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'We've reached the end of antibiotics': Top CDC expert declares
The Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV

Posted on 10/26/2013 10:13:54 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican

A high-ranking official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared in an interview with PBS that the age of antibiotics has come to an end. 'For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about "The end of antibiotics, question mark?"' said Dr Arjun Srinivasan. 'Well, now I would say you can change the title to "The end of antibiotics, period.”' The associate director of the CDC sat down with Frontline over the summer for a lengthy interview about the growing problem of antibacterial resistance. Srinivasan, who is also featured in a Frontline report called 'Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,' which aired Tuesday, said that both humans and livestock have been overmedicated to such a degree that bacteria are now resistant to antibiotics.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antibiotics; arjunsrinivasan; cdc; end; health; medicine; reached; srinivasan; superbugs
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1 posted on 10/26/2013 10:13:54 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

This is pure bull.


2 posted on 10/26/2013 10:14:24 AM PDT by dforest
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To: dforest

What you mean? Haven’t you heard of MRSA?


3 posted on 10/26/2013 10:17:48 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: dforest

Not to mention illegals bringing crapola into the country that we had eradicated and doctors giving out antibiotics for every little thing.


4 posted on 10/26/2013 10:18:04 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: MinorityRepublican
Yes and also know that it can generally be treated as long as it is not too far advanced like any infection.
5 posted on 10/26/2013 10:19:10 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The bugs have won?


6 posted on 10/26/2013 10:20:54 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Uh, the illegals are not over-medicated, and the crap they bring in is old-school.


7 posted on 10/26/2013 10:22:13 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: MinorityRepublican

The solution, of course, is to not allow the peasants to use antibiotics, so what’s the difference?


8 posted on 10/26/2013 10:22:33 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: 1rudeboy

They aren’t over-medicated, they bring in diseases!


9 posted on 10/26/2013 10:23:18 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: dforest

What I find stupid is his saying that this is from people over medicating themselves. Last time I checked, we needed a dr prescription to get antibiotics.

Time for a Manhattan Project?


10 posted on 10/26/2013 10:24:09 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

That we don’t have to develop new vaccines for . . . listen, illegal aliens can be blamed for a lot of things, but over-medication leading to resistance is not one of them.


11 posted on 10/26/2013 10:24:45 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: MinorityRepublican

Actually, fecal pills will be the future....and, no, I am not kidding.


12 posted on 10/26/2013 10:24:46 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I think the larger point is how our Research and Development will be downsized to come into line with the Obamacare funding. Why waste all those precious dollars finding new cures when they can give all the money to their unemployed voter base? And they really don't want to save people.....sick people are really just a drain on Socialized Medicine funding.
13 posted on 10/26/2013 10:25:27 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: goodnesswins

Saw that article.......eeeewwww!


14 posted on 10/26/2013 10:26:09 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: MinorityRepublican
the end of antibiotics': Top CDC expert declares
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of US patent office in 1899.
15 posted on 10/26/2013 10:26:49 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Landing and moving about on the moon offers so many serious problems for
human beings that it may take science another 200 years to lick them.”
— Science Digest, 1948

“You’ll never make it — four groups are out.”
— Anonymous record company executive to the Beatles, 1962

“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible,
commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development
of which we need waste little time dreaming.”
— Lee De Forest, 1926

“Television won’t matter in your lifetime or mine.”
— R.S. Lambert, Canadian Broadcaster, 1936
[Hey, give him credit: he was right!]

“The actual building of roads devoted to motor cars is not
for the near future, in spite of many rumours to that effect.”
— Harper’s Weekly, 1902

“The ordinary ‘horseless carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy;
and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of
course, come into as common use as the bicycle.”
— Literary Digest, 1899

“Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to
breathe, would die of asphyxia.”
— Dr. Dionysus Lardner, 1793-1859

“What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of
locomotives travelling twice the speed of stagecoaches?”
— Quarterly Review, 1825

“Railroad Carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 mph by engines
which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and
snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to the crops,
scaring the livestock, and frightening women and children. The Almighty
certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck
speed.”
— Martin Van Buren

“Our future discoveries must be looked for in the sixth decimal place.”
— A. A. Michelson, 1894
[On the occasion of the dedication of a physics laboratory in Chicago,
noting that all the more important physical laws had been discovered]

“I can accept the theory of relativity as little as I can accept the
existence of atoms and other such dogmas.”
— Ernst Mach (1838-1916)

“Physics, as we know it, will be over in six months.” — Max Born, 1928

“Even originally well-defined pencils of cathode rays from the Sun cannot
reach the Earth. For Birkeland’s theories to be correct, the existance of
such cathode rays is clearly presupposed to be necessary...and this
assumption is untenable.”
— Arthur Schuster, on Kristian Birkeland’s theory of what causes
aurorae. The “cathode rays” are now called the solar wind.

“It seems as if we may also be forced to conclude that the supposed
connexion between magnetic storms and sun-spots is unreal, and that the
seeming agreement between periods has been a mere coincidence.”
— Lord Kelvin, 1892

“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”
— Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

“Radio has no future.”
— Lord Kelvin

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”
— Lord Kelvin

“Flight by machines heavier than air is impractical and insignificant, if
not utterly impossible.”
— Simon Newcomb, Director, U.S. Naval Observatory, 1902


16 posted on 10/26/2013 10:28:30 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Sambucol, and Grapefruit seed extract internally, and Tea Tree oil in our cleaning products. No antibacterial soaps or cleaners in our house. We haven’t been sick in years.


17 posted on 10/26/2013 10:32:47 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (You know something's really wrong when the salesman keeps selling long after the close.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I can imagine a number of scenarios in which a few billion people die. In some scenarios, this would be pure tragedy. In other scenarios, the Powers That Be might declare is “real unfortunate” *cough* *cough* *cough*


18 posted on 10/26/2013 10:32:49 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: oh8eleven

Yeah, and wasn’t it the CEO of IBM who said personal computers would NEVER come about???


19 posted on 10/26/2013 10:33:35 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

This reminds me of the Patent and Trademark Office declaring, maybe 100 years ago, that everything that was ever going to be invented had been invented...


20 posted on 10/26/2013 10:37:19 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: oh8eleven

Sorry I didn’t read your post before I posted. I am glad to be in good company.


21 posted on 10/26/2013 10:38:44 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: 1rudeboy

Are you sure? You can buy most any med OTC in Mexico. In the US, you can get most common *old school* antibiotics in a feed store. Farmers keep large stocks of common injectables and oral antibiotics around for their livestock. Meat animals around the world are fed these drugs.

Old school diseases that have become resistant are commonly reported. My personal experience was of getting a lower respiratory infection while traveling in the South Pacific. I was in remote areas and had to wait for the Flying Doctor.

I received 150 mg of erythromycin plus a tiny steroid tablet
to be taken over a 10 day period. It was not strong enough.
I arrived back home quite ill and my US doctor prescribed some huge flouroquinolone that gave results within days, but which had to be taken for three weeks. I had some side effects and secondary effects that lasted months. No idea what I picked up, but no one in the islands was the least bit worried, while my MD was. Was it *old school*? Mutated? A poor prescription? That was 13 years ago. Could I rely on a quinolone again if this occurred?

Do you have links to back up your assertions? Just so we can all stop worrying?


22 posted on 10/26/2013 10:40:09 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
Are you sure? You can buy most any med OTC in Mexico. In the US, you can get most common *old school* antibiotics in a feed store. Farmers keep large stocks of common injectables and oral antibiotics around for their livestock. Meat animals around the world are fed these drugs.

That, right there, is an argument that we are over-medicated . . . not that Mexicans are magically doing this to ourselves.

23 posted on 10/26/2013 10:42:39 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mygirlsmom

I can add Oregano Oil, Garlic Oil, and Clove Oil to the arsenal you mentioned.

I was sick for years with recurring bronchial, sinus and typically developing to pneumonia. This would happen annually with a trip to the doctor, a dose of some kind of ever stronger antibiotic.

Then I cured myself and broke the cycle. The modern antibiotics seem to destroy everything in the body, yet cannot break up a slimy biomass in sinus, lungs or wherever. So the infection gets knocked down, but left to fester until the body gets tired, then to return.

Sambucol, Grapefruit Seed extract are wonderful. tea Tree oil, oregano oil and clove oil are great for brushing the teeth. Just a few drops on the toothbrush, then add toothpaste as usual.

I saw a study of nursing home residents with pneumonia, and they could match the cultures with plaque. So keeping the teeth clean is key.

I have not been sick since 2001 after being sick every year for the first 30 years of my life.


24 posted on 10/26/2013 10:44:25 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: goodnesswins

I still remember my boss in the nineties telling me CDs would never replace the record album.


25 posted on 10/26/2013 10:50:37 AM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

BS. The vast majority of the time they still work just fine.

The guy here predicts disaster for humans, making this thread of interest to preppers. If a plague does occur, two things will happen.

Natural selection, which breeds resistant strains when antibiotics are over used, will insure that susceptible strains, expending fewer resources to maintain the resistance, will quickly outbreed and thereby displace the resistant strains, and the antibiotics will again become more generally effective.

A plague would also favor those in better health - those who have kept their bodies and immune systems in good shape through proper supplies of food, vitamins and clean water, i.e. preppers. Those who survive will also be selected for more competent inherent immune systems, which will be passed on to future generations.

If this man’s dire predictions come true, it may get ugly, but balance will be restored, and more especially for those prepared.


26 posted on 10/26/2013 10:51:45 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The good news, this will discourage deviancy and debauchery, since there will be no cure for the new generation of STDs


27 posted on 10/26/2013 10:51:54 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: DariusBane
I stopped eating hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, msg etc etc.

I don't care about organic, I just want it to be "real" food.

I haven't been sick in the last couple years.

28 posted on 10/26/2013 10:52:57 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Should we believe them this time?


29 posted on 10/26/2013 10:54:39 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: NCLaw441

No problem - it’s worth repeating, like ... “You can keep your doctor.”


30 posted on 10/26/2013 11:02:21 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 1rudeboy

I believe the poster was claiming that the Mexicans come in with infectious disease. If they had also been consuming available antibiotics while ill in Mexico, couldn’t they be bringing in mutated bacterial infections? Just being prescribed ineffective meds could breed resistance.

I know not all disease remains infectious over a long period of time. I’m not blaming Mexicans, as I live in an area with very few illegals. The farm workers I know of are hired through a rigorous program that includes health evaluations and checks on both sides of the border, much at the employers’ expense. But it obviously is different in border areas.

I didn’t even touch on the drugs that enter municipal water systems. There are a lot of ways uncontrolled immigration can spread resistant illness.


31 posted on 10/26/2013 11:03:41 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: RoosterRedux

““It seems as if we may also be forced to conclude that the supposed
connexion between magnetic storms and sun-spots is unreal, and that the
seeming agreement between periods has been a mere coincidence.”
— Lord Kelvin, 1892

“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”
— Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895

“Radio has no future.”
— Lord Kelvin

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”
— Lord Kelvin”

Man, that Lord Kelvin had a nose for history and scientific development. If alive today I’m sure he’d say of the internet “It’s only a mild distraction. There is no way people will substitute going out and seeing the world for simply bringing the world to them” and of digital technology “Sure, it may be the best way of transmitting information efficiently ever designed but who needs that much info that fast and in so many different places? Waste of resources.”


32 posted on 10/26/2013 11:04:59 AM PDT by FAA
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To: MinorityRepublican

Bactrim kills MRSA.


34 posted on 10/26/2013 11:05:44 AM PDT by RC one
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To: reformedliberal
Mexicans (and other immigrants) bring in stuff like dengue fever, tuberculosis, whooping cough, etc. All stuff we have vaccines for . . . unless you are one of those anti-vac people.

MSRA is a different animal, altogether. And the fact that we are dealing with it here should be an indication that it was born here.

