Antibiotic Resistant Super Bugs
by Jeffrey Dach MD
The news media reported a Nevada women who succumbed to bacterial infection with an antibiotic resistant super bug called CRE, short for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. (1-7)
Normally, antibiotics are quite effective for bacterial infection. However, this Super-Bug had acquired new abilities to resist 26 different antibiotics. How do these super bugs evolve so fast? Antibiotic Resistance is obtained as a trait from other bacteria with the exchange of genetic material called Plasmids. This is called horizontal gene transfer. Sooner or later, every new antibiotic meets with resistant organisms and we need to come up with a new antibiotic. Above image SEM of E Coli courtesy of wikimedia commons.
Natural Antibiotics to the Rescue
Perhaps this unfortunate Nevada patient might have fared better, and may have survived if only her hospital doctors had acquired a copy of the book, Herbal Antibiotics, Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria by Stephen Harrod Buhner .
This book explains exactly what to do if the antibiotics don’t work.
Buhner’s book explains how natural antibiotics are effective alternatives for antibiotic resistant infections. Mr Buhner is a prolific writer and an expert on natural plant antibiotics effective even in the case of antibiotic resistant microbes.(8-10) Left Image Microscopic image of E Coli Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
There are so many antimicrobial plant substances, we can’t list them all Here are a few from Dr Buhner’s book:
Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics
For systemic infections, resistant staph, MRSA, tuberculosis and malaria. etc.
Cryptolepis (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta)
Sida (Sida acuta)
Alchornea (Alchornea cordifolia)
Bidens (Bidens pilosa)
Artemisia (Artemisia annua)
For antibiotic resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin.
American goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Goldenseal : active against E. coli and salmonella.
Juniper (Juniperus spp.)
Usnea (Usnea spp.)
enhance immune function.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra and G. uralensis)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Black pepper (Piper nigrum and P. longum)
We should not be discouraged by the news media reports of antibiotic resistant bacteria killing us off one by one. Very effective treatments with natural antibiotics are available in case the synthetic antibiotics stop working. Your hospital based medical system just doesn’t know about it yet.
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Links and References
1) No Antibiotic In The U.S. Could Save This Woman. We Should All Be Worried. This is one of the first cases of a pan-resistant infection in America. 01/13/2017 09:57 pm ET Huffington Post
2) Infectious Disease. A Superbug That Resisted 26 Antibiotics
January 17, 20173:01 PM ET Susan Brink
3) Study: CRE could be spreading more widely than we think
Filed Under: Antimicrobial Stewardship
4) Think antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ are only a distant threat? Think again. PRI’s The World January 17, 2017 · 4:00 PM EST
5) A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US By Helen Branswell January 12, 2017
6) New CDC Vital Signs: Lethal, Drug-resistant Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Healthcare Facilities
Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are on the rise and have become more resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. These bacteria are causing more hospitalized patients to get infections that, in some cases, are impossible to treat.
CRE are lethal bacteria that pose a triple threat:
Resistance: CRE are resistant to all, or nearly all, the antibiotics we have – even our most powerful drugs of last-resort.
Death: CRE have high mortality rates – CRE germs kill 1 in 2 patients who get bloodstream infections from them.
Spread of disease: CRE easily transfer their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria. For example, carbapenem-resistant klebsiella can spread its drug-destroying weapons to a normal E. coli bacteria, which makes the E.coli resistant to antibiotics also. That could create a nightmare scenario since E. coli is the most common cause of urinary tract infections in healthy people.
7) Jan 15, 2017 Forbes
Woman Dies From Bacteria Resistant To All Antibiotics: Why Don’t More People Care?
Welcome to the future…a bad future. In September 2016, a female in her 70s died from an infection caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), bacteria that was resistant to all available antibiotics. Yes, resistant to all available antibiotics. Yes, doctors could do nothing to stop her infection.
12 Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics
Stephen Harrod Buhner recommends these 12 herbs in his book Herbal Antibiotics (Storey Publishing, 2011). Systemic Herbs These five systemic herbs can be very helpful in treating systemic infections such as resistant staph, MRSA, tuberculosis and malaria. • Cryptolepis (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta) • Sida (Sida acuta) • Alchornea (Alchornea cordifolia) • Bidens (Bidens pilosa) • Artemisia (Artemisia annua) Non-Systemic Herbs These three localized non-systemic herbs treat resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin.
• American goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) Goldenseal is also particularly active against most food poisoning bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.
• Juniper (Juniperus spp.) • Usnea (Usnea spp.) • Honey
Synergistic Herbs Synergistic herbs increase the activity of other herbs. These three will boost inactive resistant bacteria mechanisms, increase the presence of antibacterial agents in the body and enhance immune function. • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra and G. uralensis) • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) • Black pepper (Piper nigrum and P. longum)
9) Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria Paperback – July 17, 2012
by Stephen Harrod Buhner (Author)
10) Herbal Antibiotics: An Effective Defense Against Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ . As the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs” become more numerous and more virulent, herbal medicine offers an alternative to increasingly ineffective drugs.
by Stephen Harrod Buhner December 2013/January 2014
11) What You Need to Know About the Deadly Superbug Infection Resistant to All FDA-Approved Antibiotics By Gillian Mohney ABC News Jan 16, 2017, 1:33 PM ET
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