Antibiotic Use: Our Savior or Our Scourge?

There’s a lot to worry about nowadays. Researchers and Physicians worry plenty (it’s a professional hazard), and currently, my biggest concern is our use of antibiotics and the problems we are now facing because of them.

A front page headline in The New York Times Business Day section reads:

A DEARTH IN INNOVATION FOR KEY DRUGS

The article in summary brings attention to: the fact that major pharmaceutical companies are not investing in research to bring antibiotic products to the public, because it isn’t as profitable as other revenue streams.

This is of major concern to the medical profession and to the public as well; there has been growing resistance by bacteria to many classes of antibiotics.

MRSA INFECTIONS

The big scare this past decade has been the cases of MRSA (sounded out as ‘mercer’), which is the staphylococcal infection that is resistant to Methicillin. MRSA infections have been life-threatening in some cases, and in other cases led to more complicated surgeries to remove the decaying skin or muscles.

The fear for myself as a physician and a patient is this: will my antibiotic be effective if I get an infected wound like an abscess? We cannot depend on the pharmaceutical industry to be looking out for our best interest. They have shareholders and Wall Street profit margins as their main concerns. The answer is that the government, through proper incentives, the way they do for orphan drugs (those drugs used for rare diseases), needs to stimulate interest in developing the next level of antibiotics which are safe and effective.

TREATING CANDIDA

Ironically, at Mitchell Medical Group we are specializing in treating Candida patients. Candida patients are patients that have been given multiple doses of antibiotics for varied conditions: acne, sinusitis or any type of chronic infection. The chronic use of antibiotics changes the patient’s microbiome, and we see in many cases an overgrowth of Candida.

The Candida can manifest as Irritable bowel symptoms (gas, bloating, reflux, constipation), or chronic fatigue and mimic numerous other neurosensory diseases. It is not uncommon for me to see a patient that I’m evaluating for Candida who has seen a gastroenterologist, a neurologist, a rheumatologist, an endocrinologist, a gynaecologist (women only hopefully). Have I left out any ologist?

I could call my self a Candidologist, but I prefer to call myself an Integrative Immunologist.

WHAT IS IMMUNOLOGY?

Immunology deals with every aspect of the immune system and also takes into account the patient’s immune strength. My job in helping patient’s improve is to strengthen their immune system through important dietary changes (no sugar, no gluten, no yeast- ouch!), vitamin therapy and careful use of antifungal medications.

In addition, in specific patients, I will also use the natural Candida drops (sublingual type) that stimulate immune tolerance to Candida. Our practice is one of the few medical practices in the country that is experienced in using all these treatments to help our patients.

I come back to the question: Antibiotic Use — Our Savior or Our Scourge?

The answer truly lies in how we appropriately use this remarkable but potent medicine.

- Dr. Dean Mitchell
Mitchell Medical Group, NYC

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