According to the Center for Disease Control, Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. More and more people are resorting to anitbiotics for coughs and colds and flus that are viral infections that do nothing more than weaken your immune system when a bacterial infection does arise.
These anti-antibiotic super strains of bacteria can happen anywhere. Data shows that most happen in the general community; however, most deaths related to antibiotic resistance happen in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.
To make matters worse, "The crucial ingredients for nearly all antibiotics, steroids and many other lifesaving drugs are now made exclusively in China," The New York Times reports. That has substantial impact on our nation's ability to resist severe bacterial infections should an outbreak arise.
But it's not all hellfire and brimstone. While modern medicine has significantly dropped the number of fatalities from everything to child birth and simple infections, it will never match the complexity or ability of our own immune systems to protect us from the next H1N1 outbreak, or zombie apocalypse.
So what do I do?
Take a chill pill. Ha! No seriously, it's not as scary as it seems. Healthcare is a personal affair. What works for some people doesn't work for others. If you're inflicted with a sinus infection, a common antibiotic prescribed ailment, try to shirk it naturally. Use a netti pot, or saline rinse. Buy a humidifier. Experiment with homeopathic medicines, nutrition, or even apple cider vinegar or grapefruit seed extract.
Likewise a urinary tract infection can be cured and even prevented with a healthy dose of cranberry.
All in all your health is your own choice. If you need antibiotics, do some research, make certain they align with you and make you feel better, and use caution.
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