12 Oct

UTI antibiotic resistance

doug-headshot-bw Doctors at Oregon State University (OSU) are concerned about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in Urinary Tract infections (UTI). This is because over 70% of the female cases seen by doctors in an 11-year time span (1998-2009) were given antibiotics.

It is possible, say the doctors, that some of the E. coli bacteria that usually cause UTI’s have survived the antibiotic medications and are capable of passing their now antibiotic resistant traits onto other bacteria. Of particular interest is the notation in this article that E. coli bacteria normally live in our intestines without causing any harm. Think about that statement as you review “my take.”

 My Take

 In 1999, The Mayo Clinic documented that 94% of all chronic sinusitis was caused by fungi. Doctors were prescribing antibiotics for all cases of chronic sinusitis. Fungi (yeast) thrive in the presence of antibiotics. I have long believed that differential diagnoses are absolutely essential prior to prescribing any medication, but especially mycotoxin based medications. According to the American Cancer Association, mycotoxins are defined as genotoxic carcinogens (capable of causing genetic mutations and of causing cancer). It is my belief that the non judicious use of antibiotics in, for example, acute sinus conditions, could behave as accelerants to progress a sinus fungal condition from “acute” to “chronic.” Antifungal medications would seem most appropriate.

Using the same data from The Mayo Clinic, what if 94% of all UTI’s are fungal or yeast based? If this is the case, a very valid argument can be made that prescribed antibiotics have now become the primary etiology (cause) of “resistant bacterial infections” thereby assuring the chronicity of the UTI. Antibiotics fuel fungi, not to mention the patient safety issues concerned with non-judicious antibiotic use. It is my belief that eventually science will prove that not only sinus conditions, but also most mucous membrane infections are mycotic (fungal) rather than bacterial. Should we wait another 35-50 years for scientists to prove this, or ask our doctors to rule out fungus first? That’s My Take!