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The Importance of Timely Antibiotic Intervention

The Importance of Timely Antibiotic Intervention

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The Key to Effective Infection Management: Early antibiotic intervention and at the right dose.

While aggressive antibiotic treatment with high dosages has been the go-to methodology of treatment historically, research by the National Institute of Health is challenging that assumption. This article published by the NIH states that the timing of antibiotics being administered, relative to the dosages, also plays a critical role in the duration of an infection.

Antibiotics are a cornerstone of modern medicine, a powerful tool in our fight against bacterial infections. But when it comes to their effectiveness, timing is everything – almost. Administering appropriate dose of antibiotics promptly can significantly improve a patient’s outcome, while delays can have serious consequences.

 

The Power of Precise Timing and Dosing:

Boosting Survival Rates: Studies consistently show a strong link between delays in antibiotic treatment and higher mortality rates, particularly in life-threatening infections like sepsis. Each hour of delay can significantly decrease a patient’s chances of survival. Early antibiotics give the body a fighting chance to overcome the infection before it becomes overwhelming.

Targeting the Enemy Effectively: Antibiotics work best when bacteria are actively multiplying. Early administration at the correct dosage targets them during this vulnerable stage, stopping their spread and allowing the immune system to clear them more effectively. An incorrect dose, whether too low or too high, can allow the bacteria to survive and potentially develop resistance to the antibiotics, making treatment more challenging.

Protecting Vital Organs: Severe infections can cause significant damage to organs like the lungs, kidneys, and heart. Prompt antibiotic treatment at the recommended dose helps control the infection and minimize this damage, leading to a better overall outcome for the patient. Early intervention and proper dosing can prevent complications and the need for additional, potentially more intensive treatments.

 

The Dangers of Delay and Incorrect Dosage:

A Race Against Time and Strength: Delays in antibiotic treatment or taking incorrect dosages can significantly worsen a patient’s prognosis. The longer the bacteria have to multiply and potentially develop resistance, the harder it is to eradicate the infection.

Breeding Resistance: Incorrect doses, particularly under-dosing, create an environment where some bacteria can survive and potentially develop resistance to the antibiotic. This can have serious consequences for future treatment of that particular infection, not just for the individual patient but also for the wider community.

Increased Healthcare Costs: Complications arising from delayed or incorrect antibiotic use can lead to additional procedures, hospital stays, and other interventions, significantly increasing healthcare costs.

A Longer Road to Recovery: Delayed treatment or incorrect antibiotic dosages extend the infection’s course, leading to a longer recovery time with ongoing discomfort and disability for the patient.

 

Continue to Take the Full Regimen of Antibiotics:

It’s essential to complete the full course of antibiotics, even if symptoms begin to improve. This ensures all bacteria are eliminated, preventing relapse and the development of antibiotic resistance. Whenever taking medications, adhere strictly to your physician’s instructions.

Antibiotic resistance can occur when the infection is only partially treated. It is crucial to continue taking the entire regimen of antibiotics according to the instructions, even if you begin to feel better. If the infection has been allowed to become antibiotic-resistant from not taking the full schedule of antibiotics, the worsened illness can lead to serious complications.

 

 

Ensuring Access to Antibiotics

Administering antibiotics quickly is a prudent theory, but sometimes not a practical reality. CBS News recently reported on the widening gaps of mortality rates between city and rural residents due to difficult access to healthcare in rural communities. A local PBS Station in Washington said that rural patients often have to travel several hours from home to seek medical attention, which can lead to far worse patient outcomes. The difficulty in accessing treatment while on a trip can be so burdensome that the CDC has entire page devoted to getting healthcare while traveling.

Considering the timely need to administer antibiotics and the sometimes prolonged access to healthcare, the only way to ensure that you don’t fall in the gap is by having your own emergency antibiotics on hand at home. This is why we made the Jase Case – to give you access to treatment when healthcare is inaccessible.

