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The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS)

Dec 19, 2019

In 2011, David was working at an HIV orphanage in Kolkata, India when he was hit by a train. He suffered profound injuries to his leg and was rushed to a clinic in the slums by rickshaw where his leg was amputated just below the knee. When he returned home to Seattle about a month later, he learned that he had been infected by several antibiotic-resistant bacteria. His doctors did not have a clear treatment path for him, as they had never seen a case like David’s. He did not think he would survive this trauma.

He endured months of extensive antibiotic treatment with harmful drugs that are typically only used as last resorts due to their toxicity. The treatment caused a lot of pain, as well as massive kidney and immunity damage.

Listen to David’s gripping story of trial and triumph as we follow his path from victim to survivor to scientist studying antibiotic resistance.

In the next episode, hear how David became an activist who is raising awareness about the oncoming danger of a post-antibiotic era and the unregulated overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and medicine.

This our first original episode of the TIPS Deep Dive podcast!

The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) launched in 2015 during Antibiotic Resistance Week, so it’s fitting that David Matteo Ricci is our guest for this first episode.

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Links from our conversation:

Research on 'Iceman' Wim Hof suggests it may be possible to influence autonomic nervous system and immune response