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Bacteria Fight Back – Drug resistance and infectious diseases.
By Dr. Martha Grout, M.D., M.D.(H)
Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Scottsdale, Az.
Dr Martha Grout, Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, remembers, “In my mother’s childhood, infectious diseases were among the five leading cause of death of children. (The others were prematurity, congenital malformations, and injury at birth.) Two of my father’s 3 brothers died of polio. Meningitis and gastroenteritis were major problems.”
Dr Grout explains, “By the time I went to medical school, infectious diseases were all treated with antibiotics. Most of the time, treatment was successful – although with certain forms of meningitis, success did not mean that the infant would be normal, just that the infant no longer died of the infection.”
And now we come back full circle, to the point where our antibiotics are less and less successful. Patients are dying of infections acquired in the hospital. We are seeing organisms with multiple antibiotic resistance, virtually unkillable with our current antibiotics.
It’s not as though the medical community is unaware of the problem. In fact in early June an entire 2-day symposium is being held, with the title: Forum on Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Meeting the Challenge.
Sounds promising, right? Perhaps we are finally going to look at the actual problem of drug resistance, and begin to consider why it is that our population is so vulnerable.
Not so much, unfortunately.
The entire agenda is taken up by lectures like “Global Landscape & Markets in Anti-Infectives and the Implications of Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases” and “Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens: What Can We Learn from the Success of Our Enemy?” and “Identification of Novel Drug Targets”.
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Not a single lecture on strengthening the immune system, or decreasing the use of antibiotics as a growth hormone in cattle, or improving the nutrition of our population so as to improve their resistance to microorganisms.
Bacteria are our friends. They populate our gut. They produce vitamins and nutrients that we ourselves are unable to produce. They digest thatwhich we cannot, and produce the great bulk of our stool so that we do not become constipated. Once we (or our herd animals) have evacuated the stool, it can be recycled as fertilizer for the next generation of crops.
Without bacteria (and fungi) we could easily become overwhelmed with trash, both inside and outside our bodies. Landfills would never break down. Oil spills would remain on the surface of the ocean.
So what if, instead of calling the bacteria our enemy, we enlist their help as our friends?
- Probiotics for healthy bacteria in the gut – this is a fundamental piece of our “Heal the Gut” protocol.
- Fruits and vegetables to nourish not only ourselves, but also our helpful bacteria.
- Lay off the sugars and chemicals which make the gut more acid, less friendly to the helpful bacteria, more friendly to those bacteria which cause illness.
Lay off the sugars and chemicals which make the gut more acid, less friendly to the helpful bacteria, more friendly to those bacteria which cause illness.
Not all bacteria are alike. When the climate of the gut is healthy, those bacteria which are friendly to us flourish. When the climate of the gut is unhealthy, inflamed and swollen, those bacteria which are friendly do not survive, allowing the unfriendly (or pathogenic) bacteria to take over.
Sure, sometimes antibiotics are needed, if the individual has been so overwhelmed by bacteria that it cannot survive.
But after the antibiotics, healing needs to occur. Healthy food, healthy exercise, healthy surroundings and healthy emotions are all a piece of the progress toward health.
At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we work with all these levels – antibiotics if needed, supplementing nutrients where needed, eliminating toxicity on all levels – physical, mental and emotional – healthy diet and healthy surroundings. Our aim is to help our patients get healthy, so they no longer need us in order to stay healthy.
The 2012 meeting introduced the new and very topical Forum on Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Meeting the Challenge, on June 7-8, 2012, to tackle the rising global threat posed by antimicrobial/antibiotic resistant organism and emerging infectious diseases. Drug resistance among Gram-positive and Gramnegative bacteria has reached more than 25% in certain OECD countries, while the armamentarium of available medical countermeasures is at its lowest point since 1928. The development of effective and affordable antimicrobial and antibiotic drugs and diagnostics devices is now more important than ever. Join experts from government, pharmaceutical and biotech firms, NGOs and academia as they explore the latest challenges, research initiatives and funding opportunities.
View the complete “Forum on Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases” June 7th 2012 meeting agenda, click here >> http://goo.gl/lLCKU .
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