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Another Antibiotic Mess:  Most of us think the first thing we need when we get sick is antibiotics.  In fact the drug companies count on this as antibiotics, along with vaccines, are their biggest forms of profit.  Antibiotics have been used for any and all bacterial infections and some viral infections (the learned ones out there will know that antibiotics are useless for viral infections).  What we have not realized until in the last 15 years or so is that by overutulizing antibiotics needlessly we have caused the bacteria we have been fighting to grow infinitely stronger.  So strong, in fact, that traditional antibiotics are now useless against previously relatively harmless bacteria.  Take for example the case of antibiotic-resistant Tuberculosis.   Take for example a quote from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1997:

The growth of tuberculosis that is resistant to multiple drugs could cause a global crisis of untreatable disease.

And a quote from Dr. Michael Iseman, TB chief at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver in 1997:

This study shows definitively, and for the first time, what we most feared but could not previously prove:  our world again faces the specter of incurable tuberculosis.

This isn't the only drug-resistant bacteria. I am sure most of you have heard of the "flesh-eating" Streptococcus

 

 

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