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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Antibiotic Use in the Meat Industry is Changing How I Think About Eating

Albert Stern

Last month I wrote about the overuse of antibiotics and when it is appropriate to use these drugs. Since that time, there has been a flurry of news stories about new antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria showing up in hospitals and doctor's offices.  

A key thing to appreciate is how much antibiotic medicine goes to the meat industry. The majority of antibiotic use on factory farms is to prevent illness rather than cure a disease. 

This article from Ars Technica does a great job outlining how the meat industry is ignoring calls to cut back on these critical drugs. 

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This is a truly complex issue. There are calls in congress to increase the FDA's ability to regulate the meat industry. 

The entire topic has made me re-exam how I am eating. I eat meat. In the past, I have been more conscious of having a regular number of vegetarian meals each week. I am going to recommit and increase that number moving forward. 

When and When NOT to Use Antibiotics

Albert Stern

Overuse of antibiotics is a serious and growing issue. Antibiotic resistance bacteria are on the rise. There are no easy solutions to the problem. Antibiotics need to be thought of as a limited resource to be used only when appropriate. 

In the late 90's when I worked in pharmaceutical advertising. My firm had a popular antibiotic as a client. Back then we talked about how MDs would over-prescribe these drugs. One of the larger problems, then and now, is patients asking for and expecting antibiotics from their doctors.  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has published this straightforward chart to outlining when and when not to use antibiotics. This chart is very useful in keeping track of the appropriate times to use antibiotics. 

They also have a great PDF about antibiotics for parents and one for medical providers. 

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Antibiotics damage gut bacteria for months

Albert Stern

The bacteria in our gut (aka the microbiome) keeps us healthy in a myriad of ways. This community of microbes affects our digestion, mood, sleep, and levels of inflammation in the body. 

Two recent studies demonstrate how a routine dose of antibiotics damage this important bacteria in our gut. It can take months and in some cases up to a year for our microbiome to recover!  

There is absolutely a time and place for antibiotics. However, overuse is a huge problem as drug resistance microbes evolve. Add to that this new research about how long it takes the rest of our body to recover - and it is easy to see that these drugs ought to be used sparingly. 

This article from Ars Technica reports on the new studies outlining how long it takes our bodies to recover from antibiotics: http://bit.ly/1lleRUG

The audio below is a great story from WNYC's RadioLab. It describes how quickly bacteria mutates and becomes resistant to antibiotics. It goes on to tell the story of a possible solution from a very unexpected source.