THE MORNING SHOW
Dr. Brad Spellberg, MD
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Why Drug Resistant Bacteria is a Potential Catastrophe
Dr. Brad Spellberg is an infectious disease specialist who works as an academic hospitalist, attending on the inpatient medicine wards. He also works closely with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to bring attention to problems stemming from an increase in drug resistance and a dip in new antibiotic development. His research has become a cornerstone of the IDSA’s white paper, Bad Bugs, No Drugs, and has been cited extensively in medical literature and on Capitol Hill. A Fellow in the IDSA, Dr. Spellberg joined the IDSA’s Antimicrobial Availability Task Force (AATF) and has first-authored numerous IDSA position papers and review articles relating to public policy toward antibiotic resistance and development. Dr. Spellberg has appeared on numerous television programs, including The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the Dr. Oz show, and The Doctors, and has been interviewed for dozens of radio and newspaper stories regarding the antibiotic resistance crisis. He wrote the book, Rising Plague, to inform and educate the public about the crisis in antibiotic-resistant infections and the lack of antibiotic development.
-Why bacteria has become resistant to antibiotics
-Dr. Spellberg explains how bacteria actually created antibiotics; we didn’t
-Dr. Spellberg explains the history of antibiotics and how they ar necessary to save lives. In the pre-antibiotic days, 1 in 3 persons suffering from pneumonia died
-On the flip side, antibiotics are abused and overly prescribed. Dr. Spellberg gives some excellent points to ponder with your physician. Patient empowerment is crucial
-Did you know that 80% of antibiotics are used for livestock
-Antibiotics and the gut
-The flu vaccine: Patrick poses some tough questions for Dr. Spellberg, a real proponent of vaccines
-Patrick comments that after all, aren’t the drug companies funding many scientists and medical schools. We did our own investigation
And so much more information packed into this lively and informative interview!
dr brad spellburg on antibiotics and vaccines, september 23, 2013