Dr Oz: What Happens When Antibiotics Don’t Work
How many times have you been prescribed antibiotics, just within the last year? Chances are you took them without question, but what happens when they stop working? That’s exactly what happened to Laura, who shared that she was on one antibiotic after the other all throughout her 30’s. She knew something was right so she asked her ear, nose, and throat doctor to run more tests.
It finally came back as MRSA so she was put on IV antibiotics and oral antibiotics, and she still couldn’t beat it because it was resistant. She was basically told by her doctors that she couldn’t beat the infection and she was basically going to die. Laura refused to give up without a fight because of her two daughters.
Dr Oz: Antibiotic Resistance
Laura then joined Dr Oz, who explained that with antibiotic resistance, bacteria can multiply creating even more bacteria that fight back against antibiotics. Sometimes bacteria neutralize antibiotics while some of them even block the anitbioitcs ability to touch the cell so they can’t get anywhere near the bad bacteria. Taking antibiotics may take care of some of the bacteria, but not nearly all of them.
Dr Oz: Resistant Bacteria From Over-Prescribing Antibiotics
Dr Oz brought in Dr Natali Azar and Dr Joel Fuhrman, author of “Super Immunity” who are both incredibly passionate about antibiotic resistance. Dr Azar said we do need antibiotics, but the problem is that we are breeding antibiotic resistance. According to the CDC, around two million infections each year are attributed to bacterial resistance and 23,000 deaths, so it’s a real problem.
Dr Fuhrman said essentially, doctors are to blame, because of the overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics don’t work for viral infections or colds. They should be used for bacterial infections such as bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, Lyme disease, or animal bites. If patients push doctors, doctors sometimes cave.
Laura received an experimental treatment where they made a virus that destroyed her infection.
Dr Oz: Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
In one year, as many as 262 million antibiotic prescriptions are written in an outpatient study and women are prescribed 64% more than men. That leads to 2 million people becoming infected with antibiotic resistance bacteria each year. So when is it right to prescribe antibiotics?
Sharon asked about antibiotics in our food, and Dr Furhman explained that 80% of antibiotics in our country are used in animal products. The problem is the development of super bugs in those animals that can be transmitted into your home. You should eat less of those foods and when you do eat them, be sure to cook them properly.
Dr Oz: Taking Antibiotics Properly
Dr Azar then said you don’t want to take an antibiotic for too short of a time, but you don’t want to take it for longer than is necessary either. Doctors do their best to minimize the duration of antibiotics, so it’s best to simply ask your doctor what the shortest period of time possible is to take an antibiotic.
What about the people who rarely take antibiotics? Dr Azar explained that it’s all about being prescribed appropriately by your doctor.
Dr Oz: Top Baby Names 2015
Before the end of his show, Dr Oz took a look at the top baby names of 2015. He said a lot of people are actually drawn to careers that resemble their name. For example, a lot of men named Dennis, later become dentists. He wasn’t kidding! Jackson and Sophia are the top names, but Royalty is up 90% this year as are the names Duchess Reign and Sultan. Instagram filters likes Lux, Ludwig, Amaro, Valencia, and Juno are also being used more often as baby names.
What’s the coolest baby name you’ve heard this year?