Just Say No to Antibiotics

From Yahoo News comes a report from the CDC titled: “CDC Warns About Overuse of Antibiotics”

The CDC report was issued “in an effort to reduce the growing numbers of drug-resistant bacteria” and CDC officials are “urging physicians to stop prescribing antibiotics where the drugs are not necessary” according to the article.

According to the article, a director for the CDC told medical doctors that they are writing, “$50 million worth of prescriptions that are ineffectual and unnecessary.”

The article points out that the reason for all these “unnecessary prescriptions is patient demand for treatment” for things such as ear infections and the common cold. The article goes on to state that medical doctors are “facing a crisis because doctors are pressured to prescribe antibiotics.”

The excuse that patients are to blame for the increase in drug-resistant bacteria is often brought up by the medical profession and government has decided to step in to “fix” the problem. How convenient.

This excuse is a blatant contradiction to the report in this week’s British Medical Journal which stated that among patients “most unvoiced concerns”, were “fears about the side effects of medication, and concern about being given an unwanted prescription.”

Is the Medical profession saying that this problem is the patients fault because they are not telling the MD what kind of treatment they want? What happened to being a doctor? What happened to communicating with a patient?

The BMJ article even states that in one case, “a doctor prescribed antibiotics to a child because he thought the mother wanted them, when in fact, the parent had concerns about giving her daughter unnecessary medication.”

The article states that Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator Bill Frist will be introducing legislation to the U.S. Congress to address the “growing problems of antimicrobial resistance and its threat to public health.”

And according to the article, Senator Kennedy feels that U.S. state and local public agencies should have improved capacity to monitor and combat infectious disease. Kennedy also states that “we must also educate medical professionals and the public alike to reduce unnecessary prescriptions.”

Who must educate medical professionals? What in the world did they go to medical school for? And who must educate the public, since the medical profession has clearly shown they are incapable of doing so? Also, the term “improved capacity” sounds a lot like ‘spend more money’ to me.

Attention Chiropractors Worldwide: As a leadership profession you have a responsibility to educate your communities and your government regarding this crisis in healthcare. You have a responsibility to tell the world the truth about what it is that you do.

Let the world know what it is that you offer. There is chiropractic, and then there is the alternative to chiropractic. The alternative is ignorance.

Yahoo News: CDC Warns About Overuse of Antibiotics

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