35 posted on 10/26/2013 11:07:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I wasn’t implying such. I’m saying that they brought diseases into our country that were eradicated that need more and more antibiotics. Geez!


36 posted on 10/26/2013 11:10:06 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: MinorityRepublican

Antibiotics was always a footrace in the wrong direction. It killed the weaker critters and left the stronger ones to wreak havoc.


37 posted on 10/26/2013 11:16:22 AM PDT by lurk
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To: MinorityRepublican

Raw Honey has been known to defeat a MRSA infection.


38 posted on 10/26/2013 11:17:22 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: Marie

Yes, you need a prescription but many mommies won’t take no for an answer when little Johnny gets the sniffles, and the doctor would prefer him getting well with bed rest and healthy eating habits.

Believe me, this is a problem. I’ve known mothers who kept their kids on antibiotics for a significant portion of the time. They thought they were being the best most attentive parent possible.

What they were doing is setting up a situation where normal antibiotics wouldn’t work against infections their kids would come up with later in life.


39 posted on 10/26/2013 11:22:15 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: oh8eleven
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of US patent office in 1899.

Debunked !

40 posted on 10/26/2013 11:35:39 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: DoughtyOne

When my daughter was 3 months old she got her first ear infection. Antibiotics. Three days off of them and she got another one. More antibiotics. This went on for more than a year and a half.

For the last year the drs put her on prophylactic antibiotics. Bloody diarrhea, yeast infections, fungal skin rashes. She’s already had two ruptured ear drums and her hearing was impaired.

I was 21 years old and this was before the internet was a ‘thing’. I trusted the drs.

Until she got thrush so bad that they said it was going to kill her and wanted to do a DNC.

By this time I’d been told about tubes in the ears. I asked the dr if I understood the situation clearly.

“She has chronic ear infections. We’re keeping her on antibiotics to prevent them. But the antibiotics are causing fungal infections and now you’re telling me that my 21 month old needs a DNC and is probably already sterile. Would it not be a better solution to treat the yeast, take her off the antibiotics, and get her the tubes ASAP?”

The dr agreed that this was preferable. Then he went on to tell me that there were only one American dr in Germany who did the tubes for military families, he only did two a month, and there was a 18 month waiting list. So we couldn’t take her off the antibiotics until then. The dr informed us that TriCare wouldn’t pay for the procedure unless this dr did it.

I called every family member and friend that we had and asked for money, gathered up all the credit cards and had the companies extend the limits, then flew my daughter back to the states to get her tubes. A pediatric ENT took pity on us and got her in just a couple of days after we landed. We went broke, but we paid for the surgery ourselves.

She didn’t have antibiotics again until she was six and contracted antibiotic resistant strep from her school. That was in 1998. She ended up hospitalized with the ‘drug of last resort’ then getting her tonsils out. That strain of strep was not bred in her body, but in her classmates.

In my experience, the drs of the ‘80s and ‘90s were passing this crap out like candy. I agree that there are pushy parents, but the ultimate liability falls on the professional’s shoulders.


41 posted on 10/26/2013 11:41:03 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: ez

When my grandfather was growing up people said the motorcar would never replace the horse-drawn carriage.


42 posted on 10/26/2013 11:44:37 AM PDT by SoCal SoCon (Conservatism =/= Corporatism.)
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To: Marie

I recognize there are cases out there like yours. Sadly, those are not the only cases where kids are over-medicated.

Sorry to hear about the ordeal your child and your family went through. What a challenge...


43 posted on 10/26/2013 11:47:35 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Mexicans have been taking anti-biotics for the common cold almost as long as anti-biotics have been around.


44 posted on 10/26/2013 11:55:09 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: DoughtyOne

We had a happy ending. Turned out that the hearing loss was due to her middle ear being stuffed with hardened crap. As soon as that was all cleared out, she could hear again.

Other happy ending... She’s 29 weeks pregnant with our first granddaughter. :)

I’m just saying that the patients didn’t have years of medical training or access to medical information 20 years ago and the drs did. Rather than take the time to sit down and inform the parent/patient of the realities of the situation, drs would toss them antibiotics to shut ‘em up and get them out the door.

