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baja
05-21-2013, 12:11 AM
Study: Deadly 'superbug' MRSA now being found at U.S. wastewater treatment plants
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: Wastewater, MRSA, Treatment


(NaturalNews) Using reclaimed water to irrigate lawns, parks, gardens, and various other types of landscaping is common in many communities across the U.S., particularly in areas prone to water shortages and drought. But a new study headed by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health suggests that this practice may no longer be safe, as antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are now being detected in both influent and effluent water samples at wastewater treatment plants nationwide.

Study author Amy R. Sapkota, an assistant professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, and her colleagues, some of whom came from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, collected wastewater samples from two mid-Atlantic and two Midwestern wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) for their study, and analyzed them for the presence of superbugs like MRSA. The team drew samples of influent, which is the raw sewage directly fed into a treatment plant, as well as effluent, which is partially treated wastewater that is commonly recycled for irrigation purposes.

Shockingly, half of all the wastewater samples taken from each of the WWTPs tested positive for MRSA, while a similar pathogen known as methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) was detected in 55 percent of all the collected samples. As far as influent is concerned, the team detected MRSA in a staggering 83 percent of the samples taken from all plants, indicating a widespread problem of superbug contamination that is occurring in more places than just hospital rooms.

"MRSA infections acquired outside of hospital settings -- known as community-acquired MRSA or CA-MRSA -- are on the rise and can be just as severe as hospital-acquired MRSA," said Sapkota in reference to her team's findings. "However, we still do not fully understand the potential environmental sources of MRSA or how people in the community come in contact with this microorganism."

Communities that recycle water for irrigation, drinking could be creating major public health hazard

But the issue gets even worse. According to the team's findings, which were published recently in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, MRSA, MSSA, and various other potentially-deadly superbugs can even persist beyond the initial treatment phases. Effluent samples collected at one of the WWTPs tested positive for MRSA, which means anywhere the partially-treated water ends up getting sprayed -- recycled water is often sprayed on sports fields, grassy knolls, and other common areas frequented by families with children -- is also being potentially doused with killer bacteria.

"Our findings raise potential public health concerns for wastewater treatment plant workers and individuals exposed to reclaimed wastewater," added Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein, one of the study's lead authors. "Because of increasing use of reclaimed wastewater, further research is needed to evaluate the risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in treated wastewater."

Sources for this article include:

http://sph.umd.edu/news/MRSAwastewater_SapkotaEHP.cfm

http://www.advisory.com

http://www.rwlwater.com


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040432_MRSA_wastewater_sewage_treatment.html#ixzz2 TuOnHQT0

baja
05-21-2013, 12:16 AM
Many golf courses use effluent to water the course with.

misturanderson
05-21-2013, 12:22 AM
It is really going to become an issue within the next decade or so with how quickly resistance to antibiotics can spread.

We are going to need to find new ways of treating these infections (as well as encouraging more judicious use of the antibiotics we have) or we'll be heading back to where we were before we had medical treatment for bacterial infections.

Luckily not all bacteria have been gaining resistance to the antibiotics we commonly use to treat them or we'd already be there.

baja
05-21-2013, 12:39 AM
Given the vast numbers of people in the USA with weakened immune systems due to dietary and environmental toxins it is a miracle of sorts that we have not see a pandemic out break. The conditions are so ripe for it...


Worth looking into products like colloidal silver (silver lung machine) and MMS

Rohirrim
05-21-2013, 08:06 AM
They don't run that water through UV sterilizers?

BroncoBeavis
05-21-2013, 09:38 AM
We're pretty much at the point where MRSA (like other staph variants) is everywhere, or going to be everywhere. Worrying about it on this level won't really accomplish anything.

We need newer antibiotics, and we need to not be so stupid in administering them from now on. But in the meantime, do what you can to avoid staph infections. Because you're never going to create a staph-free environment.

baja
05-21-2013, 09:58 AM
Donna Gates is a fabulous contributor to whole body health in the field of gut health where 90% of you immune system resides;


What You Can Do About the Growing Epidemic of Antibiotic Resistance

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In the right situation, the use of an antibiotic can save a life.

