Dec 5, 2013
Say Goodbye to Your Antibiotics
Posted on Oct 26, 2013
We’ve reached the limits of medicine’s effectiveness. Thanks to overmedication and the abuse of antibiotics in the agriculture industry, there are infections that can no longer be treated with antibiotics. And there’s nothing left to do except maybe hope for the best.
According to Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, an associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we now live in a post-antibiotic era in which drug-resistant bacteria are invincible. In an interview this week on PBS, Srinivasan discussed how we got to the point at which patients who could once be cured by an antibiotic are now left without any options. Srinivasan notes that for a while some media have been speculating whether the “end of antibiotics” was nigh. Now, the doctor says, “You can change the title to ‘The end of antibiotics, period.’ ” Willy Blackmore, food editor of TakePart, a news website that focuses on social justice, discusses the interview:
So no matter how careful you were to take medication only as prescribed, or how often you turned to home remedies to fight off bacteria, antibiotics have been sneaking into your organism. And it all comes down to profiteering industries valuing money over health.
Blackmore ponders whether the fact that we’ve reached such an extreme will bring about any change in the agricultural industry. “Considering that the Food and Drug Administration first voiced concern over the use of antibiotics in meat production in the mid-1960s,” Blackmore grimly states, “it’s difficult to be hopeful.”
—Posted by Natasha Hakimi
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