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Several years ago an Anthrax bacteria scare brought the issue of antibiotics, and the potential of germs becoming resistant to them out into the open.
According to M. Scott Werthman, a health writer, there is a growing concern that not only will more and more germs survive our antibiotic assaults on them, but that they will grow into stronger organisms that threaten our health.
In fact, there is growing evidence, that antibiotics are not only becoming less effective against dangerous germs…but that they are inadvertently strengthening the very disease-causing microbes they were created to target
and destroy! These dire warnings have been featured in recent articles and editorials in the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
With the anthrax scare we’ve all been going through, there’s renewed concern about widespread use of antibiotics inadvertently creating super strains of anthrax that become immune to the very drugs designed to kill them.
There is renewed fear of drug resistant bacteria being created by antibiotics, because of so many of them being taken, particularly Cipro, in the wake of the anthrax panic.
As you probably know, antibiotics are drugs that kill bacteria. Unfortunately, the process that kills most of a particular species
of microbe can leave some mutant germs…which have a natural resistance
to the antibiotic that wiped out weaker germs.
This process of natural selection, unintentionally creates stronger, more drug resistant germs. The vast majority of weaker germs succumb to the antibiotics, and end up being killed. Thus, they are no longer around to reproduce. Just like any other process of natural selection, the drug resistant versions of the microbes remain viable, and begin to reproduce themselves.
This increase in the progeny of the stronger bugs leads to more and more of them entering into our environment. Eventually, the weaker germs no longer exist, and end up being replaced by these newly mutated microbes that are not affected by current antibiotics.
The danger of this happening, of course, is that a widespread epidemic of the newer, stronger germs would be much more difficult to stop.
If, for example, antibiotic resistant strains of anthrax replace the strains that can now be effectively killed by Cipro, penicillin, and other antibiotics…another outbreak of anthrax could be much more serious than this recent bout with the disease.
See, many doctors, and scientists feel that antibiotics are regularly over-prescribed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, dialysis centers, etc. They feel that in some health care facilities, antibiotics are routinely, and indiscriminately dispensed. And, as a result, newer, mutated forms of microbes are constantly being created.
In the few decades since penicillin began to give us effective methods of eliminating bacterial infections, many new and stronger antibiotics have been developed. In many cases, these new drugs have been created to overcome germs’ mutated resistance to earlier antibiotics.
For a time, synthetically produced penicillin (methicillin) and combinations of antibiotics appeared to have bacterial
infections in check. But, more resistant bacterial strains have recently appeared on the scene.
Many experts feel that people with bacterial infections should be watched closely, in light of the unprecedented anthrax attack. Health care professionals must heed this warning notice, because the emergence of drug resistant germs could produce illness and death like that caused by infections in the “old days”, before antibiotics became available.
The “solution” of merely creating even-more-potent drugs…only leads to even-more-potent bacterial agents. The worry is that these new “super germs” may bring down older, sick, infirm and institutionalized patients. In addition, there is a fear that such “super germs” could eventually be unstoppable, and affect younger and otherwise healthier people as well.
What should we, as a society, do about this? Well, we think that our government must institute educational programs for medical doctors and public health officials. We must establish guidelines for prescribing and dispensing antibiotics.
We simply must use antibiotics only in the most careful manner, and establish programs to uncover antibiotic resistant drugs.
If we don’t stop the indiscriminant use of antibiotics, we could be headed into a dangerous scenario.
In addition, YOU, the patient should be sure to ask medical doctors questions when they prescribe medication for you or a family member. You should ask questions like: “Is the medication you’re prescribing an antibiotic?” “What is the medication supposed to accomplish?” “What side effects or interactions with other medications or
nutritional supplements might result from taking this antibiotic?” “Is there reason to believe this antibiotic may contribute to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could be difficult to combat in the future?” “Can you recommend a less-potent medication or, better yet, other therapeutic approaches that may be equally protective and curative without the difficulties and dangers that antibiotic use can involve?”
Please make sure that your medical doctor is prescribing the antibiotics for YOUR specific condition, and NOT as a matter of routine for everyone. If he or she says that they prescribe these drugs all the time, you may want to go to another doctor and get another opinion.
Taking drugs you may not need, and that could contribute to a public health problem is not something you want to do. If we all work together, we can help stop the creation of “super germs”…and you can have the best chance of sustained health!
As you know, the most important thing you can do for your health is to maintain a schedule of Chiropractic adjustments! Sure, we’re biased, but it’s because we know that regular adjustments keep your spine and nerves in alignment. Which allows your body to function the way it is designed to, and therefore allow your own healing powers to do their job…keeping you in a state of long term, excellent health!
And please remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your, “Here’s what I was wondering about”, type questions, instead of “Guess what I just did”, statements. We’re here to help, and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in your life long good health!
Have a Nice Trip? See You Next Fall!
I remember laughing and saying the words in the title of this week’s article as a child whenever someone fell down. I was reminded of them on an airplane one weekend on my way home from Chicago when the flight attendant made the following announcement, “Ladies and gentlemen, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight. Remember, spring ahead, fall back! And, if you fall back too far, see your chiropractor!” It was great to hear her mention chiropractic, but it also made me think of a few things.
