One superbug has finally taken the last evolutionary jump into what could be an incurable existential threat.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which was created due to the overuse of antibiotics, has traditionally been responsible for over two million patient infections per year, killing 23,000 people in U.S. per year. But this could change dramatically with the recent discovery of a nightmare bug that is set to be a game changer.
The antibiotic Colistin is a last resort drug against superbugs, when all other antibiotics failed. Last month doctors came across a 49-year old Pennsylvania woman with a mutated E. coli bacteria that had developed resistance against Colistin, “heralding the time of a truly pan-resistant bacteria,” according to a
study published last Thursday by the American Society for Microbiology.
Chinese and British researchers reported finding the colistin-resistant strain in pigs and raw pork and in a small number of people in China in November. The deadly strain was later discovered in Europe and elsewhere. The Washington Post,
This animated video from 2013 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the key points and graphics of the “Antibiotic Threats in the United States” report. (YouTube/CDC)
The colistin-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has the ability to empower other bugs with a plasmid that helps them break down antibiotics, meaning it has the potential to turn any bacteria into not only superbugs, but “pan-resistant bugs” that are able to resist all modern drugs.
The new entrant belongs to a family of bacteria known as CRE that have traditionally killed half of the infected patients. That was before the introduction of mcr-1.
“It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive care units, or patients getting
urinary-tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics,” CDC Director Tom Frieden told The Washington Post.
Hundreds of livestock and retail meats turned up the same Colistin-resistant bacteria in a sample from a pig’s intestine in the United States. USDA said it is working to identify the farm the pig came from.
A December 2014 report commissioned by the UK Prime Minister, the
, warned of “profound health and macroeconomic consequences for the world if antimicrobial resistance is not tackled,” including a projection that estimated that at least 10 million people could die from AMR every year. According to Review On Antimicrobial Resistance projections by KPMG and RAND Europe, the potential economic cost could exceed 100 trillion USD, wiping out an estimated 2 percent– 3.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product because of increased mortality and morbidity rates in the labor force.
With the introduction of the mcr-1 gene, 2050 may arrive earlier than expected.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe (D) said that his administration has begun working with the CDC and the Defense Department to coordinate “an appropriate and collaborative” response. Congress agreed to give hundreds of millions of dollars to federal agencies to battle the threat last year, but with the introduction of pan-resistant bugs this task has become even more difficult.
“It’s hard to imagine worse for public health in the United States,” Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and a George Washington University professor, said Thursday in a statement about the case. “We may soon be facing a world where CRE infections are untreatable.”
But the future may not be as hopeless as the modern pharma may seem to think. What all the agencies, including CDC, are omitting is that while Big Pharma antibiotics may be ineffective against superbugs, there are some natural effective alternatives.
For instance, silver have been used for millennia to treat bacterial infections successfully and without side-effects (like compromising the immune system). In modern lab tests,
silver is known to kill over 650 common and exotic bacterial infections, including superbugs like MRSA.
This is why we introduced the
Silver Healer in 2014, a portable, microchip-controlled device that produces a nano-particle blend of ionic and colloidal silver that can be easily absorbed by the body, one of the most powerful natural antimicrobials in existence. More than 1,000 customers have used the Silver Healer successfully to treat dozens of infections, including hospital-derived infections of superbugs.
Other potential uses include:
Wiping out sore throats, ear infections and eye infections
Clearing sinus and upper respiratory infections
Treating Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Boosting the immune system
Preventing plaque buildup, tooth decay, and bleeding gums
Quickly combating food poisoning
Fighting mold and mildew
Healing cuts, sores, and boils
Taking the itch out of insect bites and rashes
Getting rid of athlete’s foot and nail fungus
Soothing and healing burns, including sunburns
It is finally time to prepare for the onset of a new antibiotic-free era. Read up on AMR below and take advantage of our special on
Silver Healer. Last but not least, tell your friends and loved ones to stop using antibiotics when possible. Not only as a medication but by avoiding soaps, Band-Aids, cleaners, and topical OTC ointments like Neosporin and foods that contain antibiotics.