Does your family doctor prescribe an antibiotic when you or a family member get an infection? Doctors routinely use antibiotics as a first line of defense in fighting infections. The drugs work almost immediately to kill off the bacteria that’s causing the infection. Millions upon millions of lives are saved each year with these miracle drugs. Without them, you could easily die from what started out as a small infection in or on your body.
So, what’s the big concern? What if the antibiotics didn’t do their job in your body? What if you were one of the 2,000,000 people each year who can’t depend on antibiotics to do its job in killing infections? What if your were one of the 23,000 each year who die as a result of having developed a resistance to the miracle antibiotic drugs.
Why didn’t the antibiotics do its job?
According to a three year study by Consumer Reports, Americans are eating foods that that are making them resistant to critical antibiotic drugs.
Low levels of antibiotics are routinely fed to healthy animals on a daily basis to promote growth and to kill bacteria that can result from conditions under which animals are raised. Over time, some bacteria survive and mutates within the animals to become a bacteria (superbug) that is resistant to antibiotics. When we eat these foods, we can ingest superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, thus making us resistant to needed antibiotics when we get an infection.
What’s the solution? The Food and Drug (FDA) needs to promote stronger guidelines for raising food animals and farmers need to use better hygiene practices and growth management in raising animals for human consumption. The main problem foods are chicken, shrimp, ground beef, and turkey.
What can consumers do? We can buy foods labeled as Organic, Raised without Antibiotics, Certified Humane Animal Welfare, or American Grass Fed Certified. Finally, we can make sure we are handling uncooked foods properly and cooking it thoroughly.