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Antibiotics

From Germ Theory to the Microbiome: Why Microbes Still Rule Our Lives

Alanna Collen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Alanna Collen

We now have an opportunity to shift the focus from simply diagnosing and treating ill health to understanding, curing and preventing it. Caring for our microbes gives us a chance to conquer this new wave of illness, and live healthier, happier lives.

Avoiding an Antibiotic Apocalypse

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Sonia Faruqi

Antibiotic overuse merely scratches the surface of the problems posed by factory farms today. Animals are reared in large, windowless warehouses in conditions of extremely close confinement. A broad focus on improvements in animal welfare is urgent and essential. It would result in less antibiotics being needed in the first place.

Top 5 Ways You Can Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

Kevin Mathieu | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Kevin Mathieu

Antibiotic resistance created from these sources contribute to making approximately 2,000,000 sick and lead to at least 23,000 deaths in the United States every year because of ineffective antibiotics. But you can help save future patients' lives with these 5 simple tricks.

Autism: Maybe It's Not What We've Been Told

John Rodakis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
John Rodakis

I believe we are on the verge of a paradigm shift in autism where the new view is that, while some genetic factors may be important, the underlying condition is more of an acquired syndrome that arises from externally-induced changes in metabolism, immune function, and the microbiome.

Stop Superbugs: (M)eating Antibiotic-Free in Chicagoland

Amanda Hanley | Posted 04.27.2015 | Chicago
Amanda Hanley

Health experts are warning that the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production is leading to antibiotic resistance and serious public health risks.

Meatless Monday: World Health Day -- Making All Health Break Loose

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Individual food choices are a big wellness factor. If you want to get serious about your health, get a jump on World Heath Day tomorrow by making today meatless.

Lynne Peeples

A Menacing Mix In Antibiotic Resistance: Herbicides, Heavy Metals And Factory Farms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green

Two common Big Agriculture production practices -- feeding antibiotics to livestock and spraying herbicides on conventional crops -- each face condemn...

Hamburger for My Valentine

Jacob Peters | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Jacob Peters

This Valentine's Day, McDonald's should make a concrete commitment to serve meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics. This commitment would go a long way for public health, and might have millennial's saying "I'm lovin' it" again.

Bringing Your Own Antibiotics On Vacation Could Do More Harm Than Good

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - People who travel to exotic locales and take along their own antibiotics are more likely to come b...

A Plague From Last Century Speaks Loudly in the Present

Tamar Abrams | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

My grandmother, who lived well into her 90s, contracted tuberculosis as a young mother. She spent several lonely years in Saranac Lake, New York while...

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Fear Meets Super Bowl With Sexy Ad For Antibiotic-Free Burger

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green

At the end of an ad set to air during Super Bowl XLIX, a scantily-clad supermodel takes a bite out of Carl's Jr.'s new "All-Natural" hamburger. Bold l...

Top 5 Food Trends To Watch In 2015

Peter Lehner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Peter Lehner

The FDA should recognize the latest science and get dangerous chemicals out of food packaging, and young farmers will embrace a new climate-conscious paradigm in farming that makes healthy soil a priority.

Exciting New Antibiotic Could Be The Answer For Drug-Resistant Infections

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic, teixobactin, ...

Big Ag's Gifts for 2014

Andrew Gunther | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

It's a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've bestowed upon us all over the past 12 months. Gifts that...

Giving Thanks for Turkey Raised Without Antibiotics

Laura Rogers | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Rogers

As we enjoy our Thanksgiving turkey this year, we can be grateful that consumers and food producers are recognizing the importance of antibiotics. Furthermore, we should resolve in 2015 to keep fighting against the overuse of these drugs -- and for all of us whose lives may depend on them.

Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Outside of government efforts, an unlikely group of public health champions are partnering with Health Care Without Harm to help protect antibiotics: hospital food service directors and chefs.

Pork Industry Defends Antibiotics In Your Bacon

Reuters | P.J. Huffstutter | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A leading U.S. pork association will use an online marketing campaign to counter a cri...

Antibiotics In Infancy May Be Linked To Childhood Obesity

Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE NEW YORK Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:46pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be...

Can 'Prescriptive Evolution' Help Save Our World in the Anthropocene?

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Despite the great potential of prescriptive evolution, some have also raised objections to the manipulation of evolution on an ethical basis, criticizing it for influencing the "natural course" of evolution.

A Ticking Time Bomb: Eliminating Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Gary H. Cohen

While antibiotics are an essential part of the health care we receive, the vast majority of antimicrobials are used for industrial animal agriculture -- around four times the amount used in human medicine.

REPORT: Major Farms Indiscriminately Use Antibiotics In Chicken Feed

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green

(This story is the first in a series, "Farmaceuticals".) By Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter ATLANTA/CHICAGO, Sept 15 (Re...

Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Evolutionary biologists have news for anyone accustomed to thinking of evolution as a long-term proposition: Evolution also takes place on a day-to-day basis, and it's a tool we must use to keep drug-resistant diseases from spiraling out of control and to prevent mass extinctions.

The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms

Rachel Avalon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Rachel Avalon

With ugly politics and intense greed blocking the way, it's up to us to turn things around and vote with our forks to better protect our own health, each other, and the planet we (as well as countless species) call home.

When Health Care Isn't Healing

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

The patient-centered model needs to replace the practice-centered model. The patient's health should be a higher priority than the doctor's rush to keep moving and fit as many people as possible into his schedule and his practice goals.

Your Doctor's Knee-Jerk Reflex: How Not to Get Kicked

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Clinical assessment that includes a test of the knee jerk reflex is fine. Clinical decisions driven by it are not, but they too, are out there.