Albert Alexander is a name that a few readers may be familiar with. He is the first patient to be treated with Penicillin. He developed an infection after a nasty scratch from a rose bush and became very ill.
Dr Florey and his team were working on the Penicillin that had been developed by Fleming. They knew that the outlook for Albert was grave and felt that it would be worth trying the new treatment. The good news was that he improved significantly in the first 24 hours. Sadly however there was not enough Penicillin available to complete the treatment. As the treatment came to an end Albert went into relapse and passed away.
Today we are blessed with a much more sophisticated pharmaceutical industry that has the ability to produce large amounts of a given antibiotic. However we are in a crisis. The resistance of bacteria is catching up fast and we have a steadily decreasing pool of reliable and safe antibiotics to choose from.
This has been known about for some time and most people will be aware that we are working hard to limit our antibiotic use to those situations where they are really needed. This means that we have to think outside the box and support patients with potential infections with a different approach.
Louis Pasteur is famous for having developed his germ theory for disease. This was in the very early stages of the microscope. He had put together the theory that the micro organisms that were being seen were the cause of many infections. What is interesting is that toward the end of his career he changed his take and developed the view that “It is the soil, not the seed" that is the important bit. That is, the host has to be susceptible in the first place for the infection to take hold.
In Holistic Lifepath terms:
It is the challenge, relative to, the ability to respond
What that means is that while it is important to recognise and deal with the:
challenge of the bacteria
It is also very important to improve the:
patient's ability to respond