Death & Diseases by Western Medicine: Part II: Antibiotics & Corticosteroids

After The HIV/AIDS Hoax and Deaths and Diseases by Western Medicine: Part I: Vaccines here is part II:

Antibiotics

Doctors love to prescribe antibiotics. As I always say a doctor that prescribes antibiotics is a lazy doctor acting on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry. Here in Tanzania I see people running to the doctor after having coughed ones and come back with antibiotics. I have never taken an antibiotic in my life. When a doctor wants to prescribe me an antibiotic I tell him/her to wait till I am lying in a hospital and about to die. Why?

Because antibiotics kill your immune-system!

When you are sick the last thing you should take is an antibiotic. You need your immune-system to fight off the disease you have. Why take something that kills your immune-system? Leave it till you end up in a life-threatening situation where antibiotics are your last resort to stay alive, otherwise do not take them.
Let me clarify this to you by explaining what antibiotics are, what they do and how they affect your immune-system.

What is an antibiotic?

Antibiotics are used to treat many different bacterial infections. Antibiotics cure disease by killing or injuring bacteria. Bacteria are simple one-celled organisms that can be found, by the billions, all around us: on furniture and counter-tops, in the soil, and on plants and animals. They are a natural and needed part of life. Bacteria cause disease and infection when they are able to gain access to more vulnerable parts of our bodies and multiply rapidly. Bacteria can infect many parts of the body: eyes, ears, throat, sinuses, lungs, airways, skin, stomach, colon, bones, genitals.
Some antibiotics are ‘bactericidal’, meaning that they work by killing bacteria. Other antibiotics are ‘bacteriostatic’, meaning that they work by stopping bacteria multiplying.
Each different type of antibiotic affects different bacteria in different ways. For example, an antibiotic might inhibit a bacterium’s ability to turn glucose into energy, or its ability to construct its cell wall. When this happens, the bacterium dies instead of reproducing.
Some antibiotics can be used to treat a wide range of infections and are known as ‘broad-spectrum’ antibiotics. Others are only effective against a few types of bacteria and are called ‘narrow-spectrum’ antibiotics.

Antibiotics classification

Although there are several classification schemes for antibiotics, based on bacterial spectrum (broad versus narrow) or type of activity (bactericidal vs. bacteriostatic), the most useful is based on chemical structure. Antibiotics within a structural class will generally have similar patterns of effectiveness, toxicity, and allergic potential.

The main classes of antibiotics are:

  • Beta-Lactams
    • Penicillins
    • Cephalosporins
  • Macrolides
  • Fluoroquinolones
  • Tetracyclines
  • Aminoglycosides
Most commonly used types of antibiotics are: Aminoglycosides, Penicillins, Fluoroquinolones, Cephalosporins, Macrolides, and Tetracyclines. While each class is composed of multiple drugs, each drug is unique in some way.
http://www.emedexpert.com/classes/antibiotics.shtml
In short: an antibiotic kills bacteria or stops them from multiplying. Bacteria being the important word here. They do not kill viruses, fungi or parasites: only bacteria.

What are the side-effects:

Penicillins are among the least toxic drugs known. The most common side effect of penicillin is diarrhea. Nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach are also common. In rare cases penicillins can cause immediate and delayed allergic reactions – specifically, skin rashes, fever, and anaphylactic shock. Penicillins are classed as category B during pregnancy.
Cephalosporins generally cause few side effects. Common side effects associated these drugs include: diarrhoea, nausea, mild stomach cramps or upset. Approximately 5–10% of patients with allergic hypersensitivity to penicillins will also have cross-reactivity with cephalosporins. Thus, cephalosporin antibiotics are contraindicated in people with a history of allergic reactions (urticaria, anaphylaxis, interstitial nephritis, etc) to penicillins or cephalosporins. Cephalosporin antibiotics are classed as pregnancy category B.
Fluoroquinolones are well tolerated and relatively safe. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain. Other more serious but less common side effects are central nervous system effects (headache, confusion and dizziness), phototoxicity (more common with lomefloxacin and sparfloxacin). All drugs in this class have been associated with convulsions. Fluoroquinolones are classed as pregnancy category C.
Drugs in the tetracycline class become toxic over time. Expired drugs can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.
Common side effects associated with tetracyclines include cramps or burning of the stomach, diarrhea, sore mouth or tongue. Tetracyclines can cause skin photosensitivity, which increases the risk of sunburn under exposure to UV light. This may be of particular importance for those intending to take on holidays long-term doxycycline as a malaria prophylaxis. Rarely, tetracyclines may cause allergic reactions. Very rarely severe headache and vision problems may be signs of dangerous secondary intracranial hypertension.
Tetracycline antibiotics should not be used in children under the age of 8, and specifically during periods of tooth development. Tetracyclines are classed as pregnancy category D. Use during pregnancy may cause alterations in bone development.
Side effects associated with macrolides include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; infrequently, there may be temporary auditory impairment. Azithromycin has been rarely associated with allergic reactions, including angioedema, anaphylaxis, and dermatologic reactions. Oral erythromycin may be highly irritating to the stomach and when given by injection may cause severe phlebitis. Macrolide antibiotics should be used with caution in patients with liver dysfunction. Pregnancy category B: Azithromycin, erythromycin. Pregnancy category C: Clarithromycin, dirithromycin, troleandomycin.
The major irreversible toxicity of aminoglycosides is ototoxicity that is damage to the ear and hearing. Among them, streptomycin and gentamicin are primarily vestibulotoxic, whereas amikacin, neomycin, dihydrosterptomycin, and kanamicin are primarily cochleotoxic.
Another important concern with aminoglycoside antibiotics is nephrotoxicity, that is kidney damage.
http://www.emedexpert.com/classes/antibiotics.shtml
Note: neomycin is an antibiotic used in vaccines. Other side-effects of neomycin:
Interferes with Vitamin B6 absorption. An error in the uptake of B6 can cause a rare form of epilepsy and mental retardation. http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/results.asp?sc=15
‘The aminoglycosides are bactericidal antibiotics that bind to the 30S ribosome and inhibit bacterial protein synthesis. They are active only against aerobic gram-negative bacilli and staphylococci. Activity against streptococci and anaerobes is poor. Aminoglycosides may be used in combination with a penicillin in staphylococcal, streptococcal, and especially enterococcal endocarditis. Neomycin and kanamycin have a limited antibacterial spectrum and are more toxic than the other aminoglycosides. These two drugs should only be used topically or orally.’
Neomycin and kanamycin are more toxic than the other aminoglycosides and should not be used parenterally.’
‘All aminoglycosides are nephrotoxic and ototoxic. Aminoglycosides can cause neuromuscular blockade, paresthesias, and peripheral neuropathy. Hypersensitivity reactions may occur. Large oral doses of neomycin or kanamycin (eg, 12 g/day) can produce a malabsorption syndrome.’
http://www.mothering.com/community/t/98059/neomycin-in-vaccines
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic given to children. Here some information:
Amoxicillin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills a wide variety of bacteria that cause a wide variety of commonly-occuring infections. Amoxicillin may be used to treat infections of the upper or lower airways, skin or soft tissue, or ears. It may also be used to treat urine infections, certain sexually-transmitted infections, dental infections, and infections affecting the blood or internal organs.

Warning!

  • People receiving high doses of this medicine, particularly by injection, should make sure they drink plenty of fluid to reduce the risk of crystals forming in the urine. If in hospital, this fluid may be given via a drip.
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotics can sometimes cause inflammation of the bowel (colitis). For this reason, if you get diarrhoea that becomes severe or persistent or contains blood or mucus, either during or after taking this medicine, you should consult your doctor immediately.
  • Amoxil paediatric suspension should be stored at room temperature (below 25°C). Any suspension remaining after 14 days should be disposed of, preferably by returning it to your pharmacist.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Prolonged treatment with antibiotics can sometimes cause overgrowth of other organisms that are not susceptible to the antibiotic, for example fungi or yeasts such as Candida. This may sometimes cause infections such as thrush. Tell your doctor if you think you have developed a new infection during or after taking this antibiotic.
Common (affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people) (In the USA!)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Rash
Uncommon (affect between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 people) (In the USA!)
  • Vomitting
  • Itching
  • Hives
Very rare (affect less than 1 in 10,000 people) (In the USA!)
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions
  • Inflammation of the large intestine (colitis) – see warning section above.
  • Allergic reaction to active ingredient.
  • Severe allergic skin reactions.
  • Disturbances in the number of white blood cells or platelets in the blood.
  • Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
  • Presence of amoxicillin crystals in the urine (more likely with high doses and in people who are not producing much urine).
  • Superficial tooth discolouration in children. This can usually be removed by brushing.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine’s manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist. http://www.emedexpert.com/classes/antibiotics.shtml
As stated above ‘Amoxicillin may be used to treat infections of the upper or lower airways, skin or soft tissue, or ears. It may also be used to treat urine infections, certain sexually-transmitted infections, dental infections, and infections affecting the blood or internal organs’.
Yes, but only for bacterial-infections. Many of these infections are ‘virus’-infections, which makes antibiotics completely useless. As I said, doctors prefer to be lazy, because they should first find out if it is a bacterial infection. But they don’t: they just prescribe an antibiotic although in most cases they will not cure the infection, because they are not bacterial infections.
What do antibiotics do in your body?

