It’s October, which means Halloween is coming – and with it, lots of spooky stories meant to scare the bejeezus out of you.
Well, how’s this for a horror story?
One day, it burns “down there” when you pee… and the next, you’re in the hospital with a life-threatening infection.
It’s not because of a run-of-the-mill urinary tract infection.
Many drugs given out to treat it have been overused to the point of becoming USELESS, as the bacteria behind the infections learn to resist the medication.
This isn’t just my own crazy opinion. EVERYONE in mainstream medicine will acknowledge this.
But think that means they’re ready to end the madness? Think they’re ready to give up their drugs and switch over to a tried-and-true extract from our favorite fall berry?
Think again – because they’re out with yet ANOTHER a new drug.
This one’s called plazomicin (brand name: Zemdri), and it’s supposed to treat “complicated” urinary tract infections.
What makes them “complicated”?
First, it’s that antibiotic resistance I just mentioned.
While plazomicin is effective against complicated UTIs at the moment, the germs could eventually learn to resist this “super”-drug, too.
Then what? A newer super-duper drug?
And second, even when the drug works and knocks out the infection, it can wipe out your body’s stash of good bacteria and allow the bad ones to rise up and strike with a terrifying secondary infection.
“Secondary” sounds like it’s somehow less than.
But don’t be fooled – what comes next could be far worse than the UTI itself.
One of the risks for patients on plazomicin is secondary infection with Clostridium difficile, a.k.a. C. diff – a nightmare strain of bacteria that leads to the worst diarrhea of your life.
That’s pretty bad. But it’s not even the biggest risk on the label!
It has the old Black Box of Doom, a warning surrounded in bold black ink to make it stand out so everyone sees it.
It’s BAD when a drug has one warning in that box. It’s even WORSE when there are two.
This one has FOUR of them!
It can POISON your kidneys… DAMAGE your hearing… and lead to PARALYSIS.
And if you’re pregnant – whether you know it or not – the drug can put your baby at risk.
These are just the warnings inside the box, i.e. the worst, mind you. It also has the usual list of everything else that could wrong, including “serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity (anaphylactic) reactions.”
Don’t worry; it’s only “occasionally” fatal!
It’s nuts to handle UTIs this way.
If you get sick, you don’t need meds – at least not right away.
D-mannose, a natural ingredient in cranberries, can fight off infections.
You won’t get enough of it from cranberry juice or a “juice drink.” Look for a supplement and take 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful of D-mannose dissolved in water every two to three hours. (And if you’re prone to these infections, you need to be drinking more water and taking cranberry extract along with a probiotic every day to prevent them anyway.)
D-mannose is generally effective against any urinary or bladder infection caused by E. coli, which is many but not all of these infections.
If it doesn’t clear in a day or two, or if you have other complications or immune system problems, THEN it’s time to see a doctor.