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Are Antibiotics the real problem?

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UNCO chapter.

We live in a world of science. Everything we do, say, or think can be rationalized with scientific evidence and proof. As we delve deeper and deeper into the 21st century, our knowledge and dependence on learning how and why things work continuesto grow and flourish in all aspects of our lives. Perhaps one of the most studies areas of this scientific movement is the medical community and their desire to help us stay both healthy and to fight dangerous diseases throughout the world.

This right here is the problem. 

According to the CNN article “The Antibiotics Could Kill you”, by Martin J. Blaser,        

“Our world has gotten smaller. We have much greater global access to one another — at the very moment in our history when our ancient microbial defenses are degrading. This makes us vulnerable to microbial invaders and provides fuel for disease conflagrations, with consequences scarcely imaginable,” said Blaser.

Thus, by marketing the extreme use of vaccination shots and various other preventative medicine, we could be making the viruses much, much worse than they were originally simply due to the idea of mutation.

This is not a new idea, by any standards. In the early 1900’s, the so-called miracle drug, “penicillin” was invented. Doctors were shocked and amazed at the effectiveness this new treatment had against bacteria.

Unfortunately, they were also shocked at the emergence of MRSA, otherwise known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10634.php), which is “resistant to a number of antibiotics, including methicillin” (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10634.php).

If MRSA was the result of overuse, then perhaps our greatest threat is not Ebola, but something of our own creation.


Sources:“The Antibiotics Could Kill You”. Baser, Martic J. CNN