Antibiotics Do not Discriminate

Antibiotics do not just go after the pathogenic or “bad” bacteria. They also indiscriminately destroy the beneficial bacteria necessary and vital to good health. Among the more important beneficial bacteria are lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidus. They help protect the body against infection. Depleting these organisms can disrupt the balance of the body, suppress immunity, and lead to increased susceptibility to infections by fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Additionally, when antibiotics are used excessively, depleting the beneficial bacteria, there may be an overgrowth of yeast in the body. A yeast infection can suppress immunity, which may lead to recurrent infections.
What’s more, antibiotics adversely affect many nutrients, particularly the ones needed by the immune system to fight infection, such as vitamins A and C. One of the most common side effects of antibiotics is diarrhea. This causes a loss of nutrients, especially magnesium and zinc. Some children are on antibiotics for months or even years. Nutritional loss over such a long period of time is debilitating for the body and sets up an environment for more infections.
http://www.healthychild.com/pharmaceutical-drugs/consequences-of-excessive-antibiotic-use/
Here is more info on the effects of antibiotics:

10 Facts You Must Know Before Taking Another Antibiotic

By Dr. Alan Inglis on 09/22/2009

When they’re actually used correctly, antibiotics can do an amazing job of clearing up the most lethal bacterial infections. And if you’re sick enough to be hospitalized for an infectious illness like pneumonia, those antibiotics might even save your life.
But like most drugs today, antibiotics are overused and over- prescribed—despite repeated pleas from infectious disease experts warning otherwise. Their crystal clear usage guidelines are often ignored by busy doctors eager to appease the many patients who show up demanding a quick fix for their colds and sore throats.
One of the most serious problems with antibiotic overuse is that too many strains of bacteria are becoming resistant to the drugs. Infectious bacteria constantly multiply. All it takes are a few strong bacteria to actually defeat the antibiotic. And the constant fight against antibiotics teaches the bacteria to grow even stronger, making them much harder to kill. This not only creates the need for more antibiotics, but it can also be life-threatening if the right antibiotic isn’t found in time.
The huge problem with all of this is that most common upper respiratory tract infections and sore throats are caused by viruses ––not by bacteria. Antibiotics are useless in these cases––and they still promote resistant bacteria, jeopardizing your health without any clear benefit.
Another main concern with antibiotics is that they kill healthy gut bacteria, which you need in order to keep your immune system healthy. The immune system not only protects against infections, but it also combats common degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.
We have no idea yet what the overuse of antibiotics could mean over a period of decades, but we’re getting some hints that the news isn’t good. Here are 10 facts you must know and take into consideration the next time your doctor hands you a prescription:
 1) Heavy use may cause breast cancer
One study shows that over a 17-year period, women who took antibiotics for over 500 days or who had over 17 prescriptions had double the risk of developing breast cancer. That’s a 100 percent increase! One expert stated, “It’s as strong a risk factor as we have.”
 2) They destroy your immune system
Three quarters of your immune system is located in your gut, where it protects against foreign toxic substances in your food. A healthy balance of gut material is essential to normal immune system functioning. But if you take too many antibiotics too often this natural function is disturbed. In addition to contributing to the risk for chronic degenerative diseases, overuse can be responsible for an increase in risk of both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, where the immune system becomes confused and attacks one or more tissue types or organs in the body.
3) Antibiotics cause diarrhea
You’ve probably read the warning label and maybe you’ve even experienced this side effect before. Antibiotics wreak havoc on your stomach. Patients on antibiotics develop diarrhea because the normal balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria in the gut is disturbed. To avoid diarrhea, I recommend a probiotic supplement (which is healthy bacteria) three times a day while taking an antibiotic.
 4) They cause colon disease
As I mentioned above, antibiotics kill good bacteria. And they can also cause a severe inflammatory disease of the colon called C. Diff colitis. C. Diff is short for clostridium difficile, a resident gut bacteria that causes trouble when not held in check by normal amounts of good bacteria. This results in severe diarrheal illness and can even lead to colon surgery––or in rare cases, death.
 5) Overuse promotes the growth of hard-to-treat resistant bacteria
Overusing antibiotics will eventually lead to bacteria being resistant to the drug and eventually not working at all. The result can be anything from a urinary tract infection that doesn’t go away to death from a so-called “superbug” resistant to all antibiotics. These superbugs are a worry more for the elderly and chronically ill, whose immune systems are worn out.
 6) They’re in milk and meat
Over half of all antibiotics in this country are pumped into cattle, pigs, sheep, chicken, and milking cows to promote faster growth and protect them against infection. Animals pick up infections from the filthy, crowded, inhumane factory farms that they’re raised in. All of these antibiotics encourage more resistant bacteria strains, which are then passed down to human beings via the food itself. But they’re also being passed along in contaminated air and water.
 7) They don’t work on viruses
Bacteria are living organisms that respond to antibiotics whereas viruses are little protein machines that need a living cell in order to reproduce and multiply. The vast majority of colds and sore throats are viral so antibiotics do not work. And yet so many doctors today are so quick to hand out a script for a runny nose or a scratchy throat.
8) Drug companies are reluctant to develop new ones on their own
There’s a love affair between drug companies and the so-called lifestyle drugs—the ones you “must” take for the rest of your life for problems like heart disease, diabetes, heartburn, or arthritis. And why not? These drugs make Big Pharma mountains of money because people “need” to be on them continuously. Antibiotics, on the other hand, are needed less often by fewer people. As a result, there’s not a real big incentive to develop an antibiotic for any potential “superbug.”
Most of the research in this area is not coming from drug companies, but from academia and other publicly funded sources. This is the result of legislation passed back in the 1980s that allows drug companies to take research funded by the taxpayer (that’s you and me) to develop drugs for their own profit. What’s wrong with this picture?
9) They’re overused on children
Ear infections are among the most common reasons children are given antibiotics in our country. They’re prescribed in over 96 percent of these cases––even though their use actually causes ear infections to occur more often. This is especially counterproductive considering the fact that almost all ear infections will clear up on their own.
But that’s not the only problem ––children who take antibiotics in their first six months are more likely to get allergies by the age of seven. Yet parents still demand them for their children and U.S. doctors are always willing to oblige.
10) Weird and troubling side effects
Certain antibiotics, such as Bactrim and Septra, can cause fatal skin rashes called Steven Johnson Syndrome. Victims with this disease can end up in burn units because their skin peels right off their bodies. Both erithromycin and clarithromycin (Biaxin) increase the risk of a potentially fatal fast heart rhythm called Torsades de Pointes. These same drugs can also cause temporary deafness.
http://www.healthiertalk.com/10-facts-you-must-know-taking-another-antibiotic-0963

