bacteria continue to sweep the nation, tens of thousands (at least) are
expected to suffer from ailments that just can’t be beaten by
conventional medicine. In fact, a recent government document
states that approximately 80,000 individuals could die if there were a
“widespread outbreak” of a blood infection that is resistant to
The National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies
says such an outbreak could be expected to hit 200,000 people – and two
in five of them “might die.” What’s more, the doc states that “high
numbers of deaths could also be expected” from other resistant bacteria,
which could compromise the safety of our modern medicine.
The Cabinet Office document says the number of infections
“complicated” by antimicrobial resistance is expected to “increase
markedly over the next 20 years”.
“Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery
and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to
increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality.”
The document adds:
“If a widespread outbreak were to occur, we could
expect around 200,000 people to be affected by a bacterial blood
infection that could not be treated effectively with existing drugs, and
around 80,000 of these people might die.”
Meanwhile, hospitals in England are reporting that patients are
carrying record numbers of antibiotic-resistant diseases.
Laboratory-confirmed cases of a strain of gut bacteria resistant to pharmaceuticals has risen from five cases to more than 600 in just 7 years.
The document came to similar conclusions as numerous other reports
analyzing the issue of antibiotic-resistance. There is no question that
antibiotics have lent a helping hand in treating various ailments, but
now this modern medicine is fueling an issue that was perhaps never
considered before. Since their introduction, antibiotics have slowly
been fueling the development of superbugs – bacteria that are completely
resistant to our conventional treatments. Another report says that superbugs could claim 10 million lives each year as well as $100 trillion by 2050.
Economist and head of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, Jim O’Neill says:
“Drug-resistant infections already
kill hundreds of thousands a year globally, and by 2050 that figure
could be more than 10 million. The economic cost will also be
significant, with the world economy being hit by up to 100 trillion US
dollars (£63.6 trillion) by 2050 if we do not take action.
We cannot allow these projections to
materialise for any of us, especially our fellow citizens in the Bric
(Brazil, Russia, India and China) and Mint (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria
and Turkey) world, and our ambition is such that we will search for
bold, clear and practical long term solutions.”
It is time we start looking for alternative solutions to this modern medicine before it completely fails us.
ROLAND SAN JUAN was a researcher, management consultant, inventor, a part time radio broadcaster and a publishing director. He died last November 25, 2008 after suffering a stroke. His staff will continue his unfinished work to inform the world of the untold truths. Please read Erick San Juan's articles at: ericksanjuan.blogspot.com This blog is dedicated to the late Max Soliven, a FILIPINO PATRIOT.
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