We haven’t had a new ‘War on…’ for a while. This seems as good as any.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria with the potential to cause untreatable infections pose “a catastrophic threat” to the population, England’s chief medical officer warns in a report calling for urgent action worldwide.
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“Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat,” said Davies. “If we don’t act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can’t be treated by antibiotics. And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection.

“That’s why governments and organisations across the world, including the World Health Organisation and G8, need to take this seriously.”



  1. Mr Diesel says:

    I’ve had two MRSA infections and both were caused by being in a hospital. Spent days in a hospital bed hooked to Vancomycin IV.

  2. George says:

    So, the head doctor of a has-been world power says there’s a problem. He’s right, but there’s really nothing that can be done about it.

    Go to China or India or anywhere else in the third-world and prescription antibiotics are handed out like halloween treats. Pharmaceutical companies in Asia produce them by the train car load. If you have the money, someone will make it for you and give it to you.

    We were just fortunate for awhile to have lived in the era of antibiotics. Things will go back to the way they used to be for a few centuries where syphilis, gonorrhea, TB, strep and any number of once-curable infections will run through the population unchecked. Look on the bright side, it might actually help with the world population problem.

    • moss says:

      You can return to relying on prayer.

    • dusanmal says:

      Problem is not third world, nor do they have resources you assume.
      Problem is here and yet again led by the nanny-state. Look at young children education and forced practice on them in the schools and pre-schools: as soon as they arrive it is nanny-state (almost)mandated practice that their hands be wiped with antibiotic laden gels or wipes, after every class, before and after eating, or even “just because”. Educated that it is antibacterial soap or nothing… They are educated that this is also how to continue their lives. Their parents are mind-washed to do same at home…. That is the root. Not so much antibiotics given in the case of illness. This process actually does two fold damage: 1) It indeed trains bacteria but in much gentler and efficient and continuous process vs. now-and-than over-applied antibiotic for illness (which is bad too but not the primary danger). 2) It ruins immune system training (leaving that part to “almighty” vaccinations).
      All hell will break loose on us when we transplant this aspect of nanny-state to those poor third world countries “for their good”.

      • Phydeau says:

        Sorry dusanmal, that’s not the problem, it’s the wholesale use of the powerful antibiotics by the beef and chicken raising industries:

        Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States goes to chicken, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs — which ones, on what types of animal, and in what quantities. This dearth of information makes it difficult to document the precise relationship between routine antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic-resistant infections in people, scientists say.

        from this 2012 article: http://nytimes.com/2012/09/04/health/use-of-antibiotics-in-animals-raised-for-food-defies-scrutiny.html

        In other words, our antibiotics are being made useless by overuse to make corporations a few more bucks. Why am I not surprised?

    • tcc3 says:

      You dont have to travel for that. American doctors are antibiotic happy too.

      We should stop prescribing for simple infections that would likely clear themselves.

      We should maybe restrict their use to life saving applications only.

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior End of World Scenarioist says:

    Yep. War of the World victorious germs is my most expected Major Calamity to man. Actually, really surprised it hasn’t happened already as it is a function of density and homogeneity.

    We do it to ourselves. “Mostly” right now in the prophylactic use on farm animals===>so that they can be bred in high density high genetic homogeneity environments. Doctors getting paid even when they give antibiotics for viruses is high on the list too. BUT IN GENERAL===NO MATTER WHAT WE DO===>Blame Darwin.

    Its the ebb and flow of life. Love the flow, hate the ebb: HEY==theres goes my species, out to sea.

    Ha, ha. Same as it ever was. Even in WAR==more people killed by disease than by Hoomans. Course, in current USAWAR–more soldiers killed by suicide than the enemy. … Because we value our troops so much.

    Hoomans: containing more bacteria and virus cells than human cells but still calling themselves Human

    …….its definitional. As all things are.

    • Mr Diesel says:

      Bobbo, You are wrong. With the current administration it won’t be called a war, it will be a “Germ Caused Disaster”

      As for military suicides one of my wife’s friends just took that way out of the service over the weekend in Asscrackistan.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior End of World Scenarioist says:

        Well Mr D, after any WAR or Disaster–the only relevant question is the same…….What is left?

        I do enjoy a good quibble though. Like a snack before the main course?

        As a Nanny State Supporter==we can’t get to the implementation of Death Panels quickly enough…..or maybe we can just keep guns legal?

        ……but I dither.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and Junior End of World Scenarioist says:

          Forgot to add…. I thought the next war was on Asteroids? Ashley Dudd? Sugar……

          Target rich environment.

  4. deowll says:

    Maybe twenty or more years ago it became obvious to me and many others that using antibiotics as placebos, food supplements for livestock, and in sprays used on plants was going to result in their becoming useless and putting us back to the 1930s when it came to dealing with infectious agents.

    Of course some manufacturers dump the stuff into streams and rivers by the ton.

    Since few of the people living today have any idea how horrible that is going to be they don’t react. Of course they will react after people start dieing but the dump truck load.

  5. msbpodcast says:

    My father worked for Big Pharma and I learned to have Kurt Vonnegut‘s attitude towards modern medicine.

    What chaps my ass is that the USDA is the one that is responsible for injecting billions of pounds of antibiotics in the butt and the animals are the ones to really get wiped out by antibiotic resistent nasties, and we’re the next ones to go.

    • bobbo, neutering gun nuts with their own lack of ammunition says:

      Your link doesn’t tell us what his attitude towards medicine was….or did I miss it.

      Do you know?

      “People always got to ask… why, why, why?”

  6. sargasso_c says:

    Most comments have been to the point, constructive and intelligent today. Snap out of it!

  7. Boner says:

    What do you bet someone is going to blame (right/left-wing) politics here?

    • Phydeau says:

      Follow the money, Boner. Read that article I linked to. Injecting massive amounts of antibiotics into animals perhaps not a good thing? Too bad. The agriculture industry has Congress in its pocket, not going to change. What kind of politics is it when the rich corporations call the shots in Congress? Right wing? Left wing?

      • bobbo, neutering gun nuts with their own lack of ammunition says:

        Right Wing.

        What do I get?

        • Phydeau says:

          You get to be ignored by the wingnuts who can’t accept that they are supporting big corporations screwing us. :/

  8. rippinreaper says:

    Tell me about it. My son and I have been dying over the past 5 days from the Norovirus. I shook it, then it came back.

  9. orchidcup says:

    I have always used DMSO to fight bacterial or viral infections.

    Works every time, and quickly.

    Works wonders for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Great for spider bites and other insect bites.