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The last antibiotic: Drug companies run out of weapons against the very same superbugs they helped create

Thursday, August 30, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: antibiotics, superbugs, drug companies


(NaturalNews) The age of antibiotics is over. It's history. There are no more patented chemical antibiotics in the pipeline. The drug companies have all but abandoned antibiotics research, leaving humanity to suffer the fate of a wave of drug-resistant bacteria -- superbugs -- that the drug companies actually helped create.

The industry is down to one last-ditch chemical: colistin, a toxic bug-killing chemical discovered in 1949. It kills superbugs, but it also causes kidney damage. So if you're infected with a superbug in a hospital, you can choose to either die from an infection, or die from the cure.

...There's a lot of that going on in medicine these days, it seems...

Nearly all antibiotics are now obsolete

In the last 34 years, Big Pharma has only come up with two new classes of antibiotics. Both are now obsolete. And the drug companies are walking away from the research needed to produce new antibiotics even as they run television ads claiming they "put patients first."

"Last year, Pfizer, the world's biggest drug company, closed its Connecticut antibiotics research center, laying off 1,200 workers," reports the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/healt...). "The company said it was moving the operation to Shanghai. ...Pfizer is struggling to open the Chinese facility and has largely abandoned antibiotics."

It turns out that drugs for erectile dysfunction, baldness or cholesterol are ten times more profitable than antibiotics. So while a wave of drug-resistant bacteria burns through our hospitals, killing patients by the tens of thousands, Big Pharma is far more interested in making sure some middle-aged guy on statin drugs can still get an erection. There are more profits to be had, after all, in giving people boners rather than cures.

99,000 Americans a year killed by superbugs, says CDC

Meanwhile, superbugs are killing Americans at a rate that rivals wartime casualties. A decade ago, the CDC estimated that superbugs infected 1.7 million Americans and killed 99,000 Americans each year (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/healt...).

That's about twice the number of Americans killed in the entire Vietnam War, by the way. And those numbers are a decade old. By many accounts, the superbug problem is far worse now than it was ten years ago. For example, superbug infections among newborns have risen over 300% in a similar timeframe (https://www.naturalnews.com/026587_infections...).

Why are infections getting worse? Because over the last decade, superbugs have evolved. Nature has found resistance to nearly every known antibiotic on the market: Tetracyclines, Fluoroquinolones, Cephalosporins, Sulfonamides and more.

Just how bad is the situation? Even Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, couldn't deny the reality of the situation. "Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill," she said in a recent keynote address (http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2012/amr_2012...). "Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe, and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials... For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50%," she said.

Chan also warned about the severity of the problem:

Many other pathogens are developing resistance to multiple drugs, some to nearly all. Hospitals have become hotbeds for highly-resistant pathogens, like MRSA, ESBL, and CPE, increasing the risk that hospitalization kills instead of cures. These are end-of-the-road pathogens that are resistant to last-line antimicrobials.

If current trends continue unabated, the future is easy to predict. Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era. No. This will be a post-antibiotic era. In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry, especially for gram-negative bacteria. The cupboard is nearly bare.

Prospects for turning this situation around look dim. A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it.

The end of modern medicine is also the failure of modern medicine

Let's face it: Modern medicine has failed humanity. While promising cures, the drug industry only delivers skyrocketing rates of superbug infections, chemical intoxication and autism. Chemotherapy causes permanent brain damage. Vaccines cause permanent kidney damage and spontaneous abortions. Painkillers have created a new generation of prescription drug junkies while antibiotics breed deadly microbes that threaten us all.

Every time the drug industry claims to have solved one problem it creates two more.

Rather than the industry being guided by improved patient outcomes, it is wholly guided by the endless quest for corporate profits. This has led to an abandonment of real science and real medicine. Today, Big Pharma and the vaccine industry are steeped in quack science and criminal profiteering.

Even the head of the World Health Organization can see the writing on the wall. Anyone who thinks the pharmaceutical industry will provide the world with any real cures is living a delusional fantasy.

So what's left after the drug industry has ravaged the world's citizens, damaged their immune systems with vaccine adjuvants and infected the people with drug-resistant superbugs? A billion victims of an industry that has failed at every level: Economically, socially, ethically and spiritually.

Big Pharma is, essentially, the Big Failure of our time. It is notable only in the epic scale of how many lives it has destroyed on our planet.

