Are Antibiotics Helping You Or Harming You?

III. New Macrolide Dangers On The Rise

The Macrolide class of drugs is a new type of antibiotic that is being linked to a small but increasing risk of having a heart attack. Macrolides are being used for bronchitis, pneumonia, and other infections such as sexually transmitted diseases. Antibiotics such as Quinolone, Azithromycin (Zithromax), and Clarithromycin (Biaxin) are included in the Macrolide class. The rising danger is such that one person out of every 8,500 patients who take Macrolides may develop a very serious heart problem and even more disturbing is that one person in every 30,000 could possibly die, according to Dr. Sami Viskin of the Tel Aviv Medical Center and the Sackler School of Medicine, which is located at the Tel Aviv University in the country of Israel. And, unfortunately, experts predict that things could continue to get even worse very quickly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been warning about two additional threats including: Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae,(CRE) which kills almost 1/2 of all infected hospital patients once it hits the blood stream; and Shigella, which is a very contagious type of bacteria that travelers overseas frequently bring back to the states.

The World Health Organization and the European Union are calling this resistant-type of bacteria a very dangerous crisis that could very well place us on the edge of a “post-antibiotic era”. Moreover, President Obama has met with a forum in the White House consisting of 150 organizations along with Consumer Reports. As a result, the president has proposed a 2016 budget which will include $1.2 billion in order to combat these types of infections.

The reality is that antibiotic-resistance is a very serious and deadly problem. So, you need to be vigilant and do all that you can to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. The good news is that we are becoming more educated regarding the dangers, and various organizations and manufacturers are now trying to become involved to actually do something about it. For example, in the past antibiotic use in various Dutch countries was considered to be high when compared to other areas. However from 2009-2014, this danger has fallen by 59% and is slated to tally up to an additional 11% decrease by the end of the year. So, the word is beginning to spread on the dangers and crisis that is facing all of the nations of the world concerning these superbugs. It is our hope that you and your family will use the information in this article for your benefit and do all that you can to remain well.

 

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