The Problem With Antibiotics

Just a thought: the Bernanke Crime Family is actually doing us a huge favor by printing all this new money, think about how many nasty germs are on all the old money floating around out there!

Here's a bit of bad news from Infection Control Today:

Millions of Americans take antimicrobial drugs each year to fight illness, trusting they will work. However, the bacteria, viruses and other pathogens are fighting back. Within the past couple of years alone, new drug-resistant patterns have emerged and resistance has increased -- a trend that demands urgent action to preserve the last lines of defense against many of these germs. Today, CDC joins the World Health Organization and other health partners in recognizing World Health Day, which this year spotlights antimicrobial resistance.

"People assume that antibiotics will always be there to fight the worst infections, but antimicrobial resistance is robbing us of that certainty and new drug-resistant pathogens are emerging," says CDC director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. "It's not enough to hope that we'll have effective drugs to combat these infections. We must all act now to safeguard this important resource."

I wonder, and I'm just thinking out loud here, if this has anything to do with the fact that we somehow feel the need to pump livestock full of antibiotics before they go to slaughter instead of addressing the health issue that requires such drastic treatment of our meat in the first place.

Oh wait, what's this? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that there are 76 million cases of foodborne illness a year and 5000 deaths from viral and bacterial pathogens nationwide. With 308 million people in the United States, assuming each of those cases belongs to a separate individual you're looking at a fourth of the population (I'm no mathlete, check that number) getting sick from our frankenfood. Shouldn't someone do something about that?

The Union of Concerned Scientists has a novel idea, maybe try reducing over-crowding in livestock animals instead of using antibiotics to treat the effects of said over-crowding.

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