Role of Homeopathy in Antibiotic Resistance!

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A Guest Post by Dr. Venugopal Gouri (The Author)

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INTRODUCTION

I lost one of my best friends on the “All Souls Day” (2nd Nov 2014) in an unfortunate turn of events in October 2014, as he was laid low by a Streptococcal bacterial infection that led him to septicemic shock (severe blood infection + abnormally low blood pressure). Dr. S.G. Venkatesh, a Research Scientist at the Cardiovascular Stem cell Research Center at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA was a happy, cheerful person bringing joy to all the people around him and his loss is being painfully felt by his family and friends. For someone who never cried, cribbed or complained as evident by 30 years of our friendship, the cruel hand of fate did him in, much to our chagrin. Coming as it did in the same year when the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the year 2014 with a focus on antimicrobial resistance; it was a rude shock.

STREPTOCOCCAL BACTERIAL INFECTION

I am not here to tell you a poignant tale but trying to veer your attention to an unfortunate outcome of what could have been preventable. Well, to tell you a little gist of the problem this gentleman had: One fine evening in the last week of October, he complained of a little feverishness and being a little under the weather, was coaxed to take an anti-pyretic  and as there was no change by the next day he was attended to by his Primary Care Physician. By this time he had developed a pain in the thigh akin to a painful sting of a wasp. His physician  advised him to carry on with the same medicine and an antibiotic that would keep his fever down, terming it as viral pyrexia  and asked him to increase his electrolyte intake. The ensuing night was terrible as the fever turned high grade (>103 degrees Fahrenheit) and the painful area simply prevented him from the moving the limb even a little.

SUDDEN TURN OF EVENTS

He was in prostration and just had to be rushed to the Emergency. This was only the third day of the fever but the infection had taken its toll. The blood pressure sank and so did the electrolytes. He developed a difficulty in respiration within a couple of hours of admission into the hospital and needed a mechanical ventilator (artificial breathing machine) to keep up the respiratory rate. Within 6 hours due to the medication that was given to push up the blood pressure the kidney function that was already under the stress further dipped and he needed to be on dialysis (blood filtration outside the body using a machine) right away. As a reasonable blood pressure needs to be maintained for dialysis to be properly performed it turned ineffectual.

SEPTICEMIC SHOCK

In spite of the emergency that the infection created there was still no trace of the cause. Since he had complained of a severe pain in the thigh a Surgery was done to explore any change. There it was a collection of pus which was promptly drained out and left to heal. The collection was sent for culture and he was promptly started on antibiotics for a Necrotizing Fasciitis  (skin infection leading to inflammation, gangrene and necrosis), probably due to a Streptococcal infection. But the changes that were brought on by the infective agent had already taken over the system of the body. This was a state of septicaemic shock and all the vital organs were under its sway. It was only the sixth day of the onset of fever and he succumbed to it. A close associate of his; an Infectious Diseases Specialist rued the fact that the antibiotics did not rise to the occasion as otherwise, he would not have slipped into shock so early and easily in spite of the virulence of the organism. Alas, it was not to be.

USE OF ANTIBIOTICS

  1. Is it not true that in the early 1980’s when Ciprofloxacin was introduced into the market and considered only next to Penicillin and even 3 doses of the medicine was just enough to treat a stubborn case of typhoid and today it is being prescribed even for a stretch of 6 months for a urinary infection that simply does not yield in spite?
  2. Is it not a fact that these multidrug- resistant bacteria prowl the ICU of hospitals more and are responsible for the nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections (such as gram-negative bacterial infection) leading to iatrogenic deaths?
  3. Isn’t it a paradox that eradication programmes for Malaria (infection from a bite of female mosquito) in India have only wiped out the programmes but the communicable disease remains endemic?

OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS

  1. Is it not a fact that if the antibiotics are used in moderation and when relevant that the action of those is retained?
  2. Is it not a fact that patients have access to various antibiotics in developing countries and get to use them indiscriminately? Sometimes as innocently as using “eye drops” for an eye infection saying that they are just drops and not antibiotics!
  3. Is it not true that due to “Patents act” the synthetic chemical pharmaceutical companies go on a “kill” to advertise and sell as many in the period that they are eligible to do so?

MISUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS

This does beg many a question.

