A man jovially told me - "No need to ask anyone whether you have fever or not in Delhi, just ask if you have Chikungunya or dengue?"
Why is the infection so widespread? You, me and everyone is wondering the same.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of bacteria combined, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. This makes hospital borne infections one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. and these cases do not include infections caused outside the hospital.
Wait! Aren't hospitals supposed to be a place where we go sick and come back healthy? Yes! But the fact states otherwise.
Holy shit! That is the same reaction I gave when I got to know this a few years back.
As you already know, Fever is rise in temperature of the body which is an immune mechanism to protect the body from invasion by a foreign causative agent which may be a bacteria, fungus, virus or parasite. A short-term infection is an acute infection. A long-term infection is a chronic infection.
Therefore, fever generally are good for us until they are very severe and medication to reduce the body temperature do not treat infections rather in a way suppress the action of immune system.
Infections was the major cause of death worldwide but now it has been replaced by the lifestyle diseases like CVD (Cardio Vascular Diseases i.e. related to the heart), Respiratory, diabetes, renal and the list goes on. Infections still has its own share.
If you thought antibiotic resistant infections were the worst that can happen then reality will amuse you.
Let me narrate you an incident:
A friend of mine called me to ask for a good doctor/ hospital in Chennai for treating her father who was down with high fever and body pain (almost bed ridden for 3 weeks) in Kolkata. She told me that her entire family was travelling to chennai the next day as they weren't able to diagnose the problem there and were really worried about him.
I told her that the hospital they had chosen was among the best in the country (you would have guessed it) and lets first get the problem diagnosis done there.
After 2 days I called her and got surprised to know that they had returned back to Kolkata. On enquiring further I understood that the doctor had prescribed a few tests which would take 8 days for the results and did not prescribe any medicines. Therefore they decided to come back after 8 days. (I am sure this would have costed them a few thousands if not lacs).
So he was there lying in bed with high fever and unbearable pain. Suddenly she asked me, if i could help her with some diet. I hadn't pro actively asked her but on her query I obliged and gave her the diet after getting the required details about him.
2 days later when I called her, she answered my call and said, "what did you do?". Shit! I was blown away. Scarred, I could clearly feel my heart in my mouth. Anxious with a hundred ideas running in my head, I immediately asked what had happened ?
To my surprise she said, "Dad started going to office since yesterday and he is completely alright now." Wow! What a relief.
I spoke to uncle and told him, not to get any medication done if the reports were positive and instead go for a repeat test before taking any decisions. At the end of 8 days, he called me to inform that the reports had come and he had a severe infection. I jumped and immediately requested him for a repeat test without starting any medication. He replied he had already given the blood samples for the same. After another 8 days, the results were as expected. No infection.
In my past experience, I have been able to help many patients to regain their immunity and fight terrible infections. Some cases of severe fungal infections of more than a decade (which had even caused wounds in the food pipe) could be cured with customized diets. Nature is very powerful and very gracious.
Getting back to our blog.
After immense research into the subject I could explore the possible reasons and its solutions to these problems - Why infections are caught in hospitals where tonnes of disinfectants and all possible cleaning mechanisms are deployed to maintain highest quality of hygiene. (We are talking about the infrastructure like the hospitals of USA and not the local Govt. Hospitals of India).
I can guess, what you are thinking. No doubt that the ill patients coming to the hospital bring infectious agents like bacteria and virus with them. And those who catch these infections are not strong enough to resist them.
True. But apart from having the pathogenic bacteria and compromised immune system in place, these hospitals also have another reason. Let me see if you can guess it.
Here are your hints:
1) The disinfectants are able to wipe out 99% bacteria (as claimed in advertisements).
2) The worst bacteria are resistant to these disinfectants.
3) All the good bacteria (good for us) are killed.
4) The remaining bacteria get a free ground to proliferate and grow.
See if you got this right.
The over use of disinfectants kill most bacteria which majorly include the good ones leaving only the worst and dangerous ones behind that are resistant to disinfectants and also antibiotics. The good bacteria (which were earlier resisting the growth of the bad bacteria) are lost and therefore the remaining bad bacteria are able to grow fast and spread in the entire space.
Therefore, this leads to concentration of bad bacteria in the environment increasing the chance of infection and that is why so many people catch infection in these hospitals.
Let us look at it in a different way.
I do not know how many of you have travelled to the rural areas where people use cow dung to wipe the door step. We have always brushed it aside with a smirk that it is an unhygienic practise and religious taboo.
Interestingly, during my research on the subject I found that there exists a scientific relation to this and infections.
Cow dungs are in a way anti disinfectants. How ? When we connect the dots we can see it clearly that cow dung is a rich source of variety of bacteria. Application of cow dung actually increases the quantity as well as diversity of such micro organisms in the environment which restricts the growth of any one particular organism in excess and especially the pathological (disease causing ) ones. The same can be applied for other practises like applying red soil at the doorstep etc.
I am sure you are now thinking of stopping the use of phenyl and disinfectants at your house. It is indeed a welcome step towards better health.
Tip: You can use lime, green tea, neem extract etc for moping the floors.
If you still want to stick to existing practices- Well everyone has the right to be sick if they want to. Lols.
The most important aspect about infection is the immune system of the body. Fever is a part of it and try not to suppress. But there are some other facts which are really important for us to know.
Our body is a walking bacterial soup (As described by Ravi Mantha in his amazing book "All About Bacteria). How?
4% our own cells
Yes these figures are real. We have 10 times more bacteria in us than our own cells.
So, isnt getting a bacterial infection a joke?
'HOST IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN GUEST'
The rule is simple- if the number of pathogenic bacteria goes up, you feel sick. If the number of healthy bacteria is high, you feel awesome.
Antibiotics work in the body like disinfectants work in hospitals. They wipe out almost all bacteria leaving only the worst one behind. Ultimately our body is invaded by these antibiotic resistant harmful micro organisms. FYI Antibiotics do not work on viruses i.e. Viral infections.
Instead we should use probiotics for our body which act like the cowdung in the door step creating more diversity and a healthy environment inside.
Apart from this the immune system has some mechanisms which if understood can help us in fighting infections.
Do u remember reading in your last blood test about A particular type of cell called Neutrophils which were about 70% (of total WBC)?
Neutrophils are the most abundant type of (40% to 75%) type of white blood cells in most mammals. They form an essential part of the innate immune system. They are short-lived and highly motile, or mobile, as they can enter parts of tissue where other cells/molecules wouldn't be able to enter otherwise.
Neutrophils engulf the pathogenic bacteria, virus etc and save us from infection. But, Neutrophils have a preference to engulf refined carbohydrates (glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey and fruit juice) over bacteria. Therefore the affluent people (like the diabetics today) get infections easily compared to others. This also reminds me that most cases of TB happens to diabetic patients.
One slice of pastry or gulab jamun can make ur neutrophil inactive for 6 hours giving enough room for the bacteria to cause infection.
Another important aspect is that Neutrophils cannot work without Vitamin C. Therefore, high quantity of Vit C is essential for Neutrophils to fight infection.
Quick take aways for fighting infections:
1) Stop the intake of refined carbs.
2) Increase thr intake of Vitamin C.
3) Increase the intake of nutritious foods.
4) Increase the intake of water and other fluids.
5) Get some sun bath.
6) Take probiotics capsules as well as foods.
These are general guidelines which should help in most cases. If you need help, please contact/ call me. I shall customize a diet to help your immune system cope with the situation.