Bacteriophage therapy was discovered 11 years before antibiotics, in 1917.
After World War II, everyone (except a few entrenched Soviets) abandoned bacteriophage & focused exclusively on antibiotics until most hospitals on the planet were colonized with antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
In case you’re not following #superbug, the gist is that “the World Health Organization has warned of an emerging global health security threat, painting a post-apocalyptic image of a world sent back to the pre-antibiotic era, where a routine cut or infection could be deadly”, according to Kelly Crowe, medical sciences correspondent for the CBC.
Some people who have contracted superbugs in hospitals are travelling to Russia where (thanks to those recalcitrant Soviets), bacteriophage therapy is still available.
At least anecdotally.
Turns out virtually all bacteria are vulnerable to infections by one or more viral bacteriophages. It’s just a matter of finding the right match.
Plus they’re cute. In a cyborg/war-of-the-worlds kind of way.
But until a course of treatment has been proven through a clinical trial, any and all anecdotal data, no matter how intriguing, are considered unreliable.
So, let’s say you have a gastroenterologist. Nice guy. Conscientious.
Friendly, relaxed bedside manner.
The kind of guy you can trust to scope your intestinal tract (from both ends).
Mention Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) in his presence & he closes up like a venus flytrap. Folds his arms across his chest, shrinks back against the wall & launches into a list of flaws in the SIBO research methodology.
And flawed methods=inconclusive results.
And inconclusive results mean that SIBO has not been proven to exist. So, therefore, it doesn’t.
Clinical drug trials costs $30-$50 million and are funded by pharmaceutical companies. When they think there is a reasonable chance of realizing a profit.
The Autoimmune Protocol
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is the antithesis of a drug, really.
Not only is there no way for a pharmaceutical company to make money from it, but if validated, the AIP would (by design) dismantle the pharmaceutical empire.
Take my husband. Six months into the AIP, he’s no longer taking methotrexate, dilaudid or tramadaol. Aside from 2-4 over the counter Tyleneol Arthritis a day, he’s taking no pharmaceuticals at all.
After just six months.
I could insulate a suburban house with the prescriptions he’s received for his primary health issues over the past 12 years. And then wallpaper it with the scrips he’s been issued for the horrendous side effects of all those drugs.
Dr Terry Wahls is currency running clinical trials on all 3 levels of her Wahls Protocol and has established a foundation to fund her research. By necessity.
The 2nd most radical thing you could do to advance the health of humankind right now might be to send her a donation.
The 1st would be to work on healing yourself with food. Then share what you learn with the rest of us.
Because that’s what we’re doing here.
Learning & sharing with each other. Anecdotally.
Hacking this whole health thing.
- What if most diseases are caused by inflammation in the body, and inflammation can be significantly reduced through diet?
- What if cellular health is determined by food, & nutrient-dense food enables the body to heal itself, maybe even in the face of a #superbug apocalypse?
I read about Bacteriophage in an article by Lisan Jutras in the July/August 2014 edition of The Walrus. It inspired me to write this post.