by Sean Meek, Director of Project CREATION
Evolutionists routinely claim that the development of resistance by bacteria is an example of evolution. Nothing could be further from the truth and evolutionists know it. In a March 1998 issue of Scientific American, an evolutionist magazine, is the statement on page 49, “Many bacteria possessed resistance genes even before commercial antibiotics came into use”. What true science really shows is that most resistance was created in the bacteria from the beginning. Occasionally a bacterium can mutate and become resistant to an antibiotic, but the mutations that do occur are the result of a loss of information, the exact opposite of what evolution predicts. Bacteria can even trade DNA among themselves in order to spread resistance to antibiotics.
How this whole situation has a direct impact on people today is one of the greatest ironies of modern life. Antibiotics and antiseptics have been one of the greatest contributions to the human race in all time. Their overuse is leading to one of the greatest threats to humanity as their overuse is helping to develop the superbug, bacteria resistant to all antibiotics.
How this works is really quite simple. When a person receives an antibiotic, its first application will generally kill about 99.9% of the bacteria. But the minute amount of the remaining bacteria, which already has resistance to the antibiotic, will survive and reproduce. The person gets better, but the surviving bacteria offspring will then be more resistant to the antibiotic. The next dose of antibiotic may kill off 99% of the bacteria, the next dose 98%, etc. As time goes on the bacteria become tougher to kill off, until a new antibiotic is used. Then the process begins again. Over time more resistant bacteria develop, until bacteria develop that are resistant to everything, a superbug, which is what is happening today. When penicillin was first introduced, it was effective against almost all bacteria. Today, many bacteria are resistant to it.
The antibiotic resistant bacteria that have developed recently are primarily because of the excessive and indiscriminate of antibiotics and antiseptics. The irony is that those who think that they are protecting themselves with these antibiotics and antiseptics are in fact helping to produce superbugs, bacteria that cannot be stopped by anything (Scientific American, March 1998, p. 48).
What can you do about it? Only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary. For instance, antibiotics are useless against viruses, like colds and many other infections. Don’t routinely use antiseptics. Ordinary cleanliness will get rid of almost all bacteria and viruses without increasing their capacity for resistance.
The one bright spot in all of this is the research being done in DNA vaccines. These new vaccines offer the potential for cures that the bacteria cannot develop resistance to. All of the research into cell structure, DNA and bacteria does show us one thing quite clearly, the marvelous order and complexity of God’s Creation.