Real solutions to superbugs

That it requires Big Pharma billions of dollars to develop new antibiotics is a cruel joke about the stupidity of "medical science." Why? Because Mother Nature produces an abundance of chemicals that defeat superbugs, but the drug industry won't embrace them because those chemicals can't be patented (and therefore monopolized).

Garlic, for example, kills all known superbugs. So does colloidal silver. So do an endless list of medicinal herbs, plants, fungi and even molds. Manuka honey kills infectious bacteria, by the way.

Heck, just using copper surfaces in hospitals has been scientifically shown to halt 97% of superbug infections (https://www.naturalnews.com/033398_superbugs_...).

Cures for superbugs are all around us in nature, but they aren't allowed to be used in hospitals because hospitals are really the cult temples of western medicine. There, the "high priest" doctors worship the pharmaceutical gods -- Pfizer, Merck, AstraZeneca -- while making sure their patients have no information about probiotics, sunlight, vitamin D or plant-based nutritional therapies.

Patients perish from a lack of knowledge, of course, because beating superbugs is laughably easy. You can even do it with something as simple as vitamin B3, which has suddenly emerged in the news as a cure for superbug infections:

Similarly, I've never seen a superbug that can survive the presence of Oregano Extract, for that matter.

Doctors are ignorant, and hospitals are death traps

Mainstream medical doctors, of course, are utterly ignorant of real medicine. Having been brainwashed by drug companies and their junk science, doctors have no clue that real cures for infections are readily available from the natural world. So they kill their patients by the hundreds of thousands: roughly 783,000 medical patients are killed by doctors every year in the United States:

In fact, doctors aren't merely ignorant, they're more dangerous than terrorists! TRUE FACT: You are statistically far more likely to be infected with a superbug by your doctor than killed by a terrorist.

Doctors routinely refuse to wash their hands (or neckties) and thereby transmit deadly superbugs from one patient to another. So merely going to the hospital puts you in precisely the place where you have the highest chance in the world of being infected with a deadly superbug.

This is one reason why healthy people AVOID hospitals like the plague! Because hospitals spread the plague...

Quiz time: Where is the last place you want to be during an Ebola outbreak? The local hospital, of course! That's where Ebola spreads like wildfire, infecting almost everyone present.

How to protect yourself from superbugs

What's crystal clear from all this is:

• Doctors can't protect you from superbugs (they SPREAD them!)
• Hospitals can't protect you from superbugs (they cultivate them!)
• The government can't protect you from superbugs (they ignore them!)
• Big Pharma can't protect you from superbugs (they don't care!)

If you want to be protected from superbugs, you'll need to protect yourself. How do you do that? Here are some simple, commonsense strategies to avoid infections:

• Have a strong immune system to begin with. Make sure you have plenty of vitamin C and vitamin D in your system at all times. (Most westerners are hopelessly vitamin D deficient.)

• If you do get infected, seek out a naturopathic physician immediately. Explain what you're already using to boost your health, and ask for additional help from a qualified holistic physician.

• If you are in the hospital, demand that medical personnel wash their hands in your presence before they touch you. Bring a sprayer containing water and bleach, and spray down all surfaces in your room. Wash your own hands on a regular basis.

• Diabetes makes infections spread more quickly. To become more resistant to infections, reverse symptoms of diabetes using diet, exercise and vitamin D. (https://www.naturalnews.com/033446_vitamin_D_...)

• Own an herbal emergency medicine kit with elements known to kill infectious bacteria: Honey, colloidal silver, oregano extracts, ginger, thyme extracts, vitamin B3 and so on.

• Stop taking vaccines! They harm your immune system and make you more susceptible to future infections:

• Eat a diet that's rich in plant-based nutrients that fight infections. Consume lots of berries, green leafy vegetables, fresh organic fruits, fresh culinary herbs, omega-3 oils, living foods and so on.

• Supplement your diet with superfoods. Some of my favorite superfoods for general immune support include goji berries, cacao, mangosteen, acai, hemp seeds, coconut oil and so on.

• Keep reading NaturalNews, where you'll learn about natural remedies every day!

The bottom line? Eat well, get lots of sunshine, stay out of the hospitals and practice the fundamentals of personal hygiene (such as hand washing).

Nearly all the people who get infected with MRSA or other superbugs have weakened immune systems and chronic nutritional deficiencies. Superbugs simply cannot survive in a healthy host. They only proliferate in the bodies of those whose defenses are compromised.

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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.

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