Mission Hills, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2013
The report issued on Sept 16 is entitled, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013. In it, CDC experts discuss this problem. Dr Steven Solomon is the head of CDC Antibiotic Resistance, and estimated that 23,000 Americans would die as a result of bacteria resistance to regular antibiotics. http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/)
What is the CDC?
The CDC is our federal health department that looks after important health issues such as epidemics. CDC stands for Communicable Disease Center. Their main office is in Atlanta.
23,000 deaths / year is a much higher number than are caused by Malaria, Typhus or Smallpox in the US.
How did this happen? How did the bacteria become drug resistant? These are the common causes:
a. Too small a dose. When the drug dose was too weak, it was very easy for the bacteria to develop a resistance.
b. The patient stopped the antibiotic as soon as they felt better. Whether it is a ten-day dose or a three-day one, the correct duration of the medication must be followed.
c. The patient stopped the pills and saved them for when her kids got sick. After two days the kid felt better and so she stopped the pills to give to another child haphazardly.
d. Not following directions. Directions are to take one twice a day on an empty stomach. Taking the pills with food instead reduced the “killing dose” and allowed the drug resistance to develop. Taking only one pill a day instead of two did the same.
e. Giving the drug for a virus infection. This can also lead to resistance.
f. The patient decided to save the pills for another infection, and used them after the expiration date. The pills were too weak and allowed the bacteria to develop resistance.
Two Million Resistant Infections
Dr. Michael Bell of CDC who authored the 114-page report noted that in addition to the 23,000 deaths, approximately two million persons became ill with resistant bacteria. These patients required especially large doses or complex intravenous therapy.
Dr Bell, “We are closer and closer to the cliff.” This means that unless the misuse of antibiotics is corrected, we might someday have no antibiotic therapy for simple infections!
Recently the Italian Government spent one hundred thousand dollars on a province of approximately one million persons. They used television, handouts, and newspapers to urge correct use of antibiotics. After six months, the number of unnecessary antibiotic usage diminished. Thus, education, teaching, reminding people not to abuse antibiotics can help.
Tell Your Friends:
Dr. Murray Grossan: “Years ago there was a chain letter craze; you sent one dollar to ten persons. Then each of those ten persons sent one dollar to another ten; eventually you would get back millions.”
Grossan:” If each persons who read this piece, sends it to at least three other persons, and they in turn send it to at least three more persons, then a significant drop in antibiotic abuse would be the result. Doing this might save your own life.”
Often You Don’t Need an Antibiotic:
For a cold, it is important to recall that at the onset of a cold, hot tea, chicken soup, going to bed with a fun movie is still medically proven to be better than any known drug.
For a sore throat, irrigating the throat at the start of a sore throat (http://www.grossan.com) removes bacteria from the tonsil crypts, massages the tonsils, and brings in fresh healing blood.
A sinus infection is often caused by a virus, rather than a bacteria. When you stimulate the nasal cilia to move faster, the cilia move the infected material out of the nose and sinuses. The vibration of a low-throated “oooommm” shakes those cilia loose. Green tea has L-theonine that stimulates nasal cilia. Nasal irrigation at a pulse rate to restore cilia enables natural healing. (http://www.hydromedonline.com)
For a simple cough, honey remains, after 200 years, the best remedy, always effective over centuries.
Be a Good Neighbor
By sending this information to your friends, and having them send it to their friends, you will personally reduce antibiotic abuse and help keep your neighborhood safe from resistant bacteria.