Botulism is a rare and potentially fatal illness caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The disease begins with weakness, blurred vision, feeling tired, and trouble speaking. This may then be followed by weakness of the arms, chest muscles, and legs. Vomiting, swelling of the abdomen, and diarrhea may also occur. The disease does not usually affect consciousness or cause a fever. Botulism being a rare and fatal illness, Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System appeals to our valuable readers to read this article for well-being.
What does Botulism mean?
An uncommon, but potentially very serious illness, a type of food poisoning, that produces paralysis of muscles via a nerve toxin called botulinum toxin (botox) that is manufactured by bacteria named Clostridium botulinum. There are various types of botulism, including Food-borne botulism — from eating food that contains the botulinum toxin. Wound botulism — caused by the toxin produced in a wound infected with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Infant intestinal botulism — when an infant consumes the spores of the bacteria, the bacteria grow in the baby’s intestines and release toxin. Adult intestinal botulism — due to infection with Clostridium botulinum in adults, typically following abdominal surgical procedures.
What are the symptoms of Botulism?
The muscle weakness of botulism characteristically starts in the muscles supplied by the cranial nerves—a group of twelve nerves that control:
- Eye movements
- Facial muscles
- Muscles controlling
- Chewing and swallowing
- Double vision
- Drooping of both eyelids
- Loss of facial expression
Swallowing problems may therefore occur. In addition to affecting the voluntary muscles, it can also cause disruptions in the autonomic nervous system. Some of the toxins also precipitate nausea, vomiting, and difficulty with talking. The weakness then spreads to the arms and legs.
Severe botulism leads to reduced movement of the muscles of respiration, and hence problems with gas exchange. This may be experienced as dyspnea (difficulty breathing), but when severe can lead to respiratory failure, due to the buildup of unexhaled carbon dioxide and its resultant depressant effect on the brain. This may lead to respiratory compromise and death if untreated.
Infants are susceptible to infant botulism in the first year of life, with more than 90% of cases occurring in infants younger than six months. Infant botulism results from the ingestion of the C. botulinum spores, and subsequent colonization of the small intestine.
Typical symptoms of infant botulism include:
- Difficulty feeding
- Altered cry, often progressing to a complete descending flaccid paralysis
Honey is a known dietary reservoir of C. botulinum spores and has been linked to infant botulism, hence, for this reason, honey is not recommended for infants less than one year of age.
Infant botulism has been reported in 49 of 50 US states, and cases have been recognized in 26 countries on five continents.
What are the Botulism Complications?
Botulism can result in death due to respiratory failure. However, in the past 50 years, the proportion of patients with botulism who die has fallen from about 50% to 7% due to improved supportive care.
A patient with severe botulism may require mechanical ventilation (breathing support through a ventilator) as well as intensive medical and nursing care, sometimes for several months. The person may require rehabilitation therapy after leaving the hospital.
What causes Botulism?
Clostridium botulinum is an anaerobic, Gram-positive, spore-forming rod. Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful known toxins: about one microgram is lethal to humans when inhaled. It acts by blocking nerve function through inhibition of the excitatory neurotransmitter acetylcholine’s release from the presynaptic membrane of neuromuscular junctions in the somatic nervous system. This causes paralysis.
Advanced botulism can cause respiratory failure by paralyzing the muscles of the chest; this can progress to respiratory arrest. Furthermore, acetylcholine release from the presynaptic membranes of muscarinic nerve synapses is blocked. This can lead to a variety of autonomic signs and symptoms.
In all cases, illness is caused by the botulinum toxin produced by the bacterium C. botulinum in anaerobic conditions and not by the bacterium itself. The pattern of damage occurs because the toxin affects nerves that fire at a higher frequency first.
Mechanisms of entry into the human body for botulinum toxins are described below:
Colonization of the gut
Infants who are colonized with the bacterium in the small intestine. The bacterium then produces a toxin, which is absorbed into the bloodstream. However, the consumption of honey during the first year of life has been identified as a risk factor for infant botulism, which is a factor in a fifth of all cases.
Food-borne botulism results from contaminated food in which C. botulinum spores have been allowed to germinate in low-oxygen conditions. This typically occurs in home-canned food substances and fermented uncooked dishes. Given that multiple people often consume food from the same source, it is common for more than a single person to be affected simultaneously. Symptoms usually appear 12–36 hours after eating but can also appear within 6 hours to 10 days.
