Despite the threat of a global health crisis in antibiotic resistance, worldwide use of antibiotics in humans soared 39 percent between 2000 and 2015, fueled by dramatic increases in low-income and middle-income countries, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
This study serves as a timely reminder that, while antibiotics have contributed to saving many lives, their use comes at an increasingly high cost. With media headlines constantly telling us we now stand on the threshold of an era in which antibiotic resistant superbugs could soon be killing millions of people every year, alternative approaches to controlling infections are urgently needed.
In this situation, it is notable that little or no attention is being given to the fact that appropriate micronutrient supplementation can enhance immune function and suppress infection. Scientific proof of the effectiveness of such approaches comes from Cellular Medicine research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, which shows that micronutrients support all the critical steps for mounting an effective immune response. These steps include non-specific defense components such as the synthesis of interferon and function of phagocytic cells; the protective anti-microbial barriers created by the skin, mucus membranes, tears, saliva and gastric juice; and the production of antibodies and optimization of cell-mediated immunity.
To read more about the lifesaving Cellular Medicine approach to controlling infections, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.