I received a letter from my daughter’s school last week about MRSA. MRSA is an antibiotic resistant staph infection that seems to be spread through skin and wound infections. It is very contagious. A child can contract this infection by simply sharing PE equipment with someone at school who has the infection. The children don’t have to come in contact with each other, or even be in the same class. Several schools in other states have been shut down due to MRSA, and there have been at least a couple of deaths to this, very preventable disease.
It makes me sad to know innocent children are suffering and have died because of adult incompetence and negligence. There will most likely be more children dead to this infection in the coming weeks, and months. All of these deaths could have been avoided, if adults followed proper recommendations regarding antibiotic and antiviral use.
Every antibiotic resistant infection is caused by humans over using and abusing the powerful, and oftentimes dangerous antibiotic and antiviral drugs available to us. Despite constant warnings from doctors and nurses over the years, people still do not take all of their prescribed medications. They choose, instead to stop the meds on their own as soon as they feel better, usually because of side effects such and stomach irritation. Maybe they don’t understand the stomach irritation is caused because the antibiotics kill both the bad and beneficial bacteria in their system.
Physicians are also responsible. Over prescribing of antibiotics is just as much to blame as improper use.
Doctor’s livelihoods depend on both returning patients and bonuses they receive from pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies. Patients tend to demand antibiotics for convenience, drug companies like their concoctions to be prescribed and used, and insurance companies reward doctors for cutting down on repeat appointments for the same illness. And, so doctors who usually know better, cave into pressure from all sides to hand out pills for an infection the body can heal itself, if given proper time, rest and nutrition to heal.
I do have some first hand experience with antibiotic resistant infections. 13 years ago, or so I was hospitalized for an asthma attack. While in the hospital I contracted one of the antibiotic resistant forms of pneumonia. My doctors tried every medication they had at their disposal to counter the disease. And still, my lungs continued to fill. I was drowning in my own fluids.
Obviously I lived to tell the tale. But not through the “miracle of modern medicine,” –it was the ancient wisdom of past civilizations that saved my life. I asked my pulmonologist to bring me a steady supply of garlic. I took 3 cloves of garlic 4 times every day for two weeks.
There were 5 patients in that hospital with the same strain of AR pneumonia as I caught. As far as I know, I am the only one who took matters in their own hands and self treated with an herbal antibiotic/antiviral. And, unfortunately, I am certain I am the only one who came out to the experience with their life.
Maybe if more people took responsibility for their health instead of relying totally on modern healthcare providers, we would have fewer deadly infections breed resistance.
Of course, if you are going to follow doctor’s orders without researching or considering alternatives, be sure to follow directions carefully and take all your antibiotics.
Not finishing antibiotics and antivirals is the best and surest way to help create the next ‘super bug”