Fluoroquinolones and Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy, this is an often devastatingcondition in which people develop pain and numbness in their hands and feet. Basicallythey're told on the evening news that they should be taking this or that medication sothat they can get through life. That's treating the smoke and ignoring thefire. Those medicines that you're seeing advertised don't treat the neuropathy, they only treatthe symptoms. But what's causing peripheral neuropathy? Well we know that in America,one of the biggest causes of peripheral neuropathy is being diabetic, which is clearly relatedto the foods that you eat by and large. Becoming a type 2 diabetic dramatically increases yourrisk for having peripheral neuropathy and
in fact being devastated by it. This is adisease that effects 1 in 15 Americans. Let's take a look. So again this is 1 in 15 Americansâ€”thisis 20 million Americans afflicted by this disease, that aside from diabetes, we're toldthe cause is unknown. Well maybe that's not exactly true. Last month, in the journal Neurology,an incredible study was published describing a relationship between what are called fluoroquinolones,and the risk of developing a peripheral neuropathy. You may not know what fluoroquinolones are,but chances are you may have actually been exposed to fluoroquinolone. These are antibioticsused for treating things like upper respiratory
infections and even urinary tract infections.Things like Levaquin and Cipro are commonly used in walk in s. If you have a urinarytract infection, you may have received these mediations. Well, here's what the study showedus: So this is a study published in September2014 that looked at men between age 45 to 80 years of age followed for a 10 year periodand in this group there were over 6,000 cases of peripheral neuropathy. And they comparedthese individuals to about 25,000 aged match controls, and what they found was that riskfor developing this devastating condition called peripheral neuropathy was doubled inthose individuals exposed to this class of
antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. And whatthe researchers also told us is that, and I quote, quot;Fluoroquinolones have been shownto neurotoxic. Oral fluoroquinolones have also been associated with reported cases ofpsychosis and seizures, which similar to peripheral neuropathy have been shown to be acute eventsoccurring within days of fluoroquinolone use. In light of strong evidence of unnecessaryprescribing of oral fluoroquinolones in the United States, ians must weigh the riskof PN against the benefits of prescribing FQ when prescribing these drugs to their patients.quot; We've got to practice medicine under the dictumof quot;above all do no harm.quot; One of our most
well respected peer review journals is nowtelling us that the use of these medicationsâ€”these fluoroquinolone antibiotics is associatedwith doubling of the risk of peripheral neuropathy. A disease which often is not treatable. Sokeep that in mind the next time you think you need an antibiotic for this or that problem,discuss this study with your treating physician. I'm David Perlmutter.
Information on the Connection Between Sugar Gut Health and Neuropathy
Hi, my name is Troy Giles. I'm a of Chiropractic and a Natural Internist and I have had an amazing week. I'm here withmy friend Ryan from Tennessee. He came up. lt;lt;Hello.He came up after seeing a tutorial of ours on YouTube and felt like he had some bone spursand when I mentioned that he could reabsorb some of those bone spurs by taking pressureoff of the plantar fascia, it sold him on coming up to Utah, from Tennessee, to lookat what were the possibilities. Did he actually have bone spurs, what could we do? So he cameup and we did xrays of his feet. We actually found there were no bone spurs, but that mostof his issues were in the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia, right in here, had beenpulled so tight, and there were so much toxins in his feet because of the amount of sugarthat he was eating that it was causing all of this pain on the plantar fascia. So nowwe're in the midst of actually working on correcting the orthotic, getting the orthoticin an appropriate position, the best position that it can be and doing a little bit of postingthat's going to help his foot be in a better position. It will take pressure off of hisfeet. But as we've worked this week, and Ryan has a significant case of Turret's Syndrome.We've noticed, and he's known this before, that the amount of sugar that he eats directlyrelates to the amount of ticking that he needs
to do. I'm not telling you that Turret's isa matter of sugar, but the predisposition genetically that we have, some of us havea predisposition towards Turret's, can be increased by the issue of gut, how much fungusyou have in your gut, how much sugar you have, how much sugar you ingest, and ultimatelythat creates fungus, then mycotoxin. Mycotoxins are very neurotoxic. So tell us a little bitabout what you've noticed and just knock yourself out.lt;lt;I'd rather. I think I'd rather stand up here. This floor is cushy here. So, my nameis Ryan. I'm from Tennessee and Turret's Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, all of thelabels and the comorbids that you can think
of. I've noticed that I got off, well I tookmyself off of medication about almost two years ago.lt;lt;What medication was that? lt;lt;That was Abilify at that point, but I cango down the list if you want me do. lt;lt; Yah, fire off.lt;lt;Sure, Haldol, Prolixin, Zoloft, Flufenazina, well ProlixinFlufenazina same thing, generic,but Klonopin, Xanax, Tenex, Buspar, Prozac. lt;lt;Holy Smokes.lt;lt;Yah, and there's more. There's more where that came from, but anyway, so I've had theseticks ever since I was six years old really. They got really bad and a pulmonologist putme on a medicine called Provigil because he
thought I was narcoleptic, but I had sleepapnea because I used to way 110 pounds, more than I do. I have this tick, where I flipoff the camera, and when I start talking about vulnerable things it's kind of a way for meto reject you before you reject me and that's taken a lot of digging inside to realize thatthat is a defense mechanism and that's all this stuff is. So when I get stressed or Iget anxious, or even positive stress, stuff that my adrenal glands can't handle becausethere spent from years of being on defense, fight or flight, I go right to sugar now.It used to be, I used to go to emotional posts on Facebook. I used to go to heavy music.I used to go to, I smoked a lot of marijuana
to calm myself down. I drank a lot of caffeine,codependent relationships. So I was addicted to these things because my adrenal glandswere spent and every time I would pump them and I would get stressed or sensitive or whatever,I would go to the drug to cover the stress to make me feel okay for half an hour. Sonow, since I've taken myself off of Facebook, Twitter, had to set up boundaries with certainfolks, relational, you know, relationship wise and what not, the drug is sugar. WhatI'm realizing is that the whole time the drug has been sugar and it's perpetuated schizophrenicthoughts. I hear music that's not around when I eat too much sugar. Manic actions, obsessivecompulsive thoughts and actions, the ticks