For several days now I have been blogging about bacterial concerns, and the germ theory that Louis Pasteur had postulated. This morning I would like to share with you an article from Bottom Line’s daily health news dated April 8th, 2008. The article talks about the misuse of antibiotics. I quote the message line in the article-”Antibiotics are no longer the “wonder drugs” that cure all that ails us. In fact this very notion spurred what is now a major health concern–antibiotic resistance. As a result, new strains of resistant bacteria have emerged, with the potential to infect healthy people of all ages. The center for disease control claims that more than 70% of bacteria that caused hospital-acquired infections are now resistant to a least one of the antibiotics commonly used to treat them. The result is longer hospital stays and often require treatment with drugs that may be less affective, more toxic and /or more expensive.
I’m concerned that we face the same situation with our pets that are exposed to more highly resistant strains of bacteria and thus are given even more powerful doses of antibiotics, the result of which plays such a damaging effect on the digestive system of the animal. Anytime a antimicrobial is used, it creates an opportunity for resistant organisms. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics is a rampant practice that needs to be curtailed. Many antibiotics are prescribed for ailments that are not appropriate or even ineffective in its application. Antibiotics that are prescribed prophylactically should be re-evaluated. Other factors that have also led to antibiotic resistance is the practice of adding antibiotics to agricultural feed. The inclination to prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics as a just-in-case scenario to prevent a bacterial infection is a poor practice and the result of this practice will be the ever-increasing new bacterial resistant strains. Understanding when antibiotics are useful and when they are not is an important step to combat antibiotic resistance. My question is—-where does it stop and how do you reverse the trend? Should we teach how to prevent and reverse disease, or should we spend our lives in fear, fighting futile microbial wars?
posted by Rob Mueller
[tags] BARF World, antibiotic, bacterial]