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Flooding my inbox this morning are news articles about researchers responding to antibiotic resistant bacteria by creating stronger, better, faster antibiotics (that come with a whole host of special side effects, like hearing loss). Does anyone else see a problem with this? Is no one questioning how we came to encounter antibiotic resistant superbugs in the first place? I feel like a crazy person sometimes…
Without getting to in depth about what is actually driving antibiotic resistant superbugs (for more information, read: resistance), I will implore you to reject the idea that we need an update in the antibiotic department… this will lead us to the same place we are now, how ever many years down the line. Because, what happens when the super-antibiotics are used and abused (as antibiotics are currently; think: the meat industry, your medicine cabinet, the twenty million antibacterial products on the market that germaphobic Americans flock to purchase and use without a second thought)? You’ve guessed it! Super-superbugs. (And you thought MRSA was bad…?)
So, remember, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction… This one we can all agree on, right? If you want to solve any problem, the answer begins with balance instead of waging a war (especially inside of our own bodies). As for me, I’d much rather try to balance out any imbalance as gently as possible. While we are strong beings that can withstand so much, we also depend on a delicate balance to achieve total wellness… any imbalances can create short-term and long-term problems that we don’t necessarily have to experience if we make the right decisions. Please refrain from buying or using antibacterial soaps/gels, eating antibiotic filled meat, eggs, dairy, and GMOs, and taking antibiotics without first getting a culture, or not following instructions for taking antibiotics (e.g. if you stop taking them too soon, you contribute to superbug creation in your own body). Together we can solve this problem and work to create a healthy society.
Here’s to balance.