Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
October 2013 Newsletter
It is so nice to see the sunlight again! For awhile there I thought I’d been transported to Seattle with all the rain. According to local news, “This year, almost 15 inches of the record 30.13 inches fell between Monday evening and Friday in the deadly storm that caused a 100-year flood across Boulder County. That amount doubled Boulder's previous record for a single storm, which was 7.37 inches of rain May 5-8, 1969. Boulder's average yearly precipitation (rain and melted frozen precipitation) is 20.68 inches and for September 1.6 inches.” Our thoughts are with all of those who were adversely affected by the storm a little or a lot.
Every spring I write about parasites being in the drinking water due to the runoff from melting snow and that you should be filtering your drinking water. Well we just experienced massive run-off from the mountain rains and even waste water treatment plant damage. One article I read stated that 70% of the wells tested in Boulder County had bacterial contamination. I’d be willing to bet they also had other contaminants that they didn’t test for. So be sure to filter your drinking water or drink bottled water that says it’s been filtered.
With the flood waters and mud filling up people’s homes, the chance for getting respiratory infections increases. You may have heard the warning for everyone to get tetanus shots but fungal, mold and parasitic infections are more likely. An average of 40 cases of tetanus are reported each year in the US while Mayo Clinic research discovered back in the late 1990’s that nearly all sinus infections were fungal and not bacterial. Your think there might be a bit of mold and fungus growing in all of these water damaged homes? Sinus infections are certainly more prevalent than 40 a year country-wide!
I’m taking 2 GI Synergy packs a day as prevention to getting any infection even though my house and office were spared any water damage. Prevention is always better than curing after the fact, though not as glamorous. Remember there is no such thing as a normal cold so if you start to feel congested or slightly under the weather, you need to start treating it immediately. Rest, water, avoid sugar and alcohol and take herbs for your immune system. Keeping up your vitamin D levels also helps keep your immune system strong. If you start getting sick, get in here so we can figure out what you need to be taking to get you feeling good again.
Resistance is Rampant
Below is a recent article from the Center for Disease Control:
About Antimicrobial Resistance: A Brief Overview
Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. Antibiotic use has been beneficial and, when prescribed and taken correctly, their value in patient care is enormous. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. Many fungi, viruses, and parasites have done the same. Some microorganisms may develop resistance to a single antimicrobial agent (or related class of agent), while others develop resistance to several antimicrobial agents or classes. These organisms are often referred to as multidrug-resistant or MDR strains. In some cases, the microorganisms have become so resistant that no available antibiotics are effective against them.
Drug Resistance Is Everywhere
Antimicrobial drug resistance occurs everywhere in the world and is not limited to industrialized nations. Hospitals and other healthcare settings are battling drug-resistant organisms that spread inside these institutions. Drug-resistant infections also spread in the community at large. Examples include drug-resistant pneumonias, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and skin and soft tissue infections.
The Effects of Antimicrobial Drug Resistance Are Far-Reaching
People infected with drug-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer and more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection. When the drug of choice for treating their infection doesn’t work, they require treatment with second- or third-choice drugs that may be less effective, more toxic, and more expensive. This means that patients with an antimicrobial-resistant infection may suffer more and pay more for treatment.
Trends in Drug Resistance
This is why I say that prevention is a better idea than trying to treat the infection. Many times, natural remedies can work to help rid your body of infection so it is a good place to start. If that doesn’t work, you can try the drugs. If that doesn’t work, you are back to natural remedies again or nothing. The important point is to not wait and hope it goes away.
For those who haven’t been in lately, the new pretty smiling face at the front desk is Brittany. When Stephanie left for greener pastures closer to home, she was kind enough to replace herself with her cousin who has been doing a great job taking over the office duties. She may not have all the answers yet to how things work but she is a quick learner and very willing to help our patients. Just know that she has your best interests foremost in her mind and that we will both serve your needs as quickly as we can.