Thursday, July 12, 2012

Antibiotic Overuse Strikes Again

I’ve written extensively in the past here, here and here about how the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming is leading to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a.k.a. superbugs. Now it turns out that the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bladder infections affecting 60 percent of all American women may be linked to poultry treated with antibiotics.

According to the Food Environment Network, who spearheaded a joint investigation with ABC News, “the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has made it more difficult to treat these painful, long lasting, and recurring infections because one course of antibiotics no longer works.”

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Of course Big Poultry defends its practices, arguing that “human overuse of antibiotics should also be considered in the discussion and that no study has definitely proven the link between a person’s infection and chicken they ate.” And to that, I couldn’t agree more!

Let’s face it, in our society, antibiotics have become the go-to solution for any and all infection, and in the factory farming world, they are even used for disease prevention and as an animal growth promotant. This overreliance on antibiotics has now reached a tipping point and is clearly wreaking havoc on the immune systems of people and animals alike, making us sicker as a society.

I’ve always recommended that antibiotics be used only as the last line of defense. We need to start with prevention in mind through a whole food based diet, rich in probiotics, and when illness strikes, consider natural remedies first.