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The NDM-1 Super Bug: Is It a Real Threat?

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Last year the so-called novel H1N1 virus, an obviously lab created pathogen, was used to panic the public and push a dangerous vaccine.

The response from the public was an encouraging one. They refused to be bullied into vaccination and, as a result, the great quantities of vaccine bought to administer to the public went unused.

Now a warning of what is being called a super ‘bug’ comes from the UK. What will be the result of this situation? The reports so far describe it in such language as to immediately cause concern.

The threat by name is called the “New Delhi-Metallo-1″ enzyme, and sources are stressing the fact that it is a condition by which bacteria are becoming resistant to the most powerful antibiotics.

It is described as a potential “nightmare” scenario in which all known drugs could be useless in the near future to combat infectious bacterial disease.

What are the real risks of this new health threat? Does the world face yet another vaccination scam such as the one attempted with H1N1? Will there be epidemics of incurable diseases spreading around the world soon?

These are the worries which might plague people should this situation continue to develop, and become a major subject of mainstream news.

Before any speculation takes place and any conclusions are rushed in to, we should first rationally answer these questions.

What the New Delhi-Metallo-1 or ND Metallo-beta-lactamase is exactly, is a gene which promotes the production of an enzyme, called a carbapenemase, which is a Beta-lactamase enzyme which resists certain antibiotics, called carbapenems – these are some of the most potent antibiotics which are used.

This new “super bug” is not actually a bacteria in itself, but an ability in a bacteria to produce this Beta-lactamase enzyme.

The gene is capable of being transmitted from one strain of bacteria to another.

Currently NDM-1 has been found in Enterobacteriaceae such as E. Coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in between 37 and 50 cases in the UK depending on the source.

These patients were said to have brought the enzyme gene from Asia, where they had received cosmetic surgery or cancer treatments. The origin of the NDM-1 is said to be Pakistan or India.

The resistance to the carbapenem antibiotics is caused due to the ability of the beta-lactamase to break apart the specific molecular structure of carbapenems – a four-atom ring called a beta-lactam.

The idea which has caused so much supposed concern by medical officials, is that this enzyme will be integrated into very virulent bacterial strains, which are already resistant to lesser types of antibiotics – and so there would be no currently available drug to combat them.

The result, they would say, is potentially that highly dangerous diseases would be incurable and many people would die.

The real risk to people depends on the individual.

For those who rely on the mainstream medical system when they are ill, who turn to antibiotics as a cure, there is potential serious risk.

The enzyme has passed it would seem exclusively in hospitals, and if the cure which you count on is antibiotics, and you have contracted a strain of bacteria with NDM-1, you are likely to get no help from that trusted source.

For those who do not turn to mainstream medicine and do not take antibiotics, though, there is no ‘super bug’.

The resistance of the diseases depend simply upon their resistance to antibiotics, they are not super-resistant to natural means of prevention and cure, nor are the diseases themselves more deadly if they run their course because of the addition of NDM-1.

If you wish to ensure that you are more safe from this supposed threat than the average person, practice common sense, natural medicine.

Will we see a new vaccine campaign? This is very unlikely, unless the vaccine is simply offered to the public as a placebo to general ignorance.

Since the problem is a gene, which can inhabit a multitude of bacterial strains, either a vaccine would have to cover a very broad range of bacteria or it would be pointless.

Though vaccines are essentially pointless and always dangerous anyway, it might require a level of ignorance in the public which is hard to imagine in order to successfully sell a vaccine for NDM-1 bacterial diseases.

It is highly unlikely, also, that there will be any real threat of pandemic because of NDM-1.

Even now in an age when people trust the medical arts so completely, and the natural immunity of people is much lower than it should be, most pathogens are fought off naturally without any visit to the doctor and oftentimes without even symptoms.

Those who might be seriously at risk are those who have very compromised immune systems, and who are not equip with the knowledge of how to treat themselves with natural remedies.

The one real concern which can come of all of this is the intentional over-reaction of health authorities and governments, fueled even more by intentionally induced public panic.

“Dr. Livermore’s fears are well founded and this scenario is similar to many frightening science fiction medical horror movies… But it’s real and it could wipe out a large portion of the Earth’s population if left unattended. Hopefully all the cases have been found out and all those infected be placed in quarantine.” news.gather.com

Even at this early point in the development of this news come statements of ‘containment’ and ‘quarantine’.

“A combination of new drugs are now sought to kill the super bug in the reported 50 UK cases. Doctors say the only way to end NDM-1 from spreading is to quarantined those showing signs of infection immediately.”

“Speaking about the potential for NDM-1 to go global, UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) researcher Dr David Livermore said, “The fear would be that [the super bug gene] gets into a strain of bacteria that is very good at being transmitted between patients.”

It is my hope that this does not grow into an opportunity for governments to impose oppressive conditions on their citizens.

It is nevertheless a good time to learn how to live without doctors.

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