Negative Essay: Are Antibiotics Killing Us?

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Are Antibiotics Killing Us?
Although antibiotics have made modern medicine a possibility, antibiotic-resistant bacteria will cause an apocalypse because of over prescribing to patients and distribution of too many antibiotics to livestock. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2016) defines antibiotic-resistant bacteria by saying that, “Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs, chemicals, or other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survive and continue to multiply, causing more harm.” This can be current problem society faces, which could potentially cause a disaster or perhaps an epidemic. Two of the main problems that is causing antibiotic-resistant bacteria are physicians over-prescribing antibiotics to patients and farmers injecting excessive antibiotics to livestock. Over many generations’ bacteria has evolved into becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics.
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She says in her article, “Two main problems emerging from the density of AFOs are the enormous amounts of waste produced by the animals and the propensity of the animals to become diseased.”(pg. 471). Just imagine the nastiness and the conditions livestock has to go through just to make it in your freezer. Like similar texts, this is advocating for organizations to improve excessive drug use in livestock for the future health of people. It is a hard reality to come to terms to think of what the standards are to keep these particular animals alive for various reasons, such as food product, entertainment for the show, and for the profit of keeping them alive long enough to profit the money farmers have

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