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Research Highlights Our Vulnerability to Infectious Diseases

Hospitals are notorious disease vectors and responsible for the spread of lethal infections. The current situation, as dire as it is, is on the verge of becoming catastrophic. CNN reports that drug resistant bacteria are a growing problem and one that threatens to unravel the modern medical system.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect 2 million Americans every year, causing at least 23,000 deaths. Even more die from complications related to the infections, and the numbers are steadily growing. Half of all post-surgical infections, and over a quarter of infections occurring after chemotherapy, are now caused by antibiotic-resistant organisms.

The failed policies of industrialized agriculture are largely responsible for this grim situation. Bacteria are increasingly resilient due to the reckless misuse of antibiotics for growth purposes in the livestock industry. As a result, even “simple” infections like urinary tract infections can become lethal. Measures to curb the rampant overuse of agricultural antibiotics could have a major impact in the U.S. For example, Denmark stopped the widespread use of antibiotics in their pork industry 14 years ago. Far from hurting their bottom line, the Danish pork industry has grown dramatically and is one of the top exporters of pork in the world.

The U.S. doesn’t follow the lead of Denmark because of the FDA and entrenched special interest groups. This is an issue that must be addressed through public policy on a nationwide level, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and the planet. Only use anti-biotics when absolutely necessary and consider natural antimicrobial alternatives such as Manuka honey, colloidal silver, garlic, oregano and cinnamon. Also, consume only locally grown and organic meats free of antibiotics.
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