Drug companies run out of weapons against the very same superbugs they helped create
Aug 30, 2012
The age of antibiotics is over. It’s history. There are no more patented chemical antibiotics in the pipeline. The drug companies have all but abandoned antibiotics research, leaving humanity to suffer the fate of a wave of drug-resistant bacteria — superbugs — that the drug companies actually helped create.
The industry is down to one last-ditch chemical: colistin, a toxic bug-killing chemical discovered in 1949. It kills superbugs, but it also causes kidney damage. So if you’re infected with a superbug in a hospital, you can choose to either die from an infection, or die from the cure.
…There’s a lot of that going on in medicine these days, it seems…
Nearly all antibiotics are now obsolete
In the last 34 years, Big Pharma has only come up with two new classes of antibiotics. Both are now obsolete. And the drug companies are walking away from the research needed to produce new antibiotics even as they run television ads claiming they “put patients first.”
“Last year, Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug company, closed its Connecticut antibiotics research center, laying off 1,200 workers,” reports the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nih-superbug-ou…). “The company said it was moving the operation to Shanghai. …Pfizer is struggling to open the Chinese facility and has largely abandoned antibiotics.”
It turns out that drugs for erectile dysfunction, baldness or cholesterol are ten times more profitable than antibiotics. So while a wave of drug-resistant bacteria burns through our hospitals, killing patients by the tens of thousands, Big Pharma is far more interested in making sure some middle-aged guy on statin drugs can still get an erection. There are more profits to be had, after all, in giving people boners rather than cures.
99,000 Americans a year killed by superbugs, says CDC
Meanwhile, superbugs are killing Americans at a rate that rivals wartime casualties. A decade ago, the CDC estimated that superbugs infected 1.7 million Americans and killed 99,000 Americans each year (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nih-superbug-ou…).
That’s about twice the number of Americans killed in the entire Vietnam War, by the way. And those numbers are a decade old. By many accounts, the superbug problem is far worse now than it was ten years ago. For example, superbug infections among newborns have risen over 300% in a similar timeframe (http://www.naturalnews.com/026587_infections_infection_superbug.html).
Why are infections getting worse? Because over the last decade, superbugs have evolved. Nature has found resistance to nearly every known antibiotic on the market: Tetracyclines, Fluoroquinolones, Cephalosporins, Sulfonamides and more.
Just how bad is the situation? Even Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, couldn’t deny the reality of the situation. “Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill,” she said in a recent keynote address (http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2012/amr_20120314/en/index.html). “Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe, and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials… For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50%,” she said.
Chan also warned about the severity of the problem:
Many other pathogens are developing resistance to multiple drugs, some to nearly all. Hospitals have become hotbeds for highly-resistant pathogens, like MRSA, ESBL, and CPE, increasing the risk that hospitalization kills instead of cures. These are end-of-the-road pathogens that are resistant to last-line antimicrobials.
If current trends continue unabated, the future is easy to predict. Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era. No. This will be a post-antibiotic era. In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry, especially for gram-negative bacteria. The cupboard is nearly bare.
Prospects for turning this situation around look dim. A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it.
The end of modern medicine is also the failure of modern medicine
Let’s face it: Modern medicine has failed humanity. While promising cures, the drug industry only delivers skyrocketing rates of superbug infections, chemical intoxication and autism. Chemotherapy causes permanent brain damage. Vaccines cause permanent kidney damage and spontaneous abortions. Painkillers have created a new generation of prescription drug junkies while antibiotics breed deadly microbes that threaten us all.
Every time the drug industry claims to have solved one problem it creates two more.
Rather than the industry being guided by improved patient outcomes, it is wholly guided by the endless quest for corporate profits. This has led to an abandonment of real science and real medicine. Today, Big Pharma and the vaccine industry are steeped in quack science and criminal profiteering.
Even the head of the World Health Organization can see the writing on the wall. Anyone who thinks the pharmaceutical industry will provide the world with any real cures is living a delusional fantasy.
So what’s left after the drug industry has ravaged the world’s citizens, damaged their immune systems with vaccine adjuvants and infected the people with drug-resistant superbugs? A billion victims of an industry that has failed at every level: Economically, socially, ethically and spiritually.
Big Pharma is, essentially, the Big Failure of our time. It is notable only in the epic scale of how many lives it has destroyed on our planet.
Real solutions to superbugs
That it requires Big Pharma billions of dollars to develop new antibiotics is a cruel joke about the stupidity of “medical science.” Why? Because Mother Nature produces an abundance of chemicals that defeat superbugs, but the drug industry won’t embrace them because those chemicals can’t be patented (and therefore monopolized).