Antibiotics are the preferred treatment for bacterial infections, but do not help treat viral infections like the Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) – which has seen a recent resurgence and is now infecting humans (CDC). Anti-viral drugs such as Oseltamivir (TamiFlu) are necessary for Influenza strains including Bird Flu. Oseltamivir 75mg (10 pack) is just one of the many available add-on medications we offer to add to your Jase Case to increase its usable scenarios.

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Looking for the Most Complete Medical Kit? Look No Further

As Jase continues to make waves in the medical preparedness community, we have historically been on the cutting edge of customer service, medication selection and innovation, delivering the highest quality product to our valued customers.

Jase Daily, launched last year, was a pivotal turn in our preparedness model for our patients. By providing a years’ worth of chronic medications for our patients, we provide a buffer from the ongoing supply chain disruptions and drug shortages.

We aren’t stopping there. Over the coming months, we will be adding more products and services to our already extensive medical line of products.  

Jase Medical continues to lead.

Some of the ways we continue to serve you and your family with your medical preparedness needs are:

Bioterrorism

Our Jase Case carries enough antibiotics for a bioterror event. Bioterrorism is defined as deliberate release of bioweapons to cause death or disease. They may be developed or used as part of a government policy in biological warfare or by terrorist groups or criminals. This is a very real threat as we move through 2024 and beyond. Doxycycline is the first line of antibiotics usually given in the event of a bioterrorism event. Anthrax, for example, is a widely known bioterror agent. The dose and course of treatment recommended is 100 mg, 1 tablet every 12 hours for 60 days. That works out to 120 tablets. Our Jase Case contains 120 of the 100 mg tablets. We are the only medical preparedness group that delivers that kind of protection.

Add on medications to customize your kit

Add medications tailored to your unique needs and situation. We continue to add to our formulary. Our selection of cases provides the most common medications for each situation.

For instance, our Traveler kit contains medication for giardia (a very common parasite), bioterrorism, urinary tract infections, and more. This well-equipped case can be rounded out with specific medications according to where your travels may take you. From motion sickness meds, pain relievers, allergy, and asthma medications (including epi pens), and even cream for common rashes; are just of few of the medications you can add to your kit.

Take a look at the Student Kit. This would make a valuable addition for the back-to-school college student in your family.

Protect you and your family from drug shortages with Jase Daily

Turn your computer/phone/pad on and it is glaringly obvious that our world is changing. And not for the better. Severe weather (record breaking cold, earthquakes, tornadoes), global supply disruptions, the threat of imminent war, energy grid failure, cyberattacks have and will continue to unfold over the coming months. We are only halfway through January and our world has witnessed record breaking cold, terror attacks overseas, grid down events, like the one that recently happened over the weekend in the Seattle area (cause still not being disclosed) when natural gas lines went offline, threatening millions lives. We are only one event away from drug, medical supply and societal collapse. With a years supply of lifesaving medications that Jase Daily delivers, you can be assured that you and your family will be able to weather the coming storms as we move through 2024.

Place your trust in the original antibiotic kit

As Jase Medical enters its 4th year, we continue to uphold the integrity, value, and hard work of our team. Our highly qualified, board certified doctors and pharmacists and dedicated customer service team are here to assure you receive your medications as quickly as possible. Our high standards are unmet anywhere in the medical preparedness field. This is reflected in our exceptional customer reviews, citing outstanding customer service, prompt delivery and professionalism of our team. We continue to strive to make Jase even better, as we roll out ore products in the coming months. With the After Pay feature, you are assured that you can be covered for any emergency now, not in the future.

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Leave the World Behind- Leave This Movie Behind

I subscribed to Netflix over New Year’s Eve to watch the viral movie “Leave the World Behind”.

The movie is loosely based on a 2020 novel written by Rumaan Alam.

As someone in the preparedness world before the term” prepper” became popular, I feel qualified to critique this film.

