by Jennifer Lea Reynolds, Natural News:
Recently, a report published in The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance noted that, unless serious action is taken to address the problem of antibiotic-resistant drugs, then society should brace themselves for devastating changes starting in 2050. The report states that, if the situation is not brought under control, upwards of 10 million people will likely die every year, while costing hundreds of trillions of dollars in attempts to resolve the problem. The predicted annual mortality rate means that more people would die than those who currently die annually from cancer, a disease that’s known to attack the body, often with relentless vigor.(1,2)
However, the potential problem isn’t limited strictly to antibiotics either.
Jim O’Neill, an economist who is also the chair of The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, and involved with the published paper, explained that the situation involves all antimicrobials — an entire class of drugs that includes antibiotics as well as antiparasitics, antivirals and antifungals.(1)
The severe health implications of a world facing “the dark age of medicine”
The report, titled, “Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations,” paints a rater bleak portrait of the future where so-called superbugs might take over the health and economies around the world. One chapter in the report, which discusses the serious trickle-down effects of ineffective antibiotics, even questions whether the future may be “a return to the dark age of medicine.” In that section, the report explains a world without antibiotics as follows:
One of the greatest worries about AMR [antimicrobial resistance] is that modern health systems and treatments that rely heavily on antibiotics could be severely undermined. When most surgery is undertaken, patients are given prophylactic antibiotics to reduce the risk of bacterial infections.
In a world where antibiotics do not work, this measure would become largely useless and surgery would become far more dangerous.(3)
It also states the following regarding AMR’s potential impact, reinforcing just the extreme severity of this:
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