Superbugs Pose A Very Real Threat To Humanity

by | Nov 7, 2018 | Headline News | 20 comments

Superbugs, those pesky bacteria that have evolved to become resistant to antibiotics, are on the rise and pose a very real threat to humanity. Antimicrobial resistance is a large and growing problem, with the potential for enormous health and economic consequences for the United States and the rest of the world.

According to CNBC, the media outlet which reported on a new OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) report, released Wednesday, superbug infections could cost the lives of about 2.4 million people in North America, Europe, and Australia over the next 30 years unless more is done to stem antibiotic resistance, which is already high across the globe.

Resistance is also projected to grow even more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries. In Brazil, Indonesia, and Russia, for example, between 40 percent and 60 percent of infections are already resistant, compared to an average of 17 percent in OECD countries. In these countries, the growth of antimicrobial resistance rates is forecast to be 4 to 7 times higher than in OECD countries between now and 2050.

About 29,500 persons die each year on average in the United States from infections related to eight drug-resistant bacteria. By 2050, that number is expected to rise sharply.  It is estimated that antimicrobial resistance will kill about 1 million people in the United States, in just over 30 years.

The economic toll of this superbug crisis is huge: In the United States alone the health-care costs dealing with antimicrobial resistance could reach $65 billion by 2050, according to the OECD report. That is more than the flu, HIV, and tuberculosis. If projections are correct, resistance to backup antibiotics will be 70 percent higher in 2030 compared to 2005 in OECD countries. In the same period, resistance to third-line treatments will double across EU countries. –CNBC

Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned it had detected 221 strains of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria.” This bacteria is virtually untreatable by antibiotics and have special genes that enable them to spread their resistance to other germs. Nightmare bacteria is particularly deadly in the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. The probability of developing a resistant infection is also significantly higher for children up to 12 months of age, and men are also more likely to develop resistant infections than women. Nearly half of the resulting infections prove fatal.

The best thing to do right now is educating on antibiotic-resistant superbugs and how to prevent them. As with the HIV epidemic, knowing how to prevent infection is tantamount to getting these superbugs under control. It’s also something that can be done on your own without anyone else’s help.  Promoting better hygiene and sanitation among health-care workers, ending the overprescription of antibiotics, testing patients more quickly to determine whether they have viral or bacterial infections, delaying antibiotic prescriptions by three days, and creating more public awareness campaigns could all help counter one of the biggest threats to humanity.

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    1. Fritz

      These superbugs sound like Democrats – really tough to get rid of.

      • Eisenkreutz




        • Anonymous

          So who gets to decide who is responsible and who isn’t?

          You may think it is you, but it won’t be.

        • Rick Werner

          1000 upvotes1

      • Infidel

        Yep liberals pose a greater danger to humanity than some little germ.

    2. Kevin2

      They’re using pre penicillin Sulfa to combat MRSA.

    3. B from CA

      We must make sure people coming into our Country are not carrying infectious diseases. Our great grandparents were examined before they were admitted.


      • Yahooie

        Ellis Island existed for a reason.

    4. Philosopher Deplorabilis

      I had a serious infection two years ago and nearly died. If you die this way, it won’t make the evening news.

      My advice? Be proactive once you are in the hospital. You can tell staff to wash their hands or put on gloves. I know I had at least one nurse that was an active opiod addict. Speak up and say “no.” The modern medical industry thrives on your compliance.

      • Yahooie

        If you are so terribly sick or hurt where you can’t speak up, be sure you have someone trustworthy as your advocate. There are so many things to keep an eye on.

        • Boyo

          Get a living will / power of attorney in place in case of medical incapacitation.

          I’m a “pull my plug” kinda guy.

          • Boyo

            I have a power of attorney that kicks in if I am unable to make a decision due to medical. This includes a descending list of people who will act with POA in case a previous one declines or is unable to act in my interest.
            Make sure you talk to to your potential guardians and get their blessings.

            • Philosopher Deplorabilis

     sells a box that includes a do-it-yourself living will, revocable living trust, POA, by Suze Orman. It was on sale this week for $81. She even tells people they can share the access code, and discs with everyone they know. A cool file box is included for all your documents, keys, glasses, back up hard drives, thumb drives that is water proof in case you end up in a grab-n-go situation (fire, hurricane, flood). The box floats and is well sealed.

