It seems there are more growing issues in the world today than we want to admit. We know global warming and potential nuclear war are both serious issues but what this scientist is speaking out about is something that somehow does not gain much attention, anywhere near as much as it should.
Professor Dame Sally Davies the UK’s Chief Medical Officer has been warning in more recent times that global action needs to be taken to ensure that we do not see the ‘end of modern medicine’ itself. This being because our antibiotics are becoming USELESS. When it comes to drug-resistant strains of bacteria overuse of antibiotics are causing them to become more and more present and much stronger as time goes on.
According to the CDC, at least 23,000 people die from infection due to an antibiotic-resistant bacteria here in the US so yes, this problem is one we all need to be aware of. Now, globally this number is more like 700,000 or so and constantly growing. Davies says that if we do not act NOW we could end up having 10 million people die each year from these drug-resistant diseases. This being something that could truly be a reality in as little as 30 years from now.
While oftentimes patients think their doctors are being mean and trying to cut corners by not prescribing them with antibiotics that is not what is happening at all. They are merely trying to solve the issue without their help so that these resistant bugs do not grow stronger. Doctors who are doing this know that as a whole the cutback on the use of antibiotics when not truly needed is a good thing.
With that being said, Davies says this cut back is not happening fast enough. She recently announced plans at a global conference in Berlin about how she intends to map the spread of death and disease in regards to superbugs. These superbugs are causing a lot of problems and these problems are only going to get worse if nothing is done about them.
The Telegraph reported Davies saying as follows:
“We really are facing, if we don’t take action now, a dreadful post-antibiotic apocalypse. I don’t want to say to my children that I didn’t do my best to protect them and their children.”
“The issue is too many people are getting antibiotics they don’t need.”
To learn more about these superbugs and the growing issues surrounding them please check out the video below. There is a lot more to antibiotics than most people realize. They are not magic pills and their overuse does come at a price.
(Image Via: HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL)