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Tennessee ranks 3rd in antibiotic use Bacteria can outsmart drugs when overused
ETNWeb ^ | 11/18/2011 | WBIR

Posted on 11/18/2011 5:19:09 PM PST by TennesseeGirl

Too many people in Tennessee are asking for antibiotics and too many doctors are prescribing them — a practice that renders once-powerful drugs ineffective against infections, according to a recently released study...

...“Unless we do something really radical and different, we’re going to lose these drugs,” said Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan, an epidemiologist and economist in Washington, D.C., who was a co-author of the study. “It’s not like we’re going to. We already have in many instances and things are just getting worse...” (Excerpted)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agenda; antibiotics; media; medicine; policy
I wasn't going to bother posting this, but the more I thought about it, the more perturbed I became. This is a sad commentary on journalism. I have read variations on this article in several places today. When the same topic gets partially reworded and published in so many places (newspapers and local t.v.), I get cynical. I looked up Dr. Laxminarayan. He's affiliated with CDDEP, The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy ( CDDEP is affiliated with Resources for the Future ( RFF's mission statement is "Resources for the Future improves environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber." Sounds like social engineering to me. The EU was presented yesterday with the same message from a Dr. Sprenger of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). How convenient. The ECDC has apparently, reached the same conclusion as the CDDEP.

An ultimate goal? According to a 2006 statement by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who is a corporate sponsor of CDDEP, "Under this grant, Laxminarayan and colleagues are examining how the drugs are used while evaluating policies to encourage more judicious use of antibiotics. This could include tying Medicare hospital reimbursements to upfront hospital infection-control efforts, charging patients a co-pay or higher co-pays to access antibiotics, and promoting long-term incentives so that pharmaceutical companies are more concerned about preventing resistance to existing antibiotics and more willing to develop new ones." See: (from 2006). Today's press release was from Burness Communications ( Their motto is, "Advancing Social Change for Nonprofits Worldwide".

I hate being played.

1 posted on 11/18/2011 5:19:13 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: TennesseeGirl
The Progressives want to reduce the worlds population. This is one way to get there from here. Less anti-biotics, less people.

Some screwballs have more compassion on a microbe than people.

2 posted on 11/18/2011 5:27:23 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: TennesseeGirl
Tennessee due to it's natural environment is also known to be a place for sinus allergies etc which cause respiratory infections which require antibiotics. I know two person right now getting over pneumonia.

Of course the policy of not being able to easilly without hassle go get what was once OTC sinus Meds without being put on a METH watch list has nothing whatsoever to do with the increase either. /sarcasm

3 posted on 11/18/2011 5:38:46 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: TennesseeGirl
Intelligent Design? Poppycock! Ridiculous! That's not science!
Bacteria outsmarting drugs? Sure. Why not? Evolution makes miracles possible.
4 posted on 11/18/2011 5:39:56 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Roll the stone away, Let the guilty pay, It's Independence Day)
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To: American in Israel

Our local stations are the worst for picking stuff up off the wires and running with it without checking sources. I can only surmise the locals have an abundance of airtime to fill and will plug in almost anything without deligent research. I can’t even explain why The Tennessean ran it. I used to work for a nonprofit. We would send out press releases that would be regurgitated by the local media almost word for word. Nobody checked for accuracy or sources. They just ran with it.

5 posted on 11/18/2011 5:45:40 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: TennesseeGirl; neverdem; DvdMom; grey_whiskers; Ladysmith; Roos_Girl; Silentgypsy; ...


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6 posted on 11/18/2011 5:57:15 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

This Tennessee girl isn’t going to a doctor that is part of the problem. It’s like pulling teeth to get antiobiotics from him. Unless he can verify you have a bacterial infection, he won’t give them. Which is good. I don’t want to build up resistance to antibiotics.

7 posted on 11/18/2011 6:19:42 PM PST by OrangeDaisy
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To: TennesseeGirl
The federal government just wants all health care money in its pocket.

Once it's there, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

8 posted on 11/18/2011 6:20:58 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.<sup>®</sup>)
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To: Smokin' Joe


9 posted on 11/18/2011 6:30:41 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: OrangeDaisy
I saw my doc Monday for a annual physical - and he was impressed when I told him that, instead of taking antibiotics for a sinus infection (which would be 4 times a year if I wasn't proactive!) - I do a sinus rinse of warm saline water and hydrogen peroxide.
It hurts like mad (like getting punched in the nose!) but it gets all of the crap out. Sure I look funny - but I rather not develop resistance to the 8-10 antibiotics I can take, since I am allergic to the primary antibiotic on the market.
At this point, what can you do?
10 posted on 11/18/2011 7:30:44 PM PST by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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11 posted on 11/18/2011 7:32:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Maigrey

Have you tried an allergy doctor? I lost my immunity again to mold about 6 years ago. I had too take shots as a kid. I’m taking shots for that now and a few pollens etc plus bee and wasp stings. It really makes a huge difference. I still use Claratin {generic OTC} and Singulair daily as well. But they aren’t on the watch list.

12 posted on 11/19/2011 2:00:45 AM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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bump & a micro ping

13 posted on 11/19/2011 10:51:03 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: TennesseeGirl

You’re not being played. Overprescription of antibiotics for assorted symptoms that are probably not caused by bacteria, and subsequent development of bacterial resistance is a well recognized phenomena.

Developing new antibiotics isn’t cheap. Drug companies don’t like to do it because they usually are used by patients just for short periods.

Go to a local hospital’s microbiology lab. Ask to look at the culture and sensitivity reports. Patient names can be covered. You’ll be surprised at how many bacteria are resistant to various antibiotics.

14 posted on 11/19/2011 11:16:01 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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