Why all the fuss over bacteria. Bacteria are everywhere in the world and are a natural part of life; in fact they rarely cause us problems. They live on our skin and hair, inside our nose, and from our mouth to our … well, you know what. Overall, bacteria are not bad. In fact they are necessary for our own survival and are responsible for maintaining the delicate balance of our entire body.
Just like us, bacteria are very resourceful and do their best to survive. When exposed to antibiotics, bacteria either die or survive. Selective pressure occurs when bacterial survivors’ replicate, and their offspring quickly become the dominant type and are resistant (immune) to specific antibiotics. They then grow and place the eco-system out of balance. This occurs not only within our body but also in nature. As a result, an army of antibiotic resistant bacteria can arise and spread from the environment to humans or from one area of our body that carries bacteria to other areas of the body that are sterile.
This is a major concern because we are approaching an era within this century where physicians may not have a way to treat life-threatening infections. It’s not unreasonable to see that a bacterial infection could be our Armageddon within this Century. According to the CDC, the FDA, and the World Health Organization, the emergences of antibiotic resistance bacteria (bacteria immune to antibiotics), has been called one of the world’s greatest health threats.
The use of antibiotics by doctors and the agricultural industry is one of the main drivers of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are commonly given to food animals to speed their growth and compensate for less-than-hygienic conditions. Because of this antibiotics are being found in river sediment, fertilizer and farmed soil.
But wait a minute! It’s not just the health care and agriculture industries that should take all the blamed. The general population also shares in the growth of these super bugs. It is commonplace for expired prescriptions to be washed down the drain, flushed down the toilet, or thrown in garbage. The antibiotics leach into soil and pollute our delicate eco-system resulting in Antibiotic Super-Bugs.
As you can see, the public health consequences are significant. If a person gets one of these super bugs requiring hospitalization, the current antibiotic therapy we have may fail and the person may die to a once-treatable infection. In fact over the past few decades we are seeing this more and more in hospitalized patients.
What can you do to protect yourself and the environment?
- Eat antibiotic-riddled food
- Throw expired antibiotics in the garbage or flush them down the toilet
- Wash them down drain.
- Beg your physicians for antibiotics when you have a viral flu or a cold. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.
- Use over the counter bacterial ointments
- Give expired prescriptions to your pharmacist for proper disposal
- Maintain a healthy weight by exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
- Eat more organic meats fruits and vegetables (free of pesticides and antibiotics)
- Use a basic multi-vitamin every day
- Use Pro-Biotics to promote colon health.
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Emile Allen, M.D.
DeliverLean Chief Medical Officer