"Why I Prescribe Antibiotics" By a dr. -article

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  1. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    THis is long so I will post it in more than one message.


    "Why I Prescribe Antibiotics" By Gabe Mirkin M.D.

    The latest information for you and your doctor on the treatment of:
    Rheumatoid or Reactive Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, M C Sensitivities, Late-Onset Asthma, Ulcerative Colitis, Chrohn's Disease, Stomach Problems, Prevention of Heart Attacks,
    Infertility, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Yeast Infections,

    Why I Prescribe Antibiotics to My Patients with Rheumatoid or Reactive Arthritis, Late-onset Asthma, Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Other Autoimmune Diseases.

    Before I prescribe any medication, I ask myself whether it will help or hurt. All of the autoimmune diseases cause severe disability.
    Conventional medications neither cure these diseases nor stop the progressive destruction that they cause. Doctors prescribe immune suppressives that sometimes have deadly effects. Antibiotics are far
    safer that the drugs conventionally used to treat these diseases. So, if
    antibiotics can be shown to help control these diseases, they should be
    used long before a doctor thinks of using the conventional immune
    suppressives.

    When a germ gets into your body, you are supposed to produce cells and
    proteins called antibodies that attach to and kill that germ. These
    diseases are felt by many doctors to be caused by your own immunity.
    Instead of doing its job of killing germs, your immunity attacks your own
    tissue. If it attacks your joints, its is called reactive arthritis; if
    it attacks your intestines, it's called Crohn's disease; your colon, it's
    called ultra ulcerative colitis; and if it fills your lungs with mucous,
    it's called late onset asthma. I do not believe that your immunity is
    that stupid. Accumulating data show that all of these conditions can be
    caused by infection. Many diseases that were thought to be autoimmune
    turn out to be infections: stomach ulcers are caused by bacterium,
    helicobactor pylori and others; multiple sclerosis may be caused by HHS-6
    virus; rheumatic fever is caused by the bacterium, beta streptococcus,
    group A; Gillian-Barre syndrome may be caused by the bacterium,
    campylobacter; Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by E. Coli,
    Klebsiella and Bacteroides; and so forth.

    Shouldn't We Be Concerned About Resistant Bacteria?
    The argument that giving antibiotics causes bacteria to be resistant to
    that antibiotic is reasonable, but it has no place in discouraging people
    with these diseases from taking them. First, these people have serious
    diseases that cause permanent damage life and death. Second, the
    treatments that are available are toxic, shorten life, cause cancer, and
    have to be followed by frequent blood tests. On the other hand, I
    prescribe derivatives of tetracycline and erythromycin. These are
    extraordinarily safe and do not require drawing frequent blood tests. If
    you were to become infected subsequently with bacteria that are resistant
    to these antibiotics, you would have lost nothing. No reasonable doctor
    would prescribe erythromycin or tetracycline for acute serious diseases,
    such as meningitis, pneumonia, or an abscess, because tetracyclines and
    erythromycins do not kill germs, they only stop them from multiplying.
    Instead, doctors prescribe far more bacteriocidal antibiotics that kill
    bacteria.

    Many doctors criticize my use of antibiotics, but many antibiotics are
    far safer than conventional treatment, cost less, can be administered by
    a general practitioner, and often cure the condition, rather that just
    suppressing symptoms. I know that most physicians who develop these
    conditions will treat themselves with antibiotics because they know that
    conventional treatments with prednisone, chloroquine, azathioprine, and
    methotrexate are toxic and my treatments with erythromycins and
    tetracyclines are safe.

    The Hidden Epidemic-Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, and Ureaplasma
    Mycoplasma, chlamydia, and ureaplasma are the smallest of free-living
    organisms. They are unlike all other all other bacteria because they have
    no cell walls and therefore must live inside cells. They are unlike
    viruses because they can live in cultures outside of cells and can be
    killed by certain antibiotics. However, they cannot be killed by most
    antibiotics, as most antibiotics work by damaging a bacteria's cell wall.
    They can be killed by antibiotics such as tetracyclines or erythromycins
    that do not act on a cell wall.

    If you feel sick and your doctor is unable to make a diagnosis because
    all laboratory tests and cultures fail to reveal a cause, you could be
    infected with one or more of these bacteria. The only way that you will
    be cured is for your doctor to suspect an infection with these germs and
    for you to take long-acting erythromycin or tetracyclines for several
    weeks, months or years. They are the most common cause of venereal
    diseases and are a common cause of muscle and joint pains, burning in the
    stomach, a chronic cough, and chronic fatigue. They can cause transverse
    myelitis (paralysis of the spine); gall stones; a chronic sore throat;
    red itchy eyes, pain on looking at light and blindness; arthritis; brain
    and nerve damage with symptoms of lack of coordination, headaches and
    passing out; spotting between periods or uterine infections; kidney
    stones; testicular pain; asthma; heart attacks; strokes; cerebral palsy;
    premature birth; high blood pressure; nasal polyps; stuffy nose in
    newborns; chronic fatigue; belly pain; muscle pain; confusion; passing
    out and death; coughing; bloody diarrhea; and anal itching and bleeding.

    Mycoplasma, chlamydia, and ureaplasma infections are extraordinary
    difficult to diagnose and treat. No dependable tests are available to
    most practicing physicians that will rule infections with these bacteria
    in or out, and most doctors will not prescribe antibiotics to patients
    unless they have results of a laboratory test that confirms a specific
    infection. If you feel sick and your doctor unable to make a diagnosis
    because all laboratory test and cultures fail to reveal a cause, you
    could be infected with mycoplasma, chlamydia, or ureaplasma and will be
    cured only by taking long-acting erythromycin or tetracyclines for many
    months.

    Usually the first symptoms from chlamydia, ureaplasma and mycoplasma are
    burning on urination, a feeling that you have to urinate all the time,
    terrible discomfort when the bladder is full and vaginal itching, odor or
    discharge. Other first symptoms include itchy eyes, a cough or a burning
    in your nose. The bacteria are transmitted through sexual contact, or you
    can be infected when an infected person coughs in your face or you
    touched nasal or eye secretions from an infected person and put your
    finger in your nose or eye. Your chances for a cure are high if you are
    treated when you have only local symptoms; but after many months the
    infection can spread to other parts of your body and make you sick or
    damage nerves, joints and muscles.

    Once these infections are allowed to persist for months or years, they
    are extraordinarily difficult to cure and often require treatment for
    many months. Even if your doctor is willing to prescribe antibiotics,
    treatment can be difficult. Often patients do not take the medication
    long enough to be cured, or they may have a close contact with an
    infected person and become reinfected. One patient in four takes of
    medication as prescribed and almost all women who had chlamydia one month
    after treatment had been reinfected by new or old partners.

    My recommended treatment: I often prescribe 500 mg of azithromycin twice
    a week and/or doxycycline 100-mg twice a day. Many physicians disagree
    with these recommendations, so check with your doctor to see if you may
    be a candidate for this treatment.

    Reactive and Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Most rheumatologist refuse to treat their rheumatoid arthritis patients
    with antibiotics even though all five controlled prospective studies
    conducted to date show that minocycline drops the rheumatoid factor
    towards zero and helps to alleviate the pain and destruction of cartilage
    of rheumatoid arthritis. There are two major types of arthritis:
    osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis; and reactive
    arthritis, which includes rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis means that
    cartilage wears away and doctors don't have the foggiest idea why. There
    is no effective treatment. Doctors usually prescribe non-steroidal pills
    that help to block pain but do not stop or even slow down the destruction
    of cartilage.

