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Thursday 19 November 2015

Antibiotic resistance. A problem only for conventional medicine?

We have been told for several years now that antibiotic drug are failing because of microbial resistance. It is usually presented to us as a tragedy that will lead to mayhem, with people dying in large numbers from diseases once treated with antibiotics. The BBC has returned to the theme this morning (19th November 2015) in its news broadcasts, and its article "World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era', focusing on the news that bacteria has been identified in China, in both people and livestock, that is "able to shrug off the drug of last resort - collision".

A few corrections are necessary to this, and the way the mainstream media generally, deals with the situation.

First, let's correct the quoted passage above, which should read "able to shrug off the conventional drug of last resort".

I will now go through the BBC article, and make corrects to each of their sentences, my additions being done in bold and larger print.

          "They said that resistance would spread around the world and raised the spectre of .... infections that are untreatable by conventional medicine".

          "Bacteria becoming completely resistant to conventional treatment - also known as the antibiotic apocalypse - could plunge conventional medicine back into the dark ages".

One doctor is quoted with both the comments below, and again, I have corrected what he has said, for the sake of accuracy.

          "At that point if a patient is seriously ill, say with E. coli, then there is virtually nothing you (conventional medicine) can do."

          "He said there was no single event that would mark the start of the antibiotic apocalypse, but it was clear "we (conventional medicine) are losing the battle".

The BBC then quotes the Lancet, as follows, with the usual correction inserted.

          "A commentary in the Lancet concluded the "implications [of this study] are enormous" and unless something significant changes, conventional doctors would "face increasing numbers of patients for whom we will need to say, 'Sorry, there is nothing I (conventional medicine) can do to cure your infection.'"

Homeopathy has never used antibiotics in order to treat any of the conditions, illness or disease. It does not need to. I have written about the crisis of pharmaceutical antibiotics on several occasions.

Parents call for ban on family of antibiotics
Antibiotics - not such a wonder drug?
Antibiotics - the failure of conventional medicine's wonder drug?
Antibiotics - not as safe as we have been told?

What the mainstream media, including the BBC, should begin to recognise it is the crisis largely confined to conventional drug-based medicine, the only type of medicine they will consider or talk about!

Perhaps it is time for the conventional medical establishment to stop attacking homeopathy, and ask how homeopathy can help them through this crisis.