WASHINGTON, DC, March 6, 2013 - The overuse of antibiotics over the last several decades has caused evolutionary changes for bacteria. The combination of overperscribing antibiotics and injecting them into our food has made it impossible for bacteria to hide.
To counter this attack, bacteria are evolving. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are getting stronger and invading parts of the body where they do not belong, like the bloodstream, lungs or urinary tract. The illnesses these bacteria cause are becoming untreatable, as the bacteria changes to avoid death by antibiotic. The death rate from bloodstream infections can now reach 50 percent.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control, called the organisms “nightmare bacteria”, and noted that they could pass their trait for drug resistance — encoded in a scrap of genetic material called a plasmid — along to other bacteria.
According to a new report by the disease centers, among all infections with gut bacteria, the proportion caused by carbapenem - resistant types rose to 4 percent in 2012, from 1 percent in 2001; among infections caused by one type of bacteria, Klebsiella, 10 percent have become resistant, compared with 2 percent a decade ago.
When Penicillin was introduced by Alexander Fleming in 1928, it was a miracle drug, curing infections of all kinds. Now you rarely hear about it; we have more powerful antibiotics.
While “more powerful antibiotics” sounds like a great idea, more powerful antibiotics mean more bacterial mutations
75% of the human immune system is in the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract. It is in the lining of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. This is the first line of defense.
Over time, an immune system is been beaten down through stress, bad foods, and a host of toxins, including microbes. In addition, there is the assault on the immune system that comes from the presence of abnormal yeast and fungi and bacteria in the gut. Many people have a deficiency of normal flora in the colon and an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.
Research shows, for example, that those with chronic fatigue syndrome have a deficiency of normal flora in the colon, yet a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, and that that combination of abnormal flora increases pro-inflammatory cytokines – with a particular Th2-dominant cytokine profile.
The entire gamut of immune imbalances; including elevated inflammatory cytokines, low natural killer cell function, high CD8+ cytotoxic lymphocytes, high CD38 and HLA-DR activation markers, high CD28+ T cells, and low CD11b expression, along with defects in T cell and natural killer cell activation associated with protein kinase C, can all be of gastrointestinal origin.
A person today has the immune resistance far less then a person years ago. Of course this person today is ingesting far more antibiotics than ever before.
It was bound to happen.
Dr Peter Lind practices metabolic and neurologic chiropractic in his wellness clinic in Salem, Oregon. USA. He is the author of 3 books on health, one novel, and hundreds of wellness articles. His clinical specialty is in physical, nutritional, and emotional stress.
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