It's as close to official as Uncle Sam will admit: The last line of defense against a new generation of super-aggressive infectious bugs has fallen. Doctors concede they are completely out of options in treating the form of MRSA they call CC5, which has now been publicly labeled "one of the first bacteria to be resistant to all antibiotics."
You already know that strains of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are leading causes of hospital-acquired infections in the United States. Ditto for nursing homes. Now that the CC5 strain has evolved into a superbug that's immune to all known antibiotics, MRSA is potentially the single most dangerous threat to hospital patients.
In other words, someday you could go to the hospital and be successfully treated for any number of conditions using the latest and greatest medical care – only to succumb instead to an unstoppable MRSA infection through contact with other patients, unsanitary medical equipment, or even contaminated medical personnel.
Or you could bring MRSA home with you and infect your friends, loved ones, and neighbors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says healthy people who have not been in the hospital or a nursing home are getting MRSA infections. This phenomenon has become so common that it now has its own name – "community-associated MRSA."
A firm that specializes in biohazard cleanup warns that MRSA "can also be present in vehicles such as ambulances, school buses, police cruisers, and in schools, doctors' offices and medical facilities, and public restrooms."
With no treatment options left, the prognosis for MRSA-infected individuals is grim; skin infections, blood infections, lung infections, followed by death, are the common outcomes.
The irony, of course, is that modern, government-regulated medicine created CC5 MRSA. This bacteria did not exist until a combination of sloppy sanitary procedures, injudicious use of antibiotic drugs, and failure to adequately isolate individuals with compromised immunity both allowed and caused this killer bug to evolve from previously treatable forms of the staph bacteria.
I can't prove it of course, but I also suspect that the closure of many community hospitals and local clinics and their consolidation into large regional medical centers has a lot to do with the proliferation of hospital-acquired infections like MRSA.
So your reasons to stay healthy and avoid sick people and the places they congregate are greater than ever. Taking care of your health, staying fit, keeping up your immunity and even driving safely are all closed tied to your ability to avoid the people and places where you could potentially encounter, contract, and die from MRSA.
Still, no matter how hard you try, you will eventually have to access the services of a hospital, clinic, or doctor's office, or come into contact with someone who has. This is where you're going to have to have your own line of defense.
With modern, government-regulated hospitals admitting they are out of options, savvy, health-conscious people are looking elsewhere. Many are going back to the basics – to time-tested remedies and cures made by nature, not by laboratories. These are treatments and health practices that have been around in many cases for centuries, but never found favor with the medical establishment for whatever reason.
In the case of treating bacterial infections, one cure has been around since the before Roman Empire, and it is still available to those who do not limit themselves to options offered by the bureaucratized, government-regulated medical establishment. I'm talking about a solution of two natural healers into an effective antibiotic you can safely and legally make at home and take without a prescription.