News came out only last week that a new form of the infectious bug, MRSA, resists antibiotics.
As if we didn’t have enough pathogens to deal with! And there is concern that the current killer E. coli strain could also be untreatable due to its antibiotic resistance.
Advances are being made in the fight against superbugs, most recently by leading expert, Professor Chris Thomas. But even he admitted recently that, “we are all very worried… The level of resistance is increasing all the time. E. coli is one of the bacteria we are worried about in hospitals as we are seeing strains resistant to all antibiotics.”
Apparently, the problem is that we’re using antibiotics too much! More antibiotic exposure means that superbugs learn how to defending themselves quicker.
The finger of judgement is pointing at the overuse of antibiotics in farming and medicine.
The Organic Association are calling for new practices in farming which don’t require the constant use of antibiotics. It’s one of the main reasons people buy organic. Similarly, it is suggested that humans lessen their use of antibiotics so it can be used only where it is really needed.
But what’s the alternative?
Maintaining a healthy immune system and practicing basic hygiene are two obvious defences against bacterial infections; and of course, always consult your doctor.
However in the future you may have to resort to raw garlic to help you through an illness.
■ Crushed raw garlic – It not only works on bacterial infections but viral infections too.
■ Prebiotics and probiotics – Improving your ‘friendly’ gut bacteria helps you deal with the bad stuff.
■ Manuka honey – scientists are looking into the possible benefits of the potent honey with food poisoning.
■ Collodial silver – some people swear by collodial silver for everything from nappy rash to mouth ulcers. It used to be used mainly before antibiotics came along.
■ Goldenseal – It has an antibacterial action. It is highly rated by some herbalists.
■ Echinacea – It doesn’t work for everyone but is believed to stimulate your immune system.
■ Olive leaf extract – This is an ancient remedy and is currently being tested for its beneficial properties.
■ Essential Oils like tea tree oil, thyme and oregano – Scientists are interested in how potent oils like oregano might defeat MRSA.