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The following information is provided by the manufacturer. While the focus of the following extended quote is on non-deliberate forms of biological emergencies (for example, the dangers of naturally occurring drug resistant bacteria), it certainly also has applicability to deliberate acts of terrorism or war. :

“Many bacterial infections are beginning to defy all antibiotics. Many doctors and hospitals are finding bacteria increasingly difficult to eradicate as resistant strains develop, sometimes even changing their natural structure to fight off the antibiotics. The application of stronger, more toxic antibiotics is not an option since these concentrated doses pose a threat to humans, many of whom may already be allergic or are having strong reactions to these cures. The fact that these bacteria are becoming resistant is not new information.

On October 23, 1994 , the Los Angeles Times printed an article titled: “Arsenal of Antibiotics Failing as Resistant Bacteria Develop.” The article goes on to state, “In the last decade, a broad resistance to antibiotics has begun to emerge. And because the bacteria can transfer genes among themselves, experts only expect the resistance to grow. The potential nightmare is an Andromeda strain, a super-microbe immune to all antibiotics that could wreak havoc.”

In 1994 Newsweek featured a six page article titled, “Antibiotics, The End Of The Miracle Drugs?” It was the cover story. The article states, “The rise of drug-resistant germs is unparalleled in recorded history.” It goes on, “Penicillin and tetracycline lost their power over staph back in the 1950's and 60's. Another antibiotic, methicillin, provided a backup for a while, but methicillin-resistant staph is now common in hospitals and nursing homes worldwide...Trying to cripple the bacteria’s defenses...will not do much more than buy us five to ten years...A better strategy might be to abandon antibiotics altogether in favor of different kinds of drugs.”

The September 1995 issue of Time Magazine featured an article titled, “Revenge of the Killer Microbes”. The article states, “Faced with AIDS and with an ever increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, doctors were forced to admit that the medical profession was actually retreating in the battle against germs. The question ceased to be, ‘When will infectious disease be wiped out?’ and became “Where will the next deadly new plague appear?’...Humanity once had the hubris to think it could control or even conquer all these microbes. But anyone who reads today’s headlines knows how vain that hope turned out to be. New scourges are emerging -- and older diseases like tuberculosis are rapidly evolving into forms that are resistant to antibiotics,...In 1992, 13,300 hospital patients died of infections that resisted every drug doctors tried.”

Has drug resistance slowed down since 1995? No! Quite to the contrary, bacteria are becoming more resistant and deadly strains can develop very quickly, sometimes within hours. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, for example,(the leading cause of infection in hospitals, also known as just “staph”) now has over 2,800 different strains to its evolutionary credit. In an article released on July 10, 2001 on the Washington (AP), it states: “Staph bacteria can quickly swap genes with relatives to turn into virulent, dangerous germs that can cause disease and resist antibiotics, a new study shows... This is occurring at a far more greater frequency than we anticipated, said Musser (the scientist who did the study), the drug resistant strains can be created many times. It is not a single strain that is created once and then spreads. Slayers, who is president of the American Society for Microbiology, said the work by Musser is important because it confirms what has long been suspected - that whole gene structures can jump from bacteria to bacteria, creating new strains of antibiotic resistant bugs within a matter of hours.”

The question now becomes an individual one. What can I do to keep my family and friends safe from these new strains of deadly bacteria? We as parents are obviously not willing to sit around and watch our loved ones die of diseases that were once so easily treated! But what can we actually do?

Stronger antibiotics are not the answer, despite what some may claim. The side effects of these drugs are dangerous and deadly. The question may not be if you can survive the disease, but will you survive the treatment? On May 29, 2001 , in the USA Today responses to editorials section, NNFA CEO, David R. Seckman wrote, “How safe are prescription drugs? According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, safe enough to make them the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States . And what about over-the-counter medications? Popular painkillers such as ibuprofen, the New England Journal of Medicine says, cause 17,000 deaths per year.”

This does not mean, however, that prescription antibiotics do not have their place. Antibiotics save many lives every year. But the best use of antibiotics may be one of last resort, instead of being used for every little problem that an individual encounters. Most doctors will readily agree that it is the huge over-use of antibiotics that is causing the resistance problem in bacteria. So, what can a mother or father use to treat sick children or loved ones - not to replace - but as an alternative to antibiotics? Is there any other product that will kill bacteria and also be safe to use on a daily or weekly basis?”

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