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Antibiotics: Critical knowledge gaps in Europe: The results of a survey published today indicate an insufficient level of information among the population of 15 EU member states regarding the mode of action and areas of application of antibiotics.
The results of a survey published today indicate an insufficient level of information among the population of 15 EU member states regarding the mode of action and areas of application of antibiotics. Despite dreaded resistance to antibiotics, which develop as a result of taking the drug too frequently and render microbial drugs ineffective, a total of 40% of the EU residents surveyed stated that they had undergone antibiotic treatment in the past 12 months. While the respondents in Germany were among the most cautious antibiotic users with 28%, the "frontrunners" were in the southern European countries. However, a progress report on the Council's recommendation on the prudent use of antimicrobials, published at the same time, has already shown "good progress".
Lack of knowledge leads to unnecessary use of antibiotics. The 15-24 year old Europeans in particular seem to be poorly informed about the mode of action of antibiotics. In the EU average, 20% (in Germany 23%) of those surveyed stated that they also tackled flu infections with microbial drugs. However, these are mostly viral and therefore not accessible to antibiotic treatment that is aimed exclusively against bacteria.
Considering that 95% of the respondents were given or prescribed the medication by a doctor, the question of the information level of the prescribing doctors inevitably arises, but in many cases they justify the prescription of antibiotics for simple colds with the possibility of a bacterial infection that can "graft" itself onto the viral one.
Naturopathy warns of unnecessary stress on the organism: In addition to the feared resistance, which can have long-term devastating effects on medical care for bacterial diseases, naturopathy believes that any unnecessary antibiosis is a health burden for the individual organism. The drugs can do that Disrupt the balance of the microbiological flora of the intestinal mucosa and lead to improper colonization (intestinal dysbiosis). As a result, There are digestive problems and food intolerance (leaky gut syndrome), but also disorders of the immune system and fungal infections of the intestine. (Dipl.Päd. J. Viñals Stein, naturopath, 04/12/2010)
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