CDC Associate Director: ‘We’ve Reached the End of Antibiotics.”

tumblr_m4xcq5muSp1qzayxbo1_1280Um. Just wash your hands really, really, really well from now on and hope for the best. Seriously, though: Bad news.

Via Raw Story:

In an interview that aired on PBS’s Frontline, an associate director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, said that “for a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about ‘The end of antibiotics, question mark?’ Well, now I would say you can change the title to ‘The end of antibiotics, period.’”

“We’re in the post-antibiotic era,” he continued. “There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that five years ago even we could have treated, but now we can’t.”

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  • InfvoCuernos

    Just wait until MSRA goes airborne.

  • Juan

    Welcome to the 19th/early 20th century. I guess it’s no mere coincidence seeing all those hipsters dressed like Orville and Wilbur Wright running around the streets of your favorite urban center.

    • oneironauticus

      But where do you place the yupsters wearing bow-ties? They seem out of the 40’s…?

  • bobbiethejean

    This is what happens when we gain knowledge but don’t consider how we apply it. Humans are so shortsighted and ultimately, I think that is what will be our undoing.

    • BuzzCoastin

      no worries bobbie
      society will come to our resque

      • bobbiethejean

        If by “society” you mean the doctors, nurses, and scientists who were educated in public schools, fed with safe, clean, societally cultivated food and water, housed in buildings built by society which were lit by electricity put in place by society, and so on and so on.

        • BuzzCoastin

          OIC
          the people that caused it
          are now gonna fix
          kewl, I thought you’d agree

          • Rhoid Rager

            LoL. Reminds me of Clastre’s old work–Society Against the State.

            But, seriously, healers need to change their repertoire…that’s all. Maybe ressurect the old ‘Injun’ ways that us colonials tried so hard to exterminate.

          • BuzzCoastin

            I spent about 20 years
            involved with the Cancer Industry
            I’ve owned clinics, employeed healthcare workers
            I know how the insurance scam really works
            I know this beast from the inside
            it’s not gonna change
            except to become even more pervasive & invasive
            like Obummer care

          • bobbiethejean

            BEHOLD! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the quintessential strawman. I’m not going to get into another argument with you about how evil society is. If you hate it so much and you think it is so evil, then go live in a fucking cave by yourself. I’m sure the cave fauna and insects will welcome your company.

      • echar

        This makes me think of Ignaz Semmelweis and the psychological effect named after him.

        The Semmelweis reflex or “Semmelweis effect” is a metaphor for the reflex-like tendency to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs or paradigms.

        The term originated from the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, who discovered that childbed fever mortality rates reduced ten-fold when doctors washed their hands with a chlorine solution between patients. His hand-washing suggestions were rejected by his contemporaries, often for non-medical reasons. For instance, some doctors refused to believe that a gentleman’s hands could transmit disease (see Contemporary reaction to Ignaz Semmelweis).

        While there is some uncertainty regarding the origin and generally accepted use of the expression, the use of the expression Semmelweis Reflex has been documented and at least used by the author Robert Anton Wilson.[1] In his book The Game of Life, Timothy Leary provided the following polemical definition of the Semmelweis reflex:

        “Mob behavior found among primates and larval hominids on undeveloped planets, in which a discovery of important scientific fact is punished”. The expression has found way into philosophy and religious studies as “unmitigated Humean skepticism concerning causality”.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semmelweis_reflex

        It seems the people in charge of caring for life, cared more about being right and comfortable in their tradtions.

        • BuzzCoastin

          humans are easily duped when in herd mode
          eg: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841, Charles Mackay)
          and
          it was Jung who observed that societies
          could never be smarter
          than the lowest common intelligence denominator
          other than bobbie
          I’ve found no one who extols the virtues of the herd
          and/or looks to the herd for salvation

          • echar

            Being a loner does have it’s perks.

          • BuzzCoastin

            living among the herd is inevitable
            being a part of the herd mind is a choice
            one does not have to be a loner
            to avoid the pitfalls of herd life
            but
            it helps to be aware of the herd’s limits
            and to act accordingly

          • echar

            My time spent in the bowels of retail sales has left me with a distaste for most people. However, I will take this into consideration.

          • BuzzCoastin

            I hear ya
            but my experience has been that
            people when not mobbed up & full of herd energy
            can be quite a nice experience

            I have been to 45 countries
            & have spent decades living outside my birth culture
            on the whole I’ve been very pleased to know
            the individual is far superior to the herd
            both in intelligence & hospitality

          • jnana

            according to Jesus, “blessed are the alone and chosen”
            and, “I shall choose one out of a thousand and two out of ten thousand and they shall stand as a single one”

          • echar

            Jesus is awesome.

        • jnana

          Semmelweiss was also forced to stop practicing medicine. Something that is still going on with some drs. who practice alternative but effective cancer treatments.

    • jnana

      SCIENTIA INFLAT!
      no, this is what happens when arrogant people think they know so much more than their elders and ignore all tradition. it’s what happens when we fear too much and doubt the fecundity of the earth. when simple pleasures aren’t enough and we seek flashy novel things. its not all humans who are shortsighted. Its mostly scientists, politicians, and businessmen. There are still people who live or strive to live in harmony in nature

  • Cortacespedes

    Nah, just go back to the “ole timey” medicines of yore.

    Maggots, leeches, mud packs, honey.

    Now imagine them being applied all at once.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Hey! Maggots are actually extremely effective cleaners of necrotic tissue.

      • Cortacespedes

        Yes, my point! I was actually being semi-serious.

        Probably more than semi. Just trying something new.

        • DeepCough

          About the only thing you listed that isn’t useful is mud packs.
          Leeches are used to restore circulation in reattached appendages after surgery; and honey is the most potent all-natural antibiotic known to man.

          • oneironauticus

            “About the only thing you listed that isn’t useful is mud packs.”

            Tell that to my occasional acne breakouts…very effective, all-natural treatment more people should consider before turning to chemical treatments.

        • Rhoid Rager

          Everyone ought to make an effort to learn wildcrafting, and then apply it to their own garden.

    • godozo

      Add in some foods with known medicinal properties
      (or is that medicines that you eat?),
      and you actually have something.

    • specialtasks

      Imagine it all being patented by Merck or Pfizer!

  • DeepCough

    I’m sure the free market will have no trouble solving this one!

  • jnana

    this wont change the lives of indigenous people.

  • Despicable Yeti

    This is why I ate things off the ground instead of crying and wasting food. Or relying on pharmaceuticals. Pansies.

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