Unnecessary Prescribing of Drugs
Written by Chelsi Meil
When people are not feeling well, their first thought is to go to the doctors. The doctors will just simply prescribe some form of medicine to take for a small period of time and they will feel better. The patient expects more than just having their doctor tell them to go home, get some rest and everything will be OK. They expect a prescription.
On December 5th, 2016, 5,000 doctors took a survey to identify two drugs treatments frequently used even when they knew the drugs would have little or no effect towards their patients.
In spite of the survey, 27% said that they have given antibiotics even thought they knew they would not work.
The overuse of these types of antibiotics have contributed in the increase of deadly super-bug bacteria that is resistant to antibiotic treatments. And even more horrific, more than 2 million people a year are infected with bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these untreatable infections.
The CDC estimated that half of all antibiotics given are not necessary. This adds up to about 47 million unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics each year.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, Ny. His expertise is in pediatric care and structural corrective chiropractic care for all ages.
Dr. Bartholomew is available for outside speaking for businesses, churches, groups, athletic teams, rotaries, health food stores and anyone who wants to take charge of their health naturally!