But what happens when the bugs get smart? What happens when the antibiotics that we rely on suddenly become powerless, and an infection rages on?

How much is too much when it comes to antibiotic use? In 2010 alone, more than 12 million pounds of tetracycline was given to livestock in the US, seriously tainting our food supply.

This is exactly what happened in 2004 when Everly Macario’s 17-month old son, Simon, was killed within 24 hours of an MRSA infection. (1)

MRSA, also called multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterium that has developed resistance to a number of common antibiotics, including:

Penicillins
Tetracyclines
Cephalosporins
“Last-resort” antibiotics like vancomycin
S. aureus itself is relatively harmless. It is found on the skin and in the mucus membranes of roughly one third of the world population. When given the chance, however, a staph infection can range from bothersome (pimples) to life-threatening (meningitis and sepsis).

As it turns out, S. aureus is highly adaptable, and researchers have been unable to prevent antibiotic resistance in this particular bug or to develop a vaccine against it. Because of this, the strains of Staph aureus that have developed resistance to antibiotics are deadly.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Archives of Internal Medicine, drug-resistant staph:

Kills up to 19,000 people per year.
Causes at least 7 million primary care and ER (emergency room) visits per year.
Is responsible for nearly 100,000 serious blood infections a year. (2)(3)
At the same time, companies that make antibiotics are choosing to not manufacture any drugs to treat multidrug-resistant strains of S. aureus. Their argument? Quickly developed resistance by superbugs like MRSA undermines profit. (4)

Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance is becoming a growing public health issue.
Since the death of her son, Everly Macario founded the MRSA Research Center at the University of Chicago and was one of the first mothers to join Moms for Antibiotic Awareness.

Everly explains that, “Simon…died from an infection because the antibiotics we relied on had become useless. Simon's death sounded an alarm that my fellow moms across this country need to hear: antibiotics are increasingly ineffective against life-threatening infections, and the lives of our children and loved ones are at stake.”

Staph aureus is not the only bug that has a resistance to several commonly used antibiotics. Others bacteria include:

E. coli and Salmonella, which come directly from contaminated food.
Clostridium difficile, a bug responsible for debilitating chronic diarrhea and colitis.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the species responsible for most cases of tuberculosis (TB).
Some bacteria are resistant to all antibiotic drugs. This can be dangerous because bacteria are especially good at communicating resistance at a genetic level - and across species.

The Overuse of Antibiotics in the Health Care Industry
The World Health Organization tells us that, “Because of their widespread availability and familiarity, generally low cost, and relative safety, antimicrobials are among the most misused of all medicines.”
Last year, Dr. Hughes, a professor of global health and medicine at Emory University, made a formal plea on the matter in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (5) At the time, as much as 50% of antibiotic use was deemed as “either unnecessary or inappropriate.” Hughes asks fellow physicians to act responsibly and reminds us that antibiotic resistance is “a growing global public health threat.”

Antibiotics are in our food supply.

Some of the most used antibiotics in health care, penicillin and tetracycline, are also given to the livestock used in food production. Antibiotics are used to promote growth in animals and to prevent infection.

In 2010, tetracycline made up 42% of all antibiotics given to food-producing animals in the United States. (6)

Approximately 12,300,000 pounds of tetracycline were given to animals, while just over 100,000 pounds were sold for human use.
Over 1.9 million pounds of penicillin were sold for animal use, while close to 1.5 million pounds were distributed for human use.
The widespread use of antibiotics in industrial farming contributes to antibiotic resistance. The solution? Sanitary conditions for animals that promote healthy immune function and the judicious use of antibiotics - that is, only use antibiotics on animals when necessary.

In April 2011, one study made headlines when it revealed that it found Staph aureus in 47% of meat samples pulled from five US cities: Chicago, Washington, DC, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Flagstaff. Of the contaminated meat samples, 52% carried strains of MRSA (multidrug resistant Staph aureus). (7)
The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have all testified before Congress that there is a definitive link between the use of antibiotics in food animal production and resistance in humans.