  1. Is it not a fact that because the antibiotics are being used without a properly appointed course that the surviving bacteria develop an “idea” about the attacking medicine and gradually develop a resistance to it? Since the strains of bacteria mutate in generations in a few months; they simply outpace the growth of antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotics should not be discontinued before completing the course otherwise bacteria may become drug resistant.
  2. Is it not a fact that the lifestyle of the day is so compelling that the individual wants to get back to work at the earliest and insists on the Doctor to prescribe him the so called strongest antibiotic and they are obliged?
  3. Is it not a fact that doctors prescribe antibiotics for “colds and flu” in spite of them being viral infections?
  4. Is it not true that on the last occasion of Swine flu (Influenza Type A subtype H1N1) the world over it was feared to turn into a pandemic and the sudden over-production of the specific antibiotics lay unused and the pharmaceuticals sold them as a preventive medicine while still keeping the scare of the disease alive with the help of the media?
  5. Is it not true that only to keep the financial interest in some cases that the newer versions of antibiotics are used even for trivial infections that the older, cheaper and reasonably good enough antibiotics are left ignored and under prescribed?
  6. Is it not a fact that even in veterinary and agriculture unnecessary antibiotics are used, that has a ripple effect on humans as they consume them?
  7. Is it not a fact that these necessary antibiotics, when used without cause or concern, are actually being ineffective in emergency medicine; in transplant patients where immunity is actually suppressed with medication; in immune compromised individuals where the infections take a toll easily?
  8. Is it not true that when young children when exposed to antibiotics even for minor infections tend to have various side effects; sometimes worse than the disease?
  9. Isn’t the deficient diagnostic system insisting on the Physicians to rush in to use the so-called “broad spectrum antibiotics” much before the organisms are isolated?

HOMEOPATHY – AN ALTERNATIVE TO ANTIBIOTICS

It could be a little surprise for the readers, for a homeopath to talk about antibiotic resistance.

But the fact of the matter is if homeopathic medicines are employed to treat in primary healthcare, the use of antibiotics would reduce significantly and there would be little chance for them to lose their efficacy and can be saved for a bigger battle! [click to tweet]

Having raised a few queries; it is not an attempt to have a pessimistic view of the subject or shedding a tear in despondence. It is a responsible attempt of a homeopath to bring to the world health community as to how to ensure antibiotics remains effective!

  1. We are currently in need of strategies to help maintain the effectiveness of antibiotics and thus ensure that their life-saving capacity remains available to future generations. It is under such circumstances that a safe, medical therapy like homeopathy can come into play.
  2. Well, the study of Physiology, Pathology, Medicine and the allied subjects have made a Homeopath of today, a better-equipped clinician to identify and tackle diseases with homeopathic medicines.
  3. In primary care facilities, homeopathy has made its presence felt because of this knowledge and simply homeopathy can avoid the usage of antibiotics in most of the cases.
  4. When the initial symptoms of infection are noticed these medicines can be indicated as they are effective in keeping the infections at bay.
  5. Even in so-called emergencies and infections that lead one to such a state, homeopathic remedies have a role to play. Whether it is to keep the vital organs in an active state and keeping the blood pressure even; to keep the electrolytes on par necessary and in so many other vital areas these remedies are up to the task.and at worse a good complementary option.
  6. In post-operative conditions, traumas, injuries etc., homeopathic remedies can work along with the conventional medicines and help the patient to recover earlier.
  7. Of course, on top of it, the beauty of homeopathy is its non-violent nature, that it does not maim or kill any agents but boosts the immune system of the body to fight for itself more effectively and thereby there can never be any resistance to these drugs!

Homeopathic medicine could be a blessing in disguise as it will lead to significant decrease in the need for antibiotics and when the need arises they are up to the task of exterminating the bacteria and protecting the body.

The homeopaths of the globe are all equipped with evidence to prove the efficacy and all passion for healing the world and stand by the WHO and the ailing sick to keep at bay the infections with simple homeopathic remedies sans any side effects while the antibiotics underused on the shelf retain their efficacy when the situation demands. The search for new molecules of antibiotics can be pursued parallelly.

TRIBUTE

The family and friends of Dr. Venkatesh pay heartfelt tributes for his soul to be in peace and wish that such a predicament does not befall a bright life, not in the least to succumb to an eminently once-upon-a-time-easily- treatable Streptococcal infection.


About the Author: Dr. Venugopal Gouri

Dr. Venugopal Gouri

Dr.Venugopal Gouri BHMS, MD is in clinical practice since 1993 in Hyderabad, India. He has published more than 500 articles in the National Newsdaily, The Hindu on Homeopathy for awareness to the common man. He has a research publication to his name, “Carcinosin 30c Protects Islets Against STZ Induced Beta Cell Dysfunctions” with World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. He is serving Homoeopathic Medical Association of Telangana (HMAT) as General Secretary and Associate Editor, Medicina Futura Homoeopathica, a monthly journal from the house of HMAT. You can write to him at drvenugopal@hotmail.com


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  1. Dr. Nancy Malik

    Bacteria
    According to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Maryland, USA, there is an average of about 100 trillion bacteria in a healthy human body that would weigh between 1 – 2.26 kg. [Ref.]
    WHO names 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health

    Antibiotics
    The first antibiotic Penicillin was discovered in year 1928.
    Use antibiotics wisely because it kills both good (microbial flora) and bad bacteria The most common bad effect of antibiotic is diarrhea. The other side effects are allergy and asthma.

    Antibiotic Resistance http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/antibiotic-resistance/
    FAQ http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/about/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html
    Current Global Situation http://www.ijrh.org/article.asp?issn=0974-7168;year=2015;volume=9;issue=4;spage=219;epage=222;aulast=Manchanda

    Antibiotic Awareness Week is the 3rd week of November starting Monday. World’s 1st Antibiotic Awareness Week: 16-22 Nov 2015 2nd Antibiotic Awareness Week: 14-20 Nov 2016.

    The resistance to antibiotic of last resort is spreading. The things will go worse from here. If a solution to antibiotic resistance is not found out urgently, will it be the end of modern medicine?

    Homeopathic Solution
    Homeopathy Research Institute
    Society of Homeopaths

    From Homeopathic Clinical Repertory by Robin Murphy, ND
    Toxicity, Antibiotics; poisoning from: Apis, Arsenicum album, Calendula, China, Chin-ar, Chin-s, Floric acidum, Gelsemium, Lycopodium, Penicillinum, Podophylum, Mercurius viv, Natrum phosphoricum, Nitricum acidum, Nux vomica, Sulfuric acidum, Sulfa, Thuja occidentalis.

    Research Studies (till year 2010) on Homeopathy for bacterial infections

    DBRPCT
    1. Homeopathic & antibiotic treatment strategies in recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis (2005) // Inflammation of the mucous membranes of nose & throat.In 499 patients homeopathy yielded significantly better results than antibiotics in terms of effectiveness, number of complications and quality of life

    1. Homeopathic treatment in ICU patients with severe sepsis (2005) FULL TEXT // 67 patients given 200c potency of individualised medicine every 12 hours for 180 days, patient survival significantly higher with homeopathy compared to placebo (75.8% vs 50%, p=0.043), OR=3.13. All patients receive antibiotics

    Observational studies
    3. Homoeopathic treatment of otitis media (1997) FULL TEXT // n=131, duration of pain of 2 days in homeopathy-group (n=103) & 3 days in conventional (antibiotic, antipyretic, secretolytics) group (n=28). 70.7 % & 56.5% of children receiving homeopathy & conventional respectively did not have another ear infection the next year

    1. Homeopathic & conventional treatment for acute respiratory & ear complaints (2007) FULL TEXT // homeopathy Vs anti-biotics & analgesics for respiratory & ear complaints, homeopathy equals conmed, n=1577 from 57 clinics in 8 countries, t-14 days. The onset of improvement within the first 7 days after treatment was significantly faster in those with homeopathic treatment, both in children and adults.
    2. Application of 200C potency of bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control (2010) FULL TEXT // Conducted by the Finlay Institute, a vaccines producer in Cuba gave 2.308562 million (70% of the target population above the age of 1 year) people in Cuba given two doses (1 dose=5 drops) of 200C potency of Leptospirosis bacteria, each (7-9 days apart) for protection against Leptospirosis (fever+jaundice+ inflammation in kidney+enlargement of spleen) with only 10 reported cases. Dramatic decrease in morbidity within two weeks and zero morbidity of hospitalised patients, non-treated area saw an inrease in number of cases from 309 cases in 2007 to 376 in 2008 representing a 21% increase. cost of homeopathic immunization =1/15th of conmed vaccine.
    3. Prophylactic powers of Belladonna against Scarlet Fever (1829) // Scarlet fever is due to Group A Streptococcal bacterial Infection
    4. Samuel Hahnemann, Cure and prevention of scarlet fever, Zeitschrift für Praktischen Medizin, 1801

    WHO Quiz: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2015/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/quiz/en/
    Myths: http://time.com/4114345/antibiotic-resistance-common-myths/

    Dr Chan: Antibiotic Resistance is a global crisis – a slow motion tsunami
    UK Govt’s top Medical Officer: Antibiotic resistance is as dangerous as terrorism http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/governments-top-medical-officer-antibiotic-resistance-is-as-dangerous-as-terrorism-8528556.html

    Research: Taking antibiotics after infection has cleared up increases the risk of bacteria becoming drug-resistant https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/04/tell-it-to-me-straight-doctor-why-honesty-from-health-experts-is-vital http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/26/gps-must-stop-telling-patients-finish-course-antibiotics-say/

    Who will bell the cat? Who will say “Bye Bye antibiotics”?
    135 Medical doctors in USA which includes 77 doctors with M.D. degree in conventional medicine recommend Homeopathy instead of antibiotics.

