Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Global Health

Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Global Health Picture

Every now and then I consider becoming a hippie. I think about learning how to brew and boil odd ingredients to cure my common cold, and I imagine having hours available, daily, for meditation. I research local homeopathic clinics while drinking overwhelmingly aromatic tea and I make silent resolves to become more aware of my environment.  Then, my daughter gets sick and I run to our pediatrician, snatch up a prescription, and head straight to the pharmacy.

A few years ago, my daughter was getting ear infections every two weeks. She’d get on the antibiotics and eventually feel better; but the infection would eventually return, and we would begin the process of healing all over again. After months of this routine (“Have you thought about ear tubes?”), I switched pediatricians. They gave her a stronger antibiotic, which she had to take over a longer period of time, and she hasn’t had an ear infection since.

Why did a two-year-old need twice the amount, and twice the strength? Had she grown resistant to the other antibiotics? I’ve personally had the same results from antibiotics: they just don’t work as well as they used to.

I read an article yesterday that maybe explains why.

“Waste from people, pets, pigs and even seagulls may be playing a significant role in the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections,” according to this article, and numerous studies, because of the “soils and waterways polluted with both traces of antibiotics and bacteria encoded with antibiotic-resistant genes.”

So, soil and water are polluted with information that can tell our bodies how to resist medicine – sounds promising, right?

Amy Pruden, expert of antibiotic resistance at Virginia Tech University, said, “Antibiotic resistance is likely the biggest public health challenge that we’ll be facing this century … We’re in a state of complacency right now. We count on antibiotics working for us, but they are slowly starting to lose their effectiveness.”

Maybe it’s time, once again, for me to consider becoming a hippie. Naturopathy is becoming more popular, and I’m constantly seeing new natural clinics opening up. I don’t know how to avoid getting sick, nor how to keep every single germ and nasty contagion away from my daughter; and I’m not sure how this will affect my family as time goes on. Maybe they will figure out how to fix this, but maybe they won’t. We are flushing extra pills down toilets, our waste is going somewhere, and pollution isn’t going to disappear tomorrow.

The article reads, “It’s another survival-of-the-fittest story: Bacteria that can withstand the drugs will survive and reproduce, while their antibiotic-susceptible counterparts die out.”

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What do you think will happen? Will scientists be able to fix this? Or will you be behind me in line, signing up for “The Brewing and Boiling of Odd Ingredients” class?

 

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Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Global Health

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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10 comments

  1. mida says:

    Thats scary if it doesnt do the job. I am very good not taking medicen or antibiotic. Not that I have my baby I hope she dosent get sick that she need to take antibiotic.

  2. April10581 says:

    I avoid taking medicine when I can but diseases have become stronger for several years. They mutate, change, and grow resistant all the time. Unfortunately I don’t know what to do about it because so many drugs are available and doctors just prescribe different ones until they find something that works.

  3. lhacko says:

    I took an antibiotic for the first time this year. Iam 35

  4. lhacko says:

    I took an antibiotic for the first time this year. Iam 35

  5. Everytime I get sick I try to either drink tea and avoid any medicine. If we take medicine everytime we get a little sick, when we are sick fo real the medicine might not work as well. natural all the way, eventhough I will become a nurse I am for going the natural way as lomg as we can. if necessery than we can take prescription. but that is my opinion.

  6. We use essntial oils instead. We don’t get sick much when we use them. I can’t use them all the time because some of the smells make me sick.

  7. Grace says:

    scientists can only work so fast, they keep working on new things but can only do so much, i’m like Jadey, yet i’ll try home remedies if they are simple to do, but complex isn’t something i have patience for, my husbands family does nothing but home remedies so when we are around them i need to rem. to take Rosie2day’s advice and make sure they are age approiprate

  8. Jadey says:

    As hardworking as most scientists are I highly doubt that they will be able to fix this, and even if they do I am sure that we will be grandparents by then. As for signing up for "The Brewing and Boiling of Odd Ingredients Class" I doubt I will do that anytime soon because I don’t know much about it and I would not want to put my child In harms way because I got too jumpy about drug resistance. I am not saying that you shouldn’t try it though, just that at this point in time I, personally, couldn’t do it.

  9. Rosie2day says:

    hehe, I am already on the "Brewing and boiling of Odd Ingredients" list. We only go to the doctor if it’s something that just won’t go away or seems to be getting worse. Otherwise we use homeopathy and herbal ingredients first. Now, I know there are going to be people that will blast me for that and I will give a word of caution. There are many herbs that CAN NOT be given to young children! If you are going to use alternative medicine PLEASE be aware that it is STILL a medicine. More is not better! read, read, and read some more. Get books or read books from as many different alternative Dr’s as you can.

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