Most people see their chiropractor for one of only two reasons;
While it is good to make sure both of these things happen, everyone who uses chiropractic in this way is severely limiting its, and their own, potential! Let me explain what I mean by defining three words. These words are health, wellness and wholeness.
Health is the ability to not get sick. It is the ability to ADAPT to all of the physical, chemical and emotional stresses you encounter in your daily life. This depends upon the ability of your body’s Innate Intelligence to correctly comprehend and respond to everything in both your internal and external environments in a timely manner. This requires you to have a clear and balanced NERVE SYSTEM, and this is where regular chiropractic check-ups are so vital to your family’s health. A clear and balanced NERVE SYSTEM allows normal communication between your brain and body to occur, and gives you your internal resistance to all of these stresses.
Wellness means continually expressing HIGHER levels of health. It does NOT, as many people think, mean that you maintain good health. No, wellness means actually INCREASING your internal resistance to stresses, so that you continually get STRONGER! Wellness is about actually GROWING! And, wellness is necessary to move toward wholeness.
Wholeness means continually expressing higher levels of LIFE! It means taking the progressively higher levels of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health you are gaining from your wellness lifestyle and using them to more fully demonstrate your purpose and potential in life!
You see, visiting your chiropractor on a very regular basis does not just allow you and your family to keep from falling back. It allows you to continually SPRING AHEAD! And, as more and more individuals keep springing ahead, the whole world moves in the direction of health, peace, happiness and the full expression of LIFE
Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second-largest primary health care profession. There are approximately 60,000 doctors of chiropractic (DC’s) in active practice in the United States spread from rural areas to the inner cities. More than 10,000 students are currently enrolled in chiropractic educational programs accredited by a federally-recognized body (CCE)
Antioxidants, Zinc May Prevent Vision Loss
The leading cause of blindness and visual impairment among those 65 and older is age-related macular degenera tion (AMD). There is no effective treatment to slow or prevent the progression of advanced AMD; oxidative damage to the retina may be involved in the development of the condition, yet no studies have shown the effectiveness of dietary antioxidants at preventing AMD.
This randomized clinical trial determined the effects on AMD of high daily doses of antioxidants (vitamin C – 500 milligrams; vitamin E – 400 IU; beta-carotene – 15 mg) and zinc (80 mg), and the combined effects of zinc and antioxidants. Subjects from 55 to 80 years old at 11 retinal specialty clinics were followed for an average of 6.3 years. The 3,640 subjects were considered at risk for AMD.
Results: Individuals at high risk for AMD who took antioxidant supplements plus zinc for the study period lowered their risk for the condition by 28%, compared to those given a placebo. This group also showed a significant reduction in moderate visual acuity loss. Those given antioxidants or zinc alone also significantly reduced their chances for developing AMD, but showed no change in visual acuity.
Conclusion: All individuals over 55 years old should have dilated eye examinations annually to determine their risk of AMD; those at high risk should consider antioxidant and zinc supplementation.
Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high-dose supplementation with vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc for age-related macular degeneration and vision loss. Archives of Ophthalmology 2001:119(10), pp. 1417-1436.
Some thing I picked up…
Crib Death Linked To a Defect in Brain Stem. By Paul H.B. Shin
CRIB DEATH – the mysterious demise of seemingly healthy infants – may be due to an underlying problem in the baby’s brain, scientists revealed yesterday.
In a report that dispels some of the tragic mystery surrounding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, researches found that babies who died of SIDS were much more likely to have an abnormality of the brain stem, which regulates vital functions such as breathing.
Using autopsies from 31 infants who died of SIDS, scientists at Children’s Hospital Boston traced the cause to an imbalance in the brain chemical serotonin, which plays a key role in waking someone if breathing becomes labored.
The findings could explain why babies lying face down are more likely to die of SIDS, since that position sometimes leads to accidental smothering.
“This really confirms that there is a biological disease going on here – at least in 50% or more of SIDS cases,” said David Paterson, a neuroscientist and an author of the study in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
The new research reinforces the recommendation that parents put babies to sleep on their backs, said Dr. Lewis Krata, a pediatrician at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan.
“Children sleeping on their stomachs, on their sides or with large fluffy things in their beds are the ones who are going to have more of those (breathing) problems,” Krata said.
While the brain-stem abnormality currently cannot be detected while the baby is alive, scientists hope that further research could eventually lead to a screening test that will identify infants at risk of SIDS.
Nationwide, SIDS killed about 5.1 out of 10,000 infants under the age of 1 in 2004. In New York City, that number was 0.88 out of 10,000, according to the city heath Department. SIDS – the leading cause of death in the U.S. among babies after the newborn period – is often used as a catch-all category for unexplained infant deaths.
I have “THE EXPLAINATION”. The babies are suffering from massive cervical (neck) subluxations causing the nervous system to “short Circuit” and not function normally. So, PLEASE have everyone in you family checked for vertebral subluxations, even the babies!
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