What Causes Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs?

Health & Wellness on 03.22.11
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Are you wondering just exactly where antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" come from, and how we have contributed to creating them? Or are you looking for a good way to explain the topic to your kids? Then this story-book slideshow on Development of Antibiotic Resistant S. Aureus should provide enlightenment. It is written with humorous animation and at a level that will help even your grade-school child follow along.

Timmy Plante, aka Implante, who created the story of antibiotic resistant bacteria, tells Boing-Boing: "I'm a TA for a first year med school class and made this module on how antibiotics have driven the development of the MRSA 'superbug' that you hear about in the news. Nothing like making a module for medical students at a 3rd grade reading level. Enjoy!"

The continued penetration of antibiotics into markets where there is no proven health benefits -- check the labels of your soap, your dishwashing detergent, your toothpaste, for examples -- suggests that the average consumer has not understood that putting all of these antibiotics into our environment could have real downsides. The virtually unstoppable expansion of factory farms further contributes to antibiotic resistance. Perhaps a little scientific education could boost our resistance to clever antibiotic marketing ploys as a starting point to stopping the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs.