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Antibiotics Don’t Work Any Longer. Therefore. . . ?

Posted on October 25, 2013

The more you use an antibiotic, the more you expose a bacteria to an antibiotic, the greater the likelihood that resistance to that antibiotic is going to develop. So the more antibiotics we put into people, we put into the environment, we put into livestock, the more opportunities we create for these bacteria to become resistant. …We also know that we’ve greatly overused antibiotics and in overusing these antibiotics, we have set ourselves up for the scenario that we find ourselves in now, where we’re running out of antibiotics.

We are quickly running out of therapies to treat some of these infections that previously had been eminently treatable. There are bacteria that we encounter, particularly in healthcare settings, that are resistant to nearly all — or, in some cases, all — the antibiotics that we have available to us, and we are thus entering an era that people have talked about for a long time.

For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about “The end of antibiotics, question mark?” Well, now I would say you can change the title to “The end of antibiotics, period.”

We’re here. We’re in the post-antibiotic era. There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that five years ago even we could have treated, but now we can’t.

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3 thoughts on “Antibiotics Don’t Work Any Longer. Therefore. . . ?

  1. I should hope when an antibiotic is used; the person will be advised to take acidopholis or something similar to keep the "gut" from harmful bacteria that causes C-dif, which is extremely difficult to get rid of and can cause death. I, personally, would rather take a natural antibiotic such as garlic.

  2. Something like 70% of antibiotics are used on cattle in factory farms (CAFO, concentrated animal feeding operations). The conditions are so unnatural and unhygienic that they need to pump antibiotics into the animals in order to keep all of them from dying (a lot die anyway). THAT'S the problem, big agriculture, not people taking antibiotics.

  3. Hogs and pigs too. That's why we should buy grass-fed, pasture-fed beef and pork. They eat a natural diet (and are therefore healthier and better for us) and are not pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics.