Infection Protection: Summary15 years, 7 months ago
Posted on Nov 06, 2003, 1 p.m.
By Bill Freeman
Do you have a busy life -- and you just can't afford to get sick. Do you often feel out of sorts and fatigued. Is it hard to shake sinus problems, sore throats, digestive upsets, aches and pains, or allergies
Do you have a busy life -- and you just can't afford to get sick? Do you often feel out of sorts and fatigued? Is it hard to shake sinus problems, sore throats, digestive upsets, aches and pains, or allergies? Are you concerned about the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant infectious illnesses -- and the new threat of devastating diseases such as anthrax, smallpox, and Ebola?
Help is in your hands. Infection Protection is your personal guide to the self-treatment of infections, too often misdiagnosed, that can make you sick for weeks, months, and sometimes for life. Infectious illness is poorly understood by doctors, yet more than 75% of Americans suffer from parasitic, bacterial, fungal, or viral infections manifesting as fatigue, depression, sinus problems, digestive disorders, premature aging, baldness, skin problems, periodontal disease, and more.
From the common cold to E. coli, from allergies to anthrax, Drs. Ronald Klatz and Robert Goldman explain how to survive the modern plague of infectious diseases through "bug-busting" strategies to detoxify the body, boost the immune system, and significantly improve energy and longevity.
You'll learn how to protect your body, your home, your food, your environment, and even your pets by implementing anti-infection remedies from the full spectrum of medical practices: from orthodox Western FDAand AMA-approved therapies to cutting-edge nutritional science to traditional integrative medicine -- including Ayurvedic, Asian, herbal, and alternative healing systems. And you'll find out how to heal faster if you do get sick. With this indispensable book in hand, you'll have the tools to beat these hidden invaders and live the healthy, energetic life you deserve.
As a ten-year old, I'd often return home after the final school bell of the day to prepare a hot dog for a tasty snack. One evening, to pay tribute to the mad scientists in sci-fi movies I'd find myself cheering on, I dropped one of the hot dogs into a jar filled only with some flat cola. Screwing on the lid tightly, I let this experiment take its course overnight on the kitchen counter.
The next morning, I removed the hot dog from the soda and found it crawling with little, soft, pudgy white worms. But instead of losing my breakfast, I was captivated. What were these creepy things? Where did they come from? Those worms were parasites, which were drawn out of the hot dog by the sugar in the cola.
I look back on the hot-dog incident as the birth of my fascination with the highly adaptable and tenacious creatures called parasites. Eventually, my investigations branched out to include other pernicious invaders as well -- viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
As I read more and more and eventually began my formal medical training, I saw just how destructive some microbes are and how little most people know about them. The statistics are sobering. Infectious diseases are the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer claiming more than 100,000 lives annually and costing more than $30 billion in direct treatment expenses alone. Infectious diseases are responsible for a quarter to a third of the 54 million deaths globally each year and are the world's leading cause of death among children and young adults.
We may think we have infectious disease under control, but we don't. Yes, we have made tremendous progress against these diseases, including smallpox, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. But we can't afford to be complacent.
Since the eighteenth century, seven recorded pandemics of influenza have occurred worldwide. Perhaps the most alarming incident was the three waves of highly virulent strains of flu between 1918 and 1919 that spread aggressively to every nation on the planet, killing 20 million people. During the fall of 1918, 20,000 people in New York City alone died from influenza, while Western Samoa saw 20% of their population die from it. Medical science blamed the epidemic on everything from dirt and dust to closed windows and cosmic factors. Each year, infectious disease-related deaths in the United States nearly double, standing at approximately 170,000 for the 1990s. In fact, influenza kills more than 30,000 Americans each year, and epidemiologists agree that it is not a question of if but rather when the next killer flu pandemic will occur.
Twenty well-known diseases -- including tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and cholera -- have reemerged or spread geographically since 1973, often in more virulent and drug-resistant forms. At least 30 previously unknown disease agents have been identified since 1973, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Ebola, and hepatitis C (of which an estimated 4 million people are carriers), and there is no known cure for any of these.
While improvements in sanitation and infection control since the early 1900s have substantially restrained widespread outbreaks of contagious diseases, you will see that evidence supports the suggestion that the degenerative diseases of aging -- namely, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and mental decline -- may be adverse effects of infectious disease, rather than illnesses in and of themselves.
As a physician, not a day goes by that I fail to read a shocking scenario of someone who has suffered with infections for years without his or her doctor ever discovering the source of the problem. Today, as the president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, I recognize that immunity is one of the pillars of life-enhancing, life-extending medical care. Our immune system keeps us healthy. When it fails, we start coming down with aging-related disorders. You may be one of the thousands of people suffering from undiagnosed maladies overlooked by traditional medicine. Infection Protection shares important insights into diseases that could needlessly reduce the length and quality of your life. This book shows you how to recognize situations that may put you at risk and discusses the preventive measures you should follow.
There is no end to the damage parasites and other microorganisms can wreak on the human body. These bugs will weaken you physically and mentally, suck the life out of healthy cells, nibble your liver for lunch, gnaw at your kidneys and brain, blast your immune system to smithereens, and cause you to become terribly old before your time. By reading this book, I hope you begin to understand the profound importance of strengthening the immune, respiratory, reproductive, and digestive systems, each of which are integral defenders from infectious disease. In fact, the knowledge you glean from Infection Protection may be all you need to start feeling like your young self again.
Dr. Ronald M. Klatz
Imprint: HarperResource; ISBN: 0060184086; Publication Date: March 2002. Hardcover 6x9, 448 pages, with illustrations.