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Antibiotics Are A Dying Cure-All

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Health, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 27/01/2013 by floroy1942
E-Coli Bacteria

E-Coli Bacteria

Ever been to the doctor and have him prescribe antibiotics for your ailment? Well, that may soon be a thing of the past. Doctors and scientists are beginning to discover that many serious diseases are becoming antibiotic resistant, and that is dangerous. For the last forty-odd years doctors in Britain, as in many other countries, have regularly prescribed this magic cure-all for everything from pneumonia to ear-ache and that has now become a major problem.

Scientists are calling this a threat of the same magnitude as global warming  when it comes to the survival of mankind in the future. We have relied on antibiotics for many decades as a bulwark against the serious and not-so-serious diseases that can infect us, but now time is running out because the bacteria are getting smarter, and we have no replacement that can defeat them.

A Surgeon 'Scrubs Up"

A Surgeon ‘Scrubs Up”

With the decline in effectiveness of antibiotics come severe problems, for in the future it will be a lottery if you go into hospital for an operation and pick up an infection. This is happening now with increasing frequency in hospitals across the world, even in western countries, as standards of hygiene continue to fall. At some time in the future contracting MRSA, pneumonia, E. coli or tuberculosis for example could be the death of you because the strains are becoming antibiotic resistant i.e. the wonder drug has no impact on them!

Medical Science - Our Last Hope

Medical Science – Our Last Hope

It is the natural way of bugs subjected to a single drug over many years to mutate into a strain that is resistant; ‘familiarity breeds contempt ‘ if you will. We do the same, and should therefore not be surprised when other lifeforms do it too. Sadly, research into new forms of antibiotics have been almost non-existent in recent years.

This future debacle could have been avoided if the medical profession had not severely over-prescribed antibiotics in the past for just about every infection from pimples to a cut finger. Now however we are entering a dangerous period in man’s history. Should a serious outbreak of any of the sicknesses that have become immune to antibiotics occur it could spread unchecked, and there would be nothing we can do about it. Quarantining the sick would be the only measure open to us to combat such an outbreak, but curing those inflicted would be nigh on impossible.

Middle Age Kitchen

Middle Age Kitchen

Another problem that has in my opinion exacerbated this situation is that we have become too clean in our ways. In the Middle Ages and before, they had no inspectors going around checking hygiene in food factories and restaurants, or chemicals to sterilize work surfaces in the home, and while I admit they are necessary, we should not take it too far. Back then, people ate things that would make many of us throw-up today, and yet they rarely got sick from it. The main reason for this is that their own immune systems were far stronger than ours today.

Food Off The Floor

Food Off The Floor

I remember as a child eating things that had dropped in the dirt or on the floor  and we never bothered about it, and more to the point I never got sick. The bottom line is that we have become so clean that our own immune system has weakened because it has had nothing to fight. I may be wrong because I am not an expert, but it is my belief.

Great PlagueWe are fast reaching a stage where things such as global warming are reducing in importance when it comes to a threat to our lives, for if we cannot find new effective antibiotics very quickly we will be in big trouble. Many of the poorer countries are regularly threatened by dangerous diseases, like Ebola in some African states in the past, but if such a thing spreads and we cannot turn to antibiotics for a cure, the consequences could be dire.

Anywhere - Anytime

Anywhere – Anytime

Any sickness can spread at an alarming rate thanks to over-population and the ease with which we travel across the world, so the scenario for a huge pandemic will be far higher than it was during the great plague of London in 1665-6 when 69,596 died in London alone. The figure for the whole country was in the region of 100,000.

Many will reply that medical science has improved by leaps and bounds since that time, but the backbone of all treatment for bacterial diseases today is still the antibiotic. When we no longer have that we will be in big trouble.

I think the ball now lies fair and square in the court of medical science, for they must vigorously seek a replacement for our everyday antibiotics and find something that will kill these immune bacteria before it is too late. I wish them good luck!

Roy.

Antibiotics losing their grip?

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Health, Travel, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 17/04/2011 by floroy1942

Disturbing news came to light this week that may worry many people. It would seem a new generation of ‘superbug’ has arrived on which the usual antibiotics are useless, and for many that could spell trouble.

The Wonder Drug

The ‘wonder drug’ has been around in many forms since the first commercially available antibiotic. It was invented by a German research team under Dr. Gerhard Dermagk in 1932, and marketed by the I.G. Farben conglomerate in Germany. Dr. Dermagk received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1939 for his work.

Since that time, the drug has undergone many changes and is used to treat just about any kind of infection. Naturally enough, the bugs have also been around and we are now entering a period where these drugs are beginning to lose the battle.  

In my opinion the reason is quite simple really, these drugs have been over-prescribed during the last forty years. I know from my own experiences that in Britain for example, doctor’s have prescribed antibiotics for just about everything from the common cold to rickets.

Overprescribing Antibiotics:

http://youtu.be/ey_PLFQ_vYI

The NDM-1 Superbug

For this reason, it seems logical that over a period of time the bugs will mutate into a form that is immune to the drugs, and that is what is now happening. So in effect, we have created the problem ourselves by over indulgence in what was once a miracle cure.

We can be certain that unless a substitute for antibiotics or a new strain can be found, we are heading for a major problem in world health. In the EU alone 25,000 people die from ‘super bugs’ that are resistant to antibiotics, and the World Health Organization has described the problem as ‘critical’.

Defacating, Washing And Drinking In The Ganges

Many of the persistent bugs come from India and Pakistan, countries that are synonymous with poor sanitation standards, where tests have shown that water is contaminated.

We are now living in a world where people from all countries travel and mix freely, and this in turn will only exacerbate the situation by allowing the bugs to be introduced by carriers.

The Superbug:

http://youtu.be/VQhIz2LqrYA

There is little doubt this is a problem of global proportions that needs to be addressed quickly, otherwise there exists a strong possibility of epidemics breaking out all over the world with no known cure. Food for thought!

Roy.

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