I hold an amateur (ham) radio license, have trained in Ares (Amateur Radio Emergency System), was a home health nurse in some of the more remote areas of Central Idaho, lived off-grid for 3 years (we moved and are working towards off grid living again), attended wilderness medicine classes and have taught medical prep and food storage locally over the past 20 plus years. These qualifications give me a perspective that may not be popular, albeit a more accurate view of this film’s validity.

Here is a summary of this movie for those who haven’t seen it: Family rents an upscale home for a vacation. They live in New York, and the vacation home is on Long Island, not too far from NYC. At first, everything seemed idyllic. There is a pool, the home is nestled in the woods, and no nearby neighbors. The lights and internet are working. Over hours, the internet stops working. Late at night, the owner (George, or G.H.) of the house and his daughter arrive, stating New York is experiencing a blackout and asking to stay. Eventually, we learn that George has a high-ranking client in the Department of Defense who warned him of an impending cyberattack. We never learn who the official is and how George knows him; we only know that he is his client.

As the film progresses, the family encounters a series of events and encounters that show what NOT to do if/when a large-scale cyberattack hits a major city.

I have only listed a few discrepancies:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption. In the film, the adults are constantly drinking. Alcohol impairs the mind, dehydrates, and lowers immunity. These reasons alone are enough reason to limit or eliminate alcohol consumption during a grid-down scenario of any kind. Storing high-proof alcohol for making tinctures is a good idea, however.

  • Cigarette smoking- The wife purchases a pack of cigarettes for the husband “since they are on vacation”. The reality is that if someone has a nicotine addiction, either stock up or quit smoking immediately. Just like alcohol use, nicotine withdrawal during times of extreme stress isn’t ideal.

  • They waited too long to fill up the bathtub for water storage. A cyberattack can take out the controls and electricity in the municipal water system, leaving only a day or so for gravity-fed water to flow out of the faucets. And even then, the water could be contaminated or poisoned.

One sobering true-to-life example was the February 2021 cyberattack on the Oldsmar, Florida municipal water supply- twice in one day. Hackers attempted to increase the chemical sodium hydroxide, known as lye, to 100 times its normal levels. Cyberattacks on our water supply are the deadliest, potentially wiping out entire communities or towns. You can often not see or smell chemicals put into the water and could inadvertently drink the poisoned water. The EPA and other government agencies take this threat seriously and are working to prevent or mitigate these attacks.  

Stock up on water, at least 3 gallons per person for a week, more if you have room.

  • The movie attributes the teenage son Archie’s teeth falling out to an infected bug or tick bite, causing Lyme disease. However, this storyline is not plausible. Lyme disease doesn’t cause vomiting or teeth to fall out. Archie did run a fever, however, indicating an infection.

It has been speculated that his teeth fell out because of sound warfare, like the 2016-2017 attack on Cuban Embassy where officials were exposed to weaponized microwaves.

According to the book’s storyline, Archie’s mother’s teeth also started loosening. (I haven’t read the book). The agonizing, undisclosed sound that pierced the ears and caused anguish to the families and was heard several times during the movie gives credence to this theory.

  • Prepper neighbor sells antibiotics- for $1,000.00. The prepper neighbor sells Archie’s dad some random antibiotics to save his son’s life. This is about the most ridiculous part of the entire movie. There was no information on the antibiotic and what it was effective against. Was it the correct dose? How often to take? Could Archie be allergic to the antibiotic? So many unanswered questions. Antibiotics aren’t to be given randomly. Each one has a specific mechanism of action and use. Don’t play Russian roulette with your family’s health.

Get the Jase Case, prescription antibiotics tailored to your and your family’s needs. It is only a matter of WHEN, not IF, a cyberattack will take down our fragile grid.

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- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

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Does Your Sore Throat Need an Antibiotic?

Antibiotics don’t kill viruses; they kill bacteria, mold, or parasites.

They are lifesaving drugs when the need arises. However, overuse has led to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that used to be effective with an appropriate antibiotic. Nowadays, we are facing a crisis of antibiotic resistance, leading many healthcare providers to use caution when prescribing antibiotics.

