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Antibiotics: Stay the Course?

You’ve heard it for years: When you get antibiotics, finish the prescription even if you feel better. Otherwise, the bug might develop antibiotic resistance — a growing problem that’s making infections harder to treat. But a recent commentary in The BMJ argues that advice needs updating; stopping the meds might be better. In Science Smackdown, we invite experts to debate both sides of the issue.

The Claim: Time to Change the Message

It’s been known for decades that stopping antibiotics early doesn’t cause resistance, says Martin Llewelyn, author of The BMJ paper and an infectious diseases professor at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the U.K. For most of the bacteria posing threats today, it’s just the opposite: Longer exposure to antibiotics increases the risk they’ll develop a resistance.

To curb this, Llewelyn and colleagues urge doctors to drop the “complete the course” rhetoric and instead advise patients to stop when they feel better. “Many of the course durations that we recommend for antibiotics are probably too long for most patients,” he says.

The Counterpoint: Not Just Yet

Advising patients to stop their meds early is premature, says William Schaffner, a preventive medicine and infectious diseases professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He cites a 2016 study of children’s ear infections where a shorter antibiotic course led to relapse. “Just because they were feeling better didn’t mean that their infections were sufficiently treated to stop therapy,” he says.

He agrees with the goal of using fewer antibiotics, but he thinks rigorous studies need to be performed for each and every kind of infection before doctors change their recommendations. Rather than suggesting patients quit when they feel better, “this is a call to the profession to do better studies,” Schaffner says.

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Yet Another Study Says Vitamin Supplements Are Worthless

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Vitamin — the first four letters come from the Latin word for “life.” To sustain that, we need these organic compounds in small amounts, but it seems their purpose ends there.

New research reaffirms the counterintuitive notion that vitamin and mineral supplements aren’t the magical panacea we’ve been led to believe. It’s something that researchers have been finding for years, and a meta-analysis, summarizing the findings of 179 individual studies, published on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that most common vitamins provide precisely zero benefit to those taking them.

Non-vital Vitamins

Specifically, the study concluded that multivitamins, as well as calcium, and vitamins C and D are essentially powerless. They do no harm, but they might as well be placebos. These findings run contrary to popular wisdom, which instructs us to load up on supplements to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and premature death.

This isn’t the first time science has refuted vitamin worship. In 2013 a series of studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine, collectively including hundreds of thousands of participants, concurred that vitamins do not lead to any boost in health. In fact, the studies found that beta-carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of vitamin A actually slightly increase mortality.

The only supplement that may live up to its reputation, according to the new study, is folic acid. This, with or without vitamin B, may prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The tradition of using vitamins and minerals for nutrient deficiencies dates back to 1747, when the British naval surgeon James Lind treated scurvy with citrus fruit, rich in vitamin C. Physicians routinely make such prescriptions, though usually only in cases where the patient has a demonstrated deficiency of a particular vitamin or nutrient.

Supplement Crazy

In recent years, though, we’ve come to view supplements as the gateway to general health and longevity. A Gallup poll in 2013 showed that 50 percent of Americans regularly take vitamins or multivitamins.

On the flip side, a comparison of Gallup polls in 1975 and 2016 reveals plunging public trust in the mainstream American medical system. This phenomenon may have contributed to the ascent of “natural” vitamin and mineral supplements.

But it probably also stems from rampant marketing and advertising. Thanks to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, manufacturers don’t have to prove the to the Food and Drug Administration that their supplements work. They can claim their products work, though, as long as they keep it vague (“strengthens the body”) and don’t profess to truly treat anything.

Call it a healthcare failure, call it a marketing miracle. Either way, call a doctor before you pop another vitamin. Odds are they’ll tell you to stick to fruits and veggies.

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KNOW THE CAUSE: Lyme Disease and Fungus

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Morgellons and Dope (Crack)

Even though this person in this video blog needs help with her drug addiction she shares her true story of being infected with morgellons. Everyone has their own way in dealing with this horrible disease. If you google Morgellons or resistant scabies mites you will come across forums of people questioning if some narcotic drugs could possibly get rid of these things. It’s not uncommon to hear individuals who gets high and complains about feeling bugs crawling all over them, biting them, etc. In reality in many cases it is true. Because of these narcotic drugs poisoning the system it drives them out of the body. Just as the same as if taking anti-parasitic drugs such as ivermectin.

Morgellons disease is a poorly understood condition characterized by small fibers, particles and bugs emerging from the skin. People with this condition often report feeling as if something is crawling on or stinging/ biting their skin.

In no way do we endorse or suggest in using any illegal substance to deal or attempt to get rid of morgellons or resistant scabies mites.

 

 

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