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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
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: hospitals, superbugs, superbug infections

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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 (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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