CDC Concerned About Human Antibiotic Resistance

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Health | 2 comments

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hasn’t been vigilant in the past about warning, or even confirming, that antibiotics used on livestock affect human immune resistance to antibiotics. However, on Monday September 16, 2013, the CDC released an assessment confirming the advancement of drug resistance in humans as being related to antibiotics administered in agriculture.

According to the assessment released by the CDC, more antibiotics per volume are used on food-producing animals than people in the United States. The wide-spread development of drug-resistant bacteria in animals renders them carriers of harmful food borne illness like E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter.

Having this suspicion definitively confirmed by the CDC, consumers and researchers want to find solutions that allow the agricultural and livestock industries to thrive while also providing people with safe and nourishing food. Many have observed that animals should only be administered antibiotic medicines under veterinary supervision. In addition, the antibiotics give to animals should serve only to treat disease and not to accelerate growth.

Another cause for concern in antibiotic resistance exists in the transmission that occurs in hospitals. Many times people can be affected ingesting ill-prepared meat, but bacterium can also easilty spread in hospitals because of inadequate sanitation by doctors, nurses, custodial, workers, and visitors. When their report was released CDC director, Dr. Thomas Friedan, made a point to mention the spread of antibiotic resistance occurs through food consumption as well as lacking sanitation in high-risk areas, like medical facilities.

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Defunct Virus Resurfaces in Texas Megachurch

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Health | 0 comments

Unvaccinated members of a Texas megachurch contracted what has once been considered an eradicated disease in the US when a member brought in the virus from overseas.

The Eagle Mountain International Church, a non-denominational church located in Newark, Texas associated with the Kenneth Copeland Ministries, is the site of infection for 21 cases of measles among its congregation. The viral disease is extremely contagious, but decades of vaccination have all but wiped it out of the US. The recent outbreak was due to the fact that many of the members of the megachurch are not vaccinated against the virus. Of the 21 who came down with measles, at least 16 were not vaccinated.

Kenneth Copeland is a televangelist who, aside from spreading the prosperity gospel, preached that a true believer would put his or her trust in God and not in modern medicine. While church officials deny that the ministry is anti-vaccination, church members subscribe to the belief that getting vaccinations is a sign of fear and doubt in God. The senior pastors of the EMIC are the daughter and son in law of Kenneth Copeland, Terri and George Pearsons, who tell their congregation to get vaccinated and in the same breath remind them that if they have faith they will not need it.

It is the opinion of the church’s critics and members alike that the views of EMIC and the Kenneth Copeland Ministries are clear; it is a sign of a weak or absent faith to rely on modern medicine. That this will lead to serious health consequences in the future seems likely.

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