May 7, 2007 - In his newest book, health writer Bill Sardi asks why the current rise in autism, asthma, childhood diabetes and digestive tract problems (Crohn's, celiac and irritable bowel) has been paralleled by antibiotic germ resistance. Could all of these diseases have a sole origin?
At the same time that "magic bullet" antibiotics began to fail due to germ resistance, for no explainable reasons, in developed countries...
- The incidence of autism among young children has risen sharply
- Childhood asthma is now common and inhalers are being used by children more frequently
- Childhood diabetes is growing at epidemic proportions
- Digestive tract problems (celiac, Crohn's, irritable bowel) are now common
Modern medicine has no explanations for the unprecedented increase in these childhood and adult maladies.
Treatment for these conditions seeks to alleviate symptoms but never addresses their unknown cause.
While this change in childhood health is alarming, modern medicine appears to be fractioned by specialists who may not be able to connect the dots to all these diseases, says Sardi.
Medical specialists define autism as a brain disorder, asthma as a respiratory tract disease and diabetes as destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. But are these specialists just reporting on the same fire that is burning in different rooms?
Are these diseases, whose parallel rise has been charted by various health organizations, connected in some way?
Many years ago it was believed that gastric ulcers were caused by stress and excessive stomach acid, says Sardi. Many ulcer patients quit their jobs, believing they were too stressful. Others walked away from strained marriages, mistakenly believing stress caused their recurrent ulcer problem.
Then two tireless medical investigators in Australia search for the cause of gastric ulcers and found it was caused by a germ. It took over a decade to convince modern medicine of this fact. Today it is known that a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, causes gastric ulcers and they are successfully treated with antibiotics.
For a long time, since the discovery of DNA, medical researchers have believed that cancer is caused by gene mutations. But what causes genes to mutate?
Recently the human papilloma virus has been fingered as the trigger for cervical cancer. Cancer caused by a germ?
Medical investigators now believe heart disease may be caused by a bacterium, Chlamydia pneumoniae.
The Germ Theory of Disease is now being given more credence.
In "The Hidden Epidemic," health writer and disease investigator Bill Sardi reveals a "stealth bacterium" that may cause the sudden rise in childhood autism, asthma and diabetes, and many other diseases and disorders.
This same bacterium may be the primary cause of schizophrenia, allergy, digestive tract problems, Parkinson's disease and even cancer.
Even more alarming, it appears more than 95 percent of the population may be infected by this bacterium, or will experience future or recurrent infection. Complicating the problem is the fact that this germ cannot easily be detected in the human body, even by the best microbiologists.
Since antibiotics are now growing weaker, and a totally-drug-resistant form of stealth bacterium is now taking hold in the population, humanity may be forced to search for alternatives to antibiotics. Nature provides such natural alternatives, and they are revealed in The Hidden Epidemic.
According to Sardi, "the world is currently distracted by the remote chance of a mutated form of bird flu sweeping the globe when another pathogenic germ has already infected most of humanity and is poised to kill millions, if not cause massive chronic disease."
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