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People Are Buying Fish Antibiotics Because They Can’t Afford Human Ones

In a bizarre story that makes you want to log onto Amazon to see if it’s really true, Motherboard reports that people are buying fish antibiotics online and using them for themselves. Product reviews left by fish “owners” indicate that some people not only have some pretty talented fish who can hold down jobs, but which also seem to get penicillin-sensitive bronchitis quite a bit. The down side is that people who apparently can’t afford a doctor’s visit are diagnosing their own illnesses and purchasing animal antibiotics to “treat” them, while contributing to a world health crisis where antibiotic-resistant bacteria are ever-growing.

This is an antibiotic apocalypse waiting to happen. Aside from all kinds of variables, the least of which is diagnosing yourself with an illness that may not even need antibiotics, and then taking an antibiotic that is intended for a small aquatic animal, it’s obvious that many people don’t understand how they are helping to create drug-resistant infections.

Bacteria can quickly develop extreme resistance to antibiotics, surviving antibiotics at a dose 1,000 times higher than they could initially survive in a matter of 11 days — and this is happening every day with antibiotics that are legally prescribed. Besides humans who demand antibiotics in cases where they won’t even help, the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) significantly contributes to the development of drug-resistant pathogens.

With new “super” bugs emerging so quickly that the world has only a couple super antibiotics left to treat them, it’s up to each individual to help fight this looming world disaster. First, don’t use antibiotics meant for animals. Next, take antibiotics only when you absolutely need them. Focus instead on infection prevention by strengthening your immune system and optimizing your vitamin D levels. Avoid antibacterial household products, and demand that CAFOs eliminate antibiotics for grown promotion and prophylactic purposes.
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