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Resistance — Not All Germs Are Created Equal

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  • The documentary film “Resistance” explains the problem of antibiotic resistance, how it was created and what can be done to turn the situation around
  • Antibiotics in medicine have been widely overprescribed and have also been routinely used for growth promotion purposes in livestock, giving rise to bacteria that are now resistant to one or more antibiotics
  • Antibiotics such as oxytetracycline and streptomycin are also used as pesticides in agriculture, and both of these antibiotics are used in human medicine as well
  • In the U.S. alone, antibiotic-resistant pathogens are conservatively estimated to cause at least 2 million infections annually, leading to 23,000 deaths each year
  • Drug-resistant urinary tract infections and tuberculosis are on the rise, as are several sexually transmitted diseases

By Dr. Mercola

Antibiotic resistance has become a major threat to public health worldwide, and the primary cause for this man-made epidemic is the widespread misuse of antibiotics — drugs used to combat bacterial infections in humans and animals. Over the decades, antibiotics have been widely overprescribed for infections that don't respond well, or at all, to these drugs.

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