Garlic, for example, kills all known superbugs. So does colloidal silver. So do an endless list of medicinal herbs, plants, fungi and even molds. Manuka honey kills infectious bacteria, by the way.
Heck, just using copper surfaces in hospitals has been scientifically shown to halt 97% of superbug infections (http://www.naturalnews.com/033398_superbugs_copper.html).
Cures for superbugs are all around us in nature, but they aren’t allowed to be used in hospitals because hospitals are really the cult temples of western medicine. There, the “high priest” doctors worship the pharmaceutical gods — Pfizer, Merck, AstraZeneca — while making sure their patients have no information about probiotics, sunlight, vitamin D or plant-based nutritional therapies.
Patients perish from a lack of knowledge, of course, because beating superbugs is laughably easy. You can even do it with something as simple as vitamin B3, which has suddenly emerged in the news as a cure for superbug infections:
Similarly, I’ve never seen a superbug that can survive the presence of Oregano Extract, for that matter.
Doctors are ignorant, and hospitals are death traps
Mainstream medical doctors, of course, are utterly ignorant of real medicine. Having been brainwashed by drug companies and their junk science, doctors have no clue that real cures for infections are readily available from the natural world. So they kill their patients by the hundreds of thousands: roughly 783,000 medical patients are killed by doctors every year in the United States:
In fact, doctors aren’t merely ignorant, they’re more dangerous than terrorists! TRUE FACT: You are statistically far more likely to be infected with a superbug by your doctor than killed by a terrorist.
Doctors routinely refuse to wash their hands (or neckties) and thereby transmit deadly superbugs from one patient to another. So merely going to the hospital puts you in precisely the place where you have the highest chance in the world of being infected with a deadly superbug.
This is one reason why healthy people AVOID hospitals like the plague! Because hospitals spread the plague…
Quiz time: Where is the last place you want to be during an Ebola outbreak? The local hospital, of course! That’s where Ebola spreads like wildfire, infecting almost everyone present.
How to protect yourself from superbugs
What’s crystal clear from all this is:
• Doctors can’t protect you from superbugs (they SPREAD them!)
• Hospitals can’t protect you from superbugs (they cultivate them!)
• The government can’t protect you from superbugs (they ignore them!)
• Big Pharma can’t protect you from superbugs (they don’t care!)
If you want to be protected from superbugs, you’ll need to protect yourself. How do you do that? Here are some simple, commonsense strategies to avoid infections:
• Have a strong immune system to begin with. Make sure you have plenty of vitamin C and vitamin D in your system at all times. (Most westerners are hopelessly vitamin D deficient.)
• If you do get infected, seek out a naturopathic physician immediately. Explain what you’re already using to boost your health, and ask for additional help from a qualified holistic physician.
• If you are in the hospital, demand that medical personnel wash their hands in your presence before they touch you. Bring a sprayer containing water and bleach, and spray down all surfaces in your room. Wash your own hands on a regular basis.
• Diabetes makes infections spread more quickly. To become more resistant to infections, reverse symptoms of diabetes using diet, exercise and vitamin D. (http://www.naturalnews.com/033446_vitamin_D_diabetes.html)
• Own an herbal emergency medicine kit with elements known to kill infectious bacteria: Honey, colloidal silver, oregano extracts, ginger, thyme extracts, vitamin B3 and so on.
• Stop taking vaccines! They harm your immune system and make you more susceptible to future infections:
• Eat a diet that’s rich in plant-based nutrients that fight infections. Consume lots of berries, green leafy vegetables, fresh organic fruits, fresh culinary herbs, omega-3 oils, living foods and so on.
• Supplement your diet with superfoods. Some of my favorite superfoods for general immune support include goji berries, cacao, mangosteen, acai, hemp seeds, coconut oil and so on.
• Keep reading NaturalNews, where you’ll learn about natural remedies every day!
The bottom line? Eat well, get lots of sunshine, stay out of the hospitals and practice the fundamentals of personal hygiene (such as hand washing).
Nearly all the people who get infected with MRSA or other superbugs have weakened immune systems and chronic nutritional deficiencies. Superbugs simply cannot survive in a healthy host. They only proliferate in the bodies of those whose defenses are compromised.
