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Are we killing ourselves – not so softly?

You get sick in the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s – go home, soup, sleep and get better; wash wound regularly, bandage daily, get better.

You get sick in 1950s to 2011 and increasingly you get antibiotics prescribed for being sick or hurt and you get well in about the same amount of time.

1950s til now – Industry starts putting/using antibiotic in and on everything: Drugs for animals, rinses for food, and on and on and on.

Oops! 2001 and on we discover some things getting seriously out of whack. Did we/have we overdosed on antibacterials with the best of intentions and perhaps set a course that will facilitate a worldwide pandemic worse than fabled black plague and 1918 flu?

¿How do we figure out what we have done and how we can straighten things out? Or is it too late?

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Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria… For Good?

Maryn McKenna
Martin Blaser of New York University’s Langone Medical Center argues that antibiotics’ impact on gut bacteria is permanent — and so serious in its long-term consequences that medicine should consider whether to restrict antibiotic prescribing to pregnant women and young children.
Early evidence
our friendly flora never fully recover
Overuse of antibiotics could be fuelling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.

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