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.
Safe and effective natural control of Lyme Disease
Do you know what the most undiagnosedcommon vector borne illnesses in the USA and Europe? You may be surprised: it's Lyme diseasealso called Borreliosis. If you are a hiker, gardener or live close to the woods or meadows you need to be especially alert, as this disease leads to a variety of complications. Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks which feed on mammals, birds and reptiles.
If these animals are infected with a bacterium called Borrrelia than an infected tick can inject it into the blood of other animals or humans by biting their skin. When Borrelia is in the blood it is disseminated all over the body. Our first line of defense is to watch for ticks on you and your pet and quickly remove them. Unfortunately Lyme disease is often diagnosed much later after a person has already developed flulike symptoms, rash or swollen areas of the body. If not treated it can cause arthritis or damage the brain and other organs.
Borrelia is very tricky and difficult to eliminate because it has many ways to survive in the body and resists our immune system, nutrient deprivation or even antibiotic treatments. Feeling threatened by these factors converted from the spiral looking form to the latent rounded form, in more extreme hostile conditions these bacteria will aggregate and cover themselves in an extracellular substance that becomes a highly difficult to penetrate structure called biofilm. Many patients think the treatment with antibiotics will help them to recover completely.
Unfortunately in many the disease reoccur shortly after withdrawing the antibiotics and the bacterial resistance appears. There are no known effective natural nontoxic treatments to Lyme diseases although many desperate patients look for them. The cellular health approach developed at the Rath Institute has been based on specifically selected micronutrients working in a synergistic way which can simultaneously target bacteria and their pathological effects . This direction opens up a new possibility for safe and effective control of Lyme disease, bringing hope
for millions of patients.