Well­ness Arti­cles

Antibi­otic Resis­tance, Cause for Much Con­cern

In two arti­cles fea­tured in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion and in the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Med­i­cine, comes dis­turb­ing news of strains of the dan­ger­ous Staphy­lo­coc­cus aureus bac­te­ria now resis­tant to the antibi­otics used to kill them. In two cases in the United States strains of this bac­te­ria have been iden­ti­fied that no longer responds to antibi­otic treat­ment. It is reported that the “Gen­eral overuse of antibi­otics has allowed S. aureus to develop muta­tions ren­der­ing it resis­tant to many of these drugs.

In a related study at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, Seat­tle, more than 4000 females were tested for the preva­lence and trends of antibi­otic resis­tant bac­te­ria. The results showed a more than 20% resis­tance against sev­eral antibi­otics for E. coli and sev­eral other bac­te­ria. When sev­eral of the bac­te­ria were tested from 1992 to 1996 it was noted that the rate of resis­tance to the most com­monly used antibi­otic dou­bled over that period of time. Resis­tance to less com­monly used antibi­otics did not change as dra­mat­i­cally. This indi­cates, as was reported in the JAMA arti­cle, that bac­te­ria will become resis­tant more read­ily to reg­u­larly used antibi­otics. This trend will con­tinue to limit antibi­otic choices for fight­ing infec­tions. In a grow­ing num­ber of cases, patients with cer­tain infec­tions have been faced with the real­ity of hav­ing no antibi­otics effec­tive in the treat­ment of their infections.

Dr. Fran­cis Wald­vo­gel of the Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in Geneva Switzer­land noted that with “each new antibi­otic that is intro­duced, sev­eral escape mech­a­nisms are soon devised.” He con­cluded we will, “need the strate­gic pow­ers of a Julius Cae­sar to con­duct a major war against the mis­use of antibiotics.”

Ran­dom Article

An arti­cle pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Ortho­pe­dic Med­i­cine in 1999 pointed out the supe­ri­or­ity of chi­ro­prac­tic care for patients suf­fer­ing from long

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