Actually, it’s not one nightmare, it’s two.
And they haven’t just happened, they’ve been growing for fifty years.
Antibiotics resistance and obesity.
Both “as dangerous as terrorism”. Exploding in slo-mo, right now.
No more miracles
Already half of our antibiotics – the miracle drugs without which modern medicine would be impossible – fail because of superbugs. And with no new “silver bullets” coming down the pipeline, any day now they’ll stop working altogether.
That’s nightmare No 1.
An unstoppable disaster caused by horrendous over-use. Not just by medicine, where antibiotics are prescribed for everything from a heart transplant to repairing a pulled fingernail. But by agriculture across the board, where antibiotics are used at industrial levels to support high intensity farming techniques.
And the rest. Currently, farmers around the world are shovelling 65,000 tonnes a year into livestock and plant production, skyrocketing sharply to 108,000 tonnes by 2030.
Strictly for animal health, of course – essential to modern, high-yield, concentration camp farming, where herds and flocks breed shoulder-to-shoulder.
With shhh, the very useful side-effect that antibiotics make everything grow twice as big and twice as fast on even less feedstuff. Fattening up for market. Amazing. Growth promotion de luxe.
Which brings us to nightmare No 2.
Bigger, better, fatter
Because it’s not just animals growing fatter, faster – it’s people.
Already 64% of UK adults are classed as overweight or obese – a number that accelerates daily.
More dangerous than terrorism?
Do the math.
How many terrorist bombs would it take to destroy the lives of 13 million people? All of who are at risk of heart disease or stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout and breathing problems, even asthma.
It’s not nice being fat either. So add problems with stress from ridicule, low self esteem, physical inability, possibly suicidal tendencies.
More than half of us written off from “over-eating” – if you believe the experts.
Which is when you begin to realise the real horror staring Dame Sally in the face. Professor Dame Sally Davies, that is – England’s very energetic and concerned Chief Medical Officer.
Animals fed on antibiotics to make them grow fatter, is what.
Which poop out manure to make plants grow bigger and fatter, is what too.
Plants that are also fed antibiotics anyway to keep down blight and other diseases.
Growing in soil which drains to our streams, to our rivers, to our reservoirs and into our taps.
So that EVERYTHING we eat or drink is laced with drugs to make US grow fatter, faster too.
Get ready to bulge
Fat, obese and super-obese – that’s where we’re headed. Rapidly becoming the biggest threat to human survival on the planet. And Dame Sally’s biggest ever headache.
Oh sure, SOME fatties are fat because they’re gluttons – obsessed with food so they eat themselves stupid. But even that suggests that something is wrong somewhere, that somehow their systems are glitched so they can’t help themselves.
But where does that leave the rest of us?
Are we really all victims of a sedentary lifestyle – cliché-ridden couch potatoes, scoffing fast food and sugar-laden drinks in front of the TV? That might be the media hype, but what’s the reality?
Don’t some of us eat almost nothing, tiny morsels like a bird, and still get fat? AND can’t drop the weight off, even though we work out for two hours at a time, five days a week?
How come it’s selective – that some of us are, and some of us aren’t? And how come is it that the older we become, the more at risk we seem to be?
Yeah well, it’s them antibiotics what done it.
Our background diet since before childbirth. A steady intake of fatten-you-up drugs in everything we ingest across the entire food spectrum. Absorbed for our whole lifetimes – exactly the same way as all those cows and pigs and sheep and chickens and salmon we’re so fond of.
And remember how antibiotics work – the only thing they actually do.
They kill bacteria.
Miracle drugs, sure.
Except that our bodies are bacteria too – 90% bacteria and 10% human.
And oops, down in our gut, there are upwards of 100 trillion bacteria – the welcoming committee for any antibiotics coming down the hatch. Blasted to hell and gone in the middle of digesting our food for us, producing proteins, and regulating our immune systems – exactly what our amazing bacteria do for us, every day.
The full catastrophe
Obese? Why are we surprised? Our bacteria have been killed off or graunched in the most fearful ways.
But all of our metabolisms are different, so they react differently too. No two of us are the same.
Some extract more nutrition than they need too, some less. Some fail on certain food groups. And all the while, our body resistance goes steadily more haywire, every day more vulnerable, more susceptible to infection and disease.
Allergies for instance, who ever heard of the misery we have now, fifty years ago?
Yeah, so Dame Sally is right about how to handle the antibiotics problem.
Stop everything, now.
And find some kind of alternative food source while residual antibiotics work themselves out of the food chain. For us personally, that’s got to be grow our own at home without fertilisers – supplemented with ocean fish, not those farmed jobs.
Will it trim our waistlines? Probably not, the damage has been done, so those spare tyres are here to stay.
One thing though, without antibiotics as a safety net, we’re going to have to tighten up on our hygiene. Wash hands for everything, eliminate germs in our living space with a Hypersteriliser.
At least we’ll sleep easy with it. No more nightmares, like Dame Sally has now.
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Originally posted on 28 December 2018 @ 10:32 pm
Originally posted on 28 December 2018 @ 10:32 pm