Some bacteria and mold have mutated and developed immunity to common antibiotics, leaving healthcare providers with fewer options. However, with judicious use, there are still several effective antibiotics available. Knowing when to use them and when to treat symptoms is essential.

This is especially true when dealing with a sore throat. While nothing can replace a healthcare provider visit and lab testing, some telltale signs can help determine if you need an antibiotic to treat your sore throat.

There may be a time soon, given all the worldwide unrest you won’t be able to visit your healthcare provider- staff shortage, cyber-attacks on their laboratory and computer systems, medical supply shortage (throat swabs, etc.).

Example of a viral infection leading to a bacterial infection

A viral infection can weaken the immune system and allow pathogenic, opportunistic bacteria to grow. This is called a secondary or coinfection infection. For example, a case of influenza (viral) can lead to mycoplasma pneumonia (bacterial) or even strep throat.

How can you tell the difference if you are without medical care? If medical systems and testing are not available, you must rely on exposure, symptoms, and susceptibility to infection to guide you.

To begin with, let’s look at the difference between a bacterial, fungal, and viral infection.

Bacterial Infection

Bacteria are single-cell organisms that can live in diverse (many different) environments- in soil, air, almost anywhere. (see below) Most are not disease-causing.

Disease-causing bacteria are called pathogenic bacteria. Pathogenic bacteria invade and reside in the host (human or animal) and can cause illness.

Common bacterial infections include:

  • Strep throat (causes sore throat)
  • Cellulitis (commonly caused by group B strep)
  • Lyme disease (transmitted via tick bite)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bacterial meningitis (caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Group B Streptococcus, Neisseria meningitis, Haemophilus influenzae, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli)
  • Staphylococcus aureus – the most common form of healthcare facility-related infections

Less common but a public health threat is Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis or TB).

Fungal Infection

Fungus are eukaryotic (with a nucleus) organisms that are either single cells, such as yeast, or molds, which are a collection of cells that form long, thin, hairlike threads called hyphae. Just like bacterial infections, they can live almost anywhere: air, surfaces, etc.(see below)

Symptoms of strep throat

(need antibiotics)

  • Fever
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Sore throat that can start very quickly and may look red
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • White patches or streaks of pus on the tonsils
  • Tiny, red spots on the roof of the mouth, called petechiae
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck
  • Strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever

Note: It is crucial to take an entire course of antibiotics, stay home from work or school until you no longer have a fever, AND have taken antibiotics for at least 12 hours.

The following symptoms suggest a virus is causing the illness instead of strep throat:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Hoarseness (changes in your voice that make it sound breathy, raspy, or strained)
  • Conjunctivitis (also called pink eye)

If a virus is the cause of a sore throat, antibiotics will not help.

(need antibiotics)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. Candida usually lives on the skin and inside the body, in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing any problems. Candida can multiply and cause an infection if the environment inside the mouth, throat, or esophagus changes in a way that encourages fungal growth.

Candidiasis in the mouth and throat:

  • White patches on the inner cheeks, tongue, roof of the mouth, and throat 
  • Redness or soreness
  • Pain while eating or swallowing
  • Cracking and redness at the corners of the mouth

You are at risk for developing Candida if you:

  • Wear dentures
  • Have diabetes
  • Have cancer
  • Have HIV/AIDS
  • Take antibiotics or corticosteroids, including inhaled corticosteroids
  • Take medications that cause dry mouth
  • Smoke

Treatment

Candidiasis in the mouth, throat, or esophagus is treated with antifungal medicine. The treatment for mild to moderate infections in the mouth or throat is usually an antifungal medicine applied to the inside of the mouth for 7 to 14 days. These medications include clotrimazole, miconazole, or nystatin. The most common treatment for severe infections is fluconazole (an antifungal medication) taken by mouth or vein.