    This webpage is redirected from https://madmimi.com/redirects/1473382933-ce07a2333eb40a1b0ba03b496ce8ace4-b9e5ff7

  2. adhomeopath

    Reblogged this on Standing on my Soapbox – Musings of a homeopath and commented:

    A great blog illuminating the dilemma of modern medicine.

  3. Dhiru Nathwani

    I would like you to publicise the trial results reported in the journal Homeopathy (2005) 94, 75-80 published by The Faculty of Homeopathy in England. The article’s title is “Adjunctive homeopathic treatment in patients with severe sepsis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in an intensive care unit.”

  4. Stephen Blendell

    Nice article Dr Gouri. As we now Hahnemann travelled this path showing the way. Now that antibiotics have run their course in parts of the UK (rather than the infections!) it’s time to consider the dynamic, vital role in disease as Hahnemann showed and scientists still fail to appreciate:
    http://www.mayohomeopathy.ie/index.php/tcd-scientist-wrong-antibiotics/
    Steve

  5. dr lalitha.

    Sir it’s wonderful.

  6. It’s a great article but there are some important concepts I desire to face and begin to shift our perspective about here as homeopaths. It isn’t the bacteria that become antibiotic resistant. It is us!
    Bacteria and virus are necessary for us to survive. They are non-infectious unless something else in our environment has changed to allow it (cause it) to propagate within us.

    The entire idea of antibiotic resistance is continuing a view that we should be killing with substances to control things in our body and perpetuates a desire to create more weapons of mass destruction which are newer and better money makers.
    Our body is not a war zone. When you wipe out an organism in our body from an exterior poison or weapon we kill ourselves too. Just like the insanity of chemo therapy killing cells our own body creates. There is always collateral damage in a war.

    Each of these critters is part of us. Our body learning to live with them, is what makes us healthy.
    Homeopathics are exceptionally powerful and without harm. They don’t kill anything.

    The fear of disease is controlling our perspective. Until we can shift this into bacteria and viruses (are us) we will be destructive to ourselves and our environment trying to get these medically glorified monsters away from us.

    Please don’t buy into antibiotic resistant bacteria it perpetuates the production of more antibiotics. People become antibiotic resistant; just as people who initially go to a country and drink the water become sick, but people who live there drink it with no issues. We become resistant not the bug. We need to start talking about this.
    It is our job as a living creature to become resistant, accepting and mutually symbiotic. These bugs may change as medications are used or by other factors in our environment but that is not what makes us ill. We need to change ourselves and our internal environments, not kill bacteria or viruses as medical monsters attacking us.

    Understanding these creatures (bacterial or viral) are living and symbiotic with us would be the first step to a radical shift in health. We could then begin to deal with the real health issues. What process already happened that has our creatures within (parts of ourselves) no longer be symbiotic with us?

    Homeopathy is far more than helping reduce antibiotic resistance. I detest the idea of using homeopathy to play in the medical model. I beg you to relinquish this ideal of supporting the establishment to perform better. Let it crumble. It needs to.

    As homeopaths I feel our science is one of the safe and great sciences of the future for health, we need to deal with the onslaught of a society resisting change. It’s natural and normal.

    We just need to continue…

    Thank you for the article, they are much appreciated.

    • Valerian Mendonca

      True…the bacterias and virus will continue its evolution – growing strength to strength with each generation. So do humans. But our evolution for a stronger immunity is disrupted with the indiscriminate use of drugs and unhealthy food and lifestyle.
      The blog here may interest you too:http://individualizedhealthcare.blogspot.in/2016/11/make-homeopathy-your-first-choice.html

  7. Bipin T Shah

    Where can one find TESTIMONIALS-with contact details of patient-doctor and medication administered from inception of treatment to the cured stage, for cases of antibiotic resistance STREPTOCOCCAL BACTERIAL INFECTION? General sufferers need this tool to get motivated by knowledge and not just by fear or anything else.

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Testimonials are not published in Journals but on individual Doctors’ webpage, if any.

  8. Postgraduate Homeopathic Dr. Hafeez ullah

    Homeopathic indicated medicine works simultaneously as antibiotic, antipyretic, analgesic ABD anti inflammatory in a particular case.

  9. Thank you Nancy, for being a strong voice for Homeopathy. Your work in sports medicine is a particular inspiration to me. Please keep up the great work!
    http://www.toronto-homeopath.com

    • Dr. Nancy Malik

      Thank You Kerry. I have seen your website on Homeopathy. It’s really a good resource.

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