In 2014, a report commissioned by the British government warned of the danger of the massive use of antibiotics. This revolutionary drug, if used enough, would cure us of nothing.
“Antibiotics are not automatic”. This very popular advertising campaign was widely broadcast in 2002 on television channels. Set up by health insurance for warn of the dangers of sound abuseit would seem that, several years later, the prognoses of this advertising campaign are proving to be much more serious than expected.
What is an antibiotic?
Cystitis, bacterial pneumonia and angina are diseases from which we are no longer protected by antibiotics and which can be fatal. The cause? Their Excessive use made them much less effective. Bacterial resistance to these drugs may well be the source of an imminent health hazard. But first, what is an antibiotic?
To use the official definition of French health insurance:
Antibiotics are medicines that work either by preventing the growth of bacteria (bacteriostatic antibiotics) or by killing them (bactericidal antibiotics). Each family of antibiotics is only active against a specific bacterium or family of bacteria. They are not effective against viruses or fungi.
10 million deaths a year?
So where does the problem come from? According Michael wechauthor of the documentaryAntibiotics, the end of a miracle‘, aired on art, its misuse could lead to a health disaster leading to the death of millions of people.
According to economist Jim O’Neill, the former British Secretary of State explains in his report published in 2014 if no major action is taken, then:
The number of deaths linked to antibiotic resistance could reach 10 million per year worldwide by 2050. This would represent a cost of 100,000 billion dollars in losses, more than the world’s gross domestic product!
These doomsday predictions are linked to the massive use of antibiotics in the intensive farming sector to accelerate animal growth. They end up on our plates and contribute to the normalization of our bodies. The targeted bacteria therefore learn to defend themselves over the long term.
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