Is This The Beginning Of End Of Antibiotics?

A team of scientists at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC has found the first instance of a person living in the U.S. infected with an antibiotic-resistant microbe.

An E. coli bacterium taken from a Pennsylvania woman, diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, contained the mcr-1 gene that has resistance to colistin, which is the antibiotic of last resort.

According to Thomas Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), " We risk living in a post-antibiotic world.”

It appears the over-use of antibiotics may lead to infections that no drugs can cure. according to the CDC, each year 23,000 Americans die from infections of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

So far the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken a strictly voluntary approach to reducing overuse of antibiotics.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would restrict the use of medically important antibiotics in livestock.

The truth is that unless we take important measures now to change animal agriculture, we are are all at risk.

We could be living in a world where antibiotics don’t work, the are more incurable bacterial infections in people and a rising death toll.

As a consumer, you can look for organic meat and poultry that are raised without antibiotics.


Howard Laverne Stewart's picture
Howard Laverne ... 6 years 40 weeks ago

Instead of subsidizing oil, we should subsidize research and development in antibiotics and any other healthcare

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mdesignz 6 years 40 weeks ago

I may be incorrect, but I believe the woman's UTI was cured using multiple anti-biotics. Fortunately, this wasn't pandrug-resistant, but it's just a matter of time. In some countries, antibiotics are OTC!

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ChristopehrCurrie 6 years 40 weeks ago

It may have resulted from a random mis-copy of a the virus gene in her system.

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fpawul 6 years 40 weeks ago

This is very concerning. Do not our elected officials not understand a lick of science, the simple concept of cause and effect? Why do we only react when it's a diaster? I thought we had the brain capacity to put two and two together, but alas.....

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Queenbeethatsme 6 years 40 weeks ago

The irony is, that animals that are not treated with antibiotics can themselves become reservoirs for resistant strains of bacteria. Once ingested, those wild, nonexistent strains can cross species.

We are attempting to close the barn door after the horse is already gone..we are never as smart as we think we are and invariably we repeatedly as a species, get hoisted by our own petard.

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Karl Smiley 6 years 40 weeks ago

Bee propolis is a great anti bacterial, anti fungal anti viral. Bees gather it from plants who manufacture it and coat themselves with it to ward off infection. They use it to disinfect and prevent infection of their hives.

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RoseM481 6 years 40 weeks ago

Lab tests last century showed that bacteria and virus can be destroyed by violet and blue light, different bacteria and viruses of course would require different frequencies. It may well be the way forward.

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Arrgy 6 years 40 weeks ago

How is it, we're still ignoring Sovereign Silver? I have cured more Virusis and Bacteria than I can shake a stick at, with it. I've been using it for 2 decades.

howardb4 6 years 40 weeks ago

Many excellent reviews describing the genetics and biochemistry of the origins, evolution, and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance have appeared over the last 60 years. The planet is saturated with these toxic agents, which has of course contributed significantly to the selection of resistant strains. The development of generations of antibiotic-resistant microbes and their distribution in microbial populations throughout the biosphere are the results of many years of unremitting selection pressure from human applications of antibiotics, via underuse, overuse, and misuse. This is not a natural process, but a man-made situation superimposed on nature; There have been upwards of 200,000 references on resistance to antibiotics since the 1950s. And yet the relentless march towards the day anti biotics use will no longer be effective.Given the many imponderables, the best one can expect is that all physicians and health care centers provide their patients with environments that are resistance-free by taking stricter measures in infection control and antibiotic use. This must be backed up by efforts to prevent dumping of antibiotics into the environment through sewer systems; complete destruction of antibiotics before disposal should be common practice.

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MontanaMuleGal 6 years 40 weeks ago

There are plenty of "antibiotic resistant" pathogens, including MRSA and Lyme disease. So what's the BS about the "first instance" now being found in the US?

There is no incentive for pharmaceutical companies to develop new antibiotics. They make much more money keeping people chronically ill and then treating only the symptoms of diseases, not actually curing them.

There is even speculation that Big Pharma has developed diseases which keep people chronically ill. I know... it's hard to fathom. At first. But the evil of Big Pharma and the CDC knows no bounds.

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Hephaestus 6 years 40 weeks ago

And! Then to feed, by one means or other, an animal with antibiotics to increase weight in order to sell that to humans FOR PROFIT


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alanroth 6 years 40 weeks ago

This is so ridiculous and sad. The answer is very simple. Intravenous vitamin C is the most powerful antibiotic and antiviral treatment. There is no resistance to it. It's completely safe. George Washington University Medical Center has been running a vitamin C clinic for more than a dozen years for a reason. A patient there, in just one sitting of about 2 hours can get more than 200 grams if needed.

The pharmaceutical companies, for obvious reasons, don't want vitamin C to replace so many of their medical products so they work very hard to make vitamin C look ineffective. They have all kinds of data they manufactured to show how bad vitamin C is. It's all fabricated. Vitamin C kills every infectious disease. It just depends on the dose, the frequency of dosing and the duration of treatment. There is plenty of information about this in the NIH PubMed archives.

Alan Roth, Ph.D.

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N Z Sarah 6 years 40 weeks ago

Yes! And GcMAF I know that works too. Dig deep to find the real story Alan, this treatment for more than fifty 'diseases' is being supressed. NO PATENT , EFFECTIVE and AFFORDABLE !

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