As you may or may not know, we have moved into a unique moment of history. We are entering into the age of the SuperBug, and what makes it worse, we are the creators of our own destruction. These antibiotic bugs are so bad Consumer Reports took the time to write up an article. " Peggy Lillis’ and Zachary Doubek’s stories are all too common. Though antibiotics have saved millions of lives since penicillin was first prescribed almost 75 years ago, it’s now clear that unrestrained use of the drugs also has unexpected and dangerous consequences, sickening at least 2.25 million Americans each year and killing 37,000." You can read the full article here:link
Let that sink in for just a moment: 37,000 Americans, that is more than all vaccination diseases in America, excluding smallpox (which we no longer vaccinate for) Just look up CDC death rate for: Measles before vaccination (Or place which ever vaccine disease you would like.) Sorry, I won't do the leg work for this as I want to keep this short.
Okay...You may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with jumping off a cliff? Let me explain:
As you all know Deavan, my daughter, recently had an emergency C-Section. The baby was fine, mommy is fine...but they have the Nursery that the baby is taken to to get bathed, Hep B vaccine, Vitamin K shot, and the Erythromycin in the eyes. (Obviously we opted out of Hep B vaccination)
This is about Erythromycin. It is an antibiotic derived from streptomyces erythraus, and is used primarily to treat gram-positive and atypical microorganisms, such as streptococci, mycoplasma, and legionella. The primary side effects are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea (the package insert also says that eye irritation is normal). Many people know Erythromycin as the stuff they put in the baby's eyes after vaginal birth to prevent the baby from going blind. More information: Erythromycin is used in the U.S. and Canada to prevent ophthalmia neonatorum which can happen if the mother is positive for Chlamydia or gonorrhea. Needless to say: Yeah medicine for helping babies.
To sum up: The baby only needs Erythromycin if the mother is: Positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea AND the mother gives birth vaginally.
Deavan was negative for all STI's AND she did not have a vaginal birth. This means the baby had ZERO chance of getting opthalmia neonatorum. YEAH...NO EYE GOOP.
But: Here is that cliff. The nurse brings out the cream. I say: "What is that?" She replies: "Erythromycin." I promptly say: "She was a C-section baby." The nurse said: "It's procedural."
My stomach actually hurts at this point. Why? Procedural? They do it to every baby. I then respond, "Even though it is only for treating babies that are born to a positive mom of chlamydia or gonorrhea and a vaginal birth?" Again she repeats, as if a robot, "It's procedural."
I tell her no, and happily, at least in the state of UTAH (Yeah UTAH) a parent has a constitutional right to decide on their child's care.
This was a NO risk situation. Deavan's baby had ZERO risk of the disease, so why would we risk: diarrhea, which can be dangerous to babies, if their was no risk for the disease? Not to mention the small risk that she had an allergic reaction and went into shock.
To play devil's advocate. I could see the hospital pressuring the antibiotic if the baby was vaginally born, as we all know that one can get an STI very easily and it may not show up on the test for weeks...BUT again....The baby was not born that way.
Why does this matter?
The word Procedural comes back to mind. They give ALL babies an antibiotic regardless of a zero risk. This, in a time of the super-bug. The World Health Organization has proclaimed: This is a real crisis and that it will be killing more people than Cancer. An estimated 10 Million deaths a year will result if we DON'T Stop it now! By saying NO, to unnecessary use of antibiotics, I was helping...and I, hope you can do the same. How?
Per Consumer Reports:
Don’t push for antibiotics. If your doctor says you don’t have a bacterial infection, don’t insist. Ask about other treatments that can help you feel better, such as a pain reliever, throat soother, antihistamine, or decongestant.
Ask whether you can fight it off on your own. If bacteria are the cause but your symptoms are mild, ask about trying to fight off the infection without drugs.
Request targeted drugs. When possible, your doctor should order cultures to identify the bacteria that caused your infection and prescribe a drug that targets that bug.
Use antibiotic creams sparingly. Even antibiotics applied to the skin can lead to resistant bacteria. So use over-the-counter ointments containing bacitracin and neomycin only if dirt remains after cleaning with soap and water.
Avoid infections in the first place. That means staying up to date on vaccinations. And it means washing your hands thoroughly and regularly, especially before preparing or eating food, before and after treating a cut or wound, and after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, and handling garbage. Plain soap and water is best. Avoid antibacterial hand soaps and cleaners, which may promote resistance.
Final tip: Just because it is "procedural" and "everyone is doing it" doesn't mean that you need to do it too. EDUCATE yourself. Saying NO in our case was the only Scientific thing to say. You don't put a band-aid on your skin if you don't have a cut, so why treat a disease that you have no way of getting?
As always, thanks for joining me. Remember: You have the right to say NO!