May 25, 2017

Superbugs are Winning

Jack Kemp

https://townhall.com/columnists/betsymccaughey/2017/05/24/why-the-superbugs-are-winning-n2330947?

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Why the Superbugs Are Winning

The deadliest superbug yet -- Candida auris -- is invading hospitals and nursing homes, killing a staggering 60 percent of patients it infects. Some exposed patients don't succumb to infection but silently carry the germ and infect others. So far, the lethal germ has sickened patients in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts, with 122 cases reported so far this year, up from only six last year.

The germ -- a fungus -- lingers on bedrails and on the uniforms and hands of doctors and nurses, ready to attack the next patient. Once it gets inside a catheter orbreathing device and invades a patient's body, it kills.

Candida auris is already in 15 hospitals in New York, including prestigious medical centers. Acting Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Anne Schuchat calls it a "catastrophic threat." Strong words, but don't expect health authorities to do much. They're saying what they always say -- patients dying from these infectionswere already seriously ill. Well, duh. Who else goes to a hospital?

Health care infections -- from Candida auris and many other germs -- kill at least 75,000 hospital patients a year and five times that number in nursing homes. That's nearly half a million deaths a year. Politicians talk nonstop about insurance guaranteeing seriously ill people access to care. But the biggest risk to these patients isn'tlack of insurance. It's infection.Infections jeopardize vulnerable patients' access to organ transplants, cancer therapy and HIV/AIDS treatments, even if they have insurance.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT TOWNHALL.

A NOTE FROM TIM:

Another point about superbugs; the ridiculous legal code in America has promoted ambulance chasing to the point where nobody will take the risk of developing new antibiotics. Antibiotics are expensive to develop and have a limited return because germs eventually become immune - unlike, say, blood pressure medicine which works forever. Meanwhile, drug companies have to fear being sued over new medicines. Why bother? It's more profitable to simply dump antibiiotics. But SOMEBODY needs to do R and D on them; we are always in a fight to stay ahead of the mutating diseases. The problem is, America is down to just a couple of companies doing any such research. It takes years and costs millions to develop a drug that may get you sued. In the end it is government policy and blood sucking lawyers who are at fault.

Here is a brief explanation of the problems in developing antibiotics.

We need tort reform if we want to avoid the coming plagues.

A NOTE FROM JACK:

I have an anecdotal story from a New Age health fair I went to years ago. Obviously, it doesn't prove anything, I am not a doctor and the condition mentioned is just an ear infection.

So I was at the health fair in NY City. A friendly woman was selling colloidal silver drops in bottles (a low cost item I still have on my shelf) to fight infections. She told me how she got started. It seems she was, at the time, the mother of a small child who had an ear infection. She did the conventional "right thing" and went to the doctor who prescribed an antibiotic which seemed to work for three weeks when she stopped using it on the boy. But the earache came back and she started researching natural cures, as it seemed the infectious agents simply developed an immunity to her antiboitic. The colloidal silver permanently got rid of the earache of her boy.

Here is what WebMD's website has to say about colloidal silver. It starts with a legalistic warning but gets better...

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-779-COLLOIDAL%20SILVER.aspx?activeIngredientId=779&activeIngredientName=COLLOIDAL%20SILVER

Colloidal silver is a mineral. Despite promoters’ claims, silver has no known function in the body and is not an essential mineral supplement. Colloidal silver products were once available as over-the-counter drug products, but in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that these colloidal silver products were not considered safe or effective. Colloidal silver products marketed for medical purposes or promoted for unproven uses are now considered "misbranded” under the law without appropriate FDA approval as a new drug. There are currently no FDA-approved over-the-counter orprescription drugscontaining silver that are taken by mouth. However, there are still colloidal silver products being sold as homeopathic remedies anddietary supplements.

There are many Internet ads for the parts of a generator that produces colloidal silver at home. People who produce colloidal silver at home will likely not be able to evaluate their product for purity or strength. There are many products that are far safer and more effective than colloidal silver.

Despite these concerns about safety and effectiveness, people still buy colloidal silver as adietary supplement and use it for a wide range of ailments. Colloidal silver is used to treat infections due to yeast; bacteria (tuberculosis,Lyme disease, bubonic plague, pneumonia, leprosy, gonorrhea, syphilis, scarlet fever, stomach ulcers, cholera); parasites (ringworm, malaria); and viruses (HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles, warts).

Colloidal silver is also used for lung conditions including emphysema and bronchitis; skin conditions including rosacea, cradle cap (atopic dermatitis), eczema, impetigo, andpsoriasis; and inflammation (sometimes due to infection) of the bladder (cystitis), prostate (prostatitis), colon (colitis), nose (rhinitis), stomach (gastritis), tonsils (tonsillitis), appendix (appendicitis), and sinuses (sinusitis).

Other uses include treatment of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, leukemia, hay fever and other allergies, trench foot, and gum disease.

Colloidal silver is also used to prevent flu, H1N1 (swine) flu, and the common cold.

Some women take colloidal silver during pregnancy to aid the baby's growth and health as well as the mother's delivery and recovery.

Colloidal silver is applied directly to the skin for acne, burns, eye infections, fungal infections, throat infections, skin infections, and Staphylococcus infections.

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