That’s right, suicide. The act of killing yourself.
Because you can’t beat bacteria, however hard you try.
Like with antibiotics – our life-saving miracle drugs.
They’re made to kill bacteria, sure – but only in the short term.
Stick around a few years, and those all-surviving microbes will be back with immunity. Mutated into superbugs with built-in antibiotic resistance. Get sick with one of those and nothing can save you.
The ultimate survivors
Because, as the oldest surviving life forms on the planet, bacteria always win.
For instance, right back in 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin. Yet just twelve years later, penicillin-resistant staph emerged, in 1940.
It’s been the same ever since.
- Tetracycline introduced 1950, resistance identified 1959.
- Erythromycin introduced 1953, resistance identified 1968.
- Methicillin introduced 1960, resistance identified 1962.
- Gentamycin introduced 1967, resistance identified 1979.
- Vancomycin introduced 1972, resistance identified 1988.
- Ceftazidime introduced 1985, resistance identified 1987.
- Levofloxacin introduced 1996, resistance identified THE SAME YEAR.
- Ceftaroline introduced 2010, resistance identified 2011.
Which is why our top-level medics are going crazy. Because antibiotic resistant superbugs are constantly turning up in our food. We eat the food, and those superbugs are inside our systems.
Sometimes they strike immediately, sometimes they take their time. But all the while, they’re there – and there’s no drug in the medicine cupboard that doctors can use to stop them.
How did it get like this?
Well, amazing as antibiotics are at saving lives – they’re even more amazing at making animals fat. From an egg to a roasting chicken in 6 weeks. From newborn calf to an Aberdeen Angus steak in 14 months.
Which is why farming uses 240,000 TONNES of antibiotics every year.
And how antibiotics get into everything we eat.
Pumped full of antibiotics themselves, the animals are the start of a whole food production nutrition chain. The manure they make is used to fertilise plants and food crops – all natural, so that even includes organics.
The manure leaches into the soil too, so it finds its way into the water table. From there into streams and rivers – into our water supply and irrigation systems – and into the kitchen tap.
So that everything we put in our mouths – food and drink – contains residual doses of antibiotics, deliberately put there to make things grow.
Which is what they do to our bodies too – make them grow. Impossible to resist, we’re being fed the greatest growth boosters ever invented.
Which is where the slow motion suicide comes in.
Most diseases and infections happen quickly. Days or weeks to incubate, usually only months to claim their victims.
But obesity is a slow killer.
First the complications from carrying all that weight. Weakened bones, muscular problems, structural failure.
Then respiration issues, gulping for air, heart double-timing for more oxygen, breathing problems and asthma.
Next, it’s fat secretions around the pancreas. Insulin deficiencies leading to diabetes. Heart disease and cancer inevitably follow.
Slow, slower, slowest…
But not quickly.
All this happens slowly over tens of years. Without our bodies feeling it happen – yet all the while, driven by antibiotics. Eating more than we should, putting on more and more weight. Not even conscious that we’re doing it.
Until one day, hello Size Eighteen and a body that’s 20 stone plus.
And every day, worse and worse.
Often in pain, feeling weaker, less capable- wheezing and waddling our way through the day. Until we collapse on the bed that’s harder and harder to leave. Lapsing into deadly but unwitting suicide, every bit as successful as a .38 calibre bullet.
Miracle life-savers – yeah right.
Without our knowing it, antibiotics are bringing the death sentence to every one of us.
OK, so our doctors are worried about antibiotic resistant superbugs. Hoo-ray.
Meanwhile, our obesity epidemic spreads unchecked. Dismissively put down to junk food and sedentary lifestyles. Fat people are vilified for a condition they did not ask for and cannot control.
And nothing gets done.
Suicide, plain and simple.
I overeat, you overeat, he/she overeats, we overeat, they overeat.
You have been warned.
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