Antibiotics Why They No Longer Work
Until you have been exposed to complications from medical mesh you cannot understand the sheer volume of antibiotics that will be handed or offered to you as if they alone are going to cure you. At first you may believe it because after all doctors know best right? But as time goes on and the real fear hits you of if you will survive your complications, you either cave to it or you question what is going on. No longer will you feel doctors know the answers and you begin to make your own choices and view the world in a whole different way.
I am not sure if it is the family I came from or the times I was raised in but it doesn’t take long before I begin to question anything and these days even more so. I am also very observant and now that we live in the age of the Internet I use it to gain even more knowledge. In other words ” I use the tool to not be a fool”.
With the Internet I can be current with any changes, anywhere in the world and I like that part because I like to read and learn. So many things will catch my eye and I can often relate, even though it is not a subject I have any knowledge. But being open minded is a chief part of learning and change.
The hardest part of going through all the complications associated with medical mesh is fear. Fear that if we don’t go through a doctor, we may get worse. Fear that if we don’t take the prescription drugs offered to us, we will get worse. Fear of dying when you have so much to live for. So fear is the driving force of all the new prescription drugs that come out every day. The drug advertisements are gears to make you afraid.
I don’t know if you have watched the British series Call the Midwife? I watch many period shows because part of watching them for me is seeing the gowns and hats. That is because I love to design and make hats. Most of the shows I watch are set in Victorian times or early twentieth century, but Call the Midwife is set in the times of my young childhood in the early 1950’s. I was born in 1947 soon after World War Two and life was a huge struggle for British families. The town I was born in Luton, is thirty miles north of London, whereas this show is set in London. But the premise is pretty much the same as the life I grew up with one exception. My mother never allowed us to play on the streets with other children and we learned to play with each other at home. That is because I am one of eight children and she was worried about what we would be exposed to.
If you choose to watch this show it will give you the history of medicine as it unfolds through history, including the terrible mistakes of certain drugs. It is quite eye opening. We all know the history behind penicillin or we should know it. If you don’t you can read all about it and learn. This is how you grow, by reading and learning. This is the history of penicillin.
As adults we should know that many drugs on the market today were designed for one use. However the sheer cost of bringing a drug to market can be a factor in why a particular drug is out there for one use but soon becomes advertised for more than the use it was intended for and sometimes is totally marketed for a completely different use. If you haven’t wondered why, you should. Is it because when sold to a wider audience it stands to make a lot more money for the company who is selling it? I will let you answer that question for yourself.
How many new antibiotics are in the works? Well with Google’s help I asked exactly that question and this is what I found.
The initial assessment of the pipeline shows 45 new antibiotics in development. These drugs would potentially address many, but not all, resistant bacteria. However, given the inevitability that some in development will fail and not be approved, it is clear that there are too few drugs in development to meet current and anticipated patient needs. You can read the full report here
I asked Google for a list of all antibiotics and like much of the web I was bombarded with useless information from companies trying to get their website known, so it always takes some digging to give you the answers. I finally found a good link and this caught my eye.
Types of Antibiotics
Although there are well over 100 antibiotics, the majority come from only a few types of drugs. These are the main classes of antibiotics.
Penicillins such as penicillin and amoxicillin
Cephalosporins such as cephalexin (Keflex)
Macrolides such as erythromycin (E-Mycin), clarithromycin (Biaxin), and azithromycin (Zithromax)
Fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), and ofloxacin (Floxin)
Sulfonamides such as co-trimoxazole (Bactrim) and trimethoprim (Proloprim)
Tetracyclines such as tetracycline (Sumycin, Panmycin) and doxycycline (Vibramycin)
Aminoglycosides such as gentamicin (Garamycin) and tobramycin (Tobrex)
Most antibiotics have 2 names, the trade or brand name, created by the drug company that manufactures the drug, and a generic name, based on the antibiotic’s chemical structure or chemical class. Trade names such as Keflex and Zithromax are capitalized. Generics such as cephalexin and azithromycin are not capitalized.
You can read that rest here
On that list you, as a mesh injured woman will recognize many you have been given over the time of your injuries, whether or not you knew that mesh was the cause of all your infections. You will also recognize many you were allergic or or have become allergic to over time. Believe me I recognize the problems with all I am allergic to. It is very scary to realize that some of these allergic reactions you can die from and yet doctors do not take them seriously.
You will also begin to wonder why they no longer work for you during your long mesh journey. Well there are several reasons and one of the main reasons is that the mesh itself harbors bacteria’s and many new rarer bacteria’s are being noticed in women with mesh complications. So this article will answer why they no longer work and why they often make us worse. You can read why here
Once again I asked a question of Google about resistant bacteria’s to drugs and why. This is part of the answer
Antibiotic medications are used to kill bacteria, which can cause illness and disease. They have made a major contribution to human health. Many diseases that once killed people can now be treated effectively with antibiotics. However, some bacteria have become resistant to commonly used antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are bacteria that are not controlled or killed by antibiotics. They are able to survive and even multiply in the presence of an antibiotic. Most infection-causing bacteria can become resistant to at least some antibiotics. Bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics are known as multi-resistant organisms (MROs).
You can read the whole article here
You may also wonder about the length of time any company has to hold a patent on any drug, so I asked that very question and Mr. Google seems to have been asked this many times before so it was easy to find. This is part of the answer.
Clinical Trials Impact Length of Drug Patent
In the United States the patent filed on a drug lasts for 20 years; however, because companies file even before clinical trials, by the time the drug hits the marketplace, the patent may only have between 8 to 10 years left. Once the patent expires, other companies can produce the drug using the same ingredients and bring their version to the market, introducing competition and generally lowering the prices for the drug.
If you are having mesh complications and you are having infections both before and after surgery you must learn more about the problems you are facing. You may have seen all the reports about antibiotics in our food chain and it should concern you. If we are bombarded with antibiotics because of our mesh injuries and we eat them too, we need to learn and make our own choices as what to do to help ourselves.
The problem is that our society prefers to close its eyes and the reasons are either we are making money from the problem or we are too busy to care. But there are people and whole countries who really do care about the problems associated with antibiotic overuse. One country is the tiny country of the Netherlands in Europe. You may wonder where that country is and I will show you so that you will have more knowledge.
And what happens when the patent time runs out?
When both the patent and the exclusivity rights expire, the original pharmaceutical company no longer has a monopoly on the drug. Generic versions of the original can be produced, and the low cost will drive down the cost of the original, in order for it to compete. The early monopoly allows pharmaceutical companies to recoup some of the enormous cost of developing, researching and testing drugs and encourages them to continue to find more helpful drug combinations to benefit others.
You can read more here
If you live in Great Britain you are a stone’s throw from the Netherlands and you can cross the North Sea and then take a train ride to this country. If you have young children this may be a wonderful way to take them on a holiday and teach them about the food chain and that there is a better way of raising our food.
If this has stirred your interest then this article will stir it even more. Read this
Now that you are mesh injured and you know you are, you need to learn everything you can to help yourself. If you are having a terrible time because you cannot clear your infections, you may be ready to try something else. This could be a new start, so read this
As always, the more we know the better life we can live. I wish you wellness and hope.