Antibiotic resistance is nothing new. Most people don’t realize that it began within a year of the introduction of penicillin in 1928 when superbugs immediately learned to outsmart the drugs that were meant to kill them. Big Pharma’s single-minded workaround for this inconvenience is to make endless variations of antibiotic drugs hoping to outwit the bugs. Of course, making more drug products is beneficial to the coffers of Big Pharm. However, they should have been embracing alternatives long ago. Now methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other multiresistant organisms are commonplace.
“Raising the Alarm on Superbugs” highlights an interview by the author of a new book Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic. Most of what is said is not new except for the addition of a multidrug-resistant yeast infection, Candida auris. Of course I’ve been warning about yeast overgrowth in the form of Candida albicans for decades. The common factor is that blood borne yeast infections, both C. albicans and C. auris usually occur in hospitalized patients on IV antibiotics. And both can be fatal when they flood the blood stream of an immune-compromised patient, causing body wide symptoms.
C. auris was first identified in 2009 and just like C. albicans, people may carry the yeast on their skin or in their gut without any symptoms. However, hospitals and antibiotics can make them transform into a blood borne infection. According to Wikipedia, the worldwide cases number in the hundreds but Big Medicine and Big Pharma are already calling it a potential epidemic. This amounts to scaring people into taking more drugs to “prevent” infections, which only increases the problem.
The gist of the interview was that the new drugs that Big Pharma is creating, at one billion dollars a pop, are not being used because – guess what? – they are too expensive! Seriously, the drug that the author cites costs thousands of dollars for a single dose. But, instead of calling for research on alternatives – that already exist – this doctor just wants the expensive drugs to be made available. A portion of his book discusses an antibiotic trial that he spearheaded using this very expensive drug to try to prove its worthiness. He spends a lot of time convincing potential study participants that he trusts this drug. He told one lawyer (patient) that he would give this drug to his own mother! Such incredible dedication down the wrong path is still wrong!
Basically, the author bemoans the fact that drug companies spend all this money on antibiotic development and doctors won’t use the drugs because of the cost. The doctor conducting the interview joins the pity party saying that Big Pharma has “largely abandoned developing antibiotics.” The author says:
For the past 75 years we have relied on a partnership between the federal government, the NIH, and Big Pharma. The NIH is very good at identifying talented scientists who can discover molecules and then they partner with Big Pharma to bring that drug to market. But we have found that this partnership is dissolving. Antibiotics are not profitable and Big Pharma is choosing to do other things with their time. This is a big problem because just as superbugs are becoming more prominent and more lethal, we are losing the partner who has helped us to make the treatment. A number of proposals are on the table to entice Big Pharma to come back to us and to make more antibiotics.
The incentives would be reduced taxes and longer exclusivity on drugs produced before they go generic. The other is to put antibiotic development in the hands of the government! The author suggested:
The thought is that we should look at antibiotics as a public good, like electricity or water, and disentangle the whole thing from profits and just say, ‘Let’s pool our resources, make these things, and share them.’
I have to stop and take a breath here to try and recover from the complete lack of commonsense that’s being expressed. Because I know about alternatives, including Pico Silver and would love to see that research expanded, I throw up my hands in dismay at the incredible brainwashing that doctors display regarding their blind acceptance of antibiotics.
Another aspect of infection that Big Medicine does not explore is why some people get sick and others don’t. The article cited the author’s New York Times op-ed to promote his book where he said that 5% of healthcare workers are colonized with MRSA and that superbugs are everywhere and to top it all off, there is a shortage of infectious disease specialists. These scare tactics are the gist of his op-ed and his book and then he has the audacity to say “we don’t want to scare people” and what he’s writing about “is a work in progress.” Lord Sufferin’ Cats!
To my mind, Big Medicine and Big Pharma have had since 1928 to figure out how to use antibiotics with no clear victory in sight. So, you would think that it’s time to change things up a bit! The very definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over when you have ample evidence that it’s not working!
The author makes a comment about excessive testing for infections when he says:
One of the big challenges we have is that we could report on all of the fungi that are in a patient’s nostrils, but we don’t want this to freak out the physicians because most of those are commensal organisms or colonizers. I hit on the fact that it’s a challenge for us to talk to the public about these infectious diseases but it’s also a challenge to talk to doctors. A lot of them don’t know what to do when they see a readout of 16 different viruses identified in a sample, many of which may have no clinical relevance.
I found this out in New York when I was doing the AIDS and Chronic Fatigue study. Everyone we tested was positive for dozens of subclinical infections. Since Big Medicine only treats infections with antibiotics, the use of these drugs escalated during the AIDS epidemic.
My question “why some people get sick and others don’t” brings up which is more important – the infectious organism or the terrain. The terrain is the body that may or may not harbor an infection. I explore that question quite effectively in my RnA ReSet Drops Webinar where I discuss The Radish Experiment and show a video of the radishes we produced.
