All of human life is about priorities: we cannot do it all and have it all, and we cannot fix it all.
As Liberal Hollywood continues to pound the drum on “Man-made Global Warming”, backed up by liars in the science community and in government agencies (see this piece on how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration quietly reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record instead of July 2012, link), a crisis of far greater impact on humanity is being largely ignored: the alarming increase in antibiotic resistance by powerful bacteria that cause misery, suffering, and (quick) death no matter the age or physical health of the person.
Which are you more worried about, that man-made carbon emissions are causing global temperatures to rise, or that a scratch from a rose bush, or a urinary tract infection, might kill you?
At UCLA, Spellberg treated a woman with what appeared to be an everyday urinary-tract infection — except that it was not quelled by the first round of antibiotics, or the second. By the time he saw her, she was in septic shock, and the infection had destroyed the bones in her spine. A last-ditch course of the only remaining antibiotic saved her life, but she lost the use of her legs.
Before antibiotics, five women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth. One out of nine people who got a skin infection died, even from something as simple as a scrape or an insect bite. Three out of ten people who contracted pneumonia died from it. Ear infections caused deafness; sore throats were followed by heart failure.
In a post-antibiotic era, would you mess around with power tools? Let your kid climb a tree? Have another child? <FERN news, link>
Many older Americans are having hip replacements — I know many people personally who have had them and feel great afterwards.
Except, consider this:
British health economists with similar concerns recently calculated the costs of antibiotic resistance. To examine how it would affect surgery, they picked hip replacements, a common procedure in once-athletic Baby Boomers. They estimated that without antibiotics, one out of every six recipients of new hip joints would die. <link>
So how would you like to go into hip-replacement surgery knowing that you had a 1-in-6 change of dying from painful infection after the surgery was over and before you ever walked again?
A fair discussion of antibiotic resistance necessarily must acknowledge that such resistance was always expected, even from the start of the availability of penicillin, and has happened to each new antibiotic, eventually. And so we have to ask: what is different now, and why should we worry now?
The Cows and the Farmers
What’s different now is the explosion of antibiotic use in livestock.
Out of all the antibiotics sold in the United States each year, 80 percent by weight are used in agriculture, primarily to fatten animals and protect them from the conditions in which they are raised. Resistant bacteria move from animals to humans in groundwater and dust, on flies, and via the meat those animals get turned into.
And so back to my question: which is a greater immediate threat to you and your family?
Pick Your Cause: Stopping the earth from heating up, or Stopping the over-use of antibiotics
Al Gore and his ilk would scream out that “GLOBAL WARMING is coming to kill you!”
But is it?
Declining water levels in the Great Lakes have been used by MMGW promoters as strong evidence that we’ve all created a furnace, but now we learn that these lakes are up by a whole twelve inches of water this year (just think about how much more water that is for lakes of these sizes). Here is Gene Clark, a coastal engineer with the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute in Superior, Wisconsin (New York Times, link):
We’ve had a rebound that we haven’t seen in many, many years. We’ve been historically below average, and now we are finally back to above-average water levels.
But even if the earth really is getting warmer, how bad would that be for human beings?
Is global warming going to KILL you and your family, in the flower of their youth?
And is it something that human beings can stop?
I don’t think so.
But we can turn the tide on the use of antibiotics, and Liberals would do well to shift their obsession onto something that has REAL life and death consequences.