Antibiotic Levaquin Can Cause Nervous System Reactions

Antibiotic Levaquin Can Cause Nervous System Reactions

Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a potent antibiotic recommended for use against such dangerous diseases as anthrax and the plague, as well as for pneumonia and other serious bacterial infections. It was the drug reportedly used to treat former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia. Prescribing information…

Hillary Clinton “Up to Date” on Pneumonia Vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23

Hillary Clinton “Up to Date” on Pneumonia Vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23

Former U.S. Secretary of State and current Democratic candidate for the U.S. Presidency Hillary Clinton is reported to be recovering from a bout of bacterial pneumonia. According to Clinton’s doctor, Lisa Bardack, MD, Secretary Clinton is being treated with the oral fluoroquinolone antibiotic Levaquin (Levofloxacin). Dr. Bardack, who serves as chair of internal medicine at…

Mumps Being Spread by and Among Vaccinated People

Mumps Being Spread by and Among Vaccinated People

Vaccines are a very lucrative business. Pfizer’s vaccine Prevnar, which targets 13 strains of pneumococcus bacteria, generated $6.25 billion in revenue last year. And that’s just one vaccine. Even ineffective vaccines allow vaccine makers to make a mint. One of the most obvious vaccine failures is the mumps vaccine (part of the measles, mumps, rubella, aka MMR).

The Story of Measles’ Sharp Decline

The Story of Measles’ Sharp Decline

In articles published last year in The Vaccine Reaction, “Polio Wasn’t Vanquished, It Was Redefined” and “The Salk ‘Miracle’ Myth,” I proposed that the reason the number of reported cases of polio in the United States declined so much in 1955—the year the Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was introduced—was due to the redefinition of polio by the U.S. government in 1954.

The Fear of a Simple Fever

The Fear of a Simple Fever

If your child has a low fever, do you race to the medicine cabinet and reach for acetominophen (Tylenol) or another antipyretic (fever medicine) to lower your child’s body temperature as soon as possible? Do you call the pediatrician right away? While this is no doubt a natural reaction from parents concerned about their child’s illness, is your child’s fever always a cause…

Report Raises Questions About Microcephaly “Epidemic” in Brazil and Link to Zika

Report Raises Questions About Microcephaly “Epidemic” in Brazil and Link to Zika

A recent article in the publication Nature cites a report by the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations (ECLAMC) raising questions about the size of the “apparent surge” in the number of babies being born in Brazil with a fetal abnormality known as microcephaly, characterized by a smaller than normal head and brain damage. Declan Butler, who…

Getting Flu Shots Regularly May Increase Susceptibility to the Flu

Getting Flu Shots Regularly May Increase Susceptibility to the Flu

Data collected from Canada and Hong Kong during 2009-2010 showed that people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the risk of getting the H1N1 “swine flu” compared to those who hadn’t received a flu shot. ABC News reported at that time that such shots may actually set you up for less “broad” protection than if you get, and recover from, a natural…

Lowering Our Susceptibility During “Flu Season”

Lowering Our Susceptibility During “Flu Season”

There are many theories circulating about the flu, and given the vast amount of information available, it is challenging to separate facts from fiction. Nevertheless, data is available to show what makes us vulnerable to these infections and how we can remain healthy when the weather turns cold. Although there may be some truth to the claim that bugs are getting nastier…

India Still Reporting Cases of Polio-like Acute Flaccid Paralysis

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has reported that it has investigated approximately 18,000 cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) in the country since January 2014 as part of its national polio surveillance program, established in 1997, and that all of the cases have tested negative for poliovirus. Some 50,000 cases of AFP are being detected annually in…