Polish doctors are increasingly talking about the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance. Specialists see the blame for this phenomenon in parents insisting on prescribing an antibiotic for every infection, even a viral one (where the antibiotic is unnecessary) and in doctors who give in to these requests.  However, the truth may lie elsewhere - and this is a fact confirmed by world-class epidemiologists. Where does the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance come from? What is it about? What is its cause? How to prevent it?
The emergence of penicillin in 1943 revolutionized global medicine, giving people effective weapons against bacterial infections that were previously fatal. However, three years earlier, a bacterium that was resistant to penicillin had been identified. Then, after almost every discovery of a new antibiotic, some time later bacteria resistant to it were found - it was, among others, with tetracyclines, erythromycin, gentamicin or ceftaroline. 
Similarly, usually a few years after introducing a new type of anti-theft card protection for criminals, criminals are developing a new method to circumvent them. This is what the arms race looks like between humans and bacterial infections.
MYTH: there are people who are resistant to antibiotics.
FACT: resistant to antibiotics are bacteria found in the human gut, not humans.
How does the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance occur? There are many ways to do this:
Sometimes, when you take an antibiotic, one bacterium finds a way to survive the treatment. Already one bacterium resistant to the antibiotic can multiply and replace bacteria that disappeared during the treatment. Therefore, each subsequent antibiotic treatment increases the risk of antibiotic resistance. 
Does this mean, however, that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria are only to blame for the people who take them and the doctors who prescribe them? And yes and no, because nowadays almost all of us are unknowingly taking antibiotics! An article from 2017, published in the prestigious American magazine Science Translational Medicine, states that farm animals use up to 80% of antibiotics sold in the United States! 
Is it better in Poland? Yes, but not much - Polish farm animals (pigs, chickens, cows) use 60% of the antibiotics sold - up to 600 tonnes and an average of three times the recommended safe dose. As much as 90% of antibiotics are given only as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of diseased animals bred in poor conditions. And who eats the meat of these animals later? We, Poles.
What are the effects of this? Statistics on Poland are unknown, but as many as 25,000 people die every year in the European Union alone. 
Fortunately, in 2018 the European Parliament adopted new rules that will end the abuse of antibiotics in agriculture from 2022. It will not allow antibiotics to be given to healthy farm animals for preventive purposes only. Treatment will only be possible if there is a disease for which antibiotic treatment is necessary. 
Not eating meat and not taking antibiotics seems the only right solution, but it will be difficult to use 100%, and for many people - even impossible. However, we can start eating less meat from better, carefully selected sources.
However, what to do when we get sick or when the doctor prescribes an antibiotic for a bacterial infection? Then we can refer to folk knowledge, dating back to ancient times, and increase the chances of recovery with the help of commonly known metal. What metal is it about? You will find out in the next part of the article.
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