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Overuse of Antibiotics

Overuse of Antibiotics and effect on Infections*

Is it possible that we are entering a time when drugs will not be able to neutralize infectious diseases that were previously treatable? Dr Fisher, the author of a book  called “The Plague Makers” and a well-known immunologist has stated: “We are rapidly approaching the time when 80 to 90% of infections will be resistant to all known antibiotics…misuse of antibiotics have allowed many kinds of bacteria to mutate and become immune.”

According to CDC (the Center for Disease Control) in the U.S, we are facing a health disaster because of overusing synthetic antibiotics. 90% of staph bacteria have already been found to have resistance to the famed penicillin, and many are resistant to just about every other alternative.  The threat of super bugs in hospitals looms-thousands pick up staph infections every year from hospitals.

*Picture courtesy of Richard Dunstan .  SXC.

A Rising trend:overuse of antibiotics in farming

This appears to be a rising trend. Apparently about 25 % of pneumococcal germs are now resistant to penicillin;in 1995 in New York over 1,400 people died from antibiotic-resistant infections and in 1992 in the U.S 19,000 people perished from an infection that could not be treated with conventional antibiotics.Antibiotics and food

A recent USDA report from its office of the Inspector General states that meat contaminated with pesticides and heavy metals is finding its way into U.S supermarkets, with not much of a filter by the FSIS, their food safety arm.  ” Residues of drugs, pesticides, and heavy metals differ from microbiological pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria Monocytogenes, which the public more readily associates with food safety. While cooking meat properly can destroy these pathogens before they are consumed, no amount of cooking will destroy residues” says the report.

In 2008 Mexico rejected a U.S beef shipment because it exceeded the acceptable copper level for meat set by that country-it was re-sold back to the U.S! (the FSIS had no grounds to stop it because the U.S at that time had no similar actionable limits.)

At the time of writing  New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has a bill pending in the House Rules Committee that would ban seven types of antibiotic used in animal feed. The Obama Administration, which previously said it would support this, has not, and it is languishing in committee stage.  Louise Slaughter  is uniquely qualified in Congress to speak, as she is herself a microbiologist.  She is being supported by scientists and doctors who fear that over-supply of these drugs makes them less effective in fighting bacteria in humans and animals. The Union of Concerned Scientists has even estimated that up to 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States are given to animals that are actually healthy.

Who else is to blame?

Persistent, ignorant patients and stressed-out doctors, probably. Most patients don’t know the difference between a virus and a bacterial infection, and the doctor often gives the patient something to placate him or her: he writes the antibiotic prescription out, knowing full well it will do little for the virus.

Is there a Natural alternative to antibiotics?

Yes-at least one. Check out GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT.

Denmark stopped using antibiotics in livestock feeds in 1999 and a W.H.O report said that it still had a thriving pork and poultry industry. The report stated that there was a definite decline in the levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the farm animals, thereby reducing the threat to the public’s health, but it is noteworthy that resistance to animal drugs had been rare to begin with in Denmark, and had not changed subsequent to the ban.

Antibiotics and yeast infections

In view of all this, one can see how FOOD can be a factor in a variety of human disorders and diseases, and that one can link together, for example, Antibiotics and Yeast Infections; also it reinforces the old argument about organic food being a superior alternative-you simply don’t get livestock feed antibiotics with organic agricultural practice.

If you suffer from diseases like yeast infections, it is worth noting that antibiotics -especially long term antibiotics use-are a cause of yeast infections because they kill the good and bad bacteria.  A good Yeast infection Diet and a Natural Yeast Infection Treatment ,will help in eliminating toxic food, residues, and “hidden” antibiotics.

If you have other health issues, and are aware things are “just not right” within you-especially if the doctor can find no discernible cause it may pay to look in to whether you have something like a TOXIC FOOD problem or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The American Center for Disease Control’s definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.) is: “The presence of unexplained persistent fatigue that is not relieved by rest and that results in a substantial reduction in occupational, social and personal activities.”

Other variants on the above disease are M.E., Fibromyalgia (F.M.S.) or Post Viral Fatigue. Heavy Metal Toxicity is a frequent problem as well.

Read more on toxic food and colon cleansing HERE

For More information on Heavy Metal Toxicity and, more importantly, how to get FREE of it read this report on HMD HEAVY METAL DETOX

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John Reason,

Independent Health Researcher, Article Writer.

© 2009-2010

Related Reading:

The Plague Makers – How We Are Creating Catastrophic New Epidemics, and What We Must Do to Avert Them

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