From Dr. Mercola:
Three years ago, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told PBS FRONTLINE:1
“For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and magazine articles that asked ‘The end of antibiotics?’ Well, now I would say you can change the title to ‘The end of antibiotics, period.’”
Indeed, experts have issued increasingly stern warnings about rising antibiotic resistance for many years now, yet government authorities have been remarkably slow to act.
Despite Srinivasan’s declaration, the CDC still downplays the hazards of antibiotic resistance while the White House diverts billions of dollars toward combating false flag “emerging threats” like the Zika virus, the public health ramifications of which pale in comparison to the harm caused by drug resistant bacteria.
Why? Could it be because the drug industry benefits from continued use of antibiotics, just as it benefits from the Zika scaremongering? What can be said for sure is that these misplaced priorities do not serve the public’s best interest.
CDC Downplays Emergence of Super-Virulent Drug-Resistant Bacteria
According to Dr. Beth Bell, director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, the recently discovered emergence of E.coli carrying the drug resistant mcr-1 gene is no major cause for worry.
“The risk to the public at this point is pretty much minimal,” Bell told The Washington Post,2 noting the “best” way to protect yourself against drug-resistant bacteria is to thoroughly cook your food and be diligent about washing your hands.
Alas, that’s hardly an ideal long-term solution in the overall scheme of things. For starters, food producers really need to get serious about, or be forced to stop using antibiotics in food production, and that goes for both livestock and seafood.
In Chile, an appeals court recently ordered government fisheries to disclose their use of antibiotics in salmon production.3
The claim was filed by the environmental group Oceana after 37 salmon producers refused to reveal the amount of antibiotics used in 2014, on the grounds that doing so might put them at a competitive and commercial disadvantage.
Mcr-1 Gene Provides Vehicle for Widespread Pan Drug Resistance
What’s so special about E.coli carrying the mcr-1 gene, you might ask? This gene was discovered in pigs and people in China just last year.4,5,6 It’s a mutated gene that confers resistance to the drug colistin — an antibiotic of last resort due to its potency and nasty side effects — and it does so very quickly.
The shareable DNA also contains seven other genes that confer resistance against other antibiotics. Moreover, the rate of DNA transfer between different types of bacteria is also exceptionally high with mcr-1, making it a truly superb threat.
According to the researchers, these facts “suggest the progression from extensive drug resistance to pan drug resistance7 [i.e. bacteria resistant to all treatment] is inevitable,” and that it’s extremely likely the