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Perhaps we can't take all the credit, but enough conversations have been lead by people like us to finally have made an important impact on the agricultural industry. Yesterday (11/11/2013) the FDA announced that there will be a new policy set in place that prevents the indiscriminate use of antibiotics on livestock. No longer can antibiotics be administered for just the growth of the animal. If farmers think that their animals are so sick that they will need antibiotics, then prescriptions will have to be written by veterinarians for specific animals. The FDA is asking certain drug companies to change how their medication can be used, as to prevent farmers from using it to bulk up animals. Thus, making it illegal to buy giant sacks of antibiotic material at the feed store. What an awesome way to end this class!!!

What is your hospital doing?

This year the CDC released an infographic that explains the role in which nursing facilities and hospital play in increasing the rates of antibiotic resistance, because of this hospitals around the country have taken steps at decreasing the rate of antibiotic resistance through the creation of new hospital protocols and committees that provide educational information to staff and patients, and even physicians! In addition, researchers have been discovering new forms of antibacterial that may help decrease the amount of deaths associated with super-bugs.

What have the hospitals in the Portland-area done to combat antibiotic resistance  and why is it so important??

            OHSU or Oregon Health Science University has become a national leader in the fight against antibiotic resistance, starting in 2004  Elizabeth Steiner, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine and her team received a two-year $226,000 national grant and created a national model to teach primary care physicians-in-training appropriate antibiotic use. Which is why in family medicine, physicians have become very strict on releasing antibiotics to patients; they are requiring more appointments for patients to insure that their symptoms in fact warrant an antibiotic. Furthermore, they are also taking the resources from the AWARE website which explains what symptoms are viral vs. bacterial, so during the triage process a nurse can give correct treatment information to the patient and advise them if an appointment is required for an antibiotic.  

 Then in March of 2011, Researchers at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital identified a new approach to overcoming drug resistance in children with an extremely aggressive childhood muscle cancer known as alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma and later in January of this year OHSU Researchers made a new discovery of a mollusk which revealed that one form of bacteria utilized by shipworms secretes a powerful antibiotic, which may hold promise for combating human diseases. These are just some of the major things OHSU has been doing to decrease the rate of antibiotic resistance. But why is it so important? Margo Haygood, Ph.D., a member of the OHSU Institute of Environmental Health and a professor of science and engineering in the OHSU School of Medicine states “the reason why this line of research is so critical is because antibiotic resistance is a serious threat to human health,” This is why OHSU has also created an infection control department for the hospital that focuses, especially during the cold and flu season, on hand washing. This department creates new protocols that require OHSU staff to monitor the rate of staff hand washing and sanitation of patient areas. The goal around this is to decrease the spread of bacteria and staff is disciplined if they are not complying with OHSU standards. These actions are small steps in the scheme of things, but they have major benefits in the long run.


The overuse of antibiotics locally is a huge threat to this country and to surrounding countries. Antibiotics manufacturers are starting to create fewer and fewer antibiotics for the people who really need it. Which means the scarcer the antibiotics are, the higher the price they will be. Which, in turn creates this domino-effect of consumers paying for these antibiotics they can’t afford, banks loaning out money they don’t have, and the US building more and more debt.
One drug, doxycycline, is a drug that is used for non-serious infections such as sexually transmitted diseases, acne and of course the good ole’ animal feed to fatten them up. Currently, they have started to use it for Lyme disease patients, which is shocking because it’s not usually meant for that. Pills that used to be $20 for 500 capsules are now $3000 for 500 capsules. That’s a %15,000 increase! How can the pharmaceutical companies justify a price increase like that?

The more we abuse the drugs and take them for granted the more it’s going to bite us in the butt later on in life (no pun intended) and in the lives of our future families. Let’s turn ourselves around and join the movement, #saynotothesuperbug.

EcoMerge Project at Portland State University: Study: Antibiotic overuse still the rule for sore throat, bronchitis

EcoMerge Project at Portland State University: Study: Antibiotic overuse still the rule for sore throat, bronchitis

Study: Antibiotic overuse still the rule for sore throat, bronchitis

In the article “Study: Antibiotic overuse still the rule for sore throat, bronchitis” is talking about the overuse of antibiotic and increasing the prescription of antibiotic to treat sore throat and acute bronchitis. In addition, the survey that was done, reported that only 10% of sore throat have to be treated by using antibiotic, and 73% of acute bronchitis was treated by antibiotic although that bronchitis do not caused by bacterial infection. In addition, a report found that the only situation that the antibiotic can be used for sore throat is Group A Streptococcus. For the bronchitis study, it found that from 1996 to 2010 the number of adult medical who visited for the bronchitis  is about 3667 and this number increased to be about 3.4 million in 2010. 

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Less than half of Americans recognize antibiotic overuse as a problem

In the article “Less than half of Americans recognize antibiotic overuse as a problem” is talking about the reason of increasing the antibiotic opposition is that the most of people in the United States do not have the knowledge or experience of what medication they have to use, and they do not know what the effect of medication.

In addition, the survey shows that 9 out of 10 of Americans know that antibiotics can fight bacterial infections, more than one third thought that antibiotic can also fight viral infections and less than half (47% know that using too much of antibiotic can be harmful.

The most of American believe that if they take unnecessary amount of antibiotic will affect them when they get sick later. While about 86% of people think they have take all the prescription of antibiotic. However, many people usually stop taking the antibiotic when they feel good.

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Now that we established the harm that antibiotic laden food can have on your body, it would be important to show how one can eat in a way that is actually good for you. Eatwild has provided a load of helpful information on how you can eat healthy in the west! Thankfully we are situated in a region of America where this kind of thing is accessible.  Eatwild is an organization that was created in order to help consumers know exactly where their meat comes from and how they were brought up. All of the animals in the Eatwild program have not been given antibiotics. They have ample room to live and grow and are fed food that isn't soy or corn alternatives. (or a better way to put this, they eat what they are supposed to.) There is a map where you can find farm producers in the program and where you can buy their goods This is seriously an amazing website for the conscientious eater and you should check it out now!

You CAN do it!

Motivated to decrease the overuse of antibiotics, but don’t know where to start? Well we’ve taken the time to put together a few materials that can get you moving forward.

1. Take part in AWARE, the Oregon Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education,  Get Smart About Antibiotics week every year. 
Get Smart About Antibiotics week is from November 18-24. Get Smart About Antibiotics week has been going strong for the last four years with three other countries taking part in it.

2. Get social
Start the chat on twitter, facebook, instagram, and any other social platforms you may be apart of. Use the hashtag #antibioticresistance. Talk to your friends and families and tell them to spread the word and take the initiative.
Here are a few companies and people to follow for updated news and petitions:


3. Distribute informative materials.
 Simple handouts such as fact sheets, brochures, and posters can go a long way towards spreading a word. Oh and hey, you don’t even have to design them. Here is a link to all ready available promotional items.

4. Host an Event!
Here is a link to help you plan and host the event. Comes with a checklist too!


You can get help from a representative with more knowledge and information.

If you don’t want to plan or host an event for Awareness Week you can still make a difference by signing a petition to ban the overuse of antibiotics in livestock. You can also make a difference by buying and consuming non-antibiotic food.

I hope this post was helpful in motivating you to get started on what could possibly be saving millions of lives.