A picture is worth a thousand words but I’ll give you a description of the experiment. Our RnA ReSet Drops are squeezed out of a few hundred pounds of barley seeds that are germinated in huge rotating drums for several days. There’s a lot more going on but that’s the basic process. The leftover barley sprouts when dried look and feel like straw. We call it Mighty Mash and we’ve been experimenting with it as a living fertilizer. The Radish Experiment consisted of digging the Mighty Mash into the soil and planting radish seeds. One plot used the Mash the other had no additions. Both plots were watered daily. The Mash plot was also “watered” with Mash tea – Mash soaked in a drum of water that was sprayed onto the Mash plot twice a week.
On Day 25 both plots were harvested. The Mash plot produced 85 pounds of beautiful red radishes. The non-Mash plot only produced 3 pounds of radishes that passed inspection. The majority were wormy, small, and deformed!
Here’s what I realized from this experiment. Insects, worms, bacteria, and weeds are only programmed to “attack” weak, dying, or dead life forms. It’s their prime directive – to take out the trash. Humans, animals, and plants are surrounded by similar invaders and only succumb when they are in a weakened state. RnA ReSet Mash infused the radishes with life and energy and made them incompatible with the organisms looking to cull out the weak plants.
I say the same happens with humans. We weaken ourselves with a poor diet, bad lifestyle, negative emotions, nutrient deficiencies and then succumb to infections and chronic illness. If we have the right building blocks from ReMag, ReMyte, ReAline, and an infusion of life force from RnA ReSet Drops, we are no longer victims to predators. To me, it’s that simple, and that’s why I created the Completement Formulas.
When I was in private practice in Toronto I used homeopathic remedies for mild to moderate infections with excellent results. I was told that homeopathy was very effective in the 1918 influenza epidemic. You can read more about homeopathy and specifically the influenza epidemic in Homeopathy: The Art and Science of Therapeutics” written by my homeopathic professor, Dr. Andre Seine, who taught during my Naturopathic training. My free eBook, Future Health Now Encyclopedia offers various therapeutic remedies, including homeopathy for over 130 health conditions. It’s important to keep this book on hand along with a selection of remedies in a 36-remedy kit called Homeopathy Basics, which you can find on my Store website. I cover the treatment of Yeast Overgrowth in my free eBook ReSet The Yeast Connection.
The first half of this blog describes the problem and offers solutions. For those who want to know more about antibiotic resistance and how we have created this problem I offer the following from my book Death by Modern Medicine.
Drugs Pollute Our Water Supply
One astounding fact about our overuse of medications is that every body of water tested contains measurable drug residues. We are inundated with drugs. It begins with the tons of antibiotics used in animal farming, which run off into the water table and surrounding bodies of water and are conferring antibiotic resistance to germs in sewage which are also found in our water supply. Following that abuse are the tons of drugs and drug metabolites that are flushed down our toilets making their way around the world and ending up in our drinking water. We have no idea what the long-term consequences of ingesting a mixture of drugs and drug-breakdown products will do to our health. It’s another level of iatrogenic disease that we are unable to completely measure.
Death by Antibiotics
The Daily Mail printed the following story in October 26, 2013: “We’ve Reached the End of Antibiotics.” They quote the associate director of the CDC, saying “’Miracle drugs that have saved millions are no match against ‘superbugs’ because people have overmedicated themselves.”
I thought it was interesting that he blamed patients for overmedicating themselves. Well, excuse me! They wouldn’t be able to overmedicate unless doctors gave them the prescriptions! Basically, the bacteria have won in our 60-year war against them and we have entered the post-antibiotic era. As many as 2 million people in the United States fall ill annually with antibiotic-resistant infections and at least 23,000 people die each year.
The CDC’s 4-part solution:
Prevent infections with immunizations and hand washing.
Track antibiotic resistance patterns.
Reduce the use of antibiotics.
Develop new antibiotics and diagnostic tests!
Even while they are talking about reducing the use of antibiotics their only treatment options are immunizations and developing NEW ANTIBIOTICS! Do they even realize the contradiction? Obviously not! And haven’t they learned how to wash their hands? Using cell phones between patients and not washing hands before and after is great way to transmit infections. Always request that your doctor wash his/her hands before touching you.
Antibiotics on Farms
A December 23, 2013 article in the Washington Post caught my eye: “Antibiotics on Farms: Can Curbing Their Use Also Curb Resistant Infections in Humans?” Thisarticle talked about the FDA’s plan to address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteriafound in animals caused by use of antibiotics on the farm.
The plan stems from a 1970 report titled The Use of Antibiotics in Animal Feed, which has been a long time in coming. The article mentions some pretty scary statistics such as: “they kill 65 people every day…at least half of human use is inappropriate…resistant salmonella and campylobacter are listed as “serious” threats and could come from livestock, which receive more than half of the antibiotics used in this country…we slaughter more than 110 million pigs, 34 million cattle and 8 billion chickens every year in the U.S.”
In Death by Modern Medicine, I talk about the millions of pounds of antibiotics used each year leading to antibiotic resistance. However, those statistics pale in comparison to the actual damage caused by antibiotics recently reported.
