Iatrogenic Infection

If you have ever wondered how antibiotic medications could cause someone to die, then you are reading the right article.  This article will briefly explain the cause and effect of taking antibiotics, when the body is free of disease.  There will be a simple explanation, including visual aids to briefly explain how antibiotics- cause the death of good bacteria living in the large colon, while aiding the explosive growth of the deadly C-diff bacterium in the body.  I will also attempt to explain how this bacteria expels a toxic gas, which causes a medical condition that often kills its victims (usually adults ages 65 yrs+).  The illness is known as an Iatrogenic infection by medical insurance companies and hospitals.  Here is a brief list of different types of iatrogenic conditions: pseudomembranous colitis, C-difficile infections, surgical site infections, pneumonia, pneumothorax, insomnia, bleeding or blood clotting disorders, gastritis, artery or vein dissections.  
It is time to get the word out to the public. Patients and their families have the right to know about certain conditions, which threaten lives daily.  It is my hopes that once patients and their families become better educated on some of these sicknesses, they are more comfortable saying, "No thank you!" in the future. 

Video Facts of C-Difficile,

Antibiotic Sickness Visual Aide

Path To Wellness After C-Diff

Certain Foods To Aid In The Recovery From C-Diff

Many patients and their families do not realize that getting an antibiotic iatrogenic (colitis) infection, is a lot easier than most people may think it is.  And, the frightening reality is the largest demographic affected the most by this condition, are the nation's elderly.  I started researching physician prescribed sicknesses, after my father in-law died from an antibiotic iatrogenic colitis infection December 23rd, 2013.  Lester had taken a round of "routinely prescribed" preoperative antibiotics, when he became very sick with a terrible smelling loose diarrhea.  The loose stool was a side effect caused by an explosive growth of C-difficile bacterium in his body.  Eating the right foods, when this occurs, is extremely important. Certain foods can lead to the natural cessation of severe gastritis and colitis illnesses.  For any persons suffering from C-diff Colitis, start introducing probiotic food sources into your diet  immediately.[3]  

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Probiotic Vs. Antibiotics
Credit: CDiff Foundation Organization

Fermented Food Sources

For A Probiotic Diet

What is a probiotic food source?  Fermented foods.  They are the best host of probiotic bacteria.  Foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are great probiotic food sources .  What makes fermented foods ripe for the eating, are that they contain live cultures of bacteria colonies. Probiotic supplements and food sources are essential to the complete recovery from a severe pathogenic infection, like C-Difficile Bacterium Colitis.

Grocery Shopping List


Plain yogurt mixed with real fruit.  Avoid yogurts loaded with artificial sugars and syrups.

Kombucha tea

An Asian fermented tea that acts as antioxidant and digestive aid.

Miso Soup

A Japanese soup

Soy Milk

Select Soy milk with "live and active" cultures.

Sourdough or Whole Wheat Bread


Kefir is a cross between yogurt and milk.  Comes flavored or plain.


Pickled cabbage and chopped up hot dogs make a quick meal.


Sweet, Butter, or Dill chips.

Dark Chocolate

60% Cocoa or higher


The brine of the Olive is the important source.

Milks and Cheeses

Skim, 1-2%, and whole milk

Blue Cheese, Feta Cheese, Brie Cheese




The National Prevention Campaign

Preventing infections in the first place means that patients will not need antibiotics to treat those infections.  This can help to slow the rise of antibiotic resistance and avoid patient harm from unnecessary side-effects and C. difficile infections, which are associated with antibiotic use. Continued progress and expanded efforts to prevent HAI's (hospital associated infections) will support the response to the threat of antibiotic resistance...[2]

Sick Facts of Iatrogenic Diseases

Nosocomial and Iatrogenic Conditions

When people see their primary care physician, the last thing they think is that they could be walking into a deathtrap. Nevertheless, with death rate numbers ever increasing and, nosocomial and iatrogenic infections now the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, it is about time this information is brought to the attention of the American populous.  If a serial killer murdered 280 people everyday..., 365 days a year..., would you be concerned about leaving your home?  Moreover, would you demand that the serial killer be caught and something done about it?  Think about that for a minute.  An iatrogenic disease is a sickness caused by the physician, while a nosocomial infection is a sickness which was acquired by a patient within a hospital, and during that patient's provided care.  There are 280 people killed by prescribed medical care in this country everyday. Either by poor hospital conditions, staffing mistakes, or physician care.  That 280 number is not some third world countries death toll rate - it's 100% American made.  That is an astronomically high number.  These deaths were a direct cause of physician prescribed medical errors taking place in American hospitals, outpatient clinics, ambulatory centers, and physician offices nationwide.  Do I have your attention yet? Good, you have every right to be very concerned.

The simple reason that this information is not front page news everyday, is because for the most part, physicians heal people and hospitals are a safe haven for the sick.  I should know..., I work in one.  I have worked in the medical field for nearly five years now.  My career profession as Certified Surgical Technologist, puts me at the forefront of this American epidemic, and let me just say, hospital and physicians offices have taken notice.  

While most facilities implement new policies constantly to stay on top of this unfortunate American crisis, there are still those few hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel who are sloppy about their provided care, aseptic techniques, and surgical conscience.  Moreover, sloppy care is only a small percentage of the cause and effects of iatrogenic diseases. Some iatrogenic and nosocomial conditions are caused by prescribed medications, routine medical procedures, large transferrable and stationary medical equipment (used on multiple patients), and hospital furniture.  

One Hospital's Battle Against Nosocomial Acquired Infections

What Questions To Ask About Your Health

  • Ask questions of your primary care physicians, when an antibiotic prescription is written. Make sure that before you consume any medications or have a surgical procedure that you have researched body symptoms, side effects, and common complications; as a result of taking a certain antibiotic, getting a routine test, or medical procedure.  
  • Inquire about the possible signs, symptoms, and physical reactions to foreign objects injected, implanted, or inserted into your body through a natural orifice, through a surgically made incision, or fistula (artificial opening).  Persons scheduled for a pacemaker implant, defibrillator device, port-a-cath, lap band, or other medically necessary device— they ought to ask about possible rejection risks of the implant.  Ask what kinds of medications are prescribed, which counteract rejection.
  • Be responsible for your body, and for what is medically put inside it.  For example if your Arthroscopic knee doctor wants you to take a round of prophylactic antibiotics, starting 3-4 days before the scheduled procedure, make sure he is aware of the risks involved with prescribing antibiotics absent illness.  A patient can do this by asking their doctor if they have ever heard of C-Diff colitis.  It is okay to hold physicians medically accountable!  Make sure they have good reasons for prescribing drugs that are not needed.  It is that simple.  Just because a surgeon always has prescribed antibiotics before their surgeries, is not a good enough answer either.  Ask them if they have read studies indicating whether it has proven to be a benefit.
  • Taking prophylactic antibiotics before dental appointments, are also being challenged.  According to a medical journal about oral surgery and dental repairs:
"There are relatively few situations in which antibiotic prophylaxis is indicated. Aside from the clearly defined instances of endocarditis and late prosthetic joint infections, there is no consensus among experts on the need for prophylaxis (antibiotics). There is wide variation in recommended protocols, but little scientific basis for the recommendations. The emerging trend seems to be to avoid the prophylactic use of antibiotics in associated dental treatment unless there is a clear indication."[1]



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