‘Virtually Untreatable’ tuberculosis threat rising, study finds
August 30, 2012 – HEALTH – Almost half of tuberculosis patients who received prior treatment were resistant to a second-line drug, suggesting the deadly disease may become “virtually untreatable,” according to a new study. Among 1,278 patients who were resistant to two or more first-line tuberculosis drugs in Estonia, Latvia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand, 43.7 percent showed resistance to at least one second-line drug, according to a study led by Tracy Dalton at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings were published in the Lancet medical journal today. About 1.4 million people died from TB, the second-deadliest infectious disease globally after AIDS, and 650,000 cases were multi-drug resistant in 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Rising infection rates prompted the U.K. to announce in May it will require pre-entry tuberculosis screening for migrants from 67 countries seeking to enter the country for more than 6 months. “The global emergence of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis heralds the advent of widespread, virtually untreatable tuberculosis,” the study authors said in the published paper. Previous treatment with second-line drugs was the strongest risk factor for resistance to these drugs, the authors said. The prevalence of drug resistance, which ranged from 33 percent in Thailand to 62 percent in Latvia, also correlates with how long second-line drugs have been available in each country. South Korea and Russia had the longest histories of availability — more than 20 years — and the highest rates of resistance. In contrast, Thailand, Philippines and Peru, where second-line drugs were introduced 10 years ago or less, had the lowest resistance rates. Unemployment, alcohol abuse and smoking were also associated with resistance to second-line injectable treatment across countries. This is one of the few studies that have followed patients with the multi-drug-resistant form of TB for several years, Justin Denholm, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said in a phone interview. Patients not taking their medicines properly is a major driver for resistance, said Denholm, who is studying TB transmission patterns in Australia’s Victoria state.
TB continued: Drug-resistant strain of deadly disease alarms doctors worldwide
August 30, 2012
The world is in the middle of a tuberculosis pandemic, scientists say. What was once a disease of undeveloped nations has raced across continents, with thousands of cases in Asia and Europe. The disease may infect up to two million people by 2015.
An extensive international study published by the Lancet medical journal shows that the illness, once thought to be the stuff of books by the likes of Charles Dickens, is making a quiet comeback. Cases of tuberculosis in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America are on the rise, and many of them are of a strain resistant to vaccination.
The study examines two types of tuberculosis: Multi drug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR), both of which are far more widespread than previously believed, experts claim.
MDR tuberculosis is resistant to at least two first-line drugs – Isoniazid and Rifampicin – used as primary treatment in confirmed cases of the disease. XDR is resistant not only to these two, but also to an antibiotic used as second-line drug.
“Most international recommendations for TB control have been developed for MDR-TB prevalence of up to around five percent. Yet now we face prevalence up to ten times higher in some places, where almost half of the patients … are transmitting MDR strains,” Sven Hoffner of the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control wrote in a commentary on the study.
Afghan women look on as a child lies on a bed in a tuberculosis section of the main hospital in Herat (AFP Photo / Aref Karimi)
Presently, most seem to worry about diseases of the exotic type: Bird or swine flu, or West Nile virus generally tend to dominate headlines in the West. But scientists are warning that the world is in the midst of a tuberculosis pandemic.
In 2010, 8.8 million people were infected with TB, with 1.4 million dying from the disease.Treating TB is an arduous process. Patients often require a multitude of drugs, with treatment lasting for up to six months. Many patients fail to complete the process correctly – which researchers believe is a factor in the increase of cases of drug-resistant forms of TB.
Drug-resistant TB is not only more difficult to treat, but also more expensive. Chief Scientific Officer Tom Evans of Aeras, a non-profit group working on development of new vaccines, told Reuters that “without a robust pipeline of new drugs to stay one step ahead, it will be nearly impossible to treat our way out of this epidemic.” But the treatment, Evans said, is “limited, expensive, and toxic.”
This article first appeared on RT.com.
Mobile death: thief targets Ebola patient in Uganda, gets infected with the virus
August 29, 2012 – UGANDA – A thief in Uganda has contracted Ebola after stealing the mobile phone of a hospital patient suffering from the potentially fatal infection. Security and medical officials in Kibaale District, mid-west Uganda, told the Daily Monitor website that the man went into the isolation ward at Kagadi Hospital and stole a cellular phone from one of the Ebola patients. The patient, who later died from the hemorrhagic fever, reported the theft. Police began tracking the thief when he started using the phone, the Daily Monitor reported. But by the time they found him he had gone to hospital with symptoms similar to those of Ebola. He reportedly confessed to stealing the phone. Kibaale District Health Officer Dr Dan Kyamanywa, told the Daily Monitor: “The suspect is admitted at Kagadi Hospital with clinical signs of Ebola. He is receiving medication. We have obtained samples from him,” Mr Kyamanywa added. The Uganda Virus Research Institute is yet to release the results of the tests.
