World Health Organization Warns of the End of the “Golden Age of Antibiotics”

WHO

The past 30 years has seen no new types of antibiotics. Existing bacteria are rapidly becoming immune to the antibiotics presently available. Unless we can make a radical breakthrough in antibiotics the World Health Organization warns that “we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

Influenza, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV are among the most threatening of diseases but at the present rate other diseases are certain to become more dangerous as well.

Read the WHO report and find out more as well as what can be done to help fight the problem.


CDC Seriously Worried about Antibiotic Resistance

CDC just released Threat Report 2013 outlining in a 114 page document (available for download) the very real dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

A few facts from the National Summary Data section:

  • Over 2 million people will get sick from antibiotic resistant bacteria this year.
  • 23,000 of those will die
  • Most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

When antibiotics are administered to treat an illness, the antibiotics kill the bacteria causing the illness as well as the good bacteria in your body that fight diseases. The few bacteria that aren’t killed, no longer face any opposition from your good bacteria and “take over”.

Right now, the hazard level is listed as serious but… “If infection rates of MDR and XDR TB increase within the US., this antibiotic-resistant threat will change from serious to urgent, because it is transmissible through respiratory secretions, and because treatment options are very limited”

Download and read the entire document from the CDC website here.


That which is supposed to protect may be harming instead

Apparently the expression “That which does not kill me makes me stronger” is something that makers of hand soap and disinfectants need to be paying attention to. It applies to germs as well. It has long be preached by naturalists and proponents of fiber cleaning cloths that disinfectants are simply creating stronger, more resistant germs.

A new study now has scientific backing to that claim.

Excerpts from the abstract:

“it has been demonstrated that biocides can select, at least in laboratory experiments, antibiotic resistant bacteria… widely used biocide triclosan might induce antibiotic resistance using as a model the opportunistic pathogen Stenotrophomonas maltophilia… “

You can read more about it for yourself by clicking on the link above. Right now the FDA is reassessing triclosan’s safety and beginning to take a look at many others.

In my humble opinion this is one issue we can’t afford to drag our feet on. No one wants super viruses and germs that nothing will kill.