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Vitamin C for Tuberculosis | A groundbreaking new study showing that vitamin C can kill drug-resistant tuberculosis could pave the way for the nutrient to go into widespread use as an effective defense against many diseases, says a top holistic physician.

 
“Vitamin C fell out of favor when antibiotics came in, but this study shows the potential  of using vitamin C to kill infection,” David Brownstein, M.D., told Newsmax Health.
 
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University reported they had discovered that vitamin C kills drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria, a finding that could lead to future disease-fighting applications.
 
Scientists made the discovery when they were experimenting to learn how TB bacteria become resistant to isoniazid, a first-line TB drug. When pairing the drug with vitamin C they discovered they had killed the bacteria. In doing subsequent experiments, researchers reported in the journal Nature Communications that the vitamin killed off the TB bacteria by itself without the drug
An estimated 650,000 people worldwide have multidrug-resistant TB. Based on this study, which showed vitamin C’s effectiveness in the lab, researchers say they next want to test it in the real world. The Einstein College scientists noted that vitamin C is inexpensive, widely available, safe.
 
Dr. Brownstein said that researchers have generally not taken vitamin C seriously as a disease fighter, but that may now change. “There’s a track record of vitamin C effectively treating diseases like measles as well as pertussis (whooping cough),” said Dr. Brownstein, author of the newsletter Natural Way to Health.
 
Vitamin C is superior to antibiotics because the nutrient marshals the body’s natural resources to fight off infection, Dr. Brownstein said. Also, he added, “If you look at the history of vitamin C I don’t know of one infectious organism that has grown resistant to it.” Drug resistance, on the other hand, has emerged as a worldwide problem.
 
Another new study of vitamin C showed that high doses may stop cancer. Researchers at Cancer Treatment Centers of America reported they had recently completed a trial in which intravenous vitamin C inhibited tumor growth in mice.
 
IV injection of vitamin C is used in alternative medical centers to treat cancer and other disease but it is generally not recognized by mainstream medicine as an effective treatment.  
 
“Again, the results of this new cancer study does not surprise me because we use vitamin C both orally and intravenously in the fight against many types of disease, including cancer,” Dr. Brownstein said.
 
He generally recommends 3,000-5,000 mgs a day of supplemental vitamin C to maintain good health.

 

May 2013 | CDC Sounds Alarm That It May Be Too Late To Treat Superbugs

February 5, 2013 | A recent report suggests that the proliferation and spread of Tuberculosis will continue due to the sale of fake antibiotics.

The article author, Roger Bate, is an economist who has held a variety of positions in free market, libertarian, and conservative think tanks and lobby groups. His current work focuses on solving the problem of counterfeit and substandard medicines, particularly those in the developing world. He also works on U.S. and international aid policy, performance of aid organizations, and health policy in developing countries, particularly with regard to malaria control and the use of DDT. He is currently a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs, and he on the board of directors of Africa Fighting Malaria. He also written a number of articles questioning the science of climate change.

The concept of an industry based upon providing supposed Life Saving Drugs to entire populations that have been purposefully inadequately prepared, bottled and sold tells us the criminal mind can do more than shoot guns. 

When people, organizations, and groups make money by scamming unsuspecting individuals, we call that a criminal offense. When people, organizations, groups, manufacturers and distributors who provide drugs that have been cut down or faked, we also call this criminal and maybe even drug dealing.

 

As a result of both over use and inadequate, inconsistent quality of antibiotics, more drug resistant strains of tuberculosis have been developing in countries around the world. 

 

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Totally Drug Resistant Equals TDR a new label for the inadequacy of drugs to suppress the symptoms of contagious and epidemic disease also called Super Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. And, I have read that the disease likely originated in Iran. This gives me pause to consider whether some of these contagious respiratory diseases have been manufactured in laboratories, like the swine flu, and were either purposefully planted or accidentally got out of hand. This may be conspiracy theory, but in our world today, you never know what hit you. 


The problem is not necessarily that there are no drugs to resist the disease, but that there are no antibiotics to resist them, as reported. Perhaps other drugs have not been tested since traditional medicine is so used to relying on antibiotics. Compounding the problem is the rampant use of antibiotics on farms, which in turn get into the human system through the food chain. 

 

How does this fit in with the view of complementary medicine and homeopathic medicine?


Strains Of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis In India as the breeding ground for these bugs makes me wonder why we see this occurrence more widespread in that country rather than other countries? The report below neglected to say that Peru, Haiti, South Africa and Russia have seen this disease. 


The patients must take up to six months of costly drugs for return to health, but it seems that the patients die because the antibiotics have lost effectiveness, not the longevity for giving these medicines. 


So, we might consider TDR opportunistic diseases to HIV AIDS as discussed in recent Radio Shows with Dr Pawan Chandak as the immune systems have been weakened to any types of infection.

 

Does India have the tools to diagnose drug resistant tuberculosis? It has been indicated that early diagnosis will curtail the spread and progression of contagious disease.

