This blurb from COAST TO COAST AM makes sense, but I’d like to read more. I welcome your thoughts at the end of this blog entry. Thanks.
In the first half of Tuesday’s show April 29), Director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU, Dr. Martin Blaser, discussed his hypothesis that the overuse of antibiotics, C-sections, and antiseptics has permanently changed our microbiological ecosystem and is related to an increase in modern diseases such as obesity, juvenile diabetes, and asthma. In 2010, there were 258 million courses of antibiotics prescribed in the United States– that’s five courses for every six people, he cited. And the more antibiotics used, the more resistant the bacteria becomes. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA was once rare and typically just seen in hospitals, but now the difficult-to-treat bacterial infection has become commonplace in communities, he cautioned.
While there are times when it’s appropriate for doctors to prescribe antibiotics, patients have come to expect it even when their condition doesn’t warrant it, Blaser continued. Doctors should be especially careful about giving antibiotics to young children, as they haven’t developed the amount of healthy bacteria that adults have, he added. Contrasting the US to Sweden, he noted that the Swedish population is just as healthy as America’s, but they only use 40% of the antibiotics. He also outlined how the popularity of C-sections has reduced healthy bacteria in infants as they don’t have contact with the birth canal.