Specific Drug Iatrogenesis: Antibiotics
Dr. Egger, in a recent editorial, wrote that after fifty years of increasing use of antibiotics, 30 million pounds of antibiotics are used in America per year. Twenty-five million pounds of this total are used in animal husbandry. The vast majority of this amount, twenty-three million pounds, is used to try to prevent disease, the stress of shipping, and to promote growth. Only 2 million pounds are given for specific animal infections. Dr. Egger reminds us that low concentrations of antibiotics are measurable in many of our foods, rivers, and streams around the world. Much of this is seeping into bodies of water from animal farms.
Egger says overuse of antibiotics results in food-borne infections resistant to antibiotics.
Salmonella is found in 20% of ground meat but constant exposure of cattle to antibiotics has made 84% of salmonella resistant to at least one anti-salmonella antibiotic. Diseased animal food accounts for 80% of salmonellosis in humans, or 1.4 million cases per year.
The conventional approach to dealing with this epidemic is to radiate food to try to kill all organisms but keep using the antibiotics that cause the original problem. Approximately 20% of chickens are contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni causing 2.4 million human cases of illness annually. Fifty-four percent of these organisms are resistant to at least one anti-campylobacter antimicrobial.
In America, over 3 million pounds of antibiotics are used every year on humans. With a population of 284 million Americans, this amount is enough to give every man, woman and child 10 teaspoons of pure antibiotics per year. Egger says that exposure to a steady stream of antibiotics has altered pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staplococcus aureus, and entercocci, to name a few.
Almost half of patients with upper respiratory tract infections in the U.S. still receive antibiotics from their doctor. According to the CDC, 90% of upper respiratory infections are viral and should not be treated with antibiotics. In Germany the prevalence for systemic antibiotic use in children aged 0-6 years was 42.9%.
Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci is the only common cause of sore throat that requires antibiotics, penicillin and erythromycin being the only recommended treatment.
However, 90% of sore throats are viral. The authors of this study estimated there were 6.7 million adult annual visits for sore throat between 1989 and 1999 in the U.S. Antibiotics were used in 73% of visits. Furthermore, patients treated with antibiotics were given nonrecommended broad-spectrum antibiotics in 68% of visits. The authors noted, that from 1989 to 1999, there was a significant increase in the newer and more expensive broad spectrum antibiotics and a decrease in use of penicillin and erythromycin, which are the recommended antibiotics. If antibiotics were given in 73% of visits and should have only been given in 10%, this represents 63%, or a total of 4.2 million visits for sore throat that ended in unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions between1989-1999. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics. Neither of these figures takes into account the number of unnecessary antibiotics used for non-fatal conditions such as acne, intestinal infection, skin infections, ear infections, etc.
The CDC seems to be blaming patients for misusing antibiotics even though they are only available on prescription from a doctor who should know how to prescribe properly. Dr. Richard Besser, head of Get Smart, says “Programs that have just targeted physicians have not worked. Direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs is to blame in some cases.” Dr. Besser says the program “teaches patients and the general public that antibiotics are precious resources that must be used correctly if we want to have them around when we need them. Hopefully, as a result of this campaign, patients will feel more comfortable asking their doctors for the best care for their illnesses, rather than asking for antibiotics.”
And what does the ‘best care’ constitute? The CDC does not elaborate and patently avoids the latest research on the dozens of nutraceuticals scientifically proven to treat viral infections and boost the immune system. Will their doctors recommend vitamin C, echinacea, elderberry, vitamin A, zinc, or homeopathic oscillococcinum? No, they won’t.
The archaic solutions offered by the CDC include a radio ad, “Just Say No – Snort, Sniffle, Sneeze – No Antibiotics Please.” Their commonsense recommendations, that most people follow anyway, include resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and using a humidifier.
The pharmaceutical industry claims they are all for limiting the use of antibiotics. I order to make sure that happens, the drug company Bayer is sponsoring a program called, “Operation Clean Hands,” through an organization called LIBRA. The CDC is also involved with trying to minimize antibiotic resistance, but nowhere in their publications is there any reference to the role of nutraceuticals in boosting the immune system nor to the thousands of journal articles that support this approach. This recalcitrant tunnel vision and refusal to use available non-drug alternatives is absolutely inappropriate when the CDC is desperately trying to curb the nightmare of overuse of antibiotics. The CDC should also be called to task because it is only focusing on the overuse of antibiotics. There are similar nightmares for every class of drug being prescribed today.
Here are 3 more blogs and 1 article that I’ve written to draw attention to antibiotic resistance:
Halting Antibiotic Resistance – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND
Aug 21, 2015 – I’ve been hearing about the need to curb antibiotic resistance for decades. From my naturopathic training, I always knew that antibiotics could …
Superbug Outsmarts Stupid Antibiotics – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND
May 31, 2016 – This person with antibiotic resistance had a urinary tract E. coli infection. When I read this, bells started ringing because doctors are notorious …
Don’t Make More Antibiotics! – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND
Jun 17, 2014 – … bill that would spur the creation of new antibiotics in the face of antibiotic resistance.” That’s right, antibiotics aren’t working so let’s make more …
Antibiotics and Yeast: The Bugs are Winning the War – Jigsaw Health
Jan 27, 2015 – Worldwide, a new antibiotic resistant strain of tuberculosis is causing ….
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