Overuse of antibiotics are not just a human problem.
Before the advent of antibiotics if a person developed an infection they either depended on their body to overcome it or they succumbed to it and died. That we have greatly reduced the number of these deaths through dispensing pharmaceuticals is undeniable. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that by allowing pharmaceuticals to do the work that in many cases our own bodies could and should do – by taking a prescription at every drop of a hat – we are lessening our own bodies’ abilities to fight off these infections. And in many cases, the bugs we are fighting with drugs are becoming resistant to them.
As useful as antibiotics are I was surprised to learn that only 20% of them are taken by humans – most of the rest going to animal livestock and the vast majority of those are being fed to our chicken population. …
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