CRPK is proving even more deadly than MRSA infections.
With the news talking about CRPK and how it is increasing all around the world and how it is much more resistant to any regular drug therapy, it leaves you wondering what to do.
But there is great news for anyone that is dealing with CRPK or MRSA - a natural product is effective in treating both of these nasties with an excellent record of success according to Dr. Josling.
With the overuse of antibiotics throughout the years contributing to the creation of ever new and more resistant strains of different bugs, and then the spreading of this CRPK , we certainly need something to combat this and mother nature has once again come to our aid with the answer in the plant world.
Just what is this CRPK all about and how did all of this get started are you wondering?
Well, it does make for a fascinating story.
It all started back when antibiotics were first put into the medical field. It seemed as if this was the panacea that everyone was looking for and at first they did work wonders. They seemed to be effective for so many things and the doctors and medical community were quick to take advantage and prescribe them for almost everything.
Therein lies the problem. The OVERUSE of antibiotics over the long-term has given rise to a true global health threat – new and ever dangerous or even fatal suberbugs.
Previously MRSA or Methcillin resistant Staphylococcus aures was the most common problem. It was found mostly in hospitals and other health care facilities, but now it is becoming increasingly more prevelant in our communities and is a different type than what is found in the hospitals.
Add on to this not wonderful situation a new kid on the block called carbapenem-resistant Kiebsiella pneumonia – CRKP, and things are only getting worse.
Last year these MRSA type infections killed 25,000 people in Europe so the Guardian newspaper reports. Just how many were killed here in the USA? There are really no accurate figures as they did not start keeping track or even looking for a MRSA infection until the beginning of 2010 or so. Shocking as that fact may be, our medical establishment just never took the possibility of MRSA infection as much of a threat. Consequently, doctors did not test for MRSA, did not report it when found, and no one knew just how serious a problem this was at all.
If they were not paying much attention to MRSA, this newer CRKP was not even on the radar until but now that it is there are reports of it being found in 36 states and suspected of being in 14 other states where reporting is still not required!
What makes it so scary is CRKP is almost totally resistant to almost all antibiotics, and a few do still work for some MRSA infections.
ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT RISK?
That is a question we all need to answer. To help you figure that out, here is a quick course in understanding these dangerous bacteria.
First, just what is antibiotic resistance?
Simply put it is the ability of a bacteria to resist the killing effect of the antibiotics available today. Just like any other organism on the planet, bacteria evolve also. As they have been exposed to the antibiotics over and over, some few have managed to survive and have figured out how to not let the antibiotics harm them. These new resistant bacteria then go on to foster new generations and when you get one of these newer fellows your chances of making it through drop by a large margin.
This same process keeps repeating over and over as the doctors attempt to do battle with the bacteria. Since they are becoming more and more resistant, stronger and stronger drugs were used until finally no more drugs are that to try next and these SuperBugs are free to do as they will with nothing in the pharmaceutical arsenal to stop them.
The two most problematic ones are MRSA and CRKP. But just what are they.
CRKP is a common type of "gram-negative" bacteria that are found in our intestines. If they stay there they usually don’t cause a problem, but if we have poor digestion, or a weaken immune system (about 80% of our immune system response is in the colon), then they can migrate to other parts of the body and we now have a real problem.
This CRKP is really bad because it is resistant to almost all the antibiotics, even the ones "of last resort" in the carbapenems family – not good news for us.
MRSA is a different and somewhat less of a problem although there are now strains that are also completely resistant to any antibiotic. Usually MRSA bacteria can be found on the skin of most people. As long as it stays there it is not much of a problem. If you get a scratch or cut however that can change as the MRSA bacteria now have a way to get into our body.
This also can happen in the case of surgery, which is why so many surgical patients get some sort of MRSA infection today. About 70% or more now are the latest estimates for those having an invasive procedure in the hospital. Now that is a scary figure. You go into the hospital to get a problem fixed and you come out with potentially a much larger problem that the one you had!
WHO IS AT THE MOST RISK?
People in the hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, anyone here can get an infection. The most susceptible are the elderly mainly because they are frail and not usually in as good health as younger patients to start with.
