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Flesh Eating Bacteria
Started by Tom
Posted: February 11, 2007 at 12:25
This is an excellent article by Dr. Gabe Mirkin (

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Over the last several years, you've heard stories about a flesh-eating bacteria that can dissolve muscles and skin, leading to amputations and even death. This supposedly new disease may be caused by taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofin, aspirin, Motrin and Tolectin when you are infected with a beta strep germ (1). A report in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that five of seven cases of flesh-eating bacteria occurred in people who took these pain medicines.

When you get an infection, certain white blood cells called macrophages produce a chemical called tumor necrosis factor, which travels to your brain and causes your body to produce prostaglandins that cause fever and shut off tumor necrosis factor. Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs block the production of prostaglandins, causing the white blood cells to keep on producing tumor necrosis factor. This can allow the bacteria to spread through the body, producing toxins which dissolve tissue and even cause shock and death.

There are progressive warning signals that tell you that you could have this type of infection. First, you develop a sore throat or you cut or bruise your skin or stick yourself with a thorn or splinter. Usually the pain of a throat infection or a wound lessens with time. Progressively increasing severe pain is a signal that you have a serious infection. Contact a doctor immediately if you develop severe pain, a fever, a red streak starts to extend toward your heart, or your lymph nodes start to swell and hurt.

The beta strep bacteria do not dissolve flesh. They produce toxins that dissolve flesh, so once you have this condition, antibiotics may get rid of the bacteria, but they do not get rid of the toxins that cause the damage. Infections with beta strep bacteria can be cured readily if you take antibiotics early enough and avoid taking aspirin or any pain medications. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, died of a beta strep infection because he did not seek treatment early enough.
1) New Zealand Medical Journal March, 1995.

2) Science News October 7, 1995.

3) CO Brantigan, J Senkowsky. Group A beta hemolytic streptococcal necrotizing fascitis. Source Wounds - A Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice 7: 2 (MAR-APR 1995):62-68.

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Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria
Reply #1 by sharon
Posted: December 27, 2007 at 04:03
thank you for this information. I developed mrsa nd was taking asa daily. I stopped asa when i started bruising easily and developed a red sore throat. I feel better now.
Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria
Reply #2 by Pat
Posted: December 30, 2007 at 16:09
Thanks for the info.Question-What do you think of methadone,as the pain killer,instead of nsaid?E-mail at,or add to forum.
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