According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: “Each year in the United States at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.”
One has to wonder how such a thing is possible in this modern age.
The powerful trait allows dangerous bacteria to thrive.
Bacteria can evolve and adapt far quicker than humans. Since they are constantly exposed to antibiotics in both animal and nature; they can quickly develop an immunity to substances that are harmful to them.
Combined with other defenses such as thick cell walls and strong internal drains; and you can see how bacteria can survive this age of miracle drugs.
The terrifying reason why the ecosystem is a haven for toxic killers.
We are only supposed to take antibiotics when we become sick; but we unknowingly also take them when we are healthy.
Livestock are given antibiotics when in captivity to keep them from getting sick and also to survive overcrowded conditions.
When they are eaten and then digested, those antibiotics are integrated into the human body.
When humans and livestock defecate, the antibiotics that aren’t broken down inside the body reenter the environment.
Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies also contribute to this problem. They dispose of vast amounts of antibiotics that aren’t always biodegradable and those materials reenter the ecosystem.
With all of these combined factors, you can now see how some diseases are becoming difficult to treat.
Below I have only listed four classes of germs. However make no mistake, there are more.
1. Neisseria gonorrhea
This microbe is responsible for the disease known as gonorrhea, also known as the clap and the drip.
Not only is gonorrhea a sexually transmitted disease, but it can also be transmitted from an infected pregnant woman to a new born child.
Though treatable in the past, newer strains such as HO41 are beginning to develop a resistance to antibiotics.
2. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
This family of bacteria is responsible for the disease known as MRSA a.k.a staph infection.
This disease is caught in hospitals through open wounds, the urinary tract, and the lungs.
It also attacks people with weakened immune systems. Once inside the body, the infection can affect the heart, the bones, and the blood. As its name states it is immune to the antibiotic methillin.
3. Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Many organisms in the Mycobacterium family are developing a resistance to antibiotics, including the species that causes tuberculosis and leprosy.
Tuberculosis is a contagious airborne illness that usually targets the lungs.
4. Haemophilus Infleunzae
Not to be confused with influenza, which is the bacterium that causes the flu, Haemophilus Infleunzae is a type of bacteria that has many different strains.
The Type B of the species can cause meningitis, bacteremia, and septic arthritis.
Sources: Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives For Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria By Stephen Harrod Buhner, WebMD, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization