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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!


Weird Science

Posted in Britain, Modern World, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/10/2010 by floroy1942

Over the last few months, various scientists have come up with some rather weird, and to say the least, bizarre conclusions. For example, did you know that if you do not clean out your car regularly you are in serious danger.

Staphylococcus Bacteria

It would appear, from research commissioned by Halfords, that the interior of our cars are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can cause food poisoning, skin infections (Impetigo), severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, especially in warm weather. The main culprits are Bacillus Cereus and (this one is a real mouthful) Staphylococcus.

Breeding Ground

Swabs were taken from steering wheel, radio switches, gear lever, door handles, floor mats and under the seats among other places, of a randomly chosen car. All showed quantities of these two particular bacteria in significant amounts.

According to Dr. Anthony Hilton, reader in microbiology  at Aston University, The presence of animals and eating in dirty vehicles heightens the risk of infection.

So I guess we had better not put off cleaning the interior of the car until next weekend after all!!!

Are you aware that if your christian name is Colin you have a higher risk of high blood pressure. No! I thought not.

High Blood Pressure?

A survey commissioned by Lloyds Pharmacy indicates that if your christian name is Colin, Brian or Alan for men, or Margaret, Linda or Anne for women, you have a 47% and 50% respectively higher risk of developing heart problems than others. Names with the lowest risk are Daniel, Liam and Thomas, Emily, Sophie and Chloe.

Keep it Steady!

Sounds really weird does it not, but the science is based on research covering an 80 year period taking into account links to certain geographical areas for each of the names, and whether they are from working class or middle class homes.

It all sounds too weird to be true to me, but just in case, I’ll advise anyone who has a new baby to call it Daniel or Emily!!!

Normally you associate taking a shower with getting clean, or just to feel good; But beware the hidden danger! Over the years, taking a shower has become more popular than taking a bath, although no-one will discredit the soothing effect of laying in a hot tub.

The Hidden Dangers

Research carried out in the U.S. by Professor Norman Pace indicates that many shower heads contain a deposit of Mycobacterium Aviun which can cause severe pulmonary problems.

It would appear this bacteria is present in water and can accumulate in a shower head where they tend to clump together. When you turn on the shower the bacteria are ejected as minute particles that hang suspended in the air, and you run the risk of inhaling these germs which end up deep in the lung. Once there they can cause tiredness, shortness of breath, a persistent cough, weakness and a general ‘run-down’ feeling.

Hmmm! Hot Tub

Earlier research by Dr. Pace shows huge amounts of the bacteria can be present in the soap scum on shower curtains, and even floating on the surface of warm therapy pools. Indoor swimming pools have also been known to harbour the germ leading to a condition known as ‘Lifeguards Lung’.

All is not lost however. There is no need to give up your daily shower, all that is necessary is to let the water run a few seconds before entering, and to clean the shower head regularly. Whew! Thank goodness for that!!!

When you go to the cinema the experience just isn’t the same without a bucket of popcorn. Well, for cinema lovers everywhere there is good news, popcorn is good for you, and that’s official!

Cinema Favourite

According to new research headed by Joe Vinson Ph.D, popcorn, along with breakfast cereals contain as well as essential fibre,  a high level of polyphenols that are an excellent anti-oxidant that removes so-called ‘free-radicals’ from the bloodstream thus reducing the chance of heart disease and cancer among other things. Free-radicals are chemicals found in the bloodstream and have the potential to cause damage to cells and tissue.

It was thought for years that popcorn was bad for you because of the oils and salt they contain, but this new research has turned the tables. By going deeper, science has discovered the presence of this polyphenol and the discovery has turned out to be significant.

Nice one lads, now I don’t have to feel guilty at being seen with a bucket of popcorn in my hand when I go to the cinema!!!


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