OPINION: Immunity

Teddy Locsin, Jr.

Posted at Aug 06 2016 12:02 AM

CNN reports that drug resistant bacteria or pathogens are growing in number. They are as deadly as they are impervious to cure. Superbugs, like MRSA, can kill you. One day you are down with something; next morning you’re down and out. This year a rare super bug coming from human waste was found in a 49-year old patient and she wasn’t even a politician in the fake House Minority.

Superbugs kill 700,000 people every year; lots more in the poor parts of the planet. In 10 years, more people will die from drug-resistant bugs than from cancer. Common medical procedures like treating wounds, giving birth, or undergoing surgery will be fatal. So all the more must in-patients pay upfront.

Deadly bugs piggyback on less lethal drug-resistant bugs and take on their immunity to antibiotics like copycat killers.

They get around via the food chain; more likely from organic than inorganic produce.

Why? Because nature is organic and this is nature’s way of telling humanity it is taking back the function of population control.

Superbugs also travel through the transport chain and by medical tourism. Oh, yes, the Holy Grail of hospital profits, medical tourism, is the gravy train to the graveyard. Foreigners come to you with money and their incurable and contagious infections.

But scientists say the answer is not just to rush forward with new antibiotics but also to pull back from abusing antibiotics in humans and animals.

Every time I go on pilgrimage, starting with a 16-hour flight, I breathe in what everybody else is breathing out. I get sick. Even if I have nothing to pray for before boarding the plane, I do when I get there. I pray to be cured from whatever I caught onboard.

My wife won’t give me antibiotics, even when I am coughing up black phlegm. It is for my own good; I might develop immunity to antibiotics.

But I am thinking, if I never develop immunity to antibiotics because I do not take them, what would be the point of that if I die from infection, anyway? Or is that the point?

The Germans have come to the rescue. The University of Tubingen has discovered that nose-dwelling bacteria, Staph-lo-co… anyway it’s found in boogers and it works even against the strongest pathogens. And it does not develop resistance in the strain of the bug it kills.

So next time you are surprised contemplatively picking your nose, an activity that conduces to a meditative mood, just say: I am cultivating immunity. Want some?