Irresistible Antibiotic Acuity: Part II

All That’s Well to Tell PODCAST Episode Four

Here they are! The need to know basics of antibiotic resistance – the science, the politics and the protocols.

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Antibiotics are an invaluable health resource that have not been used judiciously. Now we are losing the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria. Why? Is it really that serious? What is being done about it? What can you do? The clock is ticking and time is running out!

Here’s what you must know…

 

The Science

Large scale confusion about antibiotic resistance is a big part of the problem. World Health Organization’s multi country study reveals what exactly people are confused about.

  • Less than half of the respondents in Barbados had ever heard the term “antibiotic resistance”.
  • More than half the respondents in China, India, Indonesia, Serbia, Sudan and Russia incorrectly believed that colds and flu can be treated with antibiotics.
  • Read the study to learn more.

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How does resistance happen? There are a few ways, but one of those ways is a free floating DNA molecule called a plasmid, which allows resistant bacteria to easily transfer resistance to non-resistant bacteria. MCR-1 is a recently discovered antibiotic resistant “super-gene” which has been found on the plasmid of certain strains of antibiotic resistant E. coli. What we know is pretty spooky – imagine the things we don’t know.

 

The Politics

The Declaration of Support for Combating Antibiotic Resistance was signed in January 2016 by 85 pharmaceutical, diagnostics and biotechnology companies from eighteen countries, in an attempt to accelerate research and development of new antibiotics, as well as affordable worldwide access to new drugs. If they can get governments to fund solutions, there could actually be global improvement! Otherwise…

Superbugs could potentially cost the world 100 trillion dollars by 2050. Yikes! Expert have suggested possible ways to incentivize and reward innovation. The U.S. federal budget increased spending to $375 million in 2016 for the superbug fight.

 

The Protocols

CDC and The American College of Physicians guidelines for prescribing antibiotics includes encouraging patients to use symptomatic relief for common acute respiratory infections, and my favorite – the “symptomatic prescriptions“.

Healthy alternatives to antibiotics for simple respiratory infections are out there. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine doctors offer fantastic options for getting better and staying well without antibiotics.

Give some alternative medicine a try:

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

 

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