    Most scientists agree that an infection initiates rheumatoid and other
    reactive arthritides and most think that the germ is still there when the
    symptoms start. Short-term antibiotics are ineffective, but if
    antibiotics are started before the joint is destroyed, many months and
    years of antibiotics are effective in reducing and preventing joint
    damage. Your arthritis is likely to be classified as reactive arthritis
    if you have: 1) positive blood tests for arthritis (all tests used to
    diagnose arthritis are measures of an overactive immunity); 2) swelling
    of the knuckles and middle joints of your fingers, causing them to look
    like cigars; 3) a history of a long-standing infection such as a chronic
    cough, burning on urination or pain when the bladder is full, chronic
    diarrhea, burning in the stomach, throat or nose, or gum disease; and 4)
    symptoms that begin before age 50.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by pain in many muscles and joints
    and is thought to be caused by a person's own antibodies and cells and
    cells attacking and destroying cartilage in joints. Rheumatoid arthritis
    may be triggered by infection and antibiotics may help to prevent and
    treat this joint destruction. Most rheumatologists treat rheumatoid
    arthritis with immune suppressants, which are extraordinarily expensive,
    highly toxic and, in my opinion, far less effective in controlling
    rheumatoid arthritis than antibiotics. Antibiotics are effective in
    controlling the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and higher doses are
    more effective. Short-term antibiotics are ineffective. Doxycycline may
    prevent joint destruction by stabilizing cartilage in addition to
    clearing the germ from the body.

    How do germs cause arthritis? When a germ gets into your body, you
    manufacture cells and proteins called antibodies that attach to and kill
    that germ. Sometimes, the germ has a surface protein that is similar to
    the surface protein in your cells. Then, not only do the antibodies
    attach to and kill the germ, they also attach to and kill your own cells
    that have the same surface membranes. People with rheumatoid arthritis
    have high antibody titre to E. Coli, a bacteria that lives normally in
    everyone's intestines. It has the same surface protein as many cells in
    your body. Normal intestines do not permit E. Coli to get into your
    bloodstream. The people who get rheumatoid arthritis may be those whose
    intestines allow E. Coli to pass into the blood stream and cause the
    immune reaction that destroys muscles and joints. The same type of
    reaction applies to several other bacteria and viruses that can pass into
    your blood stream. Venereal diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia,
    mycoplasma, and ureaplasma have been found in the joint fluid of many
    people with arthritis. People with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely
    to have staph aureus in their noses and carry higher antibody titer
    against that germ. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis have had chronic
    lung infections, caused by mycoplasma and chlamydia, prior to getting
    rheumatoid arthritis.

    I have seen antibiotics reduce high rheumatoid factors to zero, alleviate
    symptoms and stop the progressive destruction of cartilage in joints. The
    lead paper at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Rheumatology
    showed that Minocycline is the safest and least expensive drug that
    effectively stops progressive joint damage caused by rheumatoid
    arthritis. It is most effective when given before extensive cartilaginous
    damage occurs.

    I treat my reactive arthritis patients with Minocycline 100 mg twice a
    day, (sometimes azithromycin 500-mg twice a week). This must still be
    considered experimental because most doctors are not yet ready to accept
    antibiotics as treatment. There is also concern about a rare, serious
    side effect of lupus. However, other papers show that even osteoarthritis
    may respond to antibiotics.

    Late-Onset Asthma May Be Caused by Infection.
    A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reviews
    articles showing that asthma that starts after puberty can be caused by
    an infection. At the 37th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents
    and Chemotherapy in Toronto, papers were presented showing that
    mycoplasma is a common cause of pneumonia in young adults and children, a
    common cause for meningitis, nerve damage, heart and muscle infection,
    (myocarditis) and arthritis, and a common cause of asthma in young
    adults. One paper showed that a significant number of young adults who
    develop asthma caused by mycoplasma fail to develop antibodies to kill
    that bacteria, so they continue to be infected for the rest of their
    lives. Another paper showed that another intracellular bacteria called
    ureaplasma is a common cause of asthma in young children. Since
    practicing physicians usually do not have an available laboratory test to
    find chlamydia, ureaplasma and mycoplasma, doctors should consider
    prescribing antibiotics for some people with persistent wheezing and
    coughing (azithromycin, clarithromysin, dirithromycin, minocycline or
    doxycycline).

    Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
    Fibromyalgia means that a previously healthy person develops unexplained
    exhaustion, fatigue and muscle aches and pains that last for more that
    six months; all blood tests are normal and doctors can't find a cause.
    One recent report shows that a large number of people who were diagnosed
    with having fibromyalgia really had polymyalgia rheumatica, which does
    have abnormal blood tests. A recent report shows that many sufferers have
    low spinal fluid levels of vitamin B12 can be treated with 1000mcg of B12
    each day.