              Also, for bank accounts and other financial accounts, you may not need a will. You can simply set up POD (payable on death) and put in the person’s name and have your bank / credit union / financial institution keep that on file. There is no charge but you do need to tell the person that you have granted them POD benefit so they know to access it.

    5. Maranatha

      What happens is a small amount of the bacteria survives any treatment using antibiotics and confers immunity. So every time you use antibacterial soap, you actually are creating bacteria remnants that then multiply into superbacteria.

      However modern pharmacology is built upon a concept of an active ingredient. Their chemical researchers attempt to find the active ingredient within a natural substance(for example like white willow and pain relief) and then synthesizes aspirin. Likewise the same is true for antibiotics.

      Instead about a decade ago in the UK, they tried mixing four essential oils instead of synthesizing four active ingredients. Each oil may contain thousands of phytochemicals thus the bacteria has to cope with the synergistic effects of these combined and then try to survive. They had great success.

      Here is just one study using essential oils to successfully treat bacteria. There are lots of studies. Caremust be taken as essential oils can harm the user and patients due to toxicology. Use your brain.

      Similarly prions are extremely difficult to treat as they are not alive but misfolded proteins that affect healthy proteins. Researchers found that metal ions seem to harm prions but leave healthy tissue intact.

      See copper chelation and harm to prions and delaying prion disease. For example, while autoclaving, one might use a copper ion solution to wash contaminated instruments.

      In either case, it’s not a hopeless situation, but forcing researchers to think outside the box. Otherwise they use progressively higher doses that may exceed the therapeutic levels and cause severe adverse conditions and reactions. Or they try antibiotic cocktails which then confer immunity to all of the ones they try.

      This is dated information, but what generally works as an antibiotic that kills the most common bacteria is vancomycin. The mneumonic was V for vanquish. In a worse case scenario as a prepper, one might either get vancomycin from Mexico (one can easily get prescriptions filled there…a fact used by retirees from the USA) or find a fish antibiotic source of vancomycin.

      They keep that from the general public’s knowledge as overuse with vancomycin would initially help patients BUT in the end then ruin the one successful weapon still in the antibiotic arsenal.

    6. Heartless

      Seems we’ve reached the point that our dubious efforts at ‘cleanliness’ are finally starting to back-fire. All this constant use of hand-sanitizers, environmental control in our homes, vaccinations, anti-biotic over-usage…. and all the rest of the ‘wal-Mart handle-bar wipers’ crowd ideas are failing. I grew up in the Mid-West…. we’d a saying, “a child needs to eat a peck of dirt in order to grow up healthy”. Was true then, it’s true now. Granted, a super-bug is ‘bigger’ than us; but, to turn this around we as a species need to modify our behaviors and our own immune systems. The bugs adjust, we do too.

    7. Yohan Smythe

      Is this the “disease X” that Bill Gates talks about?

      • Anonymous

        Probably not, none of these diseases are new.

        They are just old ones that have become resistant to modern antibiotics (probably from misusing them for far too long).

    8. Don

      Right now anyone taking antibiotics is at risk of getting something the medical community is saying nothing about.
      A 100,000 patients a year and growing are infected each year and we hear nothing. Look it up. My wife caught it after an operation and she is having a very hard time trying to get rid of it. If left untreated it kills you

      • Boyo

        Is she seeking/using alternative solutions?

    9. Vonu

      The problem is less the increasing immunity of pathogens to antibiotics and more the decreasing efficacy of the human immune system due to widespread malnutrition.
      A medical doctor pointed out to a Senate committee in the 1950’s that the soil that our crops were being grown on was becoming increasingly depleted of the trace nutrients that animals need to be well-nourished.
      At the same time, the doctors were being maleducated in the importance of nutrition to the proper operation of the entire human body. This has lead to people whose immune systems are so incompetent that stimulation with adjuvants in vaccines is essential to them having any positive benefit.
      The best overall primer I have found for improving the function of the human immune system is Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by Kate Rheaume-Bleue.

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