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Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis is a fungal lung infection, often
misdiagnosed and treated unsuccessfully as tuberculosis, resulting in
many unnecessary deaths.
Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Fungal or Bacterial?
Dr. Mark Allan Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Feb. 6, 2012.
There is little hope for patients found to have a virulent strain of
“totally drug-resistant tuberculosis” lung disease, doctors say, and
that is because they have no idea what to use in the post-antibiotic
era where drug-resistant infections rule the day. And
that is because doctors are blind when faced with fungal instead of
bacterial infections and have no idea how to treat fungus effectively.
Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that is mainly transmitted through
close personal contact. Tuberculosis is the top single infectious
killer of adults worldwide, and it lies dormant in one out of every
three people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of
those, 10 percent will develop active TB, and about two million people
will die from it every year.
Over one million people worldwide are misdiagnosed with tuberculosis
when in reality they have an incurable disease with a similar outlook
to many cancers, says a recent report
published in 2011 in the Bulletin of the WHO. The
disease called “chronic pulmonary aspergillosis” (CPA) is a fungal
a bacterial infection. Is this incurable, totally drug-resistant TB
infection fungal or bacterial? It looks very much like, or is
identical to, TB when doctors look at it on a chest X-ray and it has
very similar symptoms initially. Doctors mistake it for TB and
prescribe antibiotics as standard practice.
Because the X-ray features and symptoms are so
similar to bacterial tuberculosis, doctors fail to
recognize it, resulting in many unnecessary fatalities.
Fifty percent of all patients who develop pulmonary aspergillosis are
unlikely to survive for more than five years, a similar
outlook to many cancers. Deaths from fungal infections are
a little like death from vaccines, invisible and off the radar from
most of the medical establishment. Yet as high as 40 percent of
cancers are provoked by infections, and even though in most late-stage
cancers, the infection is fungal the medical profession considers it
heresy to say cancer and fungus in the same breath.
“Doctors often misdiagnose CPA and prescribe
the wrong treatment, which leads to tens of thousands of unnecessary
researchers from University of Manchester and University of Toronto
say in the report. CPA evades the immune system in the lungs and may
lie undetected for years until symptoms such as weight loss,
tiredness, coughing and bleeding develop. Yet, by the time these
symptoms emerge, it is often too late to treat the disease
successfully, according to the report.
“TB is a major scourge worldwide, and to find that over
a third of a million people each year then develop an incurable and
ultimately fatal fungal complication—which
could be diagnosed and treated—demands action,” Professor Ian Jacobs,
Director of MAHSC, a partnership between the NHS in Manchester and the
University of Manchester, said in the report.
The Indian hospital that saw the initial cases tested a dozen
none of them worked. “It is concerning,” said Dr. Kenneth
Castro, director of the CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination.
“Anytime we see something like this, we better get on top of it before
it becomes a more widespread problem.” None of them worked, probably
because what they were faced with was fungal, not bacterial, so
obviously antibiotics would not work.
What doctors say is tuberculosis today infects or has infected
one-third of the population of the world and new infections occur
every second! Precisely because TB is such a common
infection doctors have to cope with huge numbers of patients,
particularly in the developing world. There is a well-established
routine once doctors see a typical chest X-ray—give antibiotics
without providing any kind of differential diagnosis to ascertain
whether the infection is bacterial or fungal.
Ordinary TB is usually cured by taking antibiotics for six to nine
months. However, if that treatment is interrupted or the dose is cut
down, the stubborn bacteria battle back and mutate into a tougher
strain that can no longer be killed by drugs. The problem is that from
stubborn bacterial infections, even more “stubborn” fungal infections
develop and these are not recognized or treated. The Associated Press
reported on a case of a Peruvian teenager who was infected at home but
diagnosed while visiting Florida. He was successfully treated for a
year and a half with experimental high doses of medicines not
typically used for TB, costing
Tuberculosis (TB - short for
tubercle bacillus) has a long and terrible history as mankind has
fought it for hundreds if not thousands of years. Before the advent of
antibiotics it killed millions of people and animals when it was
commonly referred to as “consumption.” Two hundred years ago it
accounted for one in four of all deaths in England, but by the 1980s
that had fallen to 5,000 deaths per year.
