Recently, an article entitled "'Nightmare bacteria," appeared on the Reuters website. The article states that:
|Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria|
The article further states that:
"The CDC is trying to make health care facilities more aware of the resistant germs, since their spread can be controlled with proper precautions and better practices ... "When I read articles such as these, I have to wonder: has the bacteria somehow grown stronger or have we simply grown weaker?
While I am no scientist, I am aware (like most of you) of one well-known fact: if antibiotics are used too often, they become less and less effective. In other words, repeated and improper use of antibiotics is known to be the primary cause of the increase in the number of drug-resistant bacteria.
If you rarely use antibiotics, you may think you are safe. But, did you know that antibiotics may be present in your food? (Related: Drugs in Milk and Meat)
If you regularly eat meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products, you are likely ingesting tiny amounts of antibiotics and other drugs in every meal. This is because the animals in the factory farms are given massive doses of growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics. These drugs are often present in their tissues and organs at the time of slaughter and end up on your plate. While there are specified "acceptable" limits of drug residues in that can be "legally" present in food, these are sometimes exceeded - perhaps more often than we think!
Even when the legal limits are not exceeded, it would seem that ingesting even tiny amounts of antibiotics on a regular basis over a period of time (i.e., decades or a life-time) would increase an individual's chances of having a drug-resistant infection.
The drug residues present in the animal products that we eat every single day is yet another prudent reason to avoid eating meat and dairy altogether and switch to a healthy, whole-food, organic plant-based diet.
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