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· Overuse and over-prescribing of antibiotics, particularly ciprofloxacin, may contribute to significant physiological and mental problems.
· Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and other fluoroquinolones may interact with increased fluoride levels in the body, including from certain steroids and other medications.
· The main culprit in fluoroquinolone is fluoride, a polarized molecule that can easily bind to cells.
· Cipro and other antibiotics can damage the gut, contributing to more immune issues and sensitivities.
· Colostrum with liposomal delivery can play an important role in supporting a healthy gut when combined with other natural immune boosters.
· The over-prescription of antibiotics and other improper medications has come into light as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow and spread.
· Maintaining immunities with a balanced diet, natural supplements, and healthy lifestyle choices may ultimately be more useful than reaching for antibiotics and unproven medications.
While immune resilience plays a significant role in health, the use of certain antibiotics and other medications can undermine resiliency and contribute to health issues. Kat James spoke with Dr. Mark Ghalili, a board-certified internal medicine physician, to learn more about the dangers of fluoroquinolones and ways to recover from using this class of antibiotics while supporting a resilient immune system.
Are Antibiotics the Best Solution?
While antibiotics are useful and have their use in treating bacterial infections, overuse and over-prescribing of antibiotics can contribute to a wide range of potential health issues. Cipro (the brand name for ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that is commonly prescribed for urinary tract infections. Dr. Ghalili’s personal experiences with Cipro led to a variety of symptoms, including muscle pain, neuropathy, brain fog, heart palpitations, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.
Cipro toxicity may also present with delayed symptoms occurring 60 to 90 days following usage. This class of antibiotic, known as fluoroquinolones, may also interact with heavily fluoridated steroids and potentially contribute to torn tendons, muscle aches, joint pains, and other physical issues, even years after taking the antibiotic.
Fluoroquinolones contain fluoride, the most naturally polarized molecule. Fluoride can bind to cells, allowing it to potentially reach the central nervous system. Introducing more fluoride into the system may contribute to health issues. The three fluoroquinolone antibiotics are Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), and Avelox (moxifloxacin).
Dr. Ghalili suggests a connection between the increased prescription rates for fluoroquinolone antibiotics in women and the clinical data showing that women are more often diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other health issues. Dr. Ghalili also suggests that the American healthcare system has contributed to the over-prescribing of Cipro and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics instead of safer antibiotics and more natural immune boosters.
Antibiotics Affect Parts of Your Body You Don’t Necessarily Think They Can
The gut is one of the most important components of health, and antibiotics like Cipro may potentially hurt the gut. This may then contribute to inhibited immunities and sensitivities to leptin and insulin. Colostrum with liposomal delivery has been utilized to support a compromised gut and make way for other nutritional therapies that may help to heal the gut. Combining colostrum with intravenous infusions of nutrients, Dr. Ghalili was able to rebalance his hormones and rebuild his muscles.
The overuse of antibiotics has come back to light with the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased desperation for a viable treatment for the virus. Hydroxychloroquine, a type of antimalarial drug, was suggested as a potential treatment for the virus. However, hydroxychloroquine is a close cousin of fluoroquinolones and may come with similarly severe side effects. This can then be exacerbated by the use of NSAIDs for those admitted to hospitals with the coronavirus.
What is the Take Away Message?
According to Dr. Ghalili, it is best to build and maintain natural immunities with some help from colostrum, particularly liposomally delivered colostrum. Liposomal delivery allows the vitamins, minerals, antibodies, and growth factors in colostrum to withstand harsh stomach acids and digestive enzymes for optimal absorption into the bloodstream. Combining colostrum with other natural treatments may help to strengthen the immune system. Current hypothetical treatments for COVID-19, like Remdesevir (a broad-spectrum antiviral that was initially developed for the Ebola virus), still remain unproven and less than optimally effective or completely ineffective.
Dr. Ghalili recommends that patients research their own health options and seek out functional medicine doctors, who can apply thoroughly researched solutions to support their health. Combining this with a balanced diet and natural supplements, like colostrum, can support natural immunities.