"The Post-Antibiotic Era"

Here’s what the Center of Disease control had to say about antibiotics in a report published in September 2013:

  • Each year, in the U.S., 2,049,442 illnesses caused by bacteria and fungi that are resistant to at least some classes of antibiotics;
  • Each year, out of those illnesses, 23,000 deaths;
  • Because of those illnesses and deaths, $20 billion each year in additional healthcare spending;
  • And beyond the direct healthcare costs, an additional $35 billion lost to society in foregone productivity.

There are 23 known bacteria that are COMPLETELY resistant to anything we throw at them and that number is, of course, climbing. So what to do? Marilyn Merritt just wrote a great article about this problem: Merritt Gut Article