Real Life Horror: Superbugs

24 Feb

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has packaged a series of disaster preparedness resources for the general public related to the possibility of a zombie apocalypse.

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5 Real Diseases That Could Make You Act Just Like A Zombie

“This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.”

~T S Eliot

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I have written on this subject before. Read my article How Will The World End? I believe ‘Superbugs’ are a real threat and I have the Medical and Science communities to back me.

 

Rising Spread of Drug-Resistant Superbugs

“With a sinking stomach, I scrolled through my patient’s medical record, down the list of antibiotics that could do nothing to help her get well. Her infection was due to bacteria resistant to most of our antibiotics. Treating it would be challenging—if we could do it at all—and require a regimen of multiple antibiotics, each with their own side effects and interactions. I called the Infectious Disease physician for her input –- for the third time that day. I’d had two other patients with similarly resistant medications in the past five hours.”

~Darria Long Gillespie, MD

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How did we get here?

When doctors began using penicillin to treat infections in the 1940s, it was hailed as a “miracle cure.” Before antibiotics, strep throat was fatal. A simple urinary tract infection (UTI) could spread and lead to organ failure. Patients died from infections after surgery. But no longer. Infections that had once been inevitably fatal, claiming thousands of lives, were now treatable.

The balance shifts

Doctors started to notice that some patients seemed to be resistant to penicillin. Fortunately, pharmaceutical companies were able to develop other, more comprehensive, stronger antibiotics that could kill bacteria. But things are changing once again. And while new antibiotics are part of the solution, resolving the problem isn’t that simple.

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A global health crisis

 

How big is the problem?

Big. And getting bigger. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that two million people become ill from resistant bacteria, and 23,000 die every year. It’s not just the U.S. and other developed countries, however. This is truly a global problem, especially in developing countries. In India, more than 58,000 infants died last year due to resistant infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns us of the possibility of entering into a “post-antibiotic era” in which our antibiotic regimens are ineffectual.

 

Why is this happening?

Overuse of antibiotics

Some doctors prescribe antibiotics for any little issue. Your toe nail hurts? Here’s a prescription for antibiotics. You sneezed twice this morning? Here’s a prescription for antibiotics. You scratched your head? Here’s a prescription for antibiotics.

– Antibiotics pumped into some of our animal food sources, creating drug resistance in those animals.

Some of those bacteria strains may get passed to humans.

– Patients failing to complete a course of antibiotics.

Think of the times you may have stopped or forgot to finish an antibiotic once you were feeling better.

 

Superbugs sound scary — and they are.

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A superbug is a strain of bacteria that can no longer be killed with an antibiotic — they become antibiotic resistant, or drug resistant. Some common infections and conditions that may become untreatable include MRSA, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, E. coli and meningitis. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family from superbugs, avoid infection and stay healthy.

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“Anyone who pays attention to health news knows that deadly bacteria are a growing threat to everyone.” ~ Joel Fuhrman, MD

 

“Antibiotics are medications that fight bacterial infections. Often the bacteria learn how to avoid antibiotics over time. The more exposure to an antibiotic that bacteria have, the more likely the bacteria is to learn to avoid it. This is how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics.”

~ Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine

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Have you ever stopped taking antibiotics a few days after beginning your dosage because you were feeling better? Do you take antibiotics every time you get a cold? Are you concerned about the growing number of ‘Superbugs’?

28 Responses to “Real Life Horror: Superbugs”

  1. Darlene Nemeth (@DarleneBNemeth) February 24, 2015 at 1:07 am #

    Hi Vashti, Great post.

    I’ve read a lot about super bugs. And it is scary.

    My doctor doesn’t prescribe antibiotics unless he feels it is absolutely necessary. And yes I have stopped taking my medication before I completed them all. I know. Bad Darlene. But it was just because it tasted so nasty. My pharmacist gave me liquid instead of pills. If I knew it would be so bad, I would have left it at the store. Otherwise I avoid helping super bugs evolve. What about you?

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Darlene! My mom is a retired nurse and her mom was a nurse also. So I learned from early on to finish my entire dose of antibiotics. However, even doctors have learned a great deal about antibiotics and bacteria since I was a child. Now I’m very careful about when I take antibiotics. I need proof of a bacterial infection before I accept a prescription for antibiotics. In the end it doesn’t matter because if a bacteria mutates it affects all of us. Anyway, it isn’t your fault. No one is born knowing anything. We need to be taught. Maybe doctors or the CDC should visit schools and teach kids about the importance of taking medications correctly so that people can learn from an early age. They should have been doing this since the advent of antibiotics. 🙂

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  2. A Long February 24, 2015 at 2:18 am #

    We are doomed Vashti. Hopefully, a few of us will survive to perpetuate the species!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Ah, ha, ha, ha! Very funny AJ! I’m not saying we’re doomed, I’m just saying if we don’t start doing something about this soon we’re all going to die. Just kidding! 😛 Anyway, there’s a chance that if doctors/scientists/CDC don’t come up with a new antibiotic super-drug a mutated bacteria is going to come and wipe out a lot of people like the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 5% of the world’s population. Only, as crowded as we are now and as easy as it is to go from here to there, the superbug will wipe out a much higher percentage than that. There isn’t a doctor or nurse I work with that doesn’t believe that and we hear it from OSHA every year.