    The diagnosis of fibromyalgia should be made only after all other causes
    have been ruled out. Many infections can cause fatigue and muscle pain.
    The evaluation should include tests for infectious diseases; such as Lyme
    disease and Hepatitis B or C, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis or the
    helicobactor that causes stomach ulcers; autoimmune diseases, such as
    rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis;
    hidden cancers such as those of the breast and prostate; hormonal
    diseases such as low thyroid; or side effects from a medication or
    illicit drug. Around 20 percent will be depressed. Most people miss work
    and complain of illness long before their diagnosis, but the majority
    will not have a known cause.

    Chronic fatigue means that the primary symptom is exhaustion, but most
    also have constipation and diarrhea. Fibromyalgia usually means that
    muscle and joint pains are major symptoms, but muscle biopsies are
    normal, pressure points are not reproducible and ultra sound is normal.
    Multiple chemical sensitivities means that patients think that their
    symptoms are caused by factors in their environment or they consult
    doctors who think the same thing. Untreated, the symptoms that that lead
    to any of these diagnoses will usually continue in adults for the rest of
    their lives. I have prescribed doxycycline 100-mg twice a day for several
    months, and sometimes azithromycin 500-mg twice a week, and some of my
    patients get better. However, this treatment is not accepted by most
    doctors. Please check with your doctor.

    Prevention of Heart Attacks
    Myriad scientific papers show that heart attacks may be caused by
    infection with chlamydia and other bacteria and viruses. Most mainstream
    heart specialists feel that infection with chlamydia can cause heart attacks, but most doctors are afraid to prescribe new treatments. Most
    people who develop fatty plaques in their arteries have been infected with chlamydia and many people with arteriosclerotic heart disease carry chlamydia in their mouths.
  2. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member



    Why I prescribe Antibiotics Part 2




    Previous studies show that chlamydia is associated with and has been
    found repeatedly in plaques that form in arteries to causes heart
    attacks, high blood pressure and strokes. Antibodies combine with
    chlamydia to form immune complexes that convert the bad LDL cholesterol
    to oxidized cholesterol to form plaques in arteries. People with high
    blood levels of C-reactive protein, an indicator of infection are the
    ones most likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin reduces
    inflammation caused by infection in the inner lining of arteries and
    prevents heart attacks. People who have had heart attacks are more likely
    to die if they have had high levels of C-reactive protein. Being infected
    with chlamydia is associated with increased risk for heart attacks and
    having chlamydia increases a heart attack victim's chances of suffering
    another heart attack fourfold, presumably by increasing susceptibility
    clotting. Treating with azithromycin, an antibiotic that kills chlamydia
    helped relieve symptoms in people with agina chest pain. Herpes simplex
    and cytomegalovirus have been associated with heart attacks.

    To prevent heart attacks, eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet and treat
    chronic infections. I recommend a short course of doxycycline or
    azithromycin to people who have heart attacks or strokes, or who are at
    high risk for heart attacks because of extensive arteriosclerosis; and
    have a positive antibody blood test for chlamydia or mycoplasma. I
    predict that soon most physicians will do the same, but now most
    physicians disagree with me even though studies show that antibiotics
    prevent heart attacks.

    Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease
    When a person has bloody diarrhea and doctors find ulcers in the
    intestines, they look for cancer, infection or parasites. When they can't
    find a cause, they should say that they don't have the foggiest idea why
    the person has intestinal ulcers. Instead, they deceive their patients by
    saying that the person has Chrohn's disease and explaining that the
    person's immunity is so stupid that it punches holes in the intestines,
    rather than doing its job of killing germs. They prescribe medications
    that suppress immunity or cut out parts of intestine.

