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Rants: Antibiotic Resistance

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October 19, 2010

02:13

Hooray! Flu season is almost here. Which means bosses won't ask too many questions over a sick day, and kids get to stay home and watch Ellen.

It's also the season where people plead with their doctors for one pill that will make all of it go away. Except, antibiotics do nothing for viruses. Not only that, they kill off good bacteria in your body. Good bacteria? Yes, there are millions upon trillions of good bacteria living on your body right now. So stop right there....put it down...put the antibiotic wipes/lip gloss/soda can down. Bacteria are good for you.

Host: Torah Kachur

Photo credits:  All images were gathered from Wikimedia Commons and are copyright free.

References:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/antibio-eng.php

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en/

http://www.dobugsneeddrugs.org/

YOUR COMMENTS

Chris Buzon on October 19, 2010
Excellent blog post!

I wish more people would take the 5 minutes required to learn a bit about bacteria - specifically what they are, and which ones we should be concerned with.

The day is coming in which a really nasty zombie virus is discovered in a rainforest we are cutting down. And that is also the day when we (as a society) sober up and realize we didn't need to give all those billions of doses of antibiotic out 'just in case', and we probably didn't need the lumber or the extra room for McDonalds cattle pasture.

/sigh
Kelti on February 17, 2012
good video, but you will need to look into withdrawal times in livestock, which is when ANY food producing animal that is given any medication must be not be put into the human food chain until the antibiotics have been metabolized out of the body of that animal. these different withdrawal times are SCIENTIFICALLY measured and dependent on each medication and also dependent on species, so as no medication, including antibiotics, enter the human food chain.

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