You probably know that we have a problem with germs that are resistant to antibiotics but did you know that the US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 2,049,442 illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistance EACH YEAR?
“Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics developed by humans, which is why aggressive action is needed now to keep new resistance from developing and to prevent the resistance that already exists from spreading.” (1)
How Antibiotic Resistance Spreads
How does antibiotic resistance take place? You start out with a lot of disease causing microbes. A small percentage of those microbes are resistant to an antibiotic. So, what is left after you take the antibiotic? That’s right, you are left with microbes that are resistant to the antibiotic. Those resistant microbes take over.
Trends in Drug Resistance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares three trends in drug resistance:
- Every other time an antibiotic is prescribed, they are prescribed incorrectly – this means a number of things, including everything from incorrect dosage to prescribing an antibiotic that shouldn’t have been prescribed at all.
- Antibiotics are given to food animals which increases resistance in humans who eat those animals.
- Resistant strains of bacteria can be spread from human to human.
Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance Threats
The CDC published a report that lists the biggest Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance threats to Americans. These threats were broken into three categories, which are all alarming enough that it’s a little difficult to understand exactly how threatening they are when compared to each other.
The three categories of threats are Urgent, Serious, and Concerning with Urgent being the category we should worry most about.
Urgent threats include Clostridium Difficile, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The CDC defines urgent as “high-consequence antibiotic-resistant threats because of significant risks identified across several criteria. These threats may not be currently widespread but have the potential to become so and require urgent public health attention to identify infections and to limit transmission.”
Serious threats are not as serious as urgent but have the ability to become urgent without monitoring. Of the 18 drug resistant threats noted in this report, 12 fall into the serious category.
The final category is “concerning” threats. Concerning threats are “bacteria for which the threat of antibiotic resistance is low, and/or there are multiple therapeutic options for resistant infections.”
After reading this is my personal opinion (Carmen Rodriguez):
Since I believe in prevention and fight with all there is to recuperate your health, at Natural Health Store is our main goal to bring you cutting edge technology of natural sources, after all, our physical body is organic. I am glad there are also advances in the medical field
Have a balance approach, we have a Health Assessment that will offer you areas and solutions your body could benefit
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