    Normal intestines are so loaded with bacteria that doctors can't possibly
    tell which belong there and which may be causing disease. The
    conventional treatment offers no cure and is associated with many
    complications that shorten life. Exciting research from France show that
    a variant of E. Coli, a bacteria that lives in normal intestines, sticks
    to the intestinal lining and produces an alpha hemolysis that punches
    holes in the intestines to cause at least some cases of Crohn's disease.
    Further studies show that heat shock protein can be removed from the
    common intestinal bacteria, E. Coli, and when given to mice, causes
    terrible bloody ulcers to form in the intestines. Under the microscope,
    intestines looked exactly the same as those of people who suffer from
    ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Extensive data show that people
    with this condition have leaky intestines that allow germs to pass into
    the bloodstream and their immunities are trying to kill these germs.

    Antibiotics can reduce swelling and ulcers in Crohn's disease. Dr. Joel
    Taurog of the University of Texas has shown that a bacteria called
    bacteroides causes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in mice who are
    genetically programmed to have an HLA-B27, a special gene that causes
    arthritis. Special tissue staining techniques show that tissue taken from
    patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis contain parts of two
    common bacteria called E. Coli and streptococci. Many studies show that
    infections may cause Crohn's disease and that antibiotics, particularly
    Cipro with or without metronidazole, control ulcerative colitis and
    Crohn's disease. Although many doctors disagree, I treat Crohn's disease
    with Cipro 500-mg twice a day continuously and metronidazole 250-mg four
    times a day on alternate weeks and check liver tests monthly. I tell
    patients to stop the metronidazole if they feel any strange nerve
    sensations.

    Stomach Problems
    If you have belching, burping, a sour taste in your mouth, mouth odor, a
    white-coated tongue or a burning pain in your stomach or chest that gets
    worse when you are hungry and better when you eat, you probably have too
    much stomach acid. Doctors may say you have ulcers, esophagitis,
    gastritis, duodenitis, achalasia, chalazia, hiatal hernia or reflux.
    These terms mean that stomach acid is burning your gastrointestinal
    tract. Most people who have these symptoms have an infection with a
    bacteria called helicobactor pylori.

    If you have these symptoms, you need blood tests to see if you have
    helicobactor and a special x-ray called an upper GI series to rule out a
    cancer. Since there are several bacteria that cause stomach cancers
    ulcers, a negative blood test does not rule out an infection. I usually
    treat all people with gastritis symptoms with a one-week course of
    antibiotics: metronidazole four times a day, clarithromycin 500-mg twice
    a day and omeperazole 20-mg once a day for one week. At least 12 weeks
    later, you need a follow up blood test for helicobactor. If your symptoms
    are gone and the titre drops, you are probably cured. If your
    helicobactor titre is still high, your helicobactor is probably resistant
    to metronidazole and your need to be treated for at least ten days with
    amoxacillin 500-mg four times a day, tetracycline 500-mg three times a
    day and omeperazole 20-mg once a day. If you have regurgitation of
    stomach acid into your esophagus (reflux, hiatal hernia), you may need to
    be treated with 20-mg omeperazole once a day and 10-mg cisapride four
    times a day. Virtually all physicians have now accepted the infectious
    causes of stomach problems. Only the manufacturers of over-the-counter
    remedies still try to make you believe that stomach pain is caused by
    stress.

    Infertility
    Recent reports from the University of Maryland and Germany show that
    before you consult an infertility doctor to help you become pregnant, you
    should take antibiotics to treat a possible hidden infection. Many other
    studies show that the most common cause of infertility is a uterine
    infection. Of women being evaluated for infertility, 40 percent are
    infected with chlamydia, mycoplasma or ureaplasma, as are 36 percent of
    those with a previous history of uterine infection and 50 percent of
    those with tubule blockage. More than 60 percent had evidence of a past
    infection. The more partners you have, the more likely you are to be
    infected, although you can be infected by one contact. An infection can
    prevent pregnancy by blocking the uterine tubes. It can damage sperm so
    that they can't swim toward the egg, and it can cause abortions,
    premature birth and low birth weight. Infected people may have burning on
    urination, discomfort when the bladder is full, or an urgency to void.
    Women may have only spotting between periods. Men and women can be
    infected with mycoplasma or ureaplasma, even though all available tests
    can't find them and they may have no symptoms at all. A dipstick urine
    test may diagnose the infection. Semen from 91 percent of infertile men
    contain contains types of bacteria that grow without oxygen. Before
    infertile couples spend between $10,000 and $150,000 for infertility
    evaluations and treatments, they should ask their gynecologist to treat
    them with the newer erythromycins, Zithromax (250-mg once a day for eight
    days) or Biaxin (500-mg BID for 10 days), for chlamydia and mycoplasma
    infections.

