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Humanist Fellowship of San Diego Message Board › The post-antibiotic era is here

The post-antibiotic era is here

A former member
Post #: 51
Here is a frightening email I received this morning from the President of Consumer Reports:
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Dear Michael,

This holiday season, we can give thanks that antibiotics still work, for most of us, most of the time.

But now the CDC is sounding the alarm. The post-antibiotic era -- when people contract infections that can't be treated and die instead -- is much closer than most of us have realized. For those who die each year, it's already here.

When we expose bacteria to antibiotics, a few survive and resistance spreads. Antibiotic overuse in both our food and health systems, unchecked, will soon render antibiotics obsolete.

Demand national emergency action to preserve our nation's antibiotics!

Consumer Reports has been sounding the alarm for years. In our tests of chicken, pork and turkey, we bought meat from supermarkets around the country, tested it, and found antibiotic resistant strains. The American meat and chicken industry relies heavily on the overuse of antibiotics to speed growth and help animals survive filthy, crowded conditions. That must end.

Doctors and hospitals over-prescribe too. According to the CDC, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Every time we take antibiotics we don't need, we risk producing resistant strains with no benefit to our own health. Doctors know better, or they should.

Emergency action to stop overuse and save our nation's antibiotics won't take an act of Congress (maybe we can give thanks for that too)!

Tell the heads of USDA and our Health and Human Services system to take immediate action, using the powers they already have.

Then forward this email to friends and family so join our movement to save our nation's antibiotics for human health.


Jim Guest
President, Consumer Reports
101 Truman Ave
Yonkers, NY 10703-1057
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