What doesn’t kill us won’t necessarily make us any stronger. We are a nation of people who don’t want to wait for the bus, a hamburger or the newest car to hit Detroit. Repair shops used to fill downtown areas, now it’s easier to buy a new anything than have the old one fixed. Instant gratification is our birth right here in the western world. Everything from diapers, clothes, relationships and cell phones are disposable. No one should have to deal with an inconvenient headache with so many remedies only a bathroom medicine cabinet away.
If I had been born in the 1900’s I would have far outlived my life expectancy for that time. That’s sobering to a person with a medical history that reads like a tragic romance novel. If we can buy an iPad which will allow us to stream “Criminal Minds”, upload dozens of pictures to be sent around the world in under a minute while we chat with our Facebook friends, we certainly shouldn’t have to deal with pesty annoyances like colds, ear aches, hammer toe or pancreatic cancer right?Good health rained down on us in the 50’s with the use of wonder drugs like antibiotics, and steroids.
Now for a reality check. Overuse of these life saving marvels is responsible for the proliferation of bacteria known as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus – the infamous MRSA – a bacterial species resistant to methicillin and all other penicillins. Drugs like vancomycin and teicoplanin were held in reserve to compensate for the failure of health care providers to keep a reign in on antibiotic overkill. The resistant bacteria grew stronger. Since 1998 when MRSA killed a handful of otherwise healthy children, the infection rate now lies in the tens of thousands range. It kills more people than AIDS. One of the easiest places to get your own super bug is at the corner hospital or clinic.
Antibiotics are useless against viruses like the common cold but are prescribed daily for it nevertheless. The drug companies helped put us in this mess and then decided to walk away. There have been no new class of antibiotics since 1987, nor are there likely to be. They have abandoned new research for antibiotics because “there is no profit in it.”! It is expensive to develop compounds which will only be used for short periods of time. The real profits come from chronic illness. Convince someone they have bi-polar disorder, ADHD, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure or high cholesterol and you have hit pay dirt.
Steroids, antibiotics and other medications which bring fairly rapid relief leaves us in a state of Adrenal fatigue and weakening of our immune systems.
Tomorrow at least a dozen people will walk into a neurologist’s office and be given
- A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
- A dire warning about their condition
- A bag full of literature with color coordinated designs. There is usually a picture of a beautiful smiling woman on the beach watching her handsome husband fly a kite with their 2 healthy children as she strolls easily along the waterfront.
- A written prescription for Avonex, Tysabri or some other disease modifying drug . The annual cost is anywhere from $32,000 to $43,000 per year. By the way, the drugs were designed for a disease these people don’t have but that is irrelevant to this issue.
Drug companies refuse to fork out the bucks to constrain their man made bugs but also prevent people from availing themselves of remedies that DO work:
- Natural remedies like colloidal silver
- aloe vera
- medicinal herbs
- high-potency nutritional therapies
These have been attacked, censored and criminalized by physicians and Big Pharma alike.
Now we have a problem handed us by drug companies with no more chemicals to throw at it. We also have a corrupt medical system that censors natural treatments. It is a far reaching one at that. Routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection. A person with a minor surgery is at risk for infections that can put him/her in intensive care. Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, said global action is needed to fight antibiotic, or antimicrobial, resistance and fill a drug “discovery void” by researching and developing new medicines to treat emerging, mutating infections.
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are bacteria that are unique in that they are resistant to most antibiotics. They typically live in the soil or water. Patients infected with the bacteria are typically not symptomatic, but can develop pneumonia, kidney and bladder infections, and bloodstream infections. They began appearing in the U.S. roughly ten years ago, and have since spread to at least 41 states. There is no effective treatment yet available for the bacteria, which can linger in the body more than a year, and mortality rates hover at 40 to 50 per cent. Disturbingly, the patients are not symptomatic, as the bug waits in the body until the immune system is compromised and an infection sets in. The first known U.S. case was detected at a North Carolina hospital in 2001.
‘What’s really astonishing in all this is the delusional belief that only Big Pharma can discover new drugs that kill these drug-resistant bacteria. In all of western medicine, there is never any discussion of the all-important role of probiotics in establishing healthy gut flora, thereby crowding out the dangerous strains. If “anti” biotics are the problem, then “pro” biotics are the solution’.
Before you decide that I have nothing else to rant about, I was hospitalized with a staph infection that caused me to drop down to 89 pounds and months of wound care. My husband thought he was taking me home to die; my doctor as well.