Antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria are proliferating worldwide, and Scientists know why. All life on this planet started as a bacteria of some sort, in the form of an amoeba, a single cell organism sometimes referred to as a Protozoa. These amoeba’s have survived since the dawn of time, and they will continue to do so forever. So when Scientists discover a way to kill a bacteria, the bacteria discovers a way to live, essentially.
Antibiotics have played a major role in the advancement of the human life expectancy rate on our planet. The ability of the human body to fight infection before it gets out of hand allows for a longer lifespan, as the devastating effects of bacterial infections can be curtailed quickly with the administration of Antibiotics.
For 70 or so years now, doctors have had these antimicrobial agents available for the treatment of patients with infections. And since their inception in the 1940’s, antibiotic use has been a boon for the human condition, reducing, but not eliminating, the debilitating and sometimes deadly effects of infectious diseases.
The benefits of antibiotic use are evident, and patient recovery and overall wellness issues aside, overuse and misprescribing of these agents has led the offending organisms to become acclimated to the potency of the antibiotics, leading to scientists having to produce stronger and stronger formulas to kill these organisms.
Bacteria has been around since the dawn of time, and has morphed and changed along the way to continue its own lifespan. Everything on the planet has its own will to live. So naturally, with the introduction of antibiotics to the equation, bacterium learns how to combat the effects of the drug and changes along the way so that the same treatment might not work as well the next time.
Additionally, when taking antibiotics for infections, most people stop taking the medicine once they start to feel better, even though the doctor prescribed 10 days or more of the drug. This allows the bacterium to live on in your body, and the shortened dose of antibiotics taken acts like a Vaccine, making the strain of infection resistant to that particular antibiotic. This is one way bacterium become antibiotic resistant.
Repeated overuse as well as improper use of these antimicrobial drugs are the reason why we are seeing a drastic increase in drug resistant strains of bacterium proliferate Worldwide.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA has said that antibiotic resistance is becoming one of their top concerns, as drug resistant bacterium can present a virulent threat to the community when these drug resistant strains pass from one person to another. That is why washing your hands frequently has never been more important than it is now.
Education is the key. Too many times people brush off the effects of the infection, saying that their body has become resistant to that specific antibiotic. Nothing could be further from the truth, because it is the microbe that becomes resistant to the treatment, not the body. This effect presents distinguishable danger and increases suffering for the children and adults with common infections that were at one time, easily treatable with weaker drugs.
If a bacterium microbe becomes resistant to several different antibiotics, it makes treating these infections very difficult. A person with a drug resistant strain of bacterium can pass this resistant infection on to other people, and if not careful, a pandemic could arise in the future. Think about the SARS epidemic in China a few years ago.
Just last year Scientists and Healthcare Professionals discovered a new strain of the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria that had become resistant to antibiotics, and if a bacteria like this, which lives in your mouth and has been around since the dawn of time, can morph and live on, it doesn’t bode well for the human condition at all.
Article by Jim Donahue