When to use and when not to use an antibiotic:

 Treat Colds and Flu with Antibiotics?

A truly disturbing practice is the prescribing of antibiotics by some doctors to treat colds, coughs, runny noses or flu. Most upper respiratory infections are viral. Treating them with antibiotics is clear and blatant misuse, since the drugs kill only bacteria and are of no value at all in treating viral infections. There are treatments that can relieve the symptoms of a cold, but there is no drug (over-the-counter or prescription) that will cure a cold.

Save Antibiotics for the Serious Infections

In the book Beyond Antibiotics: 50 Ways to Boost Immunity and Avoid Antibiotics, Drs. Schmidt, Smith and Sehnert suggest that you ask your doctor the following questions when antibiotics are being prescribed. It is good to get all the answers you can before making a decision.
  • Are you sure it is bacterial?
  • Are you sure it is the right antibiotic?
  • Should a culture be performed?
  • Are there alternatives to antibiotics?
  • What are the risks if we don’t use them?
  • What are the risks if we wait one or two or four days?
  • Are there dietary or nutritional factors that need consideration?
  • Should vitamins be prescribed along with the antibiotic?
  • Should probiotic supplements be given to minimize the intestinal effect of the antibiotic?
  • Have you considered or investigated the role of food allergy?
If your doctor is not willing to explore these questions, you are justified in getting another opinion. There are many doctors who will be your health partner and explore these issues with you. (In the USA, I am not sure in Africa, a traditional healer is your best option, Kuki)
Antibiotics may be absolutely necessary in certain situations, such as a life-threatening infection or when serious complications are present. For instance, if your child has symptoms of bacterial meningitis, there is no time to waste. He or she should be taken immediately to a doctor for antibiotics. We are very fortunate to have antibiotics for appropriate situations.
However, antibiotics should be used in conjunction with methods that strengthen the immune system, and the depleted beneficial bacteria should always be replaced. Most importantly, the cause of the infection needs to be addressed for true healing to take place.
http://www.healthychild.com/pharmaceutical-drugs/consequences-of-excessive-antibiotic-use/
Another website with info on antibiotics and asthma treatment:

