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Antibiotic Overuse Strikes Again

Note from Carolyn:
Here is another example of how we are messing up our bodies. You don't know how many times I have been told that a person thinks they are healthy because the only meats they eat are chicken and fish. Then they go on with a litany of illnesses. It isn't the shape of the animal that is important. It is what shape is that animal in. A healthy animal that has been raised in a healthy way will provide healthy meat, which in turn provides better health for the eater. The opposite is also true.
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The news is full of how the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming is leading to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a.k.a. superbugs. Now it turns out that the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bladder infections affecting 60 percent of all American women may be linked to poultry treated with antibiotics.

According to the Food Environment Network, who spearheaded a joint investigation with ABC News, “the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has made it more difficult to treat these painful, long lasting, and recurring infections because one course of antibiotics no longer works.”

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Of course Big Poultry defends its practices, arguing that “human overuse of antibiotics should also be considered in the discussion and that no study has definitely proven the link between a person’s infection and chicken they ate.” And to that, I couldn’t agree more!

Let’s face it, in our society, antibiotics have become the go-to solution for any and all infection, and in the factory farming world, they are even used for disease prevention and as an animal growth promotant. This overreliance on antibiotics has now reached a tipping point and is clearly wreaking havoc on the immune systems of people and animals alike, making us sicker as a society.

I’ve always recommended that antibiotics be used only as the last line of defense. We need to start with prevention in mind through a whole food based diet, rich in probiotics, and when illness strikes, consider natural remedies first.
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