finn wrote :
It would be ironic indeed if frivilous use of one the crowning achievements of human civilization ultimately spelled it's demise, but one can probably say that about more than antibiotics.
having listened to the infection control officer at our hospital , i understand that indiscriminate use of antibiotics can indeed be a real problem .
too many people seem to believe that a dose of antibiotics will cure just about any disease .
a good example would be the common cold . many people that catch an ordinary "cold" run off to the doctor asking for antibiotics instead of staying at home for a few days and drinking plenty of fluids , eating sensibly and getting some rest . the argument seems to be quite often : "i can't be away from work ; just give me a pill that'll cure it right away " .
too many people seem to believe that simple cleaning procedures and hand-washing are a waste of time . "if i'll get sick , i'll take a pill " , seems to be their attitude .
i'm often astonished to see people use the washroom without washing their hands before leaving . i wonder if they were never taught to wash their hands ?
an additional problem seems to be the indiscriminate use of "anti-bacterial" sprays .
the claim is often : "kills 99 % of all germs" .
what it ususally does is kill 99% of the less dangerous and even beneficial
"bugs" and at the same time turn the remaining 1% into "super bugs" - that become ever more resistant to medications .
i think using antibiotics - and anything else for that matter - sensibly , is the right approach . there is no need to "overdose" - particularly if it doesn't even work !
for more on the subject :
OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS