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.
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