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Q. We buried our beloved mother June 24. She contracted severe C. diff as a result of a short round of the antibiotic clindamycin. The infection ravaged her body and she died as a consequence. She was 79. Before the infection, she had been taking only a multivitamin.

A. We are so sorry for your loss. C. diff (Clostridium difficile) can cause a dangerous gastrointestinal infection that can be hard to treat. It is sometimes acquired in a hospital stay.

A black-box warning in the prescribing information alerts doctors that clindamycin, like certain other antibiotics, may disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the gut and allow C. diff to take over and cause potentially fatal diarrhea. The toxins from the bacteria can make people very sick.

Q. Are there reputable Canadian drug companies? Our medical bills are destroying us financially!

A. You are not alone. A lot of people are feeling the pinch of a bad economy.

Many older people are about to fall into the dreaded Medicare doughnut hole, in which they must pay 100 percent of drug bills out of their own pockets until expenditures exceed $4,350.

For someone on a limited budget, going from a $10 copay to $120 for a prescription is shocking. We are sending you our Guide to Saving Money on Medicine with a list of reliable Canadian drugstores that accept prescriptions from the U.S. We also discuss how to use generic drugs safely. [1]


The dangers of antibiotics to rabbits 

Published Wednesday 15th July 2009

 By Trianna Rathads

If you own a rabbit, or you wish to care for one that appears to be ill, be cautious if your vet wants to prescribe antibiotics as a treatment. A lot of antibiotics have been found to be harmful to rabbits, particularly in the form of enteritis. High doses of ampicillin, clindamycin, lincomycin, and penicillin can causes up to 100% fatal enteritis. Amoxicillin, cephalexin, erythromycin, spectinomycin, and tylosin can cause diarrhea, minocycline reduces growth rate, and spiramycin causes nervousness.

Enteritis is a common disease which you might recognise in humans, caused by pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella, and campylobacter, often called stomach flu, although it can often be tackled by our bodies, it can cause death especially in the old and the young. Antibiotics act by killing bacteria in a relatively non specific manor, such as ampicillin which acts by preventing cell wall synthesis, which prevents bacterial growth. This can kill the good bacteria in our stomach, which have a role in preventing the bad bacteria from causing infection.

Rabbits have a unique digestive system, which is inhabited by a variety of good microorganisms which help the rabbit to digest its food. It appears that antibiotic treatment in rabbits has the same type of effect, and kills the good bacteria in the cecum and the intestines, significantly increasing susceptibility to pathogenic infections, such as Clostridiumspp, which can produce dangerous toxins. The antibiotics can also cause death through toxicity, such as vancomycin which has been shown to cause 100% mortality, it should be noted that these toxins can take up to 10 days to have an effect. The treated rabbit can appear to be normal up to two days before you notice reduced appetite, and activity, with watery diarrhoea, and ultimately death within two days.

Bacterial infections can occur in many places in the body, and it can sometimes be difficult for a vet to determine where a particular infection is situated, or what type of bacteria is responsible, different antibiotics can be more effective at tackling specific bacterial infections, so if possible you should get your vet to try and determine what bacteria you are dealing with before you allow administration of antibiotics. You should work with your vet to determine what the best action might be, and remember that some antibiotics can be used with a higher level of safety, especially when administered via injection, rather than orally, an example are Cephalosporins. [2]


Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?  
Published April 29th 2009 
By Dr Jim Mercola 

American health officials declared a public health emergency as cases of swine flu were confirmed in the U.S. Health officials across the world fear this could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, where seven people are confirmed dead as a result of the new virus.

On Wednesday April 29th, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to five on its six-level threat scale, which means they've determined that the virus is capable of human-to-human transmission. The initial outbreaks across North America reveal an infection already traveling at higher velocity than did the last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

Phase 5 had never been declared since the warning system was introduced in 2005 in response to the avian influenza crisis. Phase 6 means a pandemic is under way.

Several nations have imposed travel bans, or made plans to quarantine air travelers that present symptoms of the swine flu despite the fact that WHO now openly states it is not possible to contain the spread of this infection and recommends mitigation measures, not restricting travel or closing borders. [3]


[1]... The Seattle Times Sunday, July 12, 2009

[2]... T. H. Morris: Antibiotic Therapeutics in Laboratory Animals. Laboratory Animals 29: 16-36.

[3]...  Dr Jim Mercola June 29th 












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