Recently had an ear infection. No problem... a trip to the clinic and get a doctor to prescribe some antibiotics certainly wasn't any big deal. I was given a seven day supply of Aureomycin . It's reported to be effective against 90 percent of bacteria-caused infections.
By the end of the medication, the infection seemed to be lingering a bit. By the middle of the next week, it was a full blown infection again. Back to the doctor I went again.
People are becoming immune to antibiotics from eating meat that is being fed antibiotics whether the animals are sick or not. The CBC reported on this a year ago. In their article they say:
Marketplace researchers bought 100 samples of chicken from major grocery chains in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
The chicken included some of the most familiar label names in the poultry business.
The 100 samples were sent to a lab for analysis. Two-thirds of the chicken samples had bacteria.
What was surprising was that all of the bacteria uncovered during the Marketplace sampling were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Some of the bacteria found were resistant to six, seven or even eight different types of antibiotics.
You can watch the video below. You will see brands of chicken that are sold at local grocery stores, and even one of the popular brands that has resistance to Aureomycin, is a brand I've been buying.
The article goes on to say:
A representative of the Chicken Farmers of Canada group denied that antibiotics are being overused. "I think there's judicious use that is going on," said Mike Dungate.
I'm not sure what they call "judicious use". I'm familiar with process of manufacturing chicken feed and there isn't any judicious use. The steroids and antibiotics are pumped into the feed. It reduces the time it takes to get them to the slaughterhouse by half.
Our American neighbors to the south of us, no doubt are facing the same problem, but it may be worse. An article in the LA Times shows that "the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to let chicken slaughterhouses run production lines faster and with fewer federal inspectors, angering food safety advocates and poultry plant workers."
More information can be discovered in a book by Thomas K. Shotwell called Superbugs: E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus And More!
The current flood of alarming scientific papers, books, newspapers, television, and Internet sites generates near hysteria in some circles, but the general public is now learning about super bacteria and how they threaten us all. This book places the emergence of antibiotic resistance into a wide framework, describes our general knowledge about the origin and persistence of antibiotic resistance, describes new ways of coping with resistant bacteria, provides the first detailed itemization of how antibiotics and other antibacterials are used in animals, which are used as pesticides, which are used in humans, as well as which uses overlap.
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