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We all know that bacteria have increasingly become resistant to antibiotics and that now there are powerfully resistant strains that do not respond to the current range of man-made antibiotics available. There is a race now to develop new antibiotics to try to beat these microorganisms that can mutate readily with the right environments. What was once a life-saving medical intervention is losing its effectiveness largely because of excessive use both for humans and in particular for animals that account for 90% of antibiotic use. This is a problem we have brought on ourselves, and the solution will need reduction and more restricted use of new antibiotics in the future and a massive antibiotic reduction in industrialized farming of animals in disease generating environments.
This, in itself, is a serious global problem but not as great as that posed by international wholesale vaccination that will generate more and more resistant strains that may quickly overcome any attempt to keep pace with new man-made vaccines. This potential problem is far greater than the current antibiotic resistance one, for the simple reason that it is relatively easy to knock-out a new bacterium that is a far more complex and susceptible organism than a virus that can mutate rapidly and easily as we are already witnessing.
Both problems are related to the fact that we need to be cautious when trying to replicate, replace, or sub-ordinate our natural defense mechanisms, we need judicious, intelligent evaluation of each clinical situation and not rely on quick fixes that may have long-term serious ramifications. We need more humility when we interfere in complex systems that have evolved over millennia. Where are the medical leaders who are not driven by the immediate demands of governments and commercial powers? We need them to speak up and add cautionary advice on these matters.