Update On Anthrax
'Cures', Exposure, And
Vaccine Effectivity
From ricfinke <>
LWH Consulting L.L.C.

This following was sent by a military pharmacy officer:
"Much nonsense has been appearing about anthrax cures. We hear about 'colloidal silver,' vinegar, and a host of other folk remedies. Forget it. They don't work. Just wishful thinking. We are talking about military grade anthrax here, not the kind that you can find in the soil or that often infests livestock.
The only thing that really works are vaccines, and then only if it is the right vaccine, tailored for that strain of anthrax. The wrong vaccine won't work either. And we can expect an enemy to use a mix of military grade strains, so that if we have the vaccines for some we won't have all of them covered.
But a great deal depends on the level of exposure. It is possible to survive if one is exposed to very low levels of pathogen, so, lacking the right vaccines, one can improve his chances by doing what one can to reduce the levels of exposure. Most of that involves the kinds of prophylactic measures used in medical operating rooms: filtered air, protective garments and gloves, antisepsis, and cleanliness.
Rooms can be sealed with plastic over windows and doors, but one must allow for necessary ventilation to avoid suffocation. That means using air filters with high HEPA ratings. These can be obtained in connection with air purifiers and vacuum cleaners.
Having a supply of plastic gloves is important, as is such precautions as not touching one's face or supplies of food or water, which should be kept sealed when not being used. If exposure is suspected, sterilization procedures must be taken before opening the containers.
In a pinch, plastic sheeting can be used to make protective garments, but beware of heat prostration, which can be avoided by occasional immersion in a pool of cool water.
The other major measure is departure from the area. This is a tough one, because if you have been contaminated, you may only be spreading the contagion to others and endangering them as well. If exposure is confirmed, you have a duty not to leave the area, but to cooperate in establishing a quarantine of yourself and others in the exposed area, to try to confine the area of exposure." (end forwarded message)
This a very good commentary about dealing with anthrax exposure. The initial treatise, to debunk many of the wide spread (via internet, too 'folk remedies' is proper. Colloidal silver has been shown to have a definite, but weak, antibiotic effect on serious pathogens. It would be effective only for negligible anthrax exposures, although for lesser microbes it may be much more effective. Oil extracts and other such tales have shown absolutely no direct effect. It should be noted, however, that any effort to support and/or strengthen the natural immune system is of great assistance. Delaying the anthrax symptoms from appearing in one's body gives one more time to deal with it. Once the serious symptoms do appear nothing short of a lightning bolt miracle will avoid death. Not every victim will begin demonstrating signs of anthrax exposure at once. Those that do exhibit indicators early on serve as 'canary birds' for all others. This symptomatic warning 'issued' by these early onset, and hapless, victims can allow for an 'early warning' (barely sufficient) allowing the salvaging of those others around them. A strong natural immune system tends to assure that you will still be asymptomatic, and treatable, at that time.
As with any threat, avoidance is the best response. If one can avoid anthrax expsoure then so is the threat of death avoided. Unfortunately an R.S.V.P. is unlikely. In the case of anthrax the next best is pharmaceutical antibiotics if treatment begins early enough. Vaccines can offer protection if indeed it is the proper type. Vaccines are great in that they are ready and waiting (on 'stand-by') automatically in the event of any exposure. Antibiotics on the other hand must be taken pro-actively at the proper time; not too early nor too late. Selection of the proper vaccine is very important here. There are three types of anthrax vaccines in this world. One is made by a Michigan firm, another by Colorado Serum, and yet another by the old Soviet Regime. The first two are the only ones available to Americans.
The 'Michigan' anthrax vaccine has been in the news lately as being subject to FDA raids. They found expired effective dating and contaminated conditions and other questionable factors. It is believed by many that GWS was introduced into GI bloodstreams by vaccine contamination. There are many serious researchers who point to the suspicious statistics that only those who received the vaccine later subcombed to GWS. It can be demonstrated that a mycoplasma infectious agent causes GWS identical symptoms and responds to treatment similalry. On the other hand the Colorado Serum vaccine has been used for the last thirty years on both livestock and humans (in Africa) with no contrary indications. The Colorado veterinary vaccine has no FDA approval and thus no medically licensed individual is allowed to administer it to you depsite its beneficial use in humans in S. Africa. My personal and direct experience with it has been positive as well.
Today many medical facilties will medicate for an expected prognosis while yet waiting for the results of specific lab identification. Valuable time may be lost while waiting so they deliberately 'jump the gun' if the symptoms point to a propable cause. Thus it is Not unreasonable to use a Physicians' Desk Referenced treatment, or antibiotic, to combat a suspected anthrax outbreak, or similar. Some antibiotics are narrow spectrum while others may be more broad spectrum, i.e., being effctive against several different pathogens. For example, one may be effctive against cholera but not at all against The Plague. Also some antibiotics may be bacteria killers and others may be merely bacteria stoppers, i.e., they stop bacteria growth and/or reproduction. This is the reason that there is an occasional controversy as to which antibiotic to use. The PDR will list the bacteriocidal treatments first but these are usually more narrow spectrum and each will be effective against only certain agents. Terramycin, on the other hand, is a frequently overlooked bacteriostatic pharmaceutical that is very effective against a broad range of pathogens. Agricultural antibiotics are just as effective when the pharmaceutcal ones are not available. Package labels will indicate proper dosage amounts for the liability protection of the manufacturer.
I am not a credentialed medical professional but I am associated with a defensive biowar and disaster recovery consulting firm. One should exercise great care in selecting one's medical professional as few understand pathogens in this type of application.

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