There has been a great deal of concern in recent years, that the indiscriminate usage of antibiotics has resulted in resistent strains of superbugs that will leave us undefended from disease in the future.
Apart from the global impact of this scenario, there is the effect on our health as individuals. Persistent use of antibiotics weakens our own defences and can result in a number of severe health issues. This includes leaving us wide open to resistent bacteria that can lead to death.
A new CDC study shows that children given antibiotics for routine upper respiratory infections are more susceptible to aggressive antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria commonly known as C. diff.
The study found that 71 percent children who suffered C. diff infections had been given courses of antibiotics for respiratory, ear, and nose illnesses 12 weeks before infection.
“When antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly, our children are needlessly put at risk for health problems including C. difficile infection and dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections,” Frieden said in a recent statement.
C. diff, a bacteria found in the human gut, can cause severe diarrhea and is responsible for 250,000 infections in hospitalized patients and 14,000 deaths every year among children and adults.
To read about the other dangerous effects on our health by over use of antibiotics: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/five-unintended-consequences-antibiotic-overuse-031114
A possible alternative to antibiotics
Date: May 23, 2017
Source: American Technion Society
Summary: A combination of metals and organic acids is an effective way to eradicate cholera, salmonella, pseudomonas, and other pathogenic bacteria, researchers report. The combination also works on bacteria that attack agricultural crops.
Antibiotics are an effective means of treating bacterial contamination. But extensive use of antibiotic substances in medicine and agriculture has resulted in increasingly antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that humanity is approaching the post-antibiotic era — a world in which antibiotics will no longer be effective, and even minute contaminations will be life threatening.
Now, encouraging research that combines metals and organic acids as a viable alternative to antibiotics is being conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The findings by a team led by Assistant Professor Oded Lewinson in the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine were recently published in Nature Scientific Reports.
Numerous alternatives to antibiotics are already being tested by researchers around the world. Two of these are the use of metals such as silver, zinc, and copper (which were used in ancient Egypt and Greece for treating infection and purifying water sources), and the use of organic acids such as food acid that is used as a preservative in the food industry.
Read the rest of this important article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523084828.htm
The other major preventative for contracting infections in the first place is by boosting and maintaining your own immune system with a health diet and exercise. If you are eating foods that are included in this directory you will be making a very good start.