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Originally published August 6 2004

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

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

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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