Also there are people who are on ventilators, who require IV’s, or have had to take a long course of antibiotics for some reason.
These are the ones who are most at risk for getting CRKP and MRSA infections. Healthy people are at a much lower risk of getting an infection that turns into a problem.
The most concerning thing, at least about MRSA, is that it is now showing up more and more in our communities. That is hitting us where we spend most of our time and dramatically increases our chances of coming into contact with one of these resistant strains.
Those that use athletic facilities or locker rooms, kids in daycare centers, and even people who get a tattoo are all much more at risk that those who stay at home more.
But make no mistake, even your local shopping cart at the store could be carrying one of these nasty bugs and you could take home more than you bargained for on your shopping trip.
There are nearly 500,000 people a year who are hospitalized with MRSA infections and the list is growing all the time.
IS MRSA OR CRKP LIKELY TO BE FATAL?
That is the question most of us would like a firm answer to. Unfortunately there is no solid way of answering that vital question.
In 2008, where there were some beginning outbreaks of CRKP, about 35 percent of the infected people died according to the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA).
The actual death rate currently has yet to be determined. These types of statistics tend to run at least a year behind and usually two. That makes it not as informative as we all would like.
What is known is that the rate of those contracting MRSA has risen 10-fold since the last reporting and 19,000 deaths a year are attributed to MRSA. Many if not most of the new infections are showing up in our community and not in the health care facilities and that is not a good trend.
HOW DO MRS AND CRKP SPREAD?
MRSA and CRKP a mainly transmitted by some sort of person-to-person contact. They can also enter the lungs through a contaminated ventilator, or through a contaminated IV, through a contaminated catheter and of course through surgery.
All these are health care related, but that is not the only way they can spread. You can come into contact with common everyday items such a clothing or sports equipment that is shared, locker rooms or showers, even shopping carts. The bacterial can survive for quite a while on surfaces just waiting for you to pick them up.
Thankfully, so far, they do not spread through the air as does the common cold bug. We would all be in really deep trouble if that would happen.
So if you do happen to catch one of these bugs, just what sort of symptoms could you expect to have?
CRKP can present itself in a variety of ways looking like different illnesses. Most common is pneumonia, meningitis, urinary track infections, wound infections, or blood infections. Any symptoms you have would tend to mimic those illnesses.
MRSA typically will cause a skin infection that may look like a boil or abscess and can resemble a bug bite. But it too can look like pneumonia or even the flu.
Bottom line is that anytime you have something, it is prudent to have it checked out and tested for MRSA or CRKP. The earlier you catch it, the more likely it will be treat it and not become more serious.
The days of well I’ll go see the doc if it is not better by next week are long gone and we all need to be aware that we may be literally putting our lives on the line if we wait too long to get something checked out.
SO WHAT IS THE ANSWER AND WHAT DO WE DO INDIVIDUALLY?
First is be aware and take what precautions you can. Wash your hands with plain soap and water often. Using an antibacterial hand cleaner is not really going to help much as the only germs it kills off are the harmless ones. Notice how they always say 99% effective – well that 1% is the ones you need to be concerned about. And using the hand cleaner all the time may end up doing more harm than good. You are exposing a lot of harmless germs to a toxic agent and just like what happened with antibiotics, we are going to create stronger more resistant everyday bugs that we will not be able to get rid of easily.
Next, be sure you get anything checked out and tested that sticks around for any length of time. Be safer and not sorry that you waited too long and made a much bigger problem for yourself.
Keep your immune systems in good shape by eating well, taking vitamins, minerals, and herbals that support your immune system and drink good clean non-fluoridated water.
Don’t share personal items, clean everything well after a trip to the gym or spa or anywhere the public goes. Tell your kids to do the same.
And finally, be sure to check out the natural products from Dr. Josling as they have a proven track record against MRSA and CRKP and more. Take a look at the Alligin, AlliGEL, and PrePro – they form a basic foundation to protect you and your family.
This will give you at least a fighting chance should you come into contact with one of these and get yourself an active infection.