Cipro Side Effects:
By Michael Biamonte C.C.N.
The threat of Anthrax hitting our nation brings anxiety and terror the likes of which have never been felt on US soils before. Unlike war torn Europe during WW2, we cannot see the enemy who invades our soil. And unlike the "sniper" hiding under the camouflage of earth or in the foliage of Asia, we are not certain he is even there at all as his weapons are too small to be seen. The response in this war is to protect ourselves by trying to kill the unseen invader with the antibiotic "Ciprofloxin"(Cipro) or "Doxycycline" . I do not refute the importance of this medication. But I do urge authorities to be alert to the side effects of this medication, which I will admit are not as grave as having a terminal case of inhalation anthrax.
The purpose of this article is to remind and educate all of us to the possible side effects and consequences of antibiotics. Not so that they will not be used when they can save lives, but so when they are used the side effects are known, can be correctly and exactly identified so as to correct any imbalance they may cause.
DEFICIENCIES Caused By Cipro
Cipro is the drug of choice to treat genetically engineered forms of anthrax. These strains are recognized as the most lethal and the hardest to kill. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, inositol, biotin and B12 can all occur as a result of Cipro use. Common symptoms of these deficiencies are (but not limited to) lack of energy, fatigue, loss of appetite, cracks on the corners of the mouth and digestive disturbances. Vitamin K deficiency is also common. This can cause easy bleeding and disorders related to calcium such as bone loss and rickets.
DEFICIENCIES Caused by Doxycycline
This drug can effectively treat most of the naturally occurring strains of anthrax. The strains represent of anthrax in our environment. To date, most strains of anthrax reported by the news media can be effectively destroyed by doxycycline. In addition to the same deficiencies cause Cipro, Doxycycline also causes deficiency of Magnesium. I have long felt that magnesium deficiency is the most common and often misdiagnosed in this country. Report show that 75% of Americans consume less then the RDA of magnesium. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency include; muscle spasms and cramps, type 2 insomnia characterized by frequent waking at night or light sleeping, kidney stones nervousness, restlessness, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart attacks in those who have healthy hearts. (It was been found that low magnesium levels cause the cardiac muscle to spasm resulting in a heart attack and frequently death.), pms, asthma and tooth decay.
The Disease of Intestinal Flora Deficiency
The gastrointestinal tract refers to the small intestine, the section of 30-40 feet of tubing that the stomach empties into and the colon or large intestine, a wider 4-6 feet of tubing that connects to the end of the small intestines and the connects to the rectum. From the rectum feces is eliminated from the body. The intestinal tract has 2 other small pipelines connected to it. One is from the gall bladder. The gall bladder releases a fluid called bile into the intestines to help with the digestion of fats. The pancreas also has a pipeline that releases a fluid called pancreatin into the intestines. This fluid contains enzymes that help digest all foods.
The intestines also contain several pounds of bacteria. Not all this bacteria is disease producing. Most of it is friendly and beneficial to us. There are 3 friendly organisms 3 that are most abundant. Acidophilus, Bifidus and E coil. The E coil bacteria found there is not a harmful one and belongs there. The other 2 are Acidophilus and Bifidus. These bacteria are available in food such as yogurt, buttermilk, miso, kefir and some other fermented products. Bifidus bacteria are found in mother's milk. It is the dominant bacteria in our intestinal tract during infancy. At some point as a child gets older, Acidophilus begins to grow.
Bifidus remains the principle bacteria in our colon while acidophilus is the principle one in the vaginal area and small intestine. Both bifidus and acidophilus create healthy acids in the intestinal tract that many harmful organisms do not like.
There are harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites passing through the gastrointestinal tract constantly. The friendly organisms we just discussed repel them and fight them off so they do not harm us. They help create a surrounding environment that is hostile these harmful organisms that we think of as our enemies. A list of them would include they cold and flu virus and many of the bacteria and parasites that cause food poisoning. These friendly organisms also help digest our food. They literally start to eat our food and create chemical changes that make it easier for us to break the food down further. They also produce small amounts of a few important B vitamins for us. The make these Vitamins in our intestines by manufacturing them from left over that they find in the intestines. Unfortunately Anthrax is an organism that can overpower these friendly organisms making antibiotic use a must, if we are to stop it. But, keep in mind that medicines like "Cipro" and doxycycline kill acidophilus and Bifidus and allow harmful organisms to take their place!!!!!
The Scourge of Candida
Candida is the dangerous of all the germs that can take over your intestinal tract after being treated with Cipro or doxycycline.
Candida is yeast. It is a member of the vegetable family. It is a cousin to "molds". Yeasts are among the oldest living life forms on earth. They are a single celled life form containing no chlorophyll. There are many different types of yeast. Yeasts are common on plant leaves and flowers, on the surfaces of skin and the intestinal tract of animals. The type of yeast that we use to make bread or brew alcoholic beverages is different then Candida. These are thought as food yeasts. Candida is not a food yeast. It is not allowed to be used in the making bread or beer etc. Candida is thought of as pathogenic yeast. Pathogenic means that it can cause disease.
Candida is referred to as "dimorphic", which means it can exist or live in 2 different states or forms. As"yeast" it is a single cell plant life. It has a large, round, thick spore that is shaped like a chicken egg. It is asexual, which means it does not need a mate to reproduce. It reproduces by "budding" or growing buds. Do you recall seeing buds forming on the branches of trees or plants? Candida looks similar. As it grows it resembles a bunch of grapes. As it spreads it grows more branches, which then "buds" more bunches of "grapes". This is the way Candida appears in its other form or state, which is "fungal". Here it looks like lots of little beads strung together by threads. Just like there are safe yeasts, there are safe funguses. Mushrooms are an example of a fungus, which does not produce disease. Eating mushrooms will not cause candida.
Candida eats sugars and some fats that way animals do. This is how it feeds. Candida loves the dark, warm and moist environment of the intestines. It attaches itself to the intestinal wall and when it is in the fungal form tries to bury itself deep into your intestinal lining. It grows roots (like a weed) digging into the lining of your intestinal tract looking for food. When it does this it produces infections and illness in your body.
It can get so deep that it is able to break into your blood stream. It rarely can grow in all its budding glory in your blood. This only happens to very ill (usually terminally ill) people. If it breaks through to your blood tiny amounts of it as "spores" ride the waves of the blood stream and eventually "come ashore" onto a gland, organ or tissue. Here it can reproduce and "bud" invading this tissue and causing disease. This becomes a fungal infection in the tissue.
Candida Can Cause Many Negative Symptoms That Can Be Misdiagnosed
Back in your intestines candida will eat sugars and starches. It will ferment them creating alcohol. In some cases it can create enough alcohol to negatively effect you by causing mild symptoms of intoxication or hangover chronically.
In the digestive tract it causes gas to be produced as a byproduct of fermentation. As it grows in the intestinal tract it takes over sections that do not have friendly bacteria. Because of this it grows in only certain areas of the intestines. If you could take out the intestines and open them up Candida would look like streaks or blotches appearing very unevenly in certain areas while other areas would be normal.
Candida needs food to grow just like parasites do. The more food Candida has, the more it can grow. In tends to grow like a weed in your intestines. When it has food it perks up and spreads. Your own immune system can inhibit its growth it most cases. But when enough friendly bacteria are killed off by "Cipro" your immune system will not be able to fight off Candida.
Candida can be seen in the vagina of a woman. It can appear as a frothy like beer foam or like cottage cheese producing itching and burning and well as a sweet odor. This is the classic vaginal yeast infection.
In the mouth, it's overgrowth is called "thrush". It causes a heavy white coating on the tongue as well as white spots on the gums, the sides of the mouth or the corners of the mouth. It can look fuzzy or like cotton and is painful. A green, yellow or white coating on the tongue may also come from a sinus infection or allergy and that may involve Candida.
Candida can invade the sinuses, the ears, and the creases of the skin where we sweat and cause chronic infections that continue to return despite treatment. It can invade the scalp and cause dandruff.
When this happens the scalp will get particularly itchy and may itch when you eat sweets. Dry flaky scalp may mean Candida is causing B vitamin deficiencies.
Here is a list of possible symptoms of "Cipro" or doxycycline induced candida:
If anything happens to damage or kill off these friendly bacteria, candida will start to grow out of control. "Cipro", doxycycline and other antibiotics kill friendly Acidophilus, Bifidus and E Coli. Anthrax treatment with "Cipro" or doxycycline allows Candida to remain behind when the friendly one are killed. "Cipro" and doxycycline DO NOT KILL CANDIDA THEY MAKES IT WORSE!!
From this overview it is important to understand that there are good organism and bad ones. Not all bacteria are bad; many are healthy and protect or serve us. Even the bad ones like Candida and parasites can serve a purpose, like being food for good organisms. A balance is what is needed, not complete domination! And unfortunately those who are treated with "Cipro" or doxycycline are in danger of being dominated by candida!
For an in depth look at the symptoms caused by candida and to understand proper treatment visit our website at www.health-truth.com.
REFS; DRUG INDUCED NUTRIENT DEPLETION 2ND EDITION by PELTON, LAVALLE, HAWKINS AND KRINSKY
Michael Biamonte holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, and is a New York State certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is a professional member of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists,The American College of Nutrition and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. He is listed in "The Directory of Distinguished Americans" for his research in Nutrition and Physiology.
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