Oh what joy! In the 60’s and the 70’s we were liberated by the birth control pill, and we could engage in free love. Antibiotics provided a way to get rid of the worst symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases such as going blind or insane, the possible consequence of untreated syphilis. The combination of the liberating pill and antibiotics made [some] people cut loose with wild sexual abandon. But, as it turns out free love isn’t so free after all, as many people today can attest to.
Sexually transmitted diseases decided they did not want to succumb so easily to modern medical intervention, so they devised ways around the antibiotics, and have made a come-back. It seems after all, that monogamy and faithfulness go a long way in protecting yourselves and your loved ones from the consequences of these horrific sexually transmitted diseases.
What are some of these diseases?
Remember the wild-fires in California and Arizona? Well, comparatively syphilis makes those fires look like a weenie-roast on a camp out. The wild-fires of syphilis are claiming more victims than all of the natural wild-fires put together. Thankfully, syphilis is no match for the immune system as the macrophages or antibodies can wipe out the bacteria, but if left untreated with antibiotics bacteria can survive and hide, to pop up on a more convenient day.
The first sign of syphilis is a painless chancre sore, which usually appears about three weeks after infection. In women , the chancre sore is usually on the labia but can sometimes show up in the vagina. In men, the sore is near or on the head of the penis.
The secondary sign of syphilis are rashes on the hands and feet, though these rashes could occur anywhere. One could also experience fever, sore throat, hair loss and fatigue. The symptoms of secondary syphilis will eventually resolve, but without treatment the infection will progress into the late stages of the disease which the immune system can’t handle alone.
It is not completely understood how the immune system handles gonorrhea because this STD acts like the flu virus, the gonococci disguise themselves so that the immune system cells don’t recognize them. They don’t remember the bacteria, so the immune system is unable to prevent reinfection.
It is possible that the bacteria won’t prevail, it depends on whether the neutrophils outnumber the bacteria. If they do, the immune system can wipe out the gonorrhea but if the bacteria outnumber the neutrophils, a severe case of gonorrhea will take hold.
The gonococci, it appears are smart and they have developed their own defense system. Their chromosomes have mutated to the point that antibiotics can no longer get inside the bacteria. Further, they’ve figured out how to produce an enzyme to inactivate the antibiotics! Stronger antibiotics have had to be made in order to conquer these gonococci, and because of the seriousness of the disease these antibiotics are a good thing. Complications can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and inflammation of the fallopian tubes. Men could be infected in the prostrate and rectum, and sterility can occur in both sexes.
The symptoms of gonorrhea seem to affect men worse than women, but 10 to 30 percent of men and 70 to 90 percent of women won’t have any symptoms at all.
Some of the earlier symptoms to watch for is frequent, painful urination with a yellowish discharge, and in women a whitish discharge from the vagina, painful urination as well as lower abdominal pain with abnormal uterine bleeding.
Chlamydia is the most common STD, as around three million Americans get chlamydia every year. It is the leading cause of pelvic inflammatory disease in women, and can cause sterility in both men and women.
The chlamydia bacteria reproduces inside the cells, which releases more bacteria. The immune system’s B-cells produce anti-bodies in an attempt to wage a war against the chlamydia bacteria, but they just aren’t “man” enough for the job. Fortunately, the chlamydia bacteria is not smart like the gonorrhea so antibiotics seem to do the job and there is a 95% cure rate for this disease.
There is no symptoms in about 65% of women, and in the rest there is a fluid discharge. In men there is inflammation of the urethra and the epididymis, the cord that runs behind the testicles that transports the sperm. Sterility, and other serious problems can affect men and women if this disease is left untreated.
Chlamydia can be particularly dangerous because there are no symptoms so this disease can act “silently,” carrying out its deadly consequences without people realizing it.
These are just three sexually transmitted diseases afflicting people, which can have very serious consequences. The only way to absolutely insure that you won’t get an STD is to abstain from sex, but since this is not realistic, it is best to be monogamist and remain true to your partner. Latex condoms can reduce the risk of transmission if used in a proper manner.
If you think you have been infected by a sexually transmitted disease don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting the treatment you need. It is important for you, and all partners who have had sexual contact to seek help immediately.
*healing herbs for syphilis
*healing herbs for gonorrhea
*healing herbs for chlamydia
Healing herbs may help in the healing process, but they are not a replacement for antibiotics. Contact your doctor immediately and follow his advice in these matters.