Stopping Superbugs!

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In this week’s podcast, we welcome back into the studio Dr. Scott Winnail, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Health Promotion for Living University. With his degree in public health, Dr. Scott Winnail has an interesting take on the spread of infectious diseases and “superbugs.”

We open up with a few headlines showing that antibiotics—considered the “wonder drugs” of the 20th century—are losing their clout. After years of overuse and misuse of antibiotics, many bacteria have developed a resistance to antibiotics. “Superbugs” once thrived only in hospitals; today, strains outside these facilities are killing otherwise-healthy people.

Dr. Winnail urges listeners to read the booklet, Does God Heal Today? He points out that Scripture shows us how to prevent the spread of disease. Sadly, human beings have ignored or gone contrary to these principles, so clearly defined in the Old Testament, and are now suffering the consequences.

We wrap up today’s show with some tips shared in a UCLA Healthcare report by Dr. Daniel Uslan, who suggests some precautionary measures to avoid infectious diseases. Here are just a few:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • If you are seeing your doctor for a bad cold or flu, discuss the use of antibiotics with your physician. If you have a viral infection, antibiotics are not effective, and their use will only add to the problem of antibiotic resistance.

These four points may sound simple, yet they are easy to forget—and will bring great benefit if applied in our daily habits.

Additional Reading:
Fighting Superbugs
Antibacterial Household Products: Cause for Concern
Do bedbugs carry superbugs?
Fighting Drug-Resistant Superbugs: UCLA Expert Offers Protection Tips
PERSONAL HEALTH; How Germ-Phobia Can Lead to Illness

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4 Responses to Stopping Superbugs!
  1. Michael O'Byrne
    May 13, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    Excellent advice all round, especially as it is based on Biblical principles. After all, God knows best! Thank you both for imparting your knowledge and information on this vital topic.

  2. Doug
    May 14, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Excellent and timely topic. I was a hospital nurse for nearly 20 years. Washing your hands is a great idea but you need to be aware that in clinics and hospitals these super bugs can live for months on equipment and furnishings in the rooms. It is not feasable for a facility to terminally disinfect an entire room after each patient. Some alcohol-based hand sanitizers are better than others and they expire after a certain time. Antiseptic hand soaps can be good but some are so powerful they kill the normal fauna on your skin. I ended up with painful contact dermatitis from such an antiseptic that took a year to treat.
    Don’t eat pork. Hogs are terrible harbingers of disease. Eat clean meants and try to eat only those raised without growth hormones or antibiotics. Keep your body healthy. Try to avoid ever being a patient in a hospital if you can. Long term facilities are even more exposed to these diseases as are fitness facilities and prisons. Above all, pray for the Lord’s protection but do all you can to stay healthy.

  3. Murna Simpson
    May 15, 2011 | 7:25 pm

    We are told to avoid all contact with people with sickness ,such as sneezing coughing and so on, I got a virus from my doctors clinic when he had just seen to a woman with A virus which I then picked up because of her sneezing and not using a handkerchief.
    ,I had cancer and had only gone to the docters rooms for my repeat of morphine then straight home.I was so sick the next day with the virus I caught from the clinic. I had just finished a course of chemotherpy so I had no resistance at all , I have had other people tell me the same thing that they picked up some kind of infection from clinic rooms as they have to treat very sick people at times in there clinics,I now have M E because of the virus I caught and I am now worse than the cancer I had . As I was slowly getting over the cancer even though the doctors gave me little hope of recovery of the cancer which I did but am now worse because of M E .
    I pray the Lord will give me strengh each day to care for my very ill
    son who has a rare form of leukaemia.
    Watch out for these types of infections that are very easy picked up even
    when taking care of yourself.

    Praise the Lord

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