In spite of what we know, getting policy in place to change antibiotic use in industrial farming is slow going. In the meantime, remember that:

Whether or not you know it, you vote with your dollar.
Whenever possible, choose only animal foods that are humanely raised in clean facilities on small farms, without the routine and non-discriminate use of antibiotic therapy.
Building Your Immunity Is Critical
Simply keeping your immune system strong is another excellent way to reduce your need for an antibiotic.

A healthy inner ecology naturally boosts immune function. Eat plenty of fermented foods and drink probiotic beverages like Coconut Water Kefir and CocoBiotic, which will contribute to the good bacteria in the gut.
A diet rich in whole foods and low in processed sugars and refined oils will also boost resistance to infection.
Proper food combining at meals helps maintain an alkaline environment. Try Vitality SuperGreen in the morning when the body is more acidic and Ancient Earth Minerals throughout the day to give cells the minerals they need.
High Vitamin D levels naturally support the body’s immune system. A high-quality fermented fish oil is an excellent source of vitamin D.

What to Remember Most About This Article:
While antibiotics are intended to save lives in certain circumstances, bacteria can develop into drug-resistant superbugs that can't be killed by common antibiotics. For this reason, antibiotic resistance is becoming a growing public health epidemic.
Today, antibiotics are misused in the health care industry. Antibiotics are also abused in food production, leading to large amounts of antibiotics in our food supply!
To protect yourself from serious infections that may be resistant to antibiotics, it's critical to build your immune health first of all by using the following tips:
Eat fermented foods and drink probiotic beverages to support gut health with friendly bacteria.
Eat plenty of whole foods without processed sugars and refined oils to resist infection.
Try food combining at every meal to aid in digestion and keep the body alkaline.
Take a high-quality fermented fish oil to support your vitamin D intake and naturally build immunity.

Pony Boy
05-21-2013, 10:08 AM
Come on Baja, you know it's a Mexican conspiracy, all the people crossing the border can drink water from any source that would kill all of us.

Meck77
05-21-2013, 10:08 AM
Yup....

America should learn from the high standards of water that Mexico has.

Rohirrim
05-21-2013, 10:10 AM
The best thing you can do is stay the hell away from hospitals. Oh wait. I work in a hospital.
Yikes!

Pony Boy
05-21-2013, 10:23 AM
Yup....

America should learn from the high standards of water that Mexico has.

You know it's does make you wonder when I've traveled to Mexico and see all the little kids drinking out of the river and I'm at a quality resort and scared to wash my hands or God forbid swallow any water while taking a shower.

baja
05-21-2013, 10:27 AM
Come on Baja, you know it's a Mexican conspiracy, all the people crossing the border can drink water from any source that would kill all of us.

Not to mention pop out a perfectly healthy baby every 10 months starting at age 15.


How do you win a war? Make love not war.

Rohirrim
05-21-2013, 10:27 AM
You know it's does make you wonder when I've traveled to Mexico and see all the little kids drinking out of the river and I'm at a quality resort and scared to wash my hands or God forbid swallow any water while taking a shower.

They have different bugs in their guts than you have. If you drank that water, you'd get those bugs too after a while. The transition period wouldn't be fun.

baja
05-21-2013, 10:31 AM
Yup....

America should learn from the high standards of water that Mexico has.

Does running down Mexico make you feel better about the very real problems facing America and the world.


What is it, a denial stradigy? Mexico is worse ha ha ha. Wise stradigy. That should help fix things.

Pony Boy
05-21-2013, 10:36 AM
Does running down Mexico make you feel better about the very real problems facing America and the world.


What is it, a denial stradigy? Mexico is worse ha ha ha. Wise stradigy. That should help fix things.

I still love going to Mexico, just scared sh**less to drink the water and still pissed of they took my awesome torch cigar lighter out of my carry-on.

baja
05-21-2013, 10:39 AM
I still love going to Mexico, just scared sh**less to drink the water.

LOL It's like Ro said once you get the bugs you are good to go. Having said that I admit I have an extensive water purification system at my house

Pony Boy
05-21-2013, 12:41 PM
LOL It's like Ro said once you get the bugs you are good to go. Having said that I admit I have an extensive water purification system at my house

I even worry about getting a bug from the accidental splash-back when laying a deuce in Mexico.

baja
05-21-2013, 01:11 PM
I even worry about getting a bug from the accidental splash-back when laying a deuce in Mexico.


