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Meningococcemia Results in Brain Damage and Gangrene

Updated on March 2, 2014

Amputated leg owing to gangrene (photo derived from HBO documentary films)

Leaves and young fruit of noni

Meningococcemia can damage the brain and cause gangrene

Brain damage and gangrene

Meningococcema is caused by a bacteria, Neisseria meningitides, that can also cause meningitis. Meningococcemia consists of "severe bloodstream infection" (Encyclopedia Britannica 2009). Usually that means gangrene. It affects the brain and other parts of the body like legs and arms that may need to be amputated to remove the gangrene and prevent it from spreading further. The bacteria can be countered by antibiotics with difficulty.

It is a terrifying disease because it can kill within 12 hours. Symptoms are rash, fever, shock, and coma. If untreated it can result in death. Even when treated, 30% of children afflicted with sepsis die. It usually afflicts children who get the microbe from the environment, even in school where a student is infected. There is a vaccine against the microbe but not a sure protection because there are four types of microbe causing meningococcemia, or meningitis or sepsis The vaccine is given to children of at least two years old (Offit,P. A. MD and L. M. Bell, MD. Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know. 1999: 141-146).

[This Hub was formerly a part of “Possible Causes of Fever In a Toddler.” I decided to make it another Hub for emphasis. For that matter, I will write shorter Hubs on causes of fever in toddlers.]

Terrifying disease

A horrible experience with meningococcemia was related by Lamona Adams and her husband, James, Jr., who resided in Fairburn, Georgia, USA (Anders, G. "A Baby's Struggle." Health Against Wealth. 1996:1-15). Their story is a nightmare with managed care plan that caused delay in attending to their child, James III. First, they had a hard time contacting the gatekeeper. Second, they had to take a long trip to the accredited hospital even when there were hospitals in the vicinity. Third, there was a delay in attending to James III that infection got worse.

They filed a case in court against their managed care organization and won. That may not be any consolation at all because James III "would have to live with the catastrophic loss of both his hands and both his feet." Lamona breast-fed James III. Who is the mother who could bear breast-feeding her child without arms and legs when amputation could have been avoided? Who is the father who could sing for his son like James III lullaby to put him to sleep?

The bacterium of this kind is anaerobic. That is, it can live without oxygen; but it is killed by oxygen. However, an artery obstructed by gangrene, the moist kind, does not allow blood and oxygen to pass through. Clot- dissolving drugs like streptokinase is of no use either. So amputation is the last resort to take - by conventional medicine.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicine offers an alternative cure for gangrene. Melatonin, a natural hormone, can pass through the obstruction and allow oxygen to pass. The reason is that melatonin does not need a cell receptor to get into any cell (Sahelian, R., MD. Melatonin: Nature's Sleeping Pill. 1995:26). The precursors of melatonin are tryptophan and serotonin; tryptophan is converted into serotonin that is converted into melatonin by the body.

Your body may not have melatonin but it will make melatonin from tryptophan or serotonin. That is, from either tryptophan or serotonin to start.

The juice of noni (Morinda citrifolia L.) contains tryptophan and serotonin. A patient in Victoria, Laguna, Philippines had gangrene. His orthopedist gave up hope on him and told the patient's relatives to take him home and wait for the inevitable. A producer of noni juice learned about it and urged the patient to take noni juice. In less than one week of taking noni juice, the patient could nurse his gangrenous leg and move about. Search the Internet and you can find several producers and brands of noni juice.

Noni is a Polynesian term. The plant is also called by other names in the Philippines: apatot in Ilocano dialect, nino in Bisaya. It is a medium-height tree with thick leaves.

Chelation therapy

"The classic case of diabetic gangrene reversal, used by me in two other books deserves repeating," writes Dr. Walker.

"Heretofore the process of gangrene was not reversable (sic). But now with administration of chelation therapy, it is. The treatment has saved the limbs of over 550 patients who were scheduled to have their lower limbs cut off but did not require amputation because they received chelation therapy instead" (Walker, M., MD. The Miracle Healing Power of Chelation Therapy. 1984:142-143).

Another way to get oxygen through clogged arteries is with the use of hyperbaric oxygen chamber. This device drives 100% oxygen into the body with a pressure equal that of water 30 feet below the surface (Cranton, E., MD. Bypassing Bypass. 1995).

There are other bacteria that can cause gangrene: Clostridium perfrigens, C. novyi, and C. septicum.

Sometime ago, there was an epidemic of meningococcemia in the mountain provinces of the Philippines. That could be considered as the first significant outbreak of this disease. Doctors took sometime to diagnose it because they were more familiar with meningitis. Besides, there was no ready stock of antibiotics against it.

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