Is There A Natural Cure For Flesh Eating Bacteria?
Original story posted Wednesday May 9th, 2012
A Georgia woman fought for her life after contracting the flesh-eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis) during a zip line accident.
Aimee Copeland, a 24-year old master's student at the University of West Georgia, hopped on the homemade zip line during a kayaking trip with friends in Carrollton, Ga.
When the line broke, it cut a gash in Copeland's left calf and introduced a life-threatening infection.
"It's a miracle she made it past Friday night," Copeland's father, Andy, told ABC affiliate WSBTV.
Cuts in the skin open the door for flesh-eating disease flesh-eating disease, officially known as "necrotizing fasciitis," a rare strep infection that borrows deep into wounds and destroys the surrounding tissue.
"The bacteria produce enzymes that can dissolve muscle deep down," said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., and president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "And because it's so deep, it can be a sneaky infection that's not immediately appreciated by the patient."
After the injury last Tuesday, Copeland went to a nearby emergency room where doctors closed the gash with 22 staples. But she returned to the hospital the next day complaining of severe pain.
"The symptom that should ring alarm bells is serious, unremitting pain," said Schaffner. "An otherwise healthy individual with a seemingly superficial injury who has severe pain should have a much more thorough evaluation."
Doctors sent Copeland home with a prescription for painkillers. She returned to the hospital again Thursday and was released again, this time with antibiotics.
She should have been sent home with antibiotics the first visit! Not just painkillers!
On Friday, Copeland was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, and her left leg was amputated at the hip.
"The two main treatment options are antibiotics to kill the bacteria and surgery," said Schaffner, adding that bacteria left behind can invade the blood. "You have to look at the wound and think, 'This is as far as the infection has gone; now I have to cut even further.'"
Where the infection came from is unclear, but Schaffner said the most likely culprit is Copeland's own throat.
"It could have come from an outside source; some other person who was perhaps helping clean and dress the wound," he said, adding that the bacteria is transmitted through respiratory droplets. "But more often than not, sadly, it turns out to be the patient's own bacteria."
Frequent hand washing, and avoiding people with sore throats can help reduce the risk of flesh-eating disease, according to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation. And all cuts, no matter how small, and should be cleaned and covered with sterile bandages.
Since the amputation, Copeland's recovery has been touch and go. On Tuesday, one week after the accident, her temperature spiked and she lost her pulse.
"They actually were able to do CPR and resuscitate her very quickly," Andy Copeland told WSBTV.
This incident with Aimee, highlights a couple things:
- Emergency rooms are not always as thourough as they should be.
- Antibiotics are NOT effective enough against many bacteria.
The typical medical world's attitude is, how well you do depends on:
Your overall health (especially if you have diabetes)
How fast you were diagnosed and how quickly you received treatment
The type of bacteria causing the infection
How quickly the infection spreads
How well treatment works
This disease commonly causes scarring and skin deformity. Death can occur rapidly without proper treatment. Infection spreads throughout the body, causing a blood infection (sepsis), which can be deadly.
My opinion is that this poor girl did not get adequate cleaning of her wound at the time of her hospital visist and they never gave her any antibiotics till she returned 3 times!
I would have poured colloidal silver all over that wound. Colloidal silver in sufficient concentration readily kills bacteria in vitro. Silver also kills bacteria in external wounds in living tissue, so physicians use wound dressings containing silver sulfadiazine or silver nanomaterials to treat external infections.
And yet, when you talk about colloidal siver being used to treat infections like necrotizing fasciitis, most doctors act as if you're an alternative medicine quack!
Colloidal silver is a good thing to have in your home, especially if you have children. Good for adults too.
Most antibiotics only are effective on a narrow range of bacteria. Colloidal silver is proven to kill over 650 different types of bacteria.
And for the doctors to ignorantly contend for the staus quo, is a sad statement of modern medicine and a threat to your health and mine.
If colloidal silver is so effective, why won't all the doctors use it for bacteria like this? It is inexpensive to manufacture and too effective. As I've said before, "if they can't get wealthy doing something, they simply won't do it!"