    Other tests for evaluation of infertility: Female: FSH (menopause), TSH
    (thyroid disease), Prolactin (brain tumor), Progesterone (7 days after
    expected ovulation, around 21 days after start of menstruation), HSG (to
    check if uterine tubes are open). If masculinization: testosterone,
    DHEAS, 17-oh progesterone, sonogram of ovaries. Male: semen analysis.

    You Should Be Afraid to Have Casual Sex!
    If you have unprotected sex with a person who is having sex with someone
    else, you are at extraordinarily high risk for getting venereal diseases
    that can make you sick and even kill you. A report from Johns Hopkins
    shows that 25 percent of girls between 12 and 19 who show up at school
    based and sexually transmitted disease clinics are infected with
    chlamydia, a venereal disease that cause infertility, terrible pelvic
    infections, horrible urinary symptoms, joint pains, a sore throat, a
    cough, heart attacks and even death. Other studies show that 50 percent
    of young people with more than three sexual partners a year have sexually
    transmissible diseases and 40 percent of sexually active adolescent
    females in a large American city have chlamydia and or gonorrhea.

    If you have discomfort when your bladder is full, get up in the middle of
    the night to urinate, have spotting between periods, feel like there is a
    hair in your urinary tube or have unexplained pelvic pain, you may have a
    venereal disease that can be cured with antibiotics. You should get urine
    and vaginal cultures and tests for venereal diseases. Even if none is
    found, if you are sexually active and have symptoms, both you and your
    partner still should be treated with the newer erythromycins or
    tetracyclines for several weeks. If you still have symptoms, you need a
    thorough evaluation.

    The most common causes of burning on urination in young men are venereal
    diseases caused by mycoplasma, chlamydia and ureaplasma. If you are a man
    who has burning on urination, a feeling that you have to urinate all the
    time, a sense of urgency to urinate when your bladder is full and have to
    get up frequently in the middle of the night to urinate, you probably
    have an infection. Your doctor may do urethral smear for chlamydia and
    gonorrhea, but negative tests do not rule out these infections. Bladder
    infections rarely occur in men, but your doctor can order a urinalysis
    and urine culture. If the culture grows out a bacterium, you should be
    treated with the appropriate antibiotic. If, as expected, no germ grows
    from the culture and your urine has a positive nitrite or leukocyte
    esterase test, the odds are overwhelming that you have a mycoplasma,
    chlamydia or ureaplasma infection and you and your partner should be
    treated with azithromycin 500-mg the first day and 250-mg each day for
    the next 7 days, or doxycycline 100-mg twice a day for several weeks.

    If that doesn't cure you, you are in big trouble. Your doctor may order a
    semen culture, but semen cultures can grow germs that are not causing
    your symptoms, but it may be the only clue you have. Prostate infections
    can be extraordinarily difficult to cure so you may have to be treated
    with injections of very high doses of antibiotics or with antibiotic
    pills for several months. Your doctor may also check you for other causes
    of urinary symptoms such as prostate and bladder cancer.

    Yeast Infections
    Some yeasts cause vaginal itching and discharge, particularly after a
    woman takes antibiotics or birth control pills. A doctor diagnoses yeast
    by inserting a cotton swab into the vagina, placing it in a drop of water
    and examining the fluid for yeast under a microscope. Cultures should not
    be used to diagnose yeast as most healthy women harbor harmless yeast in
    their vaginas, mouths and intestines.

