
problems or brain infections. According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading
immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers
in peer review journals), if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots
between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's
Disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots.
The Pandemic Response Project
The Pandemic Response Project (PReP) is a volunteer organization founded
by Vaccine Rights Attorney Alan Phillips, J.D. Presently, most states can mandate
vaccines without exemptions during a declared emergency, and quarantine non-vaccinated
residents in government facilities against their will. PReP's primary goal is
to reform emergency health laws to allow citizens to say "NO!" to these and
other mandatory emergency procedures and protocols. The primary motivation for
this agenda is the profoundly mismanaged 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic that enriched
vaccine manufacturers with wasted public funds and caused unnecessary death
and disability to vaccine recipients world-wide.
In December of 2001 (in the wake of 9/11), the CDC began aggressively promoting
the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA), which proposed sweeping,
overreaching state authority during declared emergencies. In the years that
have followed, most states have enacted parts of this Model Act, giving states
new authority that more severely restricts citizens' rights and choices during
declared emergencies in areas including forced vaccination and quarantine.
Since the primary authority for state residents is state law, PReP's primary focus
is the reform of emergency health laws at the state level. A secondary focus
concerns supporting changes in emergency health laws at the federal level, and
supporting state initiatives aimed at expanding freedom of choice for routine immunizations.
Ingredient triclosan may be harmful to humansAntibacterial soap
Triclosan, widely used as an antibacterial ingredient in household hand sterilization
products, breaks down rapidly when exposed to chlorinated water and produces
toxic chemicals including chloroform, according to a study published on the
Environmental Science & Technology research website, suggesting that
many antibacterial products may not only be ineffective, but harmful.
Moringa Olifera (Malunggay)
Moringa's use as an antibiotic in traditional medicine dates back thousands
of years, while scientific evidence of it has been in existence since the late
1940’s. These studies were conducted largely in the orient, which is why
Western medicine and the pharmaceutical industry have largely remained ignorant
of it. Indian scientists have identified Pterygospermin as the active compound
in moringa that causes its antibacterial action. Pterygospermin,
consumed, breaks down into two separate benzyl isothiocyanate, a substance with
known antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown that moringa leaf juice can
be particularly effective against the Pseudononas aeruginosa bacterium, which
can cause diseases in both animals and humans.
This bacterium usually infects people with damaged exposed tissues or a weakened
immune system, oftentimes manifesting itself through inflammation. In severe
cases, the bacteria can take hold in the major organs such as the lungs, kidneys,
or the urinary tract, with potentially fatal consequences. Staphylococcus aureus,
a bacterium more commonly known as the cause of staph infections, which usually
manifest as a skin infection. It was found that moringa was just as effective
as the commercial antibiotic Neomycin in getting rid of the infection.
Moringa (Malunggay) health and nutritional benefits
has been documented in a number of medical and scientific literatures and is
being used world-wide for the prevention and treatment of diseases and to combat
malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Moringa preparations
have been cited in the scientific literature as having antibiotic, antitrypanosomal,
hypotensive, antispasmodic, antiulcer, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic,
and hypoglycemic activities, as well as having considerable efficacy in water
purification. . more...