3rd death confirmed from hantavirus in Yosemite
August 28, 2012 – CALIFORNIA - Another visitor to Yosemite National Park this summer who contracted the hantavirus while staying in the popular Curry Village has died, park officials said Monday. That makes three confirmed cases, including two deaths. A fourth case, also reported Monday, is being investigated. All four visitors stayed in Curry Village, a collection of tents and cabins at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley, over a one-week period in mid-June. Park officials are now contacting everyone who has stayed in the tent cabins since mid-June to warn them about the virus and advise them to seek medical attention if they have any symptoms of infection. “This is being taken very seriously,” said park spokesman Scott Gediman. “We’ve been able to isolate the cabin area, we’ve done the thorough cleaning, we’re monitoring the area, we’re trapping mice and testing them. We’re making sure the cabins are shored up. We’re being very active, and we have been since the cases came to light.” Hantavirus is a rare viral infection carried by mice and passed to humans by the rodents’ feces or urine. Most people infected with the virus suffer flu-like symptoms first, including fever, headache and muscle pains, often in the thighs, back and hips. After two to seven days, many patients have severe difficulty breathing and can die. Patients may not develop symptoms until one to six weeks after exposure. There is no cure or virus-specific treatment for hantavirus. The first victim reported was a 37-year-old Alameda County man who died in late July. The second victim was a woman from Southern California who survived the infection. The third victim is a man who lives in another state and also died in July. No immediate information was available on the fourth victim, who is expected to survive. Public health officials are waiting for lab tests to confirm that the fourth victim has hantavirus, but given the symptoms it’s likely that patient also contracted the virus in Yosemite, Gediman said.
Third death confirmed: (LA Times)After learning that a Pennsylvania visitor’s death was caused by hantavirus, Yosemite officials sent emails Monday evening to those who stayed in the “signature tent cabins” in Curry Village between mid-June and late August, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. Letters were sent to visitors whose email addresses were not on record. The fatality marked the third confirmed case of the rare rodent-borne disease linked to the park. Last week, park officials said a 37-year-old Bay Area man had died and an Inland Empire woman in her 40s was recovering after being exposed to the virus. Park officials believe there may be a fourth case but had yet to receive confirmation Tuesday. All four stayed separately at the signature tent cabins in June, Gediman said. Officials have traced the outbreak to deer mouse droppings in the area. Repeated cases of hantavirus at the same location within a year is “very rare,” said Dr. Barbara Knust, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 587 cases of human infection from hantavirus recorded between 1993, when the virus was first identified in the Four Corners area, and 2011, according to the CDC. About one-third have been fatal. Transmitted through urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome takes between one and six weeks to manifest itself in humans, officials said. The symptoms — fatigue, fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain — are often confused with the flu, Knust said, but can quickly worsen as one’s lungs begin to fill with fluid. In general, Knust said, the virus is transmitted when people come in contact with an enclosed area that has been infested. The disease is not spread from human to human, officials said.
West Nile cases spike 40 percent in one week in rapidly escalating outbreak
By David Ferguson
Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:26 EDT
In just one week, the number of West Nile virus cases in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent with more deaths and infections on the way. According to the Associated Press, 1,590 cases of West Nile have been reported to the CDC this year, with 66 deaths.
Two weeks ago, there were only 693 documented cases in the U.S. with 26 dead. Dr. Lyle Petersen of the CDC told the AP that this year “we think the numbers may come close” to the outbreaks of 2002 and 2003, in which nearly 3,000 severe illnesses were reported, with 290 deaths.
Petersen said that about half of this year’s West Nile cases have been severe illnesses, but several factors complicate West Nile tracking, including the fact that most people infected by the virus show only mild symptoms or none at all. The disease also has a two-week incubation period between the actual infective bite of a West Nile-carrying mosquito and the onset of symptoms.
In a typical season, cases peak in mid-August then taper off, continuing through October. This year’s case numbers, however, seem to just keep rising.
In patients, West Nile can manifest in its less severe form, West Nile fever, or as a more serious neuro-invasive illness like meningitis, which is inflammation of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord, or encephalitis, inflammation of the brain itself.
The CDC says that 80 percent of patients show no symptoms at all, but those who do can experience fever, head and body aches, nausea, swollen glands and sometimes a rash on on the chest, stomach and back. More severe symptoms can include neck pain, vision loss, numbness vomiting, seizures, paralysis and coma.
The virus is mostly dangerous to the very young and the very old, as well as people who are immune-suppressed or have underlying health conditions. The CDC warns, however, that healthy people can still develop symptoms.
