Antibiotic policy is wrong – States Article in the British Medical Journal

However an interesting element of the article may escape people’s notice

 

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Trevor Gunn Homeopath - Harley Street London

Overuse of Antibiotics

A recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) 26 July 2017, warns that completing your course of antibiotics may not reduce antibiotic resistance but may in fact increase resistant strains. Rather than finish the course, patients may be better advised to stop antibiotics when they feel better.

According to Professor Martin Llewelyn Department of Global Health and Infection, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, along with several other professors and contributors, current policy is not supported by the evidence, they state … “it is time for policy makers, educators, and doctors to drop this message”.

However, an interesting element of the article may escape people’s notice:

Most of the bacteria that cause people to become ill are found on everybody’s hands in the community, causing no harm, such as E coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

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Not Addressed in the BMJ article, we ask, how do harmless bacteria cause problems in some people but are harmless in most?

Antibiotics may of course be useful in some patients for some conditions, but they do not necessarily deal with the root causes. The reasons why bacteria become problematic in the first place, may be due to any number of issues; excess dietary refined sugars, nutritional deficiencies, environmental poisons, lifestyle habits such as smoking, even periods of stress.

In these circumstances a course of antibiotics may give relief, but symptoms may return when the underlying issues are not addressed, which may of course be promptly followed by repeat courses of antibiotics. With the problems of antibiotic resistance, plus damage to healthy bacteria  and the potential for fungal overgrowth (damaging the gut microbiome), it’s possible for one issue to lead to a catalogue of other problems when NOT dealing with root causes.

This is why we at speKtrum health do our best to find root causes and encourage patients to help us, to help them, address these issues.

Best of health to you.

Ulcerative Colitis – “LDN should be number 1 on everyone’s list”.

From LDN Science.org 2017

 

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Trevor Gunn Homeopath - Harley Street London

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis is a long-term (chronic) condition where there is inflammation in the large intestine and rectum leading to diarrhoea, often with blood, mucus and an urgent need to go to the toilet, sometimes without passing anything. This can also be accompanied by cramping pains, tiredness, loss of appetite, weight loss and general feelings of being unwell.

It is thought to be an autoimmune condition where the body produces an immune reaction to itself, the lining of the large intestine. This is classically thought of as an error in immune recognition and most treatments focus on suppressing the immune reactions of the body. There will often be periods of flare ups and improvements in symptoms for sometimes months at a time.

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) has proved beneficial for many patients, it has the effect of stimulating immune responses as well as potentially other effects. Suggesting, as many practitioners have found, that unresolved immune issues may also be implicated, from either immune overload or a history of immune suppression.

To see how this approach of immune stimulation may help in the treatment of chronic illness take a look at the explanatory video from speKTrum health.

Trevor Gunn Homeopath and Dr Kam Mann ulcerative colitis male patient using LDN

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This is a very interesting account of a patient’s use of LDN to treat his ulcerative colitis reported in LDNscience.org

Mr Chris Newnham:

“Finally after 6 years of battling a swollen, painful colon, I read about LDN on a forum and got a script from a doctor. Within 16 hours I was having completely normal stools. It was absolutely fascinating to me how quickly it worked for my mild ulcerative colitis (UC) that I had been battling on and off for 6 years. This should be #1 on everyone’s list!”

See the original article at LDN Science.org and do explore the speKTrum health website to find out more ways we can support you. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

LDN Helped Kayleen’s Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

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Trevor Gunn Homeopath - Harley Street London

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term (chronic) condition with inflammation in many joints, leading to pain, swelling and stiffness, often symmetrically on both sides of the body. The small joints of the hands and feet are usually affected first, plus the larger joints of hips and knees, but it can affect other parts of the body as well.

It is an autoimmune condition where the body produces an immune reaction to its own cells in the lining of the joints. This is classically thought of as an error in immune recognition, but there is evidence to show that a person is more susceptible to this condition if they are overloaded with other immune challenges, plus a history of immune problems that were never resolved. For example, research shows many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, are associated with gluten sensitivity (1) and can often be helped by appropriate dietary changes.

From a speKTrum health perspective this helps us to see the 'intelligence' behind the body's symptoms rather than being an error in the immune function of the patient. So by addressing some of the causative factors and by helping the body to resolve immune challenges we may be able to help certain autoimmune conditions.

Certain types of medication can suppress immunity and can give welcome relief, however, LDN works by stimulating immune function and therefore helps to address underlying issues that have not yet resolved.

(1) R. J. Farrell, M.D., and C. P. Kelly, M.D. - N Engl J Med. (346:180-188) January 17, 2002

Patient Interview:

Kayleen is a patient interviewed by LDN Science. She describes her journey of being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and then the challenges of choosing which treatment options she wanted to use with support from her primary care doctor and specialist rheumatologist. She elected to use low dose naltrexone (LDN) in lieu of disease modifying drugs (DMDs) and then patiently increased her dose to minimise side effects and gain maximum benefits.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient and Low Dose Naltrexone #LDN #Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Kayleen says:

"Aside from the decrease in inflammation, the definitive proof about LDN’s benefits was the improvement in my mood and fatigue. I feel an 80-85% increase in my overall energy level and mental clarity since starting LDN. I am so grateful. My flares have also decreased in frequency since starting LDN: I have not had a flare since September 2016. LDN has been great for me."

Kayleen supplemented her LDN treatment with a holistic approach using an autoimmune protocol diet (avoiding inflammatory foods), taking supplements (fish oil and Vitamin D) and also taking high doses of probiotics.

See the original article at LDN Science and do explore the speKTrum health website to find out more ways we can support you and please feel free to contact us.