  • Candidiasis- throat, mouth (causes sore throat)
  • Candidiasis-vaginal can lead to urinary tract infection
  • Nail fungus
  • Ringworm
  • Aspergillosis
  • Blastomycosis
  • Candida Aureus (C.aureus)

Viral Infection

Viruses are tiny (much smaller than bacteria) parasitic microorganisms that feed off living cells or tissue in the body. Viruses can quickly spread from one person to another through the same routes as bacteria and fungi. (see below)

Common viral infections include:

  • Influenza (can cause sore throat)
  • Common cold (can cause sore throat)
  • Covid 19 (can cause sore throat)
  • RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) (can cause sore throat)
  • Hepatitis
  • Viral pneumonia (can impair the immune system, leading to bacterial infection)
  • Viral meningitis
  • Chickenpox

How bacteria, mold, and viruses are transmitted (how they infect the body)

  • Droplets or aerosol (cough or sneeze)
  • Body fluids (infected wound -bacterial or sexual contact- both bacterial and viral)
  • Tick bites
  • Bug bites
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces (faucets, sharing utensils or cups, towels or personal items)
  • Eating or drinking contaminated food or water
  • Dust or decaying matter
  • Nosocomial (hospital origin)

A robust immune system can prevent bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. Susceptible people are those being treated for cancer, the very young, the elderly, diabetics, and anyone with impaired immune function.

How to tell if your sore throat needs an antibiotic.

Most sore throats are caused by a virus, such as a cold or flu, and do not require an antibiotic—other common causes of a sore throat- strep throat and oral candidiasis (thrush), require antibiotics.

Symptoms and Treatment of Sore Throats

The following is only a guideline in the event there is no medical care available. In addition, consult your healthcare provider for guidance and advice.

According to the CDC, most sore throats, except strep throat and candidiasis, do not need antibiotics.

Sore throat pain relief 

  • Suck on ice chips, popsicles, or lozenges (do not give lozenges to children younger than 4 years).
  • Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer.
  • Gargle with salt water.
  • Drink warm beverages and plenty of fluids.
  • Use honey to relieve cough for adults and children at least 1 year or older.
  • Over-the-counter symptom and pain relievers.

Warm/hot water with honey, ginger, and lemon drink can reduce phlegm and soothe the throat lining. In addition, ginger has proven antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.

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The Jase Case with add-ons have you covered, with antibiotics and pain relievers for sore throats and many other types of infections.

- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

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Is intermittent Fasting Good for Weight Loss?

Over the past decade, intermittent fasting, also known as time restricted fasting, has gained popularity as a way to lose weight and mitigate health risks. Some of this is true, however as with all things that seem too good to be true there are a few things that intermittent fasting can do and a few things it can’t do.

Before you jump on the intermittent fasting bandwagon for either health or weight loss related reasons there are a few things to consider. It is true that intermittent fasting can help lower insulin levels and regulate blood sugar. It can help with appetite suppression and accelerate healing and lower inflammation. However, intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. As far as weight loss is concerned, consistent lifestyle changes over a period of time, along with time restricted eating schedule has proven to help with weight reduction.

Terms

Leptin– Leptin is known as the appetite suppressant hormone. It is secreted by fat cells in response to an increase in insulin. In a healthy feedback loop, leptin decreases hunger.

InsulinInsulin is released by beta cells in the pancreas in response to increased blood glucose levels. In a healthy feedback loop, insulin acts like a gatekeeper by attaching to cells and allowing glucose into the cell, thereby providing energy to the cell.

GhrelinGhrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, is primarily secreted in the stomach and gastrointestinal when your stomach is empty. It tells your brain you are hungry. It also regulates insulin secretion and has a role in reducing energy expenditure. Research continues to discover many other roles that ghrelin plays in the body.

Incretin- Incretin hormones are gut peptides that are secreted after nutrient intake and stimulate insulin secretion together with hyperglycemia. GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide) und GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) are the known incretin hormones from the upper (GIP, K cells) and lower (GLP-1, L cells) gut.

