Many antibiotics whose name literally means "against life" do not discriminate in their activity but kill broad groups of diverse bacteria whenever they are used.
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The worldwide environmental dumping over the past 65 years of such huge quantities of synthetic antibiotics has initiated the most pervasive impacts on the earth's bacterial underpinnings since oxygen-generating bacteria supplanted methanogens 2. It has, as Levy comments, "stimulated evolutionary changes that are unparalleled in recorded biologic history. In the long run it means the emergence of infectious disease epidemics more deadly than any in human history.
The Limits of Antibiotics Perhaps no technological advance has been more widely advertised and capitalized upon than the development of antibiotics. It is routinely lauded as one of the primary accomplishments of the application of science and modern medicine in Western culture — the success of the scientific method over the uninformed medicine of the past. The excitement over the discovery and successful use of antibiotics in medicine was so strong in the late s and early s that many physicians, including my great-uncle Lee Burney, then surgeon general of the United States, and my grandfather David Cox, president of the Kentucky Medical Association, jointly proclaimed the end for all time of epidemic disease.
A comment by the Australian physician Sir F.
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Macfarlane Burnet, a Nobel laureate, is typical. By the end of the twentieth century, he said, humanity would see the "virtual elimination of infectious disease as a significant factor in societal life. Tuberculosis and malaria, it was predicted, would be gone by the year With satisfaction David Moreau observed in an article in Vogue magazine that "the chemotherapeutic revolution [had] reduced nearly all non-viral disease to the significance of a bad cold. In spite of Moreau's optimism, when his article appeared in , infectious disease was already on the rise.
By it had become so bad that three million people a year in the United States were being admitted to hospitals with difficult-to-treat, antibiotic-resistant, bacterial infections. The number of people who die from hospital-acquired infections is unquestionably much higher now, and is almost certainly more than , per year in the United States alone. And that doesn't even include the death toll from infectious diseases in general, the same infectious diseases that were going to be eradicated by the year Berkelman and J. Hughes commented in in the Annals of Internal Medicine that "the stark reality is that infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide and remain the leading cause of illness and death in the United States.
Those were heady days. It seemed science could do anything. New antibiotics were being discovered daily; the arsenal of medicine seemed overwhelming. In the euphoria of the moment no one heeded the few voices raising concerns. Among them, ironically enough, was Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.
Fleming noted as early as in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology that numerous bacteria were already resistant to the drug he had discovered, and in a New York Times interview, he warned that improper use of penicillin would inevitably lead to the development of resistant bacteria. Fleming's observations were prescient. At the time of his interview just 14 percent of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria were resistant to penicillin; by , as the use of penicillin became widespread, 64 percent to 80 percent of the bacteria had become resistant and resistance to tetracycline and erythromycin was also being reported.
In an incredible 95 percent of staph was resistant to penicillin. By resistant staph had become the most common source of hospital-acquired infections worldwide. Methicillin-resistant staph MRSA emerged within a year. The first severe outbreak in hospitals occurred in the United States in — a mere 8 years later. Eventually MRSA strains resistant to all clinically available antibiotics except the glycopeptides vancomycin and teicoplanin emerged. And by , 54 years after the commercial production of antibiotics, the first staph strain resistant to all clinical antibiotics had infected its first three people.
Originally limited to patients in hospitals the primary breeding ground for such bacteria , by the s resistant strains had begun appearing outside hospitals. Now they are common throughout the world's population. In I saw my first resistant staph infection outside a hospital setting. Now every month brings an e-mail or call from someone with another. This rate of resistance development was supposed to be impossible. Evolutionary biologists had insisted that evolution in bacteria as in all species could come only from spontaneous, usable mutations that occur with an extremely low frequency from one out of every 10 million to one out of every 10 billion mutations in each generation.
That bacteria could generate significant resistance to antibiotics in only 35 years was considered impossible. That the human species could be facing the end of antibiotics only 60 years after their introduction was ludicrous. But in fact, bacteria are showing extremely sophisticated responses to the human "war" on disease.
The Rise of Bacterial Resistance The thing that so many people missed, including my ancestors, is that all life on Earth is highly intelligent and very, very adaptable. Bacteria are the oldest forms of life on this planet and they have learned very, very well how to respond to threats to their well-being. Among those threats are the thousands if not millions of antibacterial substances that have existed as long as life itself. One of the crucial understandings that those early researchers ignored, though tremendously obvious now only hubris could have hidden it so long , is that the world is filled with antibacterial substances, most produced by other bacteria, as well as fungi and plants.
Bacteria, to survive, learned how to respond to those substances a very long time ago. Or as Steven Projan of Wyeth Research puts it, bacteria "are the oldest of living organisms and thus have been subject to three billion years of evolution in harsh environments and therefore have been selected to withstand chemical assault. Excerpted by permission of Storey Publishing.
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The ideas bridge traditional herbalism, modern phytotherapy, and laboratory and clinical research. It is a major contribution to the healing of humanity's relationship with bacteria. This book will save your life.
Super-bugs have moved out of our hospitals and into our streets. Do you know how to help yourself and those you love if you contract such an infection? Now you do. Weed, author of Healing Wise. A truely invaluable resource that is also a detailed how-to primer of natural solutions based in time-honored herbal practices. Our immune systems are becoming increasingly burdened, and we desperately need the complexity and synergy of plant-based medicine to help restore the microbial balance in our bodies.
This valuable resource book helps you to know what to use, how, and when. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview With antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise, herbal remedies present a naturally effective alternative to standard antibiotics.
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