Post-antibiotic apocalypse

Speaking at the Public Health England annual conference at the University of Warwick in September 2019, Dr Susan Hopkins, an infectious diseases expert, said that its laboratories have identified 19 new forms of potentially-lethal antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the UK.  These superbugs have evolved ways to breach even the last line of antibiotic defences – threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections.

Professor Dame Sally Davies

Forget climate change – the antibiotic crisis will kill us all first” says NHS Chief!

Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, warned that bacteria that cannot be killed by antibiotics could wipe out humanity. “At least ten million could die every year if we don’t get on top of this,” she warned.

Professor Davies, expressed her fear that our children will grow up in a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” unless urgent global action is taken to develop new medicine. She said that Britain is sleepwalking into a superbug crisis with no viable drugs. “This has been creeping up on us and people have not been paying attention.”

Paradigm shift

So the search is on for new antibiotic drugs. But even if they are found – how long before they, too, stop working? What we need is a paradigm shift in thinking – for the medical profession and the general public –  away from drug-based intervention – towards true prevention. What exactly am I talking about here? And how do I know that there is an alternative to antibiotics?

Well now – how many people are there, I wonder, who gave up antibiotics 45 years ago – and have never needed them since? Not only that – but have, for 45 years, researched, written and put into practice a health-building, immune-enhancing diet and regularly taken alternatives to prescribed antibiotics. There are effective antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal supplements that are found in nature!

This is my experience – I know it can be done because this is exactly what I have done. I wrote about this subject 25 years ago in my book, The Optimum Health Guide – and it has been a major ‘plank’ of this Food For Thought web site for 20 years.

Back in 1974 I had suffered 10 years of poor health – constant infections requiring 6 to 8 lots of antibiotics a year. The infections were becoming more frequent and more serious. Then, with no way of understanding exactly how beneficial what I was doing would turn out to be, I started to take garlic tablets every day.

Garlic is a natural antibiotic (it’s antifungal and antiviral too). Unlike prescribed antibiotics, however, garlic doesn’t harm helpful bacteria in the gut.   Moreover, garlic is a powerful remedy to protect against infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria that are difficult to treat with standard antibiotics.

Health benefits

All these years later, how I bless the lady in a local little herbalist shop who suggested garlic to me. Ever since then I simply haven’t needed antibiotics! As time went by scientific research began to reveal the wide-ranging health benefits of not taking antibiotics – and age has confirmed it for me. I have enjoyed amazing health and fitness into my 70s. There are tremendous all-round physical and mental/emotional health benefits to avoiding antibiotics!

Over the years I have watched with increasing concern the detrimental long-term effects of antibiotics on other people’s health – and especially on children’s health. Things are getting worse and worse – and I’m not just talking about ‘superbugs’. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. It’s possible to build  health and enhance immunity in order to simply not need antibiotics.

Norway

While tens of thousands of American and European patients die each year from MRSA, it’s a rare occurrence in Norway. How are they doing it? In the most simple of ways. In Norway, the problem was faced head-on. The cause, over-prescription of antibiotics, was acknowledged. So they stopped over-prescribing.

People didn’t start dying from lack of antibiotics
but they did stop dying from MRSA

Norway  confronted the problem in the 1980s. They didn’t try to throw studies at it. They didn’t look for a technological fix. Instead, they addressed the cause: overuse of antibiotics. A rational decision was made  to drastically limit their use.

A rigorous program has been instituted in Norway to isolate anyone diagnosed with MRSA. Medical personnel who’ve come into contact with the superbug are required to stay at home. Each case is tracked, and anyone who’s had contact with the patient is tested.

The result has been a virtual end to MRSA, with the exception of people who enter the country with it. And refusing to prescribe antibiotics except when absolutely necessary hasn’t harmed Norwegians’ health. The UN’s statistics indicate that Norwegians’ longevity is 14th in the world, while the UK’s is 22nd, and the US’s is 38th.

In our own and our children’s interest

Common colds, flu and most coughs are caused by viruses. Antibiotics work only on infections caused by bacteria and have no effect whatsoever on viruses. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful.

Antibiotics won’t help a cold get better faster, they won’t stop a cold from getting worse and they won’t stop a cold spreading to other people. They won’t prevent you or your child developing an ear infection or sinus infection as a result of a cold, so starting an antibiotic early or ‘just in case’ is usually not a good idea either.

Using antibiotics when they are not needed can make them less effective when they are needed. And they can cause unwanted side effects like stomach upsets, diarrhoea, thrush and allergic reactions (the consequences of gut dysbiosis).

Each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, you kill off helpful bacteria and encourage the proliferation of harmful microbiota. This sets up a ‘vicious circle’ because a disordered microbiome impairs the immune system, making it less efficient at dealing with the next infection that comes along.

And each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, the bacteria that normally live in the body (on the skin, in the intestine, in the mouth and nose, etc.) are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics. Common antibiotics cannot kill infections caused by these resistant germs.

In our own interest

The irony is that there are natural antibiotics that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi – without the long-term side effects. Garlic is a good  example – with added health benefits. It’s in our own interest to strengthen ours and our children’s immune systems. A strong immune system will deal with infection promptly and efficiently.

This web site is all about how to achieve optimum health and a strong immune system. Everything you need to know is here. There’s a lot to take in and apply, but the mental/emotional as well as the physical benefits of optimum health are well worth the effort. And, in the process, many other health problems can be addressed and improved. So let’s look a bit more into what has caused so many of our modern health problems.

 

 

God of Creation, through the well-intentioned but ill-advised use of antibiotics, we have interfered with your incredible created order – to our cost. We pray that you will bring about a paradigm shift in thinking – for the medical profession and the general public –  away from drug-based intervention – towards true prevention.  Bring about, we pray, an understanding and appreciation of the health-building and immune-enhancing benefits of all that you have so graciously provided in nature for our well-being.

 

Next: the microbiome

Helpful microbes keep your vital organs, such as your brain, digestive system, and immune system, working properly. They play a vital role in disease prevention, wound healing, gut lining protection, appetite control, brain development, and even your emotions.

 

See also: Natural Antibiotics

See also : Food For Thought Recipes   (recipes and tips for a health-building, immune-enhancing diet)