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The Danger of Antibiotic Use

About 70% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. go to farm animals, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. “These farms are loaded with resistant bacteria, which then spread into the community”, says Dr. Stuart Levy of Tufts University.

You can get resistant bacteria from the meat or the produce you eat, sine manure from these animals is applied to crops. Runoff from farms can spread the bacteria into the environment, which means plants and animals can carry them and pass them on to humans.

In late 2013 the FDA took action to phase out routine use of antibiotics to promote growth in animals. Regulators called on the industry to voluntarily use antibiotics only for therapeutic purposes under the supervision of a veterinarian.

A number of restaurant chains have agreed to stop serving meat from animals raised with antibiotics. In Denmark, a ban on antibiotic use has led to fewer resistant bugs in animals. Dr. Levy says “Europeans have shown we can raise animals without antibiotic food supplements”.

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Dogs, Distemper, and Transfer Factor

By Dr. Baruch Rosen, M.D.:

“As a physician of nearly thirty years, I was well aware that no antibiotic would protect against the ravages of viral disease, particularly canine distemper which shows similarities to HIV. My seven month old white haired Shepard was adopted from a local shelter and was initially joyful and healthy. Within three weeks he developed coarse bronchitis with heavy mucus drainage of the nose and eyes. Our well intentioned vet believed the problem to be kennel cough and started antibiotics. Over the next ten days Romeo failed to improve, but instead experienced seven hard and long grand mall seizures in one weekend, a partial paralysis of the hind quarters which made him fall flat when attempting to walk and a “spaced-out gaze” of non-recognition. Blood studies confirmed distemper and showed a white cell count (lymphocytes) of only 264 slightly more than ten percent of normal. Our vet a second out-of-state consulting vet, an expert in distemper were very sympathetic and advised me to prepare myself to euthanize Romeo.

The heartache was compounded when Chico, my thirteen month old Chihuahua developed similar symptoms of hard coughing and heavy mucus drainage from the eyes. Reviewing his shot record, I learned he was mistakenly given only one distemper immunization, leaving him inadequately protected; and by licking Romeo’s mucus and drinking from his water dish had contracted the infection.

Knowing little to nothing about canine distemper, I turned to the internet and luckily stumbled onto transfer factors, a preparation which enhances and stimulates the body’s own immune system to fight against all pathogens, viral or otherwise. My thirty years in medicine told me this was the only solution. I hurriedly started Chico and Romeo on one cap daily encased in one teaspoonful of raw hamburger. Over the next two weeks all cough and mucus drainage ceased. Romeo’s follow-up blood count had risen to normal range at 2217 and he surprised the whole family by jumping a five foot wall. He romps and plays all day long with Chico, now responds normally to his name and appears to be his old joyful self again.

Having witnessed the recoveries of Chico and Romeo, and after further study, all family members are taking transfer factors, one cap daily; our insurance policy to protect against a faltering immune system, the inevitable consequence of aging and exposure to environmental pollution and toxins.  I fully intend to spread the word to all my colleagues and good friends. Dr. Baruch Rosen, M.D.

NOTE: Dr. Rosen is also using transfer factors for Parvo and other viral or infectious condition with excellent results.

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Horses are Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance a threat to horse drug arsenal

By on May 05, 2013 in Health, News

Antibiotic resistance is rapidly becoming an issue in the equine world, a new white paper has warned.

It warns that tighter controls could be imposed on medicines in a bid to prevent antibiotic resistance. Such controls could ultimately mean certain antibiotics would no longer be available for use in horses.

To slow the development and spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria, it is imperative that all parties involved practice the careful use of antibiotics, according to the paper produced by the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Equine Research Coordination Group.

The group, comprised of organizations and researchers that support equine research, is chaired by New Zealand-born equine orthopedic specialist Dr Wayne McIlwraith, who is based at Colorado State University.

Antimicrobial resistance is a type of drug resistance whereby bacteria are able to survive exposure to an antibiotic.

It is inherent to the use of antimicrobials, according to Dr Harold McKenzie III, who is associate professor of medicine at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center.

“Any time antimicrobials are used, there is an inherent selection process whereby the bacteria exposed to the antibiotic will be inhibited or die, but a few bacteria will likely survive,” he said.

“Ultimately, if this process continues, only resistant bacteria remain.”

Due to the frequent use of antimicrobials in humans and animals some bacteria are becoming resistant to many antibiotics, a situation known as multi-drug resistance (MDR). Continue reading

Super Bugs

We once thought of antibiotics as miracle drugs, but they now pose a serious problem to our health, and the health of our animals. Bacteria have “learned” how to outsmart even the strongest antibiotics. If these antibiotic resistant bacteria continue to evolve at the current rate, having a strong immune system may be the only real defense against many diseases.

Because of the misuse of antibiotics to treat viruses, colds, flu, sore throats, etc., resistance to antibiotics when needed for a bacterial infection has risen dramatically. There are also side effects, such as yeast and fungal infections, to the use of antibiotics.(When antibiotics are used correctly, taking probiotics can lessen the side effects.) Transfer Factor supplementation is how I support my immune system. I have not taken antibiotics for over a decade. If I know I have been exposed to the flu or a bad cold, I also take Gan Mao Ling for a few days. When our immune system successfully fight off an infection in this natural way, it emerges stronger and better equipped to fight future health threat.

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