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It was heralded as such an important medical breakthrough that it won its discoverers the Nobel Prize for Medicine – penicillin, one of the groups antibiotics that we’re familiar with today.
For more than 70 years antibiotics have played a major role in controlling bacterial infections, but now it would appear that their effectiveness may now becoming to an end as bacteria develop resistance.
A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors.
A simple cut to your finger could leave you fighting for your life.
Luck will play a bigger role in your future than any doctor could.
The most basic operations – getting an appendix removed or a hip replacement – could become deadly.
Cancer treatments and organ transplants could kill you.
Childbirth could once again become a deadly moment in a woman’s life.
It’s a future without antibiotics.
This might read like the plot of science fiction novel – but there is genuine fear that the world is heading into a post-antibiotic era.
The World Health Organization has warned that “many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, could kill unabated”.
The US Centers of Disease Control has pointed to the emergence of “nightmare bacteria”.
And the chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies has evoked parallels with the “apocalypse”.
Antibiotics kill bacteria, but the bugs are incredibly wily foes.
Once you start treating them with a new drug, they find ways of surviving. New drugs are needed, which they then find ways to survive.
If that wasn’t frightening enough, there is also news that some antibiotics – the very medicine designed to aid – may actually kill some patients.
To keep antibiotics effective, health care practitioners are all agreed that they should be used appropriately and sparingly.
The number one way to do this is to use less of them and to maintain optimal health.
The good news is, there are things you can do to reduce reliance on antibiotics and keep them effective. One of those ways is to use a probiotic regularly.
The important thing to remember is not all bacteria is bad.
In fact the good bacteria that inhabit our intestines provides up to 70% of our body’s immune capability.
These ‘good bacteria’, called probiotics, are being actively studied for their potential in treating everything from behaviour disorders through to the common cold.
In fact, taking probiotics regularly, can reduce some of the unpleasant side effects of taking antibiotics.
If you’d like to know more about benefits of probiotics – particularly InLiven and FastTract – click on the link for a PDF Fact Sheet with references to 77 medical studies on the benefits of probiotics.