Tasteless Tuesday


Despite all the panic, Americans don’t face any great risk from Ebola right now. But we do need to worry about a home-grown medical catastrophe of our own that we’re failing to address: the erosion of antibiotic effectiveness.

Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat a broad array of infections that can otherwise prove fatal. While the drugs are being grossly overused, diminishing their power to heal, hospitals aren’t to blame — factory farms are.

Most U.S. livestock are being raised today in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO). At these factory farms, antibiotics get routinely doled out to stave off the diseases that might otherwise quickly spread due to overcrowded, unnatural, and unsanitary living conditions.

This overuse is rendering these lifesaving drugs less effective by accelerating the evolution of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Now that they’ve infiltrated our food system, those bacteria are endangering human health and are taking a bite out of the national economy. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause prolonged infections in thousands of Americans each year, resulting in $20 billion in annual health care costs and over $35 billion in lost economic productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. @ OTHERWORDS.org


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13 Responses to Tasteless Tuesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Vegetables + fish.


  2. Den says:

    Smartwool non-scratchy and toasty socks and other stuff.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Almost 65 minutes of stick walking today, with a stop for lunch @ Swilly’s in the middle. Yes, Car9ol, I had a beer.


  4. Den says:

    My upper left wisdom tooth was separated from my scull today bringing to an end a debris collection zone bringing much angst to daily life. Now the goal is to let the gaping crevasse heal up without incident specifically a dry socket. I had endured the pain of that once before, not for the squeamish.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Clear enough to see Orion but didn’t see the comet.


    • Den says:

      The Moon brightens to become full on January 4th. Most of us won’t get a dark moonless view again until early in the evening of January 7th, with the comet now crossing northernmost Eridanus. That’s the same day it passes closest by Earth: at a distance of 0.47 a.u (44 million miles; 70 million km). That’s also about when it should start glowing brightest for its best two weeks, as it crosses Taurus and Aries high in early evening.

      Stolen from: These Guys


  6. Den says:

    I do feel less wise as a result


  7. Den says:

    Let’s try this…


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