Resistant Bacterial Infections

December 21, 2011
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Bacterial infections can strike any part of the body, from the sinuses, the skin as acne, or a sore that won’t heal. Bacterial infections can cause a lot of harm and not cause noticeable symptoms. Examples of serious but silent bacterial infections are streptococcus (the bacteria that causes strep throat) that lodges and lives in your colon causing dysbiosis, those bacteria that grow slowly on your heart valves and in your blood vessels contributing to arteriosclerosis, and those that enter the brain from chronic and recurrent ear infections and affect the temporal lobes affecting auditory and verbal processing skills. Childhood bacterial infections such as streptococcus can live for years in the body well into adulthood, as can other stealthy bacteria such as those associated with Lyme disease, such as Bartonella and Babesia.

The most common silent, resistant bacteria Immune Matrix has found in screening all of its patients with a microbiology stool test from Doctor’s Data is streptococcus. It is one of the most pervasive and antibiotic resistant bacterial strains contributing to leaky gut and therefore the development of food allergies and sensitivities. However, Doctor’s Data cultures your strain of bacteria to determine what prescription and non-prescription herbal medications will kill it. It may take up to 6 months to totally eradicate but it can and is being done by Immune Matrix.

Why are all of Immune Matrix patients given a Microbiology Stool test for dysbiotic and pathogenic bacteria if their symptoms don’t obviously involve the digestive tract? Someone with a sinus infection for example can be getting it from undiagnosed bacterial infections in the gums, which also ‘seed’ the digestive tract from the gums and drainage from the sinuses. The lymphatic drainage will result in colonization of the digestive tract as a secondary infection, and can be totally silent. Conversely, those bacteria that live in the digestive tract can infect and re-infect the sinuses when you develop sinus congestion, leading to a persistent and resistant sinus infection.

Even with culturing your own strain of bacteria against killing agents, many patients are unable to eradicate the bacteria. Immune Matrix has found in its computerized testing that over time chronic infections can weaken the immune system and cause it to fatigue to “recognize” the pathogen. This is one of the reasons streptococcus can live in your digestive tract without causing fever or diarrhea or any digestive symptom! It is also a significant reason why taking an antibiotic that should kill the strain won’t work when the immune system doesn’t recognize that you have a pathogen present that needs killing! Just because you take an antibiotic doesn’t mean that your immune recognizes how it needs to use it or even effectively uses it against the target pathogen! The same goes for any herb or nutritional substance.  If the immune system interferes with the metabolism of a product, or does not recognize the presence of a pathogen, then no bottle of anything will be useful to your body to target that product sufficiently to eradicate the deeply lodged pathogen.

Immune Matrix has found that when patients test “weak” to a specific pathogen, it’s highly suggestive that their immune system is ineffective in recognizing and fighting the pathogen. When the patients are treated with the Immune Reset Protocol, the patient’s are able to more efficiently eradicate the pathogen. Their use of antibiotics and herbal products is more effective. Follow up lab tests show progressive and effective eradication of the pathogen after treatment when without the treatment these products did not eliminate the pathogens despite repeated rounds of antibiotics and herbal products.

Unfortunately, in standardized Western Medicine, a patient’s specific strain of bacteria, once identified, is not cultured against the prescribing antibiotic for effectiveness. If this were done, patients would be saved the side effects of antibiotics, the creation of resistant bacterial strains would be prevented, and time wasted taking an ineffective medicine would end. Why isn’t this done? It’s a matter of time, not wanting to make the patient wait for a culture because the knee jerk reaction of patients when seeing their doctor to walk out with some type of prescription, and cost. These additional lab cultures increase the bottom line for your PPO, and insurance providers. Nonetheless, it’s a sloppy practice and not effective in eradicating chronic and recurrent bacterial infections.

There are a few things you can do even if you are taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection. Bacteria are less able to develop resistance to herbs such as berberine, homeopathic tinctures specific to the strains, caprylic acid, Melissa, oregano oil, and safe colloidal silver such as Health Max. Integrative and alternative medical practitioners are more familiar with these products but be sure your practitioner is experienced at eradicating your bacterial infection and backs it up with appropriate lab findings. Be persistent and diligent and don’t assume your infection is gone because your symptoms have subsided or disappeared. It could simply mean that your immune system has fatigued to the strains or that they have changed to avoid detection by your immune system, only to return in a couple months with the same infection!

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Anna Manayan

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