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Hospital Superbugs Prove Deadly; Over-Prescription of Antibiotics Contributes to the Problem

Friday, August 06, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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One hundred people have died from superbug infections in just one hospital in Quebec over the last 18 months, says a hospital infectious disease expert. Fifty-four people died in the hospital last year, and so far this year the death toll has already reached 46. It is yet another example of how dangerous hospitals can be. It also shows the risk associated with superbug infections. But what causes these superbugs to be so infectious and so deadly when patients are exposed to them in the first place?

First off, the problem with superbugs is being created in part by the over-prescription of antibiotics. When physicians prescribe antibiotics for unnecessary conditions (such as viral infections), it actually promotes the natural mutation of bacteria, ultimately resulting in the creation of new, resistant strains that can often be easily passed from one patient to another in a hospital setting. In fact, health experts around the world blame the abuse of antibiotic drugs for today's epidemic of superbugs.

The second thing to consider is that many people in hospitals have weakened immune systems already, and so they are more susceptible to dying from infectious diseases. Many of these people might die from a non-superbug infectious disease, in fact. When they are struck with a superbug, their odds of surviving the infection drop even further.

So what's the lesson from all of this? The big lesson is, number one, protect your own health so that you can stay out of hospitals. A hospital is not a safe place to be, and the best way to avoid hospitals is to prevent disease and obesity by taking responsibility for your own health outcome. That is accomplished by pursuing nutrition, physical exercise, avoidance of metabolic disruptors in your foods, and of course the frequent consumption of superfoods and nutritional supplements that support optimum human health.

The other lesson from all of this is that as a society, we should strongly question the over-prescription of antibiotics that we see happening today. Even though these antibiotics are very profitable for pharmaceutical companies, they are creating a potentially widespread problem that could cause untold number of fatalities in the long run as more and more people are infected with superbugs and are killed by them. Clearly the responsible use of antibiotics is something that needs to be taught to the practitioners of organized medicine.

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About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning journalist with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He has authored more than 1,800 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, and he has created several downloadable courses on survival and preparedness, including his widely-downloaded course on personal safety and self-defense. Adams is an independent journalist with strong ethics who does not get paid to write articles about any product or company. In 2010, Adams co-founded NaturalNews.com, a natural health video sharing site that has now grown in popularity. He also founded an environmentally-friendly online retailer called BetterLifeGoods.com that uses retail profits to help support consumer advocacy programs. He's also a noted technology pioneer and founded a software company in 1993 that developed the HTML email newsletter software currently powering the NaturalNews subscriptions. Adams also serves as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a non-profit consumer protection group, and practices nature photography, Capoeira, martial arts and organic gardening. He's also author of numerous health books published by Truth Publishing and is the creator of several consumer-oriented grassroots campaigns, including the Spam. Don't Buy It! campaign, and the free downloadable Honest Food Guide. He also created the free reference sites HerbReference.com and HealingFoodReference.com. Adams believes in free speech, free access to nutritional supplements and the ending of corporate control over medicines, genes and seeds. Known by his callsign, the 'Health Ranger,' Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at www.HealthRanger.org

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