Saturday, February 09, 2008

Germs are our friends!

Health officials in Minnesota and North Dakota have identified the first known cases of drug-resistant meningitis.

Minnesota State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield is also urging caution in the use of antibiotics, saying that misused antibiotics are the main cause of drug-resistant illnesses.


I had to laugh when I read what the epidemiologist said. Sure, you all know how I can go on about how irritated as crap I am when it comes to antibiotics, but THIS IS WHY! All illnesses are going to become drug-resistant if people keep pumping themselves full of antibiotics and don't just start letting their immune system do what it's supposed to do.
I learned so much when the girls were diagnosed with hypothyroidism. With their immune system being weak because of the messed up thyroid it just seemed to make more sense to build up their immune system instead of babying it. The more I read, the more I realized I was right (and that there are still people out there who are like me!!!).

So people STOP buying the antibacterial soaps and cleaners and whatnot... let the germs in! Germs are what we NEED to stop this stuff... as hypocritical as it sounds.... germs are our friends! Don't let doctors give you antibiotics unless you need them 110%. There are too many doctors out there who will give a person something "just in case". It ain't worth it. I'm glad the doctors we deal with are in this type of thinking - they HATE filling out antibiotic prescriptions. Where do you think I learned that it would do my girls better not to go on antibiotics for minor things or things that they should be able to fight off themselves? (ok, my doc & the pediatric endocrinologist at the St. Paul Children's Hospital)

Did you know that most people should be able to fight off a minor to average infection on their own, without the use of any antibiotics in their system?


Jerinda said...

I completely agree with you. If only doctors would catch up and figure this crap out.

Congrats on still being cigarette free! You deserve a pat on the back.

We miss you at SMW, btw.

Kitty said...

Funny you write about this because for the first time in my life I took an antibiotic subscribed to me in December and it not only made me ill it gave me another condition so I stopped taking it after day 5.I'm never sick (I just couldn't hear out of my ear well)and had never been on them until then-coicidence? You're so right!Yay for still not smoking-you've done it!

SledChick said...

I'm with you 110%! The Doc i sonly as needed around here, and we're all surviving! I've always let my kids get dirty and we don't ccancel playdates just because someone has the sniffles. Heck, I don't even allow Tylenol unless really needed. Best to let the kids learn to take a little [reasonable] pain & let feveers do their thing [again within reason]