Skip to comments.Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning
Posted on 01/24/2013 8:26:25 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England.
Prof Dame Sally Davies said bacteria were becoming resistant to current drugs and there were few antibiotics to replace them.
She told a committee of MPs that going for a routine operation could become deadly due to the threat of infection.
Experts said it was a global problem and needed much more attention.
Antibiotics have been one of the greatest success stories in medicine. However, bacteria are a rapidly adapting foe which find new ways to evade drugs.
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Yeah, yeah, yeah...sounds like an excuse for them to let me die of pneumonia.
No, global warming is BS, bacterial tolerance for antibiotics is not.
Right, my kid had mersa from a scratch two weeks ago. It was a big deal.
Soooo....all that anti-bacterial soap we buy is not good, eh? (I HATE anti-bacterial soap....but try finding soap that is not, that you do not make yourself.)
Actually, I’m thinking of dish soap, and liquid hand soap. When it comes to hard, bar soap, I think there ARE more options. Just need to change my habits from liquid to hard.
Trader Joe’s and even Target have basic liquid soap. I had c-diff, so I am paranoid about antibacteria/antibiotic abuse.
So, they don’t have that tetra stuff in them?
My dentist, who is a friend, said this is a big deal. That we may have a tough next 20 years ahead of us. We should stop using anti-bacterial soaps and not go to the DR. over the flu. Surgery will be a bigger deal...they may have to start giving us medicine to build up our bodies to fight things off.
Bacteria resistant to a particular antibiotic has always been a problem but there have always been new antibiotics in the pipeline to deal with them. The regulatory burden, i.e. cost, of bringing a new antibiotic to market has grown so large that there are few in development currently.
In many cases the advertised anti-bacterial soap is just soap. They can get away with this because any soap that cleanses is killing bacteria.
COULD be...but, I DO read ingredients....and avoid those with the tetra stuff in them....am I being paranoid?
In this day and age, you can’t be to paranoid. Better safe than sorry.
Dr Bronner’s or JR Watkins soaps/loions
You are good to go.
“The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming,”
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a looming severe problem, yes, but that doesn’t mean the author isn’t an idiot.
I had MRSA, but acquired it in the hospital after surgery.
However, bugs like MRSA are not only existent in hospitals anymore...they are in the community. I know a teenager who had a similar experience to your son. They figured he got it at the gym, and as you said it was a big deal.
Common UTIs which used to be no big deal are now becoming a big deal as "bugs" that were once just hospital acquired are now in the community, and many are antibiotic resistant. I had a bladder infection but ended up in the hospital for 4 days on IV antibiotics because the bacteria was resistent to all but a few antibiotics, and those happened to be IV only.
My advice to anyone is to be vigilant if you get an infected sore or if you have a UTI that isn't responding to normal antibiotics...get a culture done so you know what you're dealing with. The threat is real and not something to be scoffed at.
I don't know any of this stuff so could it be that we already have come up with easy antibotics? And finding new ones are much tougher now that bacteria is much hardier than in the past?
Oil of oregano. olive leaf oil , Vitamins D and C just for a start.
Dang... that should have read “LOTIONS”! d’oh
There may be some truth to that but the main problem is that there simply isn't that much R&D on antibiotics because the cost to profit ratio is unfavorable.
Phages replace and supplant antibiotics. God already has the antidote provided on Earth for any problem.
drs prescribe antibiotics because the patients pressure them to "do something" but mostly, it is to avoid the law suit if in some rare case the person doesn't get well....
You know what the REAL reason for this is..? The 3rd World.
Yup. Here in the West, we have the perscription system —you can’t just pay money for your fave antibiotic in any store, and get full-strenth anti-biotics.
Ok well when you’re super poor in Mexico, then which anti-biotic would you buy? The cheapest one that showed an effect.
So these people treat themselves UNTIL THEY **FEEL** FINE, and then they stop. And when they FEEL fine is when 99% of the bad guys have been killed. And 100% of the remaining 1% of those bad guys are then a little or a lot closer to knowing how to fend off that anti-bacterial —that nice cheap one.
If you go to an expensive doctor GENERALLY they’ll take a culture and figure out which one the bug is vulnerable to, give you a script, and then tel you to FINISH THAT REGIMEN, and not stop simply when you FEEL better.
The Third World is the cause of this, sorry....
The labels are generally referring to the triclosan ingredient.
So what can we do to reform all of this? I mean, we wouldn't want to see people in the next twenty years die from MRSA infections in the gym and from infections occured during routine surgeries. All of us do not realize how many people died from simple germs only two or three generations ago and it's looking like it's going to happen again.
People living to age 60 will be considered to be fortunate. I guess that's good for Social Security.
Reconstruct FDA to its original purpose and reform tort law.
Easier said than done.
Think that's bad? How would you like to be next poor schlub to get bit by a coral snake?
Congratulations! I too am a MRSA survivor.
I went in for a complicated heart surgery. I had a stroke during surgery and contracted MRSA.
What was planned as a 6 to 8 day stay in the hospital, became 2 very long months of multiple surgeries and painful hell. Most heart surgery patients end up with a zipper scar on their chest.... mine is a crevice. I call it my cleavage. ;>)
At about 30 days, they thought I was ok to send home. Three days later, I was rushed back to the hospital for more cutting into my chest and another month in the hospital. The bill for that 2 months was over a million dollars.
My heart doc tells me that it is very unlikely that anyone would agree to proceed with any further heart surgery on me, because of how badly my body responds to it. Essentially, they are afraid that the MRSA is still within me, just dormant and if it is disturbed, it could raise hell all over again.
Yep, the antibiotic resident issue is very real.... and MRSA is very deadly.
The only soap I use - - including to wash my hair - - is Ivory.
It’s allegedly 99.44% pure. I don’t know what the other .56% is.
Wow, you had c-diff ? That is nasty stuff right there, and DIRECTLY attributable to hospital cleanliness (proven).
Glad you made it. My wife is working on a team to come up with a vaccine for that.
Sorry to hear about your complications from surgery.
My hospital stay wasn’t as long as yours (
After awhile in the hospital, I was sent home with IV antibiotics, that they teach you how to give to yourself (through a pic line. So I did that for 6 weeks at home and they had a nurse stop by every couple days to draw blood, change the pic line dressing, and check vitals.
I hate hospitals so I can imagine your frustration at being in there so long. I’ve heard of surgeon’s reluctance once you’ve had MRSA.
Antisera and vaccines are in very short supply. In these cases, little to no R&D is required as the procedures and formulations have long been known. Here it is entirely a matter of product liability cost.
No, none of Trader Joe’s do, I don’t think, and Target you have to look for the natural brands. J.R. Watkins was the kind I just bought.
Yes, colitis caused by. Awful. I suspect I picked it up at a G.I. doc’s office, where I was going to get some post childbirth damage finally fixed. Month later, I was in the hospital.