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Superbugs Resistance to Drugs Alarming Public Health Threat

In 2013 the CDC reports that each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Superbugs resistance to drugs is a widespread problem, and one that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "one of the world's most pressing public health problems." As resistance becomes more common, there becomes a greater need for prevention, and effective alternative natural treatments.

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Superbugs Resistance Crisis

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 in infectious diseasesAccording to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the superbug resistance crisis has been attributed to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Superbug infections can happen anywhere.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) warned that a dozen antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” pose an enormous threat to human health, and urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous pathogens first. “We are fast running out of treatment options,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, the W.H.O. assistant director general who released the list. “If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time.”

Revenge of the MicrobesPenicillin is effective today against only 10 percent of the strains of Staphylococcus aureus that it used to eradicate easily. Those that did respond often required five to ten times the dose of the drug that previously was effective. One example of this is the resistant strains of gonorrhea that developed as a result of the antibiotics that were used to treat it.

The Best Protection Against Superbugs Threats

Your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. Unfortunately pollution, stress, contaminated food and water and the over use of vaccines and pharmaceuticals drugs and have compromised our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to the risk of serious superbug infections. A healthy immune system can defeat invading pathogens and protects the body from disease.

One of the most important factors related to recovery is the patient’s immune system. A patient with a strong immune system has a stronger chance of recovering if the infection is caught early. The immune system is a complex network of organs containing cells that recognize foreign substances in the body and destroy them. It protects vertebrates against pathogens, or infectious agents, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other parasites. The human immune system is the most complex.

Dr. Paul Fleiss MD "I have seen children who for years, suffer one common cold after another, due to compromised immune systems fundamentally brought about by a course or two of antibiotics without supplementing the lactobacteria killed off by the antibiotics. In this instance, it is important to boost the immune system and replenish the friendly bacteria as soon as possible in order to maintain good health.

What's Behind the Rise of Superbugs?

>Superbugs Antimicrobial Resistance The widespread use of antibiotics (sulfa drugs) both inside and outside of medicine is playing a significant role in the emergence of resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are often used in rearing animals for food and this use among others leads to the creation of resistant strains of bacteria. In some countries sulfa drugs are sold over the counter without a prescription which also leads to the creation of resistant strains. In supposedly well-regulated human medicine the major problem of the emergence of resistant bacteria is due to misuse and overuse of antibiotics by doctors as well as patients.

Other practices contributing towards resistance include the addition of antibiotics to the feed of livestock. Household use of antibacterials in soaps and other products, although not clearly contributing to resistance, is also discouraged (as not being effective at infection control). Also unsound practices in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry can contribute towards the likelihood of creating antibiotic resistant strains.