E. Coli Disease Threatens To Create Problems

by on February 29, 2012

How Escherichia coli Move

Antibiotic resistance threatens to become a major health challenge over the next few years. And the culprit this time is not MRSA, it is our friend E. coli.

E. coli is a bacterium present in every human being. It is present in human waste. The problem comes when it makes its way to our mouths – for example, by our picking it up from door handles where people’s hygiene has been poor (they haven’t washed their hands).

If you’ve ever had food poisoning, you have probably been subject to the effects of E. coli.

The trouble is that should antibiotics be required for an E. coli infection, more and more strains are proving resistant to the antibiotics used to treat them.

At the turn-of-the-century one in a hundred E. coli infections was resistant to treatment; today the figure is 1 in 10 – a massive increase.

E. coli presents a much bigger problem than MRSA – the hospital-acquired infection which, sadly, is quite common. The reason is that E. coli is present in everybody, making it relatively easy to “catch”.

Pharmaceutical companies compound the problems because they are cutting down resources on finding new antibiotics. There’s just no money in it. No sooner have they discovered a new antibiotic than the bugs get resistant to it! Big Pharma would much rather persuade us all to take statins for 40 years or so and make an absolute fortune.

Generally speaking, you need to keep as healthy as you can – through a healthy diet and exercise regime – and also boost your immune system however you can, and using whatever means you can.



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