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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Most Surprising C. Difficile Remedy │ The Despicable Plan to Resurrect a Whooping Cough Vaccine

My younger brother Mark was rather aggravating last evening after he arrived home around 8:15 p.m. or so.

I was watching the season finale of The Flash, and he usurped the remote control at a commercial break to watch the second NHL match in the best-of-seven contest between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

I haven't the remotest interest in which American NHL team wins the play-offs and finally has the Stanley Cup.  There are no longer any Canadian teams in the contest.

I wouldn't mind seeing a T.V. series featuring some sort of female Flash...although the one above apparently does not run.

Anyway, the problem with Mark having the control of the remote is that he thinks nothing of watching beyond the end of the commercial break ─ even for a couple of minutes.

This is not how a season finale of a television show should be viewed ─ especially since his sports interest was not a Stanley Cup game, but only game two in the 'best-of-seven' contest between these two teams.

After The Flash, I tuned in our first viewing of the series iZombie, and still that damned game went on.

Ultimately, it went through two overtime periods. 

I think Mark finally gave up around 10:30 p.m. and retired to his bedroom while the third overtime period was in play, so he would never have found out who finally won the game until today.

I turned it off at that point ─ I still don't know who won, nor do I care. 

I had things to do here at my computer, such as finishing the post I had earlier suspended at this blog.

I think it was around 12:20 a.m. by the time I made it to bed.

My sleep broke after about two hours ─ an unusually short duration of initial deep slumber.  I took advantage and visited the bathroom for some relief and a long drink of water.  Sleep was intermittent thereafter   

And I was up around 7:15 a.m. to confront a new day.

I had three letters to mail ─ a couple of bill payments, and my vote on the special Translink tax most affected mayors want the public to okay.  The votes have to be in by May 29, so I am going to have to try and remember to get my wife Jack attending her own voting package.

I also wanted to shop at the Save-On-Foods about 1¼ miles distant here in Whalley.

As for that tax, I no longer work for a living and thus do not have to rely on the Skytrain, but I certainly have endured my share of breakdowns ─ and there was apparently one just this morning.

I voted 'No' ─ I am not agreeing to have a special .5% tax added onto all of the other taxes that affect me as a consumer.  We already feed that greedy monster enough tax money.

It was 10:46 a.m. when I set off to mail those letters at Surrey Place (Central City) and do my shopping.  Even though I knew it would be hot under the Summer-like Sun, I wore a long-sleeved denim shirt and a denim sleeveless jacket or vest over that.

That probably finished me ─ once I got back home, I just could not rally.  I even sat outside in just a pair of shorts for about 25 minutes, but I sensed that I was not likely to be doing any exercising today.

And it was so.

I completed and published Holistic Treats Brighton II at my Lawless Spirit website.

And then I completed my downward spiral with a visit to some online pornography ─ my only sex life.

I pray to God to be delivered from this cage I live and grow mad in here in the midst of Surrey, but I despair that it ever will happen ─ other than through death.


There seems a potential working solution being made available to overcome one of those nasty 'bugs' that more and more people are becoming infected with ─ C. difficile.

I hadn't realized that there is more than one strain causing the problem, but I sure never expected this newly touted solution ─ I learned of it from a report Dr. William Campbell Douglass II came out with about three days ago:

Stunning new superbug treatment fights fire with fire to conquer C. diff
Once upon a time I was a flight surgeon. And, as you can imagine, I saw some pretty grisly deaths in my day.

But there's one form of death that's every bit as bad as many that I saw in my service days, and you'll find it in the only place that's as deadly as a combat zone.

A hospital!

Those joints are hot zones of disease and infection, and one of the worst of the worst is a nasty little bug called Clostridium difficile (C. diff). It's so nightmarishly bad that it can literally cause you to poop to death.

And every year, 29,000 Americans -- mostly seniors -- suffer the pain, misery and indignity of death via C. diff.

Mainstream medicine has been about as effective against C. diff as a failed parachute because this infection isn't just resistant to most antibiotics... it's actually CAUSED by those very drugs.

When you take an antibiotic, you kill off the one thing that gives you a fighting chance against C. diff, and that's the GOOD bacteria in your gut that keep the bad ones under control.

Even when drugs work, they often don't work for long: C. diff is like a horror movie monster that keeps coming back from the dead for sequel after sequel. A third of all patients who think they've been cured end up battling another C. diff infection.

But now, a mainstream study spots a way to cut the risk of a recurring infection, and it's a case of fighting fire with fire -- because the same germ that can make you sick could also hold the hidden cure.

It turns out a nontoxic form of C. diff can overpower its lethal twins, making them incapable of causing illness and certainly unable to hurt or kill you.

In the new study, this form of C. diff was shown to slash the risk of recurrence by as much as 85 percent.

