It has traditionally been thought that the overuse of antibiotics in us humans and especially in the livestock industry was the primary cause of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs.
A new study in the online journal Nature Chemical Biology, however, suggests that bacteria may be a lot smarter than we ever thought and have found a new way to overcome the antibiotics.
This newly discovered method involves the bacterial becoming dormant and so they are under the radar of the antibiotics.
Thomas wood, a Texas A&M University professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering who also authored this new study says:
"Through our research, we’re understanding that some bacteria go to ‘sleep’, and that antibiotics only work on bacteria that are metabolically active. You need actively growing bacteria to be susceptible to antibiotics. If the bacterium goes to sleep, the antibiotics, no matter what they do, are not effective because the bacterium is no longer doing the thing that the antibiotic is trying to shut down."
It was thought previously that the only way a bacteria could become drug resistant was by mutating in the presence of synthetic antibiotics that were not taken correctly for the right length of time or with not a strong enough dose.
This allowed a few bacteria to survive and "learn" from the attack – eventually mutating into a strain that became increasingly resistant to the antibiotic and eventually totally resistant.
But now, the researchers have observed that these bacterial cells can cause their balls to become dormant by damaging the cells own internal antitoxins. The antibiotics then have no place to attach themselves to the bacterial cells as they have lost the key so to speak. This then allows the cells to be protected from the damaging and killing effects of the antibiotic.
Thomas wood described this as:
"a small community of bacteria, is, in a sense, hedging its bet against a threat to its survival by taking another approach. If we can determine that this ‘going to sleep’ is the dominant mechanism utilized by bacteria, then we can begin to figure out how to ‘wake them up’ so that they wil be more susceptible to the antibiotic."
This is a pretty big deal as there are at least 50,000 hospital patients that die each year as a result of antibiotic-resistant superbugs – most of which are commonly called MRSA strains.
The bad news is that there will always be this type of "learning behavior" that bacteria develop. That is the way nature often works and because the antibiotics are not natural but are synthetic, it allows the bacteria to learn much more quickly.
A natural antibiotic such as Dr. Josling’s Alligin offers a ray of hope as the mechinism in how it works is very different than artificial drugs.
I am not an expert, but in reading the e-book by Dr. Josling and looking at some of the information on his website, it looks as if the bacteria will not have much luck in mutating because they are attacked in a more basic way.
Take a look at the e-book and see for yourself.
With this new method the bacteria have found to protect themselves, it makes sense that more and more of the resistant strains are showing up and causing a real problem.
Thank goodness Nature has it’s own way of doing things and has not left us out in the cold as the pharmaceutical companies have done with their antibiotics.
Nature’s antibiotic in the Alligin has proven effective against a whole host of things as you can see in Dr. Josling’s e-book. Look for the link on the sidebar and you can also get a copy at his website.
I am going to be even more diligent about maintaining a daily dose of the Alligin and do my best to not allow any nasty bacteria to gain a foothold in the first place. You might want to do the same.