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(Washington Post)   Antibiotics may kill you   ( divider line
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7889 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Sep 2013 at 2:50 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-09-17 01:29:23 AM  
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To make a policy point here, Washington spends a lot more time arguing about how to finance health insurance than how to deliver health. But if you're securely in the middle class with employer-sponsored health insurance, these debates probably don't affect you much. What does affect you is the possibility of dying of a hospital-acquired superbug when you go in for a routine surgery at age 62.
These kinds of quality issues get a lot less attention in the Beltway, but given that about 85 percent of Americans have health insurance of some sort or another, they probably affect more people. And, in theory at least, preventing superbugs shouldn't be the kind of thing that Democrats and Republicans disagree over.

That depends. Is Obama for or against superbugs?
2013-09-17 03:16:24 AM  
2 votes:
This is why I take my antibiotics together with a smoothie made entirely of bananas and monkey feces.
2013-09-17 05:13:34 AM  
1 vote:
We need to bring back open, gutter-like, running sewers throughout our hospital complexes. No anti-biotics. Welcome to Thunderdome.
2013-09-17 04:51:34 AM  
1 vote:

Uncle Tractor: Notabunny: So the problem is that scientists are either lazy, or they've declared war on sick people.

Or that antibiotics just don't work anymore, thanks to overuse.

Or that more people need to bath in Lysol and wrap themselves in plastic
2013-09-17 03:48:51 AM  
1 vote:
After I moved to Japan I found I was prescribed antibiotics for just about every ailment I came down with. It was pretty obvious that doctors were just prescribing antibiotics to satisfy demands by the patient, so after I received such a prescription when I was just wracked with the flu virus, I stopped going to the doctor for every ailment. It was so easy to go to any doctor I wanted and only have to pay about $20 out of pocket for the whole ordeal. Switching doctors was also a piece of cake, as there was no requirement for a referral or any sort of "preferred provider" bullshiat.

The problem was that they all uniformly doled out antibiotics like Halloween treats.

So I took up drinking instead. Alcohol is an antiseptic and runs through the bloodstream. By keeping a constant stream of alcohol in my blood for most of the day, I am killing the germs and viruses that used to attack successfully. I haven't had a cold in 4 years.

I still take allergy medicine in the spring and early summer to ward off hay fever, and I'll take a Tylenol every now and then to help with the occasional headache, but I don't see the doctors because it's mostly a waste of my time and apparently a danger to my health to take their medicines.
2013-09-17 03:23:28 AM  
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2013-09-17 03:00:48 AM  
1 vote:
Antibiotics won't kill you, it's the antibiotic resistant bacteria that will kill you.
If you ever wanted to see a real life example of evolution in action, our use of antibiotics is resulting in the natural selection of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
2013-09-17 02:14:38 AM  
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RexTalionis: timujin: Is that 23,000 number for the U.S. alone or worldwide?


Wow, more than firearm-related homicides and deaths from drunk driving combined.
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