I also think that it’s safe to say that the medical professionals didn’t understand that we’d be out of antibiotics 20 years ago and didn’t see any harm in what they were doing.

In the 90’s, everyone assumed that new antibiotics would be developed, so the trend continued.

It’s not right to blame the public for things that even the drs weren’t aware of. And it’s not right to blame the patients for something that a drs did.

As I’ve been told a hundred times, “Who do you think you are? You’re not a doctor. Did you go to medical school? Go sit in the corner and color.”

(Not an exact quote, but pretty much the attitude.)


45 posted on 10/26/2013 12:13:44 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Hydrogen Peroxide is the best killer of MRSA that I know of.


46 posted on 10/26/2013 12:22:42 PM PDT by B4Ranch (AGENDA: Grinding America Down ----- <<http://vimeo.com/63749370)
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To: Marie

You mention some things I know to be true. I have also heard the physician side, and they are under the gun by moms who simply will not take no for an answer.

Granted you could argue they should refuse, but that emphatic mom is going to find the physician who will give them what they want. It’s a no win for them when mom then runs around town telling her inner circle what a terrible physician they are.


47 posted on 10/26/2013 12:23:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: DoughtyOne

And yet physicians refuse pain patients opioids every day. They insist that patients do physical therapy before surgery. They talk patients out of unnecessary tests.

Another thing that I’d like to bring up is the question, *why* are mothers so insistant that their kids get antibiotics with every sniffle.

Day cares and schools have a rule that a kid must be 24 hours free of fever before they can go back to school. If the school calls and the parent has to pick them up, the kids can’t go back the next day. Mothers are under pressure to get their kid well, and do it fast, so they can continue to go to work. Single moms without family support are in serious trouble in that regard. (You have no idea how many times I’ve heard mothers guiltily confess that they’ll dope the kid up with Tylenol right before school, praying that the kid makes it through the day.)

In Texas, a kid is turned over the truant officer, even if they have doctors notes. The district looses money if the kids aren’t attending. (I had to fight that with my diabetic son.)

So we’ve got several dysfunctions colliding at once. Moms who have to work, a school system that will call the cops if a kid misses too much school, doctors who don’t want to argue or educate, drug companies who aren’t working on antibiotics because there’s not enough money in it, twenty years of physicians not knowing about the resistance issue until it was too late, insurance companies throwing up roadblocks to see specialists to get procedures that would end the need for antibiotics in patients.

Let’s not forget that the rise of the AIDS epidemic has contributed significantly to the problem.

http://pressroom.usc.edu/study-widespread-test-and-treat-hiv-policies-could-increase-dangerous-drug-resistance/

And then there’s the practice of treating all livestock with antibiotics, even when they’re healthy.

Blaming nagging moms alone is shortsighted and unfair.


48 posted on 10/26/2013 12:44:45 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Lots of twists and turns to this.

To start with, the real problem is that people assumed that if you had an infection, you could just “turn it off” with antibiotics. While this is what happens in a Petri dish, the reality in many cases is that the antibiotic just reduces the degree of the infection long enough for the immune system to eliminate it.

Antibiotics are not the only thing that does this. Several ionic metals may not kill bacteria very much directly, but they inhibit the bacteria’s reproduction. Since most bacteria normally reproduce every half hour, this accomplishes the same goal of reducing the degree of the infection.

Hygiene does matter, as does having a healthy intestinal flora. Medicines that existed before antibiotics, like the sulfa drugs, still exist.

Some plants contain chemicals that make at risk cells too slippery for the bacteria to grab a hold of.


49 posted on 10/26/2013 1:08:21 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Welfare is the new euphemism for Eugenics.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

We got rid of antibac products a couple of years ago. My kids get dirty and probably eat some of that dirt. We try to avoid the doc for the common cold and flu (which happens rarely), and focus on building our immune systems. I did have to break down and get antibiotics for a severe case of mastitis last week. Now I’m popping probiotics like crazy.


50 posted on 10/26/2013 1:28:44 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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