LOL

I guess ice in your drink is out of the question.

alkemical
05-21-2013, 01:16 PM
Tea Tree Oil, Oregano Oil and primrose oil can be good things.

B-Large
05-21-2013, 01:25 PM
The best thing you can do is stay the hell away from hospitals. Oh wait. I work in a hospital.
Yikes!

Yep, I love how every patient with a cough thinks a Z-Pac is the only cure...


Patients.... they're so wiley

Pony Boy
05-21-2013, 01:34 PM
Yep, I love how every patient with a cough thinks a Z-Pac is the only cure...


Patients.... they're so wiley

Someone needs to write a book listing all the reasons that drug seekers use to try and get pain meds.

Pony Boy
05-21-2013, 01:56 PM
LOL

I guess ice in your drink is out of the question.

No ice, I'm easy to please so give me a ice cold Modelo or Sol or a shot of 1800 Tequila.

baja
05-21-2013, 01:58 PM
No ice, I'm easy to please so give me a ice cold Modelo or Sol or a shot of 1800 Tequila.

You realize 90% of the time those beers were chilled by being immersed in Mexican ice water right?

slick7
05-21-2013, 03:02 PM
No mexican I know drinks from the tap or a river. They drink bottled water just like any of us. I think there is one place in Guerrero and some places in Cuernavaca where residents can drink water out of the tap. Bags of ice from E-pura or bonafont or crystal, is always made from purified water.

We use 5 gallon jugs of purified water at home for everything. Yes we have different bugs in our stomachs now, baja does too if he eats tacos de carne asada on the side of the highway. We have to de-paracite once or twice a year and we have to disinfect all fruits and vegetables.

baja
05-21-2013, 03:32 PM
No mexican I know drinks from the tap or a river. They drink bottled water just like any of us. I think there is one place in Guerrero and some places in Cuernavaca where residents can drink water out of the tap. Bags of ice from E-pura or bonafont or crystal, is always made from purified water.

We use 5 gallon jugs of purified water at home for everything. Yes we have different bugs in our stomachs now, baja does too if he eats tacos de carne asada on the side of the highway. We have to de-paracite once or twice a year and we have to disinfect all fruits and vegetables.


Lots of people here drink from the tap. I'd say it's about 50 - 50 for tap vs bottled. I brush my teeth in tap water but I run my water through a UV light and two filters. That said the water here in Cabo is really good water. I stopped disinfecting fruits and veggies years ago but like you I take Vermox twice a year.

Requiem
05-21-2013, 06:18 PM
Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption (http://dreamhealer.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/)

On a similar note. . .

Rohirrim
05-21-2013, 06:35 PM
Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption (http://dreamhealer.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/)

On a similar note. . .

That stressed me out so bad I had to whip up a BLT.

Meck77
05-22-2013, 06:21 AM
Does running down Mexico make you feel better about the very real problems facing America and the world.


What is it, a denial stradigy? Mexico is worse ha ha ha. Wise stradigy. That should help fix things.

Stradigy?

Running down mexico? How could I run down Mexico anymore than it is?

If you want to see denial look in the mirror my brother. Our standard of clean air, water, and food far surpasses Mexico.

baja
05-22-2013, 06:26 AM
Stradigy?

Running down mexico? How could I run down Mexico anymore than it is?

If you want to see denial look in the mirror my brother. Our standard of clean air, water, and food far surpasses Mexico.


See you still don't get it

IT'S NOT ABOUT MEXICO VS THE UNITED STATES

Antibiotic abuse is a global problem and if a pandemic starts raging it won't matter where in the world you live you will be a risk. That is my point.

Meck77
05-22-2013, 07:05 AM
See you still don't get it

IT'S NOT ABOUT MEXICO VS THE UNITED STATES

Antibiotic abuse is a global problem and if a pandemic starts raging it won't matter where in the world you live you will be a risk. That is my point.

And you could get run over by a burro pulling a cart later today and suffer an untimely death!

Live it up baja!

That is my point!

