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Stomach Bug Crystallizes a Threat From Antibiotics
NYTimes ^ | 4/13/09

Posted on 04/13/2009 3:37:18 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun

Earlier this year, Harold and Freda Mitchell of Como, Miss., both came down with a serious stomach bug. At first, doctors did not know what was wrong, but the gastrointestinal symptoms became so severe that Mrs. Mitchell, 66, was hospitalized for two weeks. Her husband, a manufacturing supervisor, missed 20 days of work.

A local doctor who had worked in a Veterans Affairs hospital recognized the signs of Clostridium difficile, a contagious and potentially deadly bacterium. Although the illness is difficult to track, health officials estimate that in the United States the bacteria cause 350,000 infections each year in hospitals alone, with tens of thousands more occurring in nursing homes. While the majority of cases are found in health care settings, 20 percent or more may occur in the community. The illness kills an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people annually.

“It’s been the worst thing I’ve ever tried to get through in my life,” said Mrs. Mitchell, who remains weakened by the ordeal. “I really did think I was going to die.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antibiotics; health; hospitals; threat
Pestillence.
1 posted on 04/13/2009 3:37:19 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

Jesus looked on the multitudes, stuck his nose in the air, was heard to declare “pestilence!”, and walked away feeling very smug, and self-righteous.


2 posted on 04/13/2009 4:01:46 PM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

My dog had that a couple of months ago....


3 posted on 04/13/2009 4:03:24 PM PDT by goodnesswins (They'll miss America (and our contributions) when we're gone....)
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To: anniegetyourgun
On a c. diff-related note from across The Pond...

The NHS killed my mother: MP Nigel Evans reveals how a routine operation ended in horror

4 posted on 04/13/2009 4:03:59 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: MedicalMess

Ping!


5 posted on 04/13/2009 4:05:03 PM PDT by MamaLucci (It's Mourning In America........)
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To: anniegetyourgun

C-diff is a bad one, and almost always exacerbated by over-use of powerful antibiotics.

It is not necessary to run to the Doctor to get antibiotics for every sniffle and sneeze! Your body was created with the ability to deal with most infections.


6 posted on 04/13/2009 4:06:21 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: WestwardHo

Not.


7 posted on 04/13/2009 4:24:51 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: clee1

Two things that are almost as effective against any disease that an antibiotic can aid are: Sleep and vitamin C. People will simply not accept these simple remedies. Go to bed and drink lots of orange juice. Society has programmed people to think: Doctors/drugs. It’s sad how little of either we really need.

This is not to diss doctors because they are God’s gift to mankind for a multitude of other issues.


8 posted on 04/13/2009 5:05:45 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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“Two things that are almost as effective against any disease that an antibiotic can aid are: Sleep and vitamin C.”

Just an FYI, those two things do NOT take care of C.dif.


9 posted on 04/13/2009 5:21:56 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: anniegetyourgun

bump


10 posted on 04/13/2009 5:55:10 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: swmobuffalo; Integrityrocks
“Two things that are almost as effective against any disease that an antibiotic can aid are: Sleep and vitamin C.”

Just an FYI, those two things do NOT take care of C.dif.Or some other infections, once they've gotten a foothold... I wound up with cellulitis (not sure of the exact strain), but I hoped it would "get better" and waited a day before going to see a Dr. The following day, it had spread from my foot to just past my knee, and when I got to the ER, my white blood cell count was over 35000 and my blood pressure was 70/45. I spent 5 days in the hospital on IV anti-biotics. And I'm still fighting the low-grade infection remnants, nearly 2 weeks later.

Mark

11 posted on 04/13/2009 6:32:17 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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