 

What steps do hospitals and physicians take for cases that can be infectious, contagious and epidemic? 

 

Are homeopaths involved with these cases and governmental recommendations to prevent the spread of this potential epidemic disease? We have been discussing MRSA for a number of years. 

 

She asks, "Where are the new drugs?" Why don't we use the old homeopathic drugs? As we all know, the bacteria can mutate much faster than the pharmaceuticals can be produced. 

 

A key factor in improving the health of populations consists of improving diet and standard of living. With the investment to the general population into these areas, it is my personal belief that disease will largely be reduced. A healthy mind, body and spirit through providing Maslow's basic needs will go a long way.

 

This story was produced January 13, 2012 with Maryn McKenna, author of "SuperBug" on Talk of the Nation and writes for "Wired." You may listen here. 

 
AUDIO | NPR Story on DRT

 

Transcript

 

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Tags: Drug, India, MRSA, Resistant, Strains, TB, TRD, Tuberculosis

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News for January 18th on BBC News - Indian TB Cases 'Can't Be Cured"

Tuberculosis which appears to be totally resistant to antibiotic treatment has been reported for the first time by Indian doctors.

No, this is not true.

It is been conducted by one Hospital called HINDUJA HOSPITAL and their laboratory is not accredited for TB studies by gov of INDIA.

The team of doctors now have cleared that information. They are not reactive to general Anti TB drugs, but they are responsive to other forms of drugs. So, it can not be called TDR, but should be called XTDR or XXTDR.

Hope, this is useful

Regards

Vishal

Dear Dr Vishal ~ Unless we have Indian physicians like yourself refuting what purported "facts" journalists print in the media, then people around the world will totally have the wrong impression about the spread of TB and other diseases in India. 

How can we change what people learn, think and believe? How can we inform the public about the truth regarding the spread of disease and who is sick in different regions and what forms of disease can and cannot be cured? 

Much thanks for participating in this discussion

Debby

LIKEWISE PENICILLIN TB MEDICINES ARE GOING TO STOP THEIR ACTIONS OVER THE TB PATIENTS.

 

Genes for resistance to antibiotics, like the antibiotics themselves, are ancient. However, the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections seen in clinical practice stems from antibiotic use both within human medicine and veterinary medicine. Any use of antibiotics can increase selective pressure in a population of bacteria to allow the resistant bacteria to thrive and the susceptible bacteria to die off. As resistance towards antibiotics becomes more common, a greater need for alternative treatments arises. However, despite a push for new antibiotic therapies there has been a continued decline in the number of newly approved drugs. Antibiotic resistance therefore poses a significant problem.

The same thing is happening with the TB drugs. As the drugs become ancient, they are going to finish their action because a stronger organism is taking place.

Please clarify what you mean Dr Chandrakant regarding:

"The same thing is happening with the TB drugs. As the drugs become ancient, they are going to finish their action because a stronger organism is taking place."

What do you think will happen to the living species that have been given so many antibiotics or TB drugs that will no longer be effective against the disease? The people who contract the disease will die and only those who live will carry on their gene pool?

Today the TDR came, this is the begining that the whole human being will got resistance ove all anti biotics where the whole allopathy is based.

Yes exactly I am saying. TB drugs that will no longer be effective against the disease?The people who contract the disease will die and only those who live will carry on their gene pool?

Do we all think that TB is curable by Anti TB treatment. No never it will never be cured by Anti TB treatment.

See the adverse effects

Adverse effects

For information on adverse effects of individual anti-TB drugs, please refer to the individual articles for each drug.

The relative incidence of major adverse effects has been carefully described:

  • INH 0.49 per hundred patient months
  • RMP 0.43
  • EMB 0.07
  • PZA 1.48
  • All drugs 2.47

This works out to an 8.6% risk that any one patient will need to have his drug therapy changed during the course of standard short-course therapy (2HREZ/4HR). The people identified to be most at risk of major adverse side effects in this study were:

  • age >60,
  • females,
  • HIV positive patients, and
  • Asians.

It can be extremely difficult identifying which drug is responsible for which side effect, but the relative frequency of each is known. The offending drugs are given in decreasing order of frequency:

  • Thrombocytopenia: RMP
  • Neuropathy: INH
  • Vertigo: STM
  • Hepatitis: PZA, RMP, INH
  • Rash: PZA, RMP, EMB

Thrombocytopenia is only caused by RMP and no test dosing need be done. Regimens omitting RMP are discussed below. Please refer to the entry on rifampicin for further details.

The most frequent cause of neuropathy is INH. The peripheral neuropathy of INH is always a pure ensory neuropathy and finding a motor component to the peripheral neuropathy should always prompt a search for an alternative cause. Once a peripheral neuropathy has occurred, INH must be stopped and pyridoxine should be given at a dose of 50 mg thrice daily. Simply adding high dose pyridoxine to the regimen once neuropathy has occurred will not stop the neuropathy from progressing. Patients at risk of peripheral neuropathy from other causes (diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, renal failure, malnutrition, pregnancy, etc.) should all be given pyridoxine 10 mg daily at the start of treatment. Please refer to the entry on isoniazid for details on other neurological side effects of INH.