I don't know how long it will take this form of C. diff to become widely available, but if you've got no choice but to take an antibiotic ask your doctor for it (but first ask if you can do without the drug).

If he can't get it, then at the very least load up on a probiotic supplement during and after your treatment. A major analysis of 23 clinical trials a few years ago found that patients who didn't take probiotics had triple the rate of C. diff infections. It's a simple way to keep yourself safe -- and it can improve everything from your digestion to your mood.

Fighting fire with fire,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
I found the study he referred to, although only the abstract or summary is available for free to the general public:  Administration of Spores of Nontoxigenic Clostridium difficile Strain M3 for Prevention of Recurrent C difficile InfectionA Randomized Clinical Trial (doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.3725). 

But if you would like another report on the study, then check out MedicalPress.comStudy shows oral spores of harmless C. difficile prevent repeat infection.

Quite related to this, theSparc.net recently gave this introduction to a recent study:
A new study has linked early life antibiotic use to gut dysbiosis and adult disease (Vangay et al., 2015). The microbes in the gut are being increasingly shown to play a vital role in human health and disease. This new study shows the long-lasting effects of disrupting the balance of our gut microbes with antibiotics during childhood, which increases the risk of ailments such as allergies and autoimmune diseases in adults. It is important to note that many chemicals in the environment can disrupt the microbiome, including herbicides such as glyphosate.
If you tried that link, you would have seen that only the very brief summary or abstract of the published study is available for free:  Antibiotics, Pediatric Dysbiosis, and Disease (doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2015.04.006).

Finally, a couple of days ago, the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) came out with a doozy of a report concerning the whooping cough vaccine our governments keep pushing:

Back to the future
The numbers don't lie -- whooping cough is back with a vengeance.

More than 100,000 Americans have contracted whooping cough (also known as pertussis) during the past three years alone. Infection rates have tripled since 1990.

There's an outbreak in the state of Washington right now.

And it's all because a vaccine forced on millions of our children... a shot many of them can't attend day care or school without... is practically worthless.

A new study proves that the DTaP and TDap shots for whooping cough can't prevent the disease, even after as many as six doses.

Public health officials are demanding a more effective vaccine -- but it's time to be careful what we wish for. Because the drug companies and our government may now be on the verge of resurrecting one of the most dangerous vaccines in American history.

One that was yanked from the U.S. market 19 years ago. One that left a trail of brain damage and dead children in its wake.

When the "whole cell" pertussis shot (DTP) was phased out in America in 1996, it was good riddance to bad rubbish.

The DTP vaccine was supposed to save us, especially our kids, from the chronic coughing and life-threatening struggle to breathe that comes with whooping cough. Instead, the DTP shot could be counted among the most sordid and heartbreaking stories in the history of vaccinations.

In the 1930s scientists first started suspecting DTP was harming babies' brains -- and by the 1950s, there was no longer any doubt.

The DTP shot regularly caused convulsions, brain inflammation and permanent brain damage. Once babies got the shot, they were twice as likely to die as those who were unvaccinated.

It took nearly half a century of science to get the DTP vaccine out of America, but it never completely went away. It's still used around the world -- especially in developing countries -- and may be poised for a return to the U.S.

And that's because its replacements -- the DTaP and TDap vaccines -- are duds. And it's not just the science that says it. Common sense says it, too.

DTaP and TDap are supposed to protect us from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, all in one shot. But the protection is so weak and short-lived that kids may get the vaccine and boosters six times before they turn 12.

And that's not all. Additional boosters are recommended for kids 19 and older and for pregnant women.

But even as the DTaP and TDap vaccines turn us into pin cushions, the number of whooping cough cases has skyrocketed. In the past three years we've had more Americans with whooping cough than during the entire 1980s and 1990s combined.

So it was no surprise when government scientists analyzed cases from a 2012 outbreak and found that getting a DTaP or TDap shot was about as effective as doing nothing.

Three of every four kids who developed whooping cough were current on all their vaccines and boosters.

"I think the path forward is to get a better vaccine," said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

That may sound reasonable enough -- but there are no new whooping cough vaccines in the pipeline. When drug companies and health officials talk about a better whooping cough vaccine, many of them have the same thing in mind.

A return of the dangerous DTP shot.

The drug companies have been "inching toward the reintroduction of whole cell pertussis vaccine for several years now," says Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, an expert on vaccinations.

Dr. Kathryn Edwards, director of Vanderbilt's vaccine research center, even floated the idea of a new version of the DTP shot in an interview with Scientific American just a couple years ago.

If the DTP shot returns, we'll be asking parents to choose between protecting kids from whooping cough and protecting them from brain damage.
How many parents listen...or bother researching what's being administered to their children?  Too pathetically few, unfortunately.  It's easier to just believe 'the medical authorities" ─ no matter who's paying them to tout these toxic concoctions.

Incidentally, the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) are a member of website NewMarketHealth.com.
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