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Drug-Resistant Superbugs – 5 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

I was reading a newspaper “health” article titled “Drug-Resistant Superbugs on the Rise” that stated, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), virtually all significant bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant to the antibiotic treatment of choice. There are even bacteria that resist single, double, or multiple antibiotics, making treatment and the threat of a superbug even more real.”

Cited in the same article was a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about ear infections in children caused by a strain of bacteria that are resistant to all approved drugs for children’s ear infections. The only effective antibiotic was one that was not approved for use in children, but the doctors decided to use it in order to prevent further illness or permanent hearing loss.

Also mentioned in this newspaper article was the notorious Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) that became resistant to penicillin in the 1940’s.

And what is being done about all this? Why, the CDC and the FDA have created another governmental agency (just what is needed, right?) with the long name of Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance to work with many groups “such as state and local health agencies, universities, professional societies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare professionals, agricultural producers, and the public.” Do you get the picture? This would be comical if it were not for all the prolonged unnecessary suffering of humans and other animals, as well as the waste of time and money that would be better spent on teaching people about the real health benefits of whole, unprocessed vegan foods. Plants don’t require massive doses of antibiotics to prevent disease, the way animals on factory farms are treated so that they won’t get sick and die prematurely.

I wonder who is more “resistant” – the “superbugs” or all the powers-that-be who are “resistant” to telling the public the truth about the harm caused by the out-of-control consumption of animal products, which are the source of all of these antibiotic resistant bacteria. If we don’t eat animal products, antibiotics won’t be put into the food chain and we won’t have these superbugs. The solution to the problem is this simple.

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