Antibiotic Resistance a Life Threatening Problem OR IS IT?

The medical community and the World Health Organization among others have been warning us for years about the coming day when antibiotics won’t work and the world will be left with a possible apocalypse on our hands as people die by the millions from infections that have no way to be effectively treated (at least conventionally). Reports from the scientific community suggest that day may be here.

“The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

Colistin is the antibiotic of last resort for particularly dangerous types of superbugs, including a family of bacteria known as CRE, which health officials have dubbed “nightmare bacteria.” In some instances, these superbugs kill up to 50 percent of patients who become infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called CRE among the country’s most urgent public health threats.”

The article further states:

“It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far
away for antibiotics”

“— that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units, or patients getting urinary tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in an interview.

So is it time to panic?

Personally I think not for at least two reasons. One is that there has been a new discovery about how these bacteria work to hide from the immune system and from antibiotics. Scientists have discovered something called a biofilm. This was first discovered by JW Costerton in the 1980’s, he is a bacteriology expert from Canada. Some call him the Father of Biofilms. He discovered that these bacteria and fungi live in communities and are made up of many different species. They spin a gooey like substance around themselves that they hide in.

Scientists in Singapore have discovered a way to help fight antibiotic resistance. By using an FDA-approved drug to break up the biofilm they disrupt the bacteria’s cell to cell communication called “quorum sensing” and disrupt or remove the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, the antibiotics can then get to the bacteria and kill them.

This holds a lot of promise in the medical community as antibiotic resistance is getting to a very serious stage at this point in history.

There’s also another breakthrough discovery this time in Canada, researchers have found a way to stop bacteria from forming biofilms. It’s a small molecule that’s made up of 12 amino acids here is what medicaldaily.com says,

“The anti-biofilm molecule, a peptide known as 1018, is only made of 12 amino acids. Don’t let its simplicity fool you; this tiny molecule could perhaps save lives in a post-antibiotic world. In the recent study, peptide 1018 destroyed biofilms in strains of bacteria, including several drug-resistant strains. Not only was 1018 able to destroy the biofilms but it prevented them from forming again. Hancock and his colleagues see this as “a significant advance in the search for new agents that specifically target bacterial biofilms,” Medical News Today reports.”

The article goes on to talk about another possible solution to our superbug crisis,

“Another interesting study, which shows progress in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, is one that suggests that soil bacteria may help us overcome the superbugs. ‘Soil bacteria have strategies for fighting antibiotics that we’re only just starting to learn about. We need to make sure the genes that make these strategies possible aren’t shared with infectious bacteria, because they could make the problem of drug-resistant infections much worse,’ explained senior author Gautam Dantas to Medical News Today. Today the majority of drugs used to fight infection, such as Penicillium, began as soil fungus.”

But there’s another way to tackle this problem that some especially in conventional medicine are not addressing and that is natural medicine.

There are many things in natural medicine that have been used for centuries to kill infection and they do so without harming the body.

There are also natural substances that can dissolve biofilm – high dose intravenous vitamin C being one. It’s always best to dissolve the biofilm first before trying to treat certain infections especially chronic infections like Lyme disease, etc… then once the biofilm is removed the infection can be better and more effectively treated. This is one missing piece of the puzzle for many diseases that have been so hard to treat and is now finally being addressed and in many cases very effectively.

After the biofilm is dissolved then you can use various natural substances to kill off the bacteria. Things like Echinacea, colloidal silver, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, fermented foods, turmeric, oregano and oil of oregano, raw apple cider vinegar, plus many more. Is this a silver bullet against infection becoming serious? No, there is never just one thing you need to do to be healthy and protected from disease. You always need to live a healthy lifestyle – eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep, reduce stress, and so forth.

We are living in a time where the population is getting sicker and sicker. I’m hearing this from several different people in health care. Should we worry about antibiotic resistance? In my opinion – no. Should we take steps to strengthen our immune system and try to be as healthy as we can? Definitely yes! It’s always easier to stay well than to get well!

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