    Yeast infections often follow taking antibiotics or birth control pills,
    but when yeast cause a rash on the genitals, it is often acquired through
    heterosexual contact or it can be caused by immune defects associated
    with diabetes or HIV. When normal healthy people develop rashes caused by
    yeast, doctors should look for a cause. Genital infections caused by
    yeast are often associated with a special type of yeast that is able to
    break through the skin to cause a red, itchy rash. Men and women with
    genital rashes caused by yeast usually have several sexual partners and
    therefore, are at increased risk for picking up this special yeast
    through sexual contact. Since yeast is a normal inhabitant in the vagina,
    it is often diagnosed as the cause of vaginal itching when it is only an
    innocent bystander. When a physician takes cultures for many different
    types of infections and finds only a yeast, he usually prescribes
    suppositories (over-the-counter clotrimazole vaginal suppository, once a
    day for three days) to kill yeast and the patient feels better for a week
    or so because the suppository lubricates the irritated area. Then the
    itching returns because these women often are infected with mycoplasma,
    which is extraordinarily difficult to find on culture. They can be cured
    when they and their partners take azithromycin (250-mg once a day for
    9days) to kill the mycoplasma. If a woman really has a vaginal yeast
    infection, she usually clears up with a pill called fluconazole
    (150-mg/day for 4 days).

    Doxycycline, Minocycline and Tetracycline
    Many doctors have asked why I treat some of my patients with acne,
    arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and late on-set asthma with
    antibiotic, doxycycline, when minocycline is probably more effective.
    Doxycycline is a fairly safe drug, although it can cause a sore throat,
    sunlight sensitivity, pigmentation and abnormal liver tests. It causes
    sore throat and heartburn when it gets stuck in your esophagus, so take
    it with large amounts of water to wash it down to your stomach. To
    prevent sunburn, avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Minocycline is
    fairly safe, but it can cause more serious serum sickness-like reaction,
    hypersensitivity syndrome reaction, and drug-induced lupus: characterized
    by fever, joint pain, a rash, a feeling of being sick, hives itching and
    severe pain. Other reported side effects include dark colored eyeballs,
    and liver damage.

    Minocycline is more effective than doxycycline because it achieves much
    higher concentrations in the tissues where it does work in reducing
    swelling, killing germs, and stopping pain. Although minocycline and
    doxycycline are in the same class of antibiotics as tetracycline, we
    rarely use tetracycline because it does not achieve high tissue
    concentrations. Doxycycline achieves much higher tissue concentrations
    than tetracycline, while minocycline penetrates tissue far more
    effectively than doxycycline.
  3. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    But I really thought it would be of interest to
    those on the board. I sure found it informative.

    Lynn
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thanks so much for this info. Could you please share the source of this article. When we take articles into our docs, they usually want to know where the article was published. Thanks.

    Love, Mikie
  5. healing

    healing New Member

    is by Dr. Gabe Mirkin who is located in the Washington, DC Metro Area. He is a practicing doc, writes a monthly newsletter, a weekly "e-zine," and appears syndicated on a number of radio stations. His shtick is that he reads extensively *all* the medical journals and research bulletins, which most doctors don't have time to do, and synopsizes them for his subscribers. A lot of doctors in this area don't like him because he puts so much information out and patients bring it in to their doctors.
  6. tansy

    tansy New Member

    Thanks so much for posting this. Good timing as far as I'm concerned. See my GP next week, she already had info on hypercoagulation, not sure she'll want to use heparin though (I'm thrombocytopenic) but if antibiotics could help I'm sure she'd prescribe them. Have just had heliobactor test done and I told her enough for her to understand the strong possiblity of long term infections and where some of them came from.

    Cheers

    Tansy

  7. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    I came back here and posted the info you asked about and it isn't here! I suspect that I must have forgotten
    to push the post button.

    I got the article from another web group and healing
    gave you the rest.

    Lynn
  8. healing

    healing New Member

    has a website too. You can look him up on Google.
  9. KathiM

    KathiM New Member

    This is great info......Thanks for taking the time to post all this.

    i just bought the book.........

    What your Dr may NOT tell you about Fibromyalgia
    The revolutionary treatment that can reverse the disease.

    So far it s VERY interesting..... !!!!!!!!!!!

    Kathim