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Scientists: Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Will Soon Kill Millions Of Us & Nothing Can Be Done About It

November 19, 2013

The “wonder drugs” that we have been using since the middle of the last  century are rapidly losing their effectiveness, and medical authorities are  warning that the emergence of very powerful antibiotic resistant superbugs  represents “one  of the gravest threats in the history of medicine“.  Of course the “wonder  drugs” that I am talking about are known today as antibiotics.  These drugs  attack bacteria, and when they first began to be developed back in the 1950s  and  1960s they were hailed as “miracles” that would save countless numbers of  lives.  Well, it turns out that nature is having the last laugh.  All over the  planet  bacteria are developing resistance to these drugs, and scientists are  warning  that they can’t really do anything to stop these superbugs.  With each  passing  year these superbugs are gaining ground, and there appears to be not  much hope  on the horizon of being able to fight them.  In fact, no new  classes of  antibiotics have been invented since  1987, and none are being developed right now.  Image-courtesy-of-the-National-Museum-of-Health-and-Medicine-Armed-Forces-Institute-of-Pathology-Washington-D.C.-United-StatesMeanwhile,  scientists are telling us that many current antibiotic treatments will be  completely obsolete by the year 2030.  Are you starting to understand why so  many high profile members of the scientific community are using the words “catastrophic  threat” to describe this crisis?

An article about these superbugs that appeared in the  Independent the other day got a lot of attention all around the world.   That  article claims that prominent British doctors are warning that these  superbugs  could undo “a century of medical advances”…

Drug-resistant “superbugs” represent one of the  gravest threats in the history of medicine, leading experts have  warned.

Routine operations could become deadly “in the very near future” as bacteria  evolve to resist the drugs we use to combat them. This process could erase a  century of medical advances, say government doctors in a special editorial in   The Lancet health journal.

That sounds quite serious.

So what would life be like without antibiotics?

Well, before antibiotics were invented if you scraped your knee and got an  infection, there was a good chance that  they would cut off your leg

In the period before World War II … people that got infections, they had to  cut it out. They had to cut off limbs, cut off toes, because there weren’t  antibiotics. And oftentimes, when people talk about the fact that we might have  to go back to a pre-antibiotic age, that’s what they mean — that a simple  scrape  on the playground could be fatal.

Are you ready to go back to such a time?

You might not have to wait long.  According to one very prominent doctor  quoted by the  Daily Mail, we have already reached the end of the age of antibiotics…

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.”’

And all over the world the number of people becoming infected with these  superbugs is rapidly growing.

In fact, right now 23,000 people a year are being killed by these superbugs in the United States  alone…

More than two million people are infected by drug-resistant germs each year,  and 23,000 die of their infections, federal health officials reported Monday.  The biggest killer by far is C. difficile, the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention reports in its first big overview of a growing problem.

Doctors have been warning of the problem for decades, yet up to half the  prescriptions written for antibiotics are unnecessary, the CDC report says. And  all these unneeded antibiotics are making the superbug problem  worse.

Most Americans have never even heard of many of these superbugs, but they can  be extremely deadly…

C. difficile has become a scourge of hospitals and infection is often made  possible when patients are heavily treated with antibiotics to fight other  infections. It can cause unstoppable diarrhea and the latest treatment doesn’t even involve antibiotics, but a transplant of so-called good bacteria from healthy  patients.

CREs are a group of bacteria that resist even the strongest antibiotics. They  include Klebsiella pneumoniae, which saw its infection rate jump 550 percent between 2001 and 2011.

“CRE is a nightmare bacteria we reported on in March, bacteria that can  resist virtually all antibiotics,” Frieden said.

Gonorrhea may not be immediately life-threatening, but it’s developing  resistance to the drugs that used to easily treat it. Patients can be left infertile, and, in January, Canadian  researchers reported that seven percent of patients weren’t cured by the only pill left to treat  gonorrhea.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Experts are warning that we could  soon see millions of people a year die from these superbugs all around the  globe.

So why haven’t we heard more about this?

Why is this not being widely publicized?

Some are suggesting that some of the governments of the western world are  engaged in an effort to keep this under wraps.  For example, just check out  what  has been going on in  Canada

The federal government is hobbling efforts to control antibiotic resistant  microbes by sitting on reports about bacteria that sicken and kill thousands of  Canadians each year, several doctors say.

Infectious disease experts say Ottawa is treating national microbial  surveillance reports like “sensitive government documents.” And the doctors are  so frustrated, they are releasing the data they can obtain on their own  website.

“Otherwise, it’s years before we see it on the federal website,” says Dr.  Mark Joffe, president of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious  Disease Canada (AMMI), which represents physicians, clinical microbiologists  and  researchers.

What would the motivation be for doing this?

Are they trying to avoid panic?

Or is a more sinister motive at work here?

Ultimately, this is a crisis that is only going to get worse as time goes  by.

Antibiotic resistant superbugs are rapidly spreading and becoming more  powerful.

Meanwhile, scientists all over the world are telling us that there is not a  thing that they can do to stop them.

The era of antibiotics has come to an end, and nobody is quite sure what is  going to happen next.


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