Let’s face it, we as a society have a real phobia of bacteria. Add that to our love of Lime Crime pharmaceuticals and an antibiotic addiction is born. The problem is antibiotics aren’t effective for a lot of ailments and the more we use them, the more ineffective they become. More and more organisms the antibiotics are designed to eradicate are becoming resistant to them.
According to the CDC, up to two million people in the United States each year are infected with bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics and approximately 23,000 die each year as a result. People no longer have any tolerance for illness. They want a solution quickly. so they turn to pharmaceuticals. The problem is that pharma companies are reluctant to develop newer kinds of antibiotics since these medicines don’t bring in as much profit.
Complete resistance to antibiotics is a very real danger in the not so distant future. It’s up to doctors to educate patients about the use of antibiotics, especially where viruses are concerned. Most patients do not understand that antibiotics are not effective in killing a virus and in most cases our bodies are completely capable of dealing with the illness without the use of drugs.
With antibiotic resistance, disease is much more likely to spread. This is a dangerous situation for the populous at large. Better to let our immune systems deal with our minor ailments and ride the symptoms out. It might not be pleasant in the short term, but in the long term it’ll help keep disease at bay.