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308 Resolved Wounds MRSA Total Health Article

In August 1928, Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming made a discovery that would change the course of medicine for the better and the worse. Upon entering his lab, he observed a curious thing occurring in a lone petri dish. At the edge of the dish was a colony of mold, and around it, an area that was totally free of any sign of the common taphylococcus bacteria, which was proliferating everywhere else.

The cultured mold, Penicillium notatum, would be ecome known as penicillin. It was officially made available as a miracle treatment in 1941. The promise of enicillin heralded in the age of antibiotics and the successful treatment of potentially lifethreatening infections.

The prescribing of antibiotics was rapidly embraced with great enthusiasm by the medical profession. Antibiotics became the mainstay in a doctor’s arsenal. However, they were commonly prescribed even when not appropriate. With such widespread 10 Total Health Online March 2015 and indiscriminate use of antibiotics, it wasn’t very long before antibiotic- resistant strains began to appear.

As early as 1945, when awarded the Nobel Prize, Fleming warned, “It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them and the same thing has occasionally happened in the body.”

How prophetic were those early warnings!