Seven years ago, Coralie was struck down by a strain of C.difficile after taking a course of antibiotics for a simple dental procedure.
Over a year ago I also was prescibed an antibiotic by a dentist after having two teeth extracted. After taking the antibiotic, I got diahorea, and I looked up the antibiotic on the Internet and was alarmed at the warnings about its use, and the high risk of getting C.difficile.
After the treatment, my tummy did not feel right, and I went to a doctor, had stool tests, all clear. I asked the doctor, what if there had been C.difficile, and he said it would be treated with more antibiotics, really strong ones.
I'm wondering if my current tummy troubles are connected with that earlier problem. But, the latest tests have shown no C.difficile. But, there are hundreds of different flora in the tummy, and any imbalance can cause trouble.
The main problem is that C.difficile has mutated, and in the USA, 300 people are dying every day from it. It is an epidemic, created by modern medicine.
Anyway, for those who have contracted C.difficile, there is treatment that works (95% success), a very old one, known as Human Probiotic Therapy. An Australian Doctor has pioneered this, as reported last week in the Australia TV series Catalyst:
These are the places where the work is being done:
Apparently there are good flora that actively attack C.difficile and also destroy the spores. The Doctor thinks that one day these will be isolated and grown, so poo won't have to be injected, but that is still a long way off.
Comments:Posted on 18 Jul 2011, 17:49 by cthisbear
Prof. Thomas Borody...yes a very smart bloke.
Luckily our current government is giving all
us Aussies nearly the same treatment.
The bum's rush.
You have tried Acidophilus tablets?
Ever used Chia seeds?
Grown in the Kimberley region of W.A.
Posted on 18 Jul 2011, 19:07 by Sage
Had that problem after getting a dose of H.pylori (N.B. the Aussie connection!). The two antibiotics used to cure it strip out all the beneficial, not to say essential, flora & fauna, leaving me with C. diff., one of nature's most opportunistic little beasts. Fortunately, H. sapiens has been around just long enough to mount its own challenge, at least in fit individuals. Again, fortunately, I had a great doc. at that time who recommended doing nothing for four weeks - it worked! Resistant strains, unfortunately, only arise when we mess up with poorly advised cures, like failing to complete a full course of antibiotics. Natural selection will win out every time in the end, however!
As for recurring digestive disturbances, which are normal - at least occasionally, a balanced diet is the best palliative (we are not a single organism, we are symbiotic with a vast range of complementary entities). Sadly for some, that entails a fully balanced diet involving a range of protein sources which may not meet with moral approval - it aint possible to reverse the direction of H. sap within a couple of generations, so eat up your Wichitee grubs and be thankful..
At all costs, avoid magic cures advocated (usually for profit!) by unqualified 'experts'.
Posted on 18 Jul 2011, 20:49 by lobster
I regularly use yakult (they deliver by bike in Japan) Yogurt is an excellent pro-biotic and you can drink it in banana lassi. I seem to remember banana helps encourage the beneficial internal flora. Garlic is one of the best killers of malign flora
Posted on 18 Jul 2011, 22:27 by lstandish
A big part of the problem is that antibiotics are prescribed to *prevent* infection rather than to *treat* it. This is a gross overuse of antibiotics, common around the world, and has contributed greatly to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
Posted on 19 Jul 2011, 10:21 by raymundo dionicio
Inmersed in antibiotics
Problem is much worst on non-developed countries.
Here we continuosly ingest antibiotics
trough fresh meat and dairy,
even canned or packed foods.
(yes, tetra-bricks too)
Adding antibiotics to packed foods is like an insurance against sues.
Antibiotics have their worst consecuences
on the long term in health.
Who to blame?
Food poisoning can be easily tracked.
So, is easy to see a
'business as usual' policy.
Here there are not functional regulatory agencies
checking for this or almost anything.
It is safer to drink a Coca-cola
than a glass of milk.