The latest ploy by psychiatrists, and drug companies wishing to increase profits, is to use psychotropic drugs to treat children with a lingering strep infection. Absurd as this may sound, it is being done in some cases. Recent scientific research reveals that a certain strain of strep in children sometimes brings on mental and behavioral symptoms, which will not resolve without further antibiotics. To label the behavior as a disorder and use psychotropic drugs leaves the actual condition untreated, perpetuating and worsening the child’s ills. Some medical doctors, however, properly recognize the cause and have effectively treated this condition:
“In 1998 Dr. S. Swedo from the National Institutes of Health described another pediatric problem… psychiatric symptoms during or after a strep infection. These children were all before puberty and did not respond to the usual psychiatric medications. They all had extremely elevated levels of the anti strep antibody, …. Some of them improved dramatically after treatment with antibiotics.”
Another aspect of dealing with this problem is that antibiotics, though sometimes necessary, are a double-edged sword. Since the onset of their use in the 1930s, they have been found to themselves sometimes cause mental problems, which were traditionally treated by discontinuing the antibiotic or lowering the dosage. Mental side effects such as delirium and behavioral changes are now automatically labeled by psychiatrists as “disorders” from their Diagnostic Manual, and drugged. The claim of a brain-based cause of such disorders has never been scientifically proven. And once again, unfounded labeling and drugging of behavior is being done without establishing the scientific cause – in this case the need for antibiotics or probiotics.
Pharmaceutical companies have recently developed such super strong antibiotics that they are often dangerous, not just to the bacteria they kill, but to the rest of the human body as well. One class of antibiotics – Quinolones (brand names “Levaquin” and “Cipro”) – carry such destructive side effects that the FDA issued Black Box (the highest level) warnings on them.
“In July of 2008, the FDA mandated that all quinolone antibiotics carry a ‘Black Box’ warning for tendon rupture and tendonitis. This is the strongest warning label a drug can have before it is removed from the market. ….
“The FDA gets approximately 50% of their funding for the review of drugs directly from the pharmaceutical companies in what is called prescription drug user fees. This is a conflict of interest that has made the FDA very slow and often reluctant to react to drug toxicities of all kinds. ….
David Flockhart, professor of medicine and chief of clinical pharmacology at Indiana University School of Medicine, says as many as a third of patients taking a quinolone will experience some sort of psychiatric side effect, such as anxiety, personality change, or confusion. ‘The psychiatric effects of the quinolones are underappreciated by the medical profession as well as by the public,’ says Dr. Flockhart, who has treated more than one hundred patients with severe psychiatric side effects.”
Thanks to drug companies, we now have super strong antibiotics encouraging the growth of superbugs, requiring even heaviery antibiotics that have even heavier side effects. Still another serious consequence of antibiotics is the destruction of naturally existing intestinal bacteria, or “flora”, necessary for health. This resultant lack of healthy intestinal flora has been linked to both physical and psychiatric problems. Properly addressing the condition requires replacement of healthy flora with “probiotics”, a remedy that some doctors recognize as essential. On the other hand, psychiatrists who ignore this deficiency do not cure it with their psychotropic drugs, because they are not what is lacking.
“After kids are given excessive amounts of antibiotics that lead to the destruction of their gut health and the subsequent onset of mental illness, they are then given deadly antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs to ‘treat’ the condition that originated from pharmaceutical drug use. It is a system that, whether purposeful or not, generates large profits for any prescription-happy doctors and drug manufacturers alike.
“A doctor in the UK has had success addressing ‘mental’ illness by restoring intestinal flora balances, previously destroyed by antibiotics. Remember, there are antibiotics all around us – not just from medical prescriptions. Beef and chicken on the market are replete with antibiotics, which the consumers then ingest, and suffer the destruction of their healthy intestinal bacteria.
The pharmaceutical merry-go-round is an endless parade of drugs, with no health end in sight except healthier profits annually. Drugs which merely squelch symptoms and have devastating side effects are obviously not the answer. The fallacy in prescribing them to treat strep or antibiotic symptoms is obvious to any layman. Certainly any worthy doctor is expected to use science; and good science investigates and finds actual causes, and then applies the appropriate remedy.