Fucoidan Health News December: Prevent Superbugs, Use Antibiotics the Right Way!
Prevent Superbugs, Use Antibiotics the Right Way!
When visiting a doctor, we are often told to finish our antibiotics course prescribed and not to stop or reduce the dose without authorization. Also, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics for more serious infections.
What is antibiotic resistance?
The primary use of antibiotics is to treat bacterial infections. Please note that antibiotics do not help with viral infections such as colds and flu. It is used as a medication to treat bacterial infections by killing the bacteria or preventing them from multiplying. Stopping or reducing the antibiotic without your doctor’s permission results in surviving germs inside your body which could lead to “antibiotic resistance”. Furthermore, Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites mutate and become “Superbugs” or “multidrug-resistant bacteria”. These germs are resistant to various commonly used antibiotics, making the treatments ineffective.
Dr. Daisuke Tachikawa Explains:
According to Dr. Daisuke, previous abuse of antibiotics and unauthorized withdrawal of the given course without completion are main reasons for the failure of antibiotics. When antibiotics are no longer effective, you may have to rely on your own immune system to fight infection. Vulnerable groups like infants, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases and weakened immune systems are more likely to get seriously ill when infected. Cancer treatment is also affected by antibiotic resistance. Cancer patients generally have weaker immune systems. These patients require antibiotics for surgery and bone marrow transplants, radiation, and chemotherapy, including antiviral and antifungal treatments, which makes it more difficult to treat if a patient develops antibiotic resistance.
These “Superbugs” not only exist in the human body but can also survive in edible animals, such as cows, pigs, and fish. It can also be transmitted through human or animal feces, contaminating fruits and vegetables. To avoid “superbugs” in your food, treat raw and cooked food separately, and ensure food is cooked thoroughly before eating.
Currently, antibiotic resistance has evolved into a major threat in global medical care. The rate of bacteria developing drug resistance is much faster than the development of new antibiotics. We might face a future where drug-resistant bacteria are invincible. The World Health Organization has issued a report reminding medical institutions of the need to reduce the use of antibiotics. Hence, we must be cautious about the use of antibiotics to prevent worsening antibiotic resistance.
How to deal with Antibiotic Resistance?
It’s also important to not get infected with “superbugs” or “multidrug-resistant bacteria” as no effective antibiotic treatment is currently available. To keep antibiotics effective for as long as possible, we must use them wisely.
Check out the following guidelines to find out how:
- Do not buy antibiotics yourself without a prescription
- Do not pressure your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic
- Do not save them for later
- Do not share your antibiotics with others
- Do not stop taking these drugs without your doctor’s permission
- Take antibiotics as recommended by your doctor
- Wear a mask and wash your hands frequently when you are unwell to avoid spreading germs to others
- Get a flu vaccine
Antibiotics ≠ Anti-inflammatory drugs
People often think antibiotics and anti-inflammatories are the same. The main difference between the two drugs is that antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. It kills or stops bacteria from multiplying while soothing inflammation and pain. However, aside from a bacterial infection, our body can also suffer from inflammatory reactions brought by autoimmune diseases, viral infections, sprains, etc., and antibiotics are ineffective against these inflammations. This is where anti-inflammatory drugs are needed to reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling.
Our immune system is our best weapon
In conclusion, besides relying on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines to kill bacteria and viruses, we can count on the best weapon in our bodies—our immune system. Immunity is an important mechanism for the body to fight against invading germs. When the bacteria in the body become antibiotic-resistant, we need to rely on our immune system to defeat these superbugs. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain a good immune system.
There is a solution for supporting the immune system naturally. “Umi No Shizuku Fucoidan” is a health supplement made from natural Mekabu, Mozuku, and Agaricus mycelium extract. Fucoidan is a chain of polymer polysaccharides which is not easily absorbed by the body. Additionally, research indicates that nearly 70% of immune cells are present in the gut. When fucoidan enters the gut, the immune cells will treat the fucoidan as a foreign substance and attack. This process activates the switch to protect the body’s immune system and support the user’s immunity.
This process does not trigger antibiotic resistance and can be taken safely. Even if we take fucoidan for extended periods of time to maintain our immunity, our bodies do not develop resistance to fucoidan. Many bioactive substances have been found in research, thus supporting the claim that Fucoidan has immune system-supporting benefits.