Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept

There are 4 concepts in medicine that I think have no exceptions. One is that anyone who uses the words ‘strong,’ ‘powerful’ or ‘big gun’ in reference to antibiotics is an idiot who knows nothing about the use of antibiotics and the treatment of infections. What you want to give is the appropriate antibiotic: one that kills the organism in the infected tissues with the fewest complications and cost.

‘Strong,’ ‘powerful’ or ‘big gun’ are advertising terms, very successful advertising terms I might add.

So I see headline 5 powerful antibiotics that don’t require a prescription. and I know the writer knows nothing about antibiotics. When the link leads to the Natural News, I know it is true.

His ‘antibiotics’ are garlic, colloidal silver, oil of oregano, echinacea and manuka honey. A the end he adds

reishi, pau d'arco, una de gato, olive leaf extract, cloves, turmeric, and even lemons

Good on pizza or a roast chicken, not so much for treating for infections.

Of these, none are antibiotics. I know. Picky, picky. Antibiotics interfere with specific metabolic pathways of pathogens.  Any effects of these agents are due to their being antiseptics, killing anything that gets in their way and, as a rule, only in the test tube.

None of these agents have any proven clinical efficacy for real infections. Echinacea, honey and silver have been discussed at length at SBM. They do not work.

For silver

The main advantage was that it was rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host.

Except for those who turn blue from consuming the worthless therapy.

And while honey can be

Applied topically it can kill a wide range of pathogens including MRSA and flesh eating bacteria

As Russel Jenkins demonstrated, try and treat gangrene with honey and you may die.

Overuse of antibiotics is a huge problem and the consequences of antibiotic use can be dire. But infections still cause significant morbidity and mortality and there is no substitute for the real thing.

Points of Interest: 05/02/2014
Points of Interest: 4/30/2014