Wound botulism results from the contamination of a wound with the bacteria, which then secrete the toxin into the bloodstream. This has become more common in intravenous drug users since the 1990s, especially people using black tar heroin and those injecting heroin into the skin rather than the veins. Wound botulism accounts for 29% of cases.
Isolated cases of botulism have been described after inhalation by laboratory workers.
Symptoms of botulism may occur away from the injection site of botulinum toxin. This may include:
- Loss of strength
- Blurred vision
- Change of voice, or trouble breathing which can result in death
Onset can be hours to weeks after injection. This generally only occurs with inappropriate strengths of botulinum toxin for cosmetic use or due to the larger doses used to treat movement disorders.
In people whose history and physical examination suggest botulism, these clues are often not enough to allow a diagnosis.
Other diseases such as Guillain–Barré syndrome, stroke, and myasthenia gravis can appear similar to botulism, and special tests may be needed to exclude these other conditions. These tests may include a brain scan, cerebrospinal fluid examination, nerve conduction test (electromyography, or EMG), and an edrophonium chloride (Tensilon) test for myasthenia gravis.
ELISAs and ECL tests for Botulism
A definite diagnosis can be made if botulinum toxin is identified in the food, stomach, or intestinal contents, vomit, or feces. Botulinum toxin can be detected by a variety of techniques, e.g. enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), electrochemiluminescent (ECL) tests, and mouse inoculation or feeding trials.
How to prevent Botulism?
A recommended prevention measure for infant botulism is to avoid giving honey to infants less than 12 months of age, as botulinum spores are often present. In older children and adults the normal intestinal bacteria suppress the development of C. botulinum.
2. Home-canned foods
Foodborne botulism is the rarest form though, accounting for only around 15% of cases (US) and has more frequently been from home-canned foods with a low acid content, such as carrot juice, asparagus, green beans, beets, and corn.
3. Home-canned or fermented fish
Other, much rarer sources of infection (about every decade in the US) include garlic or herbs stored covered in oil without acidification, chili peppers, improperly handled baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil, tomatoes, and home-canned or fermented fish.
4. Canning or preserving food at home
When making home preserves, only acidic fruit such as apples, pears, stone fruits, and berries should be bottled. Tropical fruit and tomatoes are low in acidity and must have some acidity added before they are bottled.
5. Low-acid foods
Low-acid foods have pH values higher than 4.6. They include red meats, seafood, poultry, milk, and all fresh vegetables except for most tomatoes. Most mixtures of low-acid and acid foods also have pH values above 4.6 unless their recipes include enough lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar to make them acidic. Acid foods have a pH of 4.6 or lower. They include fruits, pickles, sauerkraut, jams, jellies, marmalades, and fruit butter.
6. Infused oils
Oils infused with fresh garlic or herbs should be acidified and refrigerated. Metal cans containing food in which bacteria are growing may bulge outwards due to gas production from bacterial growth, which should be discarded.
7. Heat-treated food containers
Contamination of a canned food solely with C. botulinum may not cause any visual defects to the container, such as bulging, or the food.
The addition of nitrites and nitrates to processed meats such as ham, bacon, and sausages reduces the growth and toxin production of C. botulinum.
8. Vaccine for Botulism
Vaccines are under development, but they have disadvantages, and in some cases, there are concerns that they may revert to dangerous native activity. As of 2017 work to develop a better vaccine was being carried out, but the US FDA had not approved any vaccine against botulism.
How to treat Botulism?
Supportive care for botulism includes monitoring of respiratory function. Respiratory failure due to paralysis may require mechanical ventilation for 2 to 8 weeks, plus intensive medical and nursing care.
In some abdominal cases, physicians may try to remove contaminated food still in the digestive tract by inducing vomiting or using enemas.
Botulism is generally treated with botulism antitoxin and supportive care.
Botulinum antitoxin consists of antibodies that neutralize botulinum toxin in the circulatory system by passive immunization. This prevents the additional toxin from binding to the neuromuscular junction but does not reverse any already inflicted paralysis.
In adults, a trivalent antitoxin containing antibodies raised against botulinum toxin types A, B, and E is used most commonly, however, a heptavalent botulism antitoxin has also been developed and was approved by the U.S. FDA in 2013.
