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How a Virus Can Save Your Life

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

how a virus can save your life

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  • Not all viruses are harmful to humans; some are natural bacterial predators and scientists are learning how to harness them to treat antibiotic resistant bacterial infections that have a high rate of mortality
  • Interest in viral therapy was brought to the forefront after a researcher fought an antibiotic resistant acinetobacter infection with a bacteriophage and the patient, who was also her husband, fully recovered
  • Cambridge University has re-estimated the number of deaths attributed to antibiotic resistant bacteria, increasing the number from 23,000 each year to 90,000
  • An overly hygienic environment may reduce your natural viral and bacterial biome and negatively affect your ability to fight infection; avoid antibacterial soaps and chemicals, and avoid using antibiotics unless necessary

Humans are in a new arms race against bacteria able to evolve resistance to antibiotics at much faster rates than scientists can develop drugs. Antibiotic resistance and multidrug resistance have been driven by number of factors triggered by modern life.

Although overuse of antibiotics in humans is one factor, it's only one piece of the puzzle. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially banned antibiotic use on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for the purpose of growth promotion. Antibiotic use now requires veterinary prescription.


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