Antibiotic Resistance

We have a worldwide problem today. The bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant. Worse, few new antibiotics are being developed. This is why you need to join ZAAP.

What is ZAAP? This stands for Zap Antibiotic Abuse Personally.

ZAAP is made up of concerned people who want to prevent antibiotic abuse.
Why stop antibiotic abuse? Because that is causing the antibiotics to get weaker while the bacteria get stronger-much stronger. You don’t want to lose a loved one because none of the drugs work for their infection.

What does one do if you join ZAAP? There is nothing to buy or sell. What you do is help reduce antibiotic abuse personally. How?

ZAAPers follow a five-step program:
a. They will not browbeat their doctor into prescribing unnecessary antibiotics
b. They will consider non-antibiotic therapies whenever possible
c. They will complete and finish any antibiotic prescription
d. They will avoid small doses of antibiotic that will fuel antibiotic resistance
e. They will tell their friends, relatives, and others about the importance of avoiding antibiotic abuse.

Since ZAAP was introduced¬†, this movement has taken off and spread, not only in the US but overseas as well, wherever people are concerned about antibiotic resistance. In many common illnesses, a non-antibiotic method of treatment is often available. For example, in sinus disease, a pulsatile irrigator that removes the bacteria can be useful. In most cases of sinus disease, you find that the nasal cilia are not sweeping away the bacteria. Usually the tiny cilia in your nose work to move bacteria out of the nose. If they are not removed, then the bacteria remain in the nose and multiply, and you get a sinus infection. You can get those cilia moving, for example, by drinking tea, lemon and honey, singing “ooooh mmmm,” and performing pulsatile nasal/sinus irrigation.

This is because most cases of sinusitis are due to slow or inactive nasal cilia and can be corrected by restoring nasal cilia movement. Nasal cilia act like oars and move bacteria out of the nose and sinuses. With pulsatile irrigation, an antibiotic may not be needed. Persons with chronic rhinosinusitis prefer this drug-free treatment. For most illnesses, a simple non-antibiotic treatment may be available. For a cough, nothing beats tea lemon and honey and steam inhalation.

Often early treatment stops a disease before an antibiotic is needed. For most conditions, there is good advice available on the net. Check out some of the hospitals and medical schools – many have good advice on treating medical problems. Your insurance provider may have nurse practitioners you can speak to for early advice. Many busy clinics provide practitioners you can speak to when your symptoms are early. Often, the advice they give you is to go to bed and take lots of liquids. Sometimes just resting for a few days is all that is required.

So if you are considering whether antibiotics are really necessary, know your own body and own it. If you are in a lot of pain, for example a tooth abscess then maybe antibiotics are needed, but for a virus, antibiotics may not even work so whats the point?