Better Living Through Well Being
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to public health that is undermining our ability to treat infectious diseases and health care acquired infections. The report notes that the use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world, and up to half of all antibiotics prescribed by doctors each year are either given unnecessarily or used improperly. An estimated 23,000 Americans die annually as a direct result of antibiotic resistant infections, mostly due to health care acquired infections.I am grateful to be in a collaborative business with many talented and skilled professionals. Additional feedback and recommendations for our products and services at TM Information Services are always welcome. - Mary Michele McLaughlin
According to Consumer Reports’ policy and advocacy arm, Consumers Union, this growing antibiotic resistance requires a multi-prong response that includes a more judicious use of antibiotics by doctors, a drastic reduction in the routine use of antibiotics in healthy livestock and more effective action by hospitals to protect patients from dangerous superbugs. Furthermore, the widespread use and abuse of antibiotics is making these critical medications less effective for treating infectious diseases. Failing to curb the unnecessary use of antibiotics will result in catastrophic consequences for public health. Also, some 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used on humans but on animals, mostly livestock that are not even sick. The Consumers Union believes that to preserve antibiotics for treatment of disease in people, they should only be used on those animals that are sick. The Consumers Union has long urged the USFDA and Congress to prohibit antibiotic use except for treatment of sick animals.
The use of antibiotics in animal rearing is strictly prohibited in organic production. Instead, organic producers provide living conditions and health care practices that help prevent illness and promote health of the animals. New statistics from the Food and Drug Administration show that animal production uses over 29 million pounds of antibiotics annually. A new slogan used on the USDA Organic label states, “If everyone chose just one organic product out of every 10 items they purchased, we could eliminate over 2.5 million pounds of antibiotics used in livestock each year.”
***********************************American adults believe today’s children have fewer prospects and opportunities, though teens remain optimistic abut the future, according to the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll. The poll digs into the increased concerns about the country’s political direction and the economy. American adults say that opportunities for a quality education, access to health care, fair treatment, adequate play time, and sufficient love and attention are accessible to some, but they are not guaranteed for the average American child. In other words, this poll reflects a noticeable chilling of the national mood and fears that the operative definition of the American dream, that each generation will live better than its predecessor, will no longer be true. The majority of today’s teenagers, however, still consider college a worthwhile investment, and more than half of those polled say its better to be a teenager today than it was when their parents were growing up.
***********************************Other articles of interest in the Fall 2013 TMIS eNewsletter:
* The recent annual Farm Aid fundraising event became a platform for speaking out against the health threat of antibiotic resistance created by factory farms.
* Data from the World Alzheimer Report 2013 predicts the number of older adults with care needs will increase to 277 million by 2050 and that half of all older people who need personal care have dementia.
* A new film, “The Cause is the Cure,” tells the true stories of people who have successfully overcome cancer diagnoses without chemotherapy or radiation.
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