It may seem that
I am 'anti-antibiotic treatment'; however,
the reality is that there is a time and a place in which antibiotics
can be beneficial for some people. Antibiotics are definitely not a
solution I recommend if at all possible to avoid, due to the many,
very real, direct, and unavoidable adverse effects on the integrity
of the body, not to mention the potential for side effects and allergic
reactions. I am amazed at how many people already know they are allergic
to at least one class of antibiotic. The problem I have seen repeatedly
is that a worsening of symptoms is expected by many doctors as an indication
to them that the medicine is working -- the proverbial 'Herx' reaction.
But how does one know when it is a true adverse reaction to the drug?
Many, if not most, people we have tested were allergic to the antibiotics
they were using. Keep in mind that it doesn't mean that the antibiotic
isn't killing bacteria, but many patients are experiencing adverse
symptoms that have nothing to do with a Herx. In the same manner, every
single asthma sufferer I have tested has been allergic to their inhaler,
and the inhaler tested as a toxic substance to the body, yet the inhaler
still worked for them as a bronchial dilator.
It might be a surprise to you to know that the leading type of drug-causing
adverse reactions is antibiotics. As reported in the scientifically referenced
article, 'Death by Medicine,' by Gary Null, PhD, et al., the leading
cause of death in America is adverse drug reactions. It is reported that approximately
800,000 people die yearly, due in large part to adverse reactions and conventional
medicine's philosophy of care. Over one million hospital admissions in
the United States are due to adverse drug reactions.
In one year, in the United States alone, over three million pounds of pure
antibiotics are used on humans. This is enough antibiotics to give every man,
woman, and child in the US ten teaspoons of pure antibiotics per year. Now,
consider that many Lyme disease sufferers have been on at least two different
antibiotics at a time, at an average dosage of 600 mg each per day. If one
has been on antibiotics at this dosage for one year, this means that a full
pound of pure antibiotics has been consumed. My question is, how many more
pounds of antibiotics will it take, especially when research has shown that
at times bacteria are known to be able to mutate around an antibiotic within
the first 20 minutes of taking the first pill? It the bacteria have already
mutated around the antibiotic, then switching to an intravenous form of the
antibiotic, which is a favorite tactic, will do little good.
As mentioned in 'Lyme Toxins: the Primary Cause of Your Symptoms,' (Townsend
Letter, April 2007), certain classes of antibiotics can activate bacteriophages,
viruses. An astonishing new finding was released by John Travis in Science
News (July 2003;164). Travis reported that research performed by John F. Prescott
found that certain antibiotics, such as the fluoroquinolones, the class of
antibiotics that includes the name-brands and generic brands of Levaquin™,
Cipro™, Tequin™, and Avelox™, actually are known to trigger
a type of virus called bacteriophages (viruses that can infect bacteria), to
change the genetic sequencing of the bacteria, causing the bacterium they have
infected to start producing toxins. These viruses can act as genetic delivery
vans, invading bacteria, such as spirochetes, and often lying dormant until
activated by a change in the host (your body) environment. Once activated,
these viruses insert their toxin-generating genes into the bacterial chromosomes.
These viruses can turn basically harmless bacterium into killers through this
genetic sequencing of toxins (Travis 2003).
So now we see that not only are these toxins released through the die-off of
bacteria, and not only can antibiotics actually increase the production of
the toxins, but these viruses can cause the bacteria to rupture spilling their
toxins into the body (Waldor 2004). Other antibiotic classes need to be studied
in this same manner to verify their safety.
Some people only feel good if they are taking the antibiotics. This is possibly
due to the fact that some antibiotics work by impeding the growth of bacteria
without actually killing them. Again we see an unacceptable solution, since
this leads to years of dependency upon antibiotics. This is justified by some,
due to the relief the treatment provides, even though it is but again simply
a drug-induced illusion of health.
One may ask, 'Is there a time when antibiotics are okay to use?' My
answer is yes. Antibiotics have saved many lives since the advent of penicillin.
However, in chronic Lyme disease, it is the opinion of some that the antibiotics
should only be used at the time of the initial diagnosis for approximately
four months. My opinion as a doctor specializing in restoring the optimal integrity
of the human organism, I would never recommend antibiotics for chronic Lyme
disease. I have seen too many people overcome Lyme without antibiotics and
without severe Herx reactions. As a doctor, I give no one a guilt trip for
using antibiotics. Everyone must walk their own road and make their own choices.
When treating someone who is taking antibiotics, I simply work to counteract
any adverse effects they may be causing, while providing the body with the
true correct care it needs to heal.
The prevalent thought seems to be that the human body is dumb and needs our
help to 'fix' its problems. The reality is that the world's
most astute and celebrated physicians cannot fix even the simplest paper cut,
much less a serious illness like Lyme disease. Most physicians specialize in
creating drug-induced illusions of health. The human body is not dumb. The
body needs the physician to see his role as a being a facilitator in the process
of restoring the body's optimal design so that homeostasis can be reestablished
and true health can follow.