Rashes are most frequently due to PZA, but can occur with any of the TB drugs. Test dosing using the same regimen as detailed below for hepatitis may be necessary to determine which drug is responsible.

Itching RMP commonly causes itching without a rash in the first two weeks of treatment: treatment should not be stopped and the patient should be advised that the itch usually resolves on its own. Short courses of sedative antihistamines such as chlorpheniramine may be useful in alleviating the itch.

Fever during treatment can be due to a number of causes. It can occur as a natural effect of tuberculosis (in which case it should resolve within three weeks of starting treatment). Fever can be a result of drug resistance (but in that case the organism must be resistant to two or more of the drugs). Fever may be due to a superadded infection or additional diagnosis (patients with TB are not exempt from getting influenza and other illnesses during the course of treatment). In a few patients, the fever is due to drug allergy. The clinician must also consider the possibility that the diagnosis of TB is wrong. If the patient has been on treatment for more than two weeks and if the fever had initially settled and then come back, it is reasonable to stop all TB medication for 72 hours. If the fever persists despite stopping all TB medication, then the fever is not due to the drugs. If the fever disappears off treatment, then the drugs need to be tested individually to determine the cause. The same scheme as is used for test dosing for drug-induced hepatitis (described below) may be used. The drug most frequently implicated as causing a drug fever is RMP: details are given in the entry on rifampicin.

Drug-induced hepatitis

The single biggest problem with TB treatment is drug-induced hepatitis , which has a mortality rate of around 5%. Three drugs can induce hepatitis: PZA, INH and RMP (in decreasing order of frequency).It is not possible to distinguish between these three causes based purely on signs and symptoms. Test dosing must be carried out to determine which drug is responsible (this is discussed in detail below).

Liver function tests (LFTs) should be checked at the start of treatment, but, if normal, need not be checked again; the patient need only be warned of the symptoms of hepatitis. Some clinicians insist on regular monitoring of LFT's while on treatment, and in this instance, tests need only be done two weeks after starting treatment and then every two months thereafter, unless any problems are detected.

Elevations in bilirubin must be expected with RMP treatment (RMP blocks bilirubin excretion) and usually resolve after 10 days (liver enzyme production increases to compensate). Isolated elevations in bilirubin can be safely ignored.

Elevations in liver transaminases (ALT and AST) are common in the first three weeks of treatment. If the patient is asymptomatic and the elevation is not excessive then no action need be taken; some experts suggest a cut-off of four times the upper limit of normal, but there is no evidence to support this particular number over and above any other number. Some experts consider that treatment should only be stopped if jaundice becomes clinically evident.

If clinically significant hepatitis occurs while on TB treatment, then all the drugs should be stopped until the liver transaminases return to normal. If the patient is so ill that TB treatment cannot be stopped, then STM and EMB should be given until the liver transaminases return to normal (these two drugs are not associated with hepatitis).

Fulminant hepatitis can occur in the course of TB treatment, but is fortunately rare; emergency liver transplantation may be necessary and deaths do occur

Many of patients who are having DM previously recieved the treatment of Anti TB drugs. It is so bad and hazardous to human being.

the problem is, not proper application of drugs.....antibiotics or anti TB drugs....

problem is on two levels -----

1. doctors

2. Patients

Developing countries like INDIA, sometimes doctors forget to tell patient the importance of completing the full course or risk of not completing the course

and then patients here in INDIA, start the medicines and once they feel good, they think, they are cured and stop the drugs.

this is true for Antibiotics as well as for ANTI TB.

so, organisms are becoming resistant to medicines.

when such infection passes to other people, regular anti bio or anti tb medicines dont work.

all infants in india are given BCG vaccines......but still it is country with maximum TB patients...!

so effectiveness of BCG is also questinable....

i hope this is useful for forum people....

Regards

vishal

A recent report suggests that the proliferation and spread of Tuberculosis will continue due to the sale of fake antibiotics. CNN The Deadly World Of Fake Medicines

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis On Rise Due To Fake Antibiotics

The article author, Roger Bate, is an economist who has held a variety of positions in free market, libertarian, and conservative think tanks and lobby groups. His current work focuses on solving the problem of counterfeit and substandard medicines, particularly those in the developing world. He also works on U.S. and international aid policy, performance of aid organizations, and health policy in developing countries, particularly with regard to malaria control and the use of DDT. He is currently a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs, and he on the board of directors of Africa Fighting Malaria. He also written a number of articles questioning the science of climate change.

The concept of an industry based upon providing supposed Life Saving Drugs to entire populations that have been purposefully inadequately prepared, bottled and sold tells us the criminal mind can do more than shoot guns. 

When people, organizations, and groups make money by scamming unsuspecting individuals, we call that a criminal offense. When people, organizations, groups, manufacturers and distributors who provide drugs that have been cut down or faked, we also call this criminal and maybe even drug dealing.

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