Antibiotic Resistance and the Rise of the Superbug
This was a particularly tough cold and flu season. In my neck of the woods, people were getting sick for weeks instead of days, with illnesses tearing through entire families at once. Thousands flocked to get a flu shot in the hopes of avoiding the bug wreaking havoc with their friends. Few realize that widespread vaccine and antibiotic use is actually part of the problem.
“Hailed as ‘miracle drugs’ when they came into widespread use in 1941, antibiotics quickly became a panacea,” writes Blair Lewis of Yoga+. “Because both doctors and patients wanted quick cures, we have been throwing antibiotics at a host of ailments for the past half-century, whether they were required or not. That was a mistake.”
Misuse of antibiotics and vaccines have created new breeds of bacteria that are especially talented at withstanding these so-called cures. Untouched by our conventional medicines, these superbugs are now running rampant, making us sicker than ever.
As you can see in the infographic below, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cost us millions of dollars in wasted medical funds, and leave our compromised immune systems even more exposed to illness. The answer may seem counterintutitive, but it’s the only way to stop these superbugs: feed our bodies nutrients that will build, not substitute for, our immune systems. Reduce exposure to antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary, and get educated about holistic antibiotics that work with, rather than against, our bodies.
Infographic via: MPHOnline.org
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