Many sites yesterday carried a story from the BBC online news channel regarding antibiotics. The article relates the opinions of two respected scientists, as well as the World Health Organisation, that antibiotics will in the near future be incapable of clearing even common infections from our systems.
There is little point in repeating the article piecemeal, you can read the entire article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ The message the article contains is blunt, unequivocal and terrifying. Professor Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England said:
The World Health Organisation has also issue a warning saying that the world is moving towards a ‘post antibiotic era’ unless urgent action is taken.
Hugh Pennington, professor of microbiology at The University of Aberdeen says that:
In short we have nothing in reserve, there is no medicinal cavalry to will ride in and rescue us at the last moment.
Hippocrates, credited with being the father of modern medicine, and the man who wrote the oath that doctors swear to adhere to, taught his students, and told his patients:
been tested to see if they actually do have anti-microbial/health enhancing properties I can be sure I am not giving out misleading information.
All of the following foods have been researched by The National Institute of Health and the research notes are held in the US Library of Medicine. These articles can be found in the archives at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed once on the site you can search for the required research by using the box. The site has literally thousands of food related articles, quite a lot are of no practical use on a day to day basis, but many do have practical applications. The list below is in no way comprehensive.
Chitosan potential protective use against obesity
Spices prevention and/or cure of several chronic diseases
Probiotics prevention and/or cure of clostridium difficile and similar gut issues. Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and relief from allergic skin reactions and psoriasis
Honey anti-microbial useful for treating sore throats and small non-penetrating wounds
Onions antibacterial properties
Garlic anti-inflammatory/helps build healthy immune system
Vitamin C helps promote a heathy immune system
Tomatoes antioxidant /possible protection from some forms of cancer
Fermented soybeans improve glucose homeostasis in diabetic rats studies ongoing regarding human diabetics
In addition to diet, general health should be maintained to the best of our ability. Skills or information on subjects such as cleaning out necrotic or infected wounds should be kept up to date. (see May archive Medically Speaking) Situations with a high infection risk should be avoided wherever possible and you should be prepared to use social distancing if widespread outbreaks of infection occur.(see July archive Medically Speaking) In a post-antibiotic world special care will have to be taken with waste disposal and personal hygiene to avoid contamination and disease. (see June archive Medically Speaking)
Hand hygiene will be even more important in a society where medicine can do nothing to stem the spread of contagious disease. All of us have a duty to ourselves, our families and society as a whole to get the hand washing message across. Simple hand washing can remove 95% of infective pathogens from the skin surface. Bad hand hygiene not only puts the individual at risk, but everyone who touches the item contaminated hands have touched. Television remote controls, door handles, elevator buttons, all can hold infective bacteria/viruses for up to 72 hours. Soft furnishings such as bed linen, towels and even the arm of the sofa can harbour live bugs for up to 24 hours.
The implications of not having antibiotics to deal with acute infective emergencies that cannot be handled without recourse to medical intervention is a terrifying thought. It’s a situation that will have serious consequences for millions of people. We all need to be prepared for what is according to the experts, heading for us at great speed.
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