In infants, horse-derived antitoxin is sometimes avoided for fear of infants developing serum sickness or lasting hypersensitivity to horse-derived proteins. To avoid this, a human-derived antitoxin has been developed and approved by the U.S. FDA in 2003 for the treatment of infant botulism. This human-derived antitoxin has been shown to be both safe and effective for the treatment of infant botulism.
The paralysis caused by botulism can persist for 2 to 8 weeks, during which supportive care and ventilation may be necessary to keep the person alive. Botulism is fatal in 5% to 10% of people who are affected. However, if left untreated, botulism is fatal in 40% to 50% of cases.
The case fatality rate is less than 2% for hospitalized babies.
How to apply Siddha remedies?
1. Siddha preventive measures
Everybody must practice Siddha preventive measures, whether a person is affected with botulism or not, but preventive measures are the primary steps for switching on to any other Siddha remedies, and hence they are important. It helps in one’s capability, effectiveness, and productivity, decision making power, intellectuality, and removing minor health problems. There are three types of preventive measures:
- Earthing – performed for earthing the negativity of our body
- Field Cleaning – cleans the energy field (Aura) of our body
- Siddha Brain Exercise/Energizing – energizes our brain for proper functionality
Everybody’s tendency is to get attracted to the word ‘free‘, however, don’t neglect even these Siddha preventive measures are free. Avail of the benefits by practicing them sincerely, and regularly. For the ease of understanding what Siddha preventive measures are, please watch a video for a live demonstration.
2. Siddha Shaktidata Yog
This unique Siddha Shaktidata Yog of Siddha Spirituality can solve the problems related to botulism with Siddha remedies. There is no compulsion of training of ‘Swami Hardas Life System’ methods. This not only gives benefits to self but also it can be used for other affected persons, whether a person is in the same house, distantly available in the same city, same nation, or might be in any corner of the world, however, both the procedures have been explained here.
3. Siddha Kalyan Sadhana
Recite this Sadhana with a Sankalp “My problems of the botulism are solved as early as possible and I should gain health”, which should be repeated in mind 3 – 3 times every after each stanza. Any person irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith, sex, and age can recite this Sadhana for free, which should be repeated at least twice in a day. To know more, please click on this link.
4. CCPE products
These products work on the concepts of ‘Conceptual Creative Positive Energy’ (CCPE) within the provisions of the ‘CCPE Life System’ and the theory of Quantum Technology to a certain extent. However, the products get activated only whenever touched by a human and then they become capable of solving the problem and achieving health. However, please use these products for botulism as mentioned below:
CCPE Extractor: The CCPE Extractor should be gently moved over the Agya Chakra in a circular motion at least for 30 to 60 seconds, thereafter, follow the same process on the throat, chest, and naval for another 30 to 60 seconds, which finishes within almost 2 – 4 minutes.
Remember that while applying this process, eye(s) should be closed but CCPE Extractor should not directly touch the eye(s).
CCPE Booster: Keep one Booster over the Agya Chakra and another one each over the throat, chest, and naval for 6 – 12 minutes. You may need to have 4 Boosters, which establishes positivity.
5. A daily routine for Botulism
In general, a daily routine may look like this:
- Increase physical activities e.g. exercise, walking, swimming, and consume Sattvik diet, etc
- Perform breathing exercises regularly
- Apply free Siddha remedies a minimum 3 times a day, as explained above
- Practice Ananda meditation or Acem meditation regularly
- Chant any mantra as per your religion or belief while lying down for better sleep
- In case, if someone wishes to learn advanced methods of Swami Hardas Life System, undergo unique training
- Perform Swayamsiddha Agnihotra daily, if feasible
Ensure to sprinkle in some fun during the day: Don’t forget to relax and laugh in between. Laughing is a great way to boost your immune system and help you.
Along with all the above activities, apply above explained free Siddha remedies minimum 3 times a day, the more is good. Just try the methods of Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System. I am confident that you will surely find improvements within 3 days.
Training of Swami Hardas Life System
Any problem with regard to health, peace, and progress can be solved independently without money and medicines by undergoing training of Swami Hardas Life System. Any person irrespective of religion, caste, creed, faith, sex, and age can undergo this unique training.
In view of the above, I am confident that you have learned about botulism, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, complications, treatments, prevention, and Siddha remedies. Now, you have become self-sufficient, hence it’s the right time to use your acquired knowledge for solving problems as per the provision available in Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System.
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