Antibiotics make the entire situation with the yeasts and fungi much
worse. Fungal overgrowth occurs because its natural competitors have
been removed, which easily becomes the case with antibiotic usage.
It may be some time before we really enter the
predicted “post antibiotic era” in which
common infections are frequently untreatable.
Harvard School of
Many of the unstoppable infections and deaths are not caused by the
pathogens but by the drugs doctors prescribe. Antibiotics and
antiviral medications are dangerous and compromise body physiology in
predictable ways. Likewise the increasing numbers of allergic and
adverse reactions to medications arise directly as a result of the
toxic shock not only from the medicines themselves but from a long
list of other compromising agents like food preservatives, residue
pesticides, artificial sweeteners, MSG, impure water compromised with
fluoride and chlorine, and the list goes on and on.
Extremely drug-resistant (XXDR) TB according to Dr. David Ashkin, one
of the nation’s leading experts on tuberculosis is in humanities
future. “This is the new class that people are not really talking too
much about. These are the ones we really fear because I'm not sure how
we treat them.”
Today, all the leading killer infectious diseases on the planet—TB,
malaria and HIV among them—are mutating at an alarming rate because of
the overuse and misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save
TB is a ‘time bomb,’ a manmade problem that is costly,
deadly, debilitating, and the biggest threat to our current TB control
strategies,” said Dr. Masae Kawamura, who heads the Francis J. Curry
National Tuberculosis Center in San Francisco.
Medical scientists at Arizona State University say that antibiotic
use is known to almost completely inhibit excretion of mercury in
rats due to alteration of gut flora. Once
established, sub-clinical colonization with yeast in the body may
persist unrecognized for many years. Antibiotics such as tetracycline
can greatly increase yeast in the colon after only a few days.
Dr. Elmer Cranton says that,
“Yeast overgrowth is partly iatrogenic (caused by the medical
profession) and can be caused
Fungi (e.g. Aspergillus fumigatus) are not affected by
antibiotics and neither are viruses. If not given correct treatment
(antifungal medication) the prognosis is that 50% of those infected
will die inside five years. In fact the overuse
of antibiotics leads to fungal infections.
Allopathic doctors practicing pharmaceutical medicine are a lost cause
now that the world of pathogens is rebelling against what they have
been doing with antibiotics these past decades.
When fungi become systemic from gut inflammation and the
overuse of antibiotics, you can see how the whole body—again,
the eyes, liver, gallbladder, muscles and joints, kidneys,
and skin—becomes involved in inflammatory bowel disease.
“Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?” runs the headline in
Guardian. “Antibiotics are the bedrock of modern
medicine. But in the very near future, we’re going to have to learn to
live without them once again. And it’s going to get nasty. The era ofantibiotics is
coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared
to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the
bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the
end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is
According to several studies, obstetricians and gynecologists write
2,645,000 antibiotic prescriptions every week. Internists prescribe
1,416,000 per week. This works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions
annually in the United States, just for these two specialties.
Pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics
annually just for one condition, ear infections. Yet topical povidone
iodine (PVP-I) is as effective as topical ciprofloxacin, with a
superior advantage of having no in vitro drug resistance and the added
benefit of reduced cost of treatment.
Natural Allopathic Medicine
One must wonder here why they have not tried nebulized
sodium bicarbonate, which, when combined with glutathione,
offers one of the finest, safest and least expensive ways of treating
the lungs. And iodine, that nutritional mineral medicine used for over
150 years, also when nebulized, offers anti-pathogen
firepower without equal because it has the ability to take
down viruses, bacteria and stubborn fungi.
Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds,
the use of iodine as an antibiotic has been tragically ignored. Iodine
exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many
viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct
use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only
iodine is capable of killing all
classes of pathogens:
gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, yeasts, and
bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.
Iodine is by far the best antibiotic,
antiviral and antiseptic of all time.
Dr. David Derry
No doubt these doctors have no idea that treatments with high oral
dosages of iodine, and even the nebulization of magnesium chloride,
will also have a strong effect against pathogens while tuning up the
entire system, including stimulating immune function. For 500,000
dollars, using these three emergency room and intensive care
medicines: magnesium chloride, transdermally applied and/or nebulized,
sodium bicarbonate nebulized with glutathione or orally taken, and
iodine used orally and/or nebulized (nascent only for nebulization),
they could treat a thousand people!