This article might be for you or someone you love, it is for sufferers that are looking for help. Clostridium difficile has other names such as CDF, C. diff, antibiotic-associated colitis; colitis – pseudomembranous; necrotizing colitis. Unfortunately, common treatment of the C. difficile with antibiotics cannot prevent from relapses.
This opportunistic infection causes diarrhea and it is linked to 14,000 American deaths each year, and this is only official statistic.
Some researchers suggest that the C. diff is linked to more than 30,000 deaths per year in the United States, and it strikes about half a million of Americans annually. It is truly a superbug. Why is C. diff a superbug? For now, in the battle between antibiotics’ and C. difficile, victory is on the side of the resistant species of this microbe.
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes watery diarrhea, bloody stool, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, or cramps. C. difficile may cause serious intestinal conditions such as colon inflammation (colitis).
People in good health do not generally get sick from C. difficile. Usually we can get Clostridium from food and water.10 percentage of the population has this microbe in the gut without noticeable symptoms. A healthy person has a defense mechanism that protects him or her from this superbug.
Doctors and researchers are unanimous that C. difficile occurs mostly after taking broad-spectrum antibiotics, and usually it is an assault on people with low immune system such as young kids, elderly people and people after serious surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, AIDS, alcoholics’, etc. Many of them had a C.difficile bacterium in their body before taking antibiotics, but they felt OK.
Most of the specialists agree that prolong use of the broad-spectrum antibiotic triggers C. diff infection by destroying the friendly intestinal flora. These microorganisms are called friendly, because “Enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Friendly intestinal flora is our best guard from nasty microorganisms, such as microbes, Candida-yeast, and parasites.
Dysbiosis is the condition where friendly intestinal flora is gone, and opportunistic infection takes over gastrointestinal tract (Candida-yeast overgrowth, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; SIBO).There is a lot of information about dysbiosis, which I described in my eBook: healthy pancreas, healthy you.
C. difficile is the opportunistic infection that grows when it has the opportunity to grow. Harmful intestinal bacteria, Candida-yeast, and parasites will cause damage to the wall of your gut, thus making it vulnerable to multiplying (colonization) of the C. diff This superbug does not act alone. There is increasing evidence that certain other species of opportunistic infection such as Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Candida-yeast, parasites, etc also responsible for symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
When you just kill the C. difficile with the strong, broad-spectrum antibiotics or other antimicrobial agents the relief will be temporary. Medically speaking, without restoration of the body’s natural defense mechanisms, the victory over these bacteria is difficult to get. Clostridium difficile infection causes many damages to the body systems; therefore, there is no magic bullet for this condition. There are a few things that we can do simultaneously, that would help with this issue.
• Re-establish the friendly intestinal flora
• Bring back body’s natural defense mechanisms such as stomach acidity, antibacterial actions of bile and pancreatic juice, intestinal flashing out
• Decrease the colonization of C. difficile in the gut
• Diminish the intestinal inflammation and internal toxicity
• Repair the damages from C. difficile toxins on the nervous and hormonal systems
• Boost the immunity
• Normalize the acid-base balance
• Improve digestion
• Replace deficiency of the vital substances
Sorry to say but in case of C. diff, recommendations to take probiotics (many of them are low quality) or eat yogurt will not aid. Analogy of the GI-tract with garden can help. If the garden is full of weeds, caterpillars’ snails, frogs, and is jam-packed by toxic chemicals, soil is depleted and drained; there are no chances to grow roses and flowers. It requires different ways, hard work, and some period of time to restore this garden to thrive.
Many times and many years, I use this safe, effective, non-drug, alternative, holistic approach. Numerous parts of this unique anti Clostridium program have been widely used in other countries for hundreds of years. It can reduce diarrhea, pain, abdominal cramps, nausea, bloating, bloody stool, bowels urgency, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Lab tests also can show positive changes.
Some of these alternative holistic methods are:
1. Whole Body Cleansing with colon hydrotherapy and restoration of friendly intestinal flora
2. Herbal Medicine
3. Nutritional Supplementation
4. Healing Food Consultations
5. Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water
6. Acupuncture and more
The diarrhea has accompanied human beings for thousands of years. So, doctors all over the world have saved their patients’ lives by using healing foods, herbs, minerals, colon hydrotherapy, etc. For the most people, it is understandable, but how about acupuncture? I have seen with my own eyes that a few sessions of the acupuncture alleviate diarrhea, even in the young kids.
Drinking healing mineral water sounds strange for the regular people and medical professionals in US, but it is common in Europe. Treatment of the chronic diarrhea with Karlovy Vary healing mineral water has a long tradition. First medical book about this water was published in 1522. Since then, many articles, books, and clinical experience of the European doctors support healing action of the Karlovy Vary healing mineral water in various digestive disorders including chronic diarrhea.
Ill people either drink this healing mineral water from a hot spring or drink water that is prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt at home. This healing mineral water cleanses out the wastes and toxins from the intestines, alkalizes bile and pancreatic juice, promotes the growth of the friendly intestinal flora, and alleviates diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. I wrote an eBook and numerous articles for people and medical professionals, where I discussed this healing method.
C. difficile infection grows year by year. Thousands of victims of this horrible infection use common therapeutic approach “find and destroy” by strong antibiotics. If that way doesn’t work, it makes sense to consider alternative program to restore natural defense mechanism. It works for many people with diarrhea after antibiotics. The goal is to find knowledgeable licensed medical professionals.
The information contained here is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.
Source by Peter Melamed Ph.D.