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Why Antibiotics Are Losing the War Against Bacteria

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The problem is simple to grasp. In the past 25 years bacteria have become increasingly immune to the antibiotics in our medical arsenal. At the same time, we have developed only a trickle of new drugs to take the place of those that have become useless. '

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Barbara K (60)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:35 am
We need to get the antibiotics out of our food supply. We end up ingesting antibiotics every day, which cause us to become immune to them and susceptible to bacteria that is getting tougher every day to overcome, and will keep getting worse until they get smart enough to stop feeding it to us. Thanks for the post, my friend.

monica r (41)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:38 am
There's also no money in developing new ones.

Meanwhile, frequent handwashing with non-antibacterial soap is actually a good idea.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:48 am
Mostly cased by the meat-devourer-financed slaughter-industry -- which ABuses how much? methinks 80-90% of total antibiotics

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:50 am
err, read "caused"
.. and slighty helped by idiot-doctors who prescribe and idiot-patients who buy+swallow antibiotics e.g. even against the common cold, ....

Alexa R (319)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 8:53 am
Hallelujah, alleluia..finally some media and medics waking up and taking anti-biotics seriously..

Saturday July 14, 2012, 10:28 am
30 years ago there was a well written book by several scientists that warned that bacteria were becoming more resistant. They cited examples of possible causes such as the fact that anti-biotic courses dished out for the treatment of diseases ranging from tuberculosis to gonorrhoea in the 3rd world and elsewhere were not adequately supervised. Many uneducated people stop their medication once the main symptoms abate and then trade or sell on the remaining drugs. They noted that antibiotic capsules in Africa sometimes passed through many hands before being taken they have become a form of currency. Even back then it was noted that diseases normally easily treated like most forms of tuberculosis and gonorrhoea were requiring more drastic wide spectrum antibiotics and that these strains were being spread worldwide by travellers. In the same books concern was noted for the amount of antibiotics found in fresh water contaminated by hospital effluent and residual antibiotics in meat products. We have known for years that bacteria treated with small amounts of antibiotics can mutate into antibiotic resistant types. Like many other issues facing mankind we can once again look to the analogy of the stable door and the bolting horse and 30 years ago those writers were criticised as "alarmist". Antibiotics are not the problem; they have saved countless lives including mine. The problem is with misuse.

Vlasta M (7)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 11:35 am
This is not a new thing. Because of overuse of antibiotics, bacteria had developed new ways of surviving under this evolutionary pressure of exposure to antibiotics. Antibiotics have been used routinely as an addition to feed given to chicken and cattle in feedlots and chicken coops to increase their growth rate and stop diseases which are caused by crowded conditions/ There are many more tons of antibiotics used for poultery and other meat production than for people. It is nuts, because we are creating the strains of bacteria that are unresponsive to any antibiotic and thus are again powerless agaisnt infections. All the industrial agriculture (especially feedlots and chilcken coops that are cause also horrendeous suffering of aniumals) must stop and meat will then be much mroe expensive and thus American will become healthier. Eationg all this meat had been the major cause of chronic diseases.

Gillian M (218)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 1:04 pm
I think it is Sweden that does not use antibiotics to treat MRSA and now they do not have an issue with it.

Doctors often hand out antibiotics as placebos and far too many people do not finish the course or give part of it to someone else. This has caused many bugs to become resistant. And, of course, the drugs in the farm animals, has been mentioned. One way to prevent this is to be vegan/vegetarian...... Certainly we need to look at our diets to reduce the amount of meat, sweets, cereal and dairy in our food and to increase fuit and veg, that would help us be healthier. In fact, the government complains that our children are fat and unhealthy yet teaching the basics of diet was removed from the school curriculum. It should be compulsory to learn the basics and even how to cook as most people have ready prepared foods and don't know what to do with a potato!


patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 5:30 pm
It won't be wars that wipe us out Beatrice - it will be disease. We need to start turning back the clock and using the alternative medicines. We do. Of course there will be times when anti-biotics may be a necessary evil but we can gradually wean ourselves off them by looking at homeopathy and naturopathy. Until recently Edward was using Symbicort inhaler(cortisone) every night. Since I found a cough and expectorant medicine recipe in Edgar Cayce's HEALTH THROUGH DRUGLESS THERAPY - and got a pharmacy(that deals also in natural remedies) - to make it up for me - he has had no problems with his chest/lung area anymore.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:00 am
Thanks for the info.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:01 am
Thanks for the info.

Thanks for the info.
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Pamela Hoke (2)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:02 am
Once again, never underestimate nature....nature always finds a way, has the last word. Because we don't trust that nature buult in abilities to fight off infections, we have become more vulnerable. If only we could get back to trusting that nature does nuture, we just have to try to be more in tune.

. (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:03 am
I was discussing this issue with my neighbour who remembers all too well a time before we had antibiotics, we tend to forget that they haven't been around for that long. I agree with Barbara K and others who have said that we use anti-biotics far too casually, amongst the culprits are those who get pills from their doctors and then don't complete the course, this leaves the strongest of the bugs still living, these in turn then become resistant. This is just another example of where we need to show our world and all that is in it with a bit more respect.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:29 am
Thank You for this info.

Gloria p (304)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 4:50 am
Between antibiotics in the food sources & over prescribing I am surprised the medication works any longer.

Joy W (103)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:17 am
Noted, thanks.

Kerry Campion (4)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:55 am
I despise taking anti-biotics and think people should stop taking them as a first resort to petty things like the cold, they are so bad for your natural immune system. I prefer to let my body do most of the fighting as you're better off for it! Except of course with more serious infections. Also warning to women antibiotics can cause thrush when taken, especially in excess and it can be so hard to get rid of if it's induced by antibiotics!

David C (129)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 11:26 am
thanks for a great post....

1. need to get antibiotics out of the food production industry.
2. Need to get doctors to stop prescribing so many when not needed, and patients to not demand or expect them so often.
3. need to realize the pre-antibiotic era will return as a post-antibiotic era if we don't do something.

Barb Mann (12)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:38 pm
If you not over use them they still work! I've only taken antibiotics a handful of times in my life and they've always worked! It's people that have been on the hundreds of times, which is many people, that are going to have the problem!

janet f (29)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:17 pm
Repeat after me people: "I will never again ask my doctor for antibiotics when I have a cold". Antibiotics DO NOT help you get better faster when you have the common cold. Colds are viruses. Antibiotics should ONLY be taken when you have a known bacterial infection (your doctor will take a culture and send it to a lab to determine this).

If people continue to take antibiotics for no good reason, they won't work when you need them when you're in the hospital with a depressed immune system. If you think this won't happen to you, your delusional. Those who are now in the hospital and are unable to fight a bacterial infection thought the same thing when they were me. It is also not pretty to see someone suffer like this. I know this because I work in a hospital.

If your doctor offers antibiotics to you without making sure you have a bacterial infection, run, do not walk out of the office and find a new doctor. No doctor worth going to would do that. Ever.

Talya H (10)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:35 pm
Thanks for the article!

M B (62)
Monday July 16, 2012, 4:27 am
We should refuse antibiotic's, unless it's absolutely necessary.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 9:41 am
Noted ,thanks !!

William W (0)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 12:26 pm
My Dad paracticed Medicine for 36 years in Chicago. He passed away in 1960. In the mid 1950's, he advocated that antibiotics should only be used to treat serious infections and particularly infections in the elderly. His was very astute in bacteriology and stated that through mutation, a strain or strains of bacteria would develop which would be resistant to antibiotics. He rocommended that instead of treating discomforting problems like the common cold with antibiotics, simply let nature take its course and cure the body itself. Seems he was most correct.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 4:17 pm
Noted, thanks for the article.

Terri Hughes (416)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:24 pm
These doctors prescribe antibiotics for everything, this is why they don't work, now. Over prescribing drugs. But, they don't care about your health, they only see dollar signs. Doctors and pharmacy's are in it to dish out as much medicine as they can, because there is big money in drugs. They are both legal drug pushers. I think they should be arrested just like illegal drug pushers are. What's fair is fair!!!!!!!!!!

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 8:14 am
When ecosystems are destroyed, viruses and bacteria travel too for new host environments--like people in populated areas--should also be looking at preventing the problems

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 7:55 pm
Noted, thanks.
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