The Antibiotic Paradox by Dr. Stuart Levy Essay

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Around every corner in this life lurks some kind of danger. Some are hidden and some are exposed. Others are threatening to our safety, while some threaten our livelihood. The average person in today’s world is vulnerable to many threats, but humanity has come to be a resilient species. We are not indestructible however, with the death toll at a staggering amount each day for various reasons, especially in terms of health. Out of the many illnesses that have claimed many lives over the years, like cancer and heart disease, the focus will be on a much more daunting subject. Modern medicine claims to have their foot on the throat of the vast majority of bacterial infections, boasting a large arsenal of treatments for the infected patient.…show more content…
This has made former terminal infections, like tetanus (Clostridium tetani) or Bubonic Plague (Yersinia pestis), relatively easy to treat nowadays. For the interest of public health and benefit, the use of bacteria has crept out of use on people with medical issues to our crops and animals, ensuring their health for our economic gain and medical security. With leading international and national health agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the combined efforts of the United Nations, the war on infectious disease has been made a top priority in keeping up with the nature of these illnesses in human, animal, and agricultural health. The continual chess game that we play against nature, she seems to outmaneuver us with every move that we make, regardless of our increasing amount of resources and knowledge. Dr. Lori Tishler of Harvard Medical School says on the school’s published web articles that drug-resistant bacteria sicken more than 2 million people in America each year and account for 23,00 deaths. People are still getting sick and dying all over the world, and when one microbial threat is neutralized, another drug-resistant strain is recognized. Here are some examples out of Dr. Kimberly Thompson’s book, Overkill: in
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