B-Large
05-22-2013, 09:41 AM
Someone needs to write a book listing all the reasons that drug seekers use to try and get pain meds.

I'll Start.

I had a pan fire on my stove, and the fire burned through to my medicine cabinet and melted all my narcotics on the opposite side of the wall...

Oh, sure, sounds legit...

B-Large
05-22-2013, 09:44 AM
Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption (http://dreamhealer.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/)

On a similar note. . .

Haven't people always known this??? LOL. I haven't eaten meat in years and try not to do processed food, but you have to know that hot dogs can't be good for you... although I did love them....

Requiem
05-22-2013, 10:44 AM
Haven't people always known this??? LOL. I haven't eaten meat in years and try not to do processed food, but you have to know that hot dogs can't be good for you... although I did love them....

I have been trying to get down to just fish and poultry -- every other day. Get my chicken from a local farmer and fish from the market. Worth every penny.

B-Large
05-22-2013, 11:26 AM
I have been trying to get down to just fish and poultry -- every other day. Get my chicken from a local farmer and fish from the market. Worth every penny.

I get ya, you definietly want to know the source of your food if at all possible.... and yeah it may be a little bit more, but I agree worth the expense.

Rohirrim
05-22-2013, 11:37 AM
I have been trying to get down to just fish and poultry -- every other day. Get my chicken from a local farmer and fish from the market. Worth every penny.

The guy on Ihavealight's vid says chicken is the worst. ???

Requiem
05-22-2013, 12:38 PM
The guy on Ihavealight's vid says chicken is the worst. ???

Yeah, I doubt it is. :)

mhgaffney
05-22-2013, 02:07 PM
I do medical transports and hear all kinds of sad stories.

One recent client had MRSA -- which from what he told me is a kind of staph -- but very aggressive.

He picked up the MRSA in a hospital - after an operation.

It ate away his hip joint -- and weakened his heart -- among other things.

To save his life the doctors gave him a very toxic antibiotic -- which killed the staph -- but also destroyed his kidneys. Things get worse.

The guy survives -- barely -- and can hardly walk. He's a mess.

The best way to protect yourself is to strengthen the immune system -- and eat right.

MHG

Pony Boy
05-24-2013, 09:57 AM
These are awesome, nothing better with an ice cold beer while fishing and the juice form the can is great for chumming the water.

mhgaffney
05-24-2013, 01:43 PM
Pony Buy,

I suggest you read Upton Sinclair's novel, THE JUNGLE, about the Chicago meat-packing industry.

How the big meat packers shovel up the slop and filth off the floor of the slaughterhouses and toss it in to the meat bins slated for sausages.

It was enough to make me foreswear eating canned meat again.

MHG

baja
05-24-2013, 02:13 PM
Pony Buy,

I suggest you read Upton Sinclair's novel, THE JUNGLE, about the Chicago meat-packing industry.

How the big meat packers shovel up the slop and filth off the floor of the slaughterhouses and toss it in to the meat bins slated for sausages.

It was enough to make me foreswear eating canned meat again.

MHG


Where is Jimmy Hoffa? In 100,000 cans of Vienna Sausage.

mhgaffney
05-24-2013, 02:41 PM
Where is Jimmy Hoffa? In 100,000 cans of Vienna Sausage.

ha haha

baja
05-24-2013, 04:48 PM
ha haha


You think I kid.

Rohirrim
05-24-2013, 05:59 PM
Wouldn't Hoffa be more of a bratwurst kind of guy?

Abqbronco
05-29-2013, 07:48 PM
They don't run that water through UV sterilizers?

Yeah or just heat the water up? I don't care how super the bug, heat will win.

Rohirrim
05-30-2013, 07:06 AM
These are awesome, nothing better with an ice cold beer while fishing and the juice form the can is great for chumming the water.

You still chomping on those sausages, now that China owns them? :rofl:

BroncoBeavis
05-30-2013, 08:22 AM
Yeah or just heat the water up? I don't care how super the bug, heat will win.

I'm not sure boiling all of a municipality's irrigation water would be all that economically viable.

houghtam
05-30-2013, 09:23 AM
You still chomping on those sausages, now that China owns them? :rofl:

LOL