Antibiotics Should Not Be Overused

There was another report by AFP (Stockholm) that bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics.  Just about everyone has heard of MRSA and VRE here in the US, but unfortunately the medical community continues to over prescribe antibiotics.  The public continues to request prescriptions from their physicians when they have colds or other viral infections which are not helped by antibiotics.  Viruses will run their course and, unless there is a secondary bacterial infection, antibiotics are not necessary.

I have a more than a couple of friends who run to their physician at the first sign of a sniffle or stuffy nose and invariably happily return with a ten day supply of antibiotics which ” cures ” their affliction.  Of course the cold would have been gone in seven or so days anyway.

There have been some recent studies which implicated the overuse of antibiotics to an increased risk of breast cancer.  Too much of anything can do some harm (some things a lot more than others.)

We need to take responsibility to cut down on the use of antibiotics and be sure we need them, before taking them.  Antibiotics will continue to work if not abused.

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Helen Brophy

Helen has a BS from the University of Rhode Island with graduate studies in physical science, chemistry, and counseling. For the past 20 yrs. she has studied and advocated a natural all-inclusive, responsible approach to maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Her belief and approach includes obtaining a rich balance encompassing all aspects of life through nutrition, exercise, spiritual and mental development, and responsible environmental habits. 

  8 comments for “Antibiotics Should Not Be Overused

  1. May 4, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This article was first published in 2009.

    It is now 2016 and yesterday the CDC in a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association say that researchers found that about 30% of all the antibiotics prescribed in the US — or roughly one in every three — are done so unnecessarily.

    “Part of the problem is that they’re often prescribed for things that they’re not designed to treat, like the flu, colds, or viral sinus infections. ”

    No kidding. What took the CDC so long?

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