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Antibiotic Resistance — What Promotes It, and How Can We Beat It?

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  • Prior to antibiotics, half of the world’s population died from infections. This is the reality we now face yet again, unless we somehow manage to get antibiotic resistance under control
  • Bacteria are incredibly adaptable, capable of sharing genetic material through proximity alone. If they’re close enough, gene packages can rapidly transfer between different bacteria
  • Bacteriophages, a type of virus, are a natural predator of bacteria, capable of killing bacteria that antibiotics cannot. Phage therapy is now being explored as a potential alternative to conventional antibiotics

By Dr. Mercola

The featured Catalyst documentary, "Antibiotic Resistance," offers a 30-minute-long review of some of the many factors contributing to this man-made scourge.


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