Dr. Mercola - Dangers of azithromycin

Submitted by luckypenny on Thu, 2015-07-30 14:12

It talks about huge increase in cardiac problems/breast cancer in women, etc. Very scarey.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/20/gaps-and-…

Yes, I miraculously survived six or seven years of azithromycin, too. 

I'm more inclined to trust years of use and testing than I am likely to trust a self-aggrandizing snake oil salesman with a non-medical degree, but hey, that's just me.  (If you want info on azithromycin, read the enclosure pamphlet given with the prescription.)

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

I haven't had problems either, but posting because some people may have if they already have heart probs....it was scarey to read.

I did have a problem with Zithromax a long time ago - the abx you take for 5 days instead of 10 and 3/4 of my hair fell out.

Does Mercola not have a medical degree?

Read Mercola's website for his degree info.  He buries it in a page-long promotional piece.  (I'm not saying he has NO degree, but let's be clear when assessing who we trust for our information.  Please also refer to his run-ins with the FDA and do a few internet searches with his name and the word 'quack'.)

 I'm less concerned with a specific degree, however, than with his self-promotion (evidenced by the fact he actually uses the word 'Miracle' in the name of one of his concoctions).  At least, we know Stratton and Sriram were about helping mankind, not themselves, when they posted their patent publicly on the internet, making it impossible for anyone (including themselves) to profit from it. It's feasible the 'heart problems' supposedly caused by taking azithromycin could actually be cpn infections being addressed in the heart and arteries. And, hair falling out while on the protocol has been reported here frequently, including by those with alopecia.  It's fair to assume the follicles were infected and the cpn has been disrupted or eradicated, considering everyone reports their hair grew back better, faster and stronger than before the shedding occurred.  (I have a theory on breast cancer occurrences, having to do with cpn infections inhibiting apoptosis, but I can't elaborate on it fairly without going into great detail, which I don't have time for now.) I think any claims, whether 'scary' ones (Mercola's)  or 'treatment' ones (like ours here) should be looked at with a reasonable amount of skepticism and one should always ask why claims are being made. What's the motivation?   In Mercola's case, it would benefit him greatly - financially - to denigrate all cures or treatments that don't have his name on the label, so I'm even more inclined to question his claims.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

David took azithromycin for several years and his heart problems did nothing but improve.........Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

My pleasure, but I should read Quackwatch about Mercola, if I were you..............................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

I will have a thorough look at Mercola's information. Thank you for your answer. This is why I am asking these questions and posting - not neccessarily because I believe it. I would liken Mercola's troubles with the FDA to doctor's problems and loss of licences here in Canada when trying to treat Lyme with long term abx. Still, I will read. And yes, any label with "miracle" on it is subject to scrutiny, of course.

Yes, quite possible that my hair fell because of the CPN infection. The doctors at the time had no answer for me othere than the usual " you are too sensitive". I do know that large doses of Biotin brought it back, although it did not grow in better than before.

I have to join the choir singing the praises of Azithromycin. 

I took over 400 tablets of Azithromycin while I was on the Wheldon Protocol.  I did end up in the Northwestern Univeristy Hospital's Emergency Room, but that was at the end of my first Flagyl pulse where I was being cavalier about my charcoal and vitamin C and happened after I had been taking azithromycin for more than a month.

No medicine that actually works is going to be totally risk-free, but when I balanced the very small risk associated with the antibiotics against the possible benefit of putting my M.S. into remission, I concluded that the benefits far outweighed the risk.

CAP for M.S. 8/2007 - 3/2009.  Twentieth pulse metronidazole + INH completed 3/12/2009.  Intermittent treatment thereafter until 11/20/2009.