West Nile has been identified this year in all of the states except Alaska and Hawaii, but Texas has been the hardest hit. Last week, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) ordered aerial pesticide spraying for all of the greater Dallas County area in an effort to kill the mosquitos that carry the disease.
The virus was first identified in the U.S. in 1999. It’s carried by birds and small rodents, but is transmissible to humans through mosquito bites. Scientists are reluctant to attribute this year’s severe and rapidly growing outbreak to the warm winter months and early spring or any other single factor, but they do concede that climate change may play a role in the current prevalence of the disease.
Manhattan to be sprayed against West Nile
August 29, 2012
One of New York’s most expensive neighborhoods will be sprayed this week with pesticide to combat the West Nile virus, officials said Tuesday.
The city regularly sprays against the mosquito-borne disease, which has seen a surge in outbreaks in the United States this year. Friday’s spraying is notable because it will target Manhattan’s prestigious Upper West Side neighborhood and parts of the famed Central Park.
“These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations,” the Department of Health said in a statement.
West Nile virus cases rising; 40% increase in one week: 66 dead in U.S.
August 29, 2012 – HEALTH – One of the worst outbreaks of West Nile virus to ever hit the United States continues to expand, with 66 deaths and 1,590 illnesses reported as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases have jumped 40 percent nationwide since just last week, the agency added. Cases have now reached their highest level since the mosquito-borne virus was first found in the United States in 1999, agency officials said in a Wednesday press briefing. While almost all states have reported at least one case of West Nile illness, over 70 percent of cases have come from six states — Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan. The outbreak has hit hardest in Texas, where nearly half (45 percent) of the total U.S. cases have been reported. “The number of people reported with West Nile virus continues to rise,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. “We have seen this trend in previous West Nile epidemics, so the increase is not unexpected,” he added. “In fact, we think the reported numbers will get higher through October.” According to Peterson, of the cases reported so far, 56 percent are what is called neuroinvasive disease, when the virus enters the nervous system causing conditions such as meningitis or encephalitis. The remaining reported cases (44 percent) are non-neuroinvasive. “These numbers represent a 40 percent increase of last week’s report of 1,118 total cases and 41 deaths,” Petersen said. These numbers can be somewhat misleading since most cases of West Nile are non-neuroinvasive and are mostly unreported, the CDC said. That means that the number of unreported cases probably far exceeds reported ones. Neuroinvasive disease is the most serious for of West Nile infection and these patients usually are hospitalized, Petersen said. The size of the outbreak is based on these cases since they are the ones easily identifiable, he added. The only states that have not reported cases are Alaska and Hawaii, he said. “Based on current reports, we think the number of cases may come close to, or even exceed, the total number reported in the epidemic years of 2002 and 2003, when more than 3,000 cases of neuroinvasive disease and more than 260 deaths were reported each year,” Petersen said. The reasons for a major outbreak this year aren’t clear, Petersen said. The drought in Texas may have played a role, but there were probably other factors as well, he added. The best way to avoid the virus is to wear insect repellant and support local programs to eradicate mosquitoes, Petersen said. There are currently no treatment for West Nile virus and no vaccine to prevent it, he added. Speaking at the press conference, Dr. David L. Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services said that, “As I look at the data, I am not convinced that we have peaked. Since last week, there have been 197 new cases and 10 more deaths in Texas, Lakey said. “Those numbers will continue to go up,” he added.
Big Sis Begins Releasing Biological Agents Into Boston Subway
Assures public safety, despite government history of dangerous biological testing on the American public
By Steve Watson & Paul Joseph Watson
Aug 28, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security will begin releasing a dead bacteria into the Boston subway tomorrow in an operation it says will test sensors designed to detect biological agents that could be released as part of a terrorist attack.
Little is known about what exactly the bacteria consists of, and the DHS has not been very forthcoming with information, saying only that it is a “non-infectious” material that has been “approved as a food supplement”.
The Boston Globe reports:
The tests will begin Wednesday and will be held periodically over the next year at the Harvard and Porter Square stations in Cambridge and the Davis Square station in Somerville.
“A rapid alert from a detection system can locate and identify these materials and provide for immediate and appropriate response to protect people and contain the hazard,” stated DHS scientist Anne Hultgren in the agency’s press release.
“This detection system will be one of the first such installed in the country, and, if it proves to be effective, could serve as a model for other mass transportation venues throughout the nation and the world,” said MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan in the joint press release Monday.
Back in May when the plan was announced, Federal officials said that they were to release a bacteria called B-subtilis, noting that it “has been rigorously tested and has no adverse health effects for low exposure in healthy people.”
What effect the tests will have on unhealthy people or those exposed to higher doses is unknown.
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