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Antibiotics & Resistance

In a follow up to overuse of antibiotics, I just read that the WHO reports that our planet may be headed toward a “post-antibiotic era” in which common infections are lethal.  That is because the  prescription and overuse of antimicrobial medicines, are causing drug resistant microorganisms. These microorganisms now kill over 23,000 people a year just in the US alone. If we don’t take significant action to improve efforts to prevent infections and change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, “the implications will be devastating”.


Too Many Antibiotics!!

I discussed the overuse of antibiotics in the last post. Every antibiotic course we take has a biological cost. In other words, the overuse of antibiotics is resulting in the loss of our body’s ability to maintain our internal balance of diverse microbes that protect us from disease. Recent studies suggest that normal people have already lost 15% to 40% of their microbial diversity and the genes that accompany it. Our internal microbes have been with us as a species forever and have been constantly degraded over the last century. Since the world is now a very small place, we become that much more vulnerable to disease and scary unimaginable outcomes! We must cut antibiotic use and be more judicial in its use, and investigate the cost/benefit quandary.



Antibiotics and Natural Disease Resistance

A scary article in the news recently stated that in 2010, 258 million courses of antibiotics were prescribed in the US. That is an incredible 833 prescriptions per 1000 people. This has been going on for years. In Chicago, during 1985, 160,000 people became ill from Salmonella. Those who got sick and were taking antibiotics in the month prior to becoming ill, were 5 times more likely to get ill, than those who drank the milk and had not been exposed to antibiotics within the previous month. Long term, broad spectrum, antibiotic use can possibly wipe out and permanently destroy the good bacteria species within the colon, reducing your resistance to disease. Because once the good bacteria population reaches zero, they are permanently wiped out! More on this next time.