Antibiotics’ Side-Effects Include Immune Disease and Fewer Brain Cells

In some situations, antibiotics are lifesavers. In others, however, they do more harm than good. For instance, when antibiotics are used too much or for the wrong illnesses, the drugs only end up killing helpful microbes and spawning drug-resistant superbugs. To figure out the proper times to use antibiotics, doctors need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of each situation. But, sadly, that calculation is extremely tricky—if not impossible—because scientists still aren’t sure what all of the risks are.

Source: Antibiotics’ side-effects include immune disease and fewer brain cells

Live a dirtier life! Maybe those dishes only need washing once a week?

Definitely go through your soaps and throw out the anti bacterial ones. Those were stupid from day one and even more so now that the media is finally catching up.

Smart Video Reveals How Antibiotics May Have Created a Dangerous Apocalyptic Scenario

There is plenty of places to spread the blame around, and this is coming from one of my doctors: The patients who do not take all of their meds when they are sick, then wonder why they often feel like crap again when they relapse, and then the doctor’s who overprescribed antibiotics as if they were candy. In both instances are opportunities for increased resistance. There were warnings of this years ago and they were mostly written off as “Chicken Littles”.

I also wonder if the modern [North American] parental insanity to keep their kids clean to the point of a sterility guarantee may also share some of the blame because exposure to daily life I would think strengthen the immune system making it more able to fight off infections. When I was a kid we played, and we played hard, to the point of looking like Pig Pen when we walked in the door. Virtual dirt playing Minecraft on an iPad inside all day does not quite equate to the same thing.

Find Out Which Meat Brands Feed Antibiotics to Their Animals

Antibiotic overuse in meat and poultry production gives rise to dangerous bacteria. Here’s what we must do to stop it—plus the protections consumers deserve and should demand.

Source: Making the World Safe from Superbugs

The safest thing to eat is humans. But only if they are wild-caught because they are at the top of the food chain, and so would have high concentrations of the antibiotics and other drugs. 😉

Meat Industry Ignores FDA & Health Experts, Buys More Antibiotics

Despite recent efforts by health experts, doctors, and the Food and Drug Administration to pull the meat industry away from its heavy use of antimicrobials, livestock producers seem to have dug in their heels.

Source: Meat industry ignores FDA, health experts, buys more antibiotics

The American public has grown accustomed to low prices on beef, pork, and poultry.  Banning the use of antimicrobials and antibiotics for widespread use in these large factory farms, there will be a rise in costs to offset the animals lost to illness and disease.

The questions remain:

  • Will the public accept the higher prices on meat for a healthier, and more sustainable farming industry?
  • Will these industries give up their profits for a healthier, and more sustainable farming process?

Here’s Why The First Patient To Receive Penicillin Didn’t Survive

Antibiotics are something that, today, are taken for granted. This wasn’t always the case. The first patient to get antibiotics shows us how an incredibly minor injury can go bad, and how the road to antibiotic use wasn’t smooth even when scientists knew it worked.

Source: Here’s Why The First Patient To Receive Penicillin Didn’t Survive

Then again there are the people who penicillin does not work in at all.  They’re immune to penicillin itself, their immune system destroys it.

Resistance to ‘Last Resort’ Antibiotic Discovered in Denmark

The last drug has fallen. Bacteria carrying a gene that allows them to resist polymyxins, the antibiotics of last resort for some kinds of infection, have been found in Denmark and China, prompting a global search for the gene.

The discovery means that gram-negative bacteria, which cause common gut, urinary and blood infections in humans, can now become “pan-resistant”, with genes that defeat all antibiotics now available. That will make some infections incurable, unless new kinds of antibiotics are brought to market soon.

Source: Resistance to last-resort antibiotic has now spread across globe

It’s an arms race, and always will be as the bacteria evolve.

Cattle Yard Aroma Carries Antibiotics and Antibiotic-Resistant DNA

You don’t need to see a cattle yard to identify its existence; the smell alone is usually enough. Now, though, you’re breathing in not just the aromatic compounds you likely know well—but a selection of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant DNA, too.

A new study by researchers from Texas Tech University sought to explore the airborne transmission of antibiotics from cattle yards. During a six-month period, the team gathered air samples—both up- and down-wind—from 10 commercial cattle yards within 200 miles of Lubbock, Texas. Each of the yards was home to between 20,000 and 50,000 cattle.

Source: Cattle Yard Aroma Carries Antibiotics and Antibiotic-Resistant DNA

Is it time to breakout the map which indicates airborne radiation from Chernobyl?  Wind patterns carrying various microscopic particles is not new.  And thanks to Fukushima, we have a better understanding of the impact in water currents.  It comes to a point that you pick your battles…

Fish on Ecstasy: Runoff from Music Festival Contaminates Rivers

It’s a shame the fish had a better experience than the participants.

Last week, the American Chemical Society released the results of a 2011 study that analyzed water contamination levels measured before, during, and after a massive music festival in Taiwan. In news that shocked roughly 27 parents, the 600,000-plus crowd of young people who stormed that year’s Spring Scream fest introduced considerable amounts of MDMA (ecstasy), caffeine, and antibiotics into nearby rivers, along with a range of over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs.

What was less obvious, according to the study (which was coordinated by multiple medical research facilities in Taiwan), was the intense impact an isolated, highly attended event could have on a region’s ecology. “To our knowledge, up to now no study has comprehensively dealt with Emerging Contaminants (ECs) residues and demonstrated the impact of tourism—especially of a time limited mass event,” the report stated.

Source: Fish on ecstasy: Runoff from music festival contaminates rivers

Without comparison to what is considered a hazardous level the numbers are meaningless. You cant say there is an impact just based on the fact that there is a rise. You would have to show that it rose to a point where it is a meaningful amount.

Its also a fact that drugs that greatly affect humans can have no effect on other animals. The reverse is also true, though. For instance, caffeine is vastly more potent to many animals than it is to humans.

Don’t need to smoke that salmon 😉

Just One Fix: How to Know When You Actually Need Antibiotics

Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. But we have overused antibiotics for many years. As a result, we now have bacteria that resist antibiotics. Resistant bacteria cause infections that are harder to cure and more costly to treat.

Antibiotic-resistant infections can strike anyone. They can be passed on to others. For example, more and more healthy young people are getting skin infections from MRSA, a bacteria that resists many common antibiotics. MRSA is spreading in households, daycare, schools, camps, dorms, gyms, team sports, and the military.

Try to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here’s what you need to know to help prevent resistance:

Source: Antibiotics: When you need them—and when you don’t

The CDC provides similar information for adults, but more detail.  Reducing antibiotic prescribing is something that requires awareness from both doctors and patients.

No, it's not a tumour!

Maybe it’s a tumour?

New Kind of Antibiotic, Kills Many Drug-resistant Bacteria

New types of antibiotics are desperately needed. The most successful antibiotics are still those produced by microbes, rather than any synthetic derivatives or drugs designed via target-based screens. So, some researchers decided to go back to the ol’ drawing board. Because the low-hanging fruit from culturable soil microbes has been plucked clean, today’s researchers have to turn to microbial “dark matter”—the 99 percent of species that grow in the wild, but can’t be grown under laboratory conditions.

Some scientists in Boston have figured out how to culture them. They built a device with lots of little holes, and they stick it in diluted soil so that one bacterial cell gets into each of the holes. Then they cover the whole thing with semi-permeable membranes and put it back in the soil. Nutrients and growth factors can get in, so the bacteria think they’re still in their natural environment—they don’t realize they’ve been kidnapped and are being grown in a lab.

Source: A new kind of antibiotic that kills many drug-resistant bacteria

This is how most antibiotics were discovered – by collecting samples of dirt, mold, dust and so on and testing them for antibacterial (or immune suppressing or some other) activity. In his “Youngest Science”, Lewis Thomas recounts his service as a doctor on Okinawa during WWII. While the primary mission was watching for plague, one of the doctors in his group stood outside his tent every morning presenting a petri dish to the four winds. He discovered a weak antibiotic he named after his wife. Basically, a sample of everything was tried.

No, it's not a tumour!

Maybe it’s a tumour?