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Antibiotic Drug Use in Animals and Development of Drug Resistant Bacteria in Humans

There are approximately 750 drug products approved for use in food animals.
[1] Antibiotics comprise a significant corner of the market, especially those approved for use in synthetically increasing the growth rate of animals. The scope of antibiotic use is absolutely stunning. Among the antibiotic drugs approved for use on animals are bacitracin[2] , bambemycins, chlortetracycline[3] , erythromycin, lincomycin, monensin, oleandomycin, oxytetracycline, tylosin, virginiamycin, penicillin[4] , tetracycline[5] , and nitrofurans (nitrofurazone, furazolidone)[6] .

Almost 50% of the antibiotics in use in the United States are used on animals.[7] It is now known, but generally ignored by the FDA, USDA and food industry that the use of antibiotics with food animals results in the development of anti-biotic resistant bacteria, rendering human treatment with other anti-biotics ineffective. That is exactly what is happening out there, isn’t it? Both animals and humans now have this new problem to deal with. The medical, pharmaceutical and food industries are literally “making a killing.”

Meat samples surveyed by the National Research Council between 1979 and 1983 indicated high levels of illegal antibiotics in the American meat supply. NRC research revealed that only 1% of animal carcasses were subject to USDA laboratory tests. The British were smarter, and curbed the use of antibiotics with animal feed in 1969, after studies found possible hazards to human health. The FDA reacted to the publicity generated by the British study in 1970 by appointing a committee to “investigate the matter.” Nothing was done.

In 1987, it was indicated that the creation of an anti-biotic resistant strain of Salmonella was a problem that was growing out of proportion..[8] In 1989, after receiving a risk assessment from the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine that was “unable to find data implicating antibiotics given to animals with illness in people”, the FDA buried both knowledge of the 1969 British scientific studies and the whole discussion. Meanwhile, the number of bacteria that are becoming resistant to antibiotics are increasing.

All the public media has done since 1990 is present the public with a “mystery” with “no apparent cause.” Criminal negligence? Yes. The end result is that conditions are being deliberately created where humans suffering from the general decline of the immune system of the population, due to biological and chemical contamination, can no longer be treated by known antibiotic drugs, insuring increased medical profits and increased death rates filling population trimming mandates.

[1] About 30% of the chickens, 60% of the cattle and 80% of veal calves and pigs are routinely given drugs in their feed.

[2] Bacitracin can cause an allergic cross-reaction in humans that may prevent the effective use of other antibiotics for the treatment of infection, especially neomycin and streptomycin. Physicians Desk Ref.

[3] In 1968, the FDA proposed revokation of the residue tolerance of this drug in fish and poultry, but it is used today with a tolerance of 7ppm for uncooked poultry and 5ppm for raw marine products.

[4] Penicillin is given to 6,500,000 cattle or cows at any one time to treat the mastitis which appears as a result of the use of other substances. It is added to the feed or drinking water of salmon,catfish, lobsters, chicken, pigs and turkeys. Food Additives Status List, Jan 1, 1988. FDA. Humans who have developed allergic reactions to pencillin become sensitized to the antibiotics in animal food. People who are in this category should avoid dairy products entirely.

[5] In December 1994, it was announced in Science News, Vol 146, that scientists were using Tetracycline to turn genes “on and off”. The technique was developed in 1992 by Hermann Bujard of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Tetracycline binds to DNA structures. The implications are enormous, considering the use of these compounds in both animal and human allopathic medicine.

[6] The government was advised to stop the use of nitrofurans in 1979, but ignored the warnings. Human reactions to these can involve allergic reaction, respiratory effects and resistance to medical application of nitrofurans to treat urinary tract infections.

[7] The Effects on Human Health of Subtherapeutic Use of Antimicrobials in Animal Feeds, National Academy Press, 1980.

[8] New England Journal of Mecidine, March 1987. Cattle also develop Salmonella infections that cannot be treated. They are slaughtered and turned into hamburger for human consumption.

Thanks to Leading Edge Research for this information

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