MRSA–The latest in antibiotic resistant germs

I felt so bad reading about this new germ that is causing life-threatening infections. MRSA stands for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and it a type of germ that is hard to treat. Methicillin is an antibiotic that is a type of penicillin. The microbe, a strain of a staph bacterium, has become invulnerable to first-line antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is responsible for more than 94,000 serious infections and nearly 19,000 deaths each year. People want to be healthy and for years we trusted antibiotics and they worked! Now, antibiotic resistant strains are causing all sorts of infections and researchers and doctors feel helpless. The physicians who try to limit the use of antibiotics get angry reactions from their patients who don’t feel well and want something to make them feel better. Parents worry about ear infections that are not clearing up as more and more of those are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Researchers struggle to come up with new antibiotics to attempt to defeat super-bugs.

Being a Life Coach who works primarily with people on health issues, I immediately started thinking about how we can stay healthy and avoid this latest threat. MRSA can be on the skin, in the nose, in the blood or urine. Another person can pick up this germ by touching it. One of best defenses could be washing our hands properly. A healthy person who picks up this germ may not carry it or get sick from it if he or she washes it off right away. We need to teach our children to wash their hands properly and often and we need to do the same. When we touch our noses or mouths, we again need to wash our hands. All people should remember to cough into their arm rather than their hands. These are simple things that can prevent a lot of germ transfer. Waterless hand sanitizers, like Endure or Purell are thought to kill the MRSA germ.

Hospitals can do more to reduce the infection’s spread by standard hygiene measures.

We all need to think more about the overuse of antibiotics and simple things we can do to stay healthy in the first place. Getting enough sleep and making sure our children get enough rest is an important first step in staying healthy. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and taking a daily multivitamin can keep your body strong against all sorts of invaders. We have to slow down and relax more to reduce stress. There is a lot out there that can harm us, but we are not helpless. We can make our bodies strong to fight whatever we come up against!

4 Responses to “MRSA–The latest in antibiotic resistant germs”

  1. 1 john white December 14, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I cam across this product when my mom became ill. conjestive heart failer and kidney failure. She was so afriad of colds, let alone MRSA in the hospitals. I found a non toxic non alcohol skin antiseptic that kills MRSA and alot more and it protects skin for hrs from bacteria germs and viruses. we have been using it for months now and no one in our family has had a cold. My wife is a RN and she and the other nurses love this product. FDA/EPA complient within the last year. please go to Type in the address bar to view this company Thanks

  2. 2 WardFourResident May 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    A lot of what’s being discussed about in the media with regards to MRSA is very overblown. Part of the reason that MRSA exists in the first place is because of modern antibiotics. MRSA is just a common staph aurues strain that developed resistance to antibiotics through natural selection. Combine that with the fact that more people than ever are walking around immuno-compromised (due to drug therapy post organ transplant or having HIV/AIDS), we have more crowded living situations than anytime in recent history, and the number of people incarcerated is growing, and what you have is a breeding ground for MRSA. Rather than try and fight MRSA, we need to address some of these other public health concerns in a more organized fashion. Otherwise, we may stop MRSA, but another superbug will be waiting just around the corner.

  3. 3 Bernita Bee July 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I would like more information on this product that kills MRSA. Thank you

  4. 4 coachfletcher July 22, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Bernita,I went to the site that John White recommended aand there are products that claim to kill bacteria. I did not see any claim about MRSA, but you may want to research the products. It was Let me know if you try any of the products!

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