The healthy leptin insulin feedback loop

In a healthy feedback loop, insulin levels rise due to food intake (which increases blood glucose), triggering fat cells to release leptin. Leptin reduces appetite. In turn, less or no food is eaten, resulting in lower blood glucose, which stabilizes insulin levels.

The unhealthy feedback loop

Persistent high levels of leptin cause cells to not be receptive to the effects of leptin. You continue to be hungry. The leptin, which is stored in your fat cells, doesn’t respond to feelings of satiety and you continue to be hungry. Insulin resistance is caused by persistent high levels of insulin. Cells don’t have gatekeepers(insulin)that allow glucose(energy) into the cell. This results in high circulating blood glucose levels.

 

Understanding the body weight thermostat

In a healthy feedback loop, the body weight thermostat sets the metabolism by the balance of the insulin-leptin feedback loop. Leptin goes up (reduce hunger) in response to rising insulin levels. This in turn lowers insulin levels because you aren’t eating. In this example, healthy body weight is maintained.

However, the body weight thermostat can malfunction. This happens when increased insulin levels- insulin levels that are increased over a period of months or years, cause insulin resistance. This results in weight gain.

Intermittent fasting/time restricted eating can balance insulin and blood sugar levels- if done right

Insulin is a primary driver of weight gain in many individuals. Correcting the imbalance through diet, exercise, reduced stress, and good quality sleep can reverse insulin and leptin resistance. It takes time, perseverance, education and planning to achieve optimum health and weight.

Talk with your healthcare provider before starting any time restricted fasting. Children, endurance athletes, underweight people, and women who are trying to conceive, pregnant, or breastfeeding should avoid intermittent fasting.

Fasting benefits and considerations

How and when to fast

Research shows that a 16 hour fast with 8 hour eating schedule provides the body with enough time to reset insulin levels, reduce inflammation and help the body turn fat into energy in a process called ketosis. However, it can take a while to get to that eating window. Many people start with a 10 hour fast and gradually work up to the 16/8 schedule. However, there are many ways to do intermittent fasting. Some do alternate days fasting, others have a more time restrictive fasting window. It all depends on your schedule and health status.

There are many benefits to intermittent fasting. During a state of fasting the body has energy to repair since energy isn’t being used for digestion. In addition, human growth hormone (HGH) increases dramatically, which can facilitate fat burning. Inflammatory markers, which cause many health-related problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Increases levels of BDNF, a brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, in which a deficiency has been implicated in depression and other psychiatric illnesses.

Fasting increases OGT enzyme

New research out of Yale University discovered an enzyme (OGT) produced in the hypothalamic region of the brain regulates the body’s homeostatic set point body weight and lipid metabolism. The enzyme, OGT, significantly increased after 24 hour fasting period in mice, leading researchers to speculate this enzyme may have use in obesity prevention.

Intermittent fasting, cortisol, and stress

Any type of stress the body experiences- whether emotional or physical increases cortisol levels.

Cortisol prepares your body to deal with stressful situations by diverting resources, such as blood sugar or glucose, to give your body the energy it needs to respond to a stressor or crisis. Cortisol raises blood sugar levels, even during periods of fasting. This can lead to storing more fat, Once the body adjusts to time restricted eating, many of these stressors will more than likely start to disappear.

Intermittent fasting and thyroid hormones

The thyroid gland, releases several hormones that regulate metabolism. Intermittent fasting can lower T3 and T4 levels, which can actually lead to weight gain. This is usually solved by a gradual lengthening of the fasting period. Since the thyroid hormone needs glucose to convert from inactive to active hormones (T4 to T3) the transition to using ketones as fuel (which form after extended time of fasting) can be a challenge. Seek professional guidance when dealing with thyroid dysfunction, either hypo or hyperthroid.

Effects of Intermittent Fasting on reproductive hormones

Hypothalamic Kisspeptin neurons and their receptors are involved with puberty and reproductive hormone regulation. During fasting, these hormones are decreased and can affect fertility.

- Brooke Lounsbury, RN

Medical Content Writer

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