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Superbugs: Immune Protection to Antibiotic-Resistant Infection

"Superbugs such as Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP are resistant to almost all available antimicrobial agents," according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Infections with CRKP have been associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, particularly among persons with prolonged hospitalization and those who are critically ill and exposed to invasive devices such as ventilators or central venous catheters." 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." In a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Dr.Tim Walsh at Cardiff University's team investigated cases of multi-drug resistant Enterobactericeae infections - which include E.Coli and Salmonella. The spread of a drug-resistant bacterial gene could herald the end of antibiotics, researchers warned us. Learn how to minimize your exposure to debilitating and often life-threatening microbes by taking practical, preventive measures to strengthen the immune system and accelerate immune response.

Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae

Antibiotic resistance
 in infectious diseasesApril 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.

Penicillin 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

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and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising sharply. 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

Revenge of the MicrobesThe 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.

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Antibiotics and Bacterial Resistance to them 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.

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Homeopathy and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Homeopathy and Epidemic diseases 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.

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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.)

Gastro Intestinal HealthThe 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 gut-associated 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 death.

Substances that are toxic to our bodies come at us from all directions: the air we breathe, the food Tea Cup of Herbwe 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

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Man getting flu shopt Cup of Hearbal Tea 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, Reference guidebook on the MORINGA plantonce 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...

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