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What's Wrong with AntiBiotics?

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Washington Post, 2/16/04: Antibiotics linked to Breast Cancer in Women.

The head of the Central Public Health Laboratory in London recently reported on a new drug-resistant strain ofSalmonella typhrimurium(DT104) which infected 4,000 people last year in Great Britain. While this strain is not one of the most virulent, it is resistant to 98.8% of all antibiotics. Salmonella, Staph, E.coli, and other common pathogens have the ability to pass along to other strains their drug-resistant genes. As more dangerous salmonella strains adopt the drug-resistance of this new strain(DT104), the potential for deadly infection is rapidly increasing.

There is "Good News and Bad News", according to Internet Science Daily.

Mutant strains of bacteria and viruses are posing a severe threat to the health of people around the world, not just in "third-world" countries. Areas of London and New York, for example, have a higher incidence of Tuberculosis(TB) than many developing countries. To make matters worse, although TB can usually be treated with about $11 worth of drugs over a six to eight month period, most patients never complete the program. Not completing the program strengthens the remaining microbes and has allowed the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB. Worldwide, it is estimated that over 50 million people are infected with drug-resistant strains of the bacteria. Treating drug-resistant TB can cost as much as $250,000 per patient, but, tragically, most will go untreated, which further strengthens the drug-resistant strains and the number of people exposed to them.

New report links European travel to U.S. drug-resistant strains.

Drug-resistant strains of Malaria are found in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, and Vietnam. Drug-resistant E.coli is found in Japan, the U.S., and Korea. The existance of these mutated pathogens, and others, are explained to a large degree by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Especially is this true in the wealthier countries like the U.S., where healthy chickens and cattle are routinely fed antibiotics, and both children and adults are routinely prescribed antibiotics for the common cold or flu. Hospitals have become home to several "SuperBugs". Is it a coincidence that Hospitals routinely prescribe antibiotics for surgery patients, hoping to fend off a post-surgical infection?

In the healthy intestinal tract, dozens of different species of bacteria compete for nutrients. The ability of beneficial bacteria to maintain their positive balance of power over more harmful strains results in proper digestion and good health. Antibiotic use upsets this balance. Antibiotics destroy both good and bad bacteria. And it is almost impossible to destroy 100 percent of the pathogenic variety without long-term exposure to antibiotics, which many patients are unwilling to complete. Leaving behind even 1 percent or less of the harmful pathogens can have disastrous effects. Now, without competition, these resistant mutants double in population every few minutes, causing re-infection with a "SuperStrain" of bacteria. 
In January of 1999, the FDA finally proposed limiting the use of antibiotics in animals and poultry. We'll see.

Report on Kidney Infection treatment failures.

Much of the bacterial problem could be corrected by limiting antibiotic use and introducing beneficial forms of bacteria, yeast, and other natural, biological agents like garlic, into the system.

Study links antibiotics to childhood allergies and asthma.

In one study, probiotic yeast (Saccharymyces boulardii) was added to the feed of half of a test group of chickens. All the chickens were then inoculated with salmonella orally. Salmonella colonization occurred in only 5 percent of those fed the yeast, compared to 70 percent of those chickens not given the probiotic yeast. In other studies, garlic extract and powder have produced similar results. Grapefruit Seed Extract is also an effective alternative to antibiotics. There are no known cases of pathogens developing resistance to GSE, although different microbes are inhibited(killed) at different concentrations. There are no known contraindications, nor any known drug interactions with GSE. GSE does not interfere with beneficial bacteria at normal dosages. It is not know precisely why this is so, but the theory is that the low pH of GSE may be an important factor.

UCSF Study documents rapid drug resistance.

Military actions, international commerce and travel, compromised food sources, and antibiotic misuse will no doubt continue to present new strains of pathogens to the people of the world. The monetary value of symptomatic relief rather than prevention will no doubt continue to fuel the search for more potent antibiotics, rather than a focus on prevention. But there is much that individuals can do to protect themselves and their families and friends.

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