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WHO report labels antibiotic resistance 'global threat,' calls for urgent action

Friday, May 02, 2014 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
Tags: WHO, antibiotic resistance, global threat

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(NaturalNews) A new report issued by the World Health Organization denounces the current overuse of antibiotics and is saying that antibiotics now pose a "major global threat" to public health.

Calling for urgent action, WHO says that antibiotic resistance is occurring "in every region of the world." Describing the current medical landscape as a "post-antibiotic era," WHO is revealing that simple infections, once treatable, are now capable of taking lives en masse. After analyzing data from 114 countries, WHO has deemed that "devastating implications are imminent, unless "significant" and prompt action is taken. In utter hypocrisy, WHO is calling for the development of new antibiotics and new vaccines to overcome the resistant strains of bacteria.

"What we urgently need is a solid global plan of action which provides for the rational use of antibiotics," the WHO report stated.

Current antibiotics unable to treat pneumonia, blood infections

The golden age of medical antibiotics is eroding. Overuse of antibiotics is now causing diseases such as pneumonia, blood infections and even diarrhea to return, stronger and more pervasive than ever, outsmarting key, crutch antibiotics relied on in the last generation.

One antibiotic that has become practically worthless in the face of this rapid antibiotic resistance is carbapenem. This drug is often used to treat people with life-threatening pneumonia caused by K. pneumoniae bacteria. Carbapenem is also used as a last resort for bloodstream infections and infections that specifically affect newborns. Now the carbapenem antibiotic is no longer a last resort; it's becoming very ineffective, useless across the world.

In the emergency, WHO is calling for the development of new antibiotics that can stay ahead of the emerging bacteria strains. Likely to perpetuate the problem, more antibiotics will continually allow bacteria to naturally mutate as they continue to make themselves immune to antibiotics that use a singular mode for bacterial destruction.

Antibiotics for E. coli infections "would not work in more than half of people treated"

The infamous E. coli bacteria, outsmarted by antibiotics in the 1980s, is now making a comeback. E. coli was effectively treated in nearly all cases in the 80s. According to WHO, those same antibiotics are ineffective in more than half of E. coli cases today.

In the report, resistance to antibiotics used to treat E. coli from country to country "would not work in more than half of people treated."

Dr. Jennifer Cohn, medical director of Medecins sans Frontieres' Access Campaign, said: "We see horrendous rates of antibiotic resistance wherever we look in our field operations, including children admitted to nutritional centres in Niger, and people in our surgical and trauma units in Syria."

Antibiotics failing to treat gonorrhea, as millions become infected daily

The World Health Organization also found that long-standing antibiotic treatments for gonorrhea are becoming useless. This was first observed in the UK, when the treatment failed to stop the sexually transmitted infection. Furthermore, WHO found that the same treatment isn't working in Austria, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France, Norway, Slovenia or Sweden. They reported that gonorrhea is spreading uncontrollably now, with more than a million people becoming infected across the world daily.

Nature's antibacterial plants are the answer

Hiding in the shadows of all the alarming confusion of useless medical antibiotics are an entire catalog of plants that contain antibacterial properties. Herbs like oregano, goldenseal, garlic and tea tree, among many others, consist of complex antibacterial substances that have evolved alongside bacteria over the years. These natural antibiotics use multiple modes to silence bacteria. These simple plants are the answer for drug-resistant infections. Antibacterial compounds from plants attack bacteria from multiple routes, not just a singular mode as seen in clinical antibiotics.

Medical establishments around the world could potentially save millions of lives utilizing these plant extracts. In this study, garlic destroyed Helicobacter pylori bacteria at low doses.

The only way to conquer the mutating strains of bacteria is to use herbal medicine. Raw honey is one such natural antibacterial proving to conquer resistant strains of bacteria, including MRSA.

Even something as simple as colloidal silver proves to be more dominant than clinical antibiotics.

Dr Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general at WHO, said: "Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating."

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