Did you know that 80% of the antibiotics used in the United States are not given to sick people, but instead to healthy animals, which you end up consuming?

Animals are given these antibiotics to promote growth, not because they are ill. Excessive consumption of antibiotics over time leads to the bacteria living in those animals to become resistant to that particular drug, also known as superbugs. Humans become at risk when consuming antibiotic fed livestock that are hosting these superbugs. When the resistant bacteria are ingested, the individual exposed may not respond to antibiotic treatment, which is very similar to what happened with the H5N1, or bird flu virus.

Many countries in Europe have banned the use of antibiotics in meat animals. However, the United States continues to administer antibiotics to livestock in order to benefit financially from the increased size of the animals. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine found that 20 percent of ground meat in supermarkets contained salmonella, and 84 percent was resistant to at least one form of antibiotic.

This may not seem alarming to you, but think of the long-term effects consuming these meats may have on our health. An infection that is currently considered easy to treat may one day prove to be fatal, because our bodies will have built up a resistance to antibiotics. Experts suggest that there are already many strains of bacteria that are no longer responsive to antibiotics.

If your health is not important to you, I urge you to at least be mindful of your children’s health. At our affordable chiropractic clinic, we encourage our patients to consume meat that is naturally raised, free of antibiotics, grass fed, and when possible, purchased from a local farmer. A healthier consumption of food will lead to a healthier you.

If you have questions, please contact our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic today at 317.449.2020.

About Integrated Health Solutions

Dr. Charbel Harb is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.