The Drugging of Our Children, Part Two: Antibiotics and Asthma

By Claudia Anrig, DC

More than five million cases of otitis media are diagnosed every year in the U.S. A commonly treated health problem, this inflammation of the middle ear is often treated with antibiotics.
Dr. J. Owen Hendley, from the University of Virginia, reviewed 100 studies and discovered that antibiotics help only one out of eight children with ear infections.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study regarding the use of antibiotics versus the use of a placebo. It revealed that during a one-week period, 94 percent of the recipients using antibiotics for ear infections resolved, while 84 percent of the placebo-controlled recipients resolved during the same time period.
Little, Gould, et al.,1 presented the downside of the use of antibiotics by stating: “The bacteria, which cause ear infections, learn quickly to be resistant to antibiotics. At some point we’re going to run out of drugs to treat the problem. Antibiotics resistance is a huge problem in this country. The practice of treating eight children to help one who needs antibiotics just makes it worse.”
“Wait and watch” is sage advice.
A previous study by Little, Gould, et al., compared immediate versus delayed usage of antibiotics, showing that for most children, the benefit with immediate antibiotics was only marginal, with no significant difference in pain or distress. It should be noted, however, that the medical conclusion was that immediate antibiotic prescriptions provided symptomatic benefit mainly after 24 hours, when symptoms were already resolving. For children who are not very ill systemically, the “wait-and-watch” approach seems clinically feasible.
Parents, beware of the side-effects and contraindications to the usage of antibiotics! Side-effects to drugs such as amoxicillin, Augmentin or ampicillin include diarrhea, hives and yeast infections. Children with a previous allergy to these drugs should not take them. Also, the cephalosporin antibiotics cefadroxil and cephalexin may present numerous side-effects, such as upset stomach; nausea; vomiting; depressed white blood cell (WBC) counts; anemia; rashes; and inhibited blood clotting.
Contraindications to these may include an allergy to the drug; a blood clotting disorder or history of bleeding problems; phenylketonuria; and stomach or intestinal diseases, especially colitis.
Ciprofloxacin side-effects are upset stomach; nausea; vomiting; loss of appetite; diarrhea; headache; sleep disturbance; increased risk of tendonitis; dizziness; mood changes; a depressed WBC count; anemia; rashes; and sun sensitivity. Its contraindications include children susceptible to seizures or with central nervous system disorders. Erythromycin side-effects are upset stomach and rash, and it is contraindicated if the child is vomiting or has nausea.
The growing problem of childhood asthma brings a new host of drug exposure to the young child. Did you know that childhood asthma causes more school absences than any other single pediatric disorder? Between 1982 and 1992, there was a 56-percent increase in newly diagnosed asthma cases in the United States, and in the past decade the numbers have continued to be staggering.
Common drugs for treatment of asthma:
  • Bronchodilator side-effects include dizziness; flushed face; headache; increased heart rate; and nervousness. Contraindication includes allergy to the medicine, or a child with heart or blood vessel diseases.
  • Leukoriene modifiers (Singulair, Accolate): Side-effects include headache; nasal congestion; nausea; diarrhea; abdominal pain; weakness; dizziness; muscle aches; and fever.
  • Inhaled steroids (AeroBid, Flovent, etc.) can cause oral yeast infections and may be risky in cases of serious infection, such as pneumonia.
  • Oral steroids (prednisone, etc) may suppress the immune system and cause fluid retention, insomnia and increased appetite. Contra-indications are the same as those of inhaled steroids.
  • Theophylline (Aerolate, Brokodyl, etc.): Side-effects include nervousness; headache; irritability; increased heart rate; nausea; and diarrhea. Possible long-term use may be linked to learning disabilities.
More on antibiotics:
“Adverse reactions to antibiotics”
“Preview: At best they are inconvenient. At worst they complicate treatment, injure patients, and fuel litigation. Adverse antibiotic reactions represent a major cause of iatrogenic illness–a situation that deserves careful and continuous scrutiny.”
Gleckman, R et al, Postgraduate Medicine Online: Vol 101 / No 4 Postgraduate Medicine — 4/1/1997
“Adverse reactions to antibiotics”
“All antibiotics are potentially harmful, and various benefit-to-risk factors must be considered whenever they are used. Adverse reactions occurring with antibiotic use are usually the result of (1) an exaggerated response to the known pharmacologic effects, (2) an immunologic reaction to the drug or its metabolites, or (3) a unique idiosyncratic effect of the compound or its metabolites.”
Gleckman, R, MD; et al, Postgraduate Medicine Online: VOL 101 / NO 4 / Postgraduate Medicine — 4/1/1997
http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/results.asp?sc=15
The list of most common side-effects was:
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Vomitting
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions
  • Inflammation of the large intestine (colitis).
  • Allergic reaction to active ingredient.
  • Severe allergic skin reactions.
  • Disturbances in the number of white blood cells or platelets in the blood.
  • Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
  • Yeast/Fungus infections.
Other side-effects listed:

Antibiotic side-effects

The stronger the antibiotic you take, as a general rule, the worse the side effects. The side effects of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and in particular Fluoroquinolone based antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin can include, but are not limited to the following:
Cardiovascular
Heart attack, heart murmur, palpitations, angina, cerebral thrombosis, sudden death on first dose.
Nervous System
Convulsive seizures, psychosis, depression, hallucinations, paranoia, insomnia, nightmares, dizziness.
Gastrointestinal
Liver failure, jaundice, gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis, burst intestine, vomiting, constipation.
Muscles and Bones
Tendon seizure, tendon bursting and ripping, jaw, arm or back pain, joint stiffness, neck and chest pain, aching all over, gout.
Kidneys and Urinary Tract
Kidney failure, calcification in kidneys, urethral bleeding, severe thrush, vaginitis.
Lungs
Respiratory arrest, blood clotting in lungs, shortness of breath, pulmonary edema (lung collapse), hiccough.
Skin/Hypersensitivity:
Anaphylactic shock, skin sloughing (falling off), dermatitis, skin death, vasculitis, angioedema, swelling of the lips, eyes, or face, fever, chills, going purple.
Sensory disturbances:
Blurred vision, eye pain, disturbed vision, hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, involuntary eye movements, damaged sense of taste.

 Immune system effects

When you take antibiotics, your immune system can become weakened, meaning that you are more prone to infection than before you took the antibiotics. So the infection may be killed, but you get reinfected easily. When this is combined with reinfection with a more resistant strain of the bacteria that caused the original infection, it can be very difficult to deal with.
Broad spectrum antibiotics are more likely to damage your immune system, so as time goes on, and you become infected with more and more resistant strains of (usually) E.coli, you find it not only harder to fight off each infection, but harder to prevent yourself becoming reinfected. Eventually, no matter what you do, even if you are clean to the point of obsession, like almost everyone who has suffered repeated episodes of cystitis, you still get infected. This is often because the bacteria have been living in your gut or urinary tract, just waiting for your immune system to be at its lowest, allowing it to breed rapidly and take over your body once again.
Thrush – Candida Albicans
The stronger the antibiotic, as a rule, the worse the episode of thrush you get afterwards. Eventually, the thrush can become as persistent and almost as painful as the cystitis, because the fungus builds up resistance to the treatments you use against it.
Symptoms of Vasculitis
Vasculitis of varying levels of severity is one of the listed side effects of some broad spectrum antibiotics commonly used for the treatment of cystitis. It is caused by immune reaction that can disrupt DNA and RNA, and put white blood cells on the attack against your own body. Lupus-like effects are common.
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
Skin
Red or purple dots, usually most numerous on the legs. When the spots are larger, about the size of the end of a finger, they are called “purpura.” Some look like large bruises. These are the most common vasculitis skin lesions, but hives, itchy lumpy rash, and painful or tender lumps can occur. Areas of dead skin can appear as ulcers, small black spots appear at the ends of the fingers or around the fingernails and toes, or you may get gangrene of fingers or toes.
Joints
Aching in joints and obvious arthritis with pain, swelling and heat in joins. Deformities resulting from this arthritis are rare.
Brain
Vasculitis in the brain can cause many problems, from mild to severe. They include headaches, behavioural disturbances, confusion, seizures, and strokes. May be fatal.
Peripheral Nerves
Peripheral nerve symptoms may include numbness and tingling (usually in an arm or a leg, or in areas which would be covered by gloves or socks), loss of sensation or loss of strength, particularly in the feet or hands.
Intestines
Vasculitis can cause inadequate blood flow in the intestines, resulting in crampy abdominal pain and bloating. If areas in the wall of the intestine develop gangrene, blood will appear in the stool. If the intestinal wall develops a perforation, surgery may be required.
Heart
Vasculitis may affect the coronary arteries. If it occurs, it can cause a feeling of heaviness in the chest during exertion (angina), which is relieved by rest. Heart attacks rarely occur as a direct result of vasculitis.
Lungs
Vasculitis in lung tissue can cause pneumonia-like attacks with chest x-ray changes that look like pneumonia, and symptoms of fever and cough. Occasionally, inflammation can lead to scarring of lung tissue with chronic shortness of breath.
Eyes
Vasculitis can involve the small blood vessels of the retina. Sometimes, vasculitis of the eyes causes no symptoms. Usually, however, there is visual blurring which comes on suddenly and stays, or a person may even lose a portion of their vision. In temporal arteritis, there is sudden loss of part or all of the vision in one eye, usually accompanied by severe headache.

Distribution

From a Ciprofloxacin Product Label

“After oral administration, ciprofloxacin is widely distributed throughout the body. Tissue concentrations often exceed serum concentrations in both men and women, particularly in genital tissue including the prostate. Ciprofloxacin is present in active form in the saliva, nasal and bronchial secretions, mucosa of the sinuses, sputum, skin blister fluid, lymph, peritoneal fluid, bile, and prostatic secretions. Ciprofloxacin has also been detected in lung, skin, fat, muscle, cartilage, and bone. The drug diffuses into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); however, CSF concentrations are generally less than 10% of peak serum concentrations. Low levels of the drug have been detected in the aqueous and vitreous humors of the eye.”
http://www.sweet-cures.com/antibiotics_medical_implications.htm
For comparison the list of ‘AIDS’: (See ‘The HIV/AIDS Hoax‘ for explanation)
Weight loss exceeding 10% of body weight
4
Protracted asthenia (muscle weakness)
4
Continuous or repeated attacks of fever for more than a month
3
Diarrhoea lasting for more than a month
3
Cough
2
Pneumopathy
2
Oropharyngeal candidiasis
4
Chronic or relapsing cutaneous herpes
4
Generalized pruritic dermatosis
4
Herpes zoster (relapsing)
4
Generalized adenopathy (swollen/enlarged lymph nodes)
2
Neurological signs
2
Generalized Kaposi’s sarcoma
12

Corticosteroids

We have touched on this subject already discussing ‘AIDS’; corticosteroids reduce your CD4 count. Let’s see what are corticosteroids, what are they for and what do they do.
Here a website that gives the basics of what we want to know: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/drugs/corticosteroids/hic_corticosteroids.aspx

What are corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are man-made drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. Corticosteroids are often referred to by the shortened term “steroids.” Corticosteroids are different from the male hormone-related steroid compounds that some athletes abuse.

What are some types of steroids?

Some corticosteroid medicines include cortisone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone. Prednisone is the most commonly used type of steroid to treat certain rheumatologic diseases.

How are steroids given?

Steroid medications are available in several forms that vary in how easily they dissolve or how long they stay in the body.
Steroids might be given locally, to the precise place where a problem exists, or systemically, which means throughout the “system” or body.
Examples of local steroid treatments include joint injections, eye drops, ear drops, and skin creams. Systemic steroid treatments include oral medicines (given by mouth) or medicine that is delivered directly into a vein (intravenously or IV) or muscle (intramuscularly). Systemic steroids circulate through the bloodstream to various body sites.
When possible, local steroid treatments are prescribed instead of systemic steroids.

How do steroids work?

Steroids work by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system. Inflammation is a process in which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals can protect against infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. In certain diseases, however, the body’s defense system (immune system) doesn’t function properly. This might cause inflammation to work against the body’s tissues and cause damage. Inflammation is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain.
Steroids reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in order to minimize tissue damage. Steroids also reduce the activity of the immune system by affecting the function of white blood cells.

When are steroids given?

Steroids are used to treat a variety of conditions in which the body’s defense system malfunctions and causes tissue damage. Steroids are the main therapy for certain diseases. For other conditions, steroids might only be used sparingly or when other measures have not been successful.
Steroids are used as the main treatment for certain inflammatory conditions, such as:
  • Systemic vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
  • Myositis (inflammation of muscle)
  • Steroids might also be used selectively to treat inflammatory conditions such as:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammatory arthritis occurring in joints on both sides of the body)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (a generalized disease caused by abnormal immune system function)
  • Sjögren’s syndrome (chronic disorder that causes dry eyes and a dry mouth)

How are steroids beneficial?

When inflammation threatens to damage critical body organs, steroids can be organ-saving and in many instances, life-saving. For example, steroids may prevent the progression of kidney inflammation, which could lead to kidney failure in people who have lupus or vasculitis. For these patients, steroid therapy might eliminate the need for kidney dialysis or transplantation.
Low doses of steroids might provide significant relief from pain and stiffness for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Temporary use of higher doses of steroids might help a person recover from a severe flare-up of arthritis.

How will my doctor decide if steroids are the right treatment?

The decision to prescribe steroids is always made on an individual basis. Your doctor will consider your age, physical activity, and other medicines you are taking. Your doctor will also make sure you understand the potential benefits and risks of steroids before you start taking them.
The potential benefits and risks of steroids vary with:
  • The nature and severity of the disease being treated
  • The presence or absence of other treatment alternatives
  • The presence or absence of other significant medical problems

What are the possible side effects of steroids?

The occurrence of side effects depends on the dose, type of steroid, and length of treatment. Some side effects are more serious than others. Common side effects of systemic steroids include:
  • Increased appetite, weight gain
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Muscle weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased growth of body hair
  • Easy bruising
  • Lower resistance to infection (from minor fungus infections to life-threatening diseases like pneumonia, Kuki)
  • Swollen, “puffy” face
  • Acne
  • Osteoporosis (bone weakening disease)
  • Worsening of diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach irritation
  • Nervousness, restlessness
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Cataracts or glaucoma
  • Water retention, swelling
Please note: These side effects are the most common side effects. All possible side effects are not included. Always contact your doctor if you have questions about your personal situation.
What I get from here is when you are under serious (life-threatening) attack from your own immune-system, fighting for no reason at all, corticosteroids are being given to shut down your immune-system. Sort of a very strong allergy medication.
Let’s go to find out for what reasons doctors are giving us corticosteroids.
You may need to take corticosteroids to treat
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and rashes
  • Some kinds of cancer
Steroids are strong medicines, and they can have side effects, including weakened bones and cataracts. Because of this, you usually take them for as short a period as possible.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/steroids.html
Here some of the side-effects of vaccines and antibiotics:

Vaccines:

Antibiotics:

  • Rash.
  • Severe allergic skin reactions.
  • Dermatitis,
  • Skin death,
  • Vasculitis
Rings a bell? Basically corticosteroids are invented to ‘treat’ the side-effects of vaccines and antibiotics.
Every now and then I read in the newspaper the enormous rise in the incidence of Allergies/ Asthma, Diabetes and Cancers/ Tumors in Tanzania. The WHO keeps blaming cigarette smoking as the cause. However, never has there been a research that proofs that cigarette smoke causes any of these diseases. But why don’t you lay side by side the incidence rate of these diseases and the amount of poison babies are being injected with through vaccinations, ordered by the WHO. They will never admit they are to blame, not cigarettes, but do the math yourself. While you are at it. Why don’t you compare the lists with the list of incidence rates of the diseases children are being vaccinated against? There is proof that the incidence goes up the more you vaccinate.
For comparison the list of side-effects of corticosteroids and symptoms of ‘AIDS’:
  • Increased appetite, weight gain
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Muscle weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased growth of body hair
  • Easy bruising
  • Lower resistance to infection (from minor fungus infections to life-threatening diseases like pneumonia, Kuki)
  • Swollen, “puffy” face
  • Acne
  • Osteoporosis (bone weakening disease)
  • Worsening of diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach irritation
  • Nervousness, restlessness
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Cataracts or glaucoma
  • Water retention, swelling
Weight loss exceeding 10% of body weight
Protracted asthenia (muscle weakness)
Continuous or repeated attacks of fever for more than a month
Diarrhoea lasting for more than a month
Cough
Pneumopathy
Oropharyngeal candidiasis
Chronic or relapsing cutaneous herpes
Generalized pruritic dermatosis
Herpes zoster (relapsing)
Generalized adenopathy (swollen/enlarged lymph nodes)
Neurological signs
Generalized Kaposi’s sarcoma
To remind you:

 Exclusion criteria

  1. Pronounced malnutrition
  2. Cancer
  3. Immunosuppressive treatment
This means corticosteroids = ‘AIDS’. That is why corticosteroids are excluded from the definition. When you take corticosteroids you do not have ‘AIDS’. My question is do people know that they have to mention to the ‘AIDS’ doctor (who more often then not is not their regular doctor who prescribes them medication) that they use corticosteroids or certain kinds of antibiotics? Who is fully aware that the injections, pills, sprays or creams they are using are corticosteroids or antibiotics and excludes them from the diagnosis? How many people are being diagnosed with ‘AIDS’ and put on ARVs who do not belong to this category?

(First published on stopaidnow.wordpress.com in 2012)

 

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