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  3. john flanagan February 24, 2015 at 3:11 am #

    Thank You, Vashti
    for sharing this important information.
    Stay Healthy!

    Best Always

    john

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  4. olganm February 24, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    It’s a serious matter indeed. Of course as bacteria are much smaller and simpler organisms they can adapt much quicker to changes. It would be useful if there was a global approach to these matters, but as we know, cooperation doesn’t seem to come easy… Thanks Vashti for making us think.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Hello Olga! Yes, it is a serious matter but like with all things people won’t take it seriously until there are a few hundred thousand deaths. You’re very welcome and thank you for reading. 🙂

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  5. coldhandboyack February 24, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Great post today. They used to give us penicillin for everything. They protect it like weapons today, and with good reason.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Yes, that’s why so many people have to use a different antibiotic because they’re no longer sensitive to penicillin. And many bacteria laugh at penicillin nowadays too. Antibiotics should only be prescribed when there’s a serious bacterial infection such as pneumonia. And if antibiotics are prescribed to you you should take the entire course of the drug even if you feel better after a couple of days. 🙂

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  6. 1stpeaksteve February 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Great post! I agree with your comment above about when to be prescribed antibiotics. I rarely visit the doctors (beyond preventative screenings) and rarely use drugs and I have not been sick in years. Even when my co-workers are dropping like flies. Maybe I am a mutant?? Ha ha!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Ha, ha! Maybe you are a mutant. Wouldn’t that be cool. 😉 I think there’s something to that. I believe the more meds we put in our system the more predisposed to illnesses we get.

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  7. alexandrastarbuck February 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    I’ve only taken antibiotics 3 times in my life and I think that’s why I have a strong immune system bc I allow my body to fight infections. Majority of infections are viral and antibiotics actually make them worse bc they kill off your good bacteria. But cheer up everyone, maybe a Super Bug won’t be the end of us, there’s always the random asteroid! 😉

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      You hit the nail on the head, Alexandra! If we never allow our bodies to fight off infection on its own it will never develop a strong immune system. Bravo! And you’re also right about antibiotics and viruses. Ha, ha! Random asteroid, alien invasion, global warming, World War III started by N. Korea . . . we have a lot to look forward to. 😉

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  8. Christy Birmingham February 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    The idea of superbugs really is scary. But then again it could be the environment (global warming) that gets us first! Eeeek!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 26, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

      Hello Christy! Superbugs are real and they’re out there but you could be right about the environment. 😉

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  9. Linda February 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Vasti, great article. There are a lot of new super bugs and the world needs to take notice. Most of the time, our bodies are equipped to take care of it’s own. Remember the movie, Fantastic Voyage with Rachel Welch? Interesting read, thanks for sharing..and your lovely visit.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Hello Linda! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. You’re right, most of the time a healthy individual can fight off a minor infection but superbugs got that way because of the poor use of antibiotics so our bodies have not had time to adjust. Oh sorry, I’ve never seen that movie. I’ll have to check it out. 😀

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  10. GiGi Eats Celebrities February 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Trying to turn people into hypochondriacs I see! 😉

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Ah, ha, ha, ha! Nooooo! On the contrary––I’m telling people to stop taking antibiotics for every little infection, and if they do need to take it they should finish the entire dose, that way they can stop creating these little monsters. I don’t want to die from pneumonia because it’s drug resistant––just saying. 😉

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  11. dragonscaleclippings March 5, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    I’ve only had to take antibiotics once – last autumn when my surgical wound got infected. For me, they worked, because I’d never taken them before! But I would never take any drugs for a prolonged period of time unless it was a life or death situation… can’t wait to come off chemo!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 5, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

      Hi! I’ve only been on antibiotics maybe 3 times in my life. Being in the medical field for years that’s actually good. I wouldn’t want to be on any meds for a prolonged period of time either. I think people that are on medication should do a lot of detox. I hope you come off it soon 100% recuperated. 😀 xx

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  12. Karen March 7, 2015 at 7:05 am #

    superbugs are really scary. I try to prevent and fight off colds naturally, only when necessary do we take antibiotics.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

      You’re doing the smart thing, Karen. You have to allow your body’s immune system to strengthen. 😀

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  13. doreenhousehoneys March 16, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    Too many drugs are prescribed unnecessarily. As long as that’s a money maker, nothing will change.

    I rarely get sick, but yes, I’ve been known to stop taking antibiotics before I should.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Doreen! You’re probably right. Many people are guilty of doing that at least once. Mostly because doctors never bothered to explain the damages of doing that to their patients before. Some still don’t, so some people, that don’t know any